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Cops in Espinosa slay say complaint by NBI ‘reckless’

Police officers accused of murder for the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. branded as reckless the complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against them. First, Atty. Roland Inting, speaking for the 12 lawyers of all the police officers, said the NBI failed to prove that there was conspiracy among […]

Posted: January 23rd, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Maguindanao town under state of calamity

Cotabato City – A state of calamity has been declared in Datu Montawal town in Maguindanao after floodwater submerged all of its 12 villages due to torrential rains and the swelling of Kabacan River, officials said. Datu Montawal town Vice Mayor Otto Montawal said the town’s council passed a resolution in an emergency session Saturday […]

Posted: January 22nd, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

De Lima: Is Duterte gov’t using ‘Bato’ as scapegoat?

  Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday said that it appears that the Duterte administration is looking for someone to blame in the scandals hounding the Philippine National Police (PNP). And the scapegoat, according to De Lima, is no other than PNP chief Director Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. De Lima made the assertion following […]

Posted: January 22nd, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

House Speaker calls for Bato resignation

House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez on Friday said Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa should resign after a Korean businessman was kidnapped and murdered inside Camp Crame. “Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa should immediately resign as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to save President Rodrigo Duterte from further […]

Posted: January 20th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

No threats: ‘Duterte sought governors’ help in drugs war’


MANILA — Zamboanga del Sur Gov. Antonio Cerilles described President Duterte’s speech during the meeting with the governors, on Thursday, as more of an appeal than a threat about the ongoing war on drugs. “At least may pagbabago. In previous speeches, nananakot siya,” Cerilles told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone. Duterte met with governors […]

Posted: January 19th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Cagayan de Oro declares state of calamity


Cagayan de Oro City was placed under state of calamity by local officials early yesterday after a massive flooding in the city spawned by two weather disturbances. “City council declared a state of calamity in Cagayan de Oro City after holding an emergency session at 1 a.m. today, Jan. 17, 2017,” the local government of […]

Posted: January 17th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Solon withdraws ‘vanity tax’ bill


Following a backlash from netizens, a congressman withdrew his bill seeking to tax beauty products and services which came to be known as “vanity tax.” In a statement on Monday, Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe said he was withdrawing the bill following the assurance of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that there was no need for […]

Posted: January 16th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

‘Vanity’ tax discriminatory to women


Senator Sherwin Gatchalian thumbed down on Friday the proposed imposition of excise tax on cosmetics and beauty products, saying it was not only “discriminatory” to women but it was not also a “viable alternative” to the proposed additional tax on petroleum products. Gatchalian noted that the proposed 10 to 30 percent “vanity” tax was projected […]

Posted: January 13th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Gabriela slams Miss Universe pageant as ‘cover-up’ of PH woes


Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas on Wednesday opposed the hosting of the Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines, calling it an objectification of women and a cover-up of the country’s societal problems. In a prepared statement read during a press conference, Brosas said the hosting was a “manipulative and deceptive tool that projects an image of […]

Posted: January 12th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Leyte town police chief relieved


TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte — The chief of the Hilongos town police in Leyte was removed from his post, effective Jan. 5, nine days after the sleepy municipality was rocked by twin explosions that wounded 32 people. Chief Insp. Alberto Renomeron Jr. was transferred to the Leyte Provincial Police Office where he would be on a […]

Posted: January 11th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »