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DFA: 16 more Filipinos on board Japan cruise ship test positive for COVID-19

(Eagle News)–The number of Filipinos aboard a Japan cruise ship who tested positive for the novel coronavirus is at 27, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Monday, Feb. 17. In a statement, the DFA said 16 new confirmed cases were added to the previous 11 that were reported as having COVID-19. There are 538 Filipinos — 531 crew members and 7 guest passengers — aboard the Diamond Princess that is now on quarantine. The […]

Hontiveros: Unscrupulous immigration personnel receiving money from some Chinese POGO workers arriving in PHL

(Eagle News)–Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday, Feb. 17, accused some immigration personnel of receiving money from arriving Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations Chinese workers. According to Hontiveros, the P10,000 “service fee” paid to the unscrupulous personnel was to ensure the entry of the Chinese nationals in the country. She said according to her source, of the P10,000, P2000 was shared among personnel in the airport while P8000 goes to Chinese tour operators, local tours and syndicates […]

Alert level 2 still hoisted over Taal

(Eagle News)–An alert level 2 remains hoisted over Taal, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said on Monday, Feb. 17. PHIVOLCS said this was after activity in the main crater in the past 24 hours has been characterized by weak emission of steam-laden plumes rising 100 to 200 meters high. Sulfur dioxide emission was measured at an average of 58 tons  per day on February 16. PHIVOLCS said the Taal Volcano Network recorded 65 […]

Cloudy skies, light rains expected in parts of PHL

(Eagle News)–Cloudy skies and light rains are expected in the country today. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with light rains as the northeast monsoon affects Northern Luzon. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly  cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains. Visayas and Mindanao, PAGASA said, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due […]

Retired CJ Bersamin is new GSIS chair

(Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin to be the new chairperson of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), according to a recent statement by Malacañang. Bersamin has already taken his oath of office. He was initially designated as a member of the GSIS Board of Trustees on Feb. 6, but was later nominated to chair the GSIS, which was also approved by President Duterte. Noting his […]

De Lima: Duterte’s termination of VFA “epically wrong”

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte’s termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement is “epically wrong,” Senator Leila de Lima said. In a statement, De Lima said for one, the VFA, after all, “is an important cog in a whole system of defense and security arrangements with the US that includes the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA)..” She said the Philippines “has benefitted for many years, particularly in the matters of joint […]

Cloudy skies, rains expected in parts of PHL today

(Eagle News)–Cloudy skies and rains are expected in parts of the country today. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley will have partly cloudy skies to cloudy skies with isolated light rains as the northeast monsoon affects Northern Luzon. Metro Manila and the rest of the country, PAGASA said, will have partly cloudy skies to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers. PAGASA said this was due […]

Poe: Senate inquiry into ABS-CBN compliance to franchise terms does not preclude any action in House, SC

(Eagle News)–A Senate inquiry into ABS-CBN’S compliance to its franchise terms does not preclude any action in the House of Representatives or in the Supreme Court on the matter. This is according to Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services  who filed Resolution No. 322 calling for the probe. This was after Solicitor General Jose Calida alleged in a quo warranto petition filed before the Supreme Court that the network had […]

Sison on VFA termination: It still remains to be seen if Duterte will stick to it

(Eagle News)–It still remains to be seen if President Rodrigo Duterte will stick to the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison said. In a statement, Sison said it would also be “laudable” if  Duterte scraps all other military agreements with the United States. Sison said it was, however, “difficult or impossible to believe” that Duterte would do this. For Duterte to scrap the Enhanced Defense Cooperation […]

Duterte: No more massive land reclamations until the end of my term

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, Feb. 15, said he will no longer allow massive land reclamations until he steps down in 2022, unless they were “connected with a government project.” The President made the remark during the inauguration of Sangley airport in Cavite, amid the proposed reclamation projects in Manila Bay. “Because… if you approve one, you approve all. Ganun ‘yan,” he said. According to Duterte, those who were pushing for the reclamation should […]

Drilon: Congress, not SC, has jurisdiction over review of ABS-CBN compliance to franchise terms

(Eagle News)–The Senate can look into the compliance of  ABS-CBN to the terms of its legislative franchise by virtue of its oversight function. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon made the remark as he threw his support behind Senator Grace Poe’s Senate Resolution 322 following the allegations made by the Office of the Solicitor General against the network. In seeking for a revocation of the network’s franchise in the quo warranto petition filed before the Supreme […]

Palace: If Trump were PHL President, he would have scrapped VFA, too

(Eagle News)–If US President Donald Trump were president of the Philippines, he would have also junked the Visiting Forces Agreement, the Palace said. “Given his character and principled stand on a matter of national interest, [Trump] would have done exactly the same thing he had done..,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. According to Panelo, if President Rodrigo Duterte were also the US President, “he would have given the same reaction.” Because of […]