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 […]

JBC starts search for next Ombudsman, SC associate justice

(Eagle News)–The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is now accepting applications for the successor of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who will retire on July 26. Edgar Ancheta, JBC Clerk of Court and ex officio secretary, said they were also accepting applications for the post of Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbiterio Velasco Jr., who will retire on August 8. He said the applications and recommendations for the two positions will be received by the JBC on May 2, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Expect a Cabinet reshuffle, says Palace spokesperson

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — Expect a cabinet reshuffle soon. This was according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque who confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier said in a chance interview with media that he was not happy with the performance of one cabinet secretary, and will revamp his cabinet. “Talaga pong nagsalita naman ang Pangulo doon sa Malacañang na merong 12 mga mamamahayag na nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na ma-interview siya,” he said. “Talagang […]

“Unbelievable, crazy,” says Pimentel on DOJ move to place Napoles under provisional WPP

  By Meanne Corvera Eagle News Service   (Eagle News) – Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III described as an “unbelievable, crazy development” the action of the Department of Justice provisionally placing Janet Lim Napoles under the Witness Protection Program. Pimentel said Napoles should not even be considered as a witness in the pork barrel cases because she allegedly masterminded the scam involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). “Do some people in the DOJ […]

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 […]

Japan donates 27 new heavy equipment for Marawi rehabilitation

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — The Japanese government donated 27 new heavy equipment for the rehabilitation of Marawi City. The turn-over ceremony was attended by Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, representing President Rodrigo Duterte, as well as Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, who is the vice-chair of “Task Force Marawi”. The donated equipment consisted of seven hydraulic excavators, three bulldozers, three wheel loaders, two motor graders, […]

COMELEC to implement election gun ban on April 14

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will implement an election gun ban starting April 14 for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. According to Philippine National Police spokesperson Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, permits to carry firearms are cancelled during the campaign period from April 14 to May 21. During this period, only police, soldiers and security guards on duty are allowed to carry firearms. Under Comelec Resolution No. 10247, the […]