Politics

Joseph Estrada

There is no need to lodge charges against former Manila mayor Joseph Estrada for his supposed inability to hand over transition papers to his successor, said Friday Isko Moreno, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). A fact-finding inquiry undertaken by the DILG-National Capital Region discovered that the relevant papers were approved on June 28 by Estrada’s transition team to the DILG Field Office in Manila. The DILG Field Office,

Trillanes

Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV slammed the sedition charges lodged against him and several other opposition figures, including Vice President Leni Robredo, and urged public prosecutors not to allow themselves to be used in politics. Trillanes labeled the filing of instances in a declaration Thursday as a definite act of political persecution and harassment by the Duterte administration to stifle democratic dissent. Trillanes said he was prepared to face the

Imee Marcos

MANILA – Senator Imee Marcos wants the Philippines to immediately cut ties with Iceland, after the Iceland has filed a resolution seeking a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines. The United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) adopted in a vote held in Geneva on Thursday the resolution that was sought after by Iceland. Sen. Imee said the Philippines should “cut diplomatic ties with Iceland ASAP. She

blast

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) stated that the Filipino seafarers at work in one of the two oil tankers damaged in a supposed attack near the Strait of Hormuz have returned home. A statement on Wednesday, the DFA stated the 11 Filipino seafarers of MT Front Altair arrived in Manila this morning. The MT Front Altair is one of the two vessels hurt during the incident near

Richard Yap

Richard Yap (PDP-Laban), best known as a Cebuano businessman and actor unsuccessful in beating longtime politician and Cebu City 1st District Representative Raul Del Mar (Liberal Party) in this midterm election. Del Mar won by a wide margin of 134,816 votes over Yap’s 81,167, according to the latest unofficial real-time results. Yap stated in a Facebook post that the loss was a “disappointing end” to the campaign, “I also know

Jejomar Binay

Jejomar Binay, who was a Former VP was successful to cast his vote—two hours after the vote counting machine in his precinct in Makati City repeatedly rejected his ballot. Binay was initially unable to cast his vote when a VCM at San Antonio National High School failed to read his ballot after eight attempts. Binay runs as a congressional candidate of Makati’s first district This prompted the former vice president

Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte’s impulsive speeches often has bombshell assertions and to the surprise came in the form of a cockroach moseying by the president’s shoulders. The roach clung up on Duterte as he was eulogizing the virtues of the candidates, whom he endorsed for next week’s midterm polls at a campaign rally late Wednesday. While an aide tried and failed to scrape the critter away with some papers, still Duterte

Tito Sotto

Vicente “Tito” Sotto III Senate President of the Philippines on Thursday stated that Malacañang and several tagged in the hypothetical oust-Duterte matrix should have not made a big deal out of a “piece of paper.” “You can come up with any matrix that you want. It’s a piece of paper, it does not mean a thing. Pinapatulan kasi (It’s being made a big deal). You should have dismissed it e,”

Ballot

Commission in Elections (Comelec) officials on Thursday denied allegations that the official ballots for the May 13 midterm polls had been pre-shaded with ultraviolet (UV) marks. These UV marks are among the security features of the official ballots for the elections. “We tested, but the supposed UV marks were not read by the vote-counting machine. The VCM actually looks for black ink—the real ink, not invisible,” stated Jose Tolentino Jr.,

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte said the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would “never gain a foothold” in the Philippines. He also assured to continue the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Modernization Program, on his speech give on April 9. The president in his Day of Valor speech last Tuesday in Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, Duterte extolled the military’s accomplishments against the Abu Sayyaf Group, a known ally