Sen. Trillanes Renews Charge of Duterte’s Hidden Wealth

Sen. Antonio Trillanes resumed his crusade against President Rodrigo Duterte, saying that the president has hidden accounts and unexplained wealth amounting to more than P2 billion tucked in the bank and deposited to the accounts of his family. The president said he wants the Anti Money Laundering Council to release his account information and that he is willing to resign if the charges are proven true. Trillanes, meanwhile, said that Duterte should simply release a waiver so that his banks would release his transaction history, even as he also offered… Continue reading

Justice Department Files Drug Raps Against Sen. de Lima

The Department of Justice filed three drug-related complaints against opposition Sen. Leila de Lima. Bail is not allowed for these cases, so these might lead to immediate jail time for President Rodrigo Duterte’s foremost critic. The opposition Liberal Party decried the administration’s move, as the charges were based on the contradicting testimonies of prison convicts who have an axe to grind against de Lima… Continue reading

Catholic Church Rallies Against Extra Judicial Killings, Revival of Death Penalty

The Catholic Church mobilized 10,000 people to take part in an early morning rally against the administration’s methods on its war on drugs. The demonstrators criticized extra judicial killings and the administration’s plan to revive the death penalty. The gathering had the air of an anti-administration rally and is probably the biggest opposition demonstration since President Rodrigo Duterte took power in July last year… Continue reading

Deal Struck? Solicitor General Seeks Acquittal of Alleged Pork Barrel Scam Mastermind

Janet Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the congressional pork barrel scam who is in jail for serious illegal detention, may be freed after the solicitor general moved for her acquittal. This may weaken the plunder cases filed against three senators, as it would undermine the credibility of the witness who had brought about the serious illegal detention charge against Napoles. There’s concern that a deal has been struck with Napoles that would pin down critics of the administration. President Rodrigo DuterteContinue reading

Department of Energy to Facilitate Development of More Regional Economic Zones

The Department of Energy and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to accelerate the development of regional economic zones in the country. They intend to develop energy policies to facilitate the reduction of the cost of doing business in the country. Energy efficiency programs, like the adoption of the Energy Management Systems (ISO 50001), will be given importance as these would result… Continue reading

Energy Department Wants Power to Issue Environmental Compliance Certificates for Power Plants

In a move that may be interpreted as a way to get around the strict environmental policies of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Energy is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to give the agency the power to issue environmental compliance certificates (ECC) for power projects. It claims that the move is in line with Duterte’s instruction to streamline business processes. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez earlier said that she plans to review the ECCs of coal-fired plants for possible violations… Continue reading

Revival of Peace Talks with Communists Possible; Bilateral Ceasefire to be Signed?

Back channel negotiators are trying to revive the peace talks between the government and communists. President Rodrigo Duterte himself hinted that negotiations may resume, while Communist Party officials said they are amenable to a bilateral ceasefire agreement, though it hoped that all political prisoners would be freed 48 hours after its signing. Duterte earlier broke a campaign promise to release all political prisoners, saying that a… Continue reading