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PNP honors SAF 44 thru commemorative bike ride

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police will spearhead on Sunday a commemorative bike ride to pay tribute to the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who died in a mission to neutralize Malaysian terrorist and bomb-maker Zulkipli Bin Hir alias "Marwan" in 2015.Newly-appointed head of the PNP... Read More

US-based Pinoy cites Filipino nurses' contribution to global health

MANILA – A US-based Filipino lawyer on Thursday cited the great contribution of some 200,000 Filipino nurses working in the United States to global health care and the millions of dollars of remittances they send back home that help boost the Philippine economy.Rev. Arnedo S. Valera, Esquire... Read More

DOST seeks more budget for Halal lab

MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology Region 12 (DOST-12) plans to allocate an additional budget for the region's Halal laboratory as officials remain optimistic about the institutionalization of the Philippine National Halal Laboratory and Science Center.

“The... Read More

Chartering our own destiny through federalism

MANILA -- The push for a shift to a federal form of government has been gaining steam as a possible solution to the nation's longstanding problems.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who had a stunning electoral victory, championed federalism, envisioning it as the key to bring "lasting peace,... Read More

Mayon-affected families reach 23K

MANILA -- As Mayon Volcano spews more lava and ash plumes, the number of families affected by its unrest has reached almost 23,000.National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad on Friday said the number of families affected by Mayon's wrath has... Read More

De Vera named CHED OIC

MANILA – Malacanang has appointed Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Prospero De Vera III as the agency's officer-in-charge “effective immediately.”Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed the appointment papers of De Vera last January 24.President Rodrigo... Read More

NPA ideology dying: PA official

MANILA -- The recent mass surrender of New People's Army (NPA) fighters is an indication that the communist rebel idealogy is losing steam and now dying.The statement was made by Philippine Army (PA) spokesperson Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva on Friday, saying the people "are already fed up about the... Read More

PRRD will not cower to ISIS threats: Roque

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is unmoved by the latest threats from the Islamic State or ISIS, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday.Roque gave this reaction to a news report by Indian-based “The Print” claiming that the ISIS group based in Indonesia is planning... Read More

PH exploring possible military cooperation with India: Lorenzana

MANILA -- The Philippines is looking at a possible military cooperation with India aside from the possibility of procuring Indian defense equipment needed for the upgrade of its defense capabilities.This was disclosed by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who was among... Read More

NE monsoon, tail-end of cold front to bring rains Friday: PAGASA

MANILA— Rains will prevail in some parts of the country Friday as the tail of a cold front affects the eastern section of southern Luzon and the northeast monsoon over northern and central Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.In... Read More

Pres. Duterte 'serious' in implementing Kuwait deployment ban: Bello

MANILA — Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that President Rodrigo Duterte is serious in considering a total deployment ban of workers to Kuwait.In a statement Thursday, the DOLE chief noted that such action would depend if the investigation on the... Read More

PM Modi extols Pres. Duterte's visit to India

NEW DELHI, India— Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his deep appreciation for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s acceptance to visit India for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, an Indian top official said Thursday, January 25.At a press briefing here, India Ministry of External... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

BUSINESS MIRROR – Strides made in efforts to amend 1987 charterINQUIRER – Congress leaders reach Cha-Cha dealMANILA BULLETIN – Lahar, floods threaten AlbayMANILA TIMES – House, Senate break Cha-cha deadlockMANILA STANDARD – Ex-CJ heads Cha-Cha teamPHILIPPINE STAR... Read More

Duterte names 19 members of body to review 1987 Constitution

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed 19 of the 25 members of the Consultative Committee that will review the country’s 1987 Constitution.Malacanang released on Thursday their appointment papers which President Duterte signed on January 23.President Duterte has designated former... Read More

Gov’t wants more Indian firms to produce cheaper medicines in PH

MANILA -- The Philippines wants to further strengthen cooperation with India's pharmaceutical industry with more Indian pharmaceutical companies producing affordable medicines in the country, two top government officials said Thursday.In a press briefing at the sidelines of the ASEAN-India... Read More

Lawyer asks SC to clarify Congress’ voting on Cha-cha

MANILA -- A law professor on Thursday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to clear things over conflicting positions of the House of Representatives, the Senate and other stakeholders in connection with measures to amend the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for a federal form of government.In an 11-page... Read More

DOJ re-files raps on P6.4-B shabu haul in Manila RTC

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has re-filed before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) the criminal case against Chinese businessman Richard Tan and several others in connection with the PHP6.4-billion shipment of illegal drugs last year.“New information for importation of... Read More

Duterte, Modi agree to expand trade, security cooperation

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to expand bilateral ties particularly on trade and security cooperation.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the two leaders met for more than one hour right after President Duterte arrived in New Delhi... Read More

Discussion on Kuwait deployment ban ‘ongoing’

MANILA — The discussion between Kuwait and Philippine officials on the suspension of Filipino deployment to Kuwait is ongoing, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

Last week, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) enforced the ban after President Rodrigo... Read More

I-ACT to expand ‘Tanggal Bulok Tanggal Usok’ campaign to Mega Manila

MANILA -- The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) will expand its ‘Tanggal Bulok Tanggal Usok’ (TBTU) campaign to get rid of smoke belching and dilapidated public utility vehicles (PUVs) in mega Manila starting Friday.

The council will conduct an on-road inspection of PUVs in... Read More