Sison says CPP, NPA the “main targets” of the 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao

(Eagle News) — Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison said the “main targets” of the one-year extension of martial law by Congress are his group and the New People’s Army. In a statement, Sison said, however, that “the (Duterte) regime overestimates the capability of (the CPP-NPA’s) total armed strength of 170,000 in an archipelago of 115,000 square miles.” “It exaggerates the psychological impact of terror tactics under martial rule and the effectiveness […]

Aquino slams VACC’s Topacio; says lawyer’s accusations vs him, other former gov’t officials not backed up by proof

(Eagle News) — Former President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday slammed lawyer Ferdinand Topacio after he recommended that he and several of his officials be investigated for plunder over the Dengvaxia mess. “Siyempre, gusto (kong) sabihin alam mo, sinisiraan mo reputasyon namin. Pwede ka (ma)slander, hindi ka covered ng parliamentary immunity. Magbibitaw ka (ng salita), ganun na lang e,” Aquino said in a press conference after attending the Senate hearing on the snafu. According to […]

More Filipinos expect better lives in 2018: SWS

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — Almost half or 47 percent of Filipino adults expect to lead better lives in 2018, according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations. The results yielded a net personal optimism of +42, which the SWS classified as “excellent.” The figure was two points higher than the figure recorded in June. More than 40 percent—43 percent —of Filipino adults were also optimistic that the Philippine economy in […]

PAGASA: Tropical Storm “Urduja” to make landfall in E. Samar on Friday morning

(Eagle News) — Tropical Storm “Urduja” is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar on Friday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. In its 5 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said the center of “Urduja” as of 4 p.m. was estimated at 85 kilometers east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The tropical storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per […]

“Magnificent 7” to challenge martial law extension in Mindanao before SC

(Eagle News) — The so-called Magnificent 7 group in the House of Representatives is set to file a petition questioning the second extension of martial law in Mindanao. “We are definitely filing a petition before the Supreme Court…I hope this time the Supreme Court will see that there is no factual and constitutional basis for the extension of martial law in Mindanao,” Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said in a press conference on Thursday. According to […]

Ubial: Garin’s husband, Iloilo Rep. Garin, and Cebu Rep. Garcia “pressured” me into continuing, expanding dengue program

(Eagle News) — Former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Thursday said the husband of former Health Secretary Janette Garin pressured her into placing additional budget into Dengvaxia. “You have to put additional budget for the dengue vaccine to continue this para naman di maprejudice ang first and second (shots) mo,” Ubial quoted Iloilo Rep. Oscar Garin as saying during the 2016 budget deliberations. Ubial added that Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia had “insisted” that the vaccination […]

Mga tanggapan ng gobyerno, walang pasok sa Disyembre 26 at Enero 2

MANILA, Philippines (Eagle News) — Sinuspinde na ng Malacañang ang pasok sa gobyerno sa Disyembre 26 at Enero 2. Batay sa Memorandum Circular No. 37 na nilagdaan ni Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, sinuspinde ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang trabaho sa gobyerno para mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga government employees na makasama ang kani-kanilang mga pamilya sa darating na holiday season. Saklaw ng memorandum circular ang mga nasa government-owned and -controlled corporations, government financial institutions, state […]

President Duterte confident that Senate will uncover truth behind Dengvaxia controversy

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed confidence that the Senate will be able to uncover the truth behind the Dengvaxia controversy. Duterte also said that he is in no position to judge who is responsible for this, nor is he ready to “condemn” anybody. “I cannot blame anybody. I am not prepared to condemn anybody there simply because binili nga natin ‘yun…Not as yet so I am not prepared to pass […]

Communist leaders Tiamzons, Silva ask Manila court to deny gov’t plea for their re-arrest

(Eagle News) — Communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, and another have asked the Manila Regional Trial court not to cancel their bail despite the government’s termination of peace talks with their group. In a joint comment filed with Branch 32, the Tiamzons and Adelberto Silva asked that “in the alternative, that the resolution on the motion be deferred so as not to render moot and academic the efforts and overwhelming calls toward the resumption […]

Tropical depression “Urduja” slightly intensifies as it nears Eastern Samar

  (Eagle News) — Tropical depression “Urduja” has slightly intensified and slowed down as it threatened Samar provinces, according to the country’s weather bureau, PAGASA. As of 10 a.m., Thursday (December 14), the center of tropical depression “Urduja” was estimated based on all available data at 120 kilometers east of Guian, Eastern Samar.  It has maximum sustained winds of up to 60 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, […]

Aquino defends apparent haste with which money for purchase of Dengvaxia was released

We didn’t want to expose the public to a risk that could have been prevented, he says (Eagle News) — Former President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday defended the apparent haste with which the money for the purchase of Dengvaxia was released. Speaking before the Senate blue ribbon committee inquiry into the Dengvaxia mess, Aquino said this had to be done so as not to “expose the public to a risk that could have been […]

Gordon says Sanofi asked to meet with him but he refused

(Eagle News) — Senator Richard Gordon on Thursday revealed he was “approached” by Sanofi so they could have a meeting with him. “But I’m sorry, I’m not going to meet with them. It’s not advisable and not timely to do so knowing what I read,” Gordon said, apparently referring to the reports of bribery and false claims, among others, that have hounded Sanofi in other parts of the world. He said the French ambassador also […]