Protesting jeepney drivers and operators assembled in various places in Metro Manila early Monday for the first day of their two-day nationwide transport strike. Strikers led by the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) joined the transport holiday, with some closing down their terminals, Radyo Inquirer reported. The absence of jeepneys in some places prompted commuters to take tricycles, like along Chino Roces avenue in Makati City. ADVERTISEMENTMostly wearing red and holding banners and placards with calls “No to Jeepney Phase out,” peasant group Kadamay joined the protest along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City, Radyo Inquirer added. Piston and KMU are expected to hold a press conference at 12 noon along Aurora Boulevard in Cubao, Quezon City, and a noise barrage and program from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to highlight their mass action.
October 16, 2017 02:48 UTC
Five wildfires were raging near Vigo, Galicia’s biggest city, forcing the evacuation of a shopping mall and a PSA Peugeot Citroen factory on the outskirts of the city. Images broadcast on Spanish TV showed local residents, their mouths and noses covered with handkerchiefs, battling the flames with buckets and pans of water. At least 10 schools cancelled classes on Monday in Vigo because of the flames, local officials said. Several roads in Galicia were closed because of the flames, local officials said. Meteorologists say Ophelia is the most powerful hurricane recorded so far east in the Atlantic and the first since 1939 to travel so far north.
October 16, 2017 02:37 UTC
THE nationwide transport strike began early Monday as jeepney drivers pulled off the streets their public utility vehicles (PUVs) in protest against a planned modernization program. “This [suspension of classes and government work]is to minimize public inconvenience arising from the planned nationwide transportation strike,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said on Sunday. In Cagayan de Oro City, 90 percent of transport services in this seaport capital of Northern Mindanao were paralyzed early Monday morning as various militant groups joined the nationwide transport strike called by the Solidarity of Transport Alliances in Region 10 (STAREX) here. Meanwhile, the DOTr along with the LTFRB said that it questioned the transport groups’ agenda on protesting against modernization. “How can they hold a legitimate protest when in fact, majority of the protesters do not represent the public transport sector?” the DOTr said.
October 16, 2017 02:15 UTC
In a press conference, the Defense chief said troops launched an assault early Monday, which led to the deaths of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. They were able to get Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. A female hostage who escaped helped locate the presence of Hapilon and Maute in one of the buildings in the main battle area. Omar is one of the leaders behind the Maute Terrorist Group. The Philippine government has offered a P10 million bounty for Hapilon, on top of the $5 million reward offered by the United States.
October 16, 2017 02:10 UTC
MARAWI CITY – Soldiers battling ISIS-inspired militants here rescued 17 hostages – including women and children – towards midnight Sunday. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., the deputy commander of the Joint Task Force Ranao, said on Monday that the rescued hostages were still resting and would soon be processed by the police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. ADVERTISEMENTThe rescue came as soldiers continued their push into the shrinking area being held by the militants. The fresh rescue brought to 38 the total number of hostages plucked out of the war zone this month alone. For donation from overseas:Inquirer Foundation Corp account:Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860Swift Code: BNORPHMM
October 16, 2017 00:11 UTC
Gil Anthony Aquino, a lawyer with the Center for International Law, said he was surprised to see PO3 Allan Formilleza, who was in full uniform, in court last Tuesday. The other accused who are also facing charges of murder, frustrated murder, robbery and planting of drugs and firearms are Senior Insp. Emil Garcia and Police Officers 1 James Aggarao and Melchor Navisaga, all previously assigned at the Quezon City Police District (QCPD). According to records obtained by the Inquirer, Formilleza has two other pending murder charges in the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office. He claimed that the dead men and Morillo were notorious druggies and criminals in the Payatas area.
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Last year, doctors at Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City diagnosed 9-year-old Miguel Apog as a high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia patient. He is given double the amount of medicine required under normal conditions because the cancer cells in his body are very aggressive,” Miguel’s mother, Elvie Apog, told the Inquirer. ADVERTISEMENTBased on the results of his blood tests, Miguel goes to the hospital two to three times a week for treatment, Elvie said. I’m praying your readers will be able to help us,” said Elvie who can be reached at 0975-9278670. Those who wish to help Miguel can deposit their donations in her BPI account (Elvie Apog, account #9679090507).
October 15, 2017 21:00 UTC
Employees of the Department of Finance (DOF) are playing catch me if you can with their employer. ADVERTISEMENTThe DOF is conducting lifestyle checks on its employees and on those working at its attached agencies after finding out that some workers own expensive condominium units and cars despite their meager salaries. Some officials and employees also collect cars, expensive bags and watches, as well as guns, Agabin added. The finance official said the DOF was investigating “many” employees, but declined to identify them. The DOF has a unit called Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS), which investigates and files charges against erring revenue officials.
October 15, 2017 20:15 UTC
The decision this October by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to conduct joint and coordinated air patrols on their side of Southeast Asia is strategically sound. AdvertisementsIt makes sense for our Malay countries to address together the threat of IS-inspired terrorism in our part of Southeast Asia. This decision is a commendable continuation of what our three countries conducted last June – joint operations to fight terrorism and international crimes in the Sulu Sea. The Subang initiative reflects a shared desire to subdue more terror attacks in the Malay side of Southeast Asia. The Philippine spokesman described the program well when he said: “The coordinated joint air patrols were launched to better counter the movement of terrorist groups and to strengthen the security of our three countries and the region as a whole.
BARELY two months after assuming office, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña’s mettle may be tested after the Bureau of Customs Employees Union (Bocea) warned it is poised to launch protest actions that could paralyze the agency’s operations. Pincesa said union members planned the protests because of Lapeña’s continued refusal to meet Bocea to discuss employees’ concerns, particularly on the reshuffle of personnel. Princesa said the positions should be filled in by BoC insiders who “know inside-out” the Tariff and Customs Code and other related laws. “He can replace them, it’s his prerogative, but he should not remove [or put in floating status]those customs people who were trained for almost a decade in [the Customs code], tariff valuation and tariff classification,” Princesa stressed. “I take this opportunity to also allay the fears of some customs employees, in particular those from the Bureau of Customs Employees Association, who feel that the BOC will reportedly become a ‘PDEA extension’.
The government is planning to utilize some military assets to fund the ballooning pension of uniformed personnel, according to a Cabinet official. By utilizing these assets, he added, the government would be able to ensure an annual flow of funds for the military. “The future flows would fund, in part, the modernization of the Armed Forces and the pension reform,” Diokno said. Right now they are not paying anything for their contribution to the military pension fund. So if we don’t correct this now, the day will come when about 60 percent to 70 percent of the budget of the military will just go to pension,” Diokno said.
Some high-ranking officials of the agencies under the Department of Finance (DoF) are under investigation for alleged corrupt practices, according to Finance Undersecretary Bayani Agabin. AdvertisementsAgabin said the DoF’s Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) which is under his watch is conducting a lifestyle check on suspected corrupt employees under the Finance department umbrella. That’s the Bureau of Customs [BoC], Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Local Government Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission, Insurance Commission and all treasurers,” he said. Customs employees earlier identified by Sen. Panfilo Lacson involved in the “tara” or payoff system in the bureau were also under investigation. When we find something like that, we have to file a case either at the Office of the Ombudsman, Civil Service Commission, or within Customs itself.
Henares told The Manila Times that Singson, Abad and the other respondents were also accused of violating the Anti-Red Tape Act. Henares said the RROW just compensation claims were among the land titles his predecessors registered. Documents provided to the Times showed that top DPWH officials used their positions to disburse the funds of the RROW just compensation claims by conspiring with ROD officials and some big financiers. The financers shouldered the cost of the processing of the RROW application and documentation while conniving ROD officials manipulated the registration without examining the papers submitted. The complainant alleged that about 300 just compensation claims are pending approval with each claim amounting to P20 million.
Sen. Leila de Lima appealed to the public to defend a blogger who is being harassed and bashed on social media by supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte for criticizing seven senators who did not sign a resolution against extrajudicial killings (EJKs). Laurio came out in the open on Friday after pro-Duterte blogger Rey Joseph Nieto, who handles the Thinking Pinoy blog, exposed her real identity on social media. Nieto alleged that Laurio was behind the blog entitled the “Seven Deadly Sens,” referring to seven senators who allegedly did not sign Resolution 516 denouncing EJKs. The seven senators were Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, Vicente Sotto 3rd, Richard Gordon, Emmanuel Pacquiao, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Gregorio Honasan 2nd, and Cynthia Villar. Reddit is a social news website and forum where content is socially curated and promoted by site members through voting.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Sunday threw her support behind her father’s plan to establish a revolutionary government, saying the threat of destabilization is real. Tindig Pilipinas, a coalition against President Duterte, called the President’s threat an act of paranoia and insecurity. The threat of destabilization is as real as terrorism,” she added. Palace Communications Chief Martin Andanar affirmed Sara’s claims that the President was unfazed by criticisms from Tindig Pilipinas. He accused Tindig Pilipinas of spreading lies to push its selfish political agenda.