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PNP

Malacañang assured Thursday that the police and military are always on alert. In light of the United States Department of States labeled the Philippines as one of 35 countries with “high risk” for kidnapping. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated in a Palace briefing, “Well the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the military are always on alert. They have intelligence surveillance.” Panelo modulated the report, saying kidnapping “happens to every country.”

army

President Duterte is uncertain of the timely assistance from the United States if the Philippines ever comes under attack. Duterte made the remark within the fresh reports of China’s aggression around Philippine-occupied territories in the West Philippine Sea. Given a speaking engagement during PDP-Laban’s campaign rally in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Thursday night, the President stressed that the US Congress would have to give its concurrence first before it

arrest

Local actor Migo Adecer was under arrest on Tuesday after being involved in a hit-and-run that incapacitated two personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) who were on a motorcycle. According to Police Col. Rogelio Simon, Makati City Police Chief, the 25-year-old actor continued driving his white Subaru BRZ even after he had already hit the two traffic personnel. The victims were identified by police as Rogelio Formelos Castillano,

Mahathir on curbing illegal drugs: Protect PHL borders from smugglers, focus on supply side

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is currently for a two-day official visit in Manila, commented that it is better to focus on the “supply side” of illegal drugs and narcotics to assess the drug hazard in the Philippines. Mahathir also counseled local authorities to execute stricter measures in guarding the borders to prevent the flow of illegal drugs. “Drugs are produced in one place and transported to another places.

Palace counters Mahathir: Philippines has claim over Sabah

Spokesperson Salvador Panelo talked of the Philippines has a claim over Sabah, Thursday over what Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad declared that the country has “no claim” over the disputed territory said recently. Newly-elected President Duterte said in 2016 that he would stake claim with the government’s original position on Sabah, which is to appeal the country’s claim over the territory. A television interview on early Thursday, Mahathir strained that

Duterte names CA Justice Amy Javier as new SC Associate Justice

Justice Amy Javier of the Court of Appeals is a new Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (SC), Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea stated. She exchanged SC Associate Justice Noel Tijam, who retired January of this year. Javier became the second woman selected by President Rodrigo Duterte to the SC after Rosmari Carandang in November 2018. On an interview with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) last year, Javier said Duterte