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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.
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.
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.
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 sought for comment cited key conditions that the government needs to tackle to determine the fate of the communist insurgency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported a decline in crime volume in Metro Manila in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has moved the implementation of higher fines for illegal parking and road obstruction to January 7.
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.
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.
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.
THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved on Friday a $408-million financial assistance package for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City.
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.