Lawmaker seeks mining ban in Marinduque

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 06:48 p.m.

A MEASURE seeking to declare Marinduque province a mining-free zone was recently filed in the House of Representatives

Marinduque Representative Regina Ongsiako Reyes said House Bill 5566 prohibits mining activities such as exploration, feasibility, development utilization and processing, and large-scale quarry operations involving cement raw materials, marble, granite, sand, and gravel construction aggregates.

Public warned vs ‘colorum’ vessels during Holy Week

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 05:23 p.m.

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) warned Wednesday the public especially those heading for the provinces for the Holy Week to avoid boarding "colorum" or unregistered shipping vessels.

Admiral Rodolfo Isorena, PCG commandant, said local and foreign tourists who will flock to the provinces should take note of the risk of patronizing unregistered shipping vessels.

PNP raises P12-M for kin of ‘SAF 44’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:48 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has raised P12 million in donations from private individuals for the relatives of the slain police commandos and survivors of the January 25 Mamasapano bloodbath.

Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP public affairs chief, said the cash donations were raised through the several fund raising events of some private organizations.

Santiago: Aquino trying to skirt liability over Mamasapano

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 03:44 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III's continued refusal to apologize for the bloody anti-terror mission in Mamasapano, Maguindanao is a tactic to evade liability, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said Wednesday.

SAF chief slams Trillanes over 'drinking spree' tale

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:39 p.m.

THE police officials who supposedly intoxicated some military officials on the eve of the Mamasapano operation were not members of the Special Action Force (SAF), the newly installed head of SAF said Tuesday.

Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio Lazo, SAF chief, said the elite policemen followed a protocol in the "Oplan Exodus", which was to isolate the troopers who took part on the law enforcement operation.

MILF: SAF massacre ‘unfounded’

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 05:41 p.m.

MANILA -- Reports about "mutilation, beheading, and willful" killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers are "unfounded," according to the 35-page report of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Mamasapano debacle.

House sees bill on lower tax rates OK’d by June

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 04:17 p.m.

THE House of Representatives will likely pass the bill seeking to lower income-tax rates for individuals before end of Congress' second regular session on June 11.

House Deputy Speaker Magtanggol Gunigundo said the House committee on ways and means is on the final stage of the discussions on the tax measures.

DepEd to Mallari's school: Explain within 2 days

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 04:02 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has given a Quezon City Catholic school two days to explain why it cut short a high school salutatorian's speech, a video of which went viral on social media.

Senate gets MILF report on Mamasapano debacle

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 03:11 p.m.

MANILA -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) submitted on Tuesday its 35-page report on the Mamasapano incident to the Senate committee on local government chaired by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Sandigan upholds dismissal of graft rap vs ex-Cavite guv

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 06:13 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan second division has upheld its decision dismissing the criminal charge filed against former Cavite governor Ireneo Maliksi.

The court said the motion for reconsideration filed by the Ombudsman prosecutors in connection with the graft case of Maliksi lacked merit.

Salutatorian's speech interrupted; video goes viral

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 05:56 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- "I am Krisel Mallari, a Filipino citizen who would rather choose to fail with honor, than win by cheating."

Housing site for SUC employees, students urged

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 04:55 p.m.

A PARTYLIST lawmaker wants state universities and colleges (SUCs) to provide dormitories and housing sites for their students and employees.

House Bill 5459, authored by Ako Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe, mandates the SUCs to prepare and implement a land use development and infrastructure plan that shall include the construction of dormitories for students and housing sites for employees.

Offensive vs BIFF suspended

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 03:08 p.m.

MANILA -- Military operations against the separatist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao have been suspended to give way to peaceful graduation rites for students.

Drug tipsters get P4.6M

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 02:41 p.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) awarded on Monday P4.6 million to 10 informants who provided information that led to the arrest of high profile drug personalities as well as to the dismantling of several illegal drug laboratories.

Philippines mourns Lee Kuan Yew's death

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:59 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine government expressed Monday its condolences to the people of Singapore following the death of the tiny nation's founding father, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Senate report on Mamasapano clash ‘not objective’

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 05:52 p.m.

MANILA -- For the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), the draft Senate investigation report on the Mamasapano incident hinged its findings on emotions rather than an objective interpretation of facts.

PNP issues summer security measures

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 04:18 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is expected to tighten security during summer, particularly on holidays.

PCG chief Isorena promoted to full-fledged admiral

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 08:45 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has promoted Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena to the rank of full-fledged admiral, which is equivalent to a four-star general rank.

Aquino approved and signed Isorena's promotion late afternoon Friday.

Lawmaker: Aquino endorsement of admin bet ‘important’

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 08:07 p.m.

AMID the fall of President Benigno Aquino III's trust and approval rating in latest Pulse Asia survey, an administration lawmaker said the Chief Executive does not carry the proverbial "kiss of death".

Representative Alfredo Benitez (Negros Occidental, 3rd district) said Aquino's endorsement of administration presidential bets in the 2016 is still important noting that the 38 and 36 percent approval and trust ratings, respectively, is still considered high for an outgoing President.

Aquino names people to various posts

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 05:36 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has appointed new officials to various government positions, including a member of Provincial Board of Southern Leyte.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview on government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday that Aquino has named Jessica Marie Escaño-Pano as member of the Provincial Board of Southern Leyte.

Bill seeks to regulate unauthorized installation of computer software

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 04:34 p.m.

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed a bill seeking to regulate the unauthorized installation of computer software.

With the advent of advanced technology, Santiago said computer users found software, which is unknown to them, installed on their computers.

Comelec urged to stop touch screen voting test

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 04:33 p.m.

MANILA -- Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said on Saturday that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should drop the plan to use the direct recording electronic (DRE) voting system in the 2016 national polls.

Aquino allows Senate to get SMS transcript

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 07:24 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has allowed Smart Communications Inc. to release to the Senate the transcription of his short message service (SMS) conversations with former police chief Alan Purisima regarding the Mamasapano incident, a Palace official said Friday.

Senator wants to re-examine laws protecting OFWs welfare

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 07:01 p.m.

SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara has filed a resolution seeking to conduct a thorough re-examination of the government's migration policies, including existing labor laws and regulations, amid the challenges faced by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Angara's Senate Resolution 1242 directs the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development to look into existing laws with a view to genuinely advance the interest and protect the welfare of every Filipino migrant workers, the country's modern day heroes.

Binay: Ombudsman, DILG ‘defy’ rule of law

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 04:44 p.m.

CEBU CITY (Updated) -- Vice President Jejomar Binay lambasted on Friday the Ombudsman and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for ignoring the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) on the six-month suspension of his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

Benefit package for Ebola cases approved

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 03:25 p.m.

EVEN if the country is still Ebola-free, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has already released a new benefit package for those that will be afflicted with the dreaded disease.

House panel approves merger of Land Bank, DBP

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 07:53 p.m.

THE House committee on banks and financial intermediaries has approved a bill seeking the merger of state-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) with LBP as the surviving entity.

Batangas Representative Nelson Collantes, panel chair, said the merger aims to strengthen the two banks' financial capabilities, improve the delivery of services, achieve economic efficiency and better support the development thrust of the government.

Labor group renews call for national minimum wage

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 06:10 p.m.

SAYING the need for better pay knows no regional boundaries, the militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) renewed its call for the enactment of a national minimum wage system to set the lowest wage at P16,000 monthly.

Aquino explanation on Mamasapano fiasco 'insufficient' -- poll

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:55 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- After two televised addresses and pronouncements in some public engagements, most Filipinos are still not convinced by President Benigno Aquino III's explanation on the bungled police mission that has already eroded his popularity.

Mamasapano anti-terror raid bittersweet for US forces

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:26 p.m.

MANILA -- American involvement in the Mamasapano raid that is believed to have killed a top Southeast Asian terror suspect but left scores of Filipino commandos dead is a bittersweet finale to a decade-long US battle against terrorism in Mindanao.