Pres. Duterte leads commissioning of Red Cross vessel 'Amazing Grace'

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday led the commissioning of the M/V Amazing Grace, the Philippine Red Cross' first humanitarian vessel, in ceremonies held at the Philippine Navy headquarters in Roxas Blvd.

President Duterte recalled that when the 'Yolanda' tragedy struck the country more than three years ago, emergency responders faced the formidable task of reaching the devastated areas due to insufficient transport facilities and heavily damaged infrastructure.

"I am therefore happy to join you today as we launch the state-of-the-art PRC Relief and Recovery Ship known as the 'Amazing Grace'," he said.

The PRC will use Amazing Grace as an...

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DOJ wants Napoles to serve as witness in PDAF case probe

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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday said that the suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles may be consider to be the government witness in connection with the planned review of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) cases.

Aguirre sought for a comment after the Court of Appeals reversed the ruling of Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) and acquitted Napoles over the serious illegal detention charges filed against her by whistle-blower Benhur Luy

Aguirre said the ongoing review of the PDAF scam, which President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered, was meant to find out who else should be...

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Pres. Duterte appoints ex-AFP chief Cimatu as DENR secretary

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President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief and ambassador Roy Cimatu as the new Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) replacing Gina Lopez whose nomination was rejected by the Commission on Appointments.

"We are confident that Secretary Cimatu shall faithfully serve the interest of the country and the Filipino people in his capacity as the new DENR Secretary," said Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella in a statement.

Prior to this, Cimatu served as the Philippines’ special envoy to the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) welcomed the...

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DepEd vows to strengthen drug education program nationwide

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The Department of Education (DepEd) is committed on strengthening the drug education program in the country to protect the youth from the adverse effects of dangerous drugs and in support of the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), DepEd spokesperson Tonisito Umali, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, said that the National Drug Education Program (NDEP) is a comprehensive educational program that promotes collaboration among students, teachers and parents in preventing and eliminating the drug menace in the country.

The NDEP consists of five components to create awareness on the ill effects of...

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