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DOST-PHIVOLCS muling magsasagawa ng nationwide earthquake drill bukas, Pebrero 21

(Eagle News) — Muling magsasagawa ng nationwide earthquake drill ang Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) sa darating na Huwebes, Pebrero 21. Ang unang quarter ng nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill ay isasagawa sa ganap na alas dos ng hapon (2:00 PM). Kaya naman inaanyayahan ang lahat na makiisa sa earthquake drill at sabay-sabay na mag-duck, cover and hold pagsapit ng nabanggit na oras. Layon ng kasanayan na masukat ang kahandaan at masubukan ang response […]

Duterte signs into law measure granting protection to children in conflict areas

(Eagle News)—President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that will grant protection to children in conflict areas. Under RA 11188, the government is ordered to take all measures to prevent the “recruitment, re-recruitment, use, displacement of, or grave child rights violations against children involved in armed conflict.” It also requires the government to provide special protection to children, called “zones of peace,” in “situations of armed conflict from all forms of abuse, violence, neglect, […]

Duterte signs Lifetime Cellphone Number Act into law

(Eagle News)—President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that would allow cellphone holders to keep their numbers even if they change service providers. Under the reconciled Senate and House versions of the Lifetime Cellphone Number Act approved by the bicameral conference committee in November last year,  mobile subscribers are not required to pay a fee when they decide to retain their existing mobile number even when they change the type of subscription from […]

FDA permanently revokes Dengvaxia certificate of product registration

(Eagle News) — The Food and Drug Administration has permanently revoked the certificate of product registration of the controversial vaccine Dengvaxia. The FDA made the announcement in a statement after Sanofi Pasteur, the drug manufacturer, admitted the vaccine could cause severe dengue in those who were administered the same and who have not had dengue beforehand. Prior to Sanofi’s admission, over 800,000 schoolchildren were administered Dengvaxia under the government’s national immunization program launched during the […]

Two senators back Sara Duterte as country’s future president

(Eagle News) — Two senators on Tuesday, Feb. 19, backed Davao Mayor Sara Duterte as the country’s president in the future, noting what they said were her good qualities. In a text message to reporters, Senator Panfilo Lacson said the daughter of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte remains his “top choice” if “the next leader of our country would emerge from the young, fresh and new faces in national politics.” “I’ve said this before sometime in […]

JUST IN: SC upholds constitutionality of third extension of Mindanao martial law, suspension of writ of habeas corpus

(Eagle News)—The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the third extension of martial law in Mindanao and the suspension of the privilege of writ of habeas corpus there until Dec. 31. This was after the SC junked the consolidated petitions filed by the camps of Rep. Edcel Lagman, Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate, Christian Monsod and Rius Valle challenging the legality of such. According to an SC statement, those who voted to junk […]

NBI’s internal affairs division probes Ressa camp’s harassment claims vs NBI agents who served arrest warrant vs her

(Eagle News)—The National Bureau of Investigation has asked its internal affairs division to look into Rappler’s allegations NBI agents who served the arrest warrant  against the news site’s executive editor Maria Ressa for cyber libel harassed  staff in the process. In a letter to Justice Undersecretary Adrian Sugay, NBI director Dante Gierran said the NBI’s IAD would make a report on the incident “as soon as possible.” “Rest assured that we will take this matter […]

Light rains expected in parts of PHL as northeast monsoon continues to affect country

(Eagle News)–Light rains are expected in some parts of the Philippines as the northeast monsoon continues to affect the country. In its weather forecast on Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Region, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, and Quezon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country, on the other hand, PAGASA said, will […]

Palace assures public of transparency in use of P10-billion rice fund

(Eagle News)—The Palace on Tuesday, Feb. 19, assured the public there would be transparency in the use of the P10-billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, and no corruption. “Good governance is the hallmark of the Duterte Administration and the President has zero tolerance against corruption and wastage of taxpayers’ money,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. According to Panelo, the Secretary of Agriculture would be accountable  for the rice fund, which will be derived from the 35 percent […]

PNP to release list of “narco-politicians” soon

(Eagle News)—The Philippine National Police on Tuesday, Feb. 19, said it would release a list of “narco-politicians” ahead of the 2019 elections. In a television interview, Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, said the list was so far undergoing “validation.” He said the list would be released “soon.” Upon his assumption of office, President Rodrigo Duterte released a list of “narco-generals,” or then-PNP officials who were engaged in illegal drug activities. The list included former National […]

Siargao and Coron, next target of gov’t’s clean-up and rehab efforts, says DOT

  (Eagle News) – The Department of Tourism is eyeing Siargao and Coron as its next target for government clean-up and rehabilitation efforts. This was according to Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat who bared on Monday future rehabilitation efforts for these two popular tourism sites. Romulo-Puyat also said that there are ongoing clean-up and rehabilitation efforts in two other popular tourist spots – Panglao in Bohol, and El Nido in Palawan. “We are rehabilitating Panglao, Bohol […]

Trillanes: Duterte’s request for measure lifting bank secrecy law in fraud cases “pure lip service”

(Eagle News)–Senator Antonio Trillanes IV labeled as “pure lip service” President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for a law lifting bank secrecy for fraud cases. “Ni ayaw nga pumirma ng waiver nung nabisto s’ya na may mahigit P2 billion sa bangko,” Trillanes said in a statement. Trillanes was referring to the time Duterte refused to sign a waiver following the senator’s allegations he had billions in his bank accounts. But the President then vehemently denied the allegations made […]