Guv rues cessation of STL operations

GOV. Arthur Defensor Sr. said the lack of a legal operator for Small Town Lottery (STL) is a loss for Iloilo province. Defensor then appealed to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to resume STL operations “at the earliest time possible.” “For me, it is better that there is STL. Because if there is no […] The post Guv rues cessation of STL operations appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianMay 21st, 2018

FC Meralco Manila ceases operations

In a statement posted late Monday on its official Facebook page, Meralco Manila announced the cessation of its participation in the upcoming 2018 Philippines Football League (PFL) season because of lack of sponsorship. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the club will be ceasing operations immediately and will no longer participate [...] The post FC Meralco Manila ceases operations appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Clashes in Syria’s Damascus after surprise rebel attack – Al Jazeera

Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of the Syrian capital on Sunday after rebel fighters launched a surprise assault on government forces, a monitor and state television said. Steady shelling and sniper fire could be heard across Damascus on Sunday as rebel factions allied with former al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham launched an attack on government positions in the city's east. The clashes centered on a government-held gap between two besieged opposition enclaves, the Jobar and Qaboun neighborhoods. The Ahrar al-Sham rebel group said fighters had &'8220;liberated&'8221; the area. Tahrir al-Sham &'' a umbrella group of rebels formed by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham last month &'' and the independent Failaq al-Rahman group also participated in the attack. Syrian state media said the military had repelled an attack by one group after &'8220;terrorists&'8221; infiltrated through tunnels in the middle of the night. Rebels detonated two large car bombs at 5:20am on Sunday close to the Jobar neighborhood. Tahrir al-Sham claimed responsibility for the attack. Rebels then advanced into the nearby Abbasiyn Square area, seizing several buildings and firing a barrage of rockets into multiple Damascus neighbourhoods, according to Rami Abdelrahman of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Government forces responded with nearly a dozen air strikes on Jobar, he added. Al Jazeera's Mohamed Al Jazaeri, reporting from near Damascus, said that at least 15 civilians had been killed after government forces shelled residential neighborhoods in Eastern Ghouta, but that the fighting had since become less intense. &'8220;This advance is the largest for opposition groups in over a year and a half,&'8221; Al Jazaeri said. &'8220;Military operations have not stopped in the area but it has calmed down. There remains sniper shooting from both sides and regime forces are shelling Jobar neighborhood, as well as other areas controlled recently by the opposition.&'8221; Control of Jobar &'' which has been a battleground district for more than two years &'' is divided between rebels and allied fighters on one side, and government forces on the other. It is one of three pockets in the Syrian capital still in opposition hands. The recent fighting has resulted in rebel control of industrial areas in Al-Qaboun in addition to parts of Abbasiyn breaking a siege on the area and linking it to Jobar neighborhood, which is connected to Eastern Ghouta, Al Jazaeri said. Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria at the University of Oklahoma, told Al Jazeera that the offensive had taken the government by surprise and that its response was likely to be very significant. &'8220;I don't think it's going to change the trajectory of the war, which has been seeing the regime make important gains and the opposition getting increasingly restricted. But it shows the opposition is far from dead. It shows also that this new combination led by [Tahrir al-Sham] is very potent,&'8221; Landis said. &'8220;The regime is going to realise that it cannot allow these two areas to linger there because they are beachheads for this Tahrir a-Sham group to make inroads into the Damascus area,&'8221; he said, adding the government would likely withdraw some forces from areas such as Homs and Hama to refocus on Damascus. &'8220;It means that the fight is still on, there are many fronts to this war, and the opposition remains powerful.&'8221; Syrian state TV aired footage from Abbasiyn Square, typically buzzing with activity but now empty except for the sound of shelling. Residents said artillery shells and rockets were landing in the heart of the city. The Observatory said rebel shells hit several nearby districts in Damascus, including Bab Touma, Rukn al-Din and the Abbasiyin area. Several schools announced they would close through Monday, and many civilians cowered inside in fear of stray bullets and shelling. According to the Observatory, the Faylaq al-Rahman group and the Fateh al-Sham Front &'' known as al-Nusra Front before it broke ties with al-Qaeda &'' were present in Jobar. &'8220;This neighbourhood is the most important front line because it's the closest rebel position to the heart of the capital,&'8221; said Abdel Rahman. Government forces have long sought to push the rebels out of the district because of its proximity to the city centre in Damascus. But with Sunday's attack, Abdel Rahman said, &'8220;rebels have shifted from a defensive position in Jobar to an offensive one&'8221;. &'8220;These are not intermittent clashes &'' these are ongoing attempts to advance,&'8221; he said. One rebel commander told the Associated Press news agency they launched the assualt from Jobar as a way to relieve allied fighters in the nearby districts of Barzeh, Tishreen, and Qabun from government attacks. &'8220;This is to relieve the pressure on rebels with the regime not stopping its bombardment and artillery shelling,&'8221; said Abu Abdo, a commander from Failaq al Rahman. The attack on Damascus comes just days before a fresh round of UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva aiming to put an end to Syria's six-year war. Rebels and government troops agreed to a nationwide cessation of hostilities in December, but fighting has continued across much of the country, including in the capital. Rebels said the army had advanced in the last two days after weeks of bombardment and aerial strikes aimed at regaining control of strategic areas inside the capital, a few kms away from President Bashar al Assad's seat of power. The army had advanced towards a road between Qaboun and Barza, whose capture severed the links between the two besieged rebel districts where tens of thousands of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2017

Duterte urged to continue peace talks with rebels

DAVAO CITY – Farmers fighting for genuine land reform have appealed on Sunday to President Rodrigo Duterte to continue the peace talks with communist rebels after he scrapped the negotiations following the spate of deadly attacks by insurgents in southern Philippines. Duterte’s decision to abandon the negotiations with communist leaders came on Saturday barely a day after he terminated the government’s unilateral ceasefire with New People’s Army rebels who also ended earlier its own truce. Since then, at least 4 soldiers had been killed by rebels in separate attacks and three more are being held prisoners in the troubled region. The rebels demanded the release of some 400 political prisoners &'' mostly NPA fighters and their leaders – languishing in jails across the country, but Duterte flatly rejected the demand, saying, a peace accord must be signed first before he could grant amnesty to political prisoners, although he had ordered the release from prison at least 21 senior rebel leaders to join the peace talks. Duterte said he cannot free all political prisoners and claimed that such action may trigger unrest in the police and military. Peace talks and land reform  But Joseph Canlas, chairman of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, one of the biggest farmers’ organizations in the country, said the continuation of peace negotiations is in the best interest of farmers, who are pressing for genuine land reform, land distribution and real change under the Duterte administration. “Farmers want the peace negotiations to continue. We want the peace talks to help address the problem of land monopoly, landlessness of farmers, unemployment and to realize the equitable distribution of social wealth,” Canlas said. “The peace negotiation is a separate and distinct track of struggle to press for significant pro-people reforms. While the New People’s Army and President Duterte announced the termination of the unilateral interim ceasefires, it should not hinder the continuation of the talks that is gaining relevant developments with regard to discussions on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms, particularly agrarian reform and rural development,” he added. Canlas said based on the reported outcome of third round of the peace talks in Rome recently, the government, in principle, acquiesced to free land distribution to farmers and farm workers and that alone is a milestone with regard to pushing for socio-economic reforms and enough grounds to continue the talks. Pedro Arnado, leader of the farmers’ group in southern Mindanao, also urged Duterte not to abandon the peace talks, saying, the resumption of war with rebels may spark a series of illegal arrest and human rights violations, and even extrajudicial killings of civilians by government soldiers. “We call for the continuation of the peace talks and compliance to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Law to avoid rights violations of civilians,” said Arnado, who noted that at least 20 farmers and national minorities were killed during the ceasefire period. “For us farmers, a just peace means food for our families, education for our children and recognition of our right to the land we till.” Arnado said while the ultimate goal of the peace talks is to resolve the armed conflict and achieve cessation of hostilities, that wouldn’t be possible at this period when there are conflicting social classes and interests. “Big land estates, haciendas and landholdings remain intact and under the control of a few landlord families. That is in contrast with the situation of millions of tillers,” Arnado said, adding, Duterte should realize that people in the countryside are supporting and even joining the armed revolution because of the systemic and chronic crisis that is worsened by the government’s failure to address the most basic problems in rural areas. “Historically, it is the peasant masses that have made the ultimate sacrifices to achieve peace. Buhay na ang ibinuwis ng mga magsasaka para sa lupa at kapayapaan. The cost of peace is too expensive, farmers have paid it with their lives,” Arnado said. Cancel passport of communist negotiators Duterte also threatened to cancel the passports of the representatives National Democratic Front of the Philippines &'' the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the NPA &'' who make up the peace panel negotiating with the government, saying, “they are in the wanted list, so I will alert the International Police to arrest them where they are because they are in wanted list. I'll cancel their passports.” “They can return, all of them. For those released by the government, they should, on their own volition, return here and go back to prison. Or else I will be forced to, I am alerting all the intelligence community to keep track of where they are now,” Duterte said. “Iyon na-release temporarily to talk with us in Oslo, they should come back and submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the government because they are still in prison. Walang pardon, walang amnesty, wala lahat.” Blame Duterte, AFP The NPA blamed Duterte for the breakdown of the talks and accused the military of sabotaging the peace negotiations, saying, security forces encroached and attacked rebel territories in Mindanao, and murdered innocent civilians suspected of supporting the communist group. “To conceal their own ceasefire violation, the spin doctors of the Armed Forces of the Philippines concocted yet another storyline of an anti-criminality operation to assist the Philippine National Police in going after lawless elements such as their botched combat operations in Makilala and Matalam [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2017

PNP chief rues loss of time in anti-terrorism, security operations - Manila Bulletin

PNP chief rues loss of time in anti-terrorism, security operations - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2016

President orders stop to logging to protect country’s environment

President Duterte yesterday ordered a cessation of logging operations in the country, to protect, he said, the country’s environment......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 5th, 2016

Just More Killings

SINCE JULY 2016, anti-illegal drug operations have been a staple of media reports. The enforcers of an already controversial policy, the police are often accused of planting evidence, or worse, of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News45 min. ago

Just More Killings

SINCE JULY 2016, anti-illegal drug operations have been a staple of media reports. The enforcers of an already controversial policy, the police are often accused of planting evidence, or worse, of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News1 hr. 24 min. ago

OPS revival is Andanar’s idea

To his credit, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar started the spadework to revert his department to the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) as early as when President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in June 2016......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News3 hr. 45 min. ago

PDEA defends claim Metro Manila shabu came from magnetic lifters

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Sunday defended the claim they made that the illegal drugs recently seized in several Metro Manila operations were the same drugs smuggled through the Manila International Container Terminal (MICP) using magnetic lifters. Source link link: PDEA defends claim Metro Manila shabu came from magnetic lifters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News7 hr. 58 min. ago

Tech giant Google set to open 1st operations center in Philippines

TECH giant Google LLC is opening its first operations center in the Philippines, which will provide support for its users and customers in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, as well as the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News8 hr. 45 min. ago

Gov’t to bid out MRT-3 operations

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) intends to bid out the contract for the operations of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) amid an existing unsolicited proposal from Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC)......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News8 hr. 58 min. ago

Andanar welcomes latest satisfaction rating of Cabinet

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar on Sunday welcomed the latest satisfaction rating of the Duterte Cabinet. Source link link: Andanar welcomes latest satisfaction rating of Cabinet.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News20 hr. 58 min. ago

3 Abu Sayyaf members arrested in Sulu –Wesmincom

Three members of the bandit Abu Sayyaf group were arrested during military operations in Sulu last Thursday.   Source link link: 3 Abu Sayyaf members arrested in Sulu –Wesmincom.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News20 hr. 58 min. ago

Colmenares: Military attacks vs activists may threaten ‘ordinary critics’

      Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares has blamed the military on the recent criminalization of activists, saying it may also threaten ordinary people who are criticizing the government. About nine activists from militant organizations Gabriela, Anakpawis and Bayan Muna were arrested in a series of operations launched by the miitary since last week. Among those arrested was Adelberto Silva, who was accused of possessing a .45-caliber pistol, rifle, hand grenade and an improvised explosive device. READ: 'Red October' open season on activists--rights group "Ang pag-criminalize ng political dissent is a very horrible na pangyayari kasi ngayon tinatratong...Keep on reading: Colmenares: Military attacks vs activists may threaten ‘ordinary critics’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2018

PNP will work ‘double time’ to recover MICP smuggled shabu — Albayalde

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Saturday said the PNP will work "double time" to recover the multi-billion worth of shabu that was smuggled in August through the Manila International Container Port (MICP).   "I think talagang kung nakalusot man yung ganong kalaking halaga or amount ng shabu, ay siguro kailangan nating mag double time na naman sa ating trabaho on anti illegal drugs o sa ating mga police operations natin para marecover yan," Albayalde said in an interview with dzBB.   Albayalde was reacting to the reports that some of the recovered shabu during police operations came from the shabu smuggled thro...Keep on reading: PNP will work ‘double time’ to recover MICP smuggled shabu — Albayalde.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2018

Philippines’ Sept. BOP deficit highest in nearly 5 years

MANILA — The Philippines posted its largest monthly balance of payments deficit in nearly five years in September, mainly due to the central bank’s foreign exchange operations and the government’s foreign debt payments, the central bank said on Friday. September’s balance of payments (BOP) deficit of $2.7 billion, which was the highest since January 2014, brought the gap […] The post Philippines’ Sept. BOP deficit highest in nearly 5 years appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

DOF rues P86.3B in perks

Some profitable firms enjoyed P86.3 billion worth of tax perks in 2015, even if they did not need government support, the Department of Finance said Thursday. Citing government data, Finance Unders.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Topex Robinson inks 5-year extension with Lyceum

    MANILA, Philippines – Topex Robinson has signed a five-year extension as head coach of the NCAA's Lyceum Pirates, as confirmed by the school on Friday, October 19. In addition to his duties as head coach, Robinson has also been appointed as director for basketball operations of the entire LPU system, which ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Philippines first container RO-RO barge port to open November 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Cargo from international ports in Manila will soon be transported via barges and Roll-on Roll-off (RO-RO) operations to the Philippines' first container port in Cavite. Set to be inaugurated on November 5, the Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT) in Tanza will be integrated with other major Luzon port facilities ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Tumulak Readies Security Plans for Over 300T Passengers on ‘All Souls’ Day’ Break

Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) operations manager Jonathan Tumulak announced on Tuesday that security preparations are all set for the observance of “All Souls’ Day” and “All Saints’ Day” on Nov. 1 and 2, with an expected influx of passengers to reach more than 300,000. Tumulak explained that in the previous years, around 266,000 passengers […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018