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PH flag raised for 1st time at Sabina Shoal on Independence Day

PH flag raised for 1st time at Sabina Shoal on Independence Day

June 12, 2024, 4:29 pm

MANILA – Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel aboard BRP Teresa Magbanua held a ceremonial flag-raising at Sabina Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) on Wednesday while surrounded by several Chinese vessels. In a Viber message to reporters, PCG spokesperson, Rear Admiral Armando Balilo said… Read More

Comelec: Miru ‘ready’ to deliver 110K ACMs for 2025 polls

Comelec: Miru ‘ready’ to deliver 110K ACMs for 2025 polls

June 12, 2024, 4:24 pm

MANILA – Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman George Garcia on Wednesday said the Miru Systems is ready to deliver the 110,000 automated counting machines (ACMs) for the 2025 mid-term elections. Garcia made the remark after he and other Comelec officials visited on Monday the facilities of… Read More

Increase in Chinese ships within 'acceptable' limits: Navy

Increase in Chinese ships within 'acceptable' limits: Navy

June 12, 2024, 4:03 pm

MANILA – A ranking Philippine Navy (PN) official on Wednesday said the increase in China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) is "still within acceptable limits". Navy spokesperson for WPS Commodore Roy Vincent Trinidad said the increase is within the… Read More

New PCG San Simon Station to boost disaster response in Pampanga

New PCG San Simon Station to boost disaster response in Pampanga

June 12, 2024, 3:56 pm

MANILA – The new station of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) undergoing construction in San Simon, Pampanga will boost coastal security and disaster response in the province. In a statement Wednesday, the PCG said the new station would be built on a 2,000 square-meter lot within the government… Read More

Marcos: PH foreign policy grounded on peace, nat'l interest

Marcos: PH foreign policy grounded on peace, nat'l interest

June 12, 2024, 1:58 pm

MANILA – The Philippines maintains an independent foreign policy that is anchored on peace and national interest, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Wednesday before foreign diplomats as the country celebrates the 126th anniversary of the proclamation of the nation’s independence. Marcos… Read More

Crime syndicates pretending as POGOs nat'l security concern: DND chief

Crime syndicates pretending as POGOs nat'l security concern: DND chief

June 12, 2024, 1:29 pm

MANILA – Crime syndicates pretending as Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) are a national security concern and must be stopped, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said. Teodoro made this comment on the sidelines of Swedish National Day celebration and… Read More

PHLPost issues ‘longest stamp’ for 2024 Independence Day

PHLPost issues ‘longest stamp’ for 2024 Independence Day

June 12, 2024, 1:09 pm

MANILA – In celebration of the 2024 Araw ng Kalayaan and the 125th anniversary of the First Philippine Republic of 1899, the Philippine Postal Corp. or PHLPost issued the “longest stamps” to set a new Guinness World Record. Considered the Philippines’ longest Postage Stamps, the sheetlet… Read More

DBM: Release of 2022, 2023 performance-based bonuses to proceed

DBM: Release of 2022, 2023 performance-based bonuses to proceed

June 12, 2024, 10:29 am

MANILA – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) clarified on Wednesday that the release of the 2022 and 2023 performance-based bonuses (PBB) will proceed despite President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.'s order to review and overhaul the government’s evaluation and incentives schemes. Marcos… Read More

Filipino conjoined twins separated in Saudi Arabia

Filipino conjoined twins separated in Saudi Arabia

June 12, 2024, 10:15 am

MANILA – Filipino conjoined twin sisters Ayeesha and Akhizah Yusoph were successfully separated through a surgery facilitated by the Saudi Arabian government. The procedure was performed by pediatric surgeon Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah last June 6 at the King Abdullah Specialist Children's Hospital… Read More

Marcos: Spirit of freedom lives on PH fight vs. hurdles, oppression

Marcos: Spirit of freedom lives on PH fight vs. hurdles, oppression

June 12, 2024, 9:44 am Updated on June 12, 2024, 4:21 pm

MANILA – As the Philippines marks the 126th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said the true spirit of freedom can be seen in every Filipino’s fight against daily challenges and oppression. In his message for the Independence Day… Read More

PH Navy gets food donations from private sector for WPS troops

PH Navy gets food donations from private sector for WPS troops

June 12, 2024, 9:16 am

MANILA – Private organizations have donated about 190 cases of assorted food items for troops manning the various detachments in the West Philippine Sea, the Philippine Navy (PN) has said. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Toribio Adaci Jr. received the donation during a ceremonial hand-over… Read More

PBBM reappoints Teodoro’s wife as special envoy to UNICEF

PBBM reappoints Teodoro’s wife as special envoy to UNICEF

June 12, 2024, 7:26 am

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has reappointed Monica Louise “Nikki” Prieto-Teodoro, wife of Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr., as special envoy to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Mrs. Teodoro’s appointment as Special Envoy of the President to UNICEF was… Read More

Easterlies to bring rain showers on Independence Day

Easterlies to bring rain showers on Independence Day

June 12, 2024, 7:07 am

MANILA – The easterlies affecting the eastern sections of Southern Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao will bring isolated rain showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, the country's 126th Independence Day, the weather bureau said. The Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, and Davao Region will… Read More

PBBM names Mike Planas new PHLPost chair

PBBM names Mike Planas new PHLPost chair

June 11, 2024, 9:53 pm Updated on June 11, 2024, 9:59 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has appointed Mike Planas as chair of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost). In a news release on Tuesday, the PHLPost said the former multiterm Quezon City councilor is committed to revitalize and upgrade the postal service and to lead in its… Read More

VP Sara calls for orderly rule of law after failed Quiboloy arrest

VP Sara calls for orderly rule of law after failed Quiboloy arrest

June 11, 2024, 9:37 pm

MANILA – Vice President Sara Duterte on Tuesday called for orderly rule of law following the failed serving of arrest warrant against Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KOJC) leader Apollo Quiboloy in Buhangin District, Davao City. In a statement, Duterte said the "excessive" display of force before the… Read More

Japan approves $5.5M grant for birth registration in BARMM

Japan approves $5.5M grant for birth registration in BARMM

June 11, 2024, 9:11 pm

MANILA – The Japanese government has approved USD5.5 million (PHP323.19) in grant to improve the access to birth registration of Sama Bajaus and other marginalized populations in the Bangsamoro region. In a ceremony in Pasay on Tuesday, Japanese Ambassador Endo Kazuya and United Nations High… Read More

Up to P100-K at stake in Independence Day cooking tilt

Up to P100-K at stake in Independence Day cooking tilt

June 11, 2024, 8:29 pm

MANILA – The government has allocated prizes up to PHP100,000 for those who could showcase the best and unique versions of adobo (vinegar-braised dish) and pancit (noodles) in the cooking competition at Quirino Grandstand in Manila organized in line with the 126th Independence Day celebration.… Read More

Facebook pages selling babies down to 7 from 23

Facebook pages selling babies down to 7 from 23

June 11, 2024, 8:17 pm

MANILA – The National Authority for Child Care (NACC) on Tuesday said coordination among concerned government agencies led to the reduction on the number of Facebook pages purportedly being used to sell babies. NACC Executive Director and Undersecretary Janella Estrada said they are working with… Read More

Harsher penalties sought vs. illegal foreign workers

Harsher penalties sought vs. illegal foreign workers

June 11, 2024, 7:59 pm

MANILA – A lawmaker on Tuesday pushed for the passage of a measure to toughen penalties for the illegal employment of foreign workers. Bicol Saro Party-list Representative Brian Raymund Yamsuan made the call following the arrest of 37 Chinese nationals last week for allegedly running illicit… Read More

Drivers can't kick out passengers due to body size - LTFRB

Drivers can't kick out passengers due to body size - LTFRB

June 11, 2024, 7:46 pm

MANILA – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday reminded transport operators and drivers that they cannot force a passenger to get out of a vehicle due to body size or physical appearance. In a statement, the LTFRB said body shaming and discrimination of… Read More