Experts: New security adviser indicates strong military lobby

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter ANALYSTS on Sunday said the appointment of an ex-military general and former Duterte Cabinet member to the National Security Council under President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. showed a strong military lobby in the government. “The military bloc obviously is really interested to keep its hold or control over important […]

Marcos says cybersecurity upgrades to accompany digitalization push

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. promised a corresponding effort to upgrade cybersecurity alongside his government’s push to digitalize the bureaucracy, the Palace said in a statement. “Security has become a huge issue… that’s what we are trying to design now, a cybersecurity system for sensitive information,” he was quoted as saying in an open forum […]

More militarist approach to security policy seen with Año’s appointment

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter   ANALYSTS expect a shift towards a more militarist approach in the Marcos administration’s national security policy after the appointment of a former military general to the National Security Council (NSC).  Malacañang on Saturday announced that Eduardo M. Año, a retired general of the Philippine Army, has been appointed as […]

Top Philippine cops urged to quit to cleanse their ranks of illegal drugs

By John Victor D. Ordoñez and Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporters THE PHILIPPINES Interior Secretary on Wednesday called on hundreds of high-ranking police officers to quit to help cleanse their ranks of the “deep infection” of the illegal drug trade. “It is coming out that there are generals and colonels involved in illegal drug activities,” […]

PSC fast tracking development in grassroots and elite sports

FOLLOWING President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s hailing Filipino athletes as our new heroes, the fourth quarter of the year saw the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) further sustaining its momentum with a newly chartered plan for Philippine sports and fresh achievements both in the elite and grassroots sports. PSC Chairman Jose Emmanuel Eala began his stint conducting […]

Analysts: Transparency vital to economic recovery

IMPROVING transparency in government spending, both at the national and local levels, will be a crucial factor in the success — or failure — of the Philippines as it navigates through economic challenges with limited public funds next year, according to analysts. “There is a need to strengthen democratic oversight and improve transparency, accountability, and […]

Hitachi Energy and Linxon support National Grid in achieving sustainability targets through pioneering 420 kV SF6-free gas- insulated switchgear technology

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, Dec 22, 2022 – (JCN Newswire via – Hitachi Energy and Linxon are collaborating to strengthen London Power Tunnels (LPT), a key power infrastructure project that will ensure reliable, clean electricity supply for England’s capital city. To support National Grid in accelerating its net zero targets, Hitachi Energy will deliver EconiQ 420-kilovolt […]

Regulators agree to consult on GOCC competition impact

THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said on Tuesday that it signed an agreement with the regulator overseeing government companies to promote competitive behavior in the latter’s activities, especially in mergers and acquisitions. The PCC and the Governance Commission for Government-Owned and -Controlled Corporations (GCG) signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) recently to formalize consultations with […]

Mayors see building up staff, irrigation as major hurdles to post-Mandanas devolution

By Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson, Reporter LOCAL government units (LGUs) face an uphill task in staffing up to implement devolution and taking charge of irrigation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Mandanas-Garcia ruling, mayors said. “We are supportive of devolution. It’s just that there are limitations on the part of the local government […]

DBM releases another P2-B fund for indigent PhilHealth members

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the release of another P2.02 billion to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for the National Government’s premium subsidy for indigent members this year.    In a statement on Monday, DBM said the fund covers the January to December period for 673,965 members who are identified as […]

Immigration bureau dismisses temporary worker involved in extortion in Muntinlupa 

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) has terminated a job order employee who was arrested on Nov. 22 in Muntinlupa for attempting to rob a Chinese national.  “Upon checking our records, we confirmed that he is not an immigration officer, but rather a job order employee,” Immigration Commissioner Norman G. Tansingco said in a statement on […]