Palace: Duterte pleased with new DOT chief's moves vs corruptionMANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte is very pleased with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat’s recent pronouncement against corruption. “She was appointed with the express mandate to do good and to fight corruption and she's doing just that,” Roque said. Roque praised Puyat after she revealed that she discovered grave corruption and overspending in the DOT. READ: Overspending shocks DOT chiefIn a television report of ABS-CBN, Puyat was seen getting emotional after finding out about DOT spending. Puyat asked the COA to augment the auditors that would look into all the transactions of DOT.
May 21, 2018 14:26 UTC
Iloilo City became independent of the province through Commonwealth Act 158 and was later classified as a highly-urbanized city. However, pending the clarification, ballot boxes from Iloilo City, along with those from the second district of Iloilo province, would be retrieved on Tuesday. Ballot boxes drenched by rainMeanwhile, several ballot boxes from the municipality of Oton got drenched by rain on Monday afternoon. Robredo trumped Marcos in Iloilo province after getting more than 573,000 votes against the former senator’s more than 94,000 votes. In Iloilo City, Robredo got more than 137,000 votes while the son of the late dictator got only more than 33,000 votes.
May 21, 2018 13:52 UTC
China Energy to build 1,500-MW power projects 339 SHARES Share it! At this stage, Cusi noted that the government has given its commitment that once investment blueprints and timeframes are firmed up for these proposed projects, the Department of Energy (DOE) will certify the Chinese firm’s ventures as energy projects of national significance. “I told them (China Energy), I’ll guarantee you, one that we’re going to declare that as energy project of national significance and we will finish the permitting – provided that all documents are complete – we will finish the permitting in 30 days,” the energy chief stressed. He expounded that the Chinese energy firm’s interest in the Philippine power sector had been stirred up during President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit in China in 2016, but investment decisions are just advancing now. In the end, the energy chief noted that “our objective is to drive down electricity tariffs, so how can we drive down electricity rates?
May 21, 2018 13:52 UTC
30 local, foreign firms vie for Clark airport O&M contract 49 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Bernie Cahiles-MagkilatA total of 30 local and foreign firms have shown interest to participate in the bidding of the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contract of Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga. Bid submission is scheduled on July 20 to be followed by a post-qualification on August 7. The target awarding of O&M Contract is on August 30, 2018. Procurement of the O&M Concessionaire will follow a competitive bid in accordance with the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law.
May 21, 2018 13:52 UTC
DAVAO CITY – A policeman was shot dead by gunmen ‘riding intandem’ in Mati City Davao Oriental on Monday. Milgrace Driz, the spokesperson of the Southern Mindanao Police Office, identified the victim as Police Officer 3 Walter Canja, a member of the 2nd Mobile Force Company of the Davao Oriental Police Office. ADVERTISEMENTHe said the armed men overtook the policeman’s vehicle before firing shots at him several times. “He was hit in different parts of his body and died there and then,” Driz added. Driz said investigations are ongoing to determine the identities and motive of the perpetrators.
May 21, 2018 13:41 UTC
The sacking of Tolentino, announced Monday afternoon by the Palace, must serve as a warning to all government officials and employees, DOTr stressed. In a press briefing Friday, Tolentino claimed that higher officials of the DOTr derailed the Mindanao Railway project to borrow funds from a foreign company despite having a P36-billion budget and alleged that he was being stopped from speaking. READ: DOTr exec Tolentino sacked for alleged dealings with Duterte sisterMindanao Railway ‘on track’DOTr assured the public that the Mindanao Railway Project is “on track and on schedule.”“Phase 1 (Tagum-Davao-Digos) will be completed in 2021 without delays and corruption,” the department said. In an earlier statement, Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said Tolentino was aked to postpone his press briefing to keep from pre-empting the high-level discussions on the best strategy to implement the railway project. READ: DOTr execs: Mindanao Railway project ‘not derailed’
May 21, 2018 12:45 UTC
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gays feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their meetings at the Vatican. Cruz was the main whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, and met last month with Francis to discuss it. Cruz, a victim of a predator priest, said he had been discredited by Chile’s bishops for being gay and told Francis of the pain their slander caused. “He said ‘Look Juan Carlos, the pope loves you this way, God made you like this and he loves you.
May 21, 2018 12:33 UTC
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Abu Sayyaf had freed another kidnap victim on Monday. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, however, declined to name the released kidnap victim saying he could only share “generic” information for now. He said the freed kidnap victim was now undergoing custodial debriefing at the TF Sulu headquarters and would be presented to President Duterte in Manila. ADVERTISEMENTA source said the freed victim was Enrico Wee, who was kidnapped from his house in Barangay Kasalamatan in Jolo town on Valentine’s Day. The source said Wee, an employee of the Department of Public Works and Highways, was handed over to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) commander Tahil Sali in Patikul town after his family paid ransom money of P500,000.
May 21, 2018 12:22 UTC
Newly elected Senate President Vicente “Tito“ Sotto III on Monday vowed to defend the Senate from attacks, saying he would not allow the institution to be unfairly criticized by anyone. I will not allow the Senate to be degraded or criticized unfairly by anybody,” Sotto said told reporters. In a radio interview on Sunday, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon observed that the Pimentel was not being assertive at times. On the other hand, Drilon said he believed the Senate would be more assertive under with Sotto at the helm. On Monday, Alvarez on Monday said he hoped that Sotto’s Senate would act swiftly on the passage of priority bills.
May 21, 2018 12:11 UTC
Update (8:57 p.m.)Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) chief operating officer Cesar Montano vacated his post on Monday after its “Buhay Carinderia” project was criticized by none other than his boss, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. After Puyat’s meeting with Montano last Friday, the TPB chief reportedly also met with President Rodrigo Duterte. READ: Tourism chief suspends Cesar Montano’s ‘Buhay Carinderia’ projectBuhay Carinderia, which aimed to promote local eateries, is scheduled to have five legs throughout the country, starting in Vigan, Ilocos Sur in June. Montano, however, said Teo approved the three checks between March to April and that Marylindbert’s president and Buhay Carinderia owner, Erlinda Legaspi, was a “friend” of Teo’s. READ: Montano: Teo pushed for P80-M payment to ‘Buhay Carinderia’
May 21, 2018 12:01 UTC
Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., of being behind reports of his alleged P500-million land-buying spree in Siargao island and dared him to file a criminal complaint. However, Floirendo, in an email, denied this, saying, “Why am I being dragged yet again by the Speaker into his alleged purchases? ADVERTISEMENTIn a press briefing on Monday, Alvarez continued to deny reports that he bought four properties last year. “It may be possible that one area in Siargao is worth P15,000 [per square meter], but it’s a huge island; it can’t be all P15,000. The older properties—9,433-sqm and 4,256-sqm properties in Barangay Malinao, and 4,102-square meter in Barangay Poblacion Cinco—were entered into the records in 2013.
May 21, 2018 11:48 UTC
Senate Bill No. 1390 or the Philippine HIV AIDS Policy Act of 2018 was approved on third and final reading on Monday. The bill seeks to reform the country’s 20-year-old legal framework on addressing Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS). We now have a stronger and modern policy tool to appropriately respond to this problem,” Senator Risa Hontiveros said in a statement. READ: Houses approves HIV-AIDS bill on final readingA bicameral conference committee from both chambers of Congress will now move the legislation for ratification so the President could sign it into law.
May 21, 2018 11:37 UTC
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is attending the swearing-in of the first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Haspel won Senate confirmation last week after overcoming concerns about her role in the agency’s use of harsh interrogation techniques after 9/11. ADVERTISEMENTThe 33-year CIA employee was backed by many in the CIA rank and file and senior intelligence officials, including former CIA directors and national intelligence directors. Opponents argued it was wrong to reward someone who supervised a covert detention site in Thailand where terror suspects were harshly interrogated. Trump tapped the 61-year-old Kentucky native to lead the nation’s premier intelligence agency after he nominated then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
May 21, 2018 11:26 UTC
New Delhi — Officials say a deadly virus has killed at least three people in southern India, and medical teams have been dispatched to the area amid reports that up to six other people could have died from the disease and others are badly ill.Kerala state health minister K.K. Shailaja says the three who died of Nipah virus are all from the same family. Nipah, which was first identified during a 1998 outbreak in Malaysia, is often carried by fruit bats, but can also be spread through human-to-human contact, according to the World Health Organization. There is no vaccine for Nipah, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting. The only treatment is supportive care to control complications and keep patients comfortable.
May 21, 2018 11:26 UTC
Unlike his predecessor who was known for giving his men “tough love,” the new head of the Metro Manila police is taking a different tack: he showers the police force with rewards to boost their morale. ADVERTISEMENTIn a statement, Cascolan said rewarding NCRPO personnel will serve as “motivation and appreciation for doing their jobs excellently.”The awards could be converted to vacation leave credits, he added. Lava was tagged as the killer of Dr. Harivelle Hernando, the dean of University of Perpetual Help Dalta’s school of medicine in Las Piñas. READ: Iglesia ni Cristo’s walk vs poverty sets world recordADVERTISEMENTCascolan assumed the position of NCRPO chief when Director General Oscar Albayalde was appointed by President Duterte in April as chief of the Philippine National Police. During his term as NCRPO chief, Albayalde sacked police scalawags – from the lowly police officers to superintendents – who were suspected of involvement in corrupt activities and for negligence.
May 21, 2018 11:15 UTC