Aguirre ‘amused, disappointed’ over case vs. President Duterte in ICC

MANILA — “I am both amused and disappointed.” This was the statement of Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II on Thursday in response to the complaint filed by Jude Josue Sabio, the lawyer of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, before the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 senior government officials. “Initially, I … Read More

Rescue of victims trapped in quake-collapsed structure part of ‘Balikatan’ drills

MANILA — Urban search and rescue will be among the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) drills that will be undertaken during this year’s “Balikatan” exercises on May 8-19. This was confirmed Thursday by Philippine “Balikatan” spokesperson, Maj. Frank Sayson when asked whether rescuing individuals trapped in structures that collapsed during an earthquake is part … Read More

Solon seeks higher budget for global biodiversity conservation

MANILA — A lawmaker at the House of Representatives is batting for increased funding for biodiversity conservation and protection in a global scale. Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato made the call during the 3rd United Nations Environmental Program (UNDP) Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan. According to a news release issued on Thursday, … Read More

Malaysian PM arrives Manila

MANILA — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived in Manila Thursday afternoon to attend the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit that the country is hosting from April 26-29. With the theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, the summit aims to strengthen the unity among ASEAN member states. Razak will also chair … Read More

Preliminary conference on Marcos poll protest vs VP Robredo set in June

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on Wednesday granted the motion filed by former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., to set a definite date for the preliminary conference on his electoral protest filed against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. SC spokesman Theodore Te announced on Wednesday during … Read More

ASEAN Summit opens in Manila

MANILA — The 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings kicked off Wednesday here with the meeting of the region’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). The meeting is attended by Permanent Representatives to ASEAN of the 10 member states and the ASEAN Secretariat. Permanent Representatives to ASEAN are Brunei … Read More