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Albayalde resigns amid drug ‘recycling’ probe

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief stepped down from his post on Monday, weeks ahead of his retirement from the service amid allegations of his involvement in a case of illegal drug “recycling.”

Illegal drug campaign, cleansing tasks for new NCR police chief

METRO MANILA’S new police chief, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas, is expected to continue with the government’s controversial war against illegal drugs and the ongoing revitalized internal cleansing program, according to the new Philippine National Police (PNP) Directorial Staff chief.

Empedrad says Navy, Marine Corps officers ‘professionals’ in dealing with differences

PHILIPPINE NAVY chief Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad on Sunday denied allegations that personal differences was the reason for the reported early retirement of Philippine Marine Corps Commandant Major General Alvin A. Parreño.”

Road clearing a success says DILG

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday said that the road clearing operation was a success based on the validation reports from 1,246 local government units (LGUs).

Sinas replaces Eleazar as NCR PNP director

POLICE Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas is the new director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) replacing Police Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Friday.

4.9 earthquake hits North Cotabato

A MAGNITUDE 4.9 earthquake rattled North Cotabato at 9:55 a.m. on Friday, a report from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

512 undocumented foreigners arrested

THE POLICE arrested 512 undocumented foreigners allegedly involved in telecommunications fraud on Wednesday night in Parañaque City, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported on Thursday.

QC plans P27.8B budget for 2020

THE QUEZON City government has proposed P27.8 billion for its 2020 budget, 29% higher than this year’s P21.5 billion approved fund.

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A LAWMAKER has filed a bill that would provide an additional personal tax exemption on individuals taking care of their elderly parents.

3 NPA leaders, member arrested in Tuguegarao

THREE LEADERS and one member of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, were arrested in Tuguegarao City Tuesday evening, police and military authorities reported on Wednesday.

1 Abu Sayyaf member killed, another caught in Sulu

MILITARY FORCES killed an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member and captured another following a gunfight in Sulu on Sunday.

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MALACAÑANG ON Monday downplayed the supplemental motion filed by human rights group Rise Up for Life and Rights before the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying the case against President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs is bound to fail.

Intelligence team to be set up in penitentiary to address drug...

THE NATIONAL Capital Region’s (NCR) Quad-Intel Force will set up a liaison office at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to help address corruption and stop the operations of convicted drug lords inside the detention facility.

BIFF member killed in Maguindanao

A MEMBER of the breakaway rebel group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was killed Saturday while on the run from military forces in Pandag, Maguindanao, a report from the army said.

2 Chinese nationals rescued from kidnappers

THE Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) rescued two Chinese nationals on Wednesday and arrested eight suspects for kidnapping and obstruction of justice.

Alleged Abu Sayyaf leader arrested in Quezon City

AN ALLEGED sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group was arrested by police and military forces in Quezon City, police said on Friday.

Road-clearing results due next week

THE Interior and Local Government department will announce next week whether Metro Manila cities have complied with road clearing operations, Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III told reporters yesterday.

Pasig designates vaping areas

PASIG City will start designating vaping areas separate from those assigned for the consumption of traditional tobacco products, according to and ordinance.

Jeepney strike forces Metro Manila cities to suspend classes

JEEPNEY drivers and operators held a nationwide transport strike yesterday to protest a government plan to modernize the country’s transport system.

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LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said Manila is finalizing a labor agreement with Russia that will give more jobs to Filipino workers overseas.

Police chief says ready to face drug charges

POLICE chief General Oscar D. Albayalde on Friday said he was ready to answer allegations at the Senate that he belonged to a group of rogue police officers connected to the illegal drug trade inside jails.

Cities asked to hasten road clearing

THE Interior department has ordered local government units to hasten road-clearing operations.

Lower capital requirements for foreign retailers approved by Senate

A SENATE committee on Thursday approved in principle measures that reduce the minimum paid-up capital for foreign companies seeking to enter the retail sector.

Freeze on loan talks affects BRT, climate change funding

THE Department of Finance (DoF) said on Wednesday that two loan agreements being negotiated by the department were affected by a presidential order to suspend such talks with countries that backed a United Nations human rights investigation against the Philippines.

Agus-Pulangi rehab timetable now seen at ‘beyond 2025’

THE rehabilitation of the Agus-Pulangi hydroelectric complex could take place beyond 2025, the National Power Corp. (Napocor or NPC) told a House committee.

Residents urged to report unexamined meat shops

LOCAL residents should look for meat inspection certificates and stamps from slaughterhouses to ensure the meat they are buying is healthy and fit for human consumption, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.

Quake hits parts of Bicol region

A MAGNITUDE 5 earthquake struck parts of the Bicol region on Saturday followed by smaller aftershocks, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

2 Maoist rebels killed in clash

TWO suspected communist rebels were killed in a clash with military troops in Catanduanes province in central Philippines on Sunday, according to the military.

Errors prompt DoJ to stop arresting convicts

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has stopped re-arresting convicts illegally released for good conduct after spotting errors in the list of convicts submitted by the Bureau of Corrections, according to DoJ spokesman Markk Perete.

Duterte names new military chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Lieutenant General Noel Clement as the new Armed Forces chief of staff, his spokesman said on Friday.

Manila law mandates clean front

A MANILA City ordinance will require homeowners and local businesses to keep their surroundings clean or face fines, according to a draft copy of the law.

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A JOINT Senate committee has approved a bill seeking to set up a separate jail for felons convicted of heinous crimes.

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has designated Gerald Quitaleg Bantag as the new director-general of the Bureau of Corrections, replacing fired former prison chief Nicanor E. Faeldon, Malacañang said yesterday.

Quakes rock Romblon and Davao Occidental

TWO separate earthquakes shook the province of Romblon and Davao Occidental on Saturday night with a 4.6 and 4.1 magnitude, respectively.

Defense calls for improvements in infrastructure and services in West Philippine...

THE Department of National Defense (DND) called for the improvement of infrastructure and basic services for military troops and civilians posted in the West Philippine Sea, specifically in the disputed Kalayaan Group of Islands.

Philippines eyes Dutch deal for Joma arrest

THE Philippines will seek a “special arrangement” with the Dutch government for the extradition of Communist Party leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison who has been ordered arrested by a court for murder, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Thursday.

Legislator backs P22.5-B NFA procurement budget

REPRESENTATIVE Jose Ma. S. Salceda, the House Ways and Means committee chair from Albay’s 2nd district, said he supports more borrowing by the National Food Authority (NFA) to boost its rice procurement funding to about P22.5 billion.

House panel consolidates property valuation bills

THE House Ways and Means committee on Wednesday approved a substitute bill seeking to reform the real property valuation and assessment system.

MMDA to escort emergency vehicles

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday announced that its motorcycle-riding traffic enforcers will start to escort emergency vehicles like ambulances that will be going through congested areas.

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THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) released P82.5 million to the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday to fund measures relating to the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

Police to seek Interpol help in Joma’s arrest

PHILIPPINE police will seek the help of the International Criminal Police Organization or Interpol in the arrest of Maoist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison for murder, according to its chief.

DILG to help ensure implementation of law in Bangsamoro normalization process

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has vowed to assist the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government in ensuring the implementation of the law as the normalization process gets underway.

Trust in gov’t, 5 other institutions drop slightly

FILIPINOS’ trust in government and five other institutions have slightly dropped since 2017, but majority would still choose their home country as permanent residence, according to the latest Philippine Trust Index (PTI) released September 9.

Police nab most wanted Maoist rebel

POLICE captured in Pasig City a communist rebel listed as most wanted by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

DoTr says EDSA decongestion measures to take longer without emergency powers

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said measures to decongest Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, known as EDSA, can be implemented without the use of emergency powers but will take longer to complete.