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Faeldon attends Senate probe on P6.4-B shabu shipment

MANILA -- A week after being confined in the hospital, Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon on Tuesday finally appeared before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee's investigation on the entry of PHP6.4 billion shabu shipment from China.Faeldon was earlier confined at the Manila East... Read More

PH lists 12 commitments in new Open Government action plan

MANILA -- The government launched Tuesday the fourth Philippine-Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan during a high level regional conference held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).The PH-OGP National Action Plan 2017-2019 listed 12 commitments under the first... Read More

Cayetano, solons tackle possible joint exploration of South China Sea

MANILA-- The House of Representatives' foreign affairs committee on Tuesday went into an executive session to discuss the possibility of conducting a joint exploration with China in the South China Sea. During the House hearing, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano called for... Read More

Ex-Surigao del Norte town mayor, 5 others rapped for graft

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) has ordered the indictment of former Sta. Monica, Surigao del Norte Mayor Rosalinda Penera for violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act for irregularities in the disbursement of funds for a core shelter project.Also ordered indicted are... Read More

Poe summons LTFRB to a meeting after move to suspend Uber’s services

MANILA -- Senator Grace Poe has summoned officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to an urgent meeting in the Senate Wednesday, a day after the board suspended services of ride-hailing service Uber for a month.Poe, in a statement, said that she was hopeful that... Read More

NPA to blame for suspension of peace talks - AFP

MANILA, Aug. 15 -- The New People's Army (NPA) is the one to blame for the government's decision to cancel peace negotiations.Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo made the statement when asked why the peace talks with the rebels died down."It is... Read More

BI activates anti-terror units in major airports, seaports

MANILA--The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has activated its anti-terrorist units in all major ports in the country to prevent possible entry of foreign terrorists.BI Commissioner Jaime Morente reported that since last month, anti-terrorist units composed of seasoned immigration intelligence agents have... Read More

AFP to revamp urban warfare doctrine after Marawi crisis

MANILA, Aug. 15 -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will conduct a massive revamp on the way its units approach urban warfare once the Marawi crisis is successfully resolved.AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo made the statement, stressing that proposed upgrades will focus... Read More

PAGASA: Parts of PH to experience rains Tuesday

MANILA -- Most parts of the country may experience rains on Tuesday as the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affects the western section of southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.In its... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR -- Piñol places entire PHL under bird-flu monitoringINQUIRER -- Palace says bird flu strain not harmfulMANILA BULLETIN -- House panel votes to postpone village, SK pollsMALAYA -- Faeldon in 'grease money' list: LacsonMANILA TIMES -- Sack FaeldonMANILA STANDARD -- Impeachment... Read More

Sandiganbayan resets arraignment of Pichay, Gatchalian to Oct. 16

MANILA -- The arraignment of Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero Pichay and Valenzuela City Rep. Weslie Gatchalian has been reset anew due to pending motions for reconsideration (MRs) from both camps.The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division reset the arraignment of Pichay, Gatchalian and their... Read More

Aguirre: Comelec chief's estranged wife may apply as state witness

MANILA-- The wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista can apply in the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP), Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said on Monday.Aguirre said Patricia Paz Bautista may seek government security under the WPP after submitting... Read More

Comelec chief asks spiritual guidance from Cardinal Tagle

MANILA,Aug. 14 --Amid the controversies hounding him, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista admitted that he has sought the help of one of the highest Church officials in the country.During the agency's flag ceremony Monday morning, Bautista said he asked guidance from many... Read More

Espenido, 3 other cops to appear at DOJ probe on murder charges

MANILA -- Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, Ozamiz City police chief, and three other police officers are set to appear before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday for the preliminary investigation on the criminal charges filed against them in connection with the death of suspected robbers last... Read More

Duterte appoints Sandiganbayan’s Gesmundo to SC

MANILA, Aug. 14 -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday appointed Sandiganbayan Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo to the Supreme Court (SC).Gesmundo will take the place of retired SC Justice Jose Mendoza who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 on August 13.He became the fourth appointee of the... Read More

PH, ASEAN ready to play part in dealing with NoKor nuke issue -- DFA

MANILA, Aug. 14 -- The Philippines, as chair of this year’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits, is focusing on decisive diplomatic approach for a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue, said Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.Cayetano said both the... Read More

House panel okays energy efficiency, conservation bill

MANILA-- A bill seeking to institutionalize energy efficiency and conservation (EEC) to ensure sufficiency and stability of the country’s energy supply has hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives.The House committee on energy, chaired by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay... Read More

Alert level issued for Filipinos in Guam, Northern Marianas

MANILA, Aug. 14 -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday issued Alert Level 1 for Filipinos residing in Guam and the Northern Marianas islands in the wake of North Korea’s threats to fire ballistic missiles.Under Alert Level 1, which is considered a precautionary phase, Filipino... Read More

Comelec chief skips House hearing on deferment of barangay polls

MANILA-- Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairperson Juan Andres Bautista was absent during Monday’s congressional hearing on the proposal to postpone the October 23 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.In a letter addressed to House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms... Read More

AFP: Ranking terror leaders still trapped in Marawi City

MANILA, -- Three ranking terrorists leaders, who plotted the attack against Marawi City, are still in the locality, the military said Monday.This was confirmed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, Col. Edgard Arevalo, who said that latest monitoring indicated that... Read More