Category: National

4.9-magnitude quake hits Ilocos Sur

(Eagle News) — A 4.9-magnitude quake struck Ilocos Sur on Thursday. The earthquake struck 43 kilometers northwest of Santa Catalina at 3:06 p.m. Depth of focus was at 25 kilometers. The earthquake was felt at Intensity III in Vigan, and at Intensity V in Sinait, both in Ilocos Sur. An Intensity III was felt in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte. No aftershocks are expected.  

DOJ junks Faeldon motion to dismiss PDEA-filed complaints vs him in connection with P6.4-B drug shipment mess

(Eagle News) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has junked  former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon’s motion to dismiss the complaints filed against him in connection with the P6.4-billion drug shipment that slipped through the country via Customs express lanes in May. In junking Faeldon’s motion, the DOJ investigating panel said it “finds no cogent reason to deviate from (the) earlier position of the Department that it has jurisdiction to conduct preliminary investigation over drug cases involving […]

News in Photos: President Duterte visits BJMP in Taguig City

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, October 18, visited the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-National Capital Region (BJMP-NCR) at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. During his visit, the President presided over a meeting with BJMP officials, and talked to jail officials. He also checked the living conditions of the inmates, promising to give one television set in each cell. All photos are from Malacañang.

President Duterte: PHL to no longer accept EU aid

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday stood by his earlier pronouncement the Philippines will no longer accept grants from the European Union. In a speech at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Taguig, Duterte said this was because the aid comes with strings attached. He said for instance, when they offered an amount, “i-specify nila na para ito sa Bureau of Fire kasi magbigay sila ng truck. Pero, gusto nila bilihin mo […]

At least 13 terrorists killed in Marawi since Thursday night; authorities confirming if Dr. Mahmud Ahmad among dead

(Eagle News) — At least 13 terrorists were neutralized by government troops in Marawi in operations that began on Thursday night. Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Force Ranao, said those killed were 13, but Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla said in a radio interview that the figure amounted to 20. Padilla said of the 20, 13 were killed on Thursday, while the remaining were neutralized on Friday morning. […]

Lorraine Badoy appointed as PCOO undersecretary, Social Welfare OIC says

(Eagle News) — Social Welfare  Assistant Secretary Lorraine Badoy has been appointed to the Presidential Communications Operations Office. Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco, officer in charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, confirmed her new appointment as undersecretary in the PCOO on Wednesday. “…(She) is now in the process of completing and turning over her responsibilities which is expected to last until the end of the month,” Leyco said. He also thanked Badoy for her contributions to […]

LOOK: Excerpts of Aegis Juris frat members, alumni online exchange showing alleged cover-up of Castillo’s hazing death

Here are some excerpts from what the Manila Police District said was an online exchange among members and alumni of the Aegis Juris fraternity. Some of those who participated in the exchange are already full-fledged lawyers. Their identities have been concealed, pending the MPD’s filing of additional charges against them. The quotes are also not in order. “May news na kung nalinis na frat (library)? “If worse puntahan ka, just deny it, for me, let […]

3 Abu Sayyaf members, including Hapilon’s cousin, surrender to authorities in Basilan

(Eagle News) –Three members of the Abu Sayyaf– including a relative of Isnilon Hapilon–have surrendered to authorities in Basilan. Joint Task Force Basilan Commander Col. Juvymax Uy said Ben Salim Sapilin, alias Ben Bilog, Hapilon’s cousin; Rami Ben Sapilin, alias Attik; and Mohammad Endeng, alias Aburayhan; turned themselves in to the 74th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Jonas Templo at the 74th Infantry Battalion headquarters on Tuesday. The surrender came a day after Abu Sayyaf […]

At least 7 Aegis Juris members refuse to submit DNA samples, undergo DNA tests

(Eagle News) — At least seven members of the Aegis Juris fraternity who attended Wednesday’s Senate hearing refused to submit DNA samples and be subjected to a test that would determine if they were present in the fraternity library where the hazing rites that led to the death of Horacio Castillo III took place. As such, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian concluded that Arvin Balag, Oliver Onofre, Ralph Trangia, Joshua Macabili, Bongget Rogelio, Ranie Santiago and Mhin Wei […]

NDRRMC: 5 teams deployed to Marawi now conducting post-conflict assessment; initial results expected by Oct. 27

(Eagle News) — An initial assessment of the damage in Marawi is expected to be completed by Oct. 27. Mina Marasigan, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesperson, said that five teams with 145 members each were deployed in the war-torn city for this purpose on Monday. She said 49 barangays are to be assessed. On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi liberated from the clutches of terrorists who overran the city in May in a […]

NBI arrests woman recruiting terrorists through social media

(Eagle News) – The National Bureau of Investigation has arrested a woman who allegedly recruits foreigners to join terrorist groups in Mindanao. Karen Aiza Hamidon, 36, was arrested in her house in Taguig City last October 11 by  operatives of the NBI Counter Terrorism Division. The NBI found 296 posts made by the suspect. It said they were inciting rebellion in Marawi City.