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Palace: Duterte to veto unconstitutional items in proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020

(Eagle News) –President Rodrigo Duterte will veto unconstitutional items in the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after Senator Panfilo Lacson said the proposal ratified by both the Senate and the House of Representatives was still not pork-free. “(The) provisions in the budget that run counter to the Constitution will be vetoed by the President. There is no change in that policy,”  Panelo said. In a statement issued […]

US Senate panel approves reso calling for De Lima release, an end to alleged harassment of Ressa

(Eagle News) — The United States Senate foreign relations committee has approved a resolution calling for Senator Leila de Lima’s release and an end to the Philippine government’s alleged harassment of Rappler’s Maria Ressa. Senator Dick Durbin made the announcement in a Tweet on his official account: “Glad to see Senate Foreign Relations Committee pass @SenMarkey’s resolution, that I proudly cosponsored, calling on the government of the Philippines to end the troubling detention of Filipina […]

Palace to SEA Games athletes, support staff: You are all winners

(Eagle News)–The Palace was all praises for the 30th South East Asian Games athletes and their support staff, calling  all of them winners. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement as the biennial event officially drew to a close and officially handed the hosting chores for the next SEA Games to Vietnam on Wednesday, Dec. 11 “The Palace congratulates all the athletes and their support staff. All of you did a wonderful job giving pride […]

Rains expected in parts of PHL today

(Eagle News)–Rains are expected in parts of the country today, Dec. 12. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Caraga, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi Tawi, and Southern Palawan will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms as the intertropical convergence zone affects Palawan and Mindanao. Flash floods or rain-induced landslides during severe thunderstorms are possible. Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, and Quezon will have cloudy skies  with light rains due to the […]

Cancelled flights on Thursday, Dec. 12

(Eagle News)–Several flights on Thursday, Dec. 12, were cancelled due to bad weather. Below is a list: (DG) Cebgo DG 6009 Manila-Basco DG 6010 Basco-Manila The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said an Intertropical Convergence Zone was affecting Palawan and Mindanao, while the northeast monsoon was affecting Luzon.

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over parts of Mindanao

(Eagle News) — A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over parts of the country today, Dec. 11. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said moderate to heavy rainshowers with lightning and strong winds are expected over Maguindanao and Zamboanga del Sur within one to two hours. PAGASA said this was due to thunderstorms. These conditions are being experienced in Kalilangan, Pangantucan, Kadingilan in Bukidnon;Banisilan, Carmen, Alamada, Libungan in North Cotabato; Lumba-Bayabao, Wao, Bumbaran […]

Senate, House ratify bicam report on proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020

(Eagle News) — The Senate and the House of Representatives have ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. The ratification came only hours after the committee approved the report in Manila Polo Club in Makati. The ratification pushed through despite Senator Panfilo Lacson’s statement the proposal was not pork-free. In a statement, Lacson said the House had made “last-minute insertions” using a “source file” or a list of […]

MWSS revokes extension of Maynilad, Manila Water concession contracts to 2037

(Eagle News)–The Metropolitan Waterworks Sewerage System has revoked the extension of the water concessionaire contracts with “onerous” provisions until 2037. The announcement of the cancellation of the extension of the contracts with Manila Water and Maynilad was made by Deputy Administrator for Engineering Leonor Cleofas during the joint House of Representatives hearing of the good government and public accountability and public accounts committees. Without the extension until 2037, the contracts will lapse in 2022. President […]

Lacson: Proposed national budget for 2020 not pork-free

(Eagle News)–The proposed national budget for 2020 is still not pork-free. This is according to Senator Panfilo Lacson, who issued a statement only minutes after the bicameral conference committee approved the report on the proposed P4.1-trillion budget at the Manila Polo Club in Makati. Lacson, who did not attend the signing, said he based his statement on two files contained in a USB drive which his office received last night. He said the two files […]

President Duterte meets Filipino hero surfer Roger Casugay

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, Dec. 10, met with Filipino surfer hero Roger Casugay. The meeting took place in the Palace, days after  Casugay returned and saved Indonesian Arip Nurhidayat in the middle of the longboard surfing competition, even if he was already leading and a shoo-in for the gold. The sports event was suspended. Casugay eventually clinched the gold when the sports event resumed another day. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has hailed Casugay […]

Palace lauds SC for allowing live coverage of Maguindanao massacre verdict

(Eagle News)–The Palace has hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to allow a live coverage of the promulgation of the Maguindanao massacre case. In a statement, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the “integrated arrangement will ensure that everyone receives real-time and accurate information as the much-awaited verdict on the infamous event is made.” “As the judgment on this case is of paramount interest to the public and to the media as well, a complete, secure, and […]

Bicam approves report on proposed P4.1-trillion budget for next year

(Eagle News)–The bicameral conference panel approved on Wednesday, Dec. 11, the report on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for next year. The signing took place at the Manila Polo Club in Makati. The report will be presented to the Senate and House of Representatives for ratification, after which it will be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte, who can either sign it or veto it.  With a report from Meanne Corvera