Palace dares ‘Bikoy’ to substantiate his confession

MANILA — Malacañang on Thursday urged Peter Joemel Advincula, the man who claimed to be ‘Bikoy’ and behind the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos, to “substantiate” his confession that some members of the opposition Liberal Party (LP), including Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, are behind these videos. Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo made this …

Mandatory ROTC to nurture nationalism among youth: AFP

MANILA— The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday said the return of a mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) will further nurture patriotism and nationalism among the Filipino youth. This, as it welcomes the passage of a bill at the House of Representative seeking the program’s compulsory inclusion in grade 11 and 12. …

Dominguez cites benefits of less ‘sin products’ consumption

MANILA — Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez vowed that government’s drive against the illicit cigarette trade will continue but admitted that there will always be those who will try to engage in the illegal trade. This, as he stressed the agency’s support for legislative measures that will hike taxes on tobacco and alcohol products. “I think …

I do not intend to influence Congress, Sara says on House speakership

DAVAO CITY — Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has denied influencing the selection for the Speaker of the House of Representatives. “I am only the Mayor of Davao City. I am not the correct person to endorse someone to be the next speaker,” she said in a statement Tuesday. Admitting she …

Comelec-Lanao Sur awaits complaint on alleged ‘pre-shaded’ ballots

MARAWI CITY — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to receive reports on the alleged “pre-shading” of ballots during the voting process in Lanao del Sur and Marawi City on May 13.  Provincial election supervisor Allan Kadon said this on Friday after video footage surfaced on social media showing a woman, wearing a long red …

Reelectionist candidates win in CDO, MisOr; but not in Lanao Sur town

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Incumbent local chief executives still get to serve another three years in Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental province, after the local Commission on Elections (Comelec)  has declared them as winning candidates on Wednesday. Oscar Moreno defeated Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña in the city’s mayoral race, while Yevgeny Emano …

PNPA cadet dies of heatstroke while training

MANILA — A cadet of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) died while undergoing summer training program within the school’s vicinity in Silang, Cavite due to heatstroke. Lt. Col. Byron Allatog, PNPA spokesperson, identified on Thursday the victim as Cadet 4th Class Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato, 21, a native of Kalilangan, Bukidnon. Macadato was doing a …

Gov’t urged to pursue cases vs. ‘narco-politicians’ who won in polls

MANILA — In the aftermath of the just concluded elections, several lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Thursday called on the government to “seriously” pursue cases against winning politicians, who were included on President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “narco list,” especially if there are sufficient evidence against them. Representatives Robert Ace Barbers (Surigao del Norte), Alfredo …

Floirendo, del Rosario lose hold on Davao del Norte

DAVAO CITY — A neophyte politician ended the 40-year rule of the del Rosario family over Davao del Norte province as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed on Tuesday the winners in the May 13 elections. Proclaimed winner for governor of Davao del Norte is Edwin Jubahib, winning over Rodney del Rosario, the son of former …