Duterte dismisses ERC chair for grave misconduct

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the dismissal of Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair Jose Vicente Salazar. Salazar was found guilty of two counts of simple misconduct and one count of grave misconduct in connection with various administrative charges filed against him by concerned ERC employees. The decision was signed by Executive Secretary …

2 ‘narco-generals’ sacked

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed two high ranking police officials he earlier accused of being involved in the illegal drug trade. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella named the two officials as former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao; and former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) head, Chief Supt. Edgardo …

DFA eyes adoption of new rules to aid distressed OFWs

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expects to start implementing “liberal” guidelines for the provision of assistance to nationals (ATN) to all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in distress by next year. Raul Dado, DFA Executive Director for Migrant Workers Affairs, said the new guidelines are up for review by Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. …

Duterte looking forward to Trump visit

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is looking forward to welcoming  US President Donald Trump in November for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)/East Asian Summit in the Philippines. “We confirm US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Philippines this November,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. He said Trump’s visit “underscores the improving PH-US …

Customs arrests Manila port employees for alleged corruption

MANILA, Philippines — Agents of the Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Services (ESS) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) arrested on Saturday, September 30,  an employee of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) and two cohorts for alleged corruption inside the container yard of the port. Commissioner Isidro Lapena identified the …

GRP’s 1st CARHRIHL monitoring station in Davao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine government peace panel talking with  the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) established Friday the first Compliance Monitoring Station in Davao City. The monitoring station  will receive and record complaints of non-compliance to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). All complaints …

Chinese VP lauds 14th China-ASEAN Expo organizers

BEIJING — Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli lauded the successful holding of the 14th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Nanning, China last week. “China-ASEAN Expo is becoming better and better each year. The Expo is very successful,” Zhang told the 300 foreign journalists whom he met at the Great Hall of …

Palace vows to cooperate with Senate on SALN probe

MANILA, Philippines —  Malacañang on Wednesday said that it would cooperate with the Senate should it decide to investigate the redactions made by certain Cabinet officials in their December 2016 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs). “The Executive (Department) would cooperate and would attend the investigation on SALNs, if and once called by …

‘Shaded’ SALN not in accordance with CSC guidelines

MANILA,  Philippines —  An official of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Wednesday said redacted or shaded portions of the statement of assets, liability, and net worth (SALN) of some cabinet members are not in accordance with the commission’s guidelines. “Yun pinakita nilang sample pati amount ng properties ay shinade nila (Even the amount of properties …