House adopts reso urging Duterte to reconsider appointment of Diokno as Budget secretary

Diokno unfazed; questions integrity of his accusers  (Eagle News) — The House of Representatives on Wednesday, Dec. 12, adopted a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his appointment of Ben Diokno as Budget secretary. House Resolution 2365, authored by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, was adopted after Diokno was grilled by House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya for what the lawmaker said were “insertions” amounting to  billions in infrastructure funds in the proposed 2019 national budget […]

PNP hails Congress’ approval of third martial law extension in Mindanao; vows to respect human rights, follow rule of law

(Eagle News) — The Philippine National Police on Wednesday, Dec. 12, vowed to continue respecting human rights and to continue following the rule of law. PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde issued the statement after Congress approved a third extension of martial law in Mindanao, heeding the request of President Rodrigo Duterte who had cited the need to sustain the gains in the region and the need to quell the existing rebellion there. This is the third […]

Palace to probe allegations of corruption on P75 billion budget augmentation to DPWH

(Eagle News) – Malacanang will investigate allegations of corruption in the P75 billion added in the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno had admitted to have been responsible for. “Since there is an allegation of corruption, it follows that we have to investigate,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing. The Palace spokesperson noted that Diokno had already denied that there was any corruption involved in this. […]

Sandiganbayan defers Napoles’ transfer to Correctional Institution for Women

(Eagle News) — The Sandiganbayan has deferred alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles’ transfer to the Correctional Institution for Women pending resolution of her appeal for her to remain detained in Camp Bagong Diwa. The anti-graft court instead ordered the  Office of the Special Prosecutor to comment on the appeal of Napoles, who had cited security reasons in arguing against her transfer to the CIW after her conviction for plunder. The anti-graft court on […]

WATCH: President Duterte welcomes Cambodia, Spain envoys to the PHL

President Rodrigo Duterte received Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the Philippines, His Excellency Leng Chanvirak, and Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of Spain to the Philippines, His Excellency Jorge Moragas Sanchez, for their presentation of credentials at the Reception Hall of Malacañang Palace on December 12, 2018. In order of the ceremony, the first to present his credentials is Cambodian Ambassador Chanvirak followed by Spanish Ambassador Sanchez. After a photo opportunity, President Duterte and […]

Palace thanks Congress for approving third extension of martial law in Mindanao

(Eagle News) — The Palace on Wednesday, Dec. 12, thanked Congress for approving President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for a third extension of martial law in Mindanao. “We thank our lawmakers for sharing the Executive’s view that the extension is purely intended for the general welfare and well being of the people of Mindanao,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement, calling the approval a “positive development.” According to Panelo, “public safety demands decisive action […]

Presyuhan ng iligal na droga sa bansa, muli na namang tumaas – PDEA

(Eagle News) — Mula sa isang libong piso kada gramo, umakyat na raw ulit sa dalawa hanggang tatlong libong piso kada gramo ang bentahan ngayon ng iligal na droga sa Metro Manila at iba pang bahagi ng bansa. Ito ang lumabas sa panibagong test buy na isinagawa ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Nitong mga nakalipas na buwan, bumagsak ang presyo ng shabu dahil umano sa nakapuslit na bilyong pisong halaga ng iligal na droga sa […]

AFP extends “appreciation” for Congress’ grant of another extension of martial law in Mindanao

(Eagle News)– The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday, Dec. 12, extended its “appreciation” for Congress’ grant of another extension of martial law in Mindanao. ““We appreciate this grant that lengthens the period of Martial Law implementation (in Mindanao)..,” Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesperson, said in a statement. He said the AFP was “mindful that it is impressed with enormous responsibility…to quell the rebellion that persists in Mindanao and prevent lawless violence by […]

Provincial Peace and Order Council ng Zamboanga Sibugay suportado ang pagpapalawig ng martial law sa rehiyon

(Eagle News) — Naglabas ng resolution ang Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) ng Zamboanga Sibugay upang ipakita ang kanilang suporta sa pagpapalawig ng martial law sa Mindanao. Ayon kay Zamboanga Sibugay Governor at PPOC Chairman Wilter Yap Palma, sinusuportahan niya ang extension ng batas militar dahil sa positibong idinudulot nito lalo na sa peace and order sa kanilang lalawigan. Paliwanag pa ni Palma, iba naman ang umiiral na batas militar ngayon kung ikukumpara sa […]

SC temporarily blocks Mandaluyong court’s order stopping gov’t from interfering in Angkas operations

(Eagle News) — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a local court’s order preventing the government from interfering in Angkas’ operations. The High Court’s second division issued the temporary restraining order on Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 213 Judge Carlos Valenzuela’s Aug. 18 order as it resolves the petition for certiorari filed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the Department of Transportation before it. In the Aug. 20 order, Valenzuela also stopped the […]

Congress approves one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao anew

(Eagle News) — The 17th Congress on Wednesday, Dec. 12, voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for a third time. Two hundred thirty five lawmakers voted for the extension, 28 against it, and one abstained. Among the senators, 12 senators–Senate President Tito Sotto, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senators Gringo Honasan, Ping Lacson, Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, Koko Pimentel, JV Ejercito, Sonny Angara, Sherwin Gatchalian and Manny Pacquiao–voted for the extension […]

Escudero questions legality of 17th Congress voting to extend Mindanao martial law to December 2019

Our own terms as lawmakers will expire before, in June 2019, Escudero explains (Eagle News) — Senator Francis Escudero on Wednesday, Dec. 12, questioned the legality of the 17th Congress voting for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao, or up to December 2019, even when some of the members’ terms were set to expire months before, or in June of that year. “Maaari ba talaga tayong magbigay ng extension ng one year samantalang […]