Ex-Western Samar Mayor convicted over irregular reassignments 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Czarina Nicole Ong-KiThe Sandiganbayan First Division has convicted former Hinabangan Mayor Alejandro Abarratigue of Western Samar of his five graft charges due to the irregular reassignments of municipal employees back in 2009 to 2010. He was sentenced to suffer the indeterminate penalty of six years and one month as a minimum up to 10 years as maximum for each of the five graft charges. However, he was still ordered to pay back the private complainants their private salaries totaling to P317,143.91. “Taken together, the acts of accused Abarratigue were committed to harass private complainants and have brought mental and financial hardship upon them.
June 19, 2019 14:03 UTC
HONG KONG — All but a handful of protesters in Hong Kong have gone home, but the crisis that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to oppose an extradition bill is far from over. The extradition billThe proposed changes to Hong Kong law would expand the scope of transfers of criminal suspects to include mainland China, Taiwan, and Macau. Lam said the legislation is needed to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a haven for fugitives and improve the ability to fight crimes including money laundering. The leaders in BeijingChina promised when it took control of Hong Kong from Britain to allow it to keep its civil liberties and independent legal system for 50 years. Prosecutions of activists, detentions without trial of five Hong Kong book publishers and the illegal seizure in Hong Kong by mainland agents of at least one mainland businessman are among moves in recent years that have unnerved many in the city of 7 million.
June 19, 2019 13:30 UTC
Gordon tells government officials to leave the talking to DFA, DND 0 SHARES Share it! ’Too many officials speaking, especially if they are not in sync with one another, may only weaken the country’s position on the incident,’’ Gordon said. The 22 crew of the Filipino fishing boat were left in peril of the sea when their boat sank after being hit by a Chinese vessel. Let us leave the negotiations regarding the incident to the DFA, the DND and possibly the OSG (Office of the Solicitor General),’’ Gordon said. `The Filipino fishing boat was rammed by a Chinese vessel around midnight of June 9.
June 19, 2019 13:30 UTC
Lacson reveals new PhilHealth controversy involving Health Secretary Duque 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Vanne Elaine TerrazolaSenator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday called out what he claimed as a “conflict of interest” by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III whose family-owned corporation supposedly leased a building to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). Serna remained in the PhilHealth board until President Duterte ordered the PhilHealth board members, along with current president Roy Ferrer, to resign following the discovery of the “ghost dialysis” mess. Aside from the transaction of Duque’s family corporation with PhilHealth, Lacson also questioned the PhilHealth board’s reversal of its decision suspending the operations of a hospital in Cebu. Earlier, the senator asked the DOH chief to join the PhilHealth board members in submitting courtesy resignation out of propriety that he leads the body.
June 19, 2019 13:29 UTC
EPD director sacked after assaulting lady cop 0 SHARES Share it! Tambungan’s relief was ordered by no less than Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar, regional director of the NCRPO. According to Eleazar, Tambungan hit Police Corporal April Santiago in the head and intentionally opened his car door to hit the lady cop after the latter failed to help him in one task. Tambungan had just served as the EPD director for three months after he replaced Police Brigadier General Bernabe Balba on March 7. Tambungan was transferred to the office of Eleazar while Police Colonel Florendo Quebuyen, the EPD deputy district director for administration, was designated as the officer-in-charge effective Wednesday night.
June 19, 2019 13:07 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Several business and professional organizations on Wednesday expressed support to a “moderated increase” in the pay of public school teachers. “Raising the disparity in pay between public and private school teachers would further fuel the migration of private school teachers to public schools and exert financial pressures on private schools whose tuition fees are regulated by government,” the groups noted. Citing information from the regional labor force survey, the groups said public school teachers receive on average 71 percent more than private school teachers nationally. The groups, however, said that public school teachers also face other problems including lack of training opportunities, as well as lack of teaching materials such as books and school supplies. With these points in consideration, the groups underscored the need for a “moderated increase” in the salary of public school teachers.
June 19, 2019 12:45 UTC
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands — The mother of one of the 298 victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 says at least four suspects will be tried for murder in a case set to start in March 2020. Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand, whose son Bryce was among the dead, expressed relief that five years after the plane was blown out of the sky above conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, a trial could finally start. It is a good start.”She added that she did not expect any of them to appear for the trial, due to begin on March 9. The families of those killed were informed of the trial date early Wednesday at a closed-doors meeting ahead of a news conference by investigators. The Netherlands and Australia have said they hold Moscow responsible for providing the Buk missile system used in the downing.
June 19, 2019 12:00 UTC
Senator Panfilo Lacson earlier revealed that the office of PhilHealth Region 1 was renting a building owned by Duque but under the name of the Educational and Medical Development Corporation. ADVERTISEMENTREAD: Duque owns building rented by PhilHealth office in Pangasinan – LacsonDuque, who also serves as the ex-officio chairperson of PhilHealth, explained that he has nothing to do with the signing of the contract of the lease of the PhilHealth office. I do not know what PhilHealth is doing or if they are looking for a building or a lot.) When PhilHealth requested for a renewal, Duque said it was his sister, Luz Duque-Hammershaimb, who signed the contract of lease. Should Lacson pursue the issue, Duque said it is within the senator’s right to file a case against him.
June 19, 2019 11:48 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang said demanding reparation from China over the ramming of a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea should be done “once the facts have been established.”“While we understand the emotional outcry of our citizens, we call on everyone to be circumspect in this time of confusion. There will be a time to demand reparation once the facts have been established,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement. ADVERTISEMENTREAD: China fishing vessel sinks Filipino boat after ‘collision’ in West Philippine SeaPanelo then assured the 22 fishermen assistance from the government and a “relentless” pursuit of justice. Duterte’s official mouthpiece reiterated the MDT can only be invoked in case of an “act of aggression” against the Philippines. READ: Panelo: Invoking US-PH defense pact vs China is reckless, prematureREAD: Treaty with US is only ‘weapon’ in PH arsenal, says Lacson(Editor: Katherine G. Adraneda)Read NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
June 19, 2019 11:37 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – Party-list group Bayan Muna has slammed Manila Water for another wave of water service interruptions affecting establishments and households in the east concession zone. Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares and Rep. Carlos Zarate said Wednesday they have received reports that several areas in Mandaluyong are without water for six days now. ADVERTISEMENT“Based on a Manila Water advisory issued last night, Barangka Drive and Barangka Ibaba (should) have water between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m,” Colmenares said. “We will definitely file another complaint against Manila Water for more rebates for their customers,” Zarate said in a statement. We must abandon privatization and government should take over these water utilities to ensure not just water security but also transparency and accountability,” he explained.
June 19, 2019 11:25 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The policy on age limit for youth sector nominee can also be applied to a nominee representing “young professionals,” two commissioners of the Commission on Elections said Wednesday. During the poll body’s en banc hearing on the petition seeking for the disqualification of Ronald Cardema as Duterte Youth party-list nominee, Commissioner Marlon Casquejo noted that the group did not define what constitutes a “young professional” thus, “young professionals” cannot be differentiated from the youth sector. ADVERTISEMENTMillennials PH has filed the petition asking Comelec to cancel Cardema’s nomination to represent Duterte Youth party-list in Congress because his age is already beyond what is required by law to represent the youth sector. This is because there is no age limit set by the party-list law for representatives of young professionals, Supnet added. “In Amores vs. HRET, the Supreme Court said the party-list representative of the youth sector must be 25 but no more than 30 years old,” Guanzon pointed out.
June 19, 2019 11:03 UTC
ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (June 19, 2019) 0 SHARES Share it! Arrested suspects are now under police custody and will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The suspect was identified as Jhon Patrick Policarpio, of legal age and a resident of Barangay Addition Hills San Juan. However, the other suspect, identified as Maria Fe Alivario managed to escape. Recovered from the arrested suspects were a caliber .45 pistol, two hand grenades, two caliber .38 revolver, three caliber .38 bullets, a.
June 19, 2019 10:52 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — In celebration of Jose Rizal’s 158th birthday today, Binibining Pilipinas 2019 titlists answered the question on what makes the national hero sexy and a good boyfriend material. In a round table discussion in Philstar.com office, Binibining Pilipinas Universe Gazini Ganados, Bb. Pilipinas 1st Runner-up Maria Andrea Abesamis all agreed that his intelligence makes Rizal sexy. RELATED: Cebuana Gazini Ganados succeeds Catriona Gray as Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2019For Samantha, Rizal is sexy because he speaks different languages. RELATED: FULL TEXT: Binibining Pilipinas 2019 Top 15 finalists’ Q&A
June 19, 2019 10:52 UTC
GrabFood reiterates it does not allow order cancellations 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Alexandria San JuanGrab Philippines’ app-based food-delivery service, GrabFood, reiterated that it does not allow order cancellations once orders are placed, after a petition to remove the cancel button in the app surfaced in various social media platforms. “To restate, GrabFood does not allow order cancellations once orders are placed by the delivery-partner at the merchant,” GrabFood said in a statement on Wednesday. GrabFood reiterates that it does not allow order cancellations once orders are placed by the delivery-partner at the merchant, adding that unclaimed orders are mostly due to customer "no-shows." With this, Grab has reminded its delivery-partners on their reimbursement policy which allows them to be fully reimbursed for all unclaimed orders.
June 19, 2019 10:18 UTC
‘Wowowin’ video goes viral after boy contestant greets fans of rival ‘It’s Showtime’MANILA, Philippines — A “Wowowin” video has been making rounds online after social media users found it funny when a kid contestant of the show said he idolized Kapamilya actors Ronnie Alonte and Coco Martin. In the video, TV host Willie Revillame was interviewing a grade one student named Jed in the Willie of Fortune segment. Willie asked Jed what he wanted to become when he grows up. “Sinong paborito mong artista?” Willie asked Jed, who then answered: “Si Cardo po,” which drew laughter from the audience. “Sige batiin mo na sila, baka nanood si Cardo,” he said.
June 19, 2019 10:07 UTC