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De Lima amid allegations of irregularities in proposed national budget: Duterte “weak, incapable of stopping corruption”

(Eagle News) — Senator Leila de Lima described President Rodrigo Duterte as a “weak and incompetent” leader “incapable of stopping corruption,” following  the allegations of corruption being hurled at some members of the House of Representatives  and at his Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. “I winced upon reading in the news that, according to (House Majority Leader Rolando) Andaya, projects worth P75 billion had already been bid out even before the passage of the budget, with 30 […]

SC announces start of construction of its new complex in Taguig

(Eagle News) –The Supreme Court announced on Tuesday, Dec. 18, the start of construction of what will be its new complex in Taguig City, following the official turnover of the purchased property by its previous owner. In a statement, the SC said the signing of the deed of absolute sale with officials of the Bases Conversion Development Authority  took place with Bersamin himself handing over to BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Vivencio B. Dizon the […]

Sandiganbayan approves Jinggoy Estrada’s plea for Hong Kong vacation

(Eagle News) — The Sandiganbayan has approved former Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s request he be allowed to go on vacation to Hong Kong before he starts campaigning for the 2019 elections. In allowing Estrada, who is out on bail, to travel from Dec. 26 to 31, the anti-graft court noted the former senator’s right to travel. It added Estrada’s P1.33 million bail posted in September last year for his temporary freedom sufficed as guarantee he would […]

Palace hits “diversionary tactics” of some House members

(Eagle News) — The Palace on Tuesday, Dec. 18, hit what it said were the tactics employed by some members of the House of Representatives to divert the public’s attention from the allegations against them. Without naming names, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the attacks against Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno started after Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed Pampanga–Speaker Gloria Arroyo’s province–and a district in Camarines Sur—House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr.’s–had cornered “congressional insertions” in the […]

Panelo: Duterte to sign bill abolishing Road Board

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte wants to abolish the Road Board, the Palace said on Tuesday, Dec. 18. In fact, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte would sign the bill abolishing the graft-tainted body once it reaches his desk. He said President Duterte was also against the release of the P45-billion road user’s tax, which instead, according to Duterte, should be returned to the treasury. “..Let Congress appropriate again for a specific purpose,” Panelo […]

AFP launches inquiry into possible theft from military armory

(Eagle News) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines is investigating how weapons and ammunition believed to be the property of the government were seized from suspected arms suppliers to rebels. The AFP launched the probe after Edgardo Medel and Rosemarie Medel were nabbed by authorities for “selling” to authorities P1.2 million worth of firearms and ammunition believed to be the property of the 7th Infantry Batallion in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija. “While we can already […]

Panelo: Directive for Diokno not to attend House inquiry “presumably” from Duterte

(Eagle News) — It was “presumably” President Rodrigo Duterte himself who ordered Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno not to appear before a House hearing on budget issues, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. In a press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 17, Panelo said it was only the President, after all, who could tell Diokno whether to make the appearance or not in the hearing slated on Jan. 3 next year in Naga. “The basis would be the […]

Sison welcomes statement Duterte still keen on pursuing peace talks with Communist rebels

(Eagle News)—Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison on Tuesday, Dec. 18, welcomed Bong Go’s pronouncement President Rodrigo Duterte was still interested in pursuing peace talks with the Communist rebels. He said that if Go indeed “means what he says, he should advise Duterte to allow his negotiating panel to engage in informal talks to prepare for formal talks.” He said the peace talks should address the roots of the armed conflict. Sison […]

Tugade orders crackdown on Angkas drivers, operators

(Eagle News)—Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered a crackdown on Angkas drivers after learning the motorcycle ride-sharing service was continuing operations despite a Supreme Court order. “Hulihin ninyo ang lahat ng Angkas riders na lalabag. Hindi naman tamang i-violate ng Angkas ang batas at ang Supreme Court order. Mali ‘yon,” Tugade said. According to Tugade, when the court issued a temporary restraining order on the Department of Transportation’s directive to stop Angkas operations, they followed. […]

Palace congratulates Catriona Gray: She showcases genuine qualities of the Filipina

  (Eagle News)–The Palace on Monday, Dec. 17, extended its heartfelt congratulations to Catriona Gray after she became the fourth Filipina to bag a Miss Universe crown. “Ms. Gray truly made the entire Philippines proud when she sashayed on the global stage and showcased the genuine qualities defining a Filipina beauty: confidence, grace, intelligence, strength in the face of tough challenges,” the Palace said in a statement. According to the Palace, in her success, Gray […]

UPDATED: Miss PHL Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe 2018

(Eagle News)—–Miss Philippines Catriona Gray  ended her Miss Universe campaign with the much-coveted crown, besting over 90 other contestants competing in the pageant being held in Thailand. Named second runner-up was Venezuela. South Africa placed first runner-up. Gray wowed judges and the audience with her answer when asked what lessons she learnt in her life and how she could translate them as Miss Universe. “I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and […]