Freed GCTA convicts who surrendered to police now at 281 — PNP

Consuelo Marquez - INQUIRER.net 09/12/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Two hundred eighty-one heinous crime convicts released through the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law have surrendered to police stations nationwide, recent data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed Thursday. Of the number,…

Duterte told: Joint exploration with China in West PH Sea unconstitutional

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - INQUIRER.net 09/11/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Even without the landmark arbitral ruling that favors the Philippines, any exploration that would be jointly undertaken with China in the West Philippine Sea would still be unconstitutional. Bayan Muna chairperson Neri Colmenares pointed…

Abusive rice traders should face raps — solon

Daphne Galvez - Inquirer.net 09/11/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Criminal cases should be filed against rice traders who are taking advantage of the rice tariffication law and manipulating the farmgate prices of rice for their own benefit, a lawmaker urged Wednesday. Albay 2nd…

Dengue cases hit 250,000; more than 1,000 dead

Jovic Yee - Philippine Daily Inquirer 09/11/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Much is still to be desired from the efforts of local governments to stop the dengue epidemic as the number of cases has risen to nearly 250,000 nationwide with more than 1,000 dead, over…

Duterte wants to get rid of Customs brokers, examiners

Darryl John Esguerra - INQUIRER.net 09/11/2019

MANILA, Philippines – After firing more than 60 Bureau of Customs (BOC) personnel for alleged corruption, President Rodrigo Duterte is now looking at doing away with customs brokers and examiners. “Ang gusto ko, wala nang brokers,” Duterte…

Duterte: PH in trouble if Robredo becomes president

Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Julie M. Aurelio - @inquirerdotnet 09/11/2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night warned that the Philippines would be in trouble if Vice President Leni Robredo became the president. “Oh ma’am, if you are President of the Philippines, we’re dead. You…

Dela Rosa believes death penalty ‘cures everything’

Maila Ager - INQUIRER.net 09/10/2019

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa believes that the reimposition of the death penalty can “cure” everything. Dela Rosa aired this sentiment when asked in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel on Tuesday if former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez should be qualified for early release…

July 25 is National Campus Press Freedom Day

Nestor Corrales - INQUIRER.net 09/10/2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law declaring July 25 each year as National Campus Press Freedom Day. Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11440 on August 28, a copy of which was released to…

‘Bato’: Slap me in public if I’m involved in corruption

Maila Ager - INQUIRER.net 09/10/2019

MANILA, Philippines – Neophyte Senator  Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said he is willing to be slapped repeatedly in public if it is proven that he is involved in corruption. On Tuesday, Dela Rosa expressed his readiness to face any probe…

130 convicts freed under GCTA have surrendered so far – PNP

Neil Arwin Mercado - Inquirer.net 09/09/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said a total of 130 convicts released under the controversial good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law have surrendered as of Monday afternoon. Among the 130 convicts who surrendered, 49…

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