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Lorenzana: Funding for Reds a challenge to government

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said funding for the underground communist movement remains a challenge to the government in its objective to end the insurgency.

DILG directs police to take proactive measures in securing candidates

THE DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the safety and security of local officials and candidates even before the campaign period starts for the May midterm elections.

Elliptical Road yellow-lane dry run starts

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority started on Wednesday a dry run of the yellow lane policy — a strict stay-in-your-lane rule — along Elliptical Road in Quezon City.

25 gun ban violators arrested on first day of election period

TWENTY-FIVE civilians were arrested for illegal possession of firearms during the first day of the gun period in line with the midterm elections on May, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported on Monday.

Police says students of UP, PUP ‘immerse’ in communist camps

SOME STUDENTS of the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) were reported to be visiting encampments of communist rebels in Laguna. Chief Supt. Edward E. Carranza, police regional director of CALABARZON (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), told reporters on Monday that there are students of the two state universities who are “immersing” with members of the Dumagat tribe who have been recruited by the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed unit of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Analysts cite factors to determine fate of communist insurgency

ANALYSTS sought for comment cited key conditions that the government needs to tackle to determine the fate of the communist insurgency.

Estrella-Pantaleon bridge closure reset to Jan. 19

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge which links Makati City and Mandaluyong City will be closed starting on Jan. 19 for three years of reconstruction.

Gov’t gaining grounds vs Reds — DILG

THE government is gaining ground against the communist insurgency as the number of rebels continues to decline, said Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

Makati City 2018 revenue P17.8 billion

THE Makati City government said it collected P17.8 billion in 2018, mainly from business tax and real estate tax, beating its full-year target of P15.67 billion.

Charges filed vs Cotabato City blast suspects

THE Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 has filed charges against the suspects of the Dec. 31 bombing in South Seas Mall in Cotabato City that left two dead and more than 30 others wounded.

Lorenzana: UK military presence in region to be tackled with ASEAN

FOLLOWING the pronouncement of the United Kingdom to open military bases in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said the entry of the European country in the region should be discussed first with other ASEAN nations.

3-year timeline to end insurgency bound to fail- Sison

COMMUNIST Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria C. Sison said the timeline of the military to end communist insurgency in the country is bound to fail.

Lorenzana: Ending NPA insurgency not doable this year, but within Duterte...

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana has admitted that the target of ending the 50-year old communist insurgency this year is not possible, but said the government is aiming to achieve this before President Rodrigo R. Duterte steps down in mid-2022.

MMDA reprimands construction firm EEI over lane closure

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) issued on Tuesday a notice of violation to EEI Corp. for occupying several lanes along the Elliptical Road corner North Avenue in Quezon City without prior notice.

1 suspect in Cotabato City blast surrenders to police

ONE OF the two suspects in the Dec. 31 bombing at a mall in Cotabato City is now under police custody after turning himself in.

Police chief says no order to profile ACT members, but 3...

POLICE DIRECTOR General Oscar D. Albayalde said he has ordered the relieved of three intelligence officers who allegedly “leaked” a document ordering the profiling of members of the left-leaning Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Party-list, but added that he did not sign any such directive.

Police get a match on gunman’s weapon, shells at Batocabe crime...

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) confirmed that the recovered gun shells and slugs from the site where AKO Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel M. Batocabe was killed matched with the weapon used by gunman Henry Yuson.

Analysts see BOL approval in Jan. 21 plebiscite

WITH two weeks left before the plebiscite that will decide on the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), analysts agreed there is a possibility that it will be ratified, yet there are challenges ahead in the transition to an autonomous Bangsamoro region.

PNP tags Daraga mayor in Batocabe’s murder

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) has tagged Daraga, Albay, Mayor Carlwyn Baldo as the mastermind behind the Dec. 22, 2018 killing of Ako Bicol Representative Rodel M. Batocabe.

Preparations on for localized peace strategy rollout

MEETINGS ARE now ongoing for the operationalization of the localized peace process strategy, which will focus not just on ending the communist armed struggle but building “conflict-resilient” communities.

Southeast Asian cities vulnerable to floods, higher sea levels — OECD

FOUR major Southeast Asian cities are at risk for an expected rise in sea levels amid their current inability to manage flooding, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said.

PNP forms task group to go after mall bombers

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) in SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City) has activated special investigation task group (SITG) South Seas to track down the perpetrators of the Dec. 31 bombing at a shopping mall in Cotabato City.

NCR police reports lower crime rate in the capital

THE NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported a decline in crime volume in Metro Manila in 2018.

PHL-US treaty review to help in future agreements with other countries

ANALYSTS agreed with the call of Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana to review the decades-old Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States, a move that is seen to help with the Philippines’ future agreements with other countries.

Duterte’s net satisfaction remains “very good” in 4th quarter — SWS...

THE NET satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo R. Duterte remained “very good” in the fourth quarter, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Friday.

MMDA wants narrower, more EDSA lanes

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recommended to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) the narrowing down of lane width along EDSA to give way to an additional one as part of its traffic solution scheme.

Police cancels Garins’ permit to carry firearms

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has ordered the cancellation of the license to own and permit to carry firearms of Guimbal Mayor Oscar G. Garin, Sr. and his son, Iloilo 1st District Rep. Oscar Richard S. Garin Jr., after they mauled a town cop.

Palace calls 50-year-old CPP a ‘failed rebellion’

AS THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) celebrated its 50th founding anniversary on Wed., Dec. 26, Malacañang tagged its five decades of armed movement against government as a “failed rebellion.”

Treaty review to strengthen US-PHL alliance

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana’s expressed intent to review the country’s Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the United States could strengthen and reassure the alliance between the two nations, analysts said.

More than 1,000 beggars rescued by police during Christmas period

THE POLICE rescued more than 1,030 members of indigenous people (IP) groups and 619 minors who were begging for alms in the streets in the days leading up to Christmas.

Number coding scheme lifted during non-holidays

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday the lifting of the number coding scheme in Metro Manila for provincial buses from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2, and on Dec. 26-28 for all vehicles.

Military could have been ‘tricked’ by NPA in Agusan del Sur,...

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said there is a possibility that the military was infiltrated by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Agusan del Sur, which led to the attack and hostage-taking of two Army soldiers and 12 members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) on Wednesday.

DILG given power to fill up vacant local gov’t posts

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has authorized Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año to appoint temporary officers for vacant elective local government posts to avoid crippling operations and the delivery of public services.

Higher fines for illegal parking postponed to Jan. 7

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has moved the implementation of higher fines for illegal parking and road obstruction to January 7.

Madrigal says firearms nabbed from illegal suppliers not part of military...

ARMED FORCES of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr. on Tuesday said initial investigation indicates that the firearms seized from a couple allegedly supplying firearms to rebel groups in Mindanao are not part of the military inventory.

Military, police staying on high alert after NPA attack in Sorsogon

GOVERNMENT FORCES are maintaining a high alert status against the New People’s Army (NPA), particularly for possible major attacks, as the communist movement in the Philippines marks its 50th anniversary on Dec. 26.

Couple arrested for alleged illegal firearms supply to rebels, politicians

A COUPLE allegedly supplying firearms and ammunition to the Maute Group, Abu Sayyaf, and rouge politicians was arrested by the police along the North Luzon Expressway in Valenzuela City on Sunday evening.

No Christmas break in drug war, says police chief

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) will not slow down in its anti-illegal drugs campaign this yuletide season, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said in a chance interview with reporters in Imus, Cavite on Monday.

PNP on high alert for possible attacks by Reds

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is on high alert for any possible attacks by communist rebels in response to the third extension of martial law in Mindanao.

ADB approves $408-million assistance package for Marawi rehab

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved on Friday a $408-million financial assistance package for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City.

Palace stands by Budget chief

MALACAÑANG on Thursday stood by Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno amid calls from lawmakers at the House of Representatives for President Rodrigo R. Duterte to remove him over alleged irregularities in the proposed 2019 national budget.

Lagman hits ‘quick’ decision on 3rd martial law extension

REPRESENTATIVE Edcel C. Lagman of the 1st District of Albay criticized the quick approval by Congress of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year, lamenting that lawmakers were given a limited time to decide.

PHL salaries seen growing 6% in 2019 — Mercer

HUMAN RESOURCES consultancy Mercer said it expects Philippine salaries to increase 6% in 2019 as companies seek out new skills to deal with digital disruption to their business models.

Another martial law year for Mindanao

THE TWO chambers of Congress, by a majority vote of its members in a joint session on Wednesday, approved another one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao in 2019.

Nationwide round-up

New AFP chief to push for ‘community dialogues’ to address security threats NEWLY-APPOINTED Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant Benjamin R. Madrigal said...