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Bilyun-bilyong piso, nasasayang dahil sa mga sablay na housing units

(Eagle News) — Hindi nababawasan ang problema ng bansa sa mga pabahay para sa mga calamity victims dahil sa mga sablay na pagkakagawa ng mga nasabing housing units. Ayon kay Senador Jv Ejercito, Chairman ng Senate Housing Committee, nakalulungkot dahil bilyun-bilyong piso ang nasasayang na pondo na inilaan para sa mga housing units pero hindi naman tumatagal ang mga naninirahan doon sanhi ng lokasyon at kulang-kulang na mga pasilidad. Hindi rin isinasantabi ni Ejercito na […]

Bello orders POEA to issue guidelines for “processing, deployment of domestic workers” to Kuwait

(Eagle News) — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has ordered the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to issue guidelines for the “processing and deployment of domestic workers” to Kuwait. Bello’s directive was contained in Administrative Order No. 254-A issued on Thursday, May 17. The order was issued on the same day Bello announced the total lifting of the ban on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers to the Gulf state, following the signing of a memorandum […]

Guevarra believes PCGG, OGCC should be under DOJ

(Eagle News)– For Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the Presidential Commission on Good Government and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel should be under the Department of Justice. Guevarra added, however, that he “respect(s)” the decision of the House of Representatives to approve House Bill 7376. The bill, which was approved on third and final reading on Tuesday, May 15,  aims to “eliminate the overlapping of functions and consolidate the legal services in the government into one…” […]

Roque: President Duterte to visit Pag-asa Island within his term

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Pag-asa Island in the South China Sea within his term, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday, May 18. Roque made the statement after the President failed to “jet ski” in the Philippine Rise reportedly to assert the country’s rights over the Philippines’ extended continental shelf. Roque had said the trip to the Philippine Rise was “not feasible,” given the fact that it was underwater. Presidential […]

De Lima arraignment deferred

(Eagle News) — Two Muntinlupa courts have deferred the arraignment of Senator Leila de Lima for drug-related cases. Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo reset the senator’s arraignment to June 22 after her camp filed a motion to quash. The filing came after the court denied her camp’s motion for reconsideration of the court’s decision to allow the prosecution’s amendment of the information filed against De Lima—from illegal drug trading to conspiracy to […]

Immigration bureau gets new spokesperson

(Eagle News) — The Bureau of Immigration has a new spokesperson. In a statement, the BI said immigration officer Dana Mengote-Sandoval was designated as such by immigration commissioner Jaime Morente. Mengote-Sandoval replaces Atty. Ma. Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang, who resigned to work in the private sector. “It has been an honor and privilege to have worked with you all and I will always be grateful for your support,” Mangrobang said in a statement.  

Sereno supporter accuses Calida of having conflict of interest

(Eagle News) — A supporter of Maria Lourdes Sereno is accusing Solicitor General Jose Calida of having a “conflict of interest” over what she said was his and his family’s stake in a company that provides security services to  four government agencies. The accusations of Jocelyn Acosta were contained in a letter to the Solicitor General, who was the same person who filed the quo warranto petition that resulted in a Supreme Court decision that […]

Palace says it respects senators’ “rights” to choose own leader in Senate

By Meanne Corvera Eagle News Service The Palace on Friday, May 18, said it respects the “rights” of senators to choose their own leader in the Upper House. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the comment following reports 14 senators have signed a draft resolution calling for a change in the Senate leadership, with Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto hoping to take the helm from Senate President Koko Pimentel. The draft resolution aimed at naming  Pimentel’s […]

Roque: “Really desperate” opposition has chosen Sereno as “rallying figure” vs Duterte

Opposition is “doomed,” Roque adds (Eagle News) — For Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the opposition is “really desperate.” “Naghahanap sila ng isang rallying figure at ang napili po nila ay si Chief Justice,” Roque said, referring to Maria Lourdes Sereno whose appointment as Chief Justice has been nullified by the Supreme Court. According to Roque, this was a “mistake.” He said if they believe in all surveys, “hindi po pinagkakatiwalaan si Chief Justice, at napakababa […]

Lagman: Eight SC justices who voted to nullify Sereno appointment as CJ “deserve to be impeached”

(Eagle News)— Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Friday, May 18, said the eight Supreme Court justices who voted to grant the quo warranto petition nullifying the appointment of Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice “deserve to be impeached.” In a statement, Lagman said this was the rule “if magistrates who are sworn to uphold the Constitution, subvert the very fundamental law by arrogating jurisdiction over an impeachable official.” In this case, he said he believes Associate Justices […]

JBC shortlist, pagbabatayan ni Pangulong Duterte sa magiging susunod na Ombudsman – Malacañang

(Eagle News) — Nilinaw ng Malacañang na naka-depende pa rin sa shortlist ng Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) ang susunod na Ombudsman kapalit ng magreretirong si Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. Sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, hihintayin ng Malacañang ang shortlist ng JBC kung saan dito pipili si Pangulong Duterte. Kabilang sa mga nag-apply sa JBC bilang Ombudsman sina Edna Batacan, Rex Rico, Rey Ifurung, Felito Ramirez, Rainier Madrid, Judge Carlos Espero Ii, Special Prosecutor Edilberto […]

Modus ng gold jewelries smuggling sa NAIA, idinetalye ng PACC

(Eagle News) — Ibinunyag ng Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) ang bagong modus ng mga sindikato ng alahas at ginto upang maipuslit papasok sa bansa ang kanilang mga alahas. Sa modus, sangkot diumano ang ilang opisyal ng gobyerno, kabilang ang ilang mga opisyal Bureau of Customs. Sabi ni PACC Comissioner Greco Belgica, sinusundo ng mga kurap na opisyal ng pamahalaan ang mga smuggler sa terminal upang kunin at mailabas ang kontrabando. Nangyari aniya ito sa Ninoy […]