MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Defense is opposed to a House proposal to separate the Philippine Marines from its mother unit, the Philippine Navy. According to Lorenzana, the Army could easily learn the Marines' skills such as ship-to-shore operations. Marines envisioned as a small forceThe Defense chief also stressed that the Philippine Marines was designed to pursue pirates and smugglers. In short, the Philippine Marines was created as an adjunct of the Philippine Navy and it was envisioned as a small force only," Lorenzana said. Upon filing the proposal to separate the marines from the navy, Alvarez and Fariñas pointed out that the Marines' lack of charter had caused "institutional challenges, including but not limited to fiscal and organizational restrictions."
March 21, 2018 12:19 UTC
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday announced that it has lifted the number coding scheme for city and provincial buses only on March 28 (Holy Wednesday) and April 2 (Monday). The advisory was issued in observance of Holy Week, which would start on March 25 (Palm Sunday) and end on April 1 (Easter Sunday). ADVERTISEMENTThe lifting of the number coding scheme was intended to supply additional buses needed to transport passengers going to provinces during the week. Number coding, also known as the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program, aimed to reduce traffic congestion during peak hours in the metro.
March 21, 2018 11:37 UTC
The House passage of the proposed new charter of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) is an attempt by the Duterte administration to rehabilitate the Marcoses, opposition lawmakers lamented on Wednesday. Last Tuesday, the lower chamber approved on second reading House Bill 7376, which seeks to strengthen the OSG – the principal law office of the Philippine government. Section 6 of the bill also abolishes the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) and the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), transfering the powers and functions of both agencies to the OSG. ADVERTISEMENTPCGG is tasked with recovering the ill-gotten wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate also slammed the bill as an “attack against the security of tenure” of the employees of OGCC and PCGG.
March 21, 2018 11:03 UTC
A fire broke out in a residential area along Roces Avenue in Barangay Obrero, Quezon City on Wednesday afternoon. FLASH: Isang residential area sa Quezon City, nasusunog | @albarmarch22 pic.twitter.com/LFpZTac56t — RadyoInquirer990AM (@dzIQ990) March 21, 2018 ADVERTISEMENTThe Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has raised the fire to the second alarm, according to emergency dispatch service TXTFIRE. As of 3/21/2018 5:02 #FireAlert! obrero roses ave Quezon City : 2nd Alarm #NCR — TXTFIREPhilippines (@TXTFIRE) March 21, 2018Netizens shared on Twitter photos of the fire incident. Refresh this page for updates./ac
March 21, 2018 10:07 UTC
The House of Representatives tourism committee has backed the proposal to temporarily shut down Boracay Island in a bid to rehabilitate the famous tourist destination. In a committee report, the panel recommended the temporary closure of Boracay to immediately eradicate or drastically reduce the dumping of waste water into the beach. Gomez said the panel has taken into account the economic implications of a temporary closure, noting that in 2016, the island brought in P60 billion in tourism receipts. “With a heavy heart, the Chair would like to convey deep empathy to those who will be affected by such a temporary closure. Temporary closure may be likened to a bitter pill that needs to be taken in order to cure the symptoms and causes of a nagging disease,” she added.
March 21, 2018 09:07 UTC
Crossing partylines, 19 of 23 senators filed on Wednesday a resolution expressing that the Senate’s absolute parliamentary immunity for speeches delivered in the 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,” read the Senate Resolution No. Only four did not sign the resolution and they were Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Majority Leader Vicente “Tito’ Sotto III, and Senators Richard Gordon and Francis Escudero, who are all part of the Senate majority bloc. ADVERTISEMENTThirteen authors of the resolution belong to the majority bloc while six are from the minority bloc. The 13 majority members are Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Manny Pacquiao, Grace Poe, Joel Villanueva and Juan Miguel Zubiri.
March 21, 2018 08:36 UTC
PAGADIAN CITY–A purok leader surrendered to authorities in Guipos town, Zamboanga del Sur province after shooting to death a village councilman on Tuesday evening, the police said Wednesday. In Tabina town, Barangay Tanod Alfredo Cañete Baguio, 62, also surrendered to village officials of Doña Josefina after shooting and wounding 48-year-old Remehio Oyoa. Police Officer 2 Juncres Ligutom, the investigator on case, said Baguio claimed he responded to the call for help of Oyoa’s wife. He said the village watchman tried to pacify Oyoa but the latter tried to attack him instead. Baguio remained under police custody, along with the .38 caliber revolver he used in shooting Oyoa.
March 21, 2018 06:22 UTC
NAGA CITY–Unidentified assailants killed a village chief who also serves as driver of a town mayor before noon Wednesday in Gubat town, Sorsogon province. Romeo Gavino, driver of Gubat Mayor Sharon Glipo Escoto, suffered six bullet wounds on the head and body after he was shot by unidentified men around 11 a.m. in Barangay Lapinig, where he is barangay captain, said SPO2 Jose Marie Larosa, desk officer of the Gubat police. Gavino was rushed to Sordoc Hospital in Sorsogon City, about 19 kilometers from Gubat, where he died. ADVERTISEMENTLarosa said investigation was still ongoing to determine the identities of the suspected gunmen and their motive in the killing./lb
March 21, 2018 06:11 UTC
The digital billboard in Makati Avenue that aired a pornographic video yesterday afternoon has been shut down following orders from Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay. Sermonia told INQUIRER.net yesterday that he was inside a vehicle with companions when he saw the pornographic video being aired. The official Facebook page of the city government of Makati announced this morning that Mayor Binay ordered the owner of the digital billboard to cease and desist from operating last night after the said incident. It was also mentioned that the operator immediately complied with the order of Mayor Binay and shut down the digital billboard. Pending such investigation, the billboard shall remain closed.” JBRELATED STORIES:Porn airs in public through digital billboard in MakatiKiefer Ravena mum about photo scandalADVERTISEMENTMan gets nose job, suffers prolonged erection
March 21, 2018 06:00 UTC
CAMP CASTAÑEDA, Silang, Cavite — For the third time in four days, President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo again shared the same stage on Wednesday when they led the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) graduation rites here. He awarded the Presidential Kampilan honor to Police Cadet Fritz John Napalinga Vallador while Robredo conferred the Vice President Kampilan award to Cadey Francis Pang-ay Fagkang. In his speech, Duterte addressed Robredo as “my lady.”“This is the third time that we’re together [this year], my lady,” Duterte said. The country’s top two leaders first attended an official event together last Sunday, during graduation rites at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City. /cbb/kgaREAD: Duterte, Robredo together again at PMA rites
March 21, 2018 05:35 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — After 35 years of being together, veteran TV host Joey de Leon and Eileen Macapagal finally tied the knot in a civil ceremony recently held at the Supreme Court. "Mr. and Mrs. De Leon," Joey shared in an Instagram post on March 20. said Senator Sotto in a selfie with his wife Helen Gamboa, with the newly weds on the background. Comedian Allan K posted a photo of the couple kissing and captioned it: "congrats joey and eileen." Joey and Eileen have three children: Jocas, Jako, and Jio.
March 21, 2018 05:16 UTC
In the Philippines, EU underscores need to address cybercrimeMANILA, Philippines (As released) — European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen on Tuesday underscored the need for international cooperation and dialogue to combat cybercrime. "Cybercrime knows no borders, to fight it we need international cooperation,” Jessen said. "We need international agreements. The ambassador said the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime is much more than a tool to address online child sexual exploitation and abuse. It started its efforts to engage with countries globally in international cybercrime cooperation.
March 21, 2018 05:05 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday received a painting gift from one of the graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy's Maragtas Class of 2018. Robredo shared the painting of her made by Cadet 4CL Don Carlo Labastida of Davao City. Was gifted with this beautiful painting by the PNPA Council of Artists. pic.twitter.com/yqPCtdUXvS — Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) March 21, 2018The painting featured the vice president and her office’s seal. Robredo is currently attending the 39th commencement exercises of the PNPA at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.
March 21, 2018 05:05 UTC
CITY OF CALAPAN–A graduating student died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a bridge and fell off the river in Aborlan town, Palawan province on Tuesday night. Joseph Aurelio, 19, was on his way back to the residence of his school adviser after accompanying two of his female classmates, who were on their way home, when he accidentally hit the bridge railings and fell into the river in Barangay San Juan around 10 p.m., Supt. Imelda Tolentino, information officer of the Mimaropa police, saidA gathering was being held in relation to their graduation on April 11. ADVERTISEMENTThe Palawan Rescue 165 rushed him to the Aborlan Medicare Hospital, but was declared “dead on arrival,” after he suffered fatal injuries in different parts of his head and body, she added.
March 21, 2018 05:03 UTC
PARIS, France — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Sarkozy, 63, has vehemently and repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the case, which involves funding for his winning 2007 presidential campaign. Investigators are examining claims that Gadhafi’s regime secretly gave Sarkozy 50 million euros overall for the 2007 French campaign. The sum would be more than double the legal campaign funding limit at the time, 21 million euros. But Sarkozy then put France in the forefront of NATO-led airstrikes against Gadhafi’s troops that helped rebel fighters topple Gadhafi’s regime in 2011.
March 21, 2018 05:03 UTC