“Isang” intensifies into Tropical Storm; signal no. 1 hoisted over Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands

(Eagle News) — “Isang” intensified into a Tropical Storm on Sunday, as it continued to move westward and brought rains in parts of the country. In an 11 p.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration said as of 10 p.m., the eye of “Isang” was at 485 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, bringing maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to […]

Gilas overpower Thais in nail-biting SEA Games opener

(Eagle News) — Gilas Pilipinas took home the bacon on Sunday night after beating Thailand in a nail-biting Southeast Asian Games opener. The two national teams were neck-and-neck from the start, with Gilas gaining a slight advantage over the white shirts by the end of the first quarter. Thailand took the lead in the second quarter with good shooting, but Gilas lagged closely behind. The third quarter continued to be a close game between the […]

Gilas end Fiba Asia journey in 7th place after beating Jordan in nail-biting match

(Eagle News) — Gilas Pilipinas ended their Fiba Asia journey in seventh place, after beating Jordan in a nail-biting match that saw both teams fighting tooth and nail in the last seconds. The white shirts mostly had the lead in the game, but the Jordanians quickly gained their footing in the fourth quarter, as they made their shots from the paint and from the three-point line. With only one minute remaining, the red shirts led […]

Police present alleged drug suspect who claims 17-year-old killed in Caloocan drug op was “drug runner”

(Eagle News) — The seventeen-year-old who was killed in a drug operation in Caloocan last week was a drug pusher, and not an innocent student. This was according to the man police said was a drug pusher, and who was presented to the media on Sunday. Renato “Nono” Loveras said he would pay  Kian Loyd delos Santos two to three times every week, in exchange for shabu the 17-year-old himself  handed over to him. He […]

Police: Six dead as MILF launches offensive vs BIFF

The Philippines’ largest Muslim militant group has launched a deadly offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a splinter faction that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, police said Saturday. The fighting between the two groups began about two weeks ago in the marshy farmlands around the southern town of Datu Salibo in Maguindanao, regional police spokeswoman Tara Leah Cuyco said. Clashes between the MILF and its offshoot took place on Friday and Saturday, […]

Gilas falls to Lebanon; to battle Jordan for seventh place on Sunday

(Eagle News) — Gilas Pilipinas took a beating from Lebanon on Saturday, dashing hopes of finishing fifth in the prestigious Fiba Asia Cup. The Lebanese proved too physical for the white shirts, who struggled to score points in the first few minutes of the game. The Filipinos managed to reduce the lead in the next quarters, after adjusting their defensive strategy, and shooting back to back baskets. But  the Lebanese proved to be quite a […]

Malaysia holds off on Filipino’s execution: DFA

(Agence France Presse) — Malaysia has granted a last-minute stay of execution to a convicted Filipino murderer following an appeal by Manila, Philippine officials said Saturday. Ejah Jaafar, whose age was not given, was scheduled to hang on Friday after being found guilty of murder in Malaysia in 2006. But following an appeal by the Philippine mission in Kuala Lumpur, Jaafar’s case was referred back to the pardons board in Sabah state, according to a […]

Palace designates Undersecretary Leyco as OIC of social welfare dep’t

  (Eagle News) — The Palace has designated an officer in charge in the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Appointed was Social Welfare Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco. Layco’s appointment comes after Judy Taguiwalo was rejected as social welfare secretary by the powerful Commission on Appointments. Taguiwalo is the third Cabinet official appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte who was rejected by the CA. First was Perfecto Yasay and then Gina Lopez as secretaries of foreign affairs […]

Aguirre laughs off Trillanes allegation that DOJ setting stage to absolve Kenneth Dong

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News) — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre laughed off the allegation of Senator Antonio Trillanes that he is laying down the scenario that will absolve controversial trader Kenneth Dong from charges involving the entry of Php 6.4 billion worth of illegal drugs from China. Trillanes on Thursday, August 17 said, “Secretary Aguirre is setting the stage to absolve Paolo Duterte’s good friend/partner, Kenneth Dong, in this P6-billion shabu controversy.” Aguirre’s response to […]

Duterte wants to investigate CHR for “conspiracy,” but CHR claims it is just doing its job

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News) — Fed up with the continuous defense of the Commission on Human Rights regarding the rights of criminals, President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to place the human rights advocates under investigation. “One of these days, kayong Human Rights, kayo ang imbestigahin ko. Totoo. Conspiracy,” the President said during a speech at the 19th anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption in Malacañang on Wednesday, August 16. He also […]

DOJ grants Comelec chair Bautista’s wife “provisional admission” to Witness Protection Program

(Eagle News) — The wife of Commission on Elections Chair Andres Bautista has been given “provisional admission” to the Witness Protection Program. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said he signed Patricia Bautista’s certificate for such on Friday, after she “freely and voluntarily” sought to be included in the WPP in the morning. The female Bautista had said her husband, from whom she has been estranged, could have amassed over P1 billion worth of ill-gotten wealth. She […]

Muntinlupa court defers Senator De Lima’s arraignment in drug case

(Eagle News) — A Muntinlupa court has postponed the arraignment of Senator Leila de Lima slated on Friday. Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz of Branch 205 moved the date of her arraignment in the conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading case  to Sept. 15 instead. The arraignment is in connection with the proliferation of illegal drugs in the New Bilibid Prison when she was justice secretary. De Lima faces two other drug cases before Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court […]