San Fernando beefs up war vs drugs

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 08:55 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City of San Fernando has beefed up its fight against illegal drugs after barangay captains and tanods of from 35 villages gathered on Friday at the Heroes Hall for the Anti-Drug Summit meant to increase awareness on the drug problem at the grassroots.

The summit was spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Pampanga in coordination with the City Government of San Fernando.

PNP thanks Capitol for new crime lab

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 08:25 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) expressed gratitude to the Provincial Government here for the construction of the Regional Crime Laboratory Office, which was inaugurated at Camp Olivas on Friday.

The new crime laboratory was built to provide efficient scientific investigation and speedy medico legal services.

Trillanes mulls placing Mercado under witness protection program

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 07:07 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said he will recommend placing the accuser of Vice President Jejomar Binay under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) due to threats against his life.

Trillanes believed that former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado needed security due to his adept knowledge on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall building 2 and claims on Binay's kickbacks in the project.

Bill provides scholarships for top 10 graduates in public high schools

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 03:25 p.m.

A BILL in the House of Representatives that seeks to provide scholarship to top graduates of all public high schools enrolling for their first year in state universities and colleges (SUCs) has been approved on second reading.

Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo, chairman of the House committee on higher and technical education, said House Bill 4860, or the "Iskolar ng Bayan Act", seeks to institutionalize a college scholarship program in SUCs for top graduates of public high schools in the country.

POEA: Be wary of ‘job offers’ in Portugal

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 02:28 p.m.

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Saturday aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) against being duped by unscrupulous individuals that are offering jobs in Portugal.

In a statement, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said there are illegal recruiters that are claiming to represent "real and reputable" companies in Portugal by using information on their websites but replacing the contact information.

Convert seized shipping vans into police outposts, gov't urged

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 02:15 p.m.

SENATOR President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is calling on the government to convert seized shipping vans into police stations, classrooms, rice storage, mobile clinics, libraries and housing for disaster victims.

Recto said government should study the possibility of buying some of the shipping containers cramming the two ports in Manila and "repurpose" them into structures for public use or dwellings for the poor.

Pinoy peacekeepers well-armed, still holding position

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The situation involving 75 Filipino peacekeepers deployed to conflict-racked Golan Heights remained "stable" as the soldiers still hold their positions despite being surrounded by Syrian anti-government forces.

DRDO warns cops: Penalty for drug users is dismissal

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – "Cops who are using illegal drugs have no place in the command."

Thus said Senior Superintendent Melvin Ramon Buenafe, deputy regional director for operations (DRDO) of the Police Regional Office 3, as he led on Friday surprise drug tests on personnel assigned at the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) here.

300 OFWs from Libya attend Dole job fair

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 06:24 p.m.

ONLY 384 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Libya attended the job fair for Libya repatriates organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) held last Thursday at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City.

This was despite a combined total of 28 local companies and overseas recruitment agencies offering 12,260 job opportunities for OFWs that were forced to return home due to the rising hostilities in Libya.

Ex-Davao Sur guv to face murder rap

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 04:46 p.m.

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the filing of a murder case against former Davao del Sur governor Douglas Cagas and three others for killing journalist Nestor Bedolido Sr. four years ago.

Set to face the same case as well before the Digos City Regional Trial Court branch 19 are Matanao, Davao del Sur Mayor Vicente "Butch" Fernandez, Ali Ordaneza and Bado Sanchez based on the resolution signed by the Justice chief on August 26.

PNP releases new crime reporting form

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 04:44 p.m.

EACH person who will report a crime at a local police precinct will be issued an Incident Record Form (IRF), which they have to fill with the basic information of the event, a police official said Friday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Public Information chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said the provision of an IRF was made for the accurate crime recording in the country.

Aquino monitors standoff in Golan Heights

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 01:24 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III decided Friday to cut short his provincial trip to attend to the situation of Filipino peacekeepers involved in a standoff with Syrian rebels in Golan Heights.

In a speech, the Chief Executive assured that there was no immediate danger against the 75 Filipino peacekeepers, who are members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Undof).

Estrada suspension stays

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:59 p.m.

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan fifth division upheld the 90-day suspension of detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada on Friday for his plunder case related to the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Supreme Court 'meddling too much'

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:50 p.m.

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday that the Supreme Court meddles too much in political issues, reiterating he was open to amend the Constitution to clip the judiciary's power.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of Aquino, said she had enormous respect for him and the court would only respond to political and constitutional questions through its rulings.

Clark-NAIA high-speed rail eyed

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:34 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The government is now studying the feasibility of constructing a high-speed rail, which will connect Clark International Airport (CRK) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

This was learned the other day from Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano who said that President Aquino is "very open about it."

Trillanes denies threatening witnesses in Senate probe

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV denied Thursday the allegations of Vice President Jejomar Binay after the latter said that the senator cursed, threatened and attempted to stop a resource person from testifying in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing on last Tuesday.

In an interview, Trillanes said the hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 is an open investigation and the public can see exactly what they are doing.

Gov’t urged to address backlog in mass housing

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 07:53 p.m.

TO ADDRESS the increasing backlog in mass housing, a lawmaker urged the National Government to create programs that will empower those living in slum areas and informal settlements in country.

Negros Occidental Representative Alfredo Benitez, chairman of the House committee on housing and urban development, said that the government should provide informal settlers a housing financial assistance to address the huge housing backlog in the country.

Bill requires one nurse in each public school

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 07:08 p.m.

SENATOR Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV filed a bill seeking to require the appointment of a registered nurse in all public schools to look after the health and nutritional needs of the Filipino students.

Aquino said Senate Bill 2366 aims to provide "quality education that every Filipino child deserves."

Aquino: I will step down as president in 2016

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 05:30 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday that he was looking forward to step down from his post in June 2016.

While there were people who wanted him to run again for president, the Chief Executive said that he was not a "masochist."

PNP to create permanent anti-illegal drugs unit

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 05:12 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will create a permanent unit who will handle illegal-drugs related cases in support to the operations of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), following the approval of the Department of Justice (DOJ), a police official said.

PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) chief Roque Merdeguia said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima responded to a proposal sent by the PNP four years ago, saying she sees no legal hindrance if ever a PNP Narcotics Investigation and Monitoring Center (NIMC) will be created.

Prov’l board done with 3rd public hearing on proposed FMV

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Provincial Board (PB) committee on ways and means concluded the third of five public hearings on the proposed ordinance on the revised schedule of fair market values (FMV) of properties in Pampanga.

The hearing held at the Benigno Aquino Hall was attended by municipal assessors, barangay officials, large property owners, realtors, owners and representatives from big business.

Lawmakers grill Roxas over multi-billion peso GPBP

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 07:26 p.m.

INTERIOR and Local Government Manuel Roxas II was grilled Wednesday by militant lawmakers on the issue of lump sum funds under his office.

During the budget briefing by the House committee on appropriations on the proposed P104.57-billion budget of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Kabataan party-list Representative Terry Ridon confronted Roxas over the multi-billion peso Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Program (GPBP) projects in the 2015 proposed budget.

Malacanang: Government addressing problems of MRT, LRT

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 06:44 p.m.

MALACANANG assured Wednesday that the government was trying to resolve the problems involving the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) to ensure the best service to commuters.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made the statement after an LRT train stalled at the Pedro Gil Station in Manila on Wednesday morning while the MRT-3 had to suspend operations at noon last Saturday following a communications system breakdown.

Senator bats to pour more funds into health bucket

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 05:03 p.m.

SENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto challenged on Wednesday government to "pour more money into the health bucket" so it can improve health facilities, hire more doctors and reduce deaths from curable diseases like tuberculosis.

Recto said that while health spending of the National Government will "commendably" balloon to P102.5 billion next year from P40 billion in 2010, more funds are needed "to treat the sick and keep 100 million Filipinos healthy."

PNP hails Mandaluyong ordinance vs riding-in-tandem

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 04:57 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) expressed support to a Mandaluyong City ordinance seeking to deter the increasing cases of crimes perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects.

AFP verifying reports of Isis recruits in Davao

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:49 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is continuously verifying and validating the information that some Filipino youths, particularly Dabawenyos, are being recruited to join the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a military official said Tuesday.

Philippine Army spokesperson Domingo Tutaan said the AFP is "not discounting, dismissing nor contradicting" the reports regarding the Filipino youths allegedly being sent to join the ISIS and participate in the conflict in the Middle East.

Alcala's chief of staff denies receiving bribe

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 07:46 p.m.

THE chief of staff of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala denied on Tuesday the allegation hurled by Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM) Secretary Francis Pangilinan against him that he received a bribe, along with former National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Orlan Calayag, to favor a cargo handler for rice imported from Vietnam in 2013.

TUCP to Nigeria-bound Pinoy seafarers: Drop rest, recreation plans for now

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 05:06 p.m.

SEA-BASED overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) set to dock in Nigeria are strongly being urged by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) to drop their rest and recreation (R&R) plans for the meantime or else risk acquiring the Ebola virus disease (EVD).

According to TUCP, they are hoping that Filipino sailors will observe the similar guidelines imposed earlier by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) over other Ebola-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

3 impeach complaints vs Aquino ‘sufficient in form’

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 03:30 p.m.

MANILA -- The House of Representatives committee on justice voted on Tuesday to declare as sufficient in form the three verified impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III.

Iloilo Representative and committee chair Niel Tupas Jr., during the discussion of the separate complaints, applied the "principle of liberalism" on determining the sufficiency of each case despite some objections from certain lawmakers from the majority bloc.

Aquino awards Tarlac cop for heroism

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 07:10 p.m.

CAMP MACABULOS, Tarlac City -- President Benigno Aquino III awarded Tarlaqueño SPO1 Dominador Canlas the "Medalya ng Kagalingan" in Malacañang during the recent 113th Police Service Anniversary for his heroic acts in saving three kids caught in a crossfire between rebels and police.

Canlas was the lone awardee from Central Luzon and one of eight police officers conferred by the President and Philippine National Police with the individual achievement award in the field of intelligence.

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