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Archived News Headlines from February 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017
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03/9/2017

China ships in Philippine-owned Benham Rise, scouting for subs' parking sites - DND
MANILA - China may be casting a covetous eye on Benham Rise, over which the Philippines has undisputed claim in the United Nations, with a possible agenda: scouting for sites to park its submarines, the Department of National Defense (DND) hinted Thursday.

PopCom: Most contraceptives to expire in 2019
MANILA, March 9 (PNA) -- A top official of the Commission on Population (PopCom) on Thursday warned of untapped contraceptive products that are set to expire in 2019 with the derailed implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law.

De Lima seeks probe on lawyers’ murders
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Leila de Lima has filed a resolution calling for an investigation into the murders of lawyers handling controversial cases, including the counsel of the late Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who was himself killed inside his jail cell by police.

Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary: Philippines open to more telco players
MANILA, March 9 (PNA) -- An open competition in the local telecommunications industry would help ensure better service, greater coverage and affordable pricing.

Lookout order out vs Mighty Corporation owner, brother
MANILA, March 9 (PNA) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday ordered the issuance of an immigration lookout bulleting order (ILBO) against the owner of the controversial tobacco firm Mighty Corporation Alex Wongchuking and his brother Ceasar Dy Wongchuking.

US faces stiff China pushback in S. China Sea: experts
BEIJING - If Donald Trump's hawkish new administration follows through on threats and tries to cut Beijing off from artificial islands in the South China Sea, it could face a stiffer pushback than many imagine, experts say.

Vulnerable Asia Pacific countries meet to invest on climate action
MANILA, March 9 — Finance ministers and senior officials from 15 developing economies across Asia and the Pacific met on March 8 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila to discuss enhanced economic and financial responses to climate change.

DepEd lowers minimum age of student employment this year
PASIG CITY, March 9 – The Department of Education (DepEd) has lowered the minimum age requirement for students who wish to participate in this year’s summer job employment. “Under this year’s Special Program for the Employment of Students ...

Yasay rejected by Commission on Appointments, told to vacate DFA post
MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected Wednesday the appointment of Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. after he failed to satisfactorily clarify questions about his citizenship. The DFA chief was also told to immediately vacate his post.

House Speaker warns of impeachment vs officials issuing TROs on gov’t infra projects
MANILA, March 8 (PNA) -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday warned that an impeachment process can be initiated by Congress against officials who will block the implementation of important government infrastructure projects, such as the MRT-LRT common station, through the issuance of a temporary restraining order.

 

03/6/2017

NOTES FROM DETENTION | No PC, CP, typewriter and facing gag threats but De Lima can't be silenced
MANILA, Philippines – She has no modern means of communication inside her detention cell and government prosecutors are now asking the court to forbid public discussions about her case.

Remains of Abu Sayyaf's German captive Kantner recovered in Sulu
MANILA, March 4 (PNA) --- Joint Task Force Sulu units on Saturday have recovered the remains of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) German hostage, Juergen Kantner, who was beheaded by the terrorist group last Feb. 26.

VP Robredo shrugs off 'Naga Leaks' article
When a web site recently published an article, titled "Deception", purportedly exposing allegations of anomalous acts attributed to the late Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Jesse Robredo going back to his stint as mayor of Naga City ...

China vows to accelerate efforts to pursue Belt and Road Initiative
BEIJING, March 5 (PNA) -- China will make solid efforts to pursue the Belt and Road Initiative which calls for integration of the Asia, Africa and Europe into a cohesive economic area through infrastructure, cultural exchanges and trade, Chinese Primeri Li Keqiang said on Sunday.

4 more Abu Sayyaf bandits killed, weapons seized in another Sulu clash
MANILA, March 5 (PNA) -- Another four Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits were killed while seven high-powered firearms were seized as troops from the 64th Marine Company clashed with the brigands in Sulu Sunday early morning.

Speaker trains guns on tax perks of religious institutions
MANILA, Philippines - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday turned his attention to the tax exemptions being enjoyed by religious organizations, and said these should be reviewed.

U.S. looks forward to stronger ties with ASEAN
MANILA, March 3 (PIA) – The United States is looking forward to stronger ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in celebration of the 40th U.S.-ASEAN partnership.

Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) issues updates on Women and Men in the Philippines
QUEZON CITY, March 5 - In support of this year’s upcoming celebration of Women’s Month, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has issued a Factsheet on Women and Men in the Philippines, which focuses on the latest statistical updates on women and men in the country.

Gina Lopez charged with P1-b graft
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Regina Lopez is facing criminal and administrative charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly covering up past wrongdoings of her trusted lieutenants who favored a supplier involving a questionable project worth P1 billion.

We will make our skies blue again -- Chinese Premier
BEIJING, March 5 (PNA) -- Confronted by severe smog last year, China's government has promised to prioritize environmental protection works with the end goal of making the skies blue again for 1.3 billion Chinese people.

 

03/4/2017

Lorenzana visits USS Carl Vinson in S. China Sea
Manila, Philippines - Department of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday visited the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson patrolling the South China Sea, hailing the "strong relationship" with Washington despite President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot away from Manila's traditional ally.

DSWD, PGH ink MOA on Libreng Gamot, indigent patients to avail of aid March 1
QUEZON CITY, March 2 - Indigent patients may now avail of the free medicine assistance program of the Office of the President from the Philippine General Hospital starting March 1.

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) to Congress: Halt capital punishment
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has urged the Philippine Congress to put on the brakes on the attempt to bring back capital punishment. The legislature's attempt to restore death penalty, ICJ pointed out from its branch in Bangkok ...

Metro Manila labor turnover is highest in the last five years
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said in its LabStat report that the turnover rate of jobs in Metro Manila’s top enterprises registered the highest labor turnover rate in the third quarter of 2016 at 3.67 percent since 2011.

Dismissal awaits government workers violating work hours – CSC
QUEZON CITY, March 2 - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminded state workers to strictly observe government working hours. The CSC issued the reminder through Memorandum Circular No. 1, series of 2017 reiterating the policy on government office hours ...

Quiet release of rights report featuring Philippine drug slays draws flak for US State Dept
WASHINGTON -- The US State Department released its annual report on human rights around the world on Friday but the release was overshadowed by criticism that Secretary Rex Tillerson gave the report little of the traditional attention or fanfare.

Five best Philippine cities to launch a start-up business
MANILA, March 2 (PNA) -- The influx of start-up businesses has stoked a new kind of competition among cities in the country. To attract new businesses, local governments have been improving their business-friendliness by coming up with new policies ...

U.S. dollar rises against most major currencies
NEW YORK, March 2 (PNA/Xinhua) -- The U.S. dollar increased against most major currencies on Wednesday as hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve officials raised market speculation for a rate-hike later this month.

Gag Leila de Lima, court urged
THE Justice Department has asked the Muntinlupa City regional trial court to issue a gag order to prevent all parties from discussing the cases filed against Senator Leila de Lima in public because doing so would be sub judice.

Typhoon Yolanda survivors from Tacloban receives P5,000 cash aid
QUEZON CITY, March 2 - Around 213 Typhoon Yolanda survivors received their P5,000 financial assistance from the Office of the President on March 1, 2017. The cash assistance was distributed by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office VIII.

 

02/27/2017

Philippine govt condemns 'barbaric beheading' of German captive by Abu Sayyaf
MANILA - The Philippines condemned on Monday the "barbaric beheading" of an elderly German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants who posted a video of the killing after a deadline for a $600,000 ransom passed.

AFP confirms beheading of Abu Sayyaf's German captive
MANILA, Feb. 28 (PNA) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday said it has received information from official sources confirming that Juergen Kantner, the German hostage of the Abu Sayyaf Group, has been beheaded last Feb. 26 ...

Alleged hit man tells Senate: Duterte killed justice official
MANILA - At the Senate inquiry in aid of legislation into the spate of extra-judicial killings Thursday, a witness who described himself as a former death squad member, alleged that now President Rodrigo Duterte had shot dead a justice department employee ...

Solicitor General: No grave abuse of discretion in issuance of arrest warrant versus De Lima
MANILA, Feb. 27 (PNA) -- The government's top counsel on Monday said that Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 204 did not commit grave abuse of discretion in issuing a warrant of arrest against Senator De Lima ...

DOLE, CIDG, DSWD rescue child laborers in Iloilo
MANILA, Feb. 27 - The Department of Labor and Employment Region (DOLE) 6, along with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), recently rescued five child workers in separate operations in Iloilo City.

With just one motion, Pacquiao knocks Drilon, LP out of all Senate panel
MANILA - The Liberal Party, already in an untenable position as part of the Senate majority while denouncing the administration's "political persecution" of its stalwart Leila de Lima, has been stripped of all key positions in the chamber ...

PNP chief wants to return to war vs. illegal drugs
MANILA, Feb. 27 (PNA) -- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa on Monday admitted that they already wanted to return to the war against illegal drugs.

NBI: Lalaine Martinez involved in shooting incident
MANILA, Feb. 27 (PNA) -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday night confirmed that Lalaine Madrigal Martinez, the wife of high profile inmate Noel Martinez and was one of those who testified on the Bilibid drug trade before the House of Representatives ...

Leila de Lima asks Supreme Court to void drug case
DETAINED Senator Leila de Lima on Monday asked the Supreme Court to void the arrest warrant issued against her by a Muntinlupa City court in connection with the drug trafficking charges filed against her by the Justice department.

Prices of goods, services in Leyte slightly increase in January 2017
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, February 28 – The general price levels of goods and services in Leyte recorded a slight increase in January this year, with an inflation rate of 2.5 percent from 1.9 percent the previous month.

 

02/20/2017

Davao Death Squad existed and Mayor Rody gave cash rewards for killings - cop's confession
MANILA - The Davao Death Squad existed, and carried out killings often with express orders or approval by then city mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a a former police officer said Monday, in what he called a "public confession" triggered by a bothered conscience.

ASEAN more determined to finalize COC in South China Sea
BORACAY Island, Aklan, Feb. 20 (PNA) -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is more resolute to finalize a Code of Conduct(COC) in the South China Sea (SCS). "There is more determination now to proceed and try and finalize a Code of Conduct ...

Remember whistleblower 'Tibo' Mijares? New edition of his 'conjugal Dictatorship' haunts Marcoses
MANILA - JC Mijares Gurango was around 15 when he first read "The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos," which was written by his grandfather, Primitivo Mijares, the former president's chief propagandist who disappeared after defecting in 1976 and doing the book.

Philippines leaps 12 ranks to No. 58 in Economic Freedom Index 2017
The National Competitiveness Council is pleased to announce that the country has advanced twelve notches to rank no. 58 out of 180 countries in the latest release of the Economic Freedom Index 2017, making it to the top-third of the ranking.

ASEAN labor ministers achieve breakthrough on migrant workers' promotion
DAVAO CITY, Feb. 20 (PNA) –- The labor ministers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) achieved a breakthrough when it committed to a morally-binding instrument for the protection and promotion of the migrant workers.

12 environment advocates killed under Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo called for a prompt investigation into the killings of environmental defenders, following the death of a Bohol-based lawyer. "It is alarming that in the first 7 months of this administration ...

Philippines sees coconut export revenues rising 10% to 20% in two years
MANILA, Feb. 13 (PNA) -- The Philippines expects revenues from coconut product exports to increase 10 to 20 percent over the next two years, as demand continues to grow worldwide. Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Billy Andal cited ...

DOT to spur infra, recovery in quake-affected areas
MANILA, Feb. 19 - Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to implement the needed tourism infrastructure, particularly in localities affected by calamities.

US$1,000 PAYOLA? | Andanar steps back after Senate reporters demand apology
MANILA - Malacañang Press Secretary Martin Andanar took a step back after journalists covering the Philippine Senate issued a stern reaction to accusations thrown at midday by that some reporters in the Senate were allegedly offered payola amounting to US$1,000

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomes NPA decision to free abducted security forces
MANILA, Feb. 20 (PNA) --- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday said that it will afford every opportunity to ensure the safe release of the six security troopers whom the New People's Army (NPA) abducted during a series of incidents late January and early this month.

 

02/05/2017

'ECONOMY OF MURDER' | Cops get P8,000 to P15,000 per EJK - Amnesty International
MANILA - Police can get anywhere from P8,000 to P15,000 to kill suspected drug users and pushers, according to an investigation released by Amnesty International on Wednesday, titled, If you are poor you are killed: Extrajudicial Executions in the Philippines' War on Drugs.

Pres. Duterte suspends peace talks with communists, orders gov't negotiators to come home
MANILA, Feb. 5 (PNA) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the suspension of peace talks between the government and communist rebels and will direct government negotiators to come home, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

CBCP pastoral letter slams 'reign of terror' behind war on drugs
MANILA - (UPDATE2, 12:48 p.m.Feb. 5) The Catholic Church assailed at the weekend President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs for creating a "reign of terror" among the poor in a pastoral letter read at mass across the country.

Pres. Duterte orders arrest of all NDF consultants
CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan De Oro City, Feb. 5 (PNA) -- A visibly irked President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered the arrest of all consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF) now now in Oslo, Norway after visiting the wake of the slain army soldiers Sunday afternoon.

DENR Secretary Gina Lopez orders closure of 23 metallic mines
QUEZON CITY, Feb. 5 - Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Thursday ordered the closure of 23 metallic mines in the country, while suspending five more, for serious environmental violations discovered during the industry-wide audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) since July last year.

Japan, US defense chiefs show unity over S. China Sea situation
TOKYO - The Japanese and US defense chiefs on Saturday took a united stand against security challenges in the region, agreeing to beef up their bilateral alliance and step up involvement in the situation in the South China Sea where China's assertiveness is seen as a concern.

Bello to make decision on proposed Pinoy HSWs ban to Kuwait soon
MANILA, Feb. 5 (PNA) -- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III will be consulting the stakeholders first before he will issue a moratorium on the suspension of the deployment of Filipino household service workers (HSWs) to Kuwait.

Hataman: Abu Sayyaf getting back at execs helping Pres. Duterte's war on terror
COTABATO CITY, Feb. 5 (PNA) -- The attempt on the life of a town mayor in Basilan was a clear indication the Abu Sayyaf Group bandits are getting back at local executives helping in the government's war on terror, a regional officials today said.

Reds deemed terrorists
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday declared the Communist Party of the Philippines, its armed wing, the New People’s Army, and the umbrella organization, the National Democratic Front as terrorists and ordered detainees he had freed for peace talks rearrested.

Feature: Super rice, among others, released for commercial use
LOS BANOS, LAGUNA, Feb. 5 - The National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) has recently approved 25 new varieties developed by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), University of the Philippines Los Baños ...

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