Duterte goes on HK trip with Honeylet, Kitty

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte has gone on a weekend trip to Hong Kong with his family for rest and recreation, authorities confirmed. Duterte’s former aide Bong Go said the President  went on the “personal trip” with  Honeylet Avanceña and their daughter Kitty. “It is (Avanceña’s) birthday today (Saturday),” Panelo said. According to Go, it was Kitty herself who requested the trip. “Nagawa na ito nila noon kahit nung Mayor pa ng Davao City si PRRD. The […]

Palace: Results of SWS survey confirm success of admin’s war on illegal drugs

(Eagle News)–The Palace on Saturday, Feb. 16, welcomed the latest  Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed that a majority of Filipinos believe that the number of drug addicts in their area has decreased over the past year. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the fact that 66 percent believe this was such was a confirmation of the successful efforts of the campaign against illegal drugs, “a centerpiece program of his administration.” Panelo said […]

Jinggoy Estrada slams Rappler for “irresponsible journalism”

(Eagle News)—-Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Saturday, Feb. 16, hit Rappler for what he said was its “irresponsible journalism.” “Sobrang biased. One-sided lagi. Gagawa ka ng mabuti, ang lalabas ay masama,” Estrada said in an interview over radio DWIZ. According to Estrada, Rappler appeared to be particularly against those siding with the current administration, and would “make issues” of them in its reports. Estrada made the statement as Rappler, its chief executive officer Maria Ressa […]

SWS: Majority of Filipinos see fewer illegal drug users in their areas

(Eagle News)—A majority of Filipinos believe the number of illegal drug users in their area has decreased over the past year, a recent Social Weather Stations survey showed. According to the Fourth Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey conducted from  December 16 to 19, this translates to 66% of Filipino adults vis à vis the 14% who say it has increased, and the 7% who say it has remained the same. “By area, the proportion of people who […]

Tax court junks Rappler, Ressa plea to dismiss tax evasion cases; to proceed with trial

(Eagle News)—-The Court of Tax Appeals has denied the plea of Rappler Holdings Corp. and executive editor Maria Ressa for the charges of tax evasion to be junked against them. In junking their plea, the First Division ruled the  four amended information against  them accomplished their purpose. “The Supreme Court has ruled that an Information need only to state the ultimate facts constituting the offense and not the finer details of why and how the crime […]

Light rains to prevail over some parts of PHL as northeast monsoon affects country

(Eagle News)—Light rains will prevail over several parts of the Philippines, including Metro Manila, as the northeast monsoon affects the country. Visayas and Caraga will experience cloudy skies with light rains, while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. PAGASA said the eastern section of Central and Southern Luzon, of Visayas and of Mindanao […]

Duterte signs into law measure providing for cheaper political ads

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure providing for bigger discount rates for political advertisements during the elections. Under the new law, which amends the Fair Election Act, candidates and parties can get discounts 30 percent to 50 percent for television, from 20 percent to 40 percent for radio and 10 percent for print. The campaign period or national and party-list candidates kicked off on Tuesday, Feb.  12. It will end on […]

President Duterte signs rice tariffication bill into law

Other bills signed, others vetoed (Eagle News)—President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the rice tariffication bill into law, Senate President Tito Sotto said. The signing came after the President met with various rice traders who had been opposed to the measure that essentially allows the market to be flooded with cheaper rice imports for as long as they are imposed a tax. Under the measure, rice traders can import an unlimited quantity of rice  for as long […]

Key rebel stronghold left out of Philippines’ Muslim territory

  MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — Dozens of communities won approval to join a new Muslim-led territory in the Philippines’ south, results showed Thursday, yet the exclusion of a key rebel stronghold raised concerns about the peace process in the restive region. The results are from the second and final round of a landmark referendum that was the culmination of a decades-long process seeking to halt Muslim separatist violence that has claimed some 150,000 lives since […]

Amid measles outbreak, Duterte urges parents to have their children vaccinated

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, Feb. 15, urged parents to have their children vaccinated for measles. The President made the brief statement over PTV-4, amid a measles outbreak declared in some parts of the country, including Metro Manila, where the number of measles cases reached 196 from Jan. 1 to 19. “Mga kababayan, dumadami ang kaso ng tigdas at ang komplikasyon nito ay mamatay ka. Sa mga anak natin, bakuna lamang ang […]

More than half of LGUs within Manila Bay watershed area violating environmental laws, says DILG

  (Eagle News) – More than half of local government units within the Manila Bay watershed area have failed to comply with environmental laws, according to an assessment made by the Department of Interior and Local Government. The DILG said that 95 LGUs or 53 percent of the 178 LGUs within the Manila Bay watershed area failed to hit the indicators gauging their compliance to existing environmental laws. Sixteen of these LGUs with the worst […]

Former Rappler reporter facing cyber libel complaint with Ressa posts bail

  (Eagle News) — The former Rappler reporter who, along with the online news outfit’s executive editor Maria Ressa, faces a cyber libel complaint over a 2012 article published on the news site, posted bail on Friday, Feb. 15. Reynaldo Santos. Jr. voluntarily surrendered and posted a P100,000 bail before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46. The cyber libel charges against Santos, Ressa and Rappler Inc. were filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng, who was described […]