MANILA, Philippines — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said the barangay and local elections will not be postponed due to the extended martial law in Mindanao. Lorenzana, however, clarified that violent incidents that would prevent the electorate to go to polls may prompt the postponement of elections. It was the second time that barangay and SK elections were postponed amid concerns that drug lords will fund candidates. Meanwhile, the joint Congress on Wednesday granted Duterte's request to extend the martial law in Mindanao until December 2018. RELATED: Congress approves one-year martial law extension in Mindanao

December 13, 2017 07:41 UTC

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation and Franchising Office turned down the appeal of motorcycle-for-hire application Angkas to resume operations. Nevertheless, we at the LTFRB are doing our best to uphold your interest,” LTFRB Chair Martin Delgra said. LTFRB Board Member Arlene Lizada added that the agency’s officials already discussed the appeals of the Angkas management and drivers with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Citing Republic Act 4163, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, the LTFRB deemed the operations of Angkas as illegal. LTFRB on Wednesday held a job fair for drivers of Angkas and “habal-habal.”READ: Wunder vehicles illegal; will face apprehensionWunder ordered anew to stop operationsLTFRB also reminded the ride-sharing application Wunder Carpool to “cease and desist immediately.”“Otherwise, LTFRB will be constrained to take legal actions against Wunder Carpool and all responsible parties involved,” it said in a statement Tuesday.

December 13, 2017 07:30 UTC

MANILA, Philippines — The greatest basketball player of all time has a message to his Filipino fans. In a promotional video by sports drink brand Gatorade, Michael Jordan addressed his fans in Tagalog and talked about the importance of persevering. "Keep training, keep sweating and keep working toward your goals," said the NBA legend. For the first time ever, a message exclusively for the Philippines, from Michael Jordan himself. #WinFromWithin #NothingBeatsGatorade — Gatorade Philippines (@GatoradePH) December 12, 2017Jordan is currently the owner of NBA team Charlotte Hornets.

December 13, 2017 07:30 UTC

"Hindi pwedeng mawala ang PBA sa Pilipino, or ang Pilipino mawala sa PBA. Come December 17, as what we promised — [one] that did not come from me, [but] from all 12 teams." @StarSportsHub @PhilippineStar — Denison Rey Dalupang (@sonrd) December 13, 2017Outgoing league chairman and Rep. Mikee Romero gets the ball rolling. He said that the Dec. 17 opening was not his promise—but one that is coming from the all 12 teams. #PBA2018 — Denison Rey Dalupang (@sonrd) December 13, 2017And with their sights already set on the future, incoming chairman Ramoncito Ferndandez went on to close:Incoming PBA chairman Ramoncito Fernandez: “There are a lot of plans.

December 13, 2017 07:18 UTC

MANILA, Philippines — The Asian Development Bank has upgraded its 2017 and 2018 economic growth forecasts for the Philippines, with infrastructure investments seen to continue playing an important role in the country’s development. READ: ADB retains Philippine growth forecasts“This outlook assumes that growth in the government’s infrastructure program will accelerate, supported by improvements in budget execution, with more large investment projects under way,” the ADB said. The government plans to spend about P847.22 billion this year on infrastructure alone, equivalent to 5.32 percent of GDP as part of its “Build, Build, Build” program. Meanwhile, economic growth in Southeast Asia is picking up faster, ADB said, adding that the region’s GDP is now seen to expand by 5.2 percent in 2017 and 2018. “Developing Asia’s growth momentum, supported by recovering exports, demonstrates that openness to trade remains an essential component of inclusive economic development,” said Yasuyuki Sawada, ADB’s chief economist.

December 13, 2017 06:56 UTC

SAN PEDRO CITY—Three houses were reportedly “washed out” after a flood protective dike collapsed in Naujan Oriental Mindoro on Wednesday, the regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) said. Eugene Cabrera, DRRMC director in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan (Mimaropa), said reports reaching his office showed that the incident happened around 11 a.m. in Barangay (village) Evangelista. No other detail about the collapse was available at the moment but he said affected families were “safe.”ADVERTISEMENTThe incident happened as an inclement weather persisted in the region due to Tropical Depression “Urduja.”Cabrera said Mindoro, Marinduque, and the southern and northern parts of Palawan continued to experience light to moderate rains.

December 13, 2017 06:45 UTC

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice has filed inciting to rebellion charges against Karen Hamidon, the alleged recruiter of fighters to join the terrorists in Mindanao. The NBI arrested Hamidon in her residence at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig in October. The 36-year-old call center agent denied she intended to recruit fighters to join the Maute terror group, which has claimed allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. NBI agent Joshua Raymundo earlier said that India has asked the Philippines' aid in investigating Hamidon for allegedly encouraging several Indian nationals to join Islamic State group in 2016. The charges were before the Taguig Regional Trial Court, the designated courts to hear and try cases related to the Maute.

December 13, 2017 06:22 UTC

The LP gave at least three reasons why it opposed the martial law extension. The LP also insisted that “only actual rebellion or invasion” could justify the declaration of martial law. An imminent threat of rebellion, it said, was not a ground to extend martial law. The rehabilitation and promotion of stable development in the region, the party said, was not also a valid justification, adding this could be accomplished even without martial law. ADVERTISEMENT“To argue that martial law has a positive psychological impact on our troops, hence martial law must be retained, is to wrongly justify the end by its means,” the party said.

December 13, 2017 06:22 UTC

MANILA, Philippines — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said rebellion has continued in Mindanao even if Marawi in Lanao del Sur has been liberated. At the joint session of Congress to discuss the extension of martial law in Mindanao, Lorenzana said local terror groups are actively recruiting Muslim youth in the region. “That is what we are saying, rebellion has not stopped, it just moved to another place,” Lorenzana said in defense of President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 2018. Duterte placed the whole of Mindanao under martial law on May 23. Last July, the 17th Congress granted Duterte’s request for an extension of martial law in Mindanao until yearend.

December 13, 2017 05:35 UTC

MANILA, Philippines – Petron may have dominated Game One, but for F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus, their Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix best-of-three finals series is still far from over. De Jesus said they will prepare hard to go for the equalizer when they battle the Blaze Spikers in Game Two on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Blaze Spikers also took advantage of their shaky reception with nine aces while thwarting their attacks with eight blocks. Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos said the Cargo Movers have what it takes to reverse their fortune. “If we came up with a good performance in Game One, we have to work hard and double our effort if we want to win Game Two,” he said.

December 13, 2017 05:26 UTC

In all, 240 members of Congress voted to approve the extension while 27 voted against. Minimal oppositionA handful of lawmakers opposed the extension, saying prolonging the already extended martial law has no basis in the 1987 Constitution and can lead to more human rights violations in Mindanao. He warned that the extension of martial law in Mindanao may be a prelude to a nationwide declaration as the NPA has presence nationwide. Justifying his vote, Pangilinan said that there is no need to extend martial law as there is no actual rebellion. RELATED: Senators question inclusion of NPA as basis for martial law extension | Lagman stresses constitutional limits on martial law extension

December 13, 2017 05:26 UTC

Majority of senators have voted in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao for one year. No one abstained,” Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel II said at the joint session of Congress held at the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Senators Francis Escudero and Cynthia Villar were present during the special joint session but were not able to cast their votes. Congress has convened in a joint session on Wednesday to tackle President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire year of 2018. Duterte has asked Congress to extend the martial law in Mindanao and the suspension of privilege writ of habeas corpus from January 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018.

December 13, 2017 05:20 UTC

MANILA, Philippines — Movement Against Tyranny on Wednesday called on Congress to reject the proposed extension of martial law in Mindanao, saying it is unconstitutional, unnecessary and a threat to human rights, democracy and peace. "There is no legal, factual and moral basis for martial law. Worse, extending martial law in a third of the archipelago opens up the entire country to more human rights abuses and the dangers of authoritarianism and creeping dictatorship," the group said. The Congress is holding a joint session to discuss the proposed extension of martial law in Mindanao for another year. Martial law was declared on May 23, within hours of the Maute attack on the capital of Lanao del Sur.

December 13, 2017 04:52 UTC

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the one-year suspension of a treasurer in Dapitan City for refusing to release the salaries of two city personnel as well as to attend the weekly flag raising ceremony and to wear the prescribed office uniform. The ombudsman said its investigation revealed that Pacatang “patently declined” to process and to release the salaries of two newly-appointed personnel despite the directive of Dapitan City Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos. The ombudsman said Pacatang justified based refusal to release the salaries of the two city personnel on her own “misguided” interpretation of the Civil Service Law and Rules, particularly the Revised Omnibus Rules on Appointments and other Personnel Action. The ombudsman said Pacatang was also not attending the flag raising ceremony and was not wearing the prescribed office uniform. The ombudsman said these acts are tantamount to gross insubordination and violation of reasonable office rules and regulations.

December 13, 2017 04:52 UTC

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December 13, 2017 04:41 UTC