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”Oplan Isnabero” ng LTFRB ngayong holiday season, mas paiigtingin

MANILA, Philippines (Eagle News) — Mas paiigtingin pa ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) katuwang ang ilang civil groups ang kanilang kampanyang ”Oplan Isnabero” ngayong holiday season. Taong 2016 nang una itong inilunsad ng LTFRB ngunit dahil sa kakulangan ng tauhan ay hindi ito agad naipatupad. Suportado naman ito ni Retired Police General Romeo Maganto at sinabing magpapadala ito ng isangdaang volunteer na makakatulong ng LTFRB. Sa kampanyang ”Oplan Isnabero” ay mababawasan ang […]

Aquino, Garin face charges over Dengvaxia mess

(Eagle News) — Charges have been filed against former President Benigno Aquino III and his Health Secretary Janette Garin over the Dengvaxia mess. Former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Augusto Syjuco filed the mass murder and plunder charges against the former high-ranking officials before the Ombudsman on Thursday. The filing comes a day after Aquino said in a Senate panel inquiry that he understood Dengvaxia to have undergone all the necessary processes when the […]

Amid Dengvaxia mess, Ejercito says he believes former President Aquino acted in good faith

(Eagle News) — For Senator JV Ejercito, former President Benigno Aquino III acted in good faith when he ordered the procurement of the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. He said in an interview that in his opinion, Aquino gave the directive “to avert dengue outbreak in the future.” “But it’s the other officials who might have taken advantage and did not give him an extensive report that includes the risk, if there was,” Ejercito said, noting […]

More areas under storm signal # 2 in Luzon and Visayas as storm “Urduja” hovers off Eastern Samar coast

  (Eagle News) – Tropical Storm Urduja remained almost stationary off the coast of Eastern Samar where storm signal number 2 had been raised, along with Northern Samar, Samar and Biliran, according to PAGASA’s latest update. These areas will have winds from 61 up to 120 kilometers per hour in the next 24 hours. PAGASA, the country’s weather bureau, also raised signal number 1 over 8 areas in Luzon (Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Romblon, […]

Signal No. 2 up in some areas as Tropical Storm “Urduja” moves westward

(Eagle News) — Tropical Storm “Urduja” continued to move westward on Thursday night, bringing rains over Eastern Samar. In its 8 p.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said as of 7 p.m., the center of “Urduja” was estimated at 85 kilometers east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The tropical storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per hour, […]

President Duterte tours Pakistani Navy ship

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte made a tour of the Pakistan Navy Ship ‘Saif’ docked in Manila on Thursday. The President was welcomed by  officials of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Philippines and the Pakistan Navy led by H.E. Aman Rashid, Pakistan Ambassador to the Philippines, Pakistan’s Defense Attaché Commodore Jawad Ahmed, and Pakistan Navy Commanding Officer Captain Shahzad Iqbal, upon his arrival at Pier 15, Port Area. Joining the President were Executive […]

Sison says CPP, NPA the “main targets” of the 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao

(Eagle News) — Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison said the “main targets” of the one-year extension of martial law by Congress are his group and the New People’s Army. In a statement, Sison said, however, that “the (Duterte) regime overestimates the capability of (the CPP-NPA’s) total armed strength of 170,000 in an archipelago of 115,000 square miles.” “It exaggerates the psychological impact of terror tactics under martial rule and the effectiveness […]

Aquino slams VACC’s Topacio; says lawyer’s accusations vs him, other former gov’t officials not backed up by proof

(Eagle News) — Former President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday slammed lawyer Ferdinand Topacio after he recommended that he and several of his officials be investigated for plunder over the Dengvaxia mess. “Siyempre, gusto (kong) sabihin alam mo, sinisiraan mo reputasyon namin. Pwede ka (ma)slander, hindi ka covered ng parliamentary immunity. Magbibitaw ka (ng salita), ganun na lang e,” Aquino said in a press conference after attending the Senate hearing on the snafu. According to […]

More Filipinos expect better lives in 2018: SWS

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — Almost half or 47 percent of Filipino adults expect to lead better lives in 2018, according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations. The results yielded a net personal optimism of +42, which the SWS classified as “excellent.” The figure was two points higher than the figure recorded in June. More than 40 percent—43 percent —of Filipino adults were also optimistic that the Philippine economy in […]

PAGASA: Tropical Storm “Urduja” to make landfall in E. Samar on Friday morning

(Eagle News) — Tropical Storm “Urduja” is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar on Friday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. In its 5 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said the center of “Urduja” as of 4 p.m. was estimated at 85 kilometers east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The tropical storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per […]

“Magnificent 7” to challenge martial law extension in Mindanao before SC

(Eagle News) — The so-called Magnificent 7 group in the House of Representatives is set to file a petition questioning the second extension of martial law in Mindanao. “We are definitely filing a petition before the Supreme Court…I hope this time the Supreme Court will see that there is no factual and constitutional basis for the extension of martial law in Mindanao,” Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said in a press conference on Thursday. According to […]

Ubial: Garin’s husband, Iloilo Rep. Garin, and Cebu Rep. Garcia “pressured” me into continuing, expanding dengue program

(Eagle News) — Former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Thursday said the husband of former Health Secretary Janette Garin pressured her into placing additional budget into Dengvaxia. “You have to put additional budget for the dengue vaccine to continue this para naman di maprejudice ang first and second (shots) mo,” Ubial quoted Iloilo Rep. Oscar Garin as saying during the 2016 budget deliberations. Ubial added that Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia had “insisted” that the vaccination […]