Bicameral committee approves work safety, health standards bill

(Eagle News) – A bicameral conference committee approved on Monday, May 21, a measure strengthening the compliance of employers with occupational safety and health standards. Senator  Joel Villanueva said Senate Bill No. 1317 or “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof”  seeks to amend the 41-year old Labor Code of the Philippines which, at present, the senator said, does not declare fines or penalties for […]

Senator Zubiri takes oath as new Senate majority leader

(Eagle News) — Senator Migz Zubiri took his oath as the new Senate majority leader on Monday, May 21. This was after Tito Sotto, who formerly held the post,  formally accepted his new post as Senate President. “I will work with the same zeal and same work ethics as I used to during the 14th Congress when I held the same position,” Zubiri said. He said he was, for instance, “willing to spend long days and […]

Palace expresses “willingness to work” with new Senate president

(Eagle News) — The Palace on Monday, May 21, expressed its “willingness to work” with the next Senate president. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement minutes after Senator Koko Pimentel stepped down as leader of the chamber and nominated Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto as his replacement. “Whoever the senators may choose as their Senate President, we assure the incoming Senate President of our willingness to work with him as we recognize naman that […]

DOT gets new spokesperson

(Eagle News) — The Department of Tourism has a new spokesperson. Newly installed Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat assigned Benito Bengzon to the post, in department order No. 2018-38 issued on May 18. Bengzon is the current undersecretary for tourism development planning. “This order shall take effect immediately and remain valid unless subsequently amended and/or revoked,” Puyat said. Puyat replaced Wanda Teo, who resigned over a P60-million advertisement placement controversy.  

DoTr welcomes Duterte’s decision to sack Transportation Assistant Secretary Tolentino

(Eagle News) — The Department of Transportation on Monday, May 21, welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to fire Transportation Assistant Secretary for Railways Mark Tolentino. The DoTr said  that the dismissal was  “due to questionable dealings and unfairly involving the first family with matters regarding the Mindanao Railway Project.” “The DOTr, under the leadership of Secretary Arthur Tugade, does not and will not tolerate such acts by its officials or employees. May this be a warning to […]

Palace threatens to file cases vs “partner of former presidential daughter-in-law” over “case-fixing scheme”

(Eagle News) — The Palace on Monday, May 21, accused the partner of a former presidential daughter-in-law of using the name of President Rodrigo Duterte’s granddaughter to “fix” cases in the judiciary. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque did not identify the “case fixer,” but said cases would be filed against him if he continues the “illegal activities.” Roque said that the President does not condone such. “Ang presidente po ay napakatagal naging piskal,” Roque said. The […]

Pimentel: Reelectionist senators still in “long list” of names being considered in PDP-Laban senatorial ticket

(Eagle News) — Reelectionist senators are still included in the “long list” of names being considered to be part of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan senatorial ticket in 2019. “Napakalayo pa natin sa final 12 but at least they are included in the long list. Wala pang nagbago,” Pimentel, president of PDP-Laban,  told reporters. President Rodrigo Duterte is PDP-Laban chair. Pimentel made the disclosure even if some of the reelectionists—JV Ejercito, Cynthia Villar, Juan […]

UPDATED: Duterte fires Transportation Assistant Secretary Tolentino; another official to submit resignation on Tuesday

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino, and another was slated to resign on Tuesday, May 22. This is according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who held a press conference on Monday, May 21. Roque said it was Tolentino who approached a member of the presidential family for help in a current project. President Duterte had said the unnamed official at that time had approached his sister. “Sabi ko, […]

Abu Sayyaf releases kidnap victim in Jolo, Sulu

(Eagle News) — The Abu Sayyaf  released another kidnap victim in Jolo, Sulu on Monday, May 21. The victim, who was not identified,  was released around 8 a.m., according to the Joint Task Force Sulu. The release came after four other people were released by members of the kidnap-for-ransom group. President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, May 19, personally turned over to the Philippine National Police the P02 Benierose Alvarez and P01 Dinah Gumahad to PNP Chief […]

Just in: Pimentel steps down as Senate President, nominates Sotto to replace him

  (Eagle News) – “This is an example of a peaceful and willing transfer of power in the Senate.” With this statement, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III nominated Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III as the new Senate President on Monday, May 21, 2018, and formally stepped out of his post. Pimentel said this has long been in the discussion table and that he is truly supportive of the new Senate President. Majority […]

Pangulong Duterte magbibigay ng housing assistance sa mga rebeldeng susuko

(Eagle News) — Nakahanda ang administrasyong Duterte na magkaloob ng housing assistance para sa mga rebeldeng susuko sa gobyerno. Mismong si Pangulong Duterte ang nagpahayag nito sa isinagawang groundbreaking ceremony ng Vista Alegre Homes sa Negros Occidental. Maliban sa mga rebelde ay bukas rin ang pamahalaan sa pagbibigay ng housing assistance sa mga miyembro ng Kadamay na iligal na umuokupa ng housing units sa Pandi, Bulacan. Hindi rin nakalimutan ng Pangulo ang pamilya ng mga […]

Judges, court employees’ groups vow support for SC; call on public to respect tribunal’s decision on Sereno

  By Moira Encina Eagle News Service (Eagle News) – Various judges and court employees association on Monday (May 21) called on the public, the media, lawyers’ groups and other sectors to respect the decision of the Supreme Court which ousted Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice. In a statement titled “Nag-iisang Korte Supreme, Sumulong Ka,” these various groups representing judges and court employees nationwide stressed that it is only the Supreme Court which has […]