MANILA, Philippines — Graduating at the top of his class, a police cadet from Negros Occidental vowed in his valedictory speech to do only what is morally right as he embarks on a career as a police officer. “It will be plain cowardice not to do what is morally right. For sure, the PNPA Class of 2018 are brave men and women and are not cowards to do what is morally wrong,” he said. The 24-year-old Vallador emphasized that officers like him should always be ready to face the consequences of their actions. I would smile to myself before going to sleep, thinking that all of them are OK back home,” he said.
March 21, 2018 15:52 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — More Filipinos support the legalization of divorce in the country, a Church-initiated public survey showed. The survey, dubbed “Veritas Truth Survey (VTS),” was conducted from December 2017 until last January. Anton Pascual, president of Radio Veritas, said this survey result is a wake-up call to the Catholic Church. The VTS further showed that more women support the divorce bill in Congress than men. Of the female respondents, 43 percent said they strongly agree with the legalization versus 35 percent who said they strongly disagree.
SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines — Thirteen emulators of Jesus Christ are to be crucified on Good Friday at three sites in this city, famous for its true-to-life crucifixions. Tourism officer Ching Pangilinan said nine of the Kristos or Christs are to be crucified in Barangay San Pedro Cutud and the rest in Sta. Pangilinan said she expected the city to host some 50,000 visitors for the Good Friday crucifixions. Lucia at 9 a.m. and San Pedro Cutud at 10 a.m.Pangilinan said all those to be crucified this year are men who had been crucified before. “We need to implement the no human activity policy inside the permanent danger zone in order to avoid untoward incidents or accidents,” Cedric Daep, Apsemo chief, told The STAR.
MANILA, Philippines — While being groomed as a state witness, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles is eyeing a plea bargain deal with the government for the plunder and other cases against her before the Sandiganbayan. “I think it might be too late for that (plea bargain deal). “She need not apply for plea bargain because if she becomes state witness, she will not be charged in the new cases to be filed,” he explained. In a plea bargain deal, as provided for in the Rules of Court, a defendant agrees to plead guilty to a particular charge in return for some concession from the prosecutor. Previously, the Sandiganbayan approved a plea bargain deal in the P303-million plunder case against former military comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia in May 2011.
In front of the cameras, it was all backslapping, handshakes, smiles and warm words between Trump and the heir to the Saudi throne, Mohammed bin Salman, who was seeking to burnish his leadership credentials. “It is an honor to have the crown prince of Saudi Arabia with us,” Trump said as the pair prepared to have lunch in the Cabinet Room. As Prince Mohammed arrived in Washington, word trickled out that Saudi Aramco—the kingdom’s energy behemoth—was cooling on the idea of a stock listing in New York, something for which Trump has publicly lobbied. The news was accompanied by expressions of concern about a US law that exposes Saudi Arabia to legal action over the 9/11 attacks, which Riyadh would dearly like to see removed. Another point of friction is the war in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia leads a coalition fighting the Iran-backed Huthi rebels.
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Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said the House would tackle the committee report shortly after Congress resumes session on May 14. Fariñas said the chamber would transmit the case against Sereno to the Senate when senators are ready for trial. Therefore, the impeachment trial can only start perhaps, at the earliest, by last week of July,” Sotto said. The House justice committee approved on Monday the draft of the articles of impeachment against Sereno with a vote of 33-1. The camp of the Chief Justice and opposition senators and congressmen said the SC does not have the authority to remove its chief justice or any impeachable officer for that matter.
MANILA, Philippines — A total of 19 senators have signed a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that absolute parliamentary immunity for speeches delivered in the Senate must be upheld and protected at all times. Senate Resolution 697 was apparently prepared by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who is facing a charge of inciting to sedition based on a privilege speech he delivered in October last year. Under the resolution, it was noted that the immunity of legislators from suit based on speeches delivered while Congress is in session is guaranteed under the Constitution. The resolution cited a number of cases where the immunity of legislators was upheld and its purpose justified. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III did not sign the resolution because he was not able to read it.
MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte wants to raise the retirement age of uniformed personnel to 75 from 56, saying the government would be shortchanged if security officials are allowed to leave the service early. Duterte said the retirement age of 56 is “too early,” considering that Filipinos are spending so much for soldiers and policemen. Duterte urged Vice President Leni Robredo, who was also present during the graduation ceremony, to support a measure raising the retirement age of the armed services. “Perhaps in the next legislation, we will ask the Vice President to do her part... Retirement age is 75,” he added. At the same event, Duterte advised PNPA graduates to be vigilant against the Sparrow unit or the assassins of the New People’s Army (NPA).
MANILA, Philippines — A passenger bus careened off a winding dirt road and fell into a ravine in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro on Tuesday, killing 19 people and injuring 21 others. Police said the Dimple Star passenger bus was negotiating a downhill stretch of road that had been under repair. “Then the passenger remembered everything tumbling around inside the bus, he heard a loud crash and he passed out,” he added. An LTFRB offi cer shows a worn tire of a Dimple Star bus during an inspection at the bus company’s terminal in Cubao, Quezon City yesterday. Poe noted the Dimple Star bus that was involved in the accident in Occidental Mindoro was involved in similar incidents in the past.
What we know so far: Boracay casino projects amid concerns for 'cesspool' islandMANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. has signed a provisional license for a Macau-based casino giant's integrated casino-resort project in Boracay island. President Rodrigo Duterte had previously threatened to shut down Boracay, saying that it has become a "cesspool." File photo The Senate Committee on the Environment conducted an investigation into the degradation of the island on March 2. Villar confirmed that her family has interests on Boracay Island but said a proposed total closure of the tourist destination will not affect their business . Despite opposition from the Senate panel, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said he supports a 60-day closure of the island.
March 21, 2018 15:20 UTC
CEBU CITY — Former Talisay City Councilor Emil Go was gunned down inside his cockpit farm located beside his house at Mansueto Village in Barangay Bulacao, Talisay City, at least 12 km south of here, past 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The victim was rushed to the Talisay City District Hospital. Go served as councilor of Talisay from 2001 to 2007 under the group of Gabby Leyson who ran and lost to Socrates Fernandez in the mayoralty race in Talisay City in 2007. In May 2013, Go was shot and wounded in the neck after a retired police officer, SPO3 Ulysses Desamparado, shot him and another person during cockfighting dispute in Barangay Bulacao, Talisay. In March 2017, Go’s son, Frederick, a former councilor of Barangay Bulacao, Talisay, was arrested together with a police officers, and two other persons in a drug raid.
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer
March 21, 2018 13:52 UTC
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March 21, 2018 13:52 UTC
When members of the SWAT team approached, the suspect detonated an explosive device inside the vehicle, the police chief said. A law enforcement official identified the dead man as Mark Anthony Conditt. Manley said the suspect is believed to be responsible for all the major Austin bombings. Asked if the suspect built bombs before the Austin attacks, Milanowski said: "We know when he bought some of the components. President Donald Trump, who had earlier said whoever was responsible for the Austin bombings was "obviously a very sick individual or individuals," tweeted, "AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD.
March 21, 2018 13:41 UTC
Tagum Agricultural Development Co. (Tadeco) maintains that the farm roads under the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) are not for public use. During the House hearing conducted on Tuesday, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez questioned Gerardo Padilla, acting superintendent of Dapecol, about the illegal road closure within the sprawling banana plantation. Alvarez asked Padilla if the roads were public or private. Padilla explained that the roads were closed by virtue of a memorandum between the local agriculture office and the provincial government. But lawyer Nicolas Bañga of Tadeco said in a statement tjat “the farm roads under Dapecol are not for public use but for a specific government purpose.”Bañga reiterated that the agreement was above-board.
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer
March 21, 2018 13:41 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Nineteen out of 23 senators filed a resolution Wednesday, asserting that the absolute parliamentary immunity for speeches delivered in the upper chamber must be upheld and protected at all times. "The Senate must thwart any attempt to diminish its members' constitutionally guaranteed right to parliamentary immunity and privilege from arrest as it is only with the fullest liberty of speech that legislators can effectively discharge their mandate," the 19 senators wrote. In his speech quoted in the resolution, Trillanes said Duterte himself noted that if more than P40 million was found in his accounts, he could be shot and killed by the soldiers. The magazines will be emptied if you're looking for P40 million, Mr. Duterte," the prosecutor's resolution quoted Trillanes as saying. The senators also insisted that only Congress can discipline its members for unparliamentary conduct or disorderly behavior.
March 21, 2018 13:03 UTC