PAL starts twice a day flight to Haneda (Japan) on March 30

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PALBEGINNING March 30, 2014, the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines [PAL] will be flying to Haneda twice a day to complement its thrice a day service to Narita and provide better options and convenience for travelers to and from Japan. Also known as Tokyo International Airport, PAL said Haneda is one of the two premier airports servicing the Greater Tokyo area and is considered the world’s most slot-restrictive airport and a prime business hub. “It becomes PAL’s fifth gateway to Japan following Narita, Fukuoka, Osaka and Nagoya, making the flag carrier the biggest Philippine operator to and from Japan with 47 flights a week. PAL currently operates 21 weekly flights to Narita, five times a week to Fukuoka, seven to Nagoya and seven to Osaka,” the airline company said.

'Bongets,' 'Bigote' deny pork barrel misuse

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Sen. Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. and Sen. Vicente Sotto IIIMANILA, Philippines - Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sen. Vicente Sotto III downplayed on Wednesday reports that they will be included in the next batch of respondents, which the justice department will soon file in connection with the pork barrel find scam. Sotto said he does not care whether he will be implicated in any pork barrel-related complaint in the near future because he believes that he has not misused his allocations. He also denied having any dealings with new prospective government witness Ruby Tuason, adding that the issue has gone out of proportion and that many innocent personalities have been dragged into the controversy. Sotto reiterated that he did not misappropriate his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) in 2012.

Bureau of Immigration Update

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Detention CenterBureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison encouraged foreign nationals currently held at the BI Warden Facility (BIWF) to identify immigration personnel who are allegedly involved in irregular or illegal behavior. Mison urged members of the “Foreigners for Justice” to come out and identify the jail guards and personnel allegedly involved in extortion, cruelty, and brutality, assigned at the BIWF in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. “Please give us the details so that the alleged erring bureau personnel will be dealt with accordingly,” Mison asked the members of the group. As of last December, there are about 168 foreign nationals temporarily held at the BI Warden Facility (BIWF). Topping the list of jailed foreigners are the Taiwanese with 44 detainees, the Chinese with 33; Koreans, 18; 16 Americans; and 10 Indians. The members of the “Foreigners for Justice” allege the reasons why they are afcing deportation is that BI officials denied them due process of law.