IN a statement issued on Wednesday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) headed by Sec. Arthur Tugade had said that despite the cancellation of flights by leading budget carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB), the concerns of the affected passengers were found to have been handled properly by Cebu Pacific, in compliance with the Air Passenger Bill of Rights thus, ‘imposition of penalties was not considered at present’.
It was also definitely not a good year for media practitioners to throw their hats into the political ring – TV reporter Jiggy Manicad got over six million votes but was way short to make it in the winning circle; former PJ columnist and Presidential Committee on Constitutional Change technical director and spokesman Conrado I. Generoso and elections lawyer and former broadcaster Romulo Macalintal also failed to make it in the senate race. Other media personalities, however, made it to the lower House via the regular district race or partylist race.
May 16, 2019
INCIDENTS of massive vote-buying before and during the national and local elections last Monday is an eye-opener that the Philippine National Police needs all the help it can get from all government agencies and most importantly the general public in stopping the wanton violation of the Omnibus Election Code, officials told the Journal Group yesterday.
PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has commended all 17 police regional units for their strict enforcement of the nationwide gun ban since last January 13 which so far has already led in the arrest of over 5,500 law offenders and the confiscation of more than 42,000 firearms and other deadly weapons.
HAVING covered the Philippine National Police for 30 years now and at least 10 presidential and national elections, I doff my hats to General Oscar Albayalde and his men for scoring many firsts in last Monday’s national and local polls, actually record highs in the PNP’s 28-year fabled history. I really give credit to the PNP’s long preparation for the polls. As they always say, ‘it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.’
TOP Philippine National Police officials have expressed high hopes that the new set of Senate and House of Representative leaders will strongly support President Duterte’s program to modernize the 170,000-strong force and turn it into one of Asia’s best, starting with its SMART Policing program.