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Duterte wants to rid PH of foreign military presence

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday, October 25 he looks forward to the time when there will be no other military troops in the country except Filipino soldiers. In a press briefing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) before departing for his three-day visit to Japan, Duterte said he is not keen on having a visiting forces pact with the Japan. “No. I don’t think so,” Duterte said when asked if the proposed PH–Japan VFA would be among the issues he will discuss with Japanese officials. “I do not believe that we have a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with Japan. To my mind, I may be wrong, but I have yet to come across an agreement or a piece of paper which says that we are… in this arrangement of Japanese troops,” he …

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CA upholds arrest of 8 Navy men in Pestaño death case

The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the arrest warrants issued by the Manila City regional trial court (RTC) against eight Philippine Navy personnel who were charged with the 1995 murder of Ensign Philip Pestaño. In a resolution written by Associate Justice Nina Antonio-Valenzuela, the CA found no reason to reverse its April 29, 2016 decision. “As we stated in the decision of April 29, 2016, the respondent judge based her finding of probable cause and issued the corresponding warrants of arrest after personally examining the records of the case,” the ruling stated. Those who challenged their warrants of arrest before the CA were: retired Navy Capt. Ricardo Ordoñez Cmdr. Reynaldo Lopez Lt. Cmdr. Luidegar Casis Lt. Cmdr. Alfrederick Alba Lt. Cmdr. Joselito Colico Hospital Man 2 Welmenio Aquino Machinery Repairman 1st class Sandy Miranda Petty Officer 2nd Class Mil Leonor Igcasan. Retired …

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3 Maute members tagged in Davao blast to be indicted

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has given the go signal to indict the three alleged members of the Maute Group who were arrested and were suspected for their involvement in the September 2 Davao City blast, where 15 persons died and 69 others were wounded. In a 10-page resolution, the DOJ approved filing before the Cotabato City Regional Trial Court (RTC) one count of illegal possession of firearms and illegal possession of explosives against TJ Tagadaya Macabalang, the triggerman; Wendel Apostol Facturan, the bomb courier; and Musalli Mustafa, the documenter. “We find the all respondents liable for violation of R.A. No. 10591 (The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) and violation of P.D. No. 1866, as amended by R.A. No. 9516),” read the resolution dated October 18, in connection with their arrest on October …

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Duterte en route to Tokyo to reaffirm PH-Japan ties

President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Japan Tuesday, October 25, for a three-day official visit aimed at deepening and broadening the country’s ties with one of its valued strategic partners. “I go to Japan with full trust that we can understand each other and Japan will understand my position vis-à-vis with the foreign policy that I want to implement. It’s just a question of a policy that is really truly Filipino,” Duterte said in a press briefing before his departure for Tokyo. According to the president, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s invitation extended at the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting in Laos last September paves the way for discussions on key issues of mutual importance to the Philippines and Japan. Duterte described his visit to Tokyo as “most-awaited” and a “valuable opportunity to further deepen …

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Deadline today for buses to apply for Undas out-of-line permits

Bus operators only have until 5:00 p.m. today, October 26, to apply for special permits for their units amid the expected influx of passengers on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), for the looming holiday, will allow more Metro Manila and provincial buses to go out of line for those heading to provinces to commemorate their dead loved ones. The agency, through a board resolution, has lifted its limit on the number of buses that may be granted with special permits. Unlike previous years, operators may now apply for more than 25 percent of the total number their authorized units. The LTFRB also extended the effectiveness of special permits; from October 30 last year, the permits will be valid from October 29 to November 3. LTFRB …

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3 Japanese firms bare PH investment plans

Ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Japan, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi met with top executives of three Japanese companies to tackle their proposed business plans in the country. “They see that our president really means what he says. They believe that the president would move the country forward so by making the reforms that is necessary to encourage them to relocate such as eliminating red tape, corruption,” Cusi said in a media interview in Tokyo. Japan’s Osaka Gas is looking into possible establishment of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) power generation project somewhere in Luzon and Mindanao, according to Cusi. The project would cost “billions of dollars,” he added. Another Japanese firm, Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing, is also considering the construction of a wire road manufacturing plant in the Philippines. The energy department has also …

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P20 M smuggled China rice seized

Some P20 million worth of smuggled imported rice from China were intercepted by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Port of Manila Tuesday, October 25. BOC foiled the attempted smuggling of illegal rice, in yellow sacks loaded in 12 shipping containers, after the shipment was alerted by the agency’s Command Center last October 4 based on suspicious images captured by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the port. The illegal rice shipment was declared to contain leatherette upon arrival at the Manila Port last August 20. The BOC chief identified the shipment’s consignee as RPR International Trading, with Ibarra Tiangco as the broker. Faeldon has ordered the suspension of RPR’s accreditation. “When they knew we seized and alerted (the rice shipment), they abandoned it immediately,” Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon told reporters in the media viewing. The …

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Funeral industry review sought after QC unclaimed corpses discovery

A congressional resolution has been filed seeking a review of the rules and regulations governing the country’s funeral industry following the discovery last October 18 of at least 120 unclaimed, decomposing cadavers in a funeral home in La Loma, Quezon City. Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago cited the case of the Henry’s Funeral Parlor in filing House Resolution (HR) No. 488, noting that the funeral parlor's practices endanger the health of nearby residents. “In the Philippines, we have the Department of Health’s (DOH) Implementing Rules and Regulations on the Disposal of Dead Persons that prescribes proper procedures and requirements for burial, and requirements for crematorial and funeral establishments,” she noted in her measure. Elago also noted that despite the existence of the IRR to govern the processing of applications for location clearance of …

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US wants to stay in south Philippines: envoy

The United States wants to remain involved in the campaign to quell Islamic militancy in the southern Philippines, its outgoing ambassador to Manila said Tuesday after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kick out American forces. Ambassador Philip Goldberg said the security threat in the conflict-plagued region was “very serious,” warning the Islamic State group was among a number of foreign militant organisations trying to increase its involvement there. “We’ve helped the Philippines as it has reduced the threat over time,” Goldberg told ABS-CBN television. “But we are concerned obviously about any new intrusion of ISIS (Islamic State group) or any other group that wants to take advantage of open space in the south of the Philippines. So we want to continue doing that.” The United States had deployed from 2002 to 2014 a rotating …

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Korean shipbuilder to build 2 frigates for PH navy

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. said Monday that it won a 370 billion won ($327.1 million or P15.7 billion) deal to build two 2,600-ton frigates for the Philippine Navy. South Korea’s largest shipbuilder signed the deal in a ceremony attended by Chung Ki-sun, executive vice president of corporate planning office of Hyundai Heavy Industries, Delfin Lorenzana, Defense Secretary and Kim Jai- shin, Korean Ambassador to Manila. Under the deal, Hyundai Heavy Industries will build the 2,600-ton ships, each 107 meters long and 12 meters wide, propelled with CODAD (Combined Diesel and Diesel) propulsion system for a maximum speed of 25 knots capable of covering a 4,500-nautical-mile range at cruising speed of 15 knots. The naval vessels must be ensured with stability against volatile sea conditions of the Philippines. The frigates will be armed with missiles, …

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