LTFRB to stop GrabBike application

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered the company of GrabTaxi to stop offering the GrabBike Application for the public. LTFRB also said that if it doesn’t stop, it would lose its accreditation as an app-enabled transport service.

acting LTFRB Executive Director Glenn Zaragosa does not know why the company offered GrabBike when its service was not yet authorized by the transport body. The application started late last year for commuters within Makati City and Bonifacio Global City.

A statistics from Metropolitan Manila Development Authority showed that out of 696 road fatalities from January to November last year, 236 were due to motorcycle accidents.


Batangas mayor pleads “not guilty” for anti-trafficking case

Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas Mayor Jay Manalo Ilagan entered a “not guilty” plea to charges of rape and violation of the Anti-Trafficking Act of 2012 during his arraignment last Tuesday, January 28.

The said charges was filed by a 19-year-old woman in the alleged sexual assault happened in a pension house on November 5, 2013.

Ilagan’s lawyers had filed for motion of taking custody under the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) during the trials for the security of their camp.

Meanwhile, Ilagan denied all the accusations of hiding from the law after the Batangas Regional Trial Court Branch 12 issued warrants of arrest in 2014.

Ilagan said he was performing his duties as municipal mayor and processing his legal remedies concerning the case that made him to surrender too long to the authority.

Moreover, another hearing has been set on Friday for Ilagan’s pleading which will be led by Judge Clinton Nuevo.

Drilon on BBL: ‘Not enough time to pass’

Senator Franklin Drilon gives up on the chance to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the Senate before elections.

According to him, there are only three sessions left next week before they adjourn the hearing regarding the BBL, thus he assumes that it will not be passed on time.

“I’m not optimistic that we will be able to pass the BBL. I don’t think we have enough time to pass the BBL,” Drilon said.

The Bangsamoro Basic Law is still in the period of interpellation.

The Philippine peso became stronger against its US counterpart yesterday, January 28.

The local currency gained eight point five centavos that caused the value of one dollar to forty-seven point seven hundred thirty in peso from forty-seven point eight hundred fifteen last Wednesday.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the economy grew by six point three percent in the fourth quarter of twenty fifteen. on the other hand, the latest figure brought the full-year GDP to five point eight percent.

Tarlac solar power begins operation 

The country’s biggest solar power plant to date, the 50.07 MWp Tarlac solar power project, started delivering power alongside the Luzon grid as part of its ongoing commissioning tests on January 27.

The 55-hectare energy facility located within the PEZA-registered Central Technopark in Tarlac City is owned by PetroSolar Corporation, a joint venture between PetroGreen Energy Corporation (PGEC) and EEI Power Corporation.

PetroSolar President Milagros Reyes said that the Department of Energy (DOE) had already validated the completion of 80 percent of the solar farm’s electromechanical components and 100 percent of the interconnection facilities last December 23, 2015 and issued the power plant’s nomination for FIT eligibility on January 19, 2016.

Former MRT 3 chief ask for PAO’s lawyer to court 

Former MRT-3 General Manager Al Vitangcol shows up in the Sandigan Bayan to file for a motion in lieu of appointing the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) to represent him on his case.

Vitangcol was given to counts of graft and corruption for the alleged MRT 3 Maintenance Contract.

According to Vitangcol, no lawyer wants to study his case because of its high profile status, he also added that because of the controversies that he is facing many business opportunities was been hold and eventually declined.

Public Attorney’s Office Chief Persida Acosta said that they are willing to help Vitangcol in his case as long as he finished and passed the preliminary qualification that the agency is following.

Akihito: Japan will never forget Filipinos who died during World War II 

Japan will never forget the loss of Filipino lives during the World War II and will continue to enhance mutual understanding and friendly ties with the Philippines, Japan Emperor Akihito said in a state dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang. (As per Manila Bulletin)

Among those who attended the Palace event were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., and Cabinet members.


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