While legal threats to the Anti-Terrorism Act escalated, President Rodrigo Duterte justified the contentious act, claiming it was not meant for law-abiding civilians but for communist insurgents and militant organizations blamed for bombings, mainly in Mindanao. He said perhaps they are a special species, democratic insurgents who have been battling the government for over 50 years and engaging in on-and-off negotiations. Duterte said that the communist rebels were terrorists. Shortly


MANILA – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday, July 6,  said criminal complaints resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property have been filed against the shipping company, master, and officers of the Hong Kong-registered flagged cargo ship MV Vienna Wood. The case was filed before Prosecutor Rowena Garcia-Villaflores of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Occidental Mindoro. PCG named the respondents as Zhang Weiwei, Shin Bin, Yi Lei, and


MANILA – Mobile wallet GCash has announced that transactions in using MasterCard or Visa bank cards will be charged 2.58% convenience fee starting July 6, 2020. GCash said in a statement, that the fee will serve as the ‘direct charge of payment partners’ which will then be computed in the app for each transaction. As an example, if the customer’s cash in is P100 to his Gcash wallet, a minimal


MANILA –  The Philippine coast guard were searching today for the 14 people missing after a local boat collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship in waters southwest of Manila. According to The Philippine Coast Guard, the two boats collided early Sunday resulting in the local boat Liberty 5 being capsized in the choppy waters. The cargo vessel was then escorted by the Philippine Coast Guard after the captain of


CEBU CITY – As Cebu City now becomes a new hotspot for Covid-19 cases, the health facilities in the city are now near a critical level. Department of Health Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said that 61 of its 80 barangays reported new cases in the past two weeks and 50-80% of the hospital beds and mechanical ventilators are already being used. Vergeire revealed that the reason why the city was


MANILA – Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) that fail to pay their taxes will be prohibited to resume operations, Malacañang said on Thursday. The government will stand by its policy that operators need to settle their unpaid taxes first before being allowed to operate in the country. According to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, The government will be strict on policy implementation ensured that the Duterte administration would not tolerate tax-evading


MANILA – UV Express units and Jeepneys will resume operations in Metro Manila next week under quarantine measures, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board announced on Wednesday. During an online hearing by the House Committee on Metro Manila development, Caloocan 2nd District Rep. Edgar Erice interpellated LTFRB Chair Martin Delgra on whether when UV Express vans and jeepneys would be allowed to resume operations. Delgra said that both modes of


MANILA – Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin has once again is inadvertently sparking conversations from netizens after photos of her showing her curvy figure surfaced online. A recent photo uploaded on social media, shows the actress gaining weight but instead of getting criticized, Online users were quick to show support the actress saying she “has nothing to prove” and lauded her body positivity. Netizens congratulated the two-time FHM sexiest woman on


MANILA – The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will temporarily suspend its operations for four weeks to speed up the construction and rail replacements of the rail transit service. The suspension of operation will be stretched into four weekends and will cover the following dates: July 4 and 5, August 8 and 9,  August 21 and 23, and September 12 and 13. The MRT-3 management said on a twitter

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday reiterated that she will not be pursuing a position in the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, saying that she did not ask in the first place. Robredo, On her weekly radio show, said that she does not need the post in order to help the public in this emerging health crisis. The vice president was reacting to a series