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Solon elated over promised increased pension for seniors

MANILA –Senior Citizen party-list Rep. Rodolfo Ordanes on Monday expressed elation over the commitment made by Congress leaders to fund the proposed PHP1,000 monthly pension of indigent seniors."The quest has been arduous but we have succeeded in our relentless appeals for the welfare of... Read More

Mindanao Week of Peace, celebration beyond religion: Estrella

MANILA – Beyond beliefs, culture, and even religion, the celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace should be a goal for every Filipino, Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III said Thursday as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) joined the nation in the observance of the 25th... Read More

VP Sara to spend Christmas holiday in Davao City

MANILA –Vice President Sara Duterte confirmed Thursday that she would spend her Christmas holiday in Davao City.In a television interview, Duterte said she plans to spend time with her family in her hometown.“Yes, we will do that with my children and my family, and my mother as... Read More

Marcos tells envoys to promote, protect PH interests

MANILA — President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Thursday called on Filipino diplomats to promote and protect the Philippine interests in the respective countries where they will be assigned.Marcos made the appeal as the country’s dignitaries paid him a visit at Malacañan Palace in... Read More

MIAA pilots reduced screening at NAIA

MANILA–To ease the experience of air travelers, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Thursday began removing the initial screening procedure at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1. "The removal of the initial screening process is consistent with... Read More

Maharlika Investment Fund bill hurdles House panel

MANILA – A measure seeking the creation of a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) to maximize the profitability of investible government assets for the benefit of all Filipinos hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives.During the hearing Thursday, the House Committee on Banks and... Read More

Gov't shoulders OT pay of airport personnel since 2012: BOC

MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday said the government is the one shouldering the overtime pay of its employees deployed at airports since 2012.In a Laging Handa briefing, Arnaldo dela Torre Jr., BOC spokesperson, said the bureau started paying employees rendering extra hours of... Read More

DepEd to push mandatory toothbrush drills for learners: VP Sara

MANILA –The Department of Education (DepEd) is targeting to implement mandatory toothbrush drills for the school year 2024-2025, Vice President Sara Duterte said on Thursday.In a television interview, Duterte, who is also the concurrent Education secretary, underscored the significance of... Read More

No congestion, backlog in PPA ports

MANILA – All ports under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) are operating without congestion or backlog in container traffic so far in December.In a Laging Handa briefing Thursday, PPA spokesperson Eunice Samonte said yard utilization rate in PPA ports is at 84.98... Read More

Cops destroy P14.3-M marijuana in Cordillera

MANILA – Law enforcers destroyed a total of PHP14.3 million worth of marijuana plants in 17 days of operations in different areas across the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).In a statement on Thursday, PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said a total of 19 police operations in coordination... Read More

Remulla orders NBI to probe NAIA human smuggling ring

MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will investigate the activities of rogue airport employees including Bureau of Immigration personnel allegedly behind the trafficking of Filipino workers who were forced into cryptocurrency investment scams in Myanmar, Justice Secretary Jesus... Read More

EU provides P11-M humanitarian aid for Paeng victims

MANILA – The European Union (EU) is providing 200,000 euro (approximately PHP11 million) in humanitarian aid to assist Filipinos affected by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng that battered several parts of the country in October.The EU funding will support the Philippine Red Cross in delivering... Read More

Life-size Black Nazarene images not allowed at 'Walk of Faith'

MANILA – The organizers of the next year's feast of the Black Nazarene on Thursday reminded devotees not to bring life-size replicas or images that are over 2 feet at the “Walk of Faith” procession that will be held on Jan. 8, a day before the feast day of the black Jesus... Read More

Onion importation plan leaves low farmgate prices unsolved: Imee

MANILA – At least eight provinces are expected to be affected by the Department of Agriculture's (DA) plan to import onions this December, Senator Imee Marcos said Thursday.In a statement, Marcos particularly cited the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Batanes, Nueva... Read More

Sandigan affirms guilty verdict vs. Maguindanao town mayor et al.

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan has affirmed its earlier decision against a Maguindanao town mayor and other former town officials found guilty of graft in connection with a 2011 municipal water project.In its 25-page resolution dated Nov. 29 and written by Associate Justice Maryann E.... Read More

US Senate staff members visit De Lima at PNP Custodial Center

MANILA – Staff members of an American senator on Thursday visited former Senator Leila de Lima in her quarters at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center.In a press statement, the PNP Public Information Office said de Lima, a person under PNP custody, was visited by Chris Homan,... Read More

Composite sketches of 2 suspects in missing 'sabungero' cases out

MANILA – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Thursday released the composite sketches of two suspects in the case of missing “sabungeros” (cockfighting enthusiasts) in Laguna.CIDG chief Brig. Gen. Ronald Lee said the release of the composite sketches is a... Read More

Kadiwa caravan to continue beyond Christmas season: PBBM

MANILA – The implementation of the Kadiwa ng Pasko project will continue even beyond the Yuletide season, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Thursday, as he acknowledged the importance of offering more affordable products to Filipino consumers.During the Kadiwa ng Pasko caravan in Quezon... Read More

PH-US 1951 MDT still 'under negotiation, evolution': PBBM

MANILA – The 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the United States (US) remains under "negotiation and evolution," President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Thursday."Well, the Mutual Defense Treaty is continuously under negotiation and under evolution. I always call it as an... Read More

P21-M lotto winner: Winning combination based on children’s ages

MANILA – After playing the lottery for 15 years, a resident from Rizal finally claimed her PHP21-million jackpot prize of the Mega Lotto 6/45 draw on Nov. 4, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said on Thursday.In a statement, the PCSO said the 39-year-old seamstress from Taytay... Read More