Bill on ABS-CBN franchise renewal fails to pass House committee before Congress adjournment

  (Eagle News) – The Legislative Franchise Committee of the House of Representatives has failed to submit a report on a pending bill for the renewal of the legislative franchise of television-radio network ABS-CBN Corporation which expires on March 30 next year. House Bill 4349 sought to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise which is expiring in nine months. It was filed in the 17th Congress by Nueva Ecija 2nd district representative Micaela Violago, as a follow-up of […]

Palace to China: Probe sinking of Filipino boat, impose proper sanctions on Chinese crew

(Eagle News)–The Palace  has called on the Chinese government to investigate the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat following a collision with a Chinese vessel off Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also urged the Chinese government to “impose the proper sanctions to the Chinese crew,” who, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had said left the 22 Filipino crew members of  FB Gimber 1 after collision. The 22 […]

Duterte: I’m “still trying to sort out” problem at NAIA

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, June 12, said he was  “still trying to sort out” the  problem at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, amid complaints of delayed and cancelled flights. The President made the remark without providing more details. Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the chief executive had ordered the immediate transfer of domestic and general aviation operations at NAIA to Sangley airport. Panelo said the President gave the order during Monday’s Cabinet […]

DFA urges Filipinos in HK to exercise caution amid massive demonstrations

(Eagle News)–The Department of Foreign Affairs has urged Filipinos in Hong Kong to exercise extreme caution as massive demonstrations take place there. “The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong released an advisory, asking Filipinos there to keep away from demonstration areas which are generally concentrated outside the government central offices, particularly the Legislative Complex, in Admiralty and in Tamar Park,” the DFA said. According to the DFA, “unless their need is absolutely immediate, they should […]

PHL defense chief condemns “cowardly actions” of Chinese vessel which hit PHL boat near Recto Bank

  (Eagle News) – The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) “denounced the actions of a Chinese fishing vessel” which hit a Philippine vessel that had 22 Filipino crewmen, abandoning them after the incident. The event was reported to the DND on June 9, said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and the Filipino vessel that was hit was “anchored at the time” of the collision. Lorenzana “condemned in the strongest terms” what he termed as “the […]

Lorenzana calls for probe after Filipino vessel collides with Chinese vessel near Recto Bank, sinks

Chinese vessel abandoned Filipino vessel crewmen, he says (Eagle News)–Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called for a probe into what he said was a collision between  a Filipino vessel and a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank that led to the sinking of the former. Lorenzana also called for diplomatic steps, as he denounced what he said was the abandonment of the 22 Filipino crew members of the F/B GIMVER 1, which he said was anchored at […]

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over parts of Mindanao

(Eagle News)–A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over parts of Mindanao. Moderate to heavy rainshowers with lightning and strong winds due to thunderstorms are therefore expected over Misamis Oriental, Davao, Davao Oriental, Agusan del Sur,  Agusan del Norte, and South Cotabato within the next  hours. These  conditions are already being experienced in Bukidnon, in Manolo Fortich, Sumilao, Impasug-ong, Malaybalay, Malitbog, Baungon, Talakag, Libona; in  Lanao del Norte, in Iligan, Tagoloan, Baloi, Pantar, Munai;  in Lanao […]

Robredo leads 121st Independence Day rites in Luneta; Duterte to visit troops in Lanao

  (Eagle News) – Vice-President Leni Robredo led the celebration of the 121st Independence Day at the Rizal Park on Wednesday, June 12, while President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit military troops in Lanao del Sur later in the day. As in the previous years, President Duterte decided to skip the Independence Day ceremonies in Luneta. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that “there must be some special reason” why Duterte again decided to go […]

Duque: John Basa to assume OIC post at PhilHealth

(Eagle News)–PhilHealth’s executive vice president and chief operating officer has been designated officer in charge of the government-owned and -controlled corporation. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in an interview over GMA7’s Unang Balita that John Basa was, however, still in the United States and will be back on Monday. Duque said Dennis Mas, PhilHealth senior vice president, was designated OIC in the meantime. Earlier, President Duterte asked PhilHealth officials to submit their courtesy resignations […]

Duterte to Filipinos: Commit to ensure dream of country’s forefathers of “truly independent” PHL is achieved in our lifetime

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, June 12, urged Filipinos to “commit” to ensure that the “dream” of the country’s forefathers of a “truly independent Philippines” will be achieved in our lifetime. In his Independence Day message, the President said a “truly independent Philippines” was one where people “live freely in a secure, stable and prosperous society.” “Let us commit ourselves to ensure that their sacrifices have not been in vain..,” he said. He noted […]

Cloudy skies over some parts of PHL today as southwest monsoon affects western Luzon

(Eagle News)–The southwest monsoon is affecting  the western section of Luzon today, June 12. Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan as a result will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms. Flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms are possible. Metro Manila and the rest of the country on the other hand will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms. Mindanao and the rest of the […]

Pimentel, Pacquiao meet 3 PDP-Laban contenders for Speaker post

(Eagle News)–PDP-Laban officials met with three contenders for the speakership who are also their partymates on Tuesday, June 11. Based on a picture shared by Ron Munsayac, chair of the party’s public information committee,  Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales had dinner with Senator Koko Pimentel, PDP-Laban president; and Senator Manny Pacquiao in his house in Makati. Also seen in the picture was  1-Pacman party-list […]