PHILIPPINE journalist Maria Ressa was freed on bail on Thursday following an arrest that sparked international censure and allegations she is being targeted over her news site’s criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte.
THE Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency this year will remain unrelenting in the war on drugs and are further stepping-up their partnership to battle the presence of rogue public servants directly or indirectly involved in illegal drug trafficking and abuse, the Journal Group learned.
REP. Rolando Andaya Jr., chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, said that a favored contractor of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has won projects amounting P1billion but last-minute alteration of the bidding result showed the contractor lost.
THE Philippines will reassure the United Nations on its commitment to respect, protect, and fulfill its human rights obligations including cases of enforced and involuntary disappearances that took place in the country from 1975 to 2012.
LEYTE First District Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez brims with confidence from her three-year stint in the 17th Congress as she now leads Tingog for the partylist representation in this year’s mid-term elections.
PHLIPPINE National Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Bernard M. Banac yesterday assured the citizenry they have sufficient number of policemen to monitor the situation in 701 so-called election hotspots throughout the country and ensure the May 13 national and local elections will be fair, peaceful and orderly.
The Advocates for Science and Technology for the People (AGHAM) calls on all Filipinos to express their rejection of the Rice Tarrification Bill. The bill will not only remove quantitative restrictions but will also remove the government’s regulatory role on rice importation, such as ensuring imports are safe and meeting sanitary and phytosanitary standards, providing palay price support for farmers, and checking on rice stocks and rice traders.
The HNP candidates are re-electionist Sens. Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, former journalist Jiggy Manicad, Pia Cayetano, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., former political adviser Francis Tolentino, former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa, Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.
Duterte’s call echoes a push by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to call the nation “Maharlika,” which in the local language means nobility. The country, which was under Spanish rule for more than 300 years, derived its name from Spain’s King Philip II.
FORMER Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and aspiring senator Christopher Law-rence “Bong” Go turned emotional as he affirmed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s role as a father figure in his life and a father figure to the Filipino people.
“Alam mo ngayon wala tayong oil. So every time tataas ‘yung oil, automatic tataas lahat ‘yan,” he said. “Yan hindi natin ma (control). Even if you hang me, wala tayong magawa. Bitayin mo man, ako ‘pag tumaas ‘yung oil tataas talaga ‘yung presyo because everything that you see is a product of oil.”