Why is Sara Duterte a ‘secondary respondent’ in ICC case?

Dempsey Reyes, Kathleen de Villa 01/24/2024

MANILA, Philippines — The testimony of a confessed hit man for the Davao Death Squad (DDS) served as the main basis for the inclusion of Vice President Sara Duterte as a “secondary” respondent in the crimes against…

Back to old school calendar? 

Dempsey Reyes 01/19/2024

The Department of Education (DepEd) has reportedly agreed to revert to the old school calendar, in which classes open in June, two teachers’ groups said on Thursday, January 18, 2024,  after a meeting with education officials. The…

Media group alarmed at PNP move vs rumor mills

Dempsey Reyes 01/07/2024

MANILA, Philippines — Any attempts by the police to launch crackdowns on content creators they deemed behind moves to “destabilize” the Marcos administration should be a cause for public alarm, a media rights watchdog said on Saturday,…

COA flags Davao City’s ‘inappropriate’ expenses

Dempsey Reyes 10/19/2023

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City made “inappropriate” expenditures after it charged P6.45 million against its 20-percent development fund, which goes against rules for such funding, according to the Commission on Audit (COA). Citing the COA’s audit compliance…

VP Sara Duterte: Secret funds’ critics ‘enemies of the people’

Dempsey Reyes, Krixia Subingsubing 10/06/2023

Amid the uproar over her use of confidential funds as former mayor of Davao City and as the second highest official in the country, Vice President Sara Duterte tried a familiar tack used by her father, former…

Rats! COA report bares ‘lack of cleanliness’ of DSWD warehouse

Dempsey Reyes 10/05/2023

The Commission on Audit (COA) discovered that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has failed to maintain the cleanliness of the warehouse where it stores relief goods, causing it to be infested with rodents and cockroaches…

Arroyo lawyer says former President is innocent of any wrongdoing

Dempsey Reyes 10/04/2023

Former President, now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, is innocent of any wrongdoing over the disbursement of P38 billion of the Malampaya funds during her presidency, her lawyer said on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. According to Ferdinand Topacio,…

Boracay expenditures from 2018 hound ex-DOT chief Teo, 4 others

Dempsey Reyes 09/21/2023

MANILA, Philippines — For exceeding the daily budget limit for hotel accommodations, former officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT) — including then-Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo — are now being asked to pay more than P456,000 for…

Critics slam new travel policy as added burden

Dempsey Reyes, Jacob Lazaro, Julie M. Aurelio - @inquirerdotnet 08/26/2023

Migrant workers, a human rights group and lawmakers on Friday pressed the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (Iacat) to scrap its revised guidelines for Filipinos leaving the country which they said violated the Constitution. They said the stricter…

Court junks Herbert Bautista’s bid to dismiss graft case

Dempsey Reyes 05/08/2023

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has denied the motion of former Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista for the outright dismissal of his graft case over a P32.208-million contract for the procurement of an online occupational permitting and tracking…

Pagasa: Severe dry spell to start in next 3 months

Dempsey Reyes 05/03/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Expect hot and dry conditions in the next three months until the early part of 2024, as the weather bureau on Tuesday raised an El Niño alert amid rising temperatures experienced in several parts…

LTO extends expiring licenses, waives penalties

Beatrice Pinlac, Dempsey Reyes 04/22/2023

Reeling from a public furor over its inability to issue proper drivers’ licenses, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced on Friday that it would extend the validity of driver’s licenses expiring from April 24 to October 31…

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