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.

Tupas: House won’t entertain new impeach raps vs Aquino

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 07:32 p.m.

REPRESENTATIVE Niel Tupas Jr. (Iloilo, 5th district) said Wednesday that the House of Representatives will not entertain a new impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III until August 11.

Tupas made the statement amid plans by some militant groups to file a fresh impeachment complaint against Aquino over his role in the botched Mamasapano, Maguindanao operation, which claimed the lives of 44 Special Action Forces commandos, 18 Moro rebels and five civilians.

NCR minimum wage earners to get P15 pay hike

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 06:23 p.m.

MANILA -- Close to 600,000 minimum wage earners in Metro Manila are set to receive an additional P15 in their daily pay beginning mid-April which militant groups said is not even enough to cover for the recent increase in train fares.

Senate Mamasapano clash report gets mixed reviews

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 05:04 p.m.

MANILA -- The joint Senate committee draft report on the botched Mamasapano operations last January 25 is still “incomplete,” Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano said Wednesday.

Villar: Unrefunded overpayment of exempt OFWs terminal fees can reach P1B

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:01 a.m.

AN ESTIMATED P1 billion in unrefunded overpayments by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) due to integration of airport fees with airline tickets remains unrefunded by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Senator Cynthia Villar said Tuesday.

Villar said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) do not have the figures on the number of affected OFWs.

Senate to gov’t peace panel: Secure copy of MILF report on Mamasapano

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 07:32 p.m.

THE Senate adopted Tuesday a resolution directing the government peace panel chaired by Miriam Coronel-Ferrer to request and secure from the Moro Islamic Liberal Front (MILF) a copy of its investigation report on the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Senate Resolution 1240, initiated by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., directed the peace panel to request a copy of the Mamasapano report from the International Monitoring Team, which received the final report of the MILF.

Aquino 'ultimately responsible' for Mamasapano fiasco

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 06:52 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III is "ultimately responsible" for the heavy casualties in a police operation on January 25 intended to arrest two terror suspects in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, a joint Senate committee draft report said Tuesday.

Ombudsman: Binay TRO too late

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

MANILA (Updated) -- Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said Tuesday that the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) on the six-month preventive suspension against Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. was moot and academic.

Aquino ratings nosedive amid Mamasapano debacle

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 01:27 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Trust and approval ratings of President Benigno Aquino III sank to a record low in light of the bloody anti-terror operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25 that claimed the lives of 67 people, pollster Pulse Asia said Tuesday.

DILG: Binay remains suspended

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Monday night that Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.'s suspension still stands despite the temporary restraining order issued by the Court of Appeals (CA).

House panel satisfied with BOI Mamasapano report

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:46 p.m.

THE House of Representatives should longer reopen its investigation on the Mamasapano incident, said the chairperson of the House ad hoc committee for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) who expressed satisfaction over the report of police Board of Inquiry (BOI).

Representative Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro, 2nd district), panel chair said the BOI findings are "comprehensive and clear", thus there is no need for the House to resume its probe into the January 25 massacre of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in Maguindanao.

Palace defends MILF leaders on nationality issue

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 06:05 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacanang challenged on Monday those questioning the citizenship of the leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to substantiate their allegations.

PNP officials face possible admin cases over Mamasapano

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 04:53 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday possible administrative charges may be filed against former PNP chief Alan Purisima and relieved Special Action Force (SAF) chief Getulio Napeñas for the death of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano last January 25.

PNP spokesperson Generoso Cerbo Jr. said the PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) is now looking into the report submitted by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) to PNP officer in charge Leonardo Espina last week.

US businessmen urged to invest in PH infrastructure

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 04:46 p.m.

THE Philippines is taking advantage of the growing interest of American and other foreign investors in the country by urging them to participate in the bidding for a number of major infrastructure projects that are in the pipeline.

CA stops Mayor Binay suspension

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 01:27 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. will continue to function as mayor of Makati City as the Court of Appeals (CA) temporarily stopped on Monday his suspension for corruption allegations.

BOI slams Napeñas' 'time on target' coordination

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 04:49 p.m.

MANILA -- The time-on-target (TOT) concept of coordination played a key role in the bungled execution of Oplan Exodus to capture two terror suspects in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.

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