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

Con-Com hopes Duterte won t quit before transition to federal government

MANILA, Philippines – As it wraps up its operations, the Consultative Committee (Con-Com) has one last request to President Rodrigo Duterte – for him to resign only after the formation of a transition commission to ensure a smooth shift to a federal system of government. "It would be better if ........»»

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NAIA runway close ’til 5AM Saturday

The closure of one runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to remove a disabled plane was extended from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. “It is with deep regret that runway closure has to be extended until 0500H tomorrow, August 18, 2018. Recovery operations continue as of press time using two mobile […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News8 hr. 8 min. ago

FEMSA exits PHL, sells back stake in Coca-Cola bottling operations

MEXICO’s Coca-Cola FEMSA will sell its controlling stake in its Philippine operations to the Coca-Cola Co., which will take over operations here via its Bottling Investments Group (BIG), the Coca-Cola Co. said. The post FEMSA exits PHL, sells back stake in Coca-Cola bottling operations appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated News8 hr. 55 min. ago

Cua to Lapeña: Donate smuggled rice from Thailand to DSWD

        A lawmaker has called on Customs Chief Isidro Lapea to donate the seized smuggled rice worth P125 million to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the agency's relief operations. The call of Quirino Rep. Dakila Cua, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, was made days after the Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized 2,500 tons of smuggled rice from Thailand that was consigned to Sta. Rosa Farms. "Nananawagan po tayo kay BOC Commissioner Sid Lapea na i-donate ang nakumpiskang smuggled rice sa Department of Social Welfare and Development para maipamahagi sa mga nasalanta ng baha," Cua said in a statement on Friday. "Malak...Keep on reading: Cua to Lapeña: Donate smuggled rice from Thailand to DSWD.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News16 hr. 8 min. ago

PNP: No ‘kid-gloves’ treatment vs cops in anti-drug ops cases

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday assured the public that policemen with pending cases related to anti-illegal drug operations were not being given "kid-gloves" treatment following reports that some of them were even being promoted. PNP Spokesperson Sr. Supt. Benigno Durana said, however, policemen implicated in the drug war should also be given due process. "We would want to make sure that while the accused drugs suspects should be given due process, we should also give due process to the ones running after the criminals," Durana said in a Palace briefing. "So that's precisely what we have done in the case of those implicated in the Kian delos Santos case," he adde...Keep on reading: PNP: No ‘kid-gloves’ treatment vs cops in anti-drug ops cases.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News16 hr. 8 min. ago

Lawyers arrested for ‘threatening’ cops in Makati bar raid

Police arrested three lawyers, who allegedly "threatened" them during an inspection at the Times Bar in Makati City on Thursday, where several sachets of party drugs were confiscated in two separate operations. The lawyers allegedly took photos and videos of the inspection without consent from the police, according to a statement from the Southern Police District on Friday. "As per team leader SDEU PSI (Station Drug Enforcement Unit Police Senior Inspector) Jeson Vigilla, 'yung dalawang lawyers tinatakot ang mga PO1," the statement read. (As per team leader Station Drug Enforcement Unit Police Senior Inspector Jeson Vigilla, two of the lawyers were threatening those with PO1 rank.) ...Keep on reading: Lawyers arrested for ‘threatening’ cops in Makati bar raid.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News16 hr. 8 min. ago

Operation Damayan fund drive update for San Mateo, Rizal

Volunteers of Operation Damayan, the philanthropic arm of The Philippine Star media group, head for San Mateo, Rizal today to conduct relief operations in cooperation with the office of Mayor Cristina Diaz. Source link link: Operation Damayan fund drive update for San Mateo, Rizal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News19 hr. 42 min. ago

Operation Damayan fund drive update for San Mateo, Rizal

Volunteers of Operation Damayan, the philanthropic arm of The Philippine Star media group, head for San Mateo, Rizal today to conduct relief operations in cooperation with the office of Mayor Cristina Diaz......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Bacolod cops net P9.28M worth of ‘shabu’ in 15 days

BACOLOD City – The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) seized PHP9.278 million worth of “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) from August 1 to 15, 2018, police figures have showed. A total of 618.54 grams were confiscated in various operations during the period. Data showed that from August 9 to 15, anti-drug operatives recovered PHP6.528 million in “shabu” […] The post Bacolod cops net P9.28M worth of ‘shabu’ in 15 days appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Baguio students remember Kian in UP candle light rite

      BAGUIO CITY---- About a hundred students of the University of the Philippines Baguio gathered for a candle-light ceremony on Thursday night (Aug. 16), the city leg of a nationwide indignation rally on the first year anniversary of the shooting of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos.   Delos Santos was shot during a supposed clash with Caloocan City policemen, who believed the grade 12 pupil was a drug peddler.   He was one of three teens killed in August during violent police operations.   At about 6 p.m. at the campus lobby, UP students laid down candles around a huge poster that said, "End State Fascism." Other students wield...Keep on reading: Baguio students remember Kian in UP candle light rite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Myanmar panel probing Rohingya crisis pledges independence

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar --- Members of a commission established by Myanmar's government to investigate human rights violations in western Rakhine state, from which 700,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority fled brutal army operations, have pledged to be impartial. The Independent Commission of Enquiry held its first formal meeting Thursday in the capital, Naypyitaw, a day after holding talks with the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The commission's chairwoman, former Philippine diplomat Rosario Manolo, said at a news conference that the panel will be "independent, impartial and neutral." The commission was established after rights groups called for the ...Keep on reading: Myanmar panel probing Rohingya crisis pledges independence.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

2 killed, 39 arrested in Bohol police operations

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol --- Two persons were killed and 39 were arrested in a string of dawn raids conducted by the Bohol police on Thursday. Police Senior Superintendent Angeles Georga, Jr., director of the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO), said the synchronized operations in 47 towns and 1 city targeted shabu dealers and illegal firearms owners across the province. The operation, which was planned for eight months, resulted in one of the biggest police crackdowns in the province conducted in eight hours. In Panglao town, cousins Homer Guimalan and Juan Paolo Cloma, were arrested in a buy-bust operation on Thursday afternoon. Guimalan, 45, and Cloma, 30, both residen...Keep on reading: 2 killed, 39 arrested in Bohol police operations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

AirAsia seeks to operate, maintain Clark airport

Malaysia's AirAsia Group joined the ranks of those keen on the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the Clark International Airport, among the gateways being pitched as an alternative to th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

One year after Kian killing, Malacañang warns policemen vs unlawful use of force in ops

A year after a teenager was killed in the controversial war on drugs, Malacañang has warned policemen against the unlawful use of force in their operations. One year after Kian killing, Malacañang warns policemen vs unlawful use of force in ops A year after a teenager was killed in the controversial war on drugs, Malacañang… link: One year after Kian killing, Malacañang warns policemen vs unlawful use of force in ops.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Bulacan teener’s rapist-killers nabbed

TWO suspects in the rape-slay of a 15-year old teenager in Pulilan, Bulacan last August 8 were arrested by the local police in separate follow-up operations in the province on Wednesday evening, Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Senior Superintendent Chito G. Bersaluna said yesterday. One of the suspects was identified….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018