WASHINGTON — The White House said Friday newly revealed FBI records show there is “extreme bias” against President Donald Trump among senior leadership at the FBI. The accusation came hours before Trump was scheduled to speak at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Virginia. Trump, who has described the agency as “in tatters,” is to speak at a ceremony at the FBI campus for law enforcement leaders graduating from a program aimed at raising law enforcement standards. About 200 leaders in law enforcement from around the country attended the weeks-long FBI National Academy program aimed at raising law enforcement standards and cooperation. Coursework included intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science.
December 15, 2017 13:30 UTC
About 1,200 Metro Rail Transit (MRT) passengers were offloaded from a southbound train on Friday evening after an electrical failure. According to a service report, the train stopped at the GMA Kamuning Station at 6:58 p.m. MRT personnel removed the train for maintenance and deployed another to accommodate the offloaded passengers. This is the second time this week that a southbound train unloaded passengers at GMA Kamuning Station due to an electrical failure. ADVERTISEMENTThis is also the 17th recorded glitch in the MRT’s operations in December. There have only been five days this month that the congested railway transit did not suffer a glitch: Dec. 1, 4, 5, 11, and 13.
December 15, 2017 13:07 UTC
Inmates at the New Bilibid Prison’s (NBP) maximum security compound performed a dance number during the 112th founding anniversary and Christmas Party of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa watched as the group of inmates danced to the beat of “Gold” by Spandau Ballet. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to appoint Dela Rosa as the next BuCor chief after his retirement next year. ADVERTISEMENTBuCor is an attached agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ), and its chief, Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, is backing his appointment. /jpvRELATED STORYClassmates to join Bato in Munti
December 15, 2017 11:26 UTC
The southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard, from Katigbak Drive to P. Ocampo Street will be closed to motorists on Dec. 17 for a Christmas-themed float parade, the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit (MDTEU) announced Friday. Re-routing of vehiclesVehicles coming from Bonifacio Drive toward the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard must turn left to P. Burgos Avenue. Those traveling westbound lane of United Nations Avenue toward Roxas Boulevard shall turn left to M.H. Kalaw Street toward Roxas Boulevard shall turn left to M.H. ADVERTISEMENTAll vehicles traveling westbound lane of P. Ocampo Street toward the southbound lane must turn left to F.B.
December 15, 2017 11:03 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila De Lima on Friday urged the Senate to investigate into the "suspicious circumstances" behind a bloody police raid in Tondo, which is an alleged case of summary execution disguised as a legitimate law enforcement operation. De Lima filed Senate Resolution 566 to direct the appropriate Senate panel to probe into a report by wire agency Reuters showing a video footage contradicting a claims of cops that an anti-drugs operation in Tondo, Manila was a legitimate police activity. READ: Palace 'authenticating' video in Reuters report on drug warIn a report late last month, Reuters obtained a security camera video casting doubts on police killings in the bloody war on drugs. According to the report, eyewitness accounts indicated that the three men were "executed" in Barangay 19 in Tondo. READ: Roque: Duterte not satisfied with PDEA handling drug warDe Lima also stressed that need to discourage law enforcers from immediately dismissing eyewitness testimonies on supposed abuses by government authorities.
December 15, 2017 10:52 UTC
LONDON — Oxford Dictionaries recognized the power of the millennial generation Friday with its 2017 word of the year : youthquake. Oxford lexicographers say there was a fivefold increase in use of the term between 2016 and 2017. Each year, Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that reflects the annual mood. Oxford Dictionaries consultant Susie Dent said many of the year’s standout words “speak to fractured times of mistrust and frustration.”“In ‘youthquake’ we find some hope in the power to change things, and had a little bit of linguistic fun along the way,” she said. “It feels like the right note on which to end a difficult and divisive year.”Last year’s word of the year was “post-truth.”
December 15, 2017 10:52 UTC
ZAMBOANGA CITY –The remains of the Vietnamese boat captain, one of those kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf last year, had been shipped back to Vietnam after Vietnamese embassy officials ordered the exhumation of the body and DNA testing last week. ADVERTISEMENTTuan was a boat captain of cargo vessel MV Royal-16 who was kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits off Sibago Island in Basilan, along with five of his crew members on Nov. 11 last year. “There was an encounter between the Abu Sayyaf and our troops, the 41st Infantry Battalion, and in the course of heavy fighting, one kidnapped victim was hit,” he said. The body was exhumed on December 8, upon the requests of the Vietnamese embassy officials. “They already brought the remains back to their country, maybe they will conduct further test there,” Medina said.
December 15, 2017 10:41 UTC
Bureau of Customs (BOC) operatives have seized hundreds of boxes containing about P522 million worth of counterfeit products in a warehouse in Pasay City. The fake products were stored in 10 units of Warehouse 142 along Cuneta Avenue, according to a BOC statement on Friday. Packages of counterfeit apparel of brands such as Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Vans, Fitflop and Crocs were confiscated by Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) agents. BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña then authorized a joint-raid with the Pasay City police. Liao told authorities that the units were leased to a certain Mr. Ang, a Mr. Gee, and a Mr. Ty, according to Lapeña.
December 15, 2017 10:36 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Friday confirmed that the remaining forces of the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group were continuing with their recruitment efforts. "We are monitoring recruitment activities in municipalities around Marawi- those in the immediate vicinity of Marawi," Arevalo said in a press conference in Malacañang. They are also continuously using social media in their recruitment activities," he added. But what I can tell you is they are continuing with their recruitment activities," he said. Arevalo said that the military was already countering the militants' recruitment efforts through summits and dialogues especially with sectors susceptible to terror propaganda.
December 15, 2017 10:07 UTC
“I will make your life very, very easy and comfortable. For the drug lords, I will make your life miserable. READ: Classmates to join Bato in MuntiADVERTISEMENTDela Rosa is set to retire in January. Dela Rosa visited NBP on Friday for BuCor’s 112th foundation day celebrations and Christmas party. He told the hundreds of NBP inmates, who performed songs and dances for him, that they “should be happy” once he heads BuCor.
December 15, 2017 09:56 UTC
Residents in the Bicol region and the Visayas should brace for flashfloods and landslides due to persistent rainfall brought by Tropical Storm “Urduja,” according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). This, as Urduja slowed down and remained “quasi-stationary” while moving northwest at 5 kilometers per hour (kph) towards Visayas, Pagasa said in its 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin. ADVERTISEMENTThe tropical storm was last tracked 240 kilometers east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, Pagasa said. Scattered to widespread rains will prevail over Bicol region and Visayas. Sea travel remained risky over the eastern seaboards of Bicol and Visayas due to Urduja, Pagasa said.
December 15, 2017 09:56 UTC
Detained Sen. Leila De Lima on Friday called for a Senate investigation on the bloody raid in Tondo, Manila last October, which she described as “another summary execution disguised as legitimate law enforcement” operation. De Lima has filed Senate Resolution (SR) No. 566 urging the appropriate Senate committee to look into a Reuters report that showed chilling security camera footages of a midday police operation in Barangay (village) 19 in Tondo, Manila last October 11. ADVERTISEMENTDe Lima urged her colleagues in the Senate to investigate the “suspicious circumstances” that surround the incident. The video also shows a victim’s body falling off the ground before Pascual turned away the video that recorded the incident.
December 15, 2017 09:45 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — State weather bureau PAGASA on Friday afternoon warned that "quasi-stationary" Urduja (Kai-tak) continues to pose "serious danger" to the Eastern Visayas area. The tropical storm was located 240 kilometers east of Borongan City in Eastern Samar, heading northwest at five kilometers per hour. Signal number 2 is hoisted over Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran. PAGASA warned that areas within the 500 kilometer diameter of the tropical storm will experience moderate to heavy rainfall. Sea travel likewise remains risky over the eastern seaboards of Bicol region and Visayas.
December 15, 2017 09:45 UTC
eCourts, outreach programs cited among SC achievements Share it! Share TweetBy Rey PanaliganChief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno cited today the achievements of the Supreme Court (SC) in speeding up proceedings in the trial courts, transparency in the judiciary, and enhancement of the welfare of judicial workers. In her speech, Sereno paid tribute to her colleagues Justices Mariano C. del Castillo and Estela M. Perlas Bernabe for their role in the SC’s outreach programs and rules on commercial courts, respectively. Sereno urged the SC employees to inform the people of the SC’s achievements and to set the “gold standard for public service.”“We should always be thankful and happy. Tags: achievements, Chief Justice, Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez, eCourts outreach programs cited among SC achievements — Sereno, Judgment day, Manila Bulletin, Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno, SC, Sereno
December 15, 2017 09:45 UTC
ADVERTISEMENTSome netizens observed that Gordon had “dominated” and “monopolized” the hearing when Aquino and some of his former officials faced the Senate panel. “In fact, a lot of people are saying, “Why were you so kind to President Aquino?” Gordon said. Aquino and some former cabinet secretaries were blamed for allowing the implementation of the P3.5-billion anti-dengue immunization program using Dengvaxia during his term. ADVERTISEMENTSome years later, French pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi Pasteur, admitted that the Dengvaxia vaccine might be potentially harmful to people not previously exposed to dengue virus. /jpvRELATED STORYHontiveros calls for ‘more democratic’ Dengvaxia probe at Senate
December 15, 2017 09:33 UTC