Pimentel wants disqualification case junked

MANILA — Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Friday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to dismiss the disqualification case filed against him by lawyer Ferdinand Topacio for lack of merit. “It is incumbent upon the Honorable Commission to dismiss the instant petition filed against the respondent for utter lack of merit,” said the lawmaker in … Read More

Returning OFWs allowed in Libya

MANILA — Returning workers are allowed to go back to Libya even as the total deployment ban on newly-hired workers was imposed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). “Now, therefore, the POEA Governing Board, in a meeting duly convened, resolves as it is hereby resolved, to impose a total deployment ban on the processing and … Read More

Duterte inks law regulating criminology profession

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law regulating the practice of criminology profession in the Philippines. Duterte approved Republic Act No. 11131, or the Philippine Criminology Profession Act of 2018. The new law aims to govern the examination, registration and licensure of criminologists; supervise, control and regulate the practice of criminology; and develop professional … Read More

Town dad eludes arrest, village councilor falls in drug ops

DAVAO CITY — A municipal councilor managed to elude arrest while a barangay councilman was arrested when anti-narcotics operatives swooped down on the Davao Occidental town of Jose Abad Santos Friday to implement two separate drug-related search warrants. Chief Superintendent Marcelo Morales, Police Regional Office (PRO)-11 chief, identified the targets of court-ordered searches for illegal drugs … Read More

1 killed, 15 nabbed in Bulacan drug ops

CAMP ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan — A notorious drug pusher was killed while 15 others were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in this province on Thursday. In an interview on Friday, Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna, director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, identified the slain drug suspect as Jerson Sta. Rita, a resident of Barangay Barihan, Malolos … Read More

China’s Xi to visit PH next week

MANILA — Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a two-day state visit to the Philippines on Nov. 20-21 this year, Malacañang announced on Thursday. “The Palace wishes to announce the forthcoming State Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. Panelo said Xi’s visit, the first of a Chinese President … Read More