DOJ’s Guevarra asks courtesy resignation of usecs, asecs

MANILA, Philippines  — Newly-appointed Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday directed all undersecretaries and assistant secretaries to submit their courtesy resignation amid a looming reorganization at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Citing the exigency of service, and in order to give the undersigned a free hand to perform the mandate given to him by the …

Duterte hits critics, says BI order on Fox case signed by De Lima

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday reminded critics slamming the Bureau of Immigration (BI) order to expel Australian nun Patricia Fox from the Philippines for allegedly violating the terms of her visa, that the government was simply following an order signed during the previous administration. “Hindi ko ni-revoke yan. Sabi ko, hayaan …

DOJ junks Peter Lim’s request to stop new probe on drug rap

MANILA, Philippines  — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday denied the request of businessman Peter Lim to reinstate the previous resolution absolving him and others involved in the drug complaint and stop the investigation of a new panel of prosecutors into the illegal drugs case. In a four-page resolution, Guevarra denied for lack of merit …

Duterte to announce next step on PH-Kuwait row Sunday

MANILA, Philippines  — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to make a “personally crafted” announcement on the country’s next step to resolve its conflict with Kuwait on Sunday, his spokesperson has said. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, speaking at the sidelines of the 32nd ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting in Singapore on Friday, said Duterte will announce the …

DOLE kicks off employment program for Boracay workers

MANILA, Philippines  — The emergency employment program (EEP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to affected workers in Boracay has started on Friday. Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Tutay said that the affected workers in two barangays (villages) have started working under the (EEP). “The Emergency Employment Program of the DOLE has …

‘Science of Addiction’ now in DepEd-11 curriculum

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — – Starting June, students in formal education from Grades 4 to 12 in both public and private schools and the Alternative Learning System (ALS) will take lessons on drug education. The enhancement of school curricula with the inclusion of the “science of addiction” is part of the Davao city government’s campaign …

​​ President Duterte to assert arbitration ruling on WPS, Palace says

​Singapore — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has given his assurance that the government will stand by the United Nations (UN) Arbitral Tribunal decision awarding the Philippines sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea (WPS). Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. held a press briefing at the Orchard Hotel here in the Lion City on the sidelines …

DSWD to investigate complaint on food packs for Marawi IDPs

MANILA, Philippines  — An official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday said the agency will look into claims that relief packs distributed to internally displaced persons  in Marawi only  contained tins of sardines. DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan said the food packs they have been distributing to internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi …

Sabio faces arrest for snubbing court

MANILA, Philippines — A Cavite court has issued a warrant of arrest against lawyer Jude Josue L. Sabio for appearing before the court despite his non-compliance to Supreme Court (SC) rules requiring Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). Sabio is the lawyer who had initiated the controversial complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court …