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Sandiganbayan finds former Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca guilty of graft, malversation

(Eagle News) — The Sandiganbayan has convicted former Isabela governor Grace Padaca of malversation and graft. Padaca was sentenced to 12 to 14 years in prison for malversation, and six to ten years in prison for graft. She was also ordered to pay the Isabela government P18 million. The charges filed against her stem from a P25-million contract granted to Economic Development for Western Isabela and Northern Luzon Foundation, Inc. (EDWINLFI) for the province’s rice […]

Signal No. 1 hoisted over four areas as “Ramon” intensifies

(Eagle News)–Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over several areas as Tropical Storm “Ramon” intensified. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over the southeastern portion of Cagayan (Peñablanca and Baggao), eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Palanan, Dinapigue and Maconacon), Northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, and Dinalungan) and Polillo Islands, with “Ramon” estimated   at 445 km east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 75 kph […]

Palace open to emergency powers for President Duterte to hasten “Build, Build, Build” projects

  (Eagle News) —  Malacanang is open to the suggestion of Albay Rep. Joey Salceda to grant emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte so hasten the government’s “Build, Build, Build” projects. Salceda, who chairs the House Committee on Ways and Means, has filed a proposal — House Bill 5456 – seeking to grant President Duterte with special powers in adopting a national policy to “speed up the implementation” of the Build, Build, Build program on […]

“Retooling” of PHL’s anti-illegal drugs campaign in the works after Robredo-PNP meeting

(Eagle News) – A repackaging or “retooling” of the Philippine government’s current anti-illegal drugs campaign is now in the works after the meeting of Vice-President Leni Robredo with the Philippine National Police (PNP) The “tokhang” operations which had been linked negatively to drug killings will just be “retooled”, but the government’s drug war would not be stopped or removed, officials said. “Ang isa sa kanyang suggestion din is retooling on how we are going to […]

Signal No. 2 still hoisted over Catanduanes; N. Aurora, five other areas under Signal No. 1

(Eagle News) — Less areas now remain under storm signals even as Tropical Storm “Ramon” continued to move north-northwestward. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Signal No. 1 has been lifted in Sorsogon, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar, but it remains hoisted over the eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Palanan, Dinapigue), Northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, Dinalungan), Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Albay. Signal No. 2 is still up over Catanduanes. […]

Palace on Robredo possibly attending Cabinet meetings: No need if war on drugs not on the agenda

(Eagle News) — Vice President Leni Robredo does not need to attend Cabinet meetings if the war on drugs is not on the agenda. If the anti-illegal drugs campaign was a topic for discussion, though, Robredo will be invited, President Rodrigo Duterte said, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. “When we have a Cabinet meeting, we are invited by the Cabinet Secretary, and we are asked if we are going or not. In other words, […]

Immigration bureau deports more than 300 Chinese nationals nabbed for telecom fraud

(Eagle News) – More than 300 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in telecommunications fraud are set to be deported today, Thursday, Nov. 13, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI). The bureau said that the Chinese nationals to be deported were arrested in a raid at an office of the Millenium building where they were found to be allegedly conducting scamming operations last month. BI Intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said that the members of the […]

Dela Rosa introduces Gamboa as the new PNP chief

(Eagle News)–If Senator Ronald dela Rosa is right, Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, who acted as officer-in-charge of the Philippine National Police following Oscar Albayalde’s resignation, is the new PNP chief. “…To my mistah Chief PNP Archie Gamboa…. Inagahan ko na,” Dela Rosa said in his welcoming remarks at the 27th Defense and Sporting Arms show on Thursday, Nov. 14. President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to formally appoint a PNP chief. Apart from Gamboa, Interior Secretary […]

Marcos camp hits Macalintal for allegedly urging former senator to drop poll protest vs Robredo

(Eagle News)–The camp of Bongbong Marcos has slammed Romulo Macalintal, counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo for supposedly urging the former senator to drop the electoral protest against her. “Talk about freeloading. Inferring from his statement, the counsel of Mrs. Robredo has grown lazy. It has become apparent that he wants us to do his job for him,” Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson, said. According to Rodriguez, the “dismissal of a pending action should be based […]

Signal No. 2 still hoisted over Catanduanes; More areas under Signal No. 1 as TS “Ramon” maintains strength

(Eagle News)–More areas have been placed under storm signals as Tropical Storm “Ramon” maintained its strength. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Signal No. 2 remains hoisted over Catanduanes, while the eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Palanan, Dinapigue), Northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, Dinalungan), Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, and Sorsogon and Eastern Samar and Northern Samar are under Signal No. 1. Today, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will […]

Duterte abolishes Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the abolition of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. In an executive order signed on Nov. 8, Duterte said the “disestablishment” of the commission was to “consolidate ongoing rehabilitation efforts in all river systems and tributaries within the Manila Bay region.” The President instead ordered the transfer of the PRRC functions to the Manila Bay Task Force, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Human […]

DFA: No Filipinos hurt in Australia bushfires

(Eagle News) — No Filipinos have been injured in the bushfires in parts of New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia. This is according to the Department of Foreign Affairs, which cited reports from the embassy in Canberra, consulate general in Sydney, and honorary consulates in Brisbane and Perth. “The DFA is closely monitoring the situation in the affected areas and is coordinating with various agencies and Filipino community leaders in Australia to ascertain the […]