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DILG to go after ‘narco-politicians’ who won elections

DESPITE winning in the recent midterm elections, politicians on the so-called ‘narcolist’ are not off the hook as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it will still pursue administrative charges filed against them.

Election violence to trigger clan violence says NGO

FRAUD and violence in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) during the recently concluded national elections will lead to a multitude of conflicts, a UK-based non-government organization reported.

CSO’s with anti-extremism projects to receive $3-M grant

CIVIL society organizations (CSOs) with community-level projects addressing violent extremism will be the recipients of a grant of around $3 million said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

CoA flags DND’s long-standing unliquidated project funds

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) said the Department of National Defense (DND) has failed to implement various projects which has been pending for three to 11 years and failed to return the funds associated with the projects, incurring long-running payables to other agencies.

‘Bikoy’ surrenders, tags LP in plot against Duterte

PETER Joemel Advincula, the man claiming to be the netizen “Bikoy” in the video series against President Rodrigo R. Duterte, surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday.

House passes on 2nd reading refiled version of coco trust fund...

THE House of Representatives approved on second reading Wednesday the refiled bill creating the Coconut Industry Trust Fund, which Malacañang had vetoed.

Comelec proclaims winners in senatorial race

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday proclaimed the top 12 in the 2019 senatorial race as the official winners in that contest.

Speaker Arroyo to Senate: Tackle Duterte’s agenda

OUTGOING House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is calling the Senate to push for the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo R. Duterte before the 17th Congress ends in three weeks.

PNP chief names possible successors

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar D. Albayalde on Wednesday named his three possible successors.

P8.5M worth of drugs seized, businessman arrested

THE POLICE seized P8.5 million worth of illegal drugs on Wednesday in a posh hotel in Taguig City. The seizure led to the arrest of businessman Domingo Tanyao Uy Jr., 44, at his residence in Quezon City.

Chinese clam-harvesting in disputed waters seen anew, US think tank says

CHINA has deployed anew clam-harvesting fleets to the South China Sea in the last six months, including in Scarborough Shoal, according to American-based think-tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI).

Proclamation of senators, party-lists postponed as Comelec awaits votes from Washington

TUESDAY’S SUPPOSED proclamation of winners for senators and party-list groups was postponed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as canvassing of election returns (ER) was still ongoing.

House passes bill creating CSR reporting obligation

THE House of Representatives passed on third and final reading Monday a bill requiring companies to disclose their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.

House approves ROTC bill

THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill reviving the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for senior high school students.

MMDA eyes P2P buses from provincial bus hubs

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) admitted yesterday that there were no public consultations held before implementing the dry run on the provincial bus ban along EDSA. The dry run was stopped after two weeks.

Senate to tackle priority bills as 17th Congress resumes in 3-week...

THE House of Representatives is set to discuss pending local and national bills in the next three weeks as regular sessions resume Monday.

Alternative candidates seen to make a dent on dynasties

ANALYSTS cited different factors which led to the fall of some dynasties in parts of the National Capital Region during the recent election.

Fitch sees ‘continuity’ in midterm poll results

CREDIT-RATING agency Fitch, in a statement on Thursday, said it sees “policy continuity” in the remainder of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, following the midterm elections.

PDEA finds 120 PUV drivers, conductors testing positive for drugs since...

MORE THAN 100 public transportation drivers nationwide have so far been tested positive for using illegal drugs, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said in an update Thursday on its surprise drug tests which began late last year.

Suspects in VCM burning arrested

THE TWO suspects behind the burning of vote counting machines (VCM) in Jones, Isabela on Tuesday have been identified and are now in police custody.

Sandiganbayan grants plea bargain to former DAR-Caraga regional head

THE SANDIGANBAYAN approved the plea bargain of former Department of Agriculture (DAR) Caraga regional head Datu Yusoph B. Mama over the misappropriation of P184,904 in public funds for his personal use.

Dynasts fall in parts of NCR

DYNASTS were toppled in parts of the National Capital Region, according to results of the local race in this year’s midterm elections.

Canvassing of votes begins

THE National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) convened on Tuesday, canvassing the first few certificate of canvass (CoC) from the midterm elections held Monday.

2 VCMs burned in Isabela hotspot; PNP probes why BEIs unescorted

TWO VOTE counting machines (VCM) were burned on Tuesday morning by still unidentified armed men in Jones, Isabela, an area identified as an election hotspot and categorized under “grave concern.”

Crisologo released after arrest over alleged vote-buying

QUEZON CITY 1st District Rep. Vicente “Bingbong” P. Crisologo, who is running for mayor, was released on Monday afternoon after being arrested on Sunday night for supposed obstruction of justice in relation to an alleged vote-buying scheme by his team.

Lower election violence is partly due to more vote-buying, says police

MORE POLITICIANS have been resorting to vote-buying rather than inflicting harm on their opponents, one of the factors for the significant decline in election-related violence this year compared to previous polls, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Duterte will not allow election cheating — Palace

MALACAÑANG warned on Friday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will not allow any form of cheating by the election commission in the 2019 midterm elections on Monday, stressing that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should ensure the integrity of the ballots.

Albay mayor wanted for Batocabe murder surrenders to police

POLICE confirmed that Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn G. Baldo, the main suspect in the killing of Ako Bicol party-list Representative Rodel M. Batocabe and his security escort, surrendered on Friday morning to the authorities.

PNP arrests 3 suspected members of Islamic State

THE Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested three suspected members of the Islamic State (ISIS) — Daulah Islamiyah Ranao in separate operations at Parañaque City and Rizal province on Friday.

‘Bikoy’ charged for beauty pageant estafa

A CRIMINAL complaint of estafa was filed against Peter Joemel Advincula — the man who claims to be “Bikoy,” the man behind the viral “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos — for organizing a beauty pageant and later disappearing without giving the prizes to the winners.

Duterte declares May 13 a holiday

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday issued Proclamation 719 declaring Election Day, May 13, as a special non-working holiday nationwide.

QC prosecutor recommends libel charge vs Alvarez

THE QUEZON City Prosecutor’s Office has recommended the filing of a libel charge against Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon D. Alvarez for his “defamatory” comments against Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio R. Floirendo Jr.

Senate cancels investigation on Bikoy ‘nonsense’

By Charmaine A. Tadalan and Arjay L. Balinbin Reporters THE Senate on Wednesday canceled a planned hearing on the controversy over the netizen “Bikoy” which the...

Number coding scheme for provincial buses lifted May 10, 14

THE number coding scheme for provincial buses will be lifted on Friday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 14, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

Task force vs vote buying launched

LESS THAN a week before the May 13 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) launched a task force intended to address the long-standing problem of vote buying.

Headline inflation rates in the Philippines (April, 2019)

A TOTAL of 247,830 police and military officers will be deployed nationwide to secure the midterm elections on May 13.

Almost 248,000 cops, soldiers to be deployed for May 13 polls

A TOTAL of 247,830 police and military officers will be deployed nationwide to secure the midterm elections on May 13. The Philippine National Police (PNP)...

Moises Padilla town placed under Comelec control

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has placed the municipality of Moises Padilla in Negros Occidental under its control due to “political violence,” citing the recent killing of two town councilors seeking reelection.

PHL obtains China commitment to maximize Filipino workers in building projects

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said the government has obtained an undertaking from China to prioritize Filipino workers in all China-assisted infrastructure projects.

Crime rate down 3.3% in first quarter, says PNP

CRIME VOLUME nationwide decreased by 3.3% or 3,963 incidents to 115,539 in the first quarter compared with 119,502 in the first quarter of last year, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

DILG monitoring villages in bay cleanup

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will issue show cause orders to 1,000 barangays around Manila Bay as well as Laguna de Bay that will not comply with an order by the agency requiring their weekend coastal cleanup.

DILG to file charges vs politicians who supported NPA’s ‘permit-to-campaign’ collection

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is preparing to file charges against politicians who supported the collection of “permit-to-campaign” fees by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples’ Army (CPP-NPA).

160,000 cops to be deployed for May 13 elections

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) has raised to 160,000 from 143,000 the number of police personnel that will be deployed for the May 13 midterm elections.

Marcos Bridge closure moved to May 11

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday that the closure of the eastbound side of Marcos Bridge in Marikina City will be moved to May 11 from May 4.

More than 8,000 join Labor Day protest rallies

ABOUT 8,235 rallyists participated in several protests nationwide on Labor Day, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP), and there were no reported untoward or violent incidents as of 3 p.m. Militant groups, including labor organizations, conducted protest actions at Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City, Liwasang Bonifacio, Recto Avenue, and España Blvd. in Manila.