CA orders government: Remove congressman’s name from narco list

The Duterte administration has suffered another legal setback at the Court of Appeals, which ordered law enforcement agencies to remove the name of Leyte third district Rep. Vicente Veloso III from the narco list......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 11th, 2021

Congressman cleared of & lsquo;narco-pol& rsquo; tag& mdash;CA

President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug war has suffered a legal setback after the Court of Appeals granted the privilege of writ of habeas data earlier sought by Leyte 3rd District Rep. Vicente Veloso and ordered the government to delete his name from the so-called “narco-list” of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

PDEA awaits OSG move on Veloso’s narco list removal

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will wait for the action of the Office of the Solicitor General on the order of the Court of Appeals to remove the name of Leyte third district Rep. Vicente Veloso III from the narco list......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Mayors fail to explain vaccine priority violation

Mayors who skipped the COVID vaccination priority list have failed to respond to the show cause orders within the period set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, a DILG official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 29th, 2021

Shared history will see PH-US relations through — solon

The long and amiable history between the Philippines and the United States will have a bearing in the prospective relationship between President Duterte and US President-elect Joe Biden. (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Kabayan Party-List Rep. Ron Salo on Thursdaysaid that both leaders “have the primordial interests of their respective countries and their people.” “I am confident that the Philippines and the US will have a robust and dynamic relationship under US President-elect Biden. The US and the Philippines have a shared history and long diplomatic ties,” said the former University of the Philippines (UP) law professor. Philippine-US relations as they appear today were arguably forged and tempered through the nations’ shared experiences in World War II nearly 80 years ago. The Americans were instrumental in liberating Filipinos from occupying Japanese forces in 1945. The aftermath of the war saw the signing of a Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the two nations on August 30, 1951, in Washington, DC. Americans have consistently been viewed in high regard by Filipinos compared to other nationalities, as per surveys. Meanwhile, there are said to be 4.1 million Filipino Americans in the US as of 2018, according to the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) figures. “There are many Filipinos in America as well as Americans of Filipino heritage who continue to contribute in shaping American life, culture, and consciousness. Filipinos also remain to be American’s brown brothers in this part of the globe,” Salo said. “Certainly, it is to the interests of both countries to maintain a strong diplomatic relation,” added the lawyer-congressman. Some observers are waiting how the dynamics between Duterte and Biden would turn out. This is mostly due to Duterte’s critical stance on the US government when Barack Obama was still the American president. Biden, a seasoned diplomat, served as Obama’s vice president from 2008 to 2016......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 12th, 2020

New-look House leadership off to a good start, say solons

House members can’t help but notice a sense of synergy between Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Majority Leader Martin Romualdez in just their first few days of working together. Case in point, according to Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., San Jose del Monte City Rep. Florida Robes, and Ang Probinsyano Party-list Rep. Alfred delos Santos, were the two important bills that the House leadership was able to deliver without a hitch during the conduct of special sessions this past week. The Majority Bloc solons were referring to the passage on third and final reading of measures House Bill (HB) No.7727, or the P4.506-trillion General Appropriations Bill (GAB) of 2021; and HB No.7884, or the proposed Act authorizing the President to expedite the processing and issuance of national and local permits, licenses and certifications. “The performance of the new leadership during special session was very commendable. This is a very encouraging sign in our mission to approve the legislative agenda of President Duterte,” Barzaga said. “The Velasco-Romualdez leadership (is) off to a good start,” added the veteran congressman and former Dasmariñas mayor. For her part, Robes said she is “extremely delighted that the leadership impasse in the House of Representatives had been resolved peacefully and amicably by our two honorable leaders, Lord Alan Velasco and former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.” “I look forward to a renewed, more united and inclusive leadership at the House of Representatives led by Speaker Velasco with Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez. I believe that Speaker Velasco and Majority Leader Romualdez are both righteous and committed to steer the House of Representatives to new heights to become a more effective and responsive institution to serve the Filipino people especially in these trying times,” she stressed. On the other hand, Delos Santos believes that the new-look leadership of the Lower Chamber will continue to work beyond 2020 even as he praised his colleagues for passing next year’s budget bill. “We are very happy that it (GAB) already finished the third reading. Our goal is always to fast-track the process to help out fellow Filipinos. These are not normal times, and gusto po nating matugunan agad yung mga pangangailangan ng mga kababayan natin (we want to quickly address the needs of our people),” Delos Santos said. “We want to assure government agencies (will have enough) resources for them to be able to function in the new normal,” he added. The passage of HB No.7884 or the Anti-Red Tape Bill followed soon after the chamber gave its final nod to the 2021 GAB. Both had been certified as urgent by President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Appeals court reverses ruling, orders gov t to submit data on Leyte rep s inclusion on narco list

The appeals court said that while respondents perceive that their reluctance to disclose confidential information came with the notion that “’it comes with the job,’” thus must give way to lawful processes. “It cannot stand in the way of asserted constitutional rights,” the CA said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 6th, 2020

Año: National gov’t can ‘override’ Cebu ordinance

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Can the national government override Cebu’s ordinance that created its Swab-Upon-Arrival policy? For Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, yes. Año, during the Senate hearing on the national government’s vaccination campaign and quarantine protocols held last Tuesday, June 15, said local governments should always follow the orders of the executive […] The post Año: National gov’t can ‘override’ Cebu ordinance appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News1 hr. 21 min. ago

Lapu-Lapu City plans to include 3-year-old kids in vaccination drive

LAPU-LAPU CITY, CEBU- The Lapu-Lapu City Government will now include children ages 3 years and above in the master list for their ongoing vaccination drive against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This was confirmed by Dr. Agnes Realiza, head of the Lapu-Lapu City Health Department (LCHD). “Para mausa nalang ba. Para kung naa na’y bakuna […] The post Lapu-Lapu City plans to include 3-year-old kids in vaccination drive appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Colombia orders police modernization after protest criticism

Colombia announced Sunday an effort to "modernize" the police, who have been widely criticized internationally for the violent repression of anti-government protests......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 7th, 2021

Maynilad required to list on stock exchange

West-zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. is mandated to list on the stock exchange under the revised concession agreement it recently signed with the government......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2021

Duterte orders redirection of MCIA-bound int’l flights to NAIA amid Cebu’s deviation in swab protocol

CEBU CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all international flights bound for the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) to be redirected to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from 12 a.m. of May 29 to 11:59 p.m. of June 5, 2021. This was amid the refusal of local government units (LGUs) in Cebu […] The post Duterte orders redirection of MCIA-bound int’l flights to NAIA amid Cebu’s deviation in swab protocol appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2021

IATF allows priority jabs for athletes

Members of Team Philippines seeing action in the Tokyo Olympics in July and the Hanoi Southeast Asian Games in November are now in the government’s priority list to receive vaccination......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2021

Delegates to int l sporting events, LPG workers get vaccine priority

The government's pandemic task force approved the inclusion of athletes set to compete in international events as well as workers in the liquefied petroleum gas industry in the priority list for vaccination against COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Tokyo Olympics, Vietnam SEAG athletes added to vaccine priority list

Members of Team Philippines seeing action in the Tokyo Olympics in July and the Hanoi Southeast Asian Games in November are now in the government’s priority list to receive vaccination......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Quezon City taps Tulfo-backed party-list for additional health workers

The Quezon City government inked a deal with the Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) to boost its personnel for the megacity's massive COVID-19 vaccination effort......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

List dubious; Joma& lsquo;not bothered at all& rsquo;; peace talks collapse seen

Communist leader Jose Maria Sison on Thursday dismissed the government’s decision to include him and his wife and the rest of the 19-member central committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines in a list of terrorists......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 14th, 2021

CHR told to look into ‘mass surrender’ of Bayan Muna, Kadamay members

Bayan Muna party-list is asking the Commission on Human Rights to look into the alleged “mass surrender” of its and Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap’s members in exchange for aid from the government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2021

Work with poor leaves activists on ATC list few assets to freeze — kin

Peace consultants have worked for and with the poor and marginalized, but with the government designating them as terrorists, what little they have may now be subject to a freeze order, their families said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2021

Include athletes in inoculation priority list – Tolentino

Sen. Francis Tolentino yesterday pitched for the athletes, appealing to the Inter-Agency Task Force to include them in the government’s COVID-19 vaccination priority list......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2021

Pinoy athletes& rsquo; inclusion in vax priority list pushed

Filipino athletes are essential workers and therefore must be prioritized in the innoculation program of the government......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 9th, 2021