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Commuters get free Edsa carousel bus rides until December

MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday approved the extension of the free Edsa Carousel bus rides until December and free rides for students who will be using the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit-2 (LRT-2), and Philippine National Railways... Read More

SC junks disbarment suit vs. IT firm exec for insufficient cause

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a disbarment complaint against a lawyer involved in the corporate control battle of an information technology (IT) service contractor of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).In a 10-page resolution released Friday, the SC Second Division dismissed... Read More

DFA welcomes Manalo's appointment as top diplomat

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday welcomed the appointment of seasoned career diplomat Enrique A. Manalo as its new chief.Manalo, who succeeded former Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., was warmly welcomed by ranking officials and employees at the agency.He arrived at the... Read More

Covid-19 cases in NCR up 52% from previous week: DOH

MANILA – The number of coronavirus diseases 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) continues its increase at 52 percent higher than the previous week.In its latest Covid-19 situation report, the Department of Health (DOH) noted that the region logged 442 new infections for... Read More

SC upholds dismissal of school registrar over graduation anomaly

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the dismissal of a school registrar for allowing four ineligible students to graduate.The SC also ordered Colegio San Agustin - Bacolod to pay Dr. Melinda Montaño a salary differential amounting to PHP54,218 as the school reduced her salary... Read More

Serve with humility, Advincula urges new PH leaders

MANILA – Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula on Friday reminded the country's new leaders to emulate Jesus Christ by serving the nation with humility and pursuing efforts toward the common good.“May you be leaders who give life to our people, especially the needy and disadvantaged.... Read More

Anti-insurgency efforts free C. Luzon villages from NPA clutches

MANILA – The Marcos administration will inherit a highly successful anti-insurgency effort pushed by the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict for Central Luzon (RTF-ELCAC 3).Presidential Adviser for Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., who also... Read More

P30-M smuggled poultry seized in Manila port

MANILA – Bureau of Customs (BOC) officers seized PHP30 million worth of smuggled poultry products at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on Wednesday.In a statement Friday, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said the shipments that arrived in five 40-foot containers were... Read More

Solon wants to strengthen PH health system resilience

MANILA – A lawmaker on Friday filed several measures to strengthen the country's health system and build its resilience amid the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.During the first day of the filing of measures that ushered in the opening of the 19th Congress, Quezon Rep.... Read More

DOTr to elevate transport industry to global standards

MANILA -- The country’s transportation system will be transformed and elevated to global standards as the Department of Transportation (DOTr), under the administration of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., will focus its efforts on moving passengers and goods, Secretary Jaime Bautista... Read More

Lawmakers rally Pinoys behind Marcos, Duterte call for unity

MANILA – Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Friday called on Filipinos to rally behind the new leaders, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Z. Duterte, in their call for unity and help them fully deliver their mandate."I humbly appeal to all my... Read More

BOC logs highest monthly collection at P76.29-B in June

MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has recorded so far its highest monthly collection in history, with a total of PHP76.29 billion collection for the month of June.Based on the preliminary report from the BOC Financial Service released Friday, the collection last month surpassed its target... Read More

Marcos seeks divine guidance as he serves PH

MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday morning attended a Holy Mass, as he sought divine guidance now that he serves his fellow Filipinos as the 17th Philippine president.Marcos attended the mass officiated by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula at the... Read More

Active cop wanted for carnapping falls in Cotabato

MANILA – Members of the anti-scalawag unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have arrested an active police officer wanted for carnapping cases in Cotabato City on Wednesday.In a statement Friday, Brig. Gen. Samuel Nacion, chief of the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG),... Read More

22K indigents get P175-M PCSO medical aid in June

MANILA – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has released over PHP175.26 million in medical assistance to a total of 22,539 eligible beneficiaries nationwide in June.Citing the latest data released on Friday, the agency said the funds were released to beneficiaries through the... Read More

Solon seeks longer terms for President, local officials

MANILA – Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr. on Friday filed a measure proposing longer terms for the president, vice president, members of the House of Representatives, and local officials.Resolution of Both Houses No. 1 urges the Senate and the House of Representatives to convene into a... Read More

Bills granting 25-year franchise to NCCP, 10 firms lapse into law

MANILA – At least 11 measures granting 25-year congressional franchise to the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and 10 other firms have lapsed into law.Former President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the measures to lapse on June 2 without his signature.Republic Acts (RAs) 11833... Read More

Faustino to continue territorial defense initiatives

MANILA – Department of National Defense (DND) officer-in-charge (OIC), Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr. on Friday vowed to continue the undertaking laid down by his predecessor Delfin Lorenzana, in defending the country's territorial integrity."Sir (referring to Lorenzana), rest assured that... Read More

'Domeng' now a tropical storm

MANILA -- Weather disturbance "Domeng" has intensified into a tropical storm, now packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 80 kph.In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the weather bureau said Domeng was last tracked 940 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon, moving... Read More

Military might on full display at inauguration parade

MANILA – The military parade during Thursday’s inauguration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the National Museum symbolized the country's strength to face challenges.Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said on Friday it raised the morale of Filipinos, seeing the capabilities of the Armed... Read More