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Barangay officials suspended by Philippine Ombudsman for soliciting from calamity victim

FOR “soliciting” money from a calamity aid recipient, the office of the Philippine ombudsman suspends two barangay officials from a small municipality of Iloilo in Western Visayas. Suspended for nine months are Barangay Captain Cherryl Peniero and Kagawad Rolly Castro both of Barangay Poblacion Southeast Zone, Lemery, Iloilo. They were suspended after it was proven that they solicited money from […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
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Flights disrupted due to typhoon — Manila International Airport Authority

FOUR international and 14 domestic flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were cancelled while four domestic flights were diverted to Clark International Airport in Pampanga on Friday due to heavy rains brought about by the tail end of typhoon Butchoy. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said China Airlines flights CI711 and CI712 (Manila-Kaoshiung-Manila), Eva Air flights BR277 […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News
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Protests Against Police Brutality Flare Up Across the US

A new wave of protests against police killings of African Americans took place in the US on Thursday. American TV channels are broadcasting live reports of unrest from different cities of the country. In Washington, according to participants, about a thousand people gathered to protest. According to the reports, the protesters broke through the fence around the building of the US Congress. Fox News Channel shows unrest and reports shooting […]

by Admin· · 1 comment · News
How Might Beijing React to Upcoming Ruling on China’s Territorial Claims?

How Might Beijing React to Upcoming Ruling on China’s Territorial Claims?

As the world awaits the ruling on the territorial dispute between Beijing and Manila in the South China Sea, US analysts predict how China will react if an international court at the Hague rules for the Philippines. On July 12, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will decide on a case brought by the Philippines that challenges the legitimacy of Beijing’s land […]

by Admin· · 0 comments · News
Kagila-gilalas*

Kagila-gilalas*

KAGILA-GILALAS at napakabilis ang mga pagbabago na nagaganap ngayon sa panahon ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na kung ikukumpara ang nagdaang administrasyon ni Benigno Simeon Aquino III ay lumalabas na parang tuod ito sa halos kawalan ng nangyayari. Isang halimbawa ng pagbabago  ay ang napipintong pagsasabatas, sa pamamagitan ng isang executive order, ng Freedom of Information na natulog sa […]

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Travelers with bullets will no longer be arrested at Philippine airports

IN  a bid to end the bullet planting (laglag bala) extortion scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, authorities say travelers with no derogatory record will no longer be arrested provided that no firearm is found in their possession. “Tanim bala (bullet-planting) modus operandi is a thing of the past and we assure the public that they need not worry […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News, Travel
The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. defective registry data base poses danger to its operation — Commission on Audit

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. defective registry data base poses danger to its operation — Commission on Audit

THE defective registry data base of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) poses operational danger to its operations, which includes the delivery of basic health services to the public. This is what was discovered by the Commission on Audit following its examination of Philhealth’s records. Consequently, it has recommended that the corporation undertake steps to update its records after an […]

by Peter J. G. Tabingo· · 0 comments · News
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Manila International Airport Authority to allow regular taxis at NAIA 1 arrival area

THE Manila International Airport Authority will now allow regular metered taxis to queue and pick up passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in response to mounting public complaints about the lack of affordable transportation. The MIAA claims that the accredited transport company at the NAIA could not supply more than 200 utility vehicles to service the influx […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News, Travel
Major changes await Bilibid

Major changes await Bilibid

MAJOR changes are set to resolve the seemingly unending corruption that continues to shroud the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II plans to replace all Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) guards manning the NBP with members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF). The NBP is one of seven operating units […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 1 comment · Opinions
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Three police general allegedly into illegal drugs trade met with the new PNP chief

THE new Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa on Wednesday says he met with three teary eyed police generals who were tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as protectors of the illegal drugs syndicate. Other than saying that the generals pledge to cooperate 100 percent with the National Police Commission’s investigation of their alleged involvement with illegal drugs syndicate […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
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Why the USFDA is warning Americans about ibuprofen*

By DR. Michael Noonan Ibuprofen, sold as Motrin and Advil, and other anti-inflammatory drugs are in the news again, and not for a good reason. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is ramping up its warnings about the risks of these drugs for their role in causing heart attacks and strokes. Some of the other drugs include Celebrex, Aleve, Naprosyn […]

by Admin· · 0 comments · Health
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Philippine President Duterte names the police generals allegedly in illegal drugs trade

CLARK FIELD, Pampanga–President Rodrigo Duterte, fulfilling his earlier threat to name police generals reportedly coddling members of illegal drug syndicates should they fail to immediately resign, publicly accuses five police generals of involvement in the country’s illegal drugs trading. Among those that Duterte names is police General Marcelo Garbo whom he describes as a protector of drug syndicate in the […]

by Rodolfo Andal· · 0 comments · News
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Philippine Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Tetangco tops 2015 list of highest paid in gov’t

BANGKO Sentral ng Pillipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. tops the list of highest-paid government officials last year with total earnings of P13.957 million according to the 2015 Report on Salaries and Allowances released by the Commission on Audit Tuesday. Tetangco’s pay includs P6.693 million in basic salary, P3.912 million bonuses/incentives, P2.448 million allowances, and P879,456.73 in discretionary funds. […]

by Peter J. G. Tabingo· · 0 comments · News
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has a new director general

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has a new director general

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ new director general, Capt. Antonio G. Buendia vows to make the agency the center of aviation excellence in Southeast Asia. Director General Buendia makes the pledge Tuesday as outgoing CAAP director general William Hotchkiss 3rd turns over the reins of the agency to him. At the same time, he appeals to CAAP employees […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News
Huwag aksayahin ang pagkain*

Huwag aksayahin ang pagkain*

HINDI maikakaila na nakasanayan na ng mga naglalakihang tindahan, supermarket o restawran na itapon ang pagkain na hindi nabili o malapit nang mag-expire.   Pero alam ba ninyo na ang France ang unang bansa sa mundo na nagbawal sa mga supermarket na itapon ang mga pagkain na hindi naibenta, at sa halip ay ipagkaloob ito sa mga charity o food […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Ang Buhay Amerika At Ang Kantang “Sukiyaki”*

Ang Buhay Amerika At Ang Kantang “Sukiyaki”*

  ANO nga ba ang kinalalaman ng kantang Hapong “Sukiyaki” sa ating paksa? Ang kanta ni Kyu Sakamoto ay sumikat sa Amerika at buong mundo nuong 1963. Isa sa pinakasikat na kantang banyaga sa Amerika at namayagpag sa “Top 100 Chart” ng mga tatlong linggo. Kahit nga hindi maintindihan ang lyrics nito ay marami pa rin ang nagkagusto. Pero sa […]

by Vics Magsaysay, Ph.D.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Suppression of illegal drugs in six months doable — new Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief

Suppression of illegal drugs in six months doable — new Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief

THE new PDEA chief, Ret. Police Deputy Director General Isidro S. Lapeña, assures the public that they would feel the effects of the anti-drug efforts of the agency. The new anti-drug czar made the assurance as he formally assumed the PDEA leadership Tuesday from outgoing Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., during the Turn-Over of Command Ceremony on July […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
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Philippine Ombudsman to prosecute former Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia for graft

PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales junks the motion for reconsideration filed by former Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in connection with her P830 million peso graft case thus paving the way for her prosecution before the Sandiganbayan. The Office of the Ombudsman, in a press statement, said Morales affirms the finding of probable cause against Garcia and 11 others for violation […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
Do we really need a Federal State?*

Do we really need a Federal State?*

The argument THE main argument against the current “centralized system” of the Philippine government is that the permissible autonomy within its framework is “limited” and does not solve the perennial problem of impoverishment in areas far from the “imperial” capital city of Metro Manila. Thus, economic federalism, whatever that means, has become a byword among politicians interested to “slice the […]

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Federalism is a move towards more democratization—PDP-Laban

MANILA–The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) says President Rodrigo Duterte’s push for federalism belies the common perception that he has a dictatorial tendency because in fact, it is a move towards the decentralization of power. Thus claim the PDP-Laban’s Policy Studies Group head Jose Antonio Goitia as the current ruling political party continues its push for a change in the Philippines’ […]

by Rodolfo Andal· · 0 comments · News
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12% hurdles Philippine National Police entrance exam; 28.80% in promotional tests

A TOTAL of only 2,705 or 12% out of the 22,541 examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance exam conducted nationwide by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on April 24, 2016. This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chair and Executive Officer Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the PNP entrance and promotional examinations. […]

by Admin· · 0 comments · News
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Ex-Caloocan mayor Echiverri charged anew for P10M in illegal projects by Philippine Ombudsman

A FEW days after Philippine Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales announces the finding of probable cause to charge former Caloocan City mayor Enrico Echiverri and two other city government officials with violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) before the Sandiganbayan, the same set of respondents were charged anew with additional counts of […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
Dapat wakasan ang kawalan ng katarungang panlipunan para mawala ang rebelyon*

Dapat wakasan ang kawalan ng katarungang panlipunan para mawala ang rebelyon*

SANG-AYON ako na dapat suportahan ng pangulo ang mga miyembro ng Philippine National Police sa kanilang ginagawang pagsugpo sa kriminalidad sa buong bansa. At lalo rin na ako’y sang-ayon na dapat kastiguhin, kundi man sibsakin sa puwesto, ang mga abusado at walang hiyang pulis. Ang mga scalawag ang dahilan kaya sumasama ang tingin ng taong bayan sa mga alagad ng […]

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Queen of Asia Pacific pageant joins Beverly Hills’ biggest 2016 event

THE Queen of Asia Pacific (QAP) beauty pageant is preparing to step out into a bigger stage, both literally and figuratively, as it forms part of a big event that will take place in Beverly Hills in October this year. The said event, being hyped as an “epic” Beverly Hills occasion, will include a parade of celebrities, a gathering of […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
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Just say: No bags please

THE EcoWaste Coalition, a pro health and environment watch group, urges the public to shun disposable plastic bags in support of the government’s move to protect the ecosystem and save millions of pesos used in waste management including the unclogging of the waterways. The coalition made the call yesterday (Sunday), the International Plastic Bag Free Day, noting that as the […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News