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August 20, 2018 11:24 AM PNP set to take over PNPA, NPTI

THE Philippine National Police is gearing up to fully take over the supervision of the PNP Academy and the National Police Training Institute from the Philippine Public Safety College in a bid to produce more bright and disciplined police officers and men in the future. PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said they are ready to fully assume 4

August 18, 2018 1:07 AM Statement by Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on the MMDA's decision to suspend implementation of HOV policy

"I fully support and laud the decision of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to suspend the implementation of the 'driver-only' car scheme in EDSA. It is the right and proper thing to do." "As the sponsor and one of the principal authors of Senate Resolution No. 845 which urged the suspension of the 'driver-only' car ban, I am glad that the MMDA has heeded 5

August 17, 2018 2:56 PM Duterte stays with PDP-Laban

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he is sticking it out with his political party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), amid reports he would switch to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party headed by his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. Duterte attended HNP’s convention in Davao City which was attended 5

August 16, 2018 11:57 AM EU allots 2-million-euro humanitarian aid for Mindanao

MANILA - The European Commission has allotted €2 million or P121.7 million in funds for victims of violence in the country's restive south. In a statement Thursday, the EU said the aid will provide food, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene assistance, and emergency education, and increased security of affected communities. "Hundreds of thousands have been forced 8

August 16, 2018 11:08 AM Gatchalian eyes suspension of TRAIN law

MANILA - Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday said his committee might recommend the suspension of the tax reform law upon hearing the incomplete status of government programs designed to cushion the law's effect on inflation. Gatchalian, head of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, took note of the National Food Authority's failure to provide 5

August 16, 2018 4:05 AM Hontiveros: Hospital admins that detain patients face 6 years imprisonment, P 1-M fine

This was the statement issued today by Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros after she filed a bill imposing stiffer penalties to hospitals that detain patients and the deceased who fail to settle their hospital bills. Senate Bill No. 1937 or the Strengthened Anti-Hospital Detention Bill seeks to put more teeth to Republic Act No. 9439, the country's existing 7

August 16, 2018 2:05 AM Hontiveros: Nat'l Day of Remembrance sought to commemorate Kian and EJK victims

In commemoration of Kian delos Santos, the Caloocan youth who was murdered in a controversial anti-drug operation a year ago today, Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros filed a resolution seeking to declare the 16th of August as a "National Day of Remembrance" for all the victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) under the Duterte government's bloody war on drugs 6

August 15, 2018 9:47 AM Villar pushes for P10-billion rice farmers' subsidy

Senator Cynthia Villar says she won't agree to rice tariffication if farmers would not get subsidies MANILA, Philippines – Senate agriculture and food committee chairperson Cynthia Villar is pushing for a P10-billion subsidy for local rice farmers along with the proposal to lift import quotas and slap tariffs on rice imports. "I won't agree na mag-liberalize 7

August 15, 2018 6:49 AM DOLE studying 'feasibility' of 14th month pay for private sector

MANILA - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday said it will look into the feasibility of the proposed 14th month pay to workers in the private sector. The agency still has to study the proposal, Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a statement, citing the need to maintain the "beneficial social partnership" between workers 7

August 15, 2018 4:40 AM 'Rehab for money addiction': Lacson slams lawmakers over budget hearing suspension

MANILA - Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday slammed the House of Representatives for suspending budget deliberations as its members protested the new cash-based budgeting expected to slash funds for new projects by P300 billion. The House indefinitely suspended budget hearings last week "to be consistent with the position of the House to oppose cash-based 6