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Duterte appoints new Coast Guard commandant

(Eagle News)–The Philippine Coast Guard will have a new commandant. President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Deputy Commandant for Administration Vice Admiral Joel Sarsiban Garcia to the post, which will be left vacant by Admiral Elson Hermogino, who is leaving the service. Garcia, who will assume office on Oct. 24, will be the  28th commandant of the Coast Guard. Garcia, a licensed master mariner, is also the  Executive Director of the National Coast Watch Center under […]

Senator Marcos: Write off unpaid amortizations, interest payments, penalties from loans secured by beneficiaries under CARP

(Eagle News)–Senator Imee Marcos wants all unpaid amortizations, interest payments, and penalties or surcharges from loans secured by agrarian reform beneficiaries under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program written off. In proposing Senate Bill No. 849, or the “Emancipation of Tenants Act of 2019,” Marcos noted that agrarian reform beneficiaries have resorted to engaging the services of informal lending channels to pay “onerous interest on production loans, leaving them with little money to spend on improving […]

Senate to pay tribute to deceased former Senate President Nene Pimentel on Wednesday, Oct. 23

(Eagle News)–The Senate is expected to pay tribute to the deceased former Senate President Nene Pimentel on Wednesday, Oct. 23. In a statement, the Senate said during the event, Senate President Tito Sotto will present a resolution to Pimentel’s family, expressing the Senate’s sympathy and condolence over the former Senate President’s passing. A public viewing will also be held, after which the Senate will host an early lunch for the late senator’s family and relatives. […]

Fewer families consider themselves poor, SWS survey finds

(Eagle News)–Fewer families consider themselves poor, a recent Social Weather Stations survey found. The survey, conducted from September 27 to 30, found 42% of families, or an estimated 10.3 million families, consider themselves as such, a decline from the 45%, or the estimated 11 million families that rated themselves as such in June. According to the SWS, this is a 7-point bounce from the record-low 38%, or an estimated 9.5 million families,in March. The survey […]

Parts of the country, including M. Manila, to have cloudy skies, isolated rainshowers

(Eagle News)–Parts of the country, including Metro Manila, will have cloudy skies and isolated rainshowers today, Tuesday, Oct. 22. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the partly  cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers are expected due to localized thunderstorms. Flash floods or landslides during  severe thunderstorms are possible. Extreme Northern Luzon, PAGASA said, will have moderate to strong winds and moderate to rough waters. The rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, […]

In photos: Senator Go accompanies President Duterte in Japan

(Eagle News)–In these pictures posted on Senator Bong Go’s Facebook account, President Rodrigo Duterte is seen accompanied by his former longtime aide in Japan. Duterte left for the country on Monday, Oct. 21, to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito. This is expected to take place today, Tuesday, Oct. 22. Duterte has assigned Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as the government’s office-in-charge during his trip that is expected to end on Oct. 24.

Año recommends Cascolan, Eleazar, Gamboa to Duterte for PNP chief post

(Eagle News)–Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has recommended three police officials to the post of Philippine National Police chief to President Rodrigo Duterte. Año has recommended Police Lieutenant General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar and Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa to the post vacated by Oscar Albayalde following allegations he intervened in the cases filed against 13 of his men who were behind an irregular drug raid in Pampanga in 2013. Eleazar […]

President Duterte flies to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony, assigns Medialdea as gov’t OIC

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte left for Japan today, Monday, Oct. 21, to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito which is to take place, the following day, Tuesday, Oct. 22. Duterte has assigned Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as the government’s office-in-charge (OIC) during his trip to Japan from Oct. 21 to 24. He signed Special order No. 1125 on October 18 tasking Medialdea to be the OIC “to take care of the […]

DOJ vows “fair, thorough” probe into raps vs Albayalde, 13 policemen behind 2013 Pampanga raid

(Eagle News)–The Department of Justice on Monday, Oct. 21, vowed to conduct a “fair and thorough investigation” of the charges against former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra issued the statement after the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group included Albayalde in its original complaint over the 2013 Pampanga drug raid. The CIDG move came after the joint Senate panel that probed the ninja cops issue recommended the filing of charges also […]

UPDATED: CIDG includes Albayalde in complaint over 2013 Pampanga raid

(Eagle News)–The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has included former Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde in its complaint over the 2013 irregular drug raid in Mexico, Pampanga. Albayalde, who was the provincial director when the raid took place, is specifically facing charges for violation of Section 92 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and the Anti-Graft law, qualified bribery, falsification of public documents, perjury in solemn oaths and dereliction of duty. The 13 policemen […]

DILG hails former Senate President Nene Pimentel as one of PHL’s “greatest political figures”

(Eagle News)–The Department of the Interior and Local Government mourned the passing of former Senate President Nene Pimentel, whom it called “one of the country’s greatest political figures.” In a statement, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año noted the contributions of Pimentel, who it said was also “former Minister/Secretary of Local Government under the Cory Aquino administration.” Año noted Pimentel was the principal author of the Republic Act 7160 or The Local Government Code of 1991 that […]

3.8-magnitude quake hits Cotabato

(Eagle News)–A 3.8-magnitude earthquake struck Cotabato on Monday, Oct. 21. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, an aftershock of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit the province on Oct. 16, hit 10 kilometers southeast of Tulunan at 6:21 a.m. Depth of focus  was 38 kilometers. The following instrumental intensity was recorded: Instrumental Intensity: Intensity I- Koronadal City No damage to property nor aftershocks were recorded.