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De Lima: Napoles “will sing anything she is asked to”

(Eagle News)—Janet Lim Napoles will “sing anything she is asked to.” Senator Leila de Lima made the statement on Saturday, a day after the Department of Justice confirmed the alleged pork barrel scam queen had been provisionally admitted to the Witness Protection Program. The senator said this was why she did not “seriously consider” Napoles as state witness when she was justice secretary  during the time of then-President Benigno Aquino III. De Lima, who is […]

Xi gets second term with powerful ally as VP

By  Laurent Thomet and Ryan McMorrow Agence France Presse China’s parliament unanimously handed President Xi Jinping a second term Saturday and elevated his right-hand man to the vice presidency, giving him a strong ally to consolidate power and handle US trade threats. Xi’s reappointment by the Communist Party-controlled legislature was a foregone conclusion, but all eyes had been on whether his former anti-corruption enforcer, Wang Qishan, would become his deputy. The National People’s Congress has […]

UPDATED: Ten dead after plane crash-lands in a house in Plaridel, Bulacan

  (Eagle News)–Ten people were killed after a plane crash-landed in a residential area in Lumang Bayan, Plaridel, Bulacan on Saturday, March 17. The Piper 23 Apache carrying the five fatalities–three passengers, the pilot and its chief mechanic —had just taken off the Plaridel airport when it took a dive  and hit the house owned by Luisa Santos in Barangay Lumang Bayan at 11:21 a.m. Among the plane’s three passengers were two people who were […]

ASEAN, Australia to sign security agreement to counter violent extremism, terrorism

SYDNEY, Australia — A memorandum of understanding  on regional cooperation against violent extremism will be signed by 10 Association of Southeast Asian countries and Australia on Saturday. The MOU reportedly contains a provision to pool cyber intelligence and police resources across the region to address these threats for the first time. The Australian newspaper said it would include a regional digital forensics taskforce and uniform criminal legislative frameworks to secure prosecutions. During the ASEAN-Australia Special […]

Manila court junks Castillo hazing suspects’ bids to stop arrests

(Eagle News)–The Manila Regional Trial Court has junked the bids of several individuals charged over Horacio Castillo III’s death to stop the issuance of warrants of arrest against them. Branch 40 Presiding Judge Alfredo Ampuan denied the bids of Jose Miguel Salamat, Robin Ramos, Marcelino Bagtang and Ralph Trangia, all affiliated with the Aegis Juris fraternity, citing as  basis  a continuous trial. He said he would therefore proceed to determine whether there was probable cause for […]

Bello: PHL, Kuwait to sign MOU on OFW protection this month

  (Eagle News) – The Philippine and Kuwaiti governments will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) this month. “In two weeks, the panels agreed to have the signing most likely in Kuwait,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in an interview on Friday, March 16. Bello said that labor officials from both countries approved the final MOU draft on that same day after a two-day negotiation […]

Kremlin furious as Britain blames Putin for ex-spy attack

by Anna SMOLCHENKO with Alice RITCHIE in London Agence France-Presse MOSCOW, Russia – Britain on Friday provoked Russia’s wrath by directly implicating Vladimir Putin in the nerve agent attack on an ex-double agent, with the Kremlin saying the claims were “shocking and unforgivable.” The war of words between Moscow and London over the poisoning of a former Russian spy escalated as Britain’s outspoken Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said his government’s “quarrel” was with Putin rather […]

EU to PHL: Allow impartial investigation into drug war

(Eagle News) — The European Union on Friday urged the Philippines to allow an impartial probe into the Philippine government’s war on drugs. In a statement before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, the EU said it was “imperative” to conduct the “prompt, effective…and transparent investigations of all cases of death leading to prosecution in all cases of unlawful killing.” “The EU remains deeply concerned about the high number of killings associated […]

Top ICC official “regrets” PHL decision to withdraw from tribunal

The Hague, Netherlands — The president of the member-states of the International Criminal Court said Friday he regretted the Philippines was leaving the tribunal. “I regret this development. A state party withdrawing from the Rome Statute would negatively impact our collective efforts towards fighting impunity,” President O-Gon Kwon said, after the Philippines officially gave notice that it was leaving the court. Philippine Ambassador to the UN Teddy  Locsin Jr. said he delivered the notice to UN Chef De […]

SC asked to nullify Sereno appointment if she fails to submit “missing” SALNs, show proof she passed psych exam

(Eagle News) — A lawyer has asked the Supreme Court to compel Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to submit her allegedly missing Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth and show proof she passed the psychological exam when she was applying for the post. According to Romeo Igot, if Sereno failed to do this, the SC should declare void her appointment as top magistrate. “…With all due respect, to allow a situation like this to […]

Senator Aquino sees “culture of impunity” in justice department; urges Aguirre to resign

(Eagle News) — Senator Bam Aquino on Friday said there was a “culture of impunity” at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Aquino said this was evident in the dismissal of drug charges against self-confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa, and the placing of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles under provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program. “For the ordinary Filipino to have any hope for justice, the DOJ must stop perpetrating the culture of impunity […]

Pregnant woman backs out of rape charge vs four Bulacan policemen

  By Mar Gabriel Eagle News Service (Eagle News) — The pregnant woman who accused four Bulacan policemen of raping her during an anti-drug operation in Meycauayan has backed out of filing charges against them. “Ayoko na pong lumaban..Anoman ang mangyari sa amin, Ma’am, Sir, ipagpapasadiyos ko nalang,” she said in  a text message to the police. The police read out the message in a press conference on Friday. According to Philippine National Police Chief […]