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Pardons board: Antonio Sanchez filed for executive clemency this year but the board junked his bid

(Eagle News)–Former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez filed for executive clemency sometime this year but was denied. This is according to parole and pardons administration head Manuel Co, who was interviewed on GMA’s News to Go on Thursday, Aug. 22. “Hindi na nakarating sa Presidente ‘yun… denial na po ang aming desisyon,” Co said. According to Co, the board denied Sanchez’s bid because he had been convicted of a heinous crime. Sanchez was sentenced to […]

Drilon wants inquiry into reported eligibility for early release of Antonio Sanchez

Aims for “remedial legislation” to RA 10592 (Eagle News)–Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon is seeking an inquiry into the reported eligibility of former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez for an early release from prison. In filing Resolution No. 106, Drilon noted the pronouncement by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra Sanchez and over 10,000 other inmates may be released soon after the Supreme Court ruled in June that RA 10592, which increases the  Good Conduct Time Allowance […]

Dela Rosa fires back at resource person: “Ako mismo gusto kong bitayin si Antonio Sanchez” but the PHL has no death penalty

(Eagle News)–Senator Ronald dela Rosa on Thursday, Aug. 22, clarified he himself wants former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez hanged because of his crime. A visibly irked Dela Rosa made the statement during a Senate hearing on the proposal to make ROTC mandatory to select students, after a resource person, Raoul Manuel, President of the National Union of Students of the Philippines, hit him for his statement the former mayor, who was convicted of the […]

Senator Go to accompany President Duterte in China visit next week

  (Eagle News) – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go will be accompanying President Rodrigo Duterte when he visits China next week. Go, the former special assistant of President Duterte, said that “one of the matters that Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping might talk about in their meeting is the reported passing of Chinese warships in Philippine waters without clearance from the Philippine government.” “I cannot speak on behalf of the President, pero sa pag-uusap po […]

Citing info from BuCor personnel, Senator Bato Dela Rosa says Antonio Sanchez a “changed man”

(Eagle News)–Senator Bato dela Rosa, former chief of the Bureau of Corrections, on Thursday, Aug. 22, said former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez was a “changed man.” Dela Rosa said while he did not personally speak to the former mayor, this was based on information he received from BuCor personnel. “Mabait na sir, hindi na siga, malumanay na,” Dela Rosa quoted the BuCor personnel as saying. According to Dela Rosa, Sanchez, based  on information from […]

DOH upholds FDA revocation of Dengvaxia certificate of registration, says manufacturer Sanofi can reapply

(Eagle News)–The Department of Health has upheld the Food and Drug Administration’s revocation of the Certificate of Product Registration of dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, but noted manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur may reapply. In his decision on Aug. 19, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said  the efficacy of Dengvaxia itself was not an issue but Sanofi’s “complete disregard of FDA regulations, which were precisely put in place by law to ensure safety.” The DOH said it found that […]

BuCor Chief Faeldon to public: Don’t assume Antonio Sanchez will already be released from jail

(Eagle News)–Bureau of Corrections Director Nicanor Faeldon on Thursday, Aug. 22, urged the public not to assume former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez will be released from jail. In an interview over GMA’s Unang Hirit, Faeldon said the BuCor has yet to compute Sanchez’s good conduct time allowances. Faeldon issued the remark following outrage on social media over what was believed to be the impending release of Sanchez, who was convicted of  raping Aileen Sarmenta […]

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 hoisted over 8 areas

(Eagle News)–A Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 was hoisted over several areas on Thursday, Aug. 22, as Tropical Storm “Ineng” slightly intensified and moved in a west-northwest direction. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Northern Abra and Ilocos Norte are under the signal. As of 10 a.m.,  the center of the tropical storm was located 725 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, […]

“Ineng,” now a tropical storm, maintains strength as it moves in west-northwest direction

(Eagle News)–Now-Tropical Storm “Ineng” has maintained its strength as it moves in a west-northwest direction. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said “Ineng” was so far located 970 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon or 910 km east of Casiguran, Aurora. It is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kilometers, moving at 25 kilometers per hour. The outer rainbands of […]

Duterte maintains he will raise arbitral ruling with China even if some have told him not to do so

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, Aug. 21, maintained he would raise the arbitral ruling that invalidated China’s nine-dash line during his trip to China even if some have told him not to do so. “Sabi nila hindi pag-usapan, sabi ko no. If I’m not allowed as a President of a sovereign nation to talk whatever I want to talk about then let us rather not talk altogether. ‘Wag na,” the President said at the […]

Panelo denies hand in impending release of Antonio Sanchez

(Eagle News)–Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday, Aug. 21, denied he was behind the impending release of former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted of the rape and murder of two University of the Philippines students. “As pointed out by (Justice) Secretary (Menardo) Guevarra, hindi kailangan ng kahit sinong na tao mag-intervene o lumakad sa release kasi may batas na,” Panelo, a counsel for Sanchez then, said. Panelo was referring to  Republic Act […]

DA implements quarantine in areas affected by swine deaths, to get lab test results in 2 weeks to 3 months

  (Eagle News) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will still know in two weeks to three months the cause of increased swine deaths in backyard farms in some areas, as the department continues to not disclose these places with unexplained swine deaths. At the same time, the DA assured the public that the pork being sold in the markets and grocery stores are safe as areas within the one kilometer radius of those with […]