Malacañang said on Thursday, that while the Philippines has settled with the government of Hong Kong after Luneta Hostage tragedy on 2010, still the concerns of the victims and their families are being brought up. Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said in a televised press in Malacañang that the agreement between the Philippines and Hong Kong to resolve the incident and their strained relations is “The beginning of a new journey.”
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is yet to resume its investigation of the multi-billion dollar pork barrel scam, saying that it will first wait for the Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to finish documenting the supposed exposure of Janet Lim Napoles before deciding whether or not to continue its investigation.
Malacañang assures that Administration allies will not be spared if they are tagged by alleged pork barrel scam queen, Janet Lim Napoles in her testimony.
Senator Honasan and 8 former and incumbent members of the House of Representatives might be charged by the Department of Justice in the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Malacañang seeks to clarify the country’s strategic alliance with the United States when President Barack Obama visits next week, with President Aquino prioritizing the security cooperation between the two countries.
The low pressure area being monitored by PAGASA dissipated in northern Samar. Due to the effect of the easterlies, the whole country, including Metro Manila will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies, with scattered rain showers in the afternoon.
According to the Malacañang, the visit of United States President Barack Obama will bring concrete results regarding the situation in the West Philippine Sea as President Obama clarifies the strategic alliance between the Philippines and United States.
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte praised Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s actions when said mayor went to Hong Kong to personally deliver his apology to Hong Kong regarding the 2010 hostage crisis. Hong Kong accepted the apology and has lifted the travel ban against Philippines.
The Pasig River ferry system will once again operate on April 28 after it stopped its operations last 2011.
The Hong Kong Chief Executive said that the apology of the Philippines regarding the Quirino Grandstand hostage crisis last 2010 is a start of a new chapter of relationship between Hong Kong and Philippines. After accepting the apology, Hong Kong lifted the travel ban against the Philippines.
An OFW group was dismayed when the Department of Labor and Employment decided to dismiss the charges against the Assistant Labor Attache to Riyadh Antonio Villafuerte for lack of factual basis.
To prevent the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus, Department of Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag proposes a mandatory medical clearance for returning OFWs, especially from countries reported to have the disease.