BULUAN, Maguindanao – President Duterte on Wednesday said he will declare the whole of Mindanao a land reform area and distribute government lands, including military camps to the people, once peace is achieved. “I will give it all, you plant rubber, you plant palm oil,” Duterte added. Duterte said the Moro people should believe him because he was one of them. “We have started sponsoring students from families who did not have guns under the Maguindanao scholarship program,” he added. For donation from overseas:Inquirer Foundation Corp account:Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860Swift Code: BNORPHMM
April 25, 2018 12:11 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Hours before Boracay is officially closed to tourists, the Palace has yet to issue a written order making it official. But Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says in a Philippine News Agency report, that the closure may have to be delayed pending an official order. READ: Roque says absence of EO days before Boracay closure ‘no big deal’"Until this presidential proclamation is signed, however, all intended actions on Boracay will have to temporarily be held in abeyance," PNA quotes Gueverra as saying. He said in the report, however, that rehabilitation work can go on even without the order. Despite the lack of an official order, petitioners have approached the Supreme Court for an injuction on the closure, saying the order violates their rights to travel and to due process.
April 25, 2018 11:50 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – Meralco flipped their offensive switch in the second half to ground the Columbian Dyip, 116-103, in the first game of Wednesday's PBA Commissioner's Cup hostilities at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Arinze Onuaku provided the anchorage in the shaded area, scoring eight of his total 30 points in that frame. Onuaku rounded out his performance with 19 points, four blocks and three steals after battling with an upset stomach. Chris Newsome also came through for the conference-debuting Bolts, registering 18 points to go with his seven boards and seven assists. "Our defense [was] lacking, but in the second half, we did a much better job at it."
April 25, 2018 11:37 UTC
Solicitor General Jose Calida denied on Wednesday the request of a private citizen to initiate a similar quo warranto case against Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro. In his response to the letter of a certain Jocelyn Marie F. Acosta, Calida said her request lacked merit. Acosta wants a quo warranto petition against De Castro for the same reason as Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – failure to submit complete statements of assets, liabilities and networth (SALNs). He said Sereno could be subjected to a quo warranto proceeding because her appointment was invalid – even if she could only only be removed as chief justice by impeachment. In her letter to Calida, Acosta said De Castro lacked integrity for submitting only 15 SALNs when she applied for the chief justice post in 2012.
April 25, 2018 10:52 UTC
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will release the names of all 211 barangay (village) officials who are on its drugs watchlist, according to Director Aaron Aquino. Aquino said in a press conference on Wednesday morning that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered him to release the names of these village officials. “I am now finalizing the list and within the week I will call for another press conference, and I will publish finally these 216 village kagawads and village chairmen who are involved in drugs,” Aquino said. “We did not guess the names of village officials who are involved with illegal drugs on the list. Aquino said that he wanted to release the list so that the voters would know the names to put on their ballots on May 14.
April 25, 2018 10:07 UTC
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has forfeited the missionary visa and alien certificate of alien registration (ACR) of Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox for violating the conditions of her stay in the country. Fox’s missionary visa will expire on September 5. Despite the forfeiture of her visa, lawyer Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang, Immigration spokesperson, said that Fox may still enter and leave the country as a tourist. The SDO, however, could be appealed before the BI board of commissioners, whose decision could also be reviewed by the Secretary of Justice. Fox was released the following day after it was established that she held a valid missionary visa and, thus, was a properly documented alien.
April 25, 2018 09:33 UTC
“Sister Patricia Fox may be Australian, but she is more Filipino than many of those in power.”This was what the Liberal Party (LP) has to say as it slammed the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) action to deport the 71-year-old missionary nun. LP vice president for external affairs Erin Tañada said that Fox is more human than that of the members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), whom he described to be seemingly advancing the interests of the Chinese government. Patricia Fox has been engaged in human rights fact-finding mission in the Philippines for over two decades. She is now being ordered to leave the country,” Tañada said in a statement on Wednesday. Tañada was referring to the PDP-Laban’s hosting of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s book during the ruling party’s anniversary last February.
April 25, 2018 09:22 UTC
TACLOBAN CITY – Five villages in the hometown of self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa in Albuera town, Leyte province, have been identified as possible hotspots for the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. One of these villages is Binolho, where the Espinosas own two houses and where Kerwin and his father, slain Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., used to live. Ronald Espina, town police chief, in a phone interview. Of the 16 Albuera villages, 12 were into illegal drugs trade. But the mayor was killed inside his cell at the Leyte sub-provincial jail in Baybay City on November 5, 2016.
April 25, 2018 09:22 UTC
Chinese marker on Fiery Cross a slap in the face of claimants, Alejano saysMANILA, Philippines — China’s construction of a monument marking its construction activities on an artificially-built island in the South China Sea is a slap in the face of the other claimants to the waters, a lawmaker who is critical of the administration's policy on the dispute, said. "The unveiling of China’s monument to mark its construction work in South China Sea is a slap to the faces of other claimant states," he said in a statement. Critics and experts in international law have said that the Philippines can assert its rights without resorting to war. China’s construction of military facilities and artificial islands in the South China Sea, has sparked concern that it will eventually restrict movement and extend its reach. Alejano urged the Duterte administration to protest China’s latest act of “impertinence” as its intentions of controlling the South China Sea were becoming more apparent.
April 25, 2018 09:00 UTC
In an initial traffic accident report, the Five Star bus was traversing the SCTEX in Concepcion, Tarlac when the flatbed truck transporting flammable materials emerged from the emergency bay causing the bus to hit the rear of the truck. However, the statement issued on Wednesday by Five Star bus company claimed the truck was the one that hit the side of the bus causing a commotion along the expressway. “We assure families of injured passengers that our field personnel are now at the site and in the hospitals extending medical and financial assistance,” she said. ADVERTISEMENTFlorendo said the bus driver, earlier identified by the police as Rolando Untalan, made defensive maneuvers and managed to stop the bus but the truck driver, named as Emmanuel Retardo, lost control of the vehicle. “While evacuation procedures were being undertaken by the bus driver, witnesses say they heard a hiss and seconds later, the acetylene tanks exploded one by one.
April 25, 2018 09:00 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – Organizers expect a lot more discoveries from the grassroots as 2018 Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational expands to nine areas all over the country and opens its doors to girls this year. The top two teams from the 14U and 16U advance to the Luzon Regionals (May 19-20 in Sta. "We see a lot of enthusiasm from these areas to participate in this activity. There's a lot of excitement and we're very pleased that there will be eight players to be sent to the camp, from five last year. We welcome the addition of girls and we expect the level of play to increase in both boys and girls because of this," said Moran.
April 25, 2018 08:15 UTC
ABUCAY, BATAAN – A man and a woman were found dead from bullet wounds at the St. Leonora Homes here on Wednesday morning (April 25), and investigators believe one of the victims was the murderer. The hogtied remains of Rina dela Rosa, 43, and the body of Domingo Baluyot, 40, were discovered a few meters apart at 8 a.m. in Barangay (village) Mabatang, said Senior Insp. Jennifer Cruz, Abucay police chief. Investigators were still trying to determine if Baluyot held the gun that killed Dela Rosa before turning the gun on himself. ADVERTISEMENTProbers believe their deaths were “a crime of passion,” because of a child abuse complaint which the slain woman had filed against Baluyot, Cruz said.
April 25, 2018 08:06 UTC
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — An indigenous peoples' group in Kalinga fears the P3.135-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project will cause environmental destruction and economic dislocation and may even cause animosity against the government. Last March, the National Irrigation Administration signed a P4.3-billion contract with China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd for the Chico River project. According to Rep. Mangaoang, the planned irrigation project will be built in Pinukpuk, Kalinga, to provide irrigation to at least 4,000 hectares of farmlands in downstream Cagayan province. The irrigation, Mangaoang hopes, will bring irrigation to Rizal, Kalinga and down to Sta. Dulag, a Kalinga “pangat” (peace pact holder) who led tribal folk against the Chico dam project, was killed by government forces in 1980.
April 25, 2018 08:03 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Wednesday defended the decision of the Bureau of Immigration to cancel the missionary visa of an Australian nun and direct her to leave the country, saying that the order went through proper procedure. “We stand by the Bureau of Immigration’s order to forfeit Sister Patricia Fox’s privilege of holding a missionary visa and to leave the Philippines,” he said in a statement in reaction to the Immigration’s decision. The Bureau of Immigration has given Fox 30 days from receipt of its order to leave the Philippines, which has been her home for almost three decades now. Fox was detained at the Bureau of Immigration office from April 16 to 17 for allegations that she violated a bureau order barring foreign participation in partisan activities. However, the order does not mean that Fox cannot come back to the Philippines.
April 25, 2018 08:03 UTC
UpdateBORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — This usually expensive island-resort has suddenly become more affordable to lesser mortals. 50 percent offAlong the long white beach, branded Boracay shirts originally priced at P199.75 were being sold at P100 per piece. The owners and employees of the Sea Wind Boracay resort were set to hold a “boodle fight” on Wednesday evening, the eve of the closure. And we didn’t want to be gloomy because this was also an opportunity to make Boracay better,” Ruth Tirol-Jarantilla, Sea Wind owner, told the INQUIRER. Several locals, including expatriates, also needed to meet up with friends on the island when Boracay is cleared of tourists./lb/ac
April 25, 2018 08:00 UTC