Garins face raps for mauling cop

Inquirer.net 12/27/2018

Manila — Guimbal Mayor Oscar Garin and his son Rep. Richard Garin are facing seven criminal complaints filed by the police officer they beat up in Iloilo and four administrative cases filed by the Philippine National Police…

Palace blasts CPP-NPA’s 50 years as a ‘failed rebellion’

Inquirer.net 12/26/2018

Manila, Philippines — The five decades-long insurgency of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) is a “failed rebellion,” Malacañang declared, as the nation’s Maoist movement celebrates its 50th anniversary on Wednesday. “The 50 years…

Drilon: No need to reconvene bicam for Road Board abolition

Inquirer.net 12/26/2018

MANILA, Philippines — The bicameral conference committee need not reconvene for the dissolution of the controversial Road Board, according to Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon. Drilon made the statement on Wednesday, three days after House Majority Leader…

Albayalde: 6 listed as persons of interest in Batocabe slay

Inquirer.net 12/26/2018

LEGAZPI CITY — Police investigators have established the identities of at least six persons of interest in the killing of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his security escort on Saturday in a remote village in Daraga…

Faeldon’s son now a free man after prosecutor’s office junks his drug case

Inquirer.net 12/23/2018

MANILA, Philippines — The son and namesake of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Director General Nicanor Faeldon has been released from police custody after the Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the case against Faeldon Jr. Police Regional Office 5…

No Filipino affected in Indonesia tsunami – DFA

Inquirer.net 12/23/2018

Manila, Philippines — No Filipino national was reported injured or dead from the tsunami incident that hit the shores of Indonesia on Saturday evening, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday. According to Ambassador to…

Ako Bicol congressman, police escort shot dead

Inquirer.net 12/22/2018

ALBAY ATTACK MANILA, Philippines — Ako Bicol Rep., Rodel Batocabe and his police escort were shot dead in Albay on Saturday afternoon. The 52-year-old Batocabe was attending a gift-giving event for senior citizens and persons with disability…

No ceasefire; Duterte orders troops: Destroy NPA

Inquirer.net 12/22/2018

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday ordered the military to “destroy” the New People’s Army (NPA) as he refused to reciprocate the holiday ceasefire declaration of the rebels. “We do not subscribe to their ceasefire.…

Schools urged: Step up info drive on bullying

Inquirer.net 12/22/2018

MANILA, Philippines — As the issue on bullying heats up in the wake of the Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS) incident, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has called on schools to carry out an intensified information drive…

Duterte: ‘It’s time to abolish’ Road Board

Inquirer.net 12/22/2018

Manila, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said it’s “time to abolish the graft-riden Road Board, dismissing the desire of the Arroyo-led House of Representatives to keep the agency. “Let’s just go ahead and abolish it,”…

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