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Analysts cite Duterte’s options and China’s odds in sea row

IN THE SECOND of three presidential debates in 2016, then-candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte asked contender Grace Poe, by way of testing her relative inexperience in her five-plus years in public office, what she would do in a Chinese attack on the Philippine Coast Guard.

Australian nun appeals deportation order

AUSTRALIAN MISSIONARY Patricia Anne Fox on Monday appealed to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to reverse its decision to deport her for allegedly violating the terms of her missionary visa when she participated in political activities.

Over 50% of Filipinos consider Duterte’s actions and remarks ‘vulgar’

MORE THAN half of Filipinos considered President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s recent actions and remarks as “vulgar,” according to a survey report released by the Social Weather Station on Sunday.

Protests set on Duterte’s 3rd SONA

SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS and coalitions will hold protest rallies around Metro Manila and other major cities on Monday to show disapproval over various government policies as President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA).

DoJ indicts Espinosa, others for drug trade

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday announced it has found probable cause to charge self-confessed drug lord Rolan Kerwin Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, Marcelo L. Adorco, Lovely A. Impal, and Ruel S. Malindagan for committing conspiracy to trade illegal drugs.

Esperon: PHL needs to be ‘strong internally’ in maritime dispute with...

THE Philippines should first become “strong internally” in its maritime dispute in the South China Sea, National Security Adviser Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr. said in an interview at the sidelines of the last pre-SONA (State of the Nation Address) forum on Wednesday, July 18.

TRLEI exec slapped with perjury charges over LED lights supply

A JAPANESE businessman has filed perjury charges against a top official of Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. (TRLEI) for allegedly making false assertions against his company.

5,500 Iloilo voters urge PET to uphold 25% voting threshold

A GROUP of voters claiming to have 5,500 members from Ilolilo petitioned the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on Thursday to uphold a 25% voting threshold in the ongoing election recount between Vice-President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo and losing candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr.

Boracay’s 6-month rehab timetable reaffirmed

THE REHABILITATION of Boracay will proceed according to the six-month timetable, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said, amid recent reports that the resort island’s cleanup is proceeding ahead of schedule.

Guevarra flags corruption, lack of prosecutors in DoJ

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Wednesday flagged corruption in the Department of Justice (DoJ), saying in a forum anticipating Monday’s State of the Nation Address by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, “(S)ad to say, I have to admit nandiyan yan (it is there).”

DoJ chief vows due process for Aquino, others in Dengvaxia cases

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Wednesday said former president Benigno S.C. Aquino III and two of his former officials will have the chance to “controvert” the graft charges filed against them by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) at the Office of the Ombudsman last Monday, July 16.

High court unanimously recommends Martires to Ombudsman post

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) on Tuesday unanimously recommended Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires to the post of Ombudsman, according to SC spokesperson Theodore O. Te.

Aquino questions NBI’s Dengvaxia complaint

FORMER PRESIDENT Benigno S.C. Aquino III questioned on Tuesday the graft charges filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against him and two of his former cabinet members for their alleged illegal purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine used in the government’s nationwide anti-dengue program.

SC reprimands Sereno for remarks against peers

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has reprimanded ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno for her previous remarks against her peers and for violating the sub judice rule when she publicly discussed her ouster petition.

Carpio’s nomination is JBC’s ‘decision’ — Palace

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Harry L. Roque, Jr. on Monday said it was up to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) whether or not it would nominate Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio as chief justice.

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Robredo counters: OSG comment on voting threshold “has no basis” VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Lourdes “Leni” G. Robredo, through her chief legal counsel Romulo B. Macalintal, has...

BIR told to drop P28-M tax case vs Hard Rock Café

THE COURT of Tax Appeals (CTA) has granted a tax petition filed by Makati City-based Hard Rock Café in Feb. 29, 2016, canceling and setting aside a P28-million tax assessment made by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over alleged deficiency amusement tax.

Trust, approval ratings for Duterte, Robredo go up, Pulse Asia survey...

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio THE Philippines’ two highest government officials “enjoy majority approval and trust scores,” a survey report released by Pulse Asia on...

PET to Marcos: We already probed swimming trip

THE Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has dismissed former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr.’s request to probe a swimming trip attended by several PET personnel and a revisor of Vice President Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo.

Villar spouse, new appointees expected to stamp out corruption in DoJ

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Friday told BusinessWorld he expected President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s new high ranking appointees in the Department of Justice (DoJ) to have “excellent work output” and “to stamp out corrupt practices in the department.”

Poll: 73% of Filipinos agree on assertion of sovereignty vs China

A “SIGNIFICANT majority” (73%) of Filipinos agree that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration should assert the Philippines’ territorial sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea, according to a June 15-21 survey by Pulse Asia, commissioned by think tank Stratbase ADR Institute and presented at the latter’s forum on Thursday, July 12.

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CoA says ex-Tourism chief Teo could face graft charges over TV deal THE COMMISSION on Audit flagged a possible “conflict of interest” among the Tulfo...

BI issues new NAIA cards for international passengers

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) has started issuing new arrival and departure cards for international passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Robredo, allies respond to Duterte’s ‘incompetent’ remark

VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo on Wednesday responded to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s remarks Tuesday that “she’s incompetent.”

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Guevarra cites “personal confidence” in appointing new usecs, asec JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra on Wednesday explained it was a matter of trust and confidence...

CTA orders Makati treasurer to refund P6.8M to Metro Pacific

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) ordered the Makati City treasurer to refund P6.8 million in erroneously collected local business taxes (LBT) to Metro Pacific Assets Holdings, Inc. (MPAHI).

Poe leads Pulse Asia poll on senatorial bets

SENATOR Grace Poe-Llamanzares topped a list of probable May 2019 senatorial candidates reported by Pulse Asia’s latest Ulat ng Bayan survey released on Monday.

SC rules LGUs’ IRA funding includes BoC collections

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) has ruled that the local government unit (LGU) “just share” of the national government’s tax revenue should factor in Customs collections.

Supreme Court rules government allowances, benefits subject to tax

THE Supreme Court, sitting en banc, has upheld a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) memorandum which held that allowances, bonuses, and other benefits given to government employees are subject to tax.

Bukidnon adventure park owner charged for unregistered businesses

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a criminal complaint against Bukidnon businessman Renie Guiguio Jipos for operating several businesses without registration.

DoJ awaits ruling on petition to tag Reds as terrorists

THE DECISION to declare as terrorists 649 people allegedly affiliated with the communist rebellion in the country is now with the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra told reporters on Tuesday in a text message.

DoJ vows to assist probe in Cebu ex-prosecutor’s slay

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra on Tuesday said his department is “ready to assist the police” in solving the murder of Cebu lawyer and former state prosecutor Salvador Soliman.

SC grants transfer of ex-NBI exec drug trial to Makati court

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has granted the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) request to transfer to a Makati City court the drug trial venue of former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit head Augusto Eric Isidoro and several others.

CTA junks BIR’s P2-billion tax case against Lorenzo Shipping Corporation

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has junked the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) P2-billion tax case against Manila-based shipping firm Lorenzo Shipping Corp. (LSC), after declaring the tax assessment invalid over a technicality.

Robredo to appeal decision that penalizes her for violating sub judice...

VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo on Friday said she plans to challenge the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s (PET) decision to slap P50,000 fines against her party and counsel as well as those of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos’s for violating the court’s sub judice rule.

Ombudsman suspends DENR exec for abandoned Canadian trash

THE Office of the Ombudsman has suspended Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna in connection with the abandoned shipment of garbage imported from Canada to the Philippines in 2013, according to a statement released on Friday.

Immigration bureau bolsters Mactan-Cebu team ahead of new terminal’s opening

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deployed a dozen more officers to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) ahead of the opening of its new passenger terminal on July 1.

Mistaken suspect in Nueva Ecija priest’s slay released

THE Cabanatuan City Regional Trial Court Branch 27 on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of the criminal case against a suspect in the killing of Nueva Ecija priest Richmond Nilo last June 10, saying he was mistakenly identified and arrested by authorities.

DoJ’s Guevarra assigns new head prosecutor

SENIOR Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony D. Fadullon has been assigned to fill in the shoes of former Acting Prosecutor General Jorge G. Catalan, following the latter’s voluntary exit from his post.

Sison quits peace talks

MAHIRAP MAKIPAGUSAP kay Duterte (it is difficult to talk with Duterte).”

De Lima seeks SC permission to attend oral arguments on ICC

DETAINED SENATOR Leila M. De Lima has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to allow her “to personally appear and represent herself” in the oral arguments on the petition seeking to declare unconstitutional and invalid the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Transfer of Jee Ick Joo slay suspects to Angeles City sought

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has asked Branch 56 of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to transfer to the Angeles City jail in Pampanga the three accused in the case on slain South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, citing logistical and legal concerns.

CA upholds ruling that led to dismissal of ex-DSWD officials

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed a June 19, 2017 decision by the Office of the Ombudsman which dismissed...

Robredo, Marcos face P50,000-fine each for violating PET’s sub judice rule

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has slapped separate P50,000 fines against Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" G. Robredo and former...

Lawmaker: Anti-Sereno SC justices should decline JBC nominations

AN opposition lawmaker on Tuesday said Supreme Court justices who voted to oust Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno should inhibit themselves from nominations for the next chief justice.