Philippine, Nepal commissions agree to work together in promoting human rights 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Chito ChavezThe Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of the Philippines and the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal (NHRC Nepal) have strengthened their ties to come out with measures to further uplift people’s rights. Both human rights agencies have vowed to exchange inputs in coming up with common initiatives to promote human rights specifically with regards to the context of migration. Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana, CHR focal commissioner for migrant rights, expressed enthusiasm to exchange experience and practices with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Nepal to strengthen partnership for migrant rights. NHRC Qatar holds leadership positions in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF).
June 20, 2019 13:07 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Thursday that they will leave the investigation on the killing of former Medellin, Cebu town mayor Ricardo Ramirez, who was shot inside a hospital last Tuesday, to the local police. The gunmen stormed the hospital Tuesday night, disarming a security guard and commanding a nurse to lead them to Ramirez’s room. The suspects then disarmed a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology guard securing the former mayor. Ramirez was shot dead inside the comfort room of his private hospital room. (Editor: Katherine G. Adraneda)RELATED STORIESFormer Medellin, Cebu mayor shot dead while under hospital arrestPNP vows justice to family of slain Medellin, Cebu mayorADVERTISEMENTRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
June 20, 2019 12:56 UTC
PAGADIAN CITY—Three suspected members of an assassins’ gang were killed in a police operation on Thursday (June 20) at San Carlos village in Tukuran town, Zambaonga del Sur. Police have not released the identities of the dead suspects but police Capt. Ungad was declared dead in a hospital. The three slain suspected assassins were riding a tricycle when stopped by policemen. The suspects’ guns, of unknown make and caliber, were recovered, according to police.
June 20, 2019 12:56 UTC
JICA supports five railway projects with P285-B loans 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Emmie AbadillaThe Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is supporting five priority railway projects of the Duterte administration with a total loan commitment of 595 billion yen (approximately P285 billion). The Philippines’ ongoing railway projects could help address growing passenger demand and attract investments, according to JICA. Railway projects form part of the transport interventions identified in the JICA 2014 study Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila which the Philippine government adopted. JICA supports several infrastructure projects of the government, including the Metro Manila Subway Project, and the LRT Line Extension Projects.
June 20, 2019 12:45 UTC
China proposes joint investigation of Recto Bank boat sinking incident 0 SHARES Share it! A transcript of Lu’s statement was emailed to the Manila Bulletin by the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines. “To find a proper solution, we suggest a joint investigation at an early date so the two sides can exchange respective initial findings and properly handle the matter through friendly consultations based on mutually-recognized investigation results,” the Chinese official said. He also said that China will continue to investigate the incident thoroughly and communicate with the Philippines side through bilateral channels. Earlier on Thursday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra proposed a Philippine-China investigation on the Recto Bank or Reed Bank incident in an effort to “determine the facts and allocate accountabilities in a joint, instead of adversarial manner.”
June 20, 2019 11:15 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – Leyte Representative-elect Martin Romualdez has joined President Rodrigo Duterte in calling for more budget allocation for the Armed Forces modernization plan and improvement of welfare programs for the families of military personnel. With the President and Romualdez during the military camp visit were newly elected Sen. Bong Go and Presidential Adviser for the Visayas Michael Dino. After seeing the condition of the soldiers recuperating in the hospital, Romualdez, president of Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), said the 18th Congress should consider as a top priority the allocation of more budget for military personnel who are leading the fight against terrorists and extremists. It is time for legislators to complement this presidential concern by providing the budget needed to uplift the living condition of our troops,” Romualdez, one of the frontrunners in the speakership race, said. The budget increase, he said, must also include the provisions for fast-tracking the second phase of the Philippine military modernization plan which covers the period 2018 to 2022.
June 20, 2019 11:15 UTC
Employers, PH authorities work together to assist kin of New Zealand train crash victims 0 SHARES Share it! This developed as the Philippine Embassy in Wellington offered to provide the necessary assistance to the Filipinos and their families. The Filipinos are working as kiwi pickers at an orchard near Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. The crash occurred at around 8:15 a.m. at the intersection of State Highway 2 and Pongakawa School Road. Reports quoting KiwiRail officials said the intersection where the incident happened was scheduled for upgrading early next year.
June 20, 2019 11:03 UTC
Gordon: ‘Let us not build China’s defenses for them’ 0 SHARES Share it! Gordon said the Philippine position is for the national government to stick to its strongest position that the Chinese abandoned them and they should apologize for it. ‘’Our strongest position right now in our quest for justice is that everybody agrees that they were abandoned. ‘’Let us not build China’s defenses for them,” he added. “And now the Vietnamese are precisely saying that they (Filipino fishermen) were really abandoned.
June 20, 2019 10:52 UTC
BACOLOD – Switching focus between tasks that require different demands, Juvic Pagunsan did well on both, securing the halfway lead in the ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic and keeping tab on his indisposed wife. Pagunsan birdied the first two holes in an early start but slowed down with a run of pars although his other birdies on Nos. As erstwhile leader Yudai Suzuki turned from awesome (64) to awful (74) and Jhonnel Ababa threw away three strokes on the par-5 No. 13 to close within two off Pagunsan with a six-under overall card. 15 and 16 then dropping another two strokes on the next for a 40 and a 74.
June 20, 2019 10:41 UTC
Philippine gov’t expresses appreciation for the rescue of Filipino seafarers in Gulf of Oman 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Roy MabasaThe Philippine government on Thursday expressed its appreciation to friendly governments for the rescue of a total of 32 Filipino seafarers who are crew members of the two disabled oil tankers sailing through the Gulf of Oman. The statement came following the return of 11 Filipino crewmembers of the Norwegian-flagged oil tanker MT Front Altair that was attacked off the Strait of Hormuz on June 13. Representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and their local manning agency were on hand to welcome the 11 Filipino seafarers upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday. The oil tanker caught fire after it was hit by a suspected limpet mine on the Gulf of Oman, sending a thick cloud of black smoke into the atmosphere.
June 20, 2019 10:41 UTC
DBM releases P21.679 B for retired cops’ pension hike, pension back pay 0 SHARES Share it! The pension hike was triggered by the big salary increase of active policemen that took effect in January this year. “The amount covers the pension requirements of retired PNP personnel adjusted to the base pay rates effective January 1, 2019,” said Banac. The pension hike for retirees is also backed by Congress Joint Resolution No.1 series of 2018. Banac said the PNP is now preparing the computerized payroll for the pension payments that will be credited to the individual ATM pension accounts of PNP retirees.
June 20, 2019 10:30 UTC
Farm schools urged to entice local youth 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Minerva NewmanCEBU CITY – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Central Visayas is encouraging the establishments of farm learning sites and farm schools to entice the youth to take up agriculture and fill in the gap left by aging farmers. Farm schools offer organic farming and a holistic approach to agricultural production and business. ATI assists farms become learning sites, while TESDA accredits those wanting to establish themselves as Farm Schools, Daquio said. Mantujac said he spends 85 percent of his time at the BESTI farm, while Patlingrao conceptualized the first farm school in Balamban, thus the partnership.
June 20, 2019 10:30 UTC
The removal of foreskins is a centuries-old rite of passage to adulthood in the country, which has one of the highest rates of male circumcision in the world. ADVERTISEMENTYet even as circumcision comes under increasing scrutiny around the world, with critics branding it “child abuse,” it is rarely questioned in the Philippines and boys face tremendous pressure to undergo the procedure. He was among 1,500 boys who underwent the procedure in one city near Manila, but the scenes are similar in clinics nationwide. “To get circumcised is probably the essence of being a man… for boys, circumcision is necessary to be called a man,” Joana Nobleza told Agence France-Presse after her 11-year-old son Carlos underwent the operation. Around 90 percent of males are circumcised for non-religious reasons in the Philippines, according to World Health Organization data.
June 20, 2019 10:07 UTC
CITY OF ILAGAN – The Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory here has acquired a P10-million state-of-the-art ballistics microscope that is expected to improve ballistics analysis and confirmation, officials said on Thursday. Police Lt. Col. Erwin Camarao, Isabela crime laboratory chief, said the new high-technology Projectina VisionX microscope is touted as the most powerful and effective tool in ballistics analysis. ADVERTISEMENT“It uniquely combines comparison microscope technology with ballistic identification technology for confident results and has the capability to integrate crime scene evidence with forensic lab scrutiny,” Camarao said. Police Senior Master Sergeant Nino Flor Baquiran said the microscope from Switzerland has also been effective in checking fake bills, template cards, latent plates and question document on land titles. Baquiran said the equipment, the first in Cagayan Valley region, was given to Ilagan City crime laboratory because of its proximity to other police crime laboratories that can also avail of its capability.
June 20, 2019 09:56 UTC
A group of teenagers in Indonesia is wakeboarding the submerged streets of their hometown to protest against the urban flooding that regularly plagues much of the tropical archipelago. After several days of heavy rains in Samarinda city, on Borneo island, the fed-up group launched their waterlogged demonstration in a now-viral Instagram video. In the background, a narrator complained about the annual flooding in the city of more than 800,000. The teens hope their unconventional protest will have an impact on the local government, which has already declared the flooding — affecting tens of thousands of residents — a city emergency. The group appealed to citizens to keep the streets clean so rubbish does not clog sewers and drains — a common problem that exacerbates flooding in Indonesian cities after heavy rains.
June 20, 2019 09:56 UTC