US destroyer sails close to Scarborough Shoal

On the evening of January 17, a United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Hopper (DDG-70) sailed within 12 nautical miles off Scarborough Shoal, the Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed January 20. Scarborough Shoal is well within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone and is an an integral part of the Philippine territory. However, China […]Read More

Cayetano: HRW deliberately misrepresenting figures

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) today slammed rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) after saying “President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s.” DFA said HRW is intentionally misleading the international community. “We will not allow Human Rights […]Read More

Ayala, Eton developing ‘greenest urban estate’

Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) together with Eton Properties Philippines, Inc. (EPPI) on January 18 launched the development of 35-hectare Parklinks. Ayala and Eton described the said mixed-use estate as the greenest urban estate. Parklinks will be within Pasig and Quezon City accessible through C5, Amang Rodriguez Avenue and Ortigas Avenue. Ayala Land and Eton will […]Read More

HRW says Duterte plunged PHL into worst rights crisis since

International non-governmental organization, human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its World Report 2018, events of 2017, said “President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s.” “His “war on drugs,” launched after he took office in June […]Read More

Lacson to Alvarez: 1 chamber can’t decide for Congress

Senator Panfilo Lacson has reminded House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that one chamber cannot decide for the entire Philippine Congress which is a bicameral system. “Somebody please tell the Speaker and his congressmen followers that under a bicameral system, one chamber cannot unilaterally decide for both houses,” the senator said in a tweet on […]Read More

AFP chief flies with FA-50: Vows to support PAF’s big

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero was flown aboard an FA-50PH jet during a Tactical Capability Demonstration Flight, the AFP said in a statement. The AFP chief was flown by a PAF pilot who saw action in Marawi City battle against terrorists. After the flight, the General Guerrero was […]Read More

Japan helping Philippines establish radar stations

The Japanese government will be helping Philippines establish 11 new radar stations in southern Philippines through providing of equipment and systems via government-to-government program, Jane’s 360 said in a report dated January 17. Jane’s 360 quoted Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) assistant deputy chief of Coast Guard Staff for Intelligence, Security and Law Enforcement Lieutenant Al-Hafidz […]Read More

DND: No reason to terminate frigate deal

“There is a proper process prescribed in Republic Act No. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act) concerning the termination of a procurement project and there are specific conditions that must be present in order to invoke it, none of which are existing at the moment in this project,” the Department of National Defense (DND) said in […]Read More

Duterte strictly bans government workers from casinos

President Rodrigo Duterte said he issued an order to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald dela Rosa evening of January 17 to strictly prohibit all government workers from entering casinos. “Sabi ko: Bato, halika. Maglagay ka sa casino prohibiting all workers of government from entering,” Duterte said at the launching of the Overseas Filipino […]Read More

PNP aviation security group receives Israeli submachine guns

Philippine National Police (PNP) Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP) on January 18 received brand new equipment and inaugurated new facilities at Crash Gate 1, NAIA Complex in Pasay City. Among the new equipment AVSEGROUP received were 32 units of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) TAVOR X95 submachine gun. AVSEGROUP also received 60 units handheld radio, five units […]Read More