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Palace: Miriam Defensor Santiago’s election as ICC judge “void”

(Eagle News)–For the Palace, the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s election as International Criminal Court judge was void from the start. “If the position is we’ve never been a state party, then logically it is void unless the international court says it is not,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. Asked why Raul Pangalangan, who currently sits as a judge in the tribunal, was never pulled out, Panelo said “we don’t have to pull out anybody […]

Palace: Those against law mandating bigger, color-coded license plates for motorcycles can go to courts

(Eagle News)—The Palace on Monday, March 25, said those who feel the law requiring motorcycles to have bigger and color-coded license plates was unconstitutional can raise the issue before the courts. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the comment as the government stood firm the law recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte would be implemented without fear or favor. “Everyone should comply. No exception,” Panelo said. Panelo issued the statement days after around 50,000 motorcycle riders […]

PNP identifies 941 election hot spots

(Eagle News)–The Philippine National Police on Monday, March 25, identified over 900 election hot spots. The 941 hotspots identified by PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde as of March 20 were around 200 more than the  701 it earlier reported. The following red areas or areas of grave concern have been identified in the following regions: 118 red areas – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, 93 red areas – Northern Mindanao, 73 red areas – CARAGA, 72 […]

Trump declares ‘complete exoneration’ after Mueller finds no collusion

by Paul HANDLEY US President Donald Trump declared Sunday that he had been completely exonerated after his campaign was cleared of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election, in a major boost for his re-election hopes. The long-awaited final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Moscow’s election meddling concluded that no member or associate of the campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia in its plot to boost Trump in the vote more than […]

Calida: PHL withdrawal from ICC has no effect on country’s judicial system, foreign aid it receives

(Eagle News)–The Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court has no effect on the country’s justice system nor on the foreign aid it receives, Solicitor General Jose Calida said on Monday, March 25. According to Calida, the Philippine justice system “functions independently with or without membership in the ICC.” He said the “investigation and prosecution of drug-related deaths, incidents, and/or offenses are ongoing in the country.” In fact, based on official government statistics, he said […]

Senate, House contingents meet over proposed nat’l budget

(Eagle News)–The Senate and the House of Representatives contingents in charge of threshing out the issues in the proposed national budget met on Monday, March 25, with House appropriations chair Rolando Andaya Jr. initially describing the atmosphere as “positive, very friendly.” The meeting between the House’s Andaya, San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo Zamora and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, and the Senate’s Loren Legarda, finance committee chair; Panfilo Lacson; and Gregorio Honasan II took place after a […]

Thai junta poised to retain power as nation awaits vote results

by Joe Freeman Thailand’s election results were due Monday, with the junta appearing poised to hold on to power in a vote that saw its main rival diminished but vaulted a new pro-democracy force into the kingdom’s politics. Sunday’s poll — seen as a referendum on the military — was the first since a 2014 coup, and was held under new rules written by the junta to ease its transformation into a civilian government. Despite […]

Duterte: 1.6 million Filipinos “slaves” to shabu

(Eagle News)—President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, March 24, said over one million  Filipinos were “slaves” to shabu. The President said in a speech in Cagayan de Oro that the 1.6 million Filipinos only covered then-Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa’s term, and was therefore only a “conservative figure.” “Tell me if you are happy, if I tell you now that we have 1.6 million slaves, Filipino slaves to a drug called shabu,” Duterte said. […]

Partly cloudy skies expected in parts of PHL today

(Eagle News)–Partly cloudy skies are expected in parts of the country on Monday, March 25. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said  Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol Region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers as the easterlies affect the eastern section of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy skies, PAGASA said. The eastern […]

DFA: All 163 Filipino crew members in cruise ship stranded off Norway safe

(Eagle News)—-All 163 Filipinos who are members of the crew of a cruise ship that got stranded in rough seas off Norway on Saturday, March 23, are safe. Embassy Chargé ‘d Affaires Mariel Algabre said she was told that passengers have praised the efficiency and helpfulness of the ship’s Filipino crew in the evacuation of the Viking Sky, which encountered engine problems in bad weather. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, which is in […]

Light rains to prevail in parts of PHL as northeast monsoon affects extreme Northern Luzon

(Eagle News)—Light rains are expected in parts of the country late Sunday, March 24, as the northeast monsoon affects Extreme Northern Luzon. Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands will have cloudy skies with light rains, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said in its 4 p.m. bulletin. Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Region, the rest of Cagayan Valley, and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon, on the other hand, will have […]

Strong 6.1-magnitude quake jolts eastern Indonesia

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of North Maluku province in eastern Indonesia Sunday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake was 150 kilometres (92 miles) northwest of the coastal town of Ternate at a depth of 37 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was felt in Ternate but residents were unconcerned, a local said. “I was watching TV when the earthquake suddenly happened, the jolt was […]