6% GDP ‘still high’ despite slowdown: Palace

MANILA – Despite the slight decline in the gross domestic product (GDP) rate of 0.6 percent during the second quarter of 2018, Malacañang on Thursday said GPD for the period remains “very high”. “I don’t think it is alarming because 6% is still high,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told a Palace media briefing. “People, do not …

Task group to probe PDEA-7 agent’s ambush-slay case

CEBU CITY — The Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) has created a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to focus on the ambush-slay of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Central Visayas (PDEA-7) agent Von Rian Tecson in Carcar City on Wednesday. Police Provincial Directo on Thursday said they created the SITG to investigate deeper into the case which has …

‘Controversial’ cop takes helm of CIDG-Central Visayas

CEBU CITY — The man who headed the police station tagged as “the deadliest police station” is now the new  director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG-7) . Supt. Lito Patay, a native of Siquijor,  replaced Senior Supt. Royina Garma, who was named chief of the Cebu City Police Office last …

Duterte commits P25M assistance for PNP’s medicines, hospitalization

DAVAO CITY (August 9)— To cushion the burden of every policeman’s  family on  medical expenses, President Rodrigo  Duterte committed  P25-million support for the Philippine National Police. In his speech during the 117th PNP Service Day  Wednesday at Camp Crame,  Quezon City, Duterte announced  “I am giving you P25 million for medicines and all.” “It will …

Duterte castigates 102 “Salot ng Lipunan” cops

DAVAO CITY (August 8) — President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday publicly castigated the 102  rogue  policemen inside Malacañang Palace Tuesday, calling them as “salot ng lipunan” or plague of society. The policemen from  various police precincts in Metro Manila and other nearby provinces, are reportedly involved in various illegal activities- from being involved in illegal drugs,  …

Ex-Chief Justice Puno, Mrs. Corona endorse Marquez for SC post

DAVAO CITY (August 8)   —  Retired Chief Justice and Consultative Committee chair Reynato Puno   throws support  for  Court Administrator Midas Marquez, who is vying for a seat in the Supreme Court (SC). Puno in a letter addressed to President Rodrigo R. Duterte dated July 30, 2018 and received July 31, 2018,  said he believed that …

Duterte sacks entire Nayong Pilipino Foundation board

DAVAO CITY (August 7) –— President Rodrigo Duterte  today  sacked the entire board  members and the management of the  Nayong Pilipino Foundation for leasing the property which he  found to be “grossly disadvantageous” to the government. The announcement happened while   Nayong Pilipino Foundation Chairman Patricia Ocampo and executives from Hong Kong-based Landing International  graced the  …

President Duterte signs national ID system

DAVAO CITY (August 6)–  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Philippine System Identification Act (PhilSys Act) which mandates the government to create a single official identification card for all citizens and foreign residents that would serve as a de facto national identification number. Duterte has assured the public that government will protect the database, amid growing concern …

ConCom: Federalism to equalize power in impoverished regions

DAVAO CITY (August 5) — Consultative Committee (ConCom) chair Reynato Puno said the move towards federalism will equalize power and economic opportunities in most impoverished regions. “The essence of federalism is not just delegation of power but equitable distribution of the powers of government between the federal government and the government of its constituent states,”  Puno …