Faeldon received P107-M ‘pasalubong’: Lapeña

MANILA — Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña confirmed that former Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon received some PHP107 million worth of ‘pasalubong’ (payoffs) during his stint. Senator Panfilo Lacson bared this in a television interview on Tuesday saying that Lapeña went to his office before one of the hearings and informed the senator about his discovery. … Read More

Jeepney phase out must be done gradually: Poe

MANILA — Senator Grace Poe on Monday said that she found merit in the sentiment of jeepney drivers and operators for opposing the government’s plan to phase out old jeepneys. Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, made this statement the same day transport groups held a nationwide protest in hopes of suspending the … Read More

Jeep strike paralyzes around 90% of Camanava transport

MANILA — The nationwide jeepney strike has paralyzed at least 90 percent of transport in the Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela area, the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) said Monday. “Wala na halos bibiyahe dahil blockade na (There are barely any jeepneys operating because of our blockade),” Ruben Baylon, PISTON NCR secretary general, said … Read More

CA rejects Ubial as DOH secretary

MANILA — The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Tuesday rejected the confirmation of Paulyn Ubial as Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) after three hearings. Senator Gringo Honasan, chair of the CA committee on health, said that the committee reached “a difficult decision” after scrutinizing voluminous documents and hearing the testimonies of the appointee and … Read More

Pimentel to PNP: Shape up

MANILA — “The Filipino people deserve a modern, professional, and capable police force. Right now, the PNP (Philippine National Police) is none of the above.” Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III made this statement Thursday, expressing disappointment over the “incompetence of the PNP” in catching criminals. Pimentel, a staunch ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, cited the recent … Read More

LP senators shrug off destabilization plot

MANILA — Senators belonging to the Liberal Party on Thursday shrugged off reports that there were plans to overthrow the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte noting that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has confirmed this himself. “Walang destab. Walang conspiracy ang Partido, ang LP. Hindi siya involved dito. In fact, kahit si Secretary Lorenzana mismo ang nagsasabi na walang ouster o walang destab … Read More

Duterte urged to file impeach raps vs Ombudsman

MANILA — A senator on Monday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to initiate the filing of an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales if there is evidence on her alleged wrongdoings. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon gave this advice as he called for a “ceasefire” pointing out that the “word war” between the President and the … Read More