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South Korean women hope for change to abortion laws

By The Manila Times April 09, 2019 This file photo taken on May 24, 2018 shows South Korean pro-choice supporters holding placards reading “Decriminalize abortions” during a rally in front of the Constitutional Court in Seoul. AFP PHOTO INCHEON, South Korea: More than a quarter of a century after the …

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Govt hits ‘onerous’ Maynilad contract

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT April 09, 2019 The Duterte administration is open to filing criminal cases against those behind the allegedly onerous government concession given to Maynilad Water Services Inc., even if the firm has expressed willingness to drop an overseas arbitration suit, Malacañang said on Monday. Maynilad Chairman …

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Palace eyes changes in motorcycle plate law

By The Manila Times April 09, 2019 MALACAÑANG is eyeing amendments to the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act if the concerns of motorists could be not be addressed in the measure’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR). Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Task Force Special Operations commander Edison Nebrija (left), Philippine National Police …

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File raps, Palace dares Bong Go’s accusers

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT April 09, 2019 Malacañang on Monday dismissed as “black propaganda” a video circulating on social media linking former special assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go to the illegal drug trade. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo dared those behind the …

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‘Duterte will not meddle in speakership race’

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT April 09, 2019 MALACAÑANG on Monday gave assurances that President Rodrigo Duterte would not meddle in the selection of a speaker at the House of Representatives. President Rodrigo Duterte “He never does that. He allows everybody to seek whatever position they want and let the …

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Aquino to push passage of Trabaho Center bill

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO April 09, 2019 Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th pledged to pursue the passage of a measure that will ensure job availability for K-12 and college graduates if he gets reelected in May. Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4TH. BAM FB The senator has filed Senate …

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Chief justice vows fair probe of ‘narcojudges’

By JOMAR CANLAS, TMT April 09, 2019 The Supreme Court on Monday vowed to conduct a fair probe of the 13 judges allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. “It’s not a small thing for anyone to accuse sitting judges of violations as serious as drug-related ones. These are serious …

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Enrile seeks improved response to super typhoons

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO April 09, 2019 FORMER Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile on Monday expressed intention to file — if elected for a fifth term — a bill that will improve the country’s capabilities to prepare for and respond to super typhoons. The Puwersa ng Masa Senate candidate made …

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