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‘Koko’ seeks more aid for Marawi folk

SENATE President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III seeks more financial help for Marawi City. Pimentel issued a special order exempting assistance to displaced Marawi residents from the 5% limit set by Senate rules. Section III, Item 17.1 of Memorandum Circular 2016-002…

Protect depositors, banks urged

AFTER a congressional inquiry into the glitch that rocked the banking industry, lawmakers asked all banks to ensure security and protection of depositors. Chairman of the House committee on banks and financial intermediaries Rep. Ben Evardone said that bank depositors…

Ilocos Six languish in House detention

NO change of heart on the so-called Ilocos Six, at least for now. Chairman of the House committee on good government and accountability Rep. Johnny Pimentel said the panel is standing pat on its decision to detain the six employees…

Red attacks alarm Palace

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MALACANANG is alarmed by the recent attacks of the communist rebels even after the National Democratic Front (NDF) has ordered its armed wing to refrain from launching offensive against state forces. The NDF had urged the New People’s Army (NPA)…

176 firetrucks defective!

CoA bares anomalies in BFP procurement THE Commission on Audit (CoA) has uncovered that 176 out of 469 firetruck units bought by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in 2015 using P2.577-billion were found to be defective. CoA bared the…

Bong back in detention

THE Sandiganbayan First Division was informed yesterday that former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has returned to his detention after being discharged Thursday evening from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. “Pertinent SOPs (standard operating procedures) and safety measures…

176 fire trucks bought by BFP defective -- CoA

THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has 176 defective fire trucks, according to the Commission on Audit (CoA). In its audit report, the CoA uncovered that the 176 fire trucks procured by the BFP in 2015 were defective and until…

Terror knife attack in Michigan airport

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CHICAGO -- A knife attack on a Michigan airport police officer on Wednesday by a man yelling “Allahu Akbar” is being investigated as an act of terrorism, the FBI said. The stabbing at Bishop International Airport, in the city of…

Peace talks with Reds to continue

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THE Duterte administration will not abandon the peace process with the communists despite its decision to back out from the fifth round of talks last month, government peace panel chair Silvestre Bello III said yesterday. “Hindi natin puwedeng i-abandon itong…

Bank admits P46-M error

AN official of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) admitted that around P46 million was “mistakenly withdrawn” from the bank during the recent technical glitch that rattled the banking industry. Appearing before a legislative inquiry, BPI president and chief…

Fake news bill filed

“FAKE news” becomes a crime under a bill filed by Sen. Joel Villanueva if it intends to cause panic, division, chaos, violence and hate, or the spread of propaganda to blacken or discredit the character of a person. Senator Villanueva…

No ‘Bong’ Revilla at trial

FORMER Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. yesterday surprised Sandiganbayan justices when he failed to attend the trial of his plunder case after he was confined in hospital without court permission. His lawyer Rea Balisi informed the First Division that Revilla…

Sabio gets jail term

THE Sandignbayan sentenced former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairperson Camilo Sabio to 12 to 20 years of imprisonment. The First Division found Sabio, 81, guilty of two counts of graft in connection with the anomalous lease of vehicles…

BPI working to recover P46M ‘glitch’ withdrawals

THE management of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is taking safety measures to prevent future glitz in their system triggered by a human error and now working on to recover the remaining P46 million worth of accidental withdrawals by…
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