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ALBAY REPRESENTATIVE Jose Maria Clemente S. Salceda filed on Wednesday a bill seeking to create the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which will have “broader policy making, implementation, surveillance, disease and control and prevention powers” over communicable and infectious diseases.

Lawyer, driver killed in Pampanga shooting

A LAWYER and his driver were killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Sta. Rita, Pampanga on Tuesday, the police reported. Witnesses said three men armed with handguns opened fire at lawyer Anselmo Carlos and his driver, Marcial Mendoza, as their vehicle stopped in front of the San Vicente Parish Church at around 9:30 in the morning.

Quick visas stopped amid outbreak in China

THE Bureau of Immigration has stopped issuing Philippine visas on demand to Chinese tourists at the Manila airport amid an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus that has killed dozens in China.

Gov’t to firm up proposals on US military deal

A CABINET cluster will meet on Friday to finalize recommendations on a plan to end an agreement with the US on the deployment of troops and equipment for war games, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Tuesday.

Property firm’s P1.7-B taxes canceled

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) affirmed the cancellation of the P1.73 billion alleged tax deficiencies of real estate firm Fort 1 Global City Center, Inc.

Over 38,000 likely human trafficking victims barred from leaving in 2019

MORE THAN 38,000 potential human trafficking victims were stopped from leaving the country last year, the Bureau of Immigration reported on Sunday.

SC awards seafarer over $60,000 in disability benefits

THE Supreme Court (SC) said it ruled in favor of a seafarer who had sued his recruiter for over $60,000 in disability benefits and allowances after contracting diabetes on the job.

Court junks De Lima case vs Duterte

THE Supreme Court has rejected an opposition senator’s plea to stop President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s verbal tirades against her, saying he is immune from lawsuits, according to an October decision made public on Wednesday.

News website says ban undermines free press

AN ONLINE news website critical of the Duterte administration said the Executive branch should not be allowed to “undermine the rights of the free press” after it was barred from covering events attended by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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House committee targets assembly by May for new constitutional change proposals THE HOUSE committee on constitutional amendments will recall the approved report on the resolution...

Court orders transfer of massacre suspects to Taguig prison

A QUEZON CITY court has ordered the transfer of two suspects in the massacre of more than 50 people a decade ago to a cell in Taguig City.

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BI calls on foreigners traveling for Chinese New Year to process fees in advance THE BUREAU of Immigration called on foreigners living in the country,...

Tax appeals court cancels URC’s P2-B assessment

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) cancelled the P2-billion tax assessment against Universal Robina Corp. (URC) for lack of due date and exact amount in the assessment notices.

Copper miner’s P164-M tax refund claim dismissed

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) dismissed for lack of jurisdiction the appeal of a mining firm over the denial of P163.8-million tax refund claim for 2009.

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THE HOUSE of Representatives plans to look into the implementation of the Department of Health’s polio vaccination program after more cases were reported last week.

Coronavirus strain found in Japan

JAPAN has detected a new strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, days after Thailand confirmed its first case of infection, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

QC ordered to pay relatives of dump site victims

A QUEZON CITY court ordered the local government to pay P6.27 million in damages to 57 relatives of the victims of a dump site tragedy that killed about 300 people two decades ago.

Retired police chief to be indicted for graft

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has endorsed the indictment of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s former police chief for corruption.

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President awaits report on alleged overpriced speed guns PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Salavador S. Panelo said President Rodrigo R. Duterte will “act accordingly” after the Department of...

ADB to help in drafting new water contracts, says Justice secretary

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help as consultants in the drafting of the new contracts of Metro Manila’s water concessionaires, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said.

Judiciary employees affected by Taal eruption get 5-day emergency leave

THE SUPREME Court has given judiciary employees directly affected by the Taal Volcano eruption five days of special emergency leave starting Jan. 13.

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JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra said on Wednesday that there are many legal remedies available to detained Senator Leila M. de Lima to counter the charges against her.

3 Chinese, one Korean wanted for fraud to be deported —...

THE Bureau of Immigration will deport three Chinese nationals and a South Korean who are wanted for fraud in their countries, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

Lawyer withdraws ICC filing vs Duterte

LAWYER JUDE Josue L. Sabio will withdraw the communication he filed in April 2017 before the International Criminal Court against President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

China says Kaliwa Dam deal conforms to international practice

THE CHINESE EMBASSY in Manila said Monday that the Kaliwa Dam project loan agreement is consistent with international practice and Philippine law, contrary to claims that it includes terms that are onerous for the Philippines.

Water firms’ input on new contracts to be considered — DoJ

METRO MANILA’s water distributors will have the opportunity to comment on amendments to their concession contracts, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said.

7 of 10 Filipinos think rights violated in Duterte’s drug war

SEVEN of 10 Filipinos think human rights violations had been committed in President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs, according to the latest poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Justice department tightens visa rules for Chinese nationals

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has tightened the rules on the issuance of visas to arriving Chinese nationals to prevent overstaying, Undersecretary Markk L. Perete said, amid reports of Chinese tourists ending up as illegal workers in the Philippines.

NBI autopsy shows Filipina housemaid was sexually abused

AN AUTOPSY by Philippine investigators showed that a Filipina allegedly killed in the hands of her employer was sexually abused, the Justice department said on Sunday.

Court affirms denial of P157-M Duty Free claim

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) affirmed the denial of the refund claim of Duty Free Philippines Corp. worth P156.5 million.

Ordinance proposed declaring Arroceros Park as permanent forest area

AN ORDINANCE has been proposed declaring Arroceros Forest Park , dubbed as the last lung of Manila, as a permanent forest park.

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REPRESENTATIVE Weslie T. Gatchalian has renewed his call for the immediate passage of the bill seeking to protect consumers against security threats in parking spaces as well as regulate the imposition of “unreasonable and exorbitant” parking fees by various establishments, including shopping malls, schools, and hospitals.

Manila troops to help evacuate Filipinos in Iraq

By Charmaine A. Tadalan, Vincent Mariel P. Galang and Vann Marlo M. Villegas, Reporters THE Philippines will send troops to help evacuate Filipinos from Iraq, where...

Budget dep’t says P1.9B ready for Filipinos’ transfer

THE Budget department on Wednesday said funds are in place for the evacuation of Filipinos in the Middle East amid ongoing tensions between the US and Iran.

Prosecutors to probe recruiter of dead Filipina in Kuwait

GOVERNMENT prosecutors will look at the possible liability of the recruiter of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who died in Kuwait, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Wednesday.

Duterte appoints new high court justice

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed a Court of Appeals Justice to the Supreme Court.

BuCor chief, 2 others acquitted of homicide

A PARAÑAQUE City court has acquitted Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Q. Bantag and two other jail officers of homicide charges over the 2016 explosion at the city jail, where 10 inmates were killed.

Kuwait ban on new-hire domestics enforced

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) started implementing the ban on deployment of newly-hired domestic workers to Kuwait, it said in a statement.

Marcos seeks vote review; Robredo wants case junked

THE son of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos has asked the Supreme Court to re-examine its vote recount for the 2016 vice presidential race after the results increased his rival’s lead.

SC, lower courts in Manila closed Thursday

THE SUPREME Court has suspended work on Jan. 9 in consideration of the expected traffic congestion in Manila as Catholic devotees hold the annual procession of the Black Nazarene.

Court stands by ruling vs Binay on Makati school

THE COURT of Appeals (CA) stood by its decision to bar former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, Jr. from holding public office after he was found to have approved the purchase of materials for the building of an overpriced school.

Court rejects appeal on same-sex marriage

THE Supreme Court has stood by its ruling rejecting a plea to allow same-sex marriage in the country.

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JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra said the department will welcome legal questions against the implementation of the revised rules on early release of convicts based on good conduct, following the dismissal of petitions before the Supreme Court (SC).

Tax appeals court sides with toll firm in P50-million case

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) denied for lack of merit the appeal of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over the cancellation of P50.5-million tax assessment against South Luzon Tollway Corp. over its documentary stamp tax (DST) along with other charges.

High court rejects lawsuits vs EDSA bus ban

THE Supreme Court has dismissed several lawsuits seeking to stop the government from banning provincial buses from the main EDSA highway.