Sandiganbayan upholds Estrada bail

MANILA —  The Sandiganbayan has upheld its resolution granting bail for the temporary liberty of former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for his plunder case in connection with his alleged involvement in the multi-billion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” anomaly. In a four-page resolution written by Associate Justice Maria Theresa Mendoza-Arcega and promulgated on Nov. … Read More

Banks urged to make remittances easier for OFWs

MANILA — A lawmaker in the House of Representatives is urging Philippine banking and remittances sectors to make it easier for overseas Filipino workers, especially those in the Middle East and Australia, in sending remittances. House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries vice-chair Henry Ong made the call on Thursday after a report that remittances from … Read More

Lawyers’ group to file raps vs Trillanes

MANILA — A group of lawyers led by former congressmen Jacinto Paras and Glenn Chong is set to file a complaint on Thursday against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV over his ‘insinuations’ against President Rodrigo Duterte. Aside from Paras and Chong, the complainants include lawyers Nasser Marohomsalic, Nestor Ifurung, Eligio Mallari and Doy Bringas, and groups Bantay … Read More

PH turns over ASEAN chairmanship to Singapore

MANILA —  President Rodrigo Duterte has officially turned over the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday night. Duterte handed over the ceremonial gavel signifying the Philippines passing the baton to Singapore to lead ASEAN effective next year. “Your Excellency, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, I … Read More

PH eyed as investment hub for Americans

MANILA — The Philippines and the United States have committed to strengthen dialogues for innovation and sharing of best practices in technology to optimize the country’s position “as a preferred destination for American investments in the Asia-Pacific region”. “The two sides decided to further deepen the extensive US-Philippine economic relationship,” said a joint statement released … Read More

ASEAN pact on migrant workers aligned with Senate bills

MANILA — A senator on Wednesday lauded the signing of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Consensus on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers saying that it will “complement” pending Senate bills to benefit overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The consensus was signed during the recently-concluded ASEAN Summit and related meetings held in Manila … Read More

East Asian leaders leave Manila Wednesday

MANILA — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jaen-in have departed from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday. Abe and Moon were among the last world leaders that left Manila Wednesday as the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits concluded Tuesday evening. Both East Asian leaders … Read More

Pres. Duterte urges SoKor to invest more in PH

  MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, November 13, urged South Korean investors to further increase trade and investment in the Philippines. In his bilateral meeting with Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in, President Duterte urged South Korean investors to further strengthen cooperation in the area of trade, whether exports or imports. President Duterte extended … Read More

Japan vows to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN

MANILA — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to deepen cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in various areas such as maritime security, defense, trade, infrastructure development, combating terrorism, disaster risk reduction and cultural exchanges. Abe made the commitment during the 20th ASEAN-Japan Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay … Read More

Trudeau raises human rights in meeting with Duterte

MANILA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said he raised the issue on human rights, rule of law, specifically extrajudicial killings during his bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN Summit held here. Trudeau bared this in a press conference at the International Media Center in World Trade Center, Pasay City. … Read More

Trump, Trudeau, Bolkiah leave PH

MANILA — United States President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Brunei Darussalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah left Manila Tuesday afternoon after attending their engagements in the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. The President of the United States’ Air Force One departed from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway around 3:26 p.m. This is the … Read More