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PH spotlights ‘renewed’ focus on ties with Africa

PH spotlights ‘renewed’ focus on ties with Africa

May 25, 2024, 1:15 pm

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday reaffirmed its push to further enhance partnership and cooperation with states in Africa as it spotlighted its “renewed” focus on the region. In his message on Africa Day, Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo acknowledged the… Read More

Marcos urges Congress to allow NFA to import rice

Marcos urges Congress to allow NFA to import rice

May 25, 2024, 11:16 am

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has urged Congress to pass the proposal to amend the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), which would allow the National Food Authority (NFA) to import rice and stabilize prices. In an interview in Koronadal City on Friday, Marcos said allowing the NFA to… Read More

PBBM reappoints Cacdac as DMW ad interim secretary

PBBM reappoints Cacdac as DMW ad interim secretary

May 25, 2024, 10:36 am

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has reappointed Hans Leo Cacdac as ad interim secretary of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) after the Commission on Appointments bypassed his confirmation, the Palace said on Saturday. In a statement, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO)… Read More

'Aghon' maintains strength, more Luzon areas under Signal No. 1

'Aghon' maintains strength, more Luzon areas under Signal No. 1

May 25, 2024, 7:03 am

MANILA – More areas in Luzon are placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 as Tropical Depression Aghon continues to maintain its strength as it moves northwestward over the Samar Sea. Based on the 5 a.m. bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services… Read More

PBBM to continue distributing land titles to ARBs beyond his term

PBBM to continue distributing land titles to ARBs beyond his term

May 24, 2024, 9:02 pm Updated on May 24, 2024, 10:05 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday vowed that he would not stop until all land titles are distributed to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) during his term and even beyond. "Tuluy-tuloy lang ang aming gagawing ito para matapos ito na lahat ng beneficiary na dapat nabigyan ng… Read More

Cebu Pacific cancels 6 flights Saturday due to Aghon's forecast impact

Cebu Pacific cancels 6 flights Saturday due to Aghon's forecast impact

May 24, 2024, 8:43 pm

MANILA – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Friday night said it has canceled six domestic flights scheduled May 25 due to Tropical Depression (TD) Aghon's forecast impact. In an advisory, CEB said the canceled flights are DG 6117/6118 Manila-Naga-Manila; DG 6177/6178 Manila-Masbate-Manila;… Read More

DSWD starts training house parents for child care facilities

DSWD starts training house parents for child care facilities

May 24, 2024, 8:38 pm

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Academy has started a week-long training of house parents of residential children care facilities at the University of the Philippines Hotel in Diliman, Quezon City. Some 38 house parents from different settings and residential… Read More

Filipinos told: Postpone pilgrimage, tours to Israel

Filipinos told: Postpone pilgrimage, tours to Israel

May 24, 2024, 8:09 pm

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday advised Filipinos anew to “postpone indefinitely” non-essential travel to Israel, including pilgrimage and tours to Israel. In an advisory, the DFA said Filipinos should defer travel until such time that the security situation in… Read More

House leaders assure Zambales fisherfolk of help

House leaders assure Zambales fisherfolk of help

May 24, 2024, 8:02 pm Updated on May 25, 2024, 1:08 pm

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Friday assured help for thousands of Zambales fishers in Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) and other disputed areas inside Philippine waters. During a hearing of the Committee on National Defense and Security and the Special Committee on the West… Read More

PTFoMS, Comelec to classify violence vs. media as poll offense

PTFoMS, Comelec to classify violence vs. media as poll offense

May 24, 2024, 7:28 pm

MANILA -- The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) is set to forge an agreement with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to classify violence against journalists during election period as an "election offense." In a statement on Friday, PTFoMS Executive Director Undersecretary Paul… Read More

Bill outlawing POGO filed as crimes tied to industry rises

Bill outlawing POGO filed as crimes tied to industry rises

May 24, 2024, 7:19 pm

MANILA – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has filed a measure seeking to outlaw operations of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) in the country as criminal activities linked to the industry continue to rise. “The main goal is ultimately to outlaw and prohibit offshore gaming operations… Read More

Resource persons detained for lying in PDEA leaks probe released

Resource persons detained for lying in PDEA leaks probe released

May 24, 2024, 7:15 pm

MANILA – Senate President Francis Escudero on Friday announced the release from detention of former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent Jonathan Morales and former National Police Commission staff Eric Santiago, who were both cited in contempt for lying during hearings on the so… Read More

PAF commissions another C-130 plane from US

PAF commissions another C-130 plane from US

May 24, 2024, 4:53 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Friday announced it has commissioned into service another Lockheed C-130H "Hercules" transport aircraft. The aircraft with tail number 5157 was commissioned during rites at the Brig. Gen. Benito N. Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on Thursday, PAF… Read More

BOC: State-of-the-art airport scanners tighten watch vs. contraband

BOC: State-of-the-art airport scanners tighten watch vs. contraband

May 24, 2024, 4:49 pm

MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday announced the installation of state-of-the-art scanning machines at key international airports to further enhance airport security. In a statement, Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio said these include the Rapiscan 920CT (Computed Tomography) and… Read More

Postpone non-essential travel as Aghon intensifies – PPA

Postpone non-essential travel as Aghon intensifies – PPA

May 24, 2024, 4:43 pm Updated on May 24, 2024, 7:15 pm

MANILA — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) urged the public to postpone non-essential travel to areas affected by Tropical Depression Aghon. This after the the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 in… Read More

PBBM may touch on WPS dispute in Asia security summit in Singapore

PBBM may touch on WPS dispute in Asia security summit in Singapore

May 24, 2024, 4:05 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. might touch on the country's maritime dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) during the upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday. In a Palace briefing, DFA's Office of the… Read More

Cotabato prelate vows mental health aid for chapel blast victims

Cotabato prelate vows mental health aid for chapel blast victims

May 24, 2024, 3:37 pm

MANILA – The Archdiocese of Cotabato on Friday said it would extend mental health assistance to the victims of last weekend's explosion inside a chapel in the city. Archbishop Angelito Lampon said it is important to address the extreme fear of some 20 individuals who were at the Sr. Sto. Niño… Read More

BI: Canadian 'drug lord' stays in PH to face local raps

BI: Canadian 'drug lord' stays in PH to face local raps

May 24, 2024, 3:15 pm

MANILA – Canadian Thomas Gordon O'Quinn tagged as a suspect in the PHP9.6-billion shabu shipment in Batangas province would stay in the country to face local charges before he can be deported, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Friday. “He has to stand trial and face his crimes locally,… Read More

PNP chief sees highly capable, more mission-ready SAF in 2 years

PNP chief sees highly capable, more mission-ready SAF in 2 years

May 24, 2024, 3:11 pm

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rommel Francisco Marbil said Friday he sees the Special Action Force (SAF) to be highly capable of dealing with various internal security threats in the next two years. This is also possible through the acquisition of additional assets, such… Read More

Navy ramps up external capability to support PH new defense concept

Navy ramps up external capability to support PH new defense concept

May 24, 2024, 3:09 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) is now focused on "reorienting and enhancing" its capabilities to focus on external defense cooperations in support of the military's adoption of the Comprehensive Archipelagic Defense Concept (CADC), its chief said Friday. This is necessary as the country… Read More