P500-M fake cigarettes, tax stamps seized in Bulacan

MANILA — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday seized counterfeit cigarettes and fake Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) tax stamps worth PHP500 million during a raid in three warehouses in Meycauayan City, Bulacan. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the raiding team, composed of the bureau’s Enforcement and Security Service and local authorities, uncovered the items …

Dairy firm denies engaging in labor-only contracting

MANILA — Dairy company, Magnolia, Inc., said Wednesday it was one of the companies identified by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in a list of firms engaged or believed to be engaged in labor-only contracting. In a statement, Magnolia said the 2,248 affected employees in the department’s list, are not their workers but are …

Duterte against legalizing medical marijuana: Roque

BONTOC, Mt. Province –– President Rodrigo Duterte is against legalizing medical marijuana, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing here on Tuesday. “Ang Presidente po, tutol diyan (The President is against that),” Roque said, citing the President is not inclined to approve the medical marijuana bill if Congress okays it. “In no certain …

Gunmen kill Army intel officer in Basilan ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY– Police and military authorities are investigating the killing of an Army intelligence personnel in an ambush in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan province on Monday. Basilan Police Director Senior Supt. Rufino Inot said Tuesday he has ordered the case investigator to work closely with the military and all individuals to identify the killers of Sgt. Moh …

Court denies de Lima’s motion to attend son’s graduation

MANILA — The Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 205 denied the motion for furlough filed by former justice secretary and now detained Senator Leila de Lima to attend her son’s graduation on Sunday. In her three-page order dated May 25, Judge Amalia Fabros-Corpuz said de Lima “cannot be given a different treatment as …

Zamboanga Mayor vows justice for siege victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY–Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar on Monday said the local government will continue to fight for justice for the victims of the 2013 Zamboanga siege. Salazar’s statement came after the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 158 recently ordered the release of 96 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) involved in the 21-day siege. …

Measles spike prompts massive vaccination drive in Sibugay

Zamboanga Sibugay (May 28 ) –The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) has been tasked to conduct a massive campaign to contain the rise of measles cases in this province. Gov. Wilter Palma issued the order on Monday after his office received the IPHO report indicating a high number of recorded dengue cases since January this …

Male giant sperm whale found dead off Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY–A male giant sperm whale or “cachalot” was found dead floating near Sacol Island located east of this city, an official said Friday. Dr. Arnedo Agbayani, Animal Health Division chief of the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet), said they were not able to conduct necropsy to determine the cause of the whale’s death …

Coast guard activates station in Turtle Islands town

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has activated a station in the Turtle Islands Municipality, Tawi-Tawi, the south-western tip of the country, a top PCG official said Saturday. Capt. Ronnie Gil Gavan, South Western Mindanao Coast Guard District commander, said the facility, known as the Coast Guard Station Western Tawi-Tawi, was activated on Tuesday. Gavan …