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OSG ‘weighs’ implications of SC ruling on Gigi Reyes

MANILA – State lawyers on Friday said they will be studying the implications of the Supreme Court (SC) resolution that issued a writ of interim habeas corpus which resulted in the “temporary liberty” of lawyer and plunder suspect Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes.Solicitor General... Read More

PH Army, RCA boost future interactions

MANILA – The Philippine Army (PA) and the Royal Cambodian Army (RCA) have signed a term of reference (TOR) that would sustain the interaction of the two military services.The TOR was signed on Jan. 19, Army spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said in a statement Friday."The PA through the... Read More

DepEd resolution on P2.4-B laptop purchase ‘out in 30 days’

MANILA –The Department of Education (DepEd) said Friday that its administrative proceedings on the PHP2.4 billion laptop procurement may be concluded in more or less than a month.In a Viber message, DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa, however, noted that the timeframe may still be adjusted... Read More

POPCOM will get to know ‘faces behind the numbers’

MANILA – The newly appointed executive director of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) has vowed to go further beyond collecting data by getting to know the faces that comprise the numbers and understand how they thrive under difficult situations.Dr. Lisa Bersales said Friday... Read More

PBBM succeeds in presenting PH’s strong economy at WEF: Diokno

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.‘s inaugural participation in the 2023 World Economic Forum (WEF) is a success, Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno said Friday, as he lauded the Chief Executive for presenting well the Philippines’ robust economy.In an interview in Davos,... Read More

DSWD's cash-for-work program benefits 207K PWDs nationwide

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already provided cash assistance amounting to more than PHP830 million to 207,152 persons with disabilities (PWDS) in 150 different municipalities across the country, an official report of the agency said.The DSWD said the... Read More

Lone bettor from Manila wins P79-M Super Lotto 6/49 jackpot

MANILA – A lone bettor from Metro Manila became an instant millionaire after rightly guessing the six-digit combination of the Super Lotto 6/49 in last Thursday night’s draw. In a statement on Friday, Melquiades "Mel" Robles, general manager and vice chairperson of the board of the... Read More

CIDG nabs 2 dismissed cops for kidnapping in Nueva Ecija

MANILA – Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have arrested two former cops who were implicated in the kidnapping and killing of a lady merchant in the province of Nueva Ecija.CIDG chief, Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat, identified the suspects as ex-Staff Sergeant June... Read More

JICA reaffirms support to Bangsamoro peace, dev't process

MANILA – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) reaffirmed its support to the peace and development process in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.In a media forum on Thursday, JICA President Akihiko Tanaka said the peace and development process in Mindanao would be... Read More

Parts of QC, Rizal, Mandaluyong waterless Jan. 24-26

MANILA–The Manila Water Company (Manila Water) on Friday announced a water interruption due to service improvement activities in some parts of Quezon City, Mandaluyong City and Antipolo City in Rizal province from Jan. 24 to 26.In its advisory, Manila Water said affected areas from 10 p.m. of... Read More

Solon seeks standard wages for village workers

MANILA – It’s about time that the government recognizes the significant contributions of barangay (village) officials, personnel and volunteers through a standardized position classification and compensation scheme.Senator Raffy Tulfo filed Senate Bill 1696 or the Magna Carta for... Read More

CebuPac cancels 6 Manila-Bicol Region flights

MANILA–Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific on Friday canceled six flights between Manila and the Bicol Region due to the inclement weather.The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the following flights were canceled: 5J 321/322 Manila-Legazpi (Daraga)-Manila5J 823/824... Read More

Alleged rumblings in AFP merely due to RA 11709: Galvez

MANILA – Defense Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on Friday said the supposed rumblings in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are merely the “anxiety” of its personnel on the possible effects of Republic 11709 on their careers.Republic Act 11709 is also known as the Act... Read More

96 SPD substation chiefs, deputies negative for drug use

MANILA – Around 96 substation commanders of the Southern Police District (SPD) have tested negative for illegal drugs during a surprise drug test, SPD chief Brig. Gen. Kirby John Kraft said Friday.Kraft ordered the surprise drug test on Wednesday at the Multi-purpose Hall of the SPD... Read More

Bullying contributes to poor school performance

MANILA – Bullying in schools persist despite the signing of Republic Act No 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Act nearly 10 years ago.The 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), created by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, showed that among the... Read More

Comelec announces additional sites for Register Anywhere Project

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday annnounced that two more sites for the Register Anywhere Project (RAP) are now ready to accept application for registration in connection with the October 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).In a statement, Comelec... Read More

Infra, agri damage due to bad weather hits P620 million

MANILA – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on Friday put the amount of damage to infrastructure and agriculture due to a low-pressure area, shear line, and northeast monsoon since Jan. 2 at more than PHP620 million.In a bulletin, the OCD said infrastructure damage was placed at PHP206.96... Read More

PBBM did well in selling PH as ‘excellent’ investment hub: Arroyo

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s inaugural participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) is a good move to sell the Philippines as an “excellent” investment destination, former president and House of Representatives Senior Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo... Read More

PBBM OKs tariff cuts on imported EVs, spare parts, deboned meat

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has approved the temporary modification of tariff rates on imported electric vehicles (EV), parts and components, to boost the EV market in the country.Marcos on Jan. 13 inked Executive Order (EO) 12 after the National Economic and Development... Read More

Comelec upgrading IT capacity, security

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) continues to upgrade its information technology (IT) capacity and security to prevent hacking and data breach, spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said on Thursday.Laudiangco issued the statement after the National Private Commission (NPC) cleared... Read More