Thursday, June 27


First transgender lawmaker joins armed forces

News, Uncategorized
MANILA, Philippines – It's official. The country's first transgender politician is also the military's first transgender military officer. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman on Wednesday, February 14, took her oath as a reservist officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the military announced. She was accompanied by her mother, Herminia Roman.  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana himself donned the epaulet Roman. He was assisted by General Rey Leonardo Guerrero. Roman has the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Roman expressed her intent to joint the Army Reserve Force last year. The uniform was initially an issue, but the military eventually respected Roman's intent to wear a female officer's uniform.   Roman encouraged the public to join the Reserve force. “War and d

Duterte rejects DICT request to extend deadline for 3rd telco

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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte, during the Cabinet meeting on Monday, February 5, rejected the request of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to extend the deadline to get the 3rd telecommunications player "up and about." The department's officer-in-charge, Eliseo Rio Jr, had wanted to be given two more months, or until May of this year, to name the 3rd telco player. "This was not approved in yesterday's Cabinet meeting so we stick it out with the original time frame of a 3rd telecoms player by March of this year," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during a Tuesday briefing. "The President was emphatic and issued a warning to the detractors of the entry of the 3rd telecoms player not to test the will of government," Roque added. Rio

Course for neutral assistance mechanics up at Aigle facility

Business, Sports, Uncategorized
CYCLISTS who experience mechanical problems in a race know only too well the sense of relief when they see the neutral assistance vehicle draw up beside them. Flat tire, dropped chain, wobbly seat post, problem with the derailleur—some problems are easily fixed while others require more time and expertise. The International Cycling Union (UCI) World […]

Malacañang on Duterte’s alleged investments: Prove documents authentic

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MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang demanded to be shown bank certification vouching for the authenticity of documents cited by VERA Files' report on P100 million worth of investments supposedly not declared by President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Networth.  "I challenge them. Come up with the certification from the bank that the statements are genuine, then we will comment," Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said on Monday, January 22. He was speaking at a Malacañang press briefing after VERA Files published its report which, using documents from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, alleged Duterte hid huge sums of money transfers and investments. These supposedly hidden investments include those worth P55.13 million an

Leonen: Why no intel given to Congress during martial law deliberations?

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MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen on Tuesday, January 16, questioned why the military didn't give Congress sufficient intelligence information to guide them in approving the second extension of martial law in Mindanao. Leonen raised the question when the Supreme Court (SC) heard oral arguments anew on the 4 consolidated petitions seeking to stop martial law in Mindanao, which has been re-extended to the end of 2018. “In the entirety of the deliberations of martial law, Congress did not have the opportunity to look at the context of the intelligence information given to you,” Leonen said, interpellating one of the petitioners, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman. Leonen pointed out that Congress was made to rely only on the letters of President Rodrigo Duter