In a text message, Roque said Drilon was not exempted from investigation over allegations of corruption. During the intervview, Napoles claimed that she gave money to Drilon for the 2010 polls. “Kilala niya po ako at sa katunayan po nagbigay po ako ng donations nu’ng election, nu’ng tumakbo po siya nu’ng 2010 elections. “Yes, si Sen. Frank Drilon (It’s Sen. Frank Drilon),” she added, when asked to confirm if she was referring to the opposition senator. President Rodrigo Duterte had said Napoles was just a “minimal player” in the pork barrel scam.
January 22, 2018 15:56 UTC
SEN. Grace Poe called on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to “explain the science” behind its decision to put a cap on the number of transport network vehicles (TNVs) to 45,000 in Metro Manila, 500 in Metro Cebu and 200 in Pampanga. “What’s the math used in this decision? What were the parameters used, like demand and supply?” Poe said in a statement on Monday. “In this age of algorithms, LTFRB should make public the factual basis of its decision. They should release the minutes of meetings and consultations they have held so the public may know,” Poe added.
January 22, 2018 14:26 UTC
TARLAC: The Department of Health (DoH) launched the Dengue Immunization Record Card to be distributed in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Metro Manila and Cebu areas as part of the intensified monitoring of recipients of the Dengvaxia vaccine. Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd led the launch of the identification cards (ID) during the Provincial Dengue Summit held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando City, Pampanga recently. DoH regional director Leonita Gorgolon said the ID system will help in strengthening their surveillance and reporting system for any adverse effect after the immunization of those vaccinated with Dengvaxia. The ID also contains basic guidelines and the DoH hotline numbers when the child manifests symptoms of dengue. The ID was conceptualized to address the concerns of those who were inoculated with Dengvaxia.
January 22, 2018 14:15 UTC
But the temperamental Road Warriors mentor escaped a heftier penalty as the league failed to prove that Guiao used the N-word as what Ross claimed that ignited their spat. “Upon review of the incident, consulting possible witnesses to the event and discussing the matter with both parties, the alleged racist remark attributed to coach Guiao could not be established. Coach Guiao has denied such allegation while Chris Ross has opted to move forward and said that he would not want to discuss the matter further,” said Marcial in a statement. “I want to make some clarification as claimed by Ross na tinawag ko siyang nigger. “Kung uulitin niya ulit yun at maghahanap ulit ng gulo, I need to defend myself,” he added.
January 22, 2018 14:03 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration posted a total of P4.75 billion in revenue last year, an all-time high for the agency. The BI earned 18 percent or P849.4 million more than its revenue in 2016 when the agency posted P3.86 billion income. Antonette Mangrobang on Monday attributed the increase in revenue to the government's tourism campaign and the increasing number of multinational companies operating in the country. "They are the unsung heroes of our bureau who deserve our deepest appreciation and gratitude," Morente added. Congress has yet to enact a new Immigration Modernization Law that will upgrade BI’s compensation system.
January 22, 2018 14:03 UTC
Do you know that the way you choose to see things influences the way you feel and consequently determine the way you act? Prayer and the right perspective of things do the following for us:1. As parents, we are and will be placed in diverse situations in this lifetime of teaching—involving or not our children. The way we handle those situations, especially in the presence of our kids, impacts the way they would respond to similar instances. As such, may we train our eyes to always be aware of the good so that our children too grow up with this God-ward, positive, perspective in life.
January 22, 2018 13:30 UTC
More than 600 passengers of a south-bound MRT-3 train were unloaded on Monday evening in Quezon City due to a system problem. An MRT-3 report showed that the train dropped off 650 commuters at the southbound portion of Araneta Center-Cubao station after it encountered a “signaling error” at 7:45 p.m. . ADVERTISEMENTThe service disruption was caused by “worn out ATP sub-components” like ATP board and ATP sensor, the report said. ATP stands for “automatic train protection.”Affected passengers were loaded on a different train which arrived five minutes after.
January 22, 2018 13:30 UTC
The Court of Appeals (CA) stood firm in its decision denying the petition of some residents of Sta. Cruz, Zambales for the issuance of a writ of kalikasan with permanent environmental protection order (Pepo) against all mining operations in the province. ADVERTISEMENTIt insisted that a permanent environmental protection order (Pepo) should have been issued against respondent mining firms instead of a temporary environemental protection order (Tepo). But the CA said the closure ordered issued by then DENR Secretary Gina Lopez against the operations of five mining companies in the province had rendered the petition moot and academic. Concurring with the ruling were Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Apolinario Bruselas Jr. /atm
January 22, 2018 13:18 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — There is no need for the House of Representatives to wait for the Senate in introducing amendments to the Constitution, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said on Monday. In a press briefing in the afternoon, Alvarez said that the House has started "making a proposal to the people to revise the Constitution." Alvarez, citing Article XVII Section 1 of the Constitution, stressed that the two houses—House of Representatives and the Senate—are not mandated to convene and that only a vote of 3/4 is needed from both houses. But Alvarez said: "It is only a proposal, not an ordinary legislation that you will tell me is bicameral." The House Speaker also said that he never said the Senate cannot join.
January 22, 2018 13:07 UTC
Florendo Quibuyen, head of the Special Investigation Task Group and director for operations of the Eastern Police District. The P128,000 bail – P40,000 each for two counts of homicide and P24,000 each for two counts of frustrated homicide – was recommended by Mandaluyong City Prosecutor Bernabe Augustus Solis. Quibuyen said the police officers from the Mandaluyong City Police Office and the Eastern Police District chipped in to pay the total bail bond (P230,400) for the temporary liberty of the nine policemen. Killed were Jonalyn Amba-an, who already had a gunshot wound from the earlier attack, and Jomar Hayawon. Aluad remains confined at the Mandaluyong City Medical Center.
January 22, 2018 12:45 UTC
A second petition has been filed with the Supreme Court to nullify the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law (Train Law). The petition filed by consumer advocacy group Laban Konsyumer, Inc. said the petition imposes a “heavy burden” to the public. In this case, however, the group described Train Law as not only inequitable but regressive. Thus, a tax law which runs contrary to this principle is void for being unconstitutional,” the group said. The first petition against the Train Law was filed by Act Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao.
January 22, 2018 11:48 UTC
LONDON: Britain’s Princess Eugenie of York has got engaged, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday, lining up a second royal wedding this year at the church where Prince Harry will tie the knot. Eugenie, who is eighth in line to the throne, will marry her nightclub manager boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in late 2018, the palace said. Eugenie, 27, is the younger daughter of Queen Elizabeth II’s second son Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and his ex-wife Sarah. “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr. Jack Brooksbank,” Buckingham Palace said. At the age of 12, Eugenie had back surgery to correct scoliosis and has two titanium rods in her back.
January 22, 2018 11:26 UTC
The Star Cinema movie also won the People’s Choice award at the MMFF 2017 awards night. Vice Ganda’s movie with Coco Martin, “The Beauty and the Bestie,” scored the highest box office gross sales in the MMFF 2015. Director Paul Soriano’s “Siargao,” which won the most number of trophies at the MMFF awards night, placed third, while Regal Entertainment’s “Haunted Forest” landed in the top four. The recently concluded MMFF’s earnings surpassed the P1-billion mark, with the numbers expected to rise after the entries’ extended run and screenings abroad. Entertainment ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1Here is what each of the eight official entries has earned at the end of the MMFF two-week run (Dec. 25, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018).
January 22, 2018 10:52 UTC
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has submitted for resolution the criminal complaint filed against members of Aegis Juris Fraternity for the death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. In his affidavit, Ventura narrated in detail Atio’s initiation rites that led to his death. ADVERTISEMENTThe panel initially wrapped up its preliminary investigation last November 16 but had to re-open it after receiving a copy of Ventura’s sworn statement just last January 3. The MPD filed its complaint before the DOJ on Sept. 25, 2017, while Atio’s parents submitted a supplemental complaint on Oct. 9, 2017. Castillo died after undergoing initiation rites of the Aegis Juris fraternity on September 17, 2017.
January 22, 2018 10:41 UTC
In Saturday’s interview with broadcaster Erwin Tulfo which some parts were aired Monday on PTV-4, Napoles claimed she gave a campaign donation to Drilon amounting to P5 million during the 2010 elections. “Kilala niya (Drilon) po ako at sa katunayan po nagbigay po ako ng donations nung election, nung tumakbo po siya nung 2010 elections,” Napoles told Tulfo. Asked how much she gave to Drilon, Napoles said P5 million. Tulfo claimed Drilon did not declare this in his statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec). ADVERTISEMENTIn a statement sent to INQUIRER.net, Drilon denied receiving any donation from Napoles.
January 22, 2018 10:23 UTC