Category: National

Kerwin Espinosa pleads “not guilty” to illegal drug trading

(Eagle News) — Not guilty. This was the plea of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa during his arraignment for illegal drug trading at the Manila Regional Trial Court on Friday. “Wala talaga akong kasalanan kasi mga kagagawan ng mga pulis. Lagi nalang nilang ginagawa na magplant ng scenario para lang sa accomplishment nila,” Espinosa told reporters after the arraignment at Branch 26. His case is being heard at the Manila court and not in the […]

INFOGRAPHICS: Meat Safety Consciousness Week

A typical mom is always meticulous when buying food for her family.  She always makes sure that the food she prepares is clean, nutritious and within the budget. When buying meat, do not  automatically buy the one that has a lower price. There are many factors to consider! Make sure the meat you buy was not mishandled as consumption of this can cause infections. To make the public more conscientious when buying, former President Fidel […]

Trillanes confirms meeting with US senior gov’t officials; says he “pushed for interests” of PHL

(Eagle News) — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Friday confirmed meeting with senior United States government officials, including, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, but made the assurance that “unlike the officials of the Duterte administration,” he “presented only factual information.” “Besides, you cannot fool the US government. They know what is happening in our country,” he said. He confirmed he and Rubio, in particular, talked about “enhancing RP-US relations, corruption, and the human rights situation in […]

US Republican senator confirms meeting with Trillanes; Palace says it hopes “correct info” was given in meeting

(Eagle News) — United States Republican Senator Marco Rubio confirmed meeting with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in the United States. In a Twitter post, Rubio, who earlier criticized the Duterte administration’s drug war, said the meeting was to “discuss the US-Philippine alliance, combating corruption, and protecting human rights amid their narcotics crisis.” In a press conference, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said he only hoped “the correct information was given.” “…and not biased information designed to […]

Duterte: Malaysian terrorist Dr. Mahmud Ahmad is dead

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed on Thursday that Malaysian terrorist, Dr. Mahmud Ahmad, has been killed. “Tatlo ‘yan, Hapilon, Omar, at iyong doc. I think he’s a… (Malaysian). He was taken this afternoon. And that completes the story,” Duterte said. He was referring to Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, who were taken out in government operations on Monday. The Armed Forces of the Philippines later confirmed the President was referring to Ahmad when […]

UPDATED: Duterte fires Budget undersecretary over corruption allegations, 3 gov’t employees for “influence-peddling”

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte has yet again fired a high-ranking government official and three government employees for corruption and influence-peddling. In a speech on Thursday, Duterte did not name the high-ranking official who he said was engaged in corruption, but said he fired a Budget undersecretary. Budget Secretary Ben Diokno later identified him as Gertrudo de Leon. “Corruption, didn’t I tell you I do not like corruption?…He was lucky because there were so […]

President Duterte acknowledges S. China Sea dispute remains a “challenge” Asean has to face

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday acknowledged that the South China sea row was one of the challenges the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was facing. Duterte, who spoke at the High Level Forum on [email protected], said however, that “we are not in a hurry.” “And as a matter of fact, what we did was really the correct step and to avoid confrontational talks with almost all of the parties concerned, just ask […]

Escudero: Aegis Juris fratmen who tried to “cover up” Castillo’s hazing death have tarnished law profession

(Eagle News) — Senator Francis Escudero on Thursday said members of the Aegis Juris fraternity who were attempting to cover up the death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III had tarnished the reputation of the law profession. Speaking at a media briefing, Escudero said those who figured in the online exchange revealed by the Manila Police District in Wednesday’s hearing for this purpose “committed moral turpitude,” after all. “Maliwanag base sa chat nila na nag […]

Cops, taxi driver tagged in Arnaiz-De Guzman slays ask DOJ to dismiss complaints vs them

(Eagle News) — The two Caloocan policemen and the taxi driver tagged in the killings of Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo “Kulot” De Guzman on Thursday asked the Department of Justice to dismiss the complaints  against them. In their counter-affidavit submitted to the DOJ, PO1 Jeffrey Perez and PO1 Ricky Erlita reiterated that Arnaiz, who they said fired at them prompting them to retaliate, was killed in a legitimate police operation on Aug. 18. “Now, how could […]

INFOGRAPHICS: October is Museums and Galleries Month

When planning your next trip, consider visiting a museum or a gallery. Our country has a lot! The late President Corazon Aquino, on Sept. 12, 1991, declared October as the Museums and Galleries Month through Proclamation No. 798. Her aim was to foster the preservation, enrichment, and dynamic evolution of a Filipino national culture. Despite this, most of us have only visited a museum once or twice in our entire life. If not for the […]

Senator Trillanes files ethics complaint vs Gordon

(Eagle News) — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has filed an ethics complaint against Senator Richard Gordon. In his complaint made public on Thursday, Trillanes asked the chairman and members of the Senate committee on ethics and accountability to hold Gordon liable for “unparliamentary acts, language, conduct” which he said were tantamount to misconduct. Last month, Trillanes said he would file the complaint after he and Gordon had a heated exchange during an Aug. 31 blue ribbon […]

Marawi, the city destroyed after the PHL longest urban war

by Cecil Morella Agence France Presse At first glance, the endless rows of devastated buildings could be the aftermath of a great earthquake. But the punctured, bullet-riddled walls tell the true story of the Philippines’ longest urban war. “No one wanted this to happen,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday as he declared Marawi city “liberated from the terrorists’ influence” after a nearly five-month battle with gunmen loyal to the Islamic State group. A day earlier […]