2 Customs officials deny Lacson’s corruption allegations vs them

(Eagle News) — Two Customs officials who were implicated last year by Senator Panfilo Lacson in the “tara” system in the bureau denied on Tuesday the allegations. Deputy Commissioners Natalio Ecarma III and Edward James Dy Buco made the denial during a Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on corruption in the Bureau of Customs. “I’d like to tell this honorable body and the whole nation that I categorically deny that I received, ordered or authorized […]

Aguirre admits to meeting Napoles lawyer but denies he gave him legal advice

Says Napoles, as “co-conspirator” in crime of plunder that targets public officials, is eligible for WPP (Eagle News) — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Tuesday admitted that he and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea met with Janet Lim Napoles’ lawyer in Malacanang. But in a press conference in the Palace, Aguirre said there was never a time during the meeting he and Medialdea provided legal advice to Stephen David. He said they only talked about Napoles’ […]

ES Medialdea denies he gave legal advice to Napoles’ lawyer

(Eagle News) — Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Tuesday denied that he gave legal advice to the counsel of Janet Lim Napoles. “Why would I give a legal advice to a lawyer for his client?” Medialdea, a lawyer by profession, said in a message to reporters. “If I were his client, I will fire him,” Medialdea added. On Monday, lawyer Stephen David said that he met in Malacanang with Medialdea and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, who […]

Dominguez to LGUs: Tap DOF programs to build climate-resilient communities, development projects

  (Eagle News) – Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has urged local government units (LGUs) to tap funds to build climate-resilient communities and implement development projects. In a statement on Monday, March 19, the finance chief advised LGUs  to take advantage of the two funding programs administered by the Department of Finance’s Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO)—the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) and the Municipal Development Fund (MDF). According to Dominguez, LGUs can avail of the […]

Palace announces suspension of classes in Metro Manila on Tuesday

(Eagle News) — The Palace announced a suspension of classes in Metro Manila on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the decision to suspend was made by President Rodrigo Duterte himself, “in view of actual and/or imminent threats posed by some groups.” He was apparently referring to the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide, which announced it would hold another transport strike in protest of the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program soon. […]

Poe slams alleged special treatment given to Napoles

(Eagle News) — Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday slammed what she said was the “special treatment” being given to Janet Lim Napoles. Poe made the statement after Napoles was provisionally admitted to the Department of Justice’s Witness Protection Program following her execution of an affidavit supposedly providing additional details about the P10-billion pork barrel scam. “There are requisites for one to be admitted as a state witness, most notable requirements are that the accused does […]

Paglalagay ng charging stations sa mga paliparan, ipinag-utos ng DOTr

MANILA, Philippines (Eagle News) — Ipinag-utos ni Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade sa lahat ng pamunuan ng mga paliparan sa bansa na maglagay ng sapat na charging station sa kanilang passenger terminal buildings partikular sa departure area. Ayon kay Tugade, ito ay upang masigurong may magagamit ang mga biyahero habang naghihintay sa kanilang scheduled flights. Simpleng serbisyo lamang aniya ito pero malaking bagay para sa mga pasahero.

“No leave and no day-off” policy sa mga airport at security personnel sa long holiday – CAAP

MANILA, Philippines (Eagle News) — Magpapatupad ang Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) ng “no leave and no day-off” policy sa mga airport at security personnel. Ito ay upang matiyak na ligtas at komportable ang operasyon sa apatnapung paliparan sa bansa sa mahabang bakasyon sa susunod na linggo. Karagdagang security measures din ang ilalatag sa mga paliparan. Maglalagay rin ng mga help desk para matugunan ang anumang concern ng mga pasahero.

President Duterte extends “warmest congratulations” to Putin for his re-election

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte has extended his “warmest congratulations” to Russian President Vladimir Putin for his re-election. “As he resumes performance of his duties, President Duterte wishes President Putin more success in leading Russia to greater progress and in advancing the cause of peace and security in our region and in the larger international community,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement issued shortly after he arrived from Sydney where he […]

Palace: President Duterte is against divorce

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte is against divorce. This is what Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified during a press conference in Camarines Sur on Monday, March 19. “Ayaw po sana niyang magkomento pero since nagbotohan na naman sa kamara, ang Presidente po ay tutol sa divorce,” Roque said. According to Roque, the President said it would be the children who would bear the brunt of the effects of a divorce between parents. “Ang […]

Pimentel: Passage in Senate of counterpart bill postponing barangay polls no longer possible

(Eagle News) — The postponement of barangay  elections will most likely not push through. This was after Senate President Koko Pimentel said that the passage of a counterpart bill in the Senate was no longer possible. Earlier the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading a measure deferring the polls originally slated in May. According to Pimentel, the Congress is slated to go on a break on March 24. It will resume session on […]

Napoles’ lawyer says he met with ES Medialdea, Aguirre in Malacañang to discuss next steps

(Eagle News)– The lawyer of Janet Lim Napoles on Monday said he met with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea after she was provisionally admitted to the Witness Protection Program. “Ang pinag-usapan namin whether or not magfa-file ba siya (Napoles) ng motion (seeking her transfer to the Department of Justice),” Stephen David told reporters in the Sandiganbayan, where he attended a hearing on their urgent motion. According to David, prior to the […]