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Law against using phone behind the wheel now in place

A law banning motorists from using electronic devices is now in force. The Anti-Distracted Driving Act (RA 10913) prohibits motorists from checking their phones or other devices, even if they are waiting at a red light. The law covers every type of vehicle, ranging from diplomatic limousines to ox-drawn carts. The law…


Deerhurst: Police say cell hidden behind bookcase “wasn’t a secret”

In-house police investigators have concluded that the jail cell carefully hidden behind a hinged bookcase at a Manila police station was not “secret” — and has cleared officers involved of any wrongdoing. Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo of the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said imprisoning 12 undocumented suspects in the squalid,…



Stubbed out: Duterte signs nationwide smoking ban into law

After months of apparent prevarication, President Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in public throughout the Philippines. The ban, which could see persistent offenders jailed for four months and fined 5,000 pesos, covers both indoor and outdoor smoking — making it one of the most stringent anti-smoking laws…




Mindanao Muslim leaders aim to “reform” Abu Sayyaf terrorists

Muslim religious leaders in Mindanao believe they can “reform” surrendered members of the Abu Sayyaf terror group. Alih Sakaluran Aiyub, secretary-general of the Ulama Council of the Philippines, said efforts were already underway to rehabilitate former members of the Islamic State-affiliated organisation. “We will mainly help in the debriefing process…


Tributes to last living Czech survivor of Bataan Death March

Tributes have been paid to the last living Czech survivor of the Bataan Death March, who is still going strong at 97. To mark Karel Aster’s birthday, the Czech Embassy in Manila paid tribute to the heroism of the last volunteer Czech defender of the Philippines. Czech Ambassador Jaroslav Olša said…