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No charges to be filed against Estrada — DILG

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Friday that there is no need to file charges against former Manila City mayor Joseph E. Estrada for allegedly not turning over official city government documents to his successor, Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagaso.

CoA notes irregularities in PAGCOR school building project

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) has flagged the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) for the poor implementation of a P12-billion school building project dubbed as “Matuwid Na Daan Sa Silid Aralan.”

Dengue death toll reaches 202

THE DEATH toll from the dengue outbreak this year has reached 202 through July 13, the nation’s disaster management agency said yesterday.

C-3 bridge portion to be closed for NLEX construction

A PORTION of C-3 bridge, which spans across the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas, will be closed starting July 20 at 11 p.m. to give way to the construction of the North-Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link segment.

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HOG INDUSTRY stakeholders called for the immediate appointment of a new Agriculture secretary amid the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) and the threat of its entry into the Philippines.

Anti-graft court junks former military man’s plea in forfeiture suit

THE SANDIGANBAYAN has denied a plea by a former military finance officer and his family to dismiss a case where the government is seeking to recover P55 million in alleged ill-gotten wealth.

MMDA suspends anti-jaywalking unit after officers caught in fraud; traffic enforcers...

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the operations of its anti-jaywalking unit following the arrest of an administration officer for falsification of documents.

CoA cites Agriculture dep’t over P4.88B in unliquidated fund transfers

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) said the Department of Agriculture (DA) had about P4.88 billion worth of unliquidated fund transfers to various agencies and nongovernment organizations in charge of implementing several projects for the department.

Police seek changes to anti-terrorist law

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) wants extended surveillance of suspected terrorists as part of proposed changes to the country’s anti-terror law, police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde said at a briefing yesterday.

Over 14,000 cops to be deployed for President’s SONA

THE NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will deploy 14,100 policemen around Metro Manila, with 9,000 cops and force multipliers to be assigned in Quezon City for the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.

Audit body cites BFAR for lack of insurance

NATIONAL auditors have called out the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and nine of its offices for failing to insure P1.05 billion of it properties.

Ex-solon refuses to enter plea in graft case

FORMER Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando G. Andaya, Jr. on Friday declined to enter his plea in a P900 million corruption case at the Sandiganbayan.

Audit agency flags PCSO transactions

NATIONAL auditors have flagged P2 billion of audit suspensions and so-called disallowances that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has failed to settle.

Arroyo cites difficult ties with Duterte

FORMER President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday said she regretted her difficult relationship with President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Legislator warns of compromised House

A SENATOR yesterday warned that the independence of the House of Representatives may have been compromised after some lawmakers asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte to endorse his bet for speaker.

1 of 2 suicide bombers in Sulu blast confirmed as Filipino

THE ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed on Wednesday that one of the two suicide bombers in the June 28 attack on a military camp in Indanan, Sulu was a Filipino.

CoA finds San Juan business tax undercollection of P736-M

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) said San Juan City failed to inspect the books of eight top taxpayers in 2017 and 2018, resulting in the undercollection of business taxes worth about P736 million.

CoA flags past Pasig City administration for over P755M in unused...

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) has flagged the past administration of Pasig City under former mayor Robert C. Eusebio for buying P951.787 million worth of supplies, but only used P196.137 million.

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THE ALLEGED manager of “Manga-Mura,” an illegal viewing Web site of Japanese cartoons or Manga, a fugitive wanted in Japan for copyright law infringement, was arrested last July 7 by the Bureau of Immigration.

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A GROUP of lawyers and registered voters asked the Supreme Court (SC) to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to strictly implement the term limit for members of Congress and local officials.

Amnesty International report: Bulacan is drug war’s ‘bloodiest killing field’

BULACAN, a province adjacent to Metro Manila, has been dubbed as the country’s “bloodiest killing field” due to the number of “extrajudicial executions” linked to the government’s war against illegal drugs, according to rights group Amnesty International.

CoA classifies Quezon City’s ‘Green Fund’ as public money

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) asked retailers in Quezon City to remit the P316.598 million collected from the plastic bag tax or the “Green Fund” as of December last year, ruling that it is considered as public fund.

Manila City gov’t has accumulated over P100M in unutilized development fund

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) has cited the Manila City government for failing to fully utilize its development fund (DF), which in 2018 alone amounted to P18.517 million.

CoA warns MIAA over disallowances with P167M in unrecovered amount

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) warned the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) against granting loans to officers and employees which are not within prescribed rules, citing P167-million worth of uncollected disallowances as of Dec. last year.

Sison says VP Robredo would do better defending the country

EXILED COMMUNIST leader Jose Maria C. Sison said Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo could better in defending the country’s territory in the highly-contested West Philippine Sea than the “traitor, coward or moron” President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Paolo Duterte forms coalition “to unite” the House

AS THE battle for House speakership drags on with more players joining the fray, Presidential son and Davao City 1st district Rep. Paolo Z. Duterte has formed a coalition in the hope of uniting the House.

Cebu gov’t to file cases vs former Mayor Osmeña for stripping...

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the local government of Cebu City will file cases against former mayor Tomas R. Osmeña for stripping bare his office as his term ended last week.

PCOO blames COA regulations for slow uptake of federalism funds

REPLYING to the demand letter sent by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regarding the failure of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to submit progress reports on the P10-million information campaign drive on federalism, PCOO Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag turned the tables on the Commission on Audit (COA), saying it was the COA’s own guidelines that slowed the transfer of funds.

Sandiganbayan to await lifting of TRO before continuing with SAF 44...

THE Sandiganbayan Fourth Division will wait until the Supreme Court lifts the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the graft and usurpation cases against former President Benigno C. Aquino III before it can hear Ombudsman Samuel R. Martires’ motion to withdraw the cases.

Whoever is Speaker must back admin’s economic agenda

AS THE BATTLE for House speakership drags on with more players joining the fray, two lawmakers believe that what is crucial is for the new leader to have an understanding of and support the administration’s economic reform agenda.

CoA cites NHA’s poor completion of Yolanda housing projects

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) flagged the National Housing Authority (NHA) for completing only 117,167 of the 203,471 housing units intended for the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), which struck in November 2013.

Another Davao City rep floated for speakership

HUGPONG NG Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, endorsed another Davao City congressman, 3rd District Rep. Isidro T. Ungab, for the House speaker race.

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THE ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday assured that state security forces do not have any plan of staging a coup d’ etat soon.

CoA finds unauthorized cargo releases at ports

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) said it found that the Bureau of Customs (BoC) released without authorization cargoes that did not pay over P5 million in fees, among other irregular transactions.

DILG to distribute over ₱11 billion to support 1,373 low-income local...

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it allocated P11.714 billion to support 1,373 municipalities under its Assistance to Municipalities (AM) program.

Duterte suggests multi term-sharing for speaker’s seat

DAVAO CITY 1st District Rep. Paolo Z. Duterte has expressed his interest for the House speakership under a term-sharing arrangement involving several congressmen.

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A BILL banning political dynasties in government has been filed anew in the Senate by Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon.

ASEAN emergency response warehouse launched at AFP’s Camp Aguinaldo

A SATELLITE warehouse under the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) — which will hold a stockpile of different emergency needs such as food, sanitary kits, and building tools, that will be distributed during disaster response — was launched Monday in Camp Aguinaldo, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) headquarters located in Quezon City.

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PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde said they are ready to arrest people who want to impeach the President if found that they have violated the law.

‘Bad faith’: DILG says ex-mayor Osmeña could face graft charges for...

DEPARTMENT OF Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Jonathan E. Malaya said former Cebu City Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña could be sanctioned for violating Republic Act 3019, Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, for stripping bare his office as his term ended last Friday.

PNP says suspected suicide bombers in Sulu blast likely to be...

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police chief Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde said the two alleged suicide bombers in last Friday’s explosion at a military camp in Sulu, which left eight dead and 22 injured, are likely to be Filipinos.

CoA report: NBI fails to acquire 7 of 8 state-of-the-art equipment;...

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) flagged the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for acquiring only one of the eight planned state-of-the-art equipment and facilities as of December 2018, contrary to Republic Act 108671, the National Bureau of Investigation Reorganization and Modernization Act.

BFP underspent on National 911 system, failed to complete fire stations...

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) said the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) failed to use P53.3 million worth of funds from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Energy (DoE).

Speakership race heats up sans a Duterte pick

MARINDUQUE Rep. Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco is ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban) speakership bet, Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao announced on Wednesday.

DILG to pursue federalism campaign despite backtrack by President

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the shift to a federal government is still a priority of the administration despite the latest pronouncement by President Rodrigo R. Duterte acknowledging that the move is unlikely to gain enough support in Congress.