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PSG chief slams how Rappler projected him as ‘the bad guy’

MANILA — Presidential Security Group (PSG) chief, Brig. Gen. Lope Dagoy, on Wednesday claimed that Rappler was projecting him as “the bad guy” by not giving the public the “whole picture” of the incident, which involved one PSG personnel barring one of its reporters from entering Malacañang on Tuesday. Dagoy was referring to the incident …

DOTr to airport staff: Don’t open luggage of OFWs, tourists

MANILA — Airport personnel should refrain from opening the bags and luggage of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and tourists in the country. Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade reiterated this, following an incident involving a Korean couple who said some of their valuables, a wristwatch, and an electronic cigarette, went missing at the Clark …

Aguirre: Palace didn’t violate press freedom

MANILA — The Office of the President did not commit any violation of press freedom under the 1987 Constitution. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II made the statement Wednesday in response to the incident where Rappler reporter Pia Ranada was barred from entering Malacañang’s New Executive Building (NEB) where press briefings are regularly held. “No, that was …

‘Bato’ elated, saddened over term extension

MANILA — While expressing surprise over the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend his term for a little longer, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Tuesday said that he will continue to do his job well. “Extension? Nagulat nga ako nung lumabas yung balita kahapon na sinabi daw niya (President Duterte). Well, …

Largest batch of repatriated OFWs from Kuwait back in PH

MANILA — At least 600 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) from Kuwait came home in one batch Wednesday morning, the largest recorded repatriation carried out in a single day, said the Department of Foreign Affairs. The repatriated are those who availed the amnesty program of the Kuwaiti government. The latest batch brings to 1,796 the total number …

Rappler should settle SEC case before covering Malacañang: Medialdea

MANILA — Online news site Rappler should settle its case at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) first before its reporters are allowed to cover Malacañang, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Tuesday. Medialdea made this remark after Rappler reporter Pia Ranada, who covers Malacañang, was briefly barred from entering Malacañang’s New Executive Building (NEB) where press …

Amnesty extension to help address Kuwait-PH issues

MANILA — The Kuwaiti government’s decision to extend its amnesty program for overstaying Filipinos is a “very positive gesture that would surely contribute” to ongoing efforts to address matters of mutual concern to both the Philippines and Kuwait, said Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday. “We express our appreciation for the kind gesture of …

DOJ files formal petition tagging CPP, NPA as terror groups

MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday filed a formal petition before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist groups. In a 55-page proscription petition filed by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, the agency asked …

LTFRB files raps vs. PISTON leader San Mateo

MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) filed a case Wednesday against public transport group leader George San Mateo for initiating transport strikes to protest the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program last year. The LTFRB complained before the Quezon City Prosecutor Office that the president of Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at …

Global mortality rates remain ‘alarmingly high’: UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS — Newborns are dying at “alarmingly high” rates in less-developed countries, especially in countries that are conflict-ridden or with weak institutions, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday in a new report. The report revealed that babies born in these places are 50 times more likely to die in the first month of …

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