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Death penalty House top priority — Umali

THE House of Representatives is eyeing the approval of a bill on the restoration of the death penalty by May or before the end of the first regular session of the 17th Congress. This is according to chairman of the…

Gov’t sees breakthroughs in talks with Reds

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THE government peace panel is confident of scoring “major breakthroughs” in the third round of negotiations with the communist National Democratic Front (NDF) slated this week. In a press statement to Palace reporters, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on…

Semas’ son plotted Davao blast –– ‘Bato’

THE Islamic State sympathizer son of two prominent Mindanao political leaders “plotted” the September 2, 2016 bombing of a night market in Davao City which left 15 people dead and more than 40 others wounded, Philippine National Police chief, Director…

Sta. Isabel yields to NBI

THE former anti-narcotics agent accused of involvement in the October 18 kidnapping of a South Korean national in Angeles City yesterday yielded to the National Bureau of Investigation. Already on AWOL status, Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel’s surrender…

‘We’re on right track’

Record low self-rated poverty shows success of gov’t efforts to uplift poor –– Palace THE Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey indicating a new “record-low” in the country’s annual average of self-rated poverty in 2016 showed that the administration is on…

Aguirre cited by VACC

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) yesterday awarded Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) -- an attached agency of the Department of Justice -- has achieved laudable accomplishments on President Duterte’s war on…

BoC sees ‘better performance’ this year

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) under Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon expects to perform ‘better’ this year despite missing out in its effort to meet its 2016 collection target of P409 billion. “Overall, the bureau’s performance under Comm. Faeldon is nothing short…

PH takes lead in ASEAN summit

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THE Philippines has officially launched its chairmanship of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit 2017. “I am truly honored and humbled as we launch the Philippine chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN,” President…

Iron hand vs drugs

Not even Supreme Court can stop me from declaring martial law -- Duterte PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday night he would use an iron hand to save the country from a “virulent” drug menace. He stressed that he would disregard…

Drones help nab suspect in deadly Davao bombing

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DRONES using American technology aided in the arrest in Malaysia of the son of two Mindanao political leaders who is linked to the September blast that killed 15 people in Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed. (Related story on…

Duterte summons governors to Palace

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IT’S the governors’ turn to face President Rodrigo Duterte this week at Malacanang over the drug scourge. Duterte bared that he is set to summon governors this week to seek their cooperation in the campaign against illegal drugs. The President…

Kill kidnappers — Digong

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“PASABUGIN mo na sila lahat.” President Rodrigo Duterte in his Saturday night speech in Davao City said that security forces in hot pursuit of a kidnap gang’s sea vessel are free to open fire on alleged kidnappers, and hostages killed…

PH envoy at Trump event

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s man for the Trump inaugural on January 20 is Philippine Ambassador to the US Marciano Paynor. Presidential communications office secretary Martin Andanar said that the President’s presence at the special event since the inaugural of US President…
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