Trump’s new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia 0 SHARES Share it! Critics are skeptical because it has taken nearly two years into Trump’s presidency to announce the Africa strategy, and the president is well known for his disparaging remarks about the continent that is home to 1.2 billion people. Africa’s population is set to double by 2050, he said, a “demographic tsunami.”Any renewed U.S. effort to counter China in Africa, however, comes years late. “The United States will no longer provide indiscriminate assistance across the entire continent,” Bolton said. “The United States scores few points by talking down to African counterparts about the perils of Chinese engagement,” he said.
December 13, 2018 15:45 UTC
Trump argues he ‘never directed’ longtime fixer to break law 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy the Associated PressPresident Donald Trump is contending he “never directed” longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law. Cohen and federal prosecutors have said the payments were made at Trump’s direction to influence the 2016 election. Trump tweeted Cohen “was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. Prosecutors have implicated Trump in a crime, but haven’t directly accused him of one.
December 13, 2018 13:41 UTC
Duterte to skip High Mass during Balangiga bells turnover 212 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Argyll Cyrus GeducosPresident Duterte said that he will not attend the High Mass for the historic return of the three Balangiga bells to its origin in Eastern Samar on Saturday. Duterte made the statement days before he is set to lead the turnover of the relics in Balangiga, Eastern Samar. The credit of the return of the Balangiga bells does not belong to any worker of government,” he said. Balangiga Bells to return to Eastern Samar Dec. 14The Balangiga Bells will finally go home to its parish on Friday, the Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson said Thursday.
December 13, 2018 11:35 UTC
Puno comment on House Cha-cha ‘misplaced’ – solon 5 SHARES Share it! “While we respect the observations made by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, they are sadly misplaced,” he said. It provides that the first election under the proposed Constitution will be held on the second Monday of May, 2022. “Imagine the debates and arguments that followed when it deliberated on the 18 proposed regions of the Consultative Committee. Puno, former chairperson of the Consultative Committee (Con-com), said they would not support the House version of the draft charter.
December 13, 2018 10:30 UTC
Drilon seeks transfer of P16-B budget for LGUs to DOH 0 SHARES Share it! Drilon made the call after the DILG disowned the P16.8-billion fund, saying it has nothing to do with the implementation of the supposed fund for LGUs. Drilon said that the P16-billion is best utilized to augment the budget of the DOH to equip around 900 health facilities and finish the construction of 300 more. During the interpellation on the DILG’s budget, Drilon zeroed in on the huge increase in a lump-sum appropriation called Local Government Support Fund (LGSF), which got a budget of P40.26billion next year, up by P8.8billion based on this year’s allocation. Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, who defended DILG’s budget, confirmed that the agency has nothing to do with the implementation of P16.18billion other financial assistance to LGUs.
December 13, 2018 10:18 UTC
EU inks 7 clean energy pacts 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Roy MabasaThe European Union on Thursday signed seven new contracts with various civil society organisations, cooperatives, regional and local authorities, corporate social responsibility institutions and universities to provide clean energy to 40,000 households in the Philippines. In a statement, the EU said the projects will contribute to the implementation of the Department of Energy’s objective to reach 100% of electrification in 2020. EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen noted that ASEP, which will last until 2021, will increase the share of renewables in the energy mix to expand access to clean electricity by remote populations and to pursue new energy efficiency strategies. Those who attended the ceremony representing the different groups and organizations were Martiniano Magdolot of MAHINTANA, Proferio Jabla Jr. of YAMOG, Fr.
December 13, 2018 10:07 UTC
FDA warns public vs three unregistered candy products 1 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Analou De VeraThe Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has warned the public against the consumption of three unregistered candy products that are present in the market. The agency said that based on their post-marketing surveillance, they have found that Despicable Me Popping Candy, Pokemon Popping Candy, and Popping Frozen Candy have not gone through their registration process. In light of the foregoing, the public is advised not to purchase the aforementioned violative products,” the FDA said. The agency advised the public to be vigilant on purchasing food products as it may not be registered with the FDA.
December 13, 2018 09:56 UTC
DBM throws support behind Diokno 104 SHARES Share it! According to the DBM, Diokno’s budget policy, which is still in effect, enables line agencies to immediately implement their projects. Furthermore, the DBM was hailed as the sole Freedom of Information (F01) Champion Department in the 2017 FOI Annual Awards with Secretary Diokno at the helm. This year, the DBM was conferred three more FOI awards in recognition of its efforts to promote transparency and accountability. “The DBM strongly supports Secretary Diokno and condemns the flimsy accusations hurled against him in furtherance of a political agenda.
December 13, 2018 09:56 UTC
Diokno is a man of integrity — Legarda 3 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Mario CasayuranSenator Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the Senate finance committee, came on Thursday to the rescue of beleaguered Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno. ‘’Secretary Benjamin Diokno is a man of integrity and his competence is unquestionable. Even in his previous stints in government, he has been known for introducing reforms that would enhance transparency and improve the efficiency of government service,’’ Legarda said. ‘’I firmly believe in Secretary Diokno’s integrity and in his capability to carry out reforms and introduce programs that would ensure equitable, inclusive, resilient and sustainable growth for our country.
December 13, 2018 09:45 UTC
PNP on alert for NPA attacks 2 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Aaron RecuencoPhilippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday ordered all police commanders to be on alert after the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leadership instructed its armed wing, the New People’s Army to intensify attacks against the government. “Our maneuver forces have been put on high alert mode for any possible tactical engagement with CPP/NPA terrorist elements that have been ordered to escalate attacks on government and prized civilian targets,” said Albayalde. Earlier, CPP founding chairman Joma Sison of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) ordered the NPA to step up its tactical offensives against the government. Benigno Durana, PNP spokesman, said Sison’s order only exposed the true intention of the NPA.
December 13, 2018 09:33 UTC
‘No rights, humanitarian law violations with ML extension’ 22 SHARES Share it! The latest martial law extension covers the period from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Gen. Edgard Arevalo also expressed the military’s appreciation to Congress for extending martial law in Mindanao. The President declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017, following the Marawi siege. Public safety necessitates further extension of the martial law period and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus,” he said.
December 13, 2018 08:37 UTC
Dengue fever cases up 33 percent in 2018 5 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Analou De VeraThe Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported that dengue fever cases in the country rose by 33 percent from January to November this year compared to the same period in 2017. Latest data from the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau showed that from January 1 to November 17 this year, 179,540 dengue fever cases were reported and recorded nationwide, more than the 135,166 cases in the first 11 months of 2017. Central Luzon had the most number of dengue fever cases this year with 27, 493, followed by the National Capital Region (23,962 cases), Calabarzon (21, 707 cases), Central Visayas (14,246 cases) and Western Visayas (13, 822 cases). The health department, meanwhile, noted that the highest increase in the number of cases was seen inThe Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao recorded the biggest increase in dengue fever cases, according to the DOH, followed by Mimaropa region, Caraga region, Northern Mindanao and Eastern Visayas.
December 13, 2018 08:03 UTC
Rizal police director, 15 other cops sacked over death of chong’s aide 16 SHARES Share it! “I have issued the relief of the provincial director of Rizal. I also talked with the Highway Patrol Group for the relief of the Highway Patrol Unit team of Rizal,” said Caranza. Lou Evangelista as provincial director of Rizal and Supt. He also accused the PNP of hiding the police report as he demanded justice for the death of Santillan.
LTFRB resolution directs PNP, MMDA to stop Angkas bikers following SC TRO 35 SHARES Share it! Based on Board Resolution No. 095 released Wednesday night, all law enforcement personnel of the LTFRB and other traffic enforcers were ordered to halt operations of Angkas bikers plying on the streets. Roberto Fajardo said that there is not even a guideline on how the SC order would be carried out. “Appeal ko lang sana sa LTFRB, sana po maging fair po kayo sa aming mga Angkas bikers na dito lang kumikita.
US firm on right to operate in South China 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Roy MabasaThe United States will continue to exercise its right to fly, sail and operate in the disputed South China Sea and in other areas where international law allows it, notwithstanding the statement of a ranking Chinese military officer who called for Beijing’s more aggressive stance against the US’ freedom of navigation operations in the disputed waters. “We don’t intend to enter into Chinese waters, we intend to enter into international waters, both in the South China Sea and everywhere in the world and exercise our rights under international law. So this would be China’s move if they want to escalate and threaten a ship that’s sailing in international waters in accordance of international law,” said US Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for South and Southeast Asia Joseph Felter. Felter arrived in Manila on Tuesday when he accompanied the return of the three bells of Balangiga to the Philippines aboard a US Air Force plane from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.