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Paolo Duterte rejects Trillanes’ offer of settlement

Photo from Former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio turned down opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s offer of settlement in the libel case the presidential son filed against the lawmaker. Lawyer Rainer Madrid disclosed that Duterte and Carpio rejected the settlement, details of which remained undisclosed as of this writing, during mediation hearing. They (Duterte and Carpio) wanted to go on trial, Madrid said. The case stemmed from Trillanes’ accusation linking Duterte and Carpio to corruption and extortion involving Uber and other companies regulated by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Road Board and Department of Public Works and Highways. Source and Original Article:>>>

The NPA arms landing that convinced Marcos to declare Martial Law

Juan Ponce Enrile surveys the intercepted arms landing—a haul that included automatic rifles, ammunition, bazookas, mortars, and anti-aircraft guns. Photograph from Francis Karem Elazegui Neri  NPA fighters trekked through the Sierra Madre to Digoyo Point in Isabela where a grand arms landing was about to take place from aboard the MV Karagatan. Out of seeming nowhere, the Philippine military arrive to intercept their efforts. Rolando Peña writes about what happens next. Editor’s Note: Throughout the 70s, Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Jose Maria Sison sent several delegations to Beijing with an armaments shopping list that he would present to Chinese officials. According to military reports, Sison’s emissaries negotiated for armaments in the form of M-16 automatic rifles, ammunition, and heavy weapons, and China supplied about 1,200 M-14 rifles, bazookas, mortars, communication equipment and medical kits, according to military reports. After China refus

SMC to propose 10-lane elevated tollway on EDSA

Photo from CNN Philippines Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18)  — San Miguel Corporation (SMC) plans to submit a proposal for an elevated 10-lane tollway on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), its top official said Wednesaday. SMC Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said the elevated tollway can be completed within 24 to 30 months. It will stretch from Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City to Samson Road in Caloocan, or EDSA-Balintawak Ang likened the tollway to similar structures in Japan, saying it would help decongest the highway. "Parang sa  Japan,  puro bakal na ang  elevated  pero mas mahal yun. Pero mabilis itayo.  Can you imagine adding 10 lanes  na walang  traffic  sa  EDSA?" Ang said in a media briefing after the signing of the contract between SMC and the Department of Transportation for the construction of the New Bulacan International Airport. [Translation: It's like in Japan, it's all made of steel and elevated but th

Bulacan airport deal signed, construction to start December

Design study for the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan (Photo from CNN) Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18) —  San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will start building a new international airport in Bulacan after securing an official contract from the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the concession agreement on Wednesday which officially awards the ₱734-billion deal to SMC unit San Miguel Aerocity Inc. He also gave the green light for SMC to build, operate, and maintain the New Manila International Airport as he issued the notice to proceed with the project. Tugade and San Miguel President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang signed the agreement at the ASEAN Convention Center inside the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. The deal grants a 50-year concession period for SMHC to operate the airport, with no government guarantee or subsidies and the right-of-way costs shouldered by the private firm. "We

NCIP, IP leaders report CPP-NPA atrocities before UN in Geneva

Photo from PNA MANILA -- Some members of the indigenous peoples’ community, together with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), faced the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday to update the body about the atrocities committed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples' Army (CPP-NPA) in the country. In a report from state-run PTV, eight IP leaders sought help from the international body to support their cause against the communist armed movement in the Philippines, which they blamed for the killings and grabbing of their ancestral domains. The presentation was made during a side event of the 42nd session of the UNHRC where UN officials and member state representatives were present. "We need your help because, for the past 50 years, the CPP-NPA has come to our ancestral domains to steal the peace and development that we have. They destroy our families, they destroy our cultures, and they destroy the futur

Franchise Renewal ng ABS-CBN muling isinantabi ng Kamara

Photo from Google Images Muling naisantabi sa Kamara ang panukalang Franchise renewal ng broadcasting network na ABS-CBN. Sa pinakahuling pagdinig ng House Committee on Legislative Franchises na pinamumunuan ni Palawan Cong. Franz Chicoy Alvarez, hindi pinansin ang inihaing franchise renewal application ng Kapamilya network. Ito’y sa kabila ng limang (5) panukalang batas na nakasalang hinggil dito. Nabatid na mas nabigyan pa ng pansin ang prangkisa ng iba pang kumpanya kabilang ang First United Broadcasting Corporation, Lanao Del Norte Electric Cooperative, Bicol Light at Power Corporation kahit pa may pagtutol ang ilang miyembro ng Franchise panel. Paliwanag naman ni Alvarez, naunang asikasuhin ang franchise application ng mga nabanggit na kumpanya alinsunod na rin sa Section 48 ng House rules. Pinamamadali aniya ng nasabing patakaran ang pagtalakay sa mga panukalang lehislasyon na inaprubahan na ng nakalipas ng Kongreso subalit bigong maging ganap na batas.

Poe sets conditions to consider emergency powers bill

Photo from PNA MANILA  – Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday set some preconditions for the consideration of a measure seeking to grant emergency powers for President Rodrigo Duterte to address the country’s traffic woes. During the Senate Public Services Committee hearing, Poe said the proposed emergency powers must be tied to a traffic action plan with targets and deadlines to ensure accountability. “No accountability, no deal.  Siyempre kapag mayroon tayong kapangyarihan, mas malaki ang responsibilidad. Hindi puwedeng puro  powers  lang pero walang plano  (Of course, great power comes with greater responsibility. We can’t just grant powers without concrete plans),” Poe said. Poe said the Department of Transportation (DOTr) must also be fiscally responsible by providing a specific list of projects that will be covered by the emergency powers. “This bill is not a credit card for DOTr's Christmas wish list. It is closer in nature to a Public Works Acts which contains a d

PH employment numbers continue to improve in July 2019

Photo from PNA MANILA  – The country’s labor force continued to improve, recording increased employment and lower underemployment in July 2019, the National Economic and Development Authority said. The July round of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) of the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that employment growth rate increased by 5.7 percent in July 2019, from 1.2 percent in July 2018. This translates to 2.3 million additional employment, almost five times the 479,000 employment generated in the same period last year. The total number of employed Filipinos reached nearly 43.0 million in July 2019 on account of stronger employment in the services (6.1 percent from 4.7 percent in 2018) and agriculture sectors (7.6 percent from -7.4 percent in 2018). “While the Philippine economy has shown remarkable improvements in the labor market, the government should continually improve its efforts towards generating more productive and higher quality employment that provides ad

Bongbong slams Leni’s ‘brazenness’

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., defeated candidate for vice president, hit the camp of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Wednesday for claiming victory in his poll protest against her even as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) is yet to resolve the matter. “We are appalled once more by the brazenness of Mrs. Robredo and her Liberal Party in claiming victory in my still ongoing election protest just as the tribunal announced that no action has been taken by the court on the Caguioa report,” Marcos said in a statement. The former senator was referring to the report of Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa on the recount of votes that was submitted to the tribunal for deliberation. Photo from The Manila Times Supreme Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka announced on Tuesday that the manual recount in 5,415 voting precincts of three test provinces was already finished. Marcos, who lost the race to Robredo in the 2016 elections, has identif

Palace dares Poe to name expert to fix traffic woes

Photo from PNA MANILA  -- Malacañang on Thursday urged Senator Grace Poe to suggest an expert, who can help manage traffic in Metro Manila, if she feels that Transport Chief Arthur Tugade is not cut out for the job. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo was responding to Poe’s remark that President Rodrigo Duterte should assign a traffic czar, apart from Tugade, to manage traffic and transport problems in Metro Manila. “Maybe she should give us a name. Maybe Senator Grace has a person in mind. Why doesn’t she come out with it?” Panelo said in a Palace briefing on Thursday. Asked if Duterte is open to Poe’s suggestion to tap a traffic expert, Panelo said: “Everything will be considered to solve the traffic problem in Edsa.” Panelo said the President still believes in the capacity of Tugade, who continues to ask the Congress to grant the Duterte administration emergency powers to solve the traffic problem. He also said he disagreed with Poe that Tugade should be r

Tugade to Poe: Don’t politicize traffic issues

Photo from PNA MANILA  — Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Friday called out Senator Grace Poe for politicizing the country’s traffic woes for her supposed plans to run for higher office. In a television interview, Tugade said Poe, as chair of the Senate committee on public services, was using issues in transportation as an instrument in her political campaign. “Alam naman 'ho natin na pumoporma 'yan si  madam Grace  para sa pagka-presidente na naman. 'Wag na 'ho ipagkaila 'yan, 'yun 'ho yung porma niyan. At ginagawa niya plataporma ng transportasyon sa Senado para ito 'ho yung  ‘thriller’  para ganyan, marinig at makinig siya  (We all know madame Grace is preparing for her bid as president again. Let’s not deny it, that’s her style. She’s using transportation as her platform in the Senate as a ‘thriller,’ so she can be seen and heard),” Tugade said in a television interview. Tugade said traffic issues should not
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