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DOJ says 1665 convicts released under GCTA law have surrendered so far; deadline looms

(Eagle News)–Over 1600 convicts released under the Good Conduct Time Allowance law have so far surrendered to authorities, the Department of Justice said. Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said the 1665 who are now in Bureau of Corrections custody is as of 8 p.m. today, over three hours before  the deadline for their surrender. It was President Rodrigo Duterte who gave the convicts released under the GCTA law 15 days to turn themselves in or be […]

Martires on De Lima refusal to answer queries on GCTA law: “Ayoko mamilosopo, pero ‘pag pinilit ako, mamimilosopo rin ako”

Roxas responds to Ombudsman (Eagle News)–Ombudsman Samuel Martires has warned Senator Leila de Lima against refusing to answer his queries on the Good Conduct Time Allowance law. “Ayoko mamilosopo, pero ‘pag pinilit ako mamilosopo, mamimilosopo rin ako,” Martires said. Martires made the remark after De Lima told the Ombudsman to direct its queries on the implementing rules and regulations of the law that reduces the sentence of inmates for good conduct to the Department of […]

“Nimfa” intensifies into tropical storm, is almost stationary

(Eagle News)–“Nimfa” has intensified into a tropical storm and remains almost stationary off Batanes. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the center of “Nimfa” was estimated at 735 kilometers east northeast of Basco, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. Until tomorrow afternoon, frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will be experienced over Ilocos Region, Cordillera […]

President Duterte approves release of P78 million fund to contain ASF, to convene Nat’l ASF Task Force

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte has already approved the release of a P78 million emergency fund that the Department of Agriculture will use to effectively manage, control, and contain the threat of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte approved the fund during last week’s cabinet meeting.  The fund will be used for “biosecurity and quarantine operations, disease monitoring and surveillance, upgrading of laboratories, capacity-building, and other disease control measures” […]

#WalangPasok: Class suspension(s) for Friday, Sept. 20

(Eagle News)–Classes on Friday, Sept. 20, were cancelled in at least one area due to the bad weather: Macabebe, Pampanga – all levels The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said “Nimfa” has intensified into a tropical storm. PAGASA said  until tomorrow afternoon, frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will be experienced over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Cagayan mainland, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya. Occasional light to moderate with […]

Senate panel orders release from detention of Santos, Roque, Cenas

(Eagle News)–The Senate panel that cited in contempt and ordered detained three of its resource persons for “continuously lying” in its inquiry into the problems in the Bureau of Corrections has ordered them released. The order of release of BuCor legal unit chief Fredric Anthony Santos, BuCor records section chief Ramoncito Roque and New Bilibid Prison hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas was signed by justice and human rights chair Richard Gordon and  was dated Sept. 19, […]

De Lima: IRR of GCTA law revised to cover up “most scandalous incident of corruption” in Guevarra-led DOJ, admin

(Eagle News)–The  “remedial move” of revising the implementing rules and regulations of the Good Conduct Time and Allowance law is but a mere “cover-up” of the “most scandalous incident of corruption” in the Menardo Guevarra-led Department of Justice and this administration. This is according to Senator Leila de Lima, who issued the statement following the signing of the IRR revised by a joint DOJ and Department of the Interior and Local Government panel given the […]

JUST IN: DOH confirms one case of polio in Lanao del Sur; Polio “re-emerging,” DOH adds

(Eagle News)–The Department of Health on Thursday, Sept. 19, declared polio was “re-emerging”  19 years after the country was declared polio-free by the World Health Organization. This was after the agency confirmed a case in Lanao del Sur. In a statement, the DOH said the case involved a three-year-old, while another case was awaiting confirmation. “In addition, the polio virus has been detected in samples taken from sewage in Manila and waterways in Davao as […]

Sotto reiterates Senate power to cite in contempt; Even SC recognizes it, he says

(Eagle News)–Even the Supreme Court recognizes the Senate’s power to cite in contempt. This was the reiteration of Senate President Tito Sotto on Thursday, Sept. 19, after three resource persons the Senate joint panel cited in contempt asked the Court of Appeals for help and filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus. In filing the petition, Bureau of Corrections legal unit chief Fredric Anthony Santos, BuCor documents unit section Ramoncito Roque and New Bilibid […]

Former CIDG chief on illegal drug trade in PHL: “All roads lead to Bilibid”

Adds some PNP officials “recycle” illegal drugs (Eagle News)–A former head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group  on Thursday, Sept. 19, said  “all roads practically lead to Bilibid” where the illegal drug trade is concerned. Benjamin Magalong, now the mayor of Baguio city, told a joint Senate panel hearing corruption in the Bureau of Corrections that based on a CIDG investigation when he was CIDG chief,   Chinese drug personalities “continue to remotely manage the […]

Construction of new int’l airport in Bulacan to start in December after deal inked with SMC

  (Eagle News) – A modern international airport will soon rise in Bulacan. This was after Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the concession agreement with San Miguel Corporation (SMC) on Wednesday officially awarding the ₱734-billion deal to SMC unit San Miguel Aerocity Inc. Tugade issued the notice to proceed with the project, as he authorized SMC to build, operate, and maintain the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan, “We may be able to do groundbreaking […]

“Nimfa” to bring rains in parts of PHL as it moves slowly over PHL Sea

(Eagle News)–Tropical Depression “Nimfa” is moving slowly over the northern portion of the Philippine Sea and will bring rains in parts of the country today. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the center of “Nimfa” was located 715 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kilometers per hour near the center, and gustiness of up to 70 kph. “Nimfa” is moving in a west northwest […]