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“Chedeng” maintains its strength as it moves toward the southern Davao Oriental area

(Eagle News)–“Chedeng” maintained its strength on Monday evening as it moved toward the southern Davao Oriental area, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. According to PAGASA, as of 7 p.m., the center of the tropical depression  was located 205 kilometers east southeast of Davao City or 260 kilometers east of General Santos City. It is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up […]

Palace: PHL gov’ t to deny entry to ICC investigators if they pursue probe of drug war

(Eagle News)–The Palace on Monday, March 18, said the Philippine government would deny International Criminal Court investigators entry into the country should they decide to pursue their probe into the drug war. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it was either it denied their visas or deported them if they were already in the country on tourist visas. “The Immigration officials have the discretion to deny you entry if they feel na ang gagawin mo rito […]

“Chedeng” slightly slows down as it moves toward Davao Oriental

(Eagle News)–“Chedeng” has slightly slowed down as it moved westward toward Davao Oriental on Monday, March 18. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said as of  4 p.m., the center of the tropical depression was  285 kilometers east southeast of Davao City. It is packing maximum winds of up to 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 60 km/h, as it moved at 15 km/h. “Chedeng” may make landfall over the […]

AFP to present boxes of evidence to EU to back up claim that militant NGOs connected with NPA rebels

  (Eagle News) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines is set to present to the European Union the boxes of evidence and documents that will allegedly link several militant groups like Karapatan and Ibon Foundation to the Philippine communist movement, and its armed group, the New People’s Army. This is to convince the EU to stop giving funds to these organizations, according to the Deputy chief of staff for civil military operations, J7, BGen. […]

“Face Your Peers” education guide launched to empower Filipino youth against commercial and online sexual exploitation

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) – To address the rising problem of commercial and online sexual exploitation of children in the country, a youth peer education guide called “Face Your Peers” was recently launched by an international non-government agency. Plan International Philippines launched the peer education guide, on March 7, in time with the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8. “Face Your Peers” is intended for Filipino boys and girls, […]

More areas under Signal No. 1 as “Chedeng” maintains its strength

(Eagle News)—Ten areas are now under Signal No. 1 as “Chedeng” maintained its strength on Monday, March 18. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said under Signal No. 1 were Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, Davao City, General Santos, Davao Occidental, southern portion of Davao del Norte including Samal Island, eastern portion of north Cotabato, eastern portion of South Cotabato, and the eastern portion of Sarangani. As of 10 a.m., the […]

Manila Water can’t say if customers affected by water shortage will get refund

  (Eagle News)–The chief executive officer of Manila Water Company Inc. on Monday, March 18, dodged questions on whether or not the concessionaire’s customers affected by the water shortage would receive a refund. “Your honor, there’s no discussion yet on that one because our focus po is on the restoration of the service,” Ferdinand Dela Cruz told Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate. When pressed again by Zarate, Dela Cruz said the firm would just “follow […]

“Binigo ko kayo” – Manila Water CEO apologizes to the public for its water service failures

  (Eagle News) – “Binigo ko kayo (I let you down).” This was how the president and chief executive officer of Manila Water Company, Inc. Ferdinand dela Cruz, apologized on Monday, March 18, to its 1.6 million customers in Metro Manila and Rizal, saying he was holding himself “fully accountable” for the severe water interruptions that had crippled businesses and homes for more than a week. Dela Cruz made the apology to the public during […]

Palace dismisses as “baseless, amusing” criticisms vs PHL withdrawal from ICC

(Eagle News)–The Palace on Monday, March 18, dismissed as “baseless” and “amusing” the criticisms against the Philippines withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. “We find amusing the myriad of misleading and baseless response to the supposed withdrawal of the Philippines from the Rome Statute which created the (ICC), ranging from Amnesty International’s remarks that the action is a ‘futile attempt to evade international justice’ to party-list Gabriela’s statement that the move could ‘sound off a […]

JUST IN: House recalls its enrolled budget bill on lumpsum appropriations, agrees with bicam version

  (Eagle News) — The House of Representatives has decided to recall its enrolled budget bill that included lumpsum appropriations which were inserted or made after both the Senate and House had already ratified the 2019 budget. This was relayed to reporters by Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday, March 18, during the groundbreaking of the new Senate building. Lacson said San Juan Representative Ronaldo Zamora called him up Sunday night to inform him about the […]

Signal No. 1 hoisted over some areas as “Chedeng” slows down while maintaining its strength

(Eagle News)–Signal No. 1 has been hoisted over several areas as “Chedeng” slowed down while maintaining its strength. In its recent advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, Davao City, Davao Occidental, the southern part of Davao del Norte including Samal Island, the eastern part of North Cotabato and eastern part of Sarangani are now under Signal No. 1, as the tropical depression was expected to […]

Palace defends PHL withdrawal from ICC

(Eagle News)–The Palace on Sunday, March 17, defended the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, saying from the country’s perspective, the tribunal was “non-existent.” “The Philippines cannot leave that which has never joined in the first place. Our position on the matter remains clear, unequivocal and inflexible: The Philippines never became a State Party to the Rome Statute which created the ICC,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement on the day the […]