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Palace says gov’t won’t pay Manila Water, Maynilad; concession pacts “onerous” in first place, it notes

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s government will not pay Manila Water and Maynilad for losses the firms incurred due to the state’s refusal to increase water rates, despite an order from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore. This is according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a radio interview on Thursday, Dec. 5. According to Panelo, in the first place, the concession agreements that contain the indemnification clause were “onerous” and “too disadvantageous” […]

RTCs can’t interfere with or restrain execution of Ombudsman decisions in disciplinary cases — SC

(Eagle News) — Regional trial courts cannot interfere with or restrain the execution of Ombudsman decisions in disciplinary cases. This was the reminder of the Supreme Court’s Office of the Court Administrator, in view of what it said were persistent reports that some RTCs issue temporary restraining orders and writs of preliminary injunction against the anti-graft body’s decisions in cases of that nature. The reminder, contained in a circular signed by Court Administrator Midas Marquez, […]

High Priority Bus System for Davao gets NEDA Board approval

(Eagle News) — The National Economic Development Authority Board has given the go-signal for a High Priority Bus System for Davao. In a statement, the Department of Transportation said the NEDA Board’s approval of the P18.66-billion Davao Public Modernization Project  came on Nov. 6. With the HPBS, interconnected bus services will be prioritized along the 137 kilometers core network, and 489 kilometers of feeder routes, the DOTr said. Once operational, the agency said the HPBS […]

“Tisoy,” now a tropical depression, exits PAR

(Eagle News) — “Tisoy” is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said “Tisoy” has also weakened into a tropical depression, and no longer has any direct effect on the country. PAGASA said heavy rains may still be experienced over most of Northern Luzon, Aurora, and Northern Quezon, though, due to the combined effects of the surge of the northeast monsoon and the tail-end of a cold […]

Guevarra: Duterte admin has adopted proposal to revoke MOA that extends water concession period until 2037

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has adopted the recommendation to revoke the memorandum of agreement that extended the water concession period “prematurely” up to 2037. This was according to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who gave an interview over radio dzmm on Thursday, Dec. 5. According to Guevarra, the recommendation was adopted during a Cabinet meeting on Nov. 6. Guevarra had said the extension of the concession period in the case of Manila Water […]

Eleazar promoted to police lieutenant general

(Eagle News) — Philippine National Police’s Chief of Directorial Staff Guillermo Eleazar is now a police lieutenant general. This was after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the chair of the Civil Service Commission, as recommended by the National Police Commission, for Eleazar’s promotion from major general. The President gave his approval on Nov. 29. Eleazar is among three recommended by the Department of the Interior and Local Government for the post of PNP […]

PHL unemployment rate goes down to 4.5 percent in October, lowest since 2005 — PSA

(Eagle News) — Unemployment rate in the country went down to 4.5 percent in October, the lowest since 2005, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported on Thursday, Dec. 5. The PSA said this was also a decrease from the 5.1 percent in October last year. Among the regions, Zamboanga Peninsula (1.9%), Cordillera Administrative Region (2.8%), Ilocos Region (3.5%), Northern Mindanao (3.5%) and MIMAROPA Region (3.7%) had the lowest unemployment rates, the PSA said. Based on the […]

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions for Thursday, Dec. 5

(Eagle News)–Classes on Thursday, Dec. 5, were suspended in some areas due to bad weather. Below is a list: Magdiwang, Romblon – all levels Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro – all levels The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Administration said rains are expected in parts of the country due to the tail-end of a cold front and the northeast monsoon.

Cancelled flights for Thursday, Dec. 5

(Eagle News)–Several flights on Thursday, Dec. 5, were cancelled due to bad weather. Below is a list: Philippine Airlines International PR 127 New York JFK – Manila PR 522 Phnom Penh – Manila PR 300 Manila – Hong Kong PR 212 Sydney – Manila PR 466/467 Manila – Seoul Incheon – Manila PR 423 Tokyo Haneda – Manila PR 510 Singapore – Manila PR 536 Jakarta – Manila PR 538 Denpasar Bali – Manila PR […]

Rains expected in parts of PHL due to northeast monsoon, tail-end of cold front

(Eagle News)–Rains are expected in parts of the country due to the northeast monsoon and the tail-end of a cold front. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said this as “Tisoy” further weakened into a tropical storm, and no longer had any effect on the country. As of 3 a.m., PAGASA said “Tisoy” was estimated 540 km west of Subic, Zambales, packing maximum sustained winds of 65  kph near center and gustiness of […]

PAGASA says “Tisoy” no longer affecting PHL; northeast monsoon to bring rains in some areas

(Eagle News)–“Tisoy” no longer has any effect on the country, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. According to PAGASA, the severe tropical storm is also expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility between tonight and tomorrow morning. PAGASA said the eye of “Tisoy” was estimated 380 kilometers west of Subic, Zambales, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 95 kph and gustiness of up to 115 kph. “Tisoy” continues to move […]

Palace: Duterte has ordered filing of economic sabotage raps vs those behind “onerous” water contracts

(Eagle News)–The Palace on Wednesday, Dec. 3, said President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the filing of criminal, civil and administrative charges against all those involved in the 1997 water concessionaire agreements. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said facing economic sabotage charges, among others, for the “onerous” contracts between the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, and Manila Water and Maynilad were the firms’ owners  and legal counsels, and agents and lawyers of the government […]