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House leadership, divided by the issue of full automation

QUEZON City, Philippines, April 23 (Eagle News) — The leaders of the House of Representatives expressed different opinions regarding the issue of full automation of the upcoming 2016 elections, with House Speaker Sonny Belmonte saying that he will not allow a return to manual election while others are calling for a semi-automatic election. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

Fish supplies shortage due to Chinese reclamation

QUEZON City, Philippines – According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the continued reclamation activities of China in the West Philippine Sea may result into a shortage of fish supply in Luzon. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

DAR fails to implement 12.8B projects

QUEZON City, Philippines, April 23 (Eagle News) — According to the Commission of Audit (COA), the Department of the Agrarian Reform (DAR) failed to meet its aim to improve the livelihood of agrarian reform communities when it failed to implement 2 major development projects worth 12.8 billion pesos. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

Court rejects Ampatuan bail

APRIL 23 (Eagle News) — The Quezon City Regional Trial Court did not grant former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr.’s petition for bail, saying that prosecution’s evidence for the guilt of Ampatuan Sr. is strong. (Taguig, Philippines) (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

COMELEC obligated to ensure 2016 automated polls

MANILA, Philippines – According to Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is mandated by the Constitution to conduct elections. He added that the COMELEC is obligated by law to provide for an automated election. He further said that it is the responsibility of the COMELEC to do what it can to fulfill its obligations despite the Supreme Court (SC) decision voiding the deal between COMELEC and Smartmatic regarding the repair of the […]

BBL hearing will finish earlier

QUEZON City, Philippines, April 23 (Eagle News) — According to the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the hearing on the BBL may finish earlier and the voting on said law may be done earlier than scheduled. Said committee assured the public that it will not allow the unconstitutional provisions to pass. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

COMELEC Commissioners may face impeachment – Solon

QUEZON City, Philippines, April 23 (Eagle News) — Former chairman of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms and Dasmariñas Representative Elpidio Barzaga said that the Commissioners of the Commission on Election (COMELEC) may face impeachment if there is a return to manual election in 2016, saying that the law prohibits the return to manual election. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

Brillantes suggests alternative ways for repairs of PCOS machines

MANILA, Philippines – Ex-Chairman of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Sixto Brillantes Jr., suggested that the COMELEC should resort to alternative procurement methods for the repair of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines after the Supreme Court (SC) voided the contract between the said Commission and Smartmatic. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

Ayala Bridge will be closed for 3 more weeks

MAKATI City, Philippines, April 23 (Eagle News) — The Ayala Bridge will remain closed for three more weeks despite the timetable of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) which indicated that the said bridge should have opened last April 21. According to the Undersecretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), underground cables found in the bridge should be taken care of first, before the infrastructure improvement can push through. (Eagle News Service […]

DFA cautions Filipinos on possible scam perpetrated through Social Media Networks

MANILA, April 23 (PIA) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warns the public of a possible scam using professional social networking sites to steal money from unsuspecting individuals. The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi obtained information that some Filipino nationals received messages sent through certain professional social networking sites regarding a compensation package from an organization called “Middle East Compensation Package”.  The recipients were instructed to make arrangements with the paying bank for the release of […]

Palace: 2016 election must push through

THE Palace said the May 2016 general elections must push through despite the scrapping of a deal on the repair of voting machines, which could disrupt election preparations. “The election should push through. It is constitutionally mandated and everybody should comply with the Constitution. We are very certain that the Comelec (Commission on Elections) is very aware of its mandated role of making sure that elections happen in 2016,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters […]

Public should know what is happening in West Philippine Sea – AFP

QUEZON City, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) respects the opinion of Senator Francis Escudero when he said that General Gregorio Pio Catapang is like a child crying to his parents when he told the public what is happening in the West Philippine Sea. But the AFP stands firm in its belief that it is part of its duty to the Filipino people to inform them about what is happening in the […]