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Senate to grill Andanar

PRESIDENTIAL Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar is set to be grilled today by the Senate sub-committee on finance during the hearing on his agency’s budget. Under the cloud of controversies that hounded the attached agencies of the PCOO,…

Sept 21 not holiday but day of protest

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday declared September 21 as a national day of protest. “No, September 21 is not a holiday. I have declared it as a day of protest,” the President told reporters after visiting the wake of SPO3 Jun…

Quake drill explained

THE September 21 earthquake drill is not a diversionary tactic of the government against the anti-martial law rally planned on the same date by militant groups. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Romina Marasigan said: “This is…

Anti-hazing law repeal pressed

SENATOR Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian called for the overhaul of the Anti-Hazing Law in order to eliminate loop holes and ensure that all persons responsible for cruel and senseless hazing deaths are made to account fully for their crime. “It’s time…

‘Strong’ priest smiles after IS hostage ordeal ends

A CATHOLIC priest kidnapped by Islamic State supporters when they seized parts of Marawi City nearly four months ago smiled and declared himself “strong” Monday after escaping. Father Teresito Suganob called for prayers at a press conference at military headquarters…

Faeldon files suit vs Lacson

FORMER Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon personally filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Panfilo Lacson for dragging him into the corruption mess hounding the agency. But Lacson said he will also file a case against Faeldon and still wishes him good…

Bautista ouster suit may be thrown out

THE chairman of the House committee on justice yesterday hinted at the possibility of the impeachment complaint against embattled Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista being dismissed this Wednesday due to insufficiency in form. Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali,…

PDEA charges Faeldon et al over P6.4-B shabu

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FORMER Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon has been charged with a string of drug and criminal charges before the Department of Justice over the smuggling of P6.4-billion shabu seized last May. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sought the indictment of…

Hazing horror returns

Manila police, UST probe death of law student; hazing law repeal urged AFTER a long period since its last victim, death by hazing has shocked the nation again with the discovery of the tortured body of a freshman law student…

Hold your horses, DU30 tells Reds

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is not opposed to resuming peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), but neither is he in a hurry to revive the talks. Duterte said he has done his best to meet the…

More benefits for men in uniform pushed

WITH the lives of uniformed and law enforcement personnel at risk in the performance of their duties especially in the Marawi conflict and anti-crime campaigns, Sen. Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV has sponsored Senate Bill No. 1462 or a bill…

Drug war won’t syop — Duterte

“THE drug killings will not stop”. “Hindi mahinto ang patayan. Because sasabihin ko sa kanila, ‘yung mga big-time, I am after your neck or necks… walang, walang compromise ‘yan,” the President said, stressing that he is not intent on killing…

Alvarez opens ASEAN lawmakers’ confab

WITH the ceremonial banging of the gong, Speaker and ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) President Pantaleon Alvarez formally opened yesterday the 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), which is being held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel from September…

Gascon comes under Digong withering fire

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“ARE you pedophile, or gay?” President Rodrigo Duterte asked Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Chito Gascon the latter is being so “fixated” on young boys. Duterte also indicated he is looking forward to meeting with Gascon in person. “Why…

Loren: Enough budget for all

SENATOR Loren Legarda yesterday stressed that no agency will be able to fulfill its mandate with a measly P1,000 budget for one year. Legarda, Finance Committee chair, vowed to give all government agencies the necessary budget for 2018. “Hindi naman…
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