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Cardema claims he paid P2 million to congresswoman for Guanzon’s vote to accredit Duterte Youth partylist

(Eagle News)–Former National Youth Commission Chair Ronald Cardema on Wednesday, Aug. 21, claimed  he paid a congresswoman P2 million so Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon would vote to accredit the Duterte Youth party-list. Cardema made the allegation in an interview over radio dzbb. He, however, did not identify the supposed congresswoman. “May pinakausap ako na ibang tao na magbibigay rito kay congresswoman,” Cardema claimed. Cardema hurled the allegations after the Comelec First Division, of […]

Cancelled flights for Wednesday, Aug. 21

(Eagle News)–Several flights on Wednesday, Aug. 21 were cancelled due to the bad weather. Below is a list, according to the Manila International Airport Authority: Skyjet M8 715/716 MNL-Busuanga-MNL The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Tropical Depression “Ineng” has maintained its strength as it moves in a northwest direction on Wednesday morning.

TD “Ineng” maintains strength as it moves in northwest direction

(Eagle News)–Tropical Depression “Ineng” has maintained its strength as it moved in a northwest direction on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said as of 10 a.m., the center of the tropical depression was located 1,155 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon. It is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kilometers per hour, and is moving slowly. […]

“Gov’t is not the evil monster that you portray us to be,” DILG tells UP students

(Eagle News)–“Government is not  the evil monster that you portray us to be.” The Department of the Interior and Local Government had this to say to University of the Philippines students who staged a walkout on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to denounce what they said was the intrusion of police and military in campuses. According to DILG spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, the agency has “no problem” with student activism, noting that there are  “many in government today […]

On Ninoy Aquino Day, Robredo says former senator, other patriots made ultimate sacrifice for country to be free

(Eagle News)–Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday, Aug. 21, recalled former Senator Ninoy Aquino and the country’s “patriots” she said made the ultimate sacrifice for the country to be free again. In her message commemorating Ninoy’s 36th death anniversary, Robredo described Ninoy as “one of the courageous few” who died for the country. She said this as she dismissed what she said were attempts from “certain quarters” to “dismiss  the significance of Ninoy’s sacrifice, or […]

Duterte remembers Ninoy Aquino on his 36th death anniversary

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, Aug. 21, expressed hope former Senator Ninoy Aquino’s “remarkable life as a public servant” will move fellow government workers to “serve with honor, integrity  and purpose..” In his message on Ninoy Aquino Day, Duterte also expressed hope the former senator’s life will “inspire our youth to be of service to their country and fellowmen.” “Let his example guide us as we strive to uplift and protect the most vulnerable […]

Senators honor former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

(Eagle News)–The Senate has adopted a resolution honoring former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, who succumbed to brain cancer on Monday, Aug. 19. Senate Resolution No. 100 and Senate  Resolution No. 105 were introduced by Senators Lito Lapid and Manny Pacquiao, respectively. “Ms. Lopez was a true warrior and advocate for the protection and preservation of our environment. We want to honor and commemorate Ms. Lopez for her great service, achievements and contributions for the Filipino […]

LPA near Virac, Catanduanes develops into tropical depression

TD “Ineng” not likely to make landfall in PAR, PAGASA says (Eagle News)–The low pressure area that was spotted near Virac, Catanduanes has developed into a tropical depression. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said “Ineng” may soon intensify into a tropical storm but  is less likely to make landfall on any part of the country.. It is so far moving west northwest at 15 kilometers per hour, and is expected outside the […]

Guevarra: With good conduct law now applied retroactively, Antonio Sanchez, over 10000 other inmates may be freed soon

(Eagle News)–Former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted of the rape and murder of two University of the Philippines Los Baños students, may be released soon following deductions from his prison time for good conduct. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said apart from Sanchez, around 10,000 more inmates may benefit from Republic Act 10592 or the law that increased the Good Conduct Time Allowance for inmates. Guevarra said the Supreme Court  in June also  […]

Senate receives P4.1-trillion National Expenditure Program for 2020

(Eagle News)–The Senate has received a copy of the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. The National Expenditure Program was given to Senate President Tito Sotto by Acting Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado. Also present were Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senate Finance committee chair Edgardo Angara and Senator Panfilo Lacson. The government operated on a reenacted budget for the first few months of this year due to an impasse in Congress. […]

DOJ summons Elago, Villarin, Colmenares over police raps for alleged abduction of student

(Eagle News)–The Department of Justice has summoned two former lawmakers, a congresswoman and several others over the charges filed by the police for the alleged abduction of a student who became an activist. DOJ Assistant State Prosecutor Christine Perolino ordered Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago, Makabayan and National Union of People’s Lawyers chair Neri Colmenares, former Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, Anakbayan Youth spokesperson Alex Danday, and Anakbayan chairperson Vencer Crisostomo to appear before a preliminary […]

Duterte wants all foreign vessels passing through PHL territorial waters to ask Manila for permission first — Palace

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte wants foreign vessels passing through the country’s territorial waters to seek Manila’s permission first “well in advance.” According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, non-compliance may force the Philippines to act in an “unfriendly manner.” “Before we never said anything, we just allow them and make protest but this time we will tell them ‘Please get out of our territory,’” Panelo said. “That’s very unfriendly because we have not done it before,” […]