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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,


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

Isko Moreno

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, whose drive to bring order back to the town received praise from multiple industries, denied on Thursday that he was anti-poor. Moreno defined his management as a balancing act, emphasizing that he does not derive pleasure from arresting violators. Moreno, a former scavenger, once again defended his campaign to rid vendors ‘ roads and sidewalks so that they could be used by pedestrians and cars. Moreno

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Thursday that dengue death toll in some areas has continued to increase as it now hits 202. The NDRRMC indicated in its recent situation report that a total of 38,804 dengue instances were recorded from January 1 to July 13 in CALABARZON and in Regions VI, VII, VIII and XII. According to NDRRMC, CALABARZON has 13,032 dengue cases and

tropical storm

Due to the monsoon being enhanced by tropical storm and low pressure area, rains will remain in most areas of Luzon. Tropical Storm “Falcon” retained its power as it moved northward, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. In Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, and southern Palawan, including the Calamian and Cuyo Islands, moderate to sometimes heavy rains will be encountered. Manila and the remainder


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was accused of being the most brazen violator of a new law he approved that would penalize a broad variety of sexual harassment, from catcalling to wolf whistling. The controversial remarks about females by the 74-year-old president include countless jokes about rape and incensed women’s rights activists, but did not dent his common approval at home. Duterte’s government published information of a law he signed that


He may be cold towards Iceland, but President Rodrigo Duterte said that severing connections with the Nordic country could impact some 2,000 Filipinos employed there. The president stated that he is seriously considering that  it could influence the relationships between filipinos and the host nation. Iceland submitted a resolution to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) seeking a thorough review of the human rights situation in the Philippines, including

Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm Falcon (Danas) landed in Gattaran, Cagayan at 12:30 on Wednesday, July 17, and is now heading towards the Babuyan Group of Islands. In a newsletter published on Wednesday 5 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Falcon is already over the coastal waters of Aparri, Cagayan, en route to Babuyan’s direction. It mildly accelerated, now moving southwest at 35 kilometers per hour (km /


New telecommunications player Dito, formerly known as Mislatel is likely to chase an aggressive pricing strategy on its first few years of operations to gain market share. Although competition in the telco space is expected to remain stable in the next 12 months, it will intensify in the next few years as Dito Telecommunity begins network rollout. Dito may gain at least 5 percent of mobile market share within 2


A Palace Communications official dismissed a declaration from VERA Files on Tuesday that more than 20,000 individuals were murdered in the government’s drug war. PCOO Chief Brand Integrator and Assistant Secretary Ramon Cualoping III stated that the 20,000 death toll is very bloated. They recognize that individuals have been murdered during drug activities, but they disagree that more than 20,000 have been murdered. Vera Files called PCOO Assistant Secretary Marie