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New panel to lead localized peace negotiations

A NEW PANEL will be created to pursue localized peace talks with members of the communist movement, particularly those fighting on the ground, in line with the government’s new whole-of-nation approach to end the 50-year armed struggle, Malacañang announced on Thursday.

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2,603 firearms confiscated under gun ban period THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) reported on Thursday that 2,603 firearms were confiscated from Jan. 13 to March...

PDEA warns politicians in narco-list against traveling abroad

PHILIPPINE DRUG Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino warned politicians in the controversial narco-list that they may face charges if they leave the country without proper authorization or violate the terms of such authorization.

Draft law in the works to extend military retirement age to...

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said they are now crafting a law that would extend the retirement age of potential chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to 60 or 65 years old from the current 56.

Philippines, Vietnam reach agreement on fishermen

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said he and his Vietnamese counterpart have agreed that fishermen of both countries will not be apprehended for fishing in claimed areas in the South China Sea.

Lorenzana debunks reports of growing IS presence in PHL

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana debunked recent reports that a hundred Islamic State members are now in the country with the number growing as the extremist group loses territories in Iraq and Syria following intensified operations by US-backed forces.

Air Force gets P2.5B worth of helicopter spare parts, equipment from...

THE JAPANESE government has donated spare parts and maintenance equipment worth P2.5 billion for the helicopters of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

PAGASA expects El Niño to run until June

THE weather bureau, commonly known by its acronym PAGASA, said that El Niño is expected to last until June, suggesting a “slight delay” to the onset of the rains and further threatening the reliability of the water supply for Metro Manila.

Crimes against Chinese on the rise — watchdog

KIDNAPPINGS AND other crimes related to gambling and victimizing Chinese nationals are on the rise, warned a citizens watchdog in a recent statement.

Solo parents in San Juan get discounts

SOLO PARENTS residing in San Juan City can now avail of discounts in basic goods, hospitalization, and tuition fees, among others with the issuance of an ordinance requiring establishments to provide such benefits.

Iraqi bomber among killed in recent clash, military confirms

A BOMBER from Iraq, identified as Abdul Rahman, was one of the 20 terrorists killed in a recent clash with government troops in Maguindanao, the military confirmed on Sunday.

Palace: Water shortage ‘could be artificial’

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo said on Thursday the government will look into Manila Water’s service interruptions in Metro Manila, saying the water shortage “could be artificial.”

Sison again says Duterte’s demands to resume peace talks unacceptable

COMMUNIST PARTY of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria C. Sison on Thursday again said President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s conditions for the resumption of peace talks are unacceptable.

EO due on water crisis; hospital supply safeguarded

A PALACE official said the government is drafting an executive order (EO) to address the water crisis by rationalizing inefficient water management practices which had been flagged by economic planners, as continued shortages in parts of the capital entered their second week, forcing the authorities to prioritize critical users like hospitals.

Rebel-turned-peacemaker: Ghazali Jaafar, 75

FLAGS were flown half-mast at the Bangsamoro People’s Compound in Cotabato City in honor of Ghazali Jaafar, one of the most prominent leaders of the Moro armed struggle and later negotiator for peace.

Estrella Service Road to be partially closed starting March 23

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday that the Estrella Service Road will be partially closed starting March 23 at 11 p.m. to give way to the ongoing rehabilitation of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge.

20 BIFF members killed this week

THE MILITARY reported on Tuesday that around 20 members of the extremist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao have been killed in a clash that started Monday.

Slain businessman’s brother tagged as mastermind in murder

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) on Monday named a younger brother of businessman Dominic L. Sytin as the alleged mastermind of his murder.

PNP-HPG to be deployed as gov’t gets tougher on illegal transport,...

THE PHILIPPINE National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) and several government agencies will intensify the crackdown on colorum vehicles and other causes of traffic congestion in the capital.

80 loose firearms seized in Cavite

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) collected 80 loose firearms and potential instruments of violence during its recent 10-day focused operations in Cavite.

QC establishments must now have courtesy seats for PWDs, seniors

ALL ESTABLISHMENTS in Quezon City are now required to have courtesy seats for persons with disability, pregnant women, and senior citizens based on an ordinance recently approved by QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista.

Abu Sayyaf member killed, brother of sub-leader wounded in continued military...

A MEMBER of the kidnap-for-ransom group Abu Sayyaf was killed while a brother of a sub-leader was wounded in two encounters Saturday morning in remote parts of Sulu, the military reported.

MMDA: Traffic flow along Commonwealth Ave. improved after flyover closure

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said the traffic situation along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City has improved since the Tandang Sora flyover was closed last week.

7 Las Piñas police arrested for extortion now face kidnapping charges

FOLLOWING THE recent arrest of two police officers for extortion, another seven policemen in Las Piñas City were arrested on Thursday, March 7, for demanding cash from the family of a drug suspect in exchange for his freedom.

Reshuffle ordered on police with relatives running for public office

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) Chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde has approved a limited reshuffle of 1,370 police officers who are related to politicians running this midterm elections.

No confirmation yet of Chinese vessel harassment in Pag-asa, but military...

THE DEPARTMENT of National Defense (DND) said Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana has already tasked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to validate the report of alleged harassment by Chinese vessels in the sandbars near Pag-asa Island in the contested West Philippine Sea.

Pasay City, EPD police chiefs relieved over extortion cases

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) Director General Oscar D. Albayalde ordered on Wednesday the relief of the police chiefs of the Eastern Police District (EPD) in the capital and Pasay City Police over the involvement their stations’ anti-drug units in extortion cases.

Palace: Information on narco-list from foreign states

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo on Tuesday admitted that foreign countries are providing the Philippine government with “wiretapped” information on politicians in the Philippine government’s “narco-list” and on other criminal activities they may be involved in.

Lorenzana: Ambiguity in MDT will cause ‘confusion’

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana reiterated his call for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States as the treaty has ambiguities that may cause “confusion and chaos.”

Teachers’ group asks CA to reconsider decision on police profiling

THE ALLIANCE of Concerned Teachers (ACT) asked the Court of Appeals (CA) on Monday to reconsider the dismissal of its petition against the alleged profiling by the Philippine National Police (PNP) of its members on the grounds of technicalities.

Muntinlupa City Jail bans cellphones during visits

CELLULAR PHONES and other electronic communication devices are now prohibited inside the Muntinlupa City Jail, based on an ordinance enacted last Jan. 21 and published on March 4.

ROTC revival targeted for 2020

THE Department of National Defense (DND) is looking at next year to revive the Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Cocaine in Philippines could be ‘diversionary tactic’ — solon

COCAINE BLOCKS recovered in Philippine waters may be a “diversionary tactic” for another set of smuggled drugs, said House Committee on Dangerous Drugs chair Robert Ace S. Barbers of the 2nd district of Surigao del Norte.

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EIGHTEEN members of the European Parliament have called for more pressure on the Philippine government to release opposition Senator Leila M. De Lima In a letter dated Feb. 24 addressing the European Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini, the European legislators called for an official statement from the body to reinforce pressure on Philippine authorities to free the detained senator.

PNP to provide security to church leaders

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said it will provide security to church leaders who are receiving death threats following such a threat against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David.

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Pompeo to visit Manila Malacañang on Tuesday said US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is set to meet with President Rodrigo R. Duterte in...

Sison slams Duterte’s claim of ‘gay’ NPA rebels

COMMUNIST PARTY of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria C. Sison took issue with the claim of President Rodrigo R. Duterte that almost half of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels are “gay.”

Reds slam gov’t petition to delist disappearance cases in UN

THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in a statement on Saturday slammed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for its call on the United Nations (UN) to delist disappearance cases filed before that body.

Police recover 34 blocks of suspected cocaine

THIRTY-four blocks of suspected cocaine were found drifting ashore by two fishermen at Bungtod village in Tandag City on early Sunday.

COMELEC’s next target: candidates’s commercial endorsements

FOLLOWING its crackdown on illegal campaign materials, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said that advertisments featuring commercial endorsements of a product by candidates for the midterm elections will be also taken down.

Slain businessman filed complaint of grave threat

POLICE said on Tuesday that slain businessman Jose Luis J. Yulo had filed a complaint for grave threat before he and his driver were killed along the beltway EDSA on Sunday.

Body parts in Jolo bombing don’t match victims, PNP chief says

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that the two pairs of feet recovered from the twin explosions at Jolo Cathedral last month do not belong to any of the 23 fatalities.

Business angle eyed in Yulo’s murder

POLICE are considering business as a possible motive in the killing on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 17, of businessman Jose Luis “Sel” J. Yulo, and his driver, Allan Nomer Santos, 51, at the beltway EDSA.

PNP cites headway in anti-drug campaign

AROUND 11,000 barangays nationwide have been cleared of drugs as of January, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said in an update on Monday.

Police call on gun owners to renew expired licenses, surrender firearms

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Guillermo T. Eleazar said the police will observe a strict enforcement on expiring or expired gun licenses through “Oplan Katok,” as part of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) crime prevention and security measures for the upcoming midterm elections.