House approves condonation of farmers’ loan interests

MANILA — The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading House Bill 187 which seeks to grant farmers, fisherfolk and agrarian reform beneficiaries relief from unpaid loan obligations through a new condonation program. The proposed “Agrarian and Agricultural Loan Restructuring and Condonation Act” aims to provide farmers, fisherfolk and agrarian reform beneficiaries … Read More

Sandiganbayan allows ex-Sen. Revilla to visit his ailing father anew

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan on Friday again allowed detained former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. to visit his ailing father former Senator Ramon Revilla, Sr. Citing “humanitarian consideration”, the Sandiganbayan First Division “partially” granted Revilla’s motion. The former senator on Thursday sought the permission of the Sandiganbayan to allow him to visit his father on … Read More

Sandiganbayan issues 3 arrest warrants vs. ex-Maguindanao gov

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division on Tuesday issued three warrants of arrest against former Maguindanao Gov. Sajid Ampatuan for the charges in connection with the alleged anomalous PHP72.26-million school buildings project. Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada ordered the arrest of Ampatuan for 137 counts of falsification of public documents, four counts of malversation of public … Read More

PNP now on ‘full alert’ status for 30th ASEAN Summit

MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa placed the entire 165,000-strong police force on “full-alert” status effective Monday for the 30th Association Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit to be held from April 26-29, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. During the flag-raising ceremony in … Read More

41,000 security forces all set for 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila

MANILA — Around 41,000 security forces and force multipliers are ready to secure the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which will be held from Wednesday to Saturday next week (April 26 to 29) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar … Read More

PNP-CIDG nabs 4 suspects for large-scale illegal recruitment

MANILA — The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has arrested four suspects for large-scale illegal recruitment purportedly for non-existent jobs in Malaysia, New Zealand and Paris, France. In a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Holy Wednesday, PNP-CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan identified the suspects as Remigio “Mhar” Mariano, … Read More