PNP on high alert after CPP declaration of intensified offensives following ML extension in Mindanao

(Eagle News) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said that its whole force would be on high alert after the latest declaration from Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leadership of intensified offensives against government forces and other civilian targets following the extension of martial law in Mindanao. PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde said that latest order from CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison to the New People’s Army showed that the communist leadership was […]

Senate ratifies bicameral report on bill aimed at setting up national framework vs cancer

(Eagle News) — The Senate on Thursday, Dec. 13, ratified the bicameral conference report on the cancer control bill that aims to establish a national framework to combat the disease. Under the measure–which reconciles Senate Bill No. 1850  or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act with House Bill No. 8636— a National Integrated Cancer Advisory Council shall be created to develop the National Cancer Control roadmap. The roadmap, a statement issued by Senator JV Ejercito said,  will […]

Martial law critics dared to go to Mindanao

(Eagle News) – Critics of the extension of martial law in Mindanao were challenged to personally go there to see what is really happening in the region. This was according to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III who offered this dare to those opposing martial law extension in Mindanao. He said these critics should bring their arguments to Mindanao where they should explain why they are against it. “I wish those against ML in Mindanao […]

Poe: Only a third of P977-million TRAIN fuel subsidy given to operators, drivers

(Eagle News) — Senator Grace Poe on Thursday, Dec. 13, revealed only one third of the P977 million allotted as fuel subsidy for jeepney drivers and operators has been distributed to them. According to Poe, based on a report given to her,  only 69,065 ‘Pantawid Pasada’ cards containing P5,000 subsidy each were turned over to the drivers and operators, for a total amount of P345 million. Poe said there are 171836 intended beneficiaries of the cards, […]

Senate ratifies bicameral report on tax amnesty

(Eagle News) — The Senate on Thursday, Dec. 13, ratified the bicameral conference committee report that gives those who have tax obligations for taxable year 2017 and prior years the opportunity to settle them. “This is but another step in the long quest toward an efficient and equitable tax system,” Senator Sonny Angara, chairman of the Senate ways and means committee, said. Under the measure,  if passed into law, taxpayers will be given the option to […]

Lacson urges Medialdea not to endorse recommendation for special session on budget

(Eagle News) — Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday, Dec. 13, urged Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea not to endorse Budget Secretary Ben Diokno’s possible recommendation for a special session to allow for the passage of the national budget for 2019 before the year ends. Lacson made the appeal during the plenary deliberation on the P6.773-billion proposed budget for the Office of the President and its attached agencies. The Senate and the House of Representatives are slated to […]

97% ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno, nakapag-comply na sa FOI program – Sec. Andanar

(Eagle News) — Nasa 97 percent na ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno ang nakapag-enrol na sa Freedom Of Information (FOI) program. Ayon kay Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, ang ilan sa mga local government unit mula sa Ilocos Norte, Mindoro at Mindanao, maging sa Angeles City at mga local water utility, ay nagboluntaryo na lumahok sa foi program. Ang PCOO aniya ay nagtutungo sa mga iba’t-ibang lugar sa bansa para sanayin ang […]

NEU Technology Research Center, inilunsad para sa iba’t ibang technology innovations

(Eagle News) — Inilunsad ng New Era University ang makabagong departamento ng pamantasan na tinawag na NEU Technology Research Center. Ang nasabing bagong departamento ay may layong itaguyod ang iba’t-ibang mga imbesyon ng mga estudyante ng pamantasan na magiging malaking tulong sa hinaharap. Ayon kay NEU President Dr. Nilo Rosas, isa ito sa kanilang bagong inobasyon upang makasabay sa umuusad na panahon lalo na sa teknolohiya. Kabilang sa nais maituro ng pamantasan ay ang iba’t-ibang […]

Palace: Duterte’s confidence in Diokno remains “unimpaired”

(Eagle News) — The Palace on Thursday, Dec. 13, said Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno still enjoys the full trust and confidence of President Rodrigo Duterte. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement after the House of Representatives adopted House Resolution No. 2365 urging President Duterte to reconsider his appointment of Diokno. The lower house adopted the resolution authored by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, after House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya accused Diokno of being behind alleged insertions […]

Duterte to attend Balangiga bells turnover in Eastern Samar, after all

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the official turnover of the Balangiga bells in Eastern Samar on Saturday, after all. This was, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, after the President himself “made changes in his schedule” due to the “persistent requests from the people of Eastern Samar who look forward” to him personally bringing the bells to  Balangiga. Earlier, Panelo said “pressing matters of governance” would keep Duterte from attending the official turnover in […]

In response to third Mindanao martial law extension, CPP orders NPA to intensify attacks vs gov’t security forces

(Eagle News) — The Communist Party of the Philippines has ordered its armed wing, the New People’s Army, to intensify its attacks against government security forces in response to Congress’ approval of a third martial law extension in Mindanao. In a statement, the CPP ordered NPA guerrillas “to exert all possible effort to punish the worst fascist units and officers of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) who have committed grave crimes against the […]

DBM’s Diokno warns of “detrimental” impact, economic slowdown if Congress fails to pass 2019 nat’l budget

  (Eagle News) – Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno warned of “detrimental” effects to the country’s economy in case Congress fails to approve the proposed 2019 national budget of PHP3.757-trillion. According to Department of Budget and Media estimates, a reenacted budget would reduce disbursements by around PhP220 billion by 2019. Diokno said the growth impact of such a reduction would be “detrimental” and could lead to an economic slowdown. “While ‘the sky will not fall down’ […]