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Monsoon rains to prevail in Ilocos, Zambales today, June 15

(Eagle News)–Monsoon rains are expected in parts of the country today, June 15, as the southwest monsoon affects western Luzon. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains are also possible in Ilocos and Zambales. The  Cordilllera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, rest of Central Luzon and MIMAROPA on the other hand will have  cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and […]

UPDATED: Guevarra issues lookout order vs incorporators, officers of Kapa Community Ministry Int’l

ILBO also issued vs 3 officers of  Alabel-Maasim Credit Cooperative (Eagle News)–Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday, June 14, issued  an immigration lookout bulletin order against   incorporators and officers of KAPA Community Ministry International Inc., which the Securities and Exchange Commission has said operated a Ponzi scheme. The incorporators were identified as Joel Apolinario, who was also listed as an officer; Nonita Urbano, Junnie Apolinario, Nelia Nino, Maria Pellea Sevilla, Jouelyn del Castillo, Cristobal Barabad […]

JUST IN: DOJ orders indictment of Sy, 2 whistleblowers in ghost dialysis mess for estafa

7 WellMed employees ordered subjected to preliminary probe (Eagle News)–The Department of Justice has found probable cause for the estafa through falsification charges filed against Bryan Sy, a co-owner of WellMed Dialysis Center accused of claiming PhilHealth benefits of deceased patients. In a nine-page inquest resolution,  Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Anna Noreen Devanadera, also found probable cause for the same charges against former employees  Edwin Roberto and Liezel de Leon, who had revealed the scam. […]

Drilon: Scams including ghost dialysis treatments can be avoided with enhanced data-sharing capability of PSA, national ID system in place

(Eagle News)–Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Friday, June 14, said scams such as the ghost dialysis involving a PhilHealth-accredited health provider in Quezon City can be avoided if, among others, the Philippine Statistics Authority has an enhanced data-sharing capability. In a statement, Drilon noted there were  reports the PSA had refused to confirm whether the patients of WellMed Dialysis Center claiming benefits with PhilHealth had died. “What danger would it pose to the deceased […]

Palace on Trillanes’ “nonsensical” call for impeach raps to be filed vs Duterte: It’s “undeserving of a response”

(Eagle News)–The Palace on Friday, June 13, said it would no longer react to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s latest tirade against President Rodrigo Duterte. “Other than saying that the latest ranting of the incorrigible shameless former military renegade is as usual nonsensical and pompous, it is undeserving of a response,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. Panelo issued the brief statement after  Trillanes  said leaders and members of Kapa Community Ministry International Inc. (Kapa) could file […]

DOTr hopes transfer of NAIA airline domestic ops to Sangley, Clark airports will have been completed in a year

(Eagle News)–The Department of Transportation is targeting the full relocation of domestic operations from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in a year’s time. In a statement, the DOTr said the airlines involved will be notified to make the transfer to Sangley and Clark airports to “free up space in the four terminals of the NAIA to allow for improvements and additions in the main gateway.” The DOTr said  domestic airlines  already agreed to the proposal […]

Sandiganbayan finds there is sufficient evidence to convict Estrada, Napoles for plunder

Junks  demurrer to evidence of former senator, alleged pork barrel queen (Eagle News)–The Sandiganbayan has found the prosecution has presented sufficient evidence to warrant the conviction of Jinggoy Estrada and Janet Lim Napoles for plunder involving P183 million worth of Priority Development Assistance Funds. The fifth division said this as it denied the demurrer to evidence–which aims to dismiss a case because of weak evidence–filed by Estrada and Napoles. In December last year, the Sandiganbayan […]

De Lima slams Duterte for “deafening silence” over Recto Bank incident, Locsin for “defending Chinese”

(Eagle News)–Senator Leila de Lima on Friday, June 14, slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for what she said was his “deafening silence” over the Recto Bank incident, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin. De Lima issued the statement even after the Palace condemned the actions of the Chinese vessel that abandoned  22 Filipino fishermen on board a Philippine fishing boat that was sinking after the two vessels collided on June 9, and after  Locsin said the […]

CHR condemns Recto Bank incident

(Eagle News)–The Commission on Human Rights on Friday, June 14, condemned the Recto Bank incident, expressing support for the filing of a diplomatic protest by the Philippine government against China. “We believe that asserting our sovereignty and the right of our fishers to rightfully gain economically from the resources found off the coast of Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea, a country’s exclusive economic zone, protects our people’s right to self-determination,” Jacqueline de Guia, […]

JUST IN: Alert Level 2 hoisted over Sudan; Filipinos barred from traveling to country due to civil unrest

(Eagle News)–The Department of Foreign Affairs has raised an Alert Level II over Sudan. In an advisory, the DFA said the alert, which is issued if there are “real threats to the lives, security, and properties of Filipinos due to instability in a particular country,” has been in effect since June 7. With the alert raised, the department said all Filipinos should not travel to Sudan  due to ongoing civil unrest in Khartoum and other […]

Kuwaiti authorities issue arrest warrant for police suspect in the rape of Filipina OFW, says DFA

(Eagle News) – The Department of Foreign Affairs is now “closely coordinating with the Kuwaiti authorities for the speedy arrest” of a Kuwaiti police officer who is the suspect in the rape of a Filipina household service worker. The DFA , in a tweet, said that the Philippine embassy in Kuwait reported that authorities there had already issued an arrest warrant for the suspect, Mr. Fayed Naser Hamad Alajmy, a 22-year-old Kuwaiti Police Officer. The […]

Lacson: Incident near Recto Bank in W. PHL Sea calls for “leader-to-leader talk”

(Eagle News)–The sinking of a Filipino boat after it collided with a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea, and the abandonment of the Chinese crew of the Filipino fishermen calls for a “leader-to-leader talk.” According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, we, after all, “don’t treat our friends like that and we don’t expect to be treated that way either.” “Nothing short of a hard and serious punitive action by the Chinese leadership […]