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Oplan Balik-Eskuwela ng DepEd, nagsimula na

(Eagle News) —Sinimulan na ngayong araw, Mayo 21, ang Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) ng Department of Education (DepEd) upang masiguro ang maayos na pagbubukas ng klase sa lahat ng pampublikong paaralan sa bansa. Ayon kay DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, ang aktibidad na ito ay tatagal hanggang Hunyo 8, 2018. Ang OBE ay taunang inisyatiba ng DepEd upang hikayatin ang mga ahensya, organisasyon, at iba pang stakeholders sa paghahanda para sa nalalapit na pagbubukas ng klase […]

DFA “taking appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect (PHL) claims” in S. China Sea

(Eagle News)—-The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday, May 21, said it was “taking the appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect our claims and will continue to do so in the future.” The DFA issued the statement following reports of China’s aggressive militarization in the South China Sea, with the recent deployment of bombers allegedly on Woody Island, which is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. “While appropriate language, whether expressions of condemnation or concern, […]

“Maybe I’ll fire (gov’t) corporate counsel,” Duterte says

(Eagle News)—President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, May 19, said  he might just sack the chief of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel. He was apparently referring to Rudolf Philip Jurado, whom he appointed as government corporate counsel in April last year. Duterte did not elaborate. He said however that some individuals have entered government only so they could get enrich themselves. Since he became President, Duterte has been consistent in firing government officials over alleged corruption. […]

Duterte to fire five other gov’t officials

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, May 19, said he would fire five other government officials. While he did not say who these were, he said one of them had asked the help of the presidential sister for a project. “Sabi ko, ‘tanggalin mo.’ Sabi ko, ‘fire him out.’ His violation? He violated my order na pagka ako ang minention or talking to my relatives, even on a conversation about a project only, t***, sisipain […]

Pimentel on looming change in Senate leadership: “No issue at all”

(Eagle News)—Senate President Koko Pimentel on Sunday, May 20, said he had “no issue at all” with a change of leadership in the Senate. Pimentel made the comment following reports he would be replaced by Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto with a majority vote of senators in a caucus on Monday, May 21. “Change will happen with my happy blessings. Change is coming soon,” he said. Last week, 14, senators signed a  resolution “expressing the […]

Sereno camp to file motion for reconsideration of SC decision vs her

(Eagle News)–The camp of Maria Lourdes Sereno will file a motion for reconsideration of the Supreme Court decision that nullified her appointment as Chief Justice next week. This was according to one of her counsels, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay. Sereno’s appointment was nullified by a vote of 8-6. In making the decision, the SC dismissed Sereno’s claims she as an impeachable official could only be removed via impeachment. The SC said impeachment and quo […]

China lands bombers on island in S. China Sea; island believed to be Woody Island claimed by Vietnam, Taiwan, too

BEIJING, China — China has for the first time landed several bombers on an island in the disputed South China Sea. Several bombers of various types — including the long-range, nuclear strike capable H-6K — carried out landing and take off drills at an unidentified island airfield after carrying out simulated strike training on targets at sea, the Chinese airforce said in a statement Friday. Wang Mingliang, a defense expert cited in the statement, said the takeoff and […]

DFA monitoring Kilauea volcano in Hawaii

  (Eagle News)—The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was closely monitoring the Kilauea volcano, after the United States Geological Survey issued a red alert. “The Philippine Consulate General is in touch with representatives of the Hawaii County.., Consul General Joselito Jimeno said in a statement on Saturday, May 19. So far though, Jimeno said that no Filipino of the 15000 on the island has  been affected. Jimeno said he also talked to Hawaii Governor […]

Montano: It was Teo who pushed for “Buhay Carinderia” project

(Eagle News)—-Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano on Friday, May 18, said it was then-Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo who introduced him to the owner of the marketing agency behind the controversial “Buhay Carinderia” program. In an interview over dzbb, Montano said apart from introducing Erlinda Legaspi of MaryLindbert International as a “friend,” it was also Teo who pushed for the payment of P80 million in just a month to the marketing agency even […]

Three diplomats allegedly behind controversial OFW rescue in Kuwait return to PHL

(Eagle News)—The three diplomats who came under fire in Kuwait following a controversial rescue of distressed Overseas Filipino Workers there are back in the Philippines. The Kuwaiti government had planned to charge the diplomats, who were not identified, over the rescue it said was illegal, but the plan was apparently aborted after successful talks between the two countries that resulted in Kuwait agreeing to allow them to return home, and in the signing of an […]

JBC to hold off search for new CJ until final Supreme Court ruling on quo warranto petition vs Sereno

(Eagle News)–The Judicial and Bar Council will wait for the final ruling on the quo warranto petition filed against Maria Lourdes Sereno before it proceeds with the  search for a new Chief Justice. This was confirmed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, an ex-officio member of the JBC. Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court granted the petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida against Sereno, thereby nullifying her appointment as chief magistrate. In making the decision, the […]

DOF chief economist: Funding for several programs will be affected if TRAIN law implementation is suspended

(Eagle News) – Funding for some programs will be “in peril” if the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law is suspended. This is according to Finance Undersecretary and chief economist, Gil Beltran, who made the comment following proposals to suspend the same due to a supposed spike in the rate of inflation, reportedly the fastest in more than 5 years. According to Beltran, in particular, the government expenditures for 2018 on […]