A TOTAL of 35 wanted individuals were nabbed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a week, an official said Friday.
From March 1 to 7, PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) director chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong said their tracker teams nationwide were able to arrest 35 wanted personalities.
AS METRO Manila girds for traffic with the simultaneous implementation of 17 road projects, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto batted for the tapping of underutilized mass transport systems, like the PNR and the mothballed Pasig River ferry, to ease the commuting woes of the metropolis' 13 million residents.
Recto said that doubling the number of PNR trains plying the 44-kilometer Tutuban, Manila-Sta. Rosa Laguna line alone will allow it to ferry 25 million more passengers a year.
IN AN attempt to decongest the country's cramped jails and other detention facilities, a lawmaker recently filed a measure that will imposed a mandatory community service instead of imprisonment for some non-serious offenses.
Las Piñas City Representative Mark Villar said that House Bill 3903 provides rendition of community service in lieu of detention for prisoners who are serving sentences ranging from one day to six months and those with six months or less remaining to serve.
THE voting public should reject politicians who allegedly benefited from the pork barrel scam come 2016 when they seek reelection, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said Friday.
"We should not re-elect any senators or congressmen running for reelection in 2016, if they are among those against whom the Ombudsman will file criminal charges for plunder or malversation of public funds in the Sandiganbayan," the senator said.
VICE President Jejomar Binay said the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) should take a "solid stand" on the member-nations' territorial disputes with China.
Binay made the observation to Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Truong Trieu Duong during the latter's call on the Vice President at the Coconut Palace Tuesday.
AN OPPOSITION lawmaker on Thursday assured the public that allies of Vice President Jejomar Binay who were involve in the controversial pork barrel scam will be brought to justice if proven guilty once the former Makati City mayor is elected President in the 2016 national polls.
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general Toby Tiangco said that a Binay leadership will pursue cases against those involved in the pork-barrel scam and will not hesitate to send even allies to jail.
AROUND 60 to 70 percent of more than 1.7 million registered firearms were under suspicious owners and addresses, an official said Thursday.
In an interview, Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosive Office (PNP-FEO) director Chief Superintendent Louie Oppus said they temporarily closed all satellite offices (SATO) of firearms license renewal to purge the whole system.
A FORMER vice mayor who was accused of sexual assaulting a beauty pageant contestant was arrested by the authorities on Wednesday, a police official said.
THE House leadership on Thursday dismissed the allegations that businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP) and his Metro Pacific Investments Corporation are the primary beneficiaries of the proposed changes to the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.
"I don't really see why he (Pangilinan) should be singled out and say dito makikinabang siya. I foresee maraming mag-ooppose sa Cha-cha (Charter change). In fact, ang mga businessmen na nag-aagree. If you already owned so much why is it matter whether may papasok na konti rito o wala," Belmonte said.
A TRAINER plane crashed in Nueva Ecija Thursday morning after its pilot allegedly showed-off his daredevil moves to his girlfriend.
In a phone interview, Glen Paraiso, owner of the house where the plane crashed said he was in the family's kitchen when the incident happened around 8 a.m.
SENATOR Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara has filed a bill that seeks to reduce the rates of individual income tax and adjust the individual income tax brackets in order to ease Filipinos' financial burden,
"Karamihan sa ating mga kababayan ay lugmok sa kahirapan. 30 to 40 percent are living below the poverty line. We must do everything we can to help them and I think this is one way we can look at," said Angara, chairperson of the Senate committee on ways and means.
SENATOR Francis Chiz Escudero, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, filed Senate Bill 16, which seeks the mandatory signing of bank waivers to make public the financial records of all government officials and those seeking public office.
Escudero filed the bill in support of calls by his colleagues in the Senate for a lifestyle check after some senators have been implicated in the multibillion pork barrel controversy.
SENATE Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday challenged Vice President Jejomar Binay to show moral toughness and issue a definitive statement on the alleged participation of his closest political allies in the pork barrel scams, as he confirmed that he will be running for the presidency.
Cayetano said that it is his desire to serve God and his country.
A MAN wanted for the murder of a Boracay tribe spokesperson is now behind bars after he was arrested by the authorities on Monday, a police official said in a belated report Wednesday.
Suspect Daniel Celestino was arrested by combined forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) in his hideout owned by his mother in Barangay Palasan, Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
HOUSE Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. recommended the giving of committee assignments to Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and eight other members of the independent minority bloc.
Arroyo, a former president who is now under hospital arrest for plunder charges, is expected to be assigned as member of the committees on energy and on trade and industry. Her membership is expected to be read in the plenary within the week.
THE minority bloc in the House of Representatives on Wednesday vowed to question every move of the administration lawmakers once the proposed amendments on the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution reaches the plenary debate.
House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora said that it is not easy to get the much needed three-fourth votes because some members of the majority had already said their piece that they support Constitutional Convention and not anything else.
BUDGET Secretary Florencio Abad on Wednesday dismissed the allegations that Malacanang is behind the distribution of the so-called "hidden pork" to members of Congress who will vote in favor of amending the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.
In an ambush interview, Abad said there was no truth to the statements of militant lawmakers led by Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Party-list Representative Antonio Tinio since the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the lawmakers has already been re-aligned to six government agencies.
THE military and police bishop on Ash Wednesday urged the Catholics faithful to feed the hungry in areas stricken by manmade and natural calamities as a form of sacrifice during the Lenten season.
FULL respect for Philippine sovereignty, non-permanence of United States (US) troops and no US basing in the Philippines was pushed by the negotiating panel in a dialogue with the American defense team, official said Wednesday.
A BILL was recently filed before the House of Representatives, which mandates doctors, midwives, and nurses to register the birth of a child within 30 days or face sanction of imprisonment.
A BILL was recently filed in the House of Representatives seeking to impose additional taxes for non-alcoholic and other beverage products.
House Bill 3365 wants to increase the ad valorem tax on soft drinks and carbonated beverages sold in bottles and other tight containers by 10 percent.
SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III on Tuesday said he will respect the decision of Vice President Jejomar Binay's impending move to leave the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to form his own political party in preparation for the 2016 national elections.
In an interview, Pimentel said he is still waiting for the Vice President to write it in a formal letter but maintained that they can still help each other in 2016.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Acting Pampanga Police Provincial Director on Tuesday said operatives have successfully arrested the leader of the notorious Bartolo criminal group during a joint buy-bust operation conducted by elements of the Pampanga Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-3 last March 3.
Police said in its report that the joint operation was conducted around 5 p.m., which resulted in the arrest of Carmelino Bartolo (aka Mel), 48, a resident of Barangay Sto. Cristo, Guagua, Pampanga.
A HOUSE member on Monday urged President Benigno Aquino III to issue an executive order to divert all local and international shipping cargos delivering raw materials for the economic zones located in Calabarzon area from the port of Manila and Manila International Container Port (MICP) going to the port of Batangas.
AS THE Senate takes up measures seeking to strike out some of the provisions of the anti-cybercrime law, the matter of decriminalizing libel appears to be one of the priority concerns of several groups of people, which include professionals, students and members of the media.
During a Senate hearing of the Senate committee on science and technology chaired by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, the senator admitted that there are several unsettled issues on cyberlibel, despite the Supreme Court's decision upholding its constitutionality.
CASES of frustrated murder and violation to the International Humanitarian Law will be filed against New People's Army (NPA) rebels responsible for planting of improvised explosive devices (IED) in a Davao del Sur town, a military official said Monday.
THE amount paid for the rental of an ultrasound machine for the medical check-up of alleged pork barrel scam architect Janet Lim-Napoles was P5,000, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.
In press briefing, PNP-Health Services director Chief Superintendent Alejandro Advincula Jr. denied allegations that the agency spent P120,000 since the ultrasound machine rent was only P5,000.
WITH Vice President Jejomar Binay out of the picture, Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Laban (PDP-Laban) president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said his party is free to bolt the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
UNA, an alliance between PDP-Laban and the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, was formed during the 2013 midterm elections.
A BILL seeking to abolish 19 government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs) has been filed recently at the House of Representatives.
House Bill 3807 of Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez and his brother Abante Mindanao party-list Representative Maximo Rodriguez seeks to abolish certain GOCCs and GFIs with provisions for separation pay for its officers and employees.
A PARTY-LIST lawmaker on Monday said the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) still owes its customers an estimated P 1.5-billion in refunds, more than a decade after the Supreme Court ordered the local power distributor to return previous overcharges.
Deputy Minority Leader Arnel Ty filed Resolution 88 urging the House committee on energy to inquire into Meralco's failure to fully comply with the November 15, 2003 Supreme Court ruling for the company to give back to its customers some P 30.2-billion in overcharges.