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SEN. DRILON WANTS FULL-BLOWN PROBE ON SEN. LACSON'S REVELATION VS. EX-BOC CHIEF


After the list of allleged bribe givers or players at the Bureau of Customs was exposed by Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon calls for a full-blown investigation on the matter.


In a privilege speech, Lacson tagged former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon among the recipients of the so-called “Tara” list.


Drilon, meantime, urged Faeldon to answer the allegation.


But instead, the resigned commissioner divulged in Thursday's press conference what he knew about the supposed smuggling activity of Lacson's son, Panfilo 'Pampi' Lacson, Jr.


Faeldon then appealed to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to also investigate that anomaly.







PAGASA: OCCASIONALLY HEAVY RAINS OVER LUZON, VISAYAS AREAS


The western section of Luzon will experience the southwest monsoon, according to PAGASA.


In its Thursday forecast, PAGASA said cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and possible occasionally heavy rains, gusty winds and lightning will prevail over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Bataan, Quezon and Palawan.


Meantime, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light to occasionally heavy rains, gusty winds and lightning.







UBER RELEASES P100-M IN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO DRIVERS


Uber Systems Incorporated announced the release of about P100 million financial assitance to drivers and operators affected by the one-month suspension of their operations.


Around more than 36,000 drivers received the said assistance from Uber according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.


The LTFRB Board suspended Uber's accreditation on August 14 as the company continued the acceptance of new drivers into its platform.


LTFRB is expected to make a decision whether to retain or lift the one month suspension of Uber at the soonest possible time.







HOSPITAL OWNERS EXPRESS FEAR ON 'NO DEPOSIT LAW'


Private hospital owners on Wednesday expressed fear over the newly-signed Anti-Hospital Deposit Law as it may cause bankruptcy of small hospitals.


According to Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines President Rustico Jimenez, the provision of the law is too oppressive especially for small hospitals located in the province.


Jimenez said that if ever private hospitals encounter poor patients, the hospitals will ask the assistance of the Department of Health to transfer these patients to government hospitals.


He also disclosed that even before the law was implemented, patients are already citing the law to dodge giving deposits.







VP ROBREDO SUPPORTERS URGE PET TO ACCEPT FUNDS FOR COUNTERPROTEST VS. EX-SEN. MARCOS


Vice President Leni Robredo's supporters asked the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to accept their contribution for the payment of the Vice President's counterprotest fee amounting to P7.4 million.


The fee is in connection with Robredo's counterprotest against Senator Ferdinand Marcos who is questioning her victory in the 2016 elections.


In a press briefing, Museo Pambata founder Cristina Lim-Yuson and former Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said that their efforts were intended to safeguard the integrity of the elections and the rights of the voters.


Robredo, on the first installment, was able to pay P8 million of the required fee of P15.4 million for her counterprotest, covering 31,278 precincts.







DOJ CHIEF DEFENDS CALOOCAN PROSECUTOR'S STATEMENTS ON SLAIN 17-YEAR-OLD


Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday defended Caloocan City Senior Assistant Prosecutor Darwin Cañete for his controversial statements about slain teenager Kian Loyd Delos Santos saying the lawyer was only being passionate about his views.


Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday defended Caloocan City Senior Assistant Prosecutor Darwin Cañete for his controversial statements about slain teenager Kian Loyd Delos Santos saying the lawyer was only being passionate about his views.


In a newspaper report, Cañete was quoted as saying that the slain high school student could not be 'super innocent'.


Aguirre has refused the call of some lawmakers to relieve the prosecutor from his post since Cañete is not handling Kian's case.