Bureau of Immigration: Hong Kong and Macau students, residents exempted from departure travel ban, too

(Eagle News) — Filipino student visa holders and permanent residents of Hong Kong and Macau are also no longer banned from returning to those places, the Bureau of Immigration said on Tuesday, Feb. 18. In a statement, BI commissioner Jaime Morente said they are included in the lifting of the departure travel ban  to those areas, amid the novel coronavirus threat. Earlier, the government announced Filipinos who had working visas in Hong Kong and Macau […]

Palace: President Duterte still trusts Morente

(Eagle News) — Immigration commissioner Jaime Morente still enjoys the trust and confidence of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Palace said on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the remark amid the allegations of corruption hurled against unscrupulous immigration personnel who escort Chinese Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators workers in the airport in exchange for a fee. “Until he says otherwise, the assumption is [that] he has confidence in him,” Panelo said. Senator Risa Hontiveros […]

Cloudy skies, rains still expected in parts of PHL

(Eagle News)–Cloudy skies and rains are expected in parts of the country today, Feb. 18. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said  Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Aurora, Quezon, and Oriental Mindoro will have cloudy skies with light rains as the northeast monsoon continues to affect Luzon. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas, on the other hand, will have partly  cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated […]

DFA: Eight more Filipinos on board Japan cruise ship test positive for COVID-19

(Eagle News) — Eight more Filipinos on board the Japan cruise ship off Yokohama have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The DFA said the eight new cases, who were all crew members of the Diamond Princess, are now undergoing treatment in Japanese hospitals. On Monday, Feb. 17, the DFA said the number of Filipinos with COVID-19 on board the ship was now 27. Over […]

Senator Drilon seeks franchise extension of ABS-CBN until end of 2022

(Eagle News) – Senate Minority leader Franklin Drilon has filed a resolution seeking to extend the legislative franchise of media giant ABS-CBN until end of year 2022. Drilon, in the Senate Joint Resolution No. 11, said there was a need for more time to review the application for the renewal by ABS-CBN of its franchise which ends on March 30 this year. He said the lives of some 11,000 workers would be affected in case […]

Palace: OSG right in asking for gag order in quo warranto case vs ABS-CBN

(Eagle News) — The Palace on Tuesday, Feb. 18, said it was only right for the Office of the Solicitor General to ask for a gag order on the parties involved in the quo warranto petition filed against ABS-CBN. In a press conference, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in the first place, “parang nagiging emotional yung issue.” He added the case was already pending before the court, which means it “becomes sub judice.” “Tama naman […]

JUST IN: Filipinos working in HK, Macau now exempted from outbound travel ban — DFA official

(Eagle News) — Filipinos working in Hong Kong and Macau are now allowed to resume work in those places after they were exempted by the government from the imposed travel ban amid the novel coronavirus threat. In a tweet, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said the exemption from the outbound travel ban was made by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases “subject to certain procedural formalities.” No other details were available. The Philippine […]

DOH: 387 patients initially under probe for novel coronavirus discharged as of Feb. 18

(Eagle News) — Over 300 people initially probed for symptoms of the novel coronavirus have been discharged after they tested negative for the virus, the Department of Health said on Tuesday, Feb. 18. According to data from the DOH, with the 387 discharged as of Feb. 18, 137 remain in hospitals as patients under investigation. So far, the Philippines has confirmed three cases of COVID-19. The Philippines imposed a travel ban on China, Hong Kong, […]

OSG asks SC to issue gag order on both parties in quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN

SC gives ABS-CBN Corp., ABS-CBN Convergence Inc. five days from receipt of notice to comment on OSG motion (Eagle News) — The Office of the Solicitor General has asked the Supreme Court to issue a gag order on both parties in the quo warranto petition it filed against ABS-CBN Corp. and ABS-CBN Convergence Inc. SC spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka said the motion, if granted, will prevent both the OSG, and ABS-CBN Corp. and ABS-CBN Convergence […]

Trillanes posts bail in conspiracy to commit sedition case

  (Eagle News) — Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday, Feb. 18, posted bail in the conspiracy to commit sedition case against him. Trillanes posted the P10,000 bail before the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 138, a day after Peter Joemel Advincula alias “Bikoy,” his co-accused, posted bail in the same case. Apart from Trillanes and Advincula, indicted were priests Flaviano Villanueva and Albert Alejo,  Yoly Villanueva Ong, Boom Enriquez. Jonnell Sanggalang, JM […]

BI sacks heads of NAIA terminals pending probe of Hontiveros’ allegations

(Eagle News) — The Bureau of Immigration has sacked from their posts the heads of the terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said in an interview over radio dzbb that the relief of the officials was pending the results of a probe into the allegations of Senator Risa Hontiveros that some Chinese nationals were being escorted in the airport for P10000 each. BI commissioner Jaime Morente ordered the probe after […]

Trillanes arrives in the country to post bail on sedition case

(Eagle News) — Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is set to post this morning at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court for his conspiracy to commit sedition case. Trillanes arrived earlier this morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. He is expected to post the P10,000 bail at the Quezon City MTC. Judge Kristine Grace Suarez of the QC Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 138 earlier issued the warrants of arrest against Trillanes, […]