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BOC hires 31 new personnel

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has hired 31 new personnel in a bid to reduce workload and promote efficiency among its employees.Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, during the regular flag-raising ceremony on Monday, led the oath-taking of the new personnel composed of seven lawyers... Read More

2 Chinese men nabbed for illegal detention

MANILA -- Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have apprehended two Chinese nationals for illegally detaining a Chinese couple in Pasay City.In a press conference Tuesday, NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin identified the suspects as Su Jianshui and Chenwin Bin, who were arrested... Read More

Sereno camp: Nothing wrong with hiring of ICT consultant

MANILA -- The camp of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday said there is nothing irregular in the hiring of information and communications technology (ICT) consultant Helen Macasaet, whose contract of service expired in November 2017.Sereno's hiring of an ICT consultant... Read More

DOTr urges public to report corrupt execs, personnel

Clark City, Pampanga --The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday called on the public to report suspected cases of corruption involving officials and personnel of the agency in a move to further cleanse its ranks and to better serve the people.DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and... Read More

Ex-Leyte town mayor faces graft rap over P5.4-M 'ghost project'

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to charge former Carigara, Leyte Mayor Anlie Apostol with one count of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act over a water project in 2010.Probers from the Ombudsman’s Field Investigation Office in Region 8 found... Read More

Palace elated over PH’s 6.7% economic growth in 2017

MANILA -- Malacanang on Tuesday expressed elation over the 6.7 percent growth that the Philippine economy registered in 2017.“It is something that we are very proud of. We’re elated,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during regular Palace press briefing.According to the... Read More

Mayon-affected families now at 12K

MANILA -- The number of families affected by the series of Mayon Volcano's phreatic explosions has climbed to 12, 214 which is equivalent to 48, 614 persons as of Tuesday morning.This was bared by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad in an... Read More

Lorenzana: Frigate project cancellation unlikely

MANILA -- Despite allegations hounding the Navy's Frigate Acquisition Program (FAP), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that it is very unlikely that the project would be cancelled.'With all the facts we know about the frigate (project)? No," he said in a message.Earlier, the DND announced that... Read More

OSG asks CA to reverse decision acquitting ex-Palawan guv Reyes

MANILA -- The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed a petition before the Court of Appeals seeking to reverse its ruling and order the re-arrest former Palawan governor Joel Reyes in connection with murder charges over the killing of environmentalist and broadcaster Gerry Ortega.In a 53-page... Read More

NDRRMC assures enough relief goods for Mayon-affected families

MANILA -- The government has sufficient supplies for families affected by Mayon Volcano's series of phreatic explosions in Albay.This was stressed by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson in an interview late Monday.Supplies include relief and non-food items,... Read More

2nd petition vs. TRAIN law filed in SC

MANILA -- A second petition has been filed by a consumer advocacy group before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to halt the implementation of Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act.In a 40-page petition filed before the SC Monday, Laban Konsyumer Inc. and its... Read More

Easterlies, NE monsoon to bring rains Tuesday: PAGASA

MANILA—The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Atmospheric Services Administration (PAGASA) said two weather systems would bring isolated rains in the country Tuesday.In its 24-hour forecast, PAGASA said the northeast monsoon is affecting extreme northern Luzon while the easterlies is... Read More

BI foils human smuggling attempts at NAIA

MANILA -- Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) recently foiled several attempts by a syndicate to smuggle four illegal aliens to the United Kingdom and Canada, using Manila as a jump-off point. In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI... Read More

Taiwan to start construction of 400 Marawi houses 1st half of 2018

MANILA -- Taiwan Representative Gary Song-Huann Lin confirmed that the construction of 400 transitional housing units for victims of Marawi conflict will start in the first half of 2018.Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines will earmark a total of PHP600-million worth of... Read More

Anti-hazing bill hurdles House

MANILA – The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to prohibit all forms of hazing and regulate the initiation rites of fraternities, sororities and other organizations.The House approved on Monday night House Bill No. 6753, or the... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

BUSINESS MIRROR – ‘Economic Cha-cha not enough to end PHL woes’INQUIRER – Mayon explodes; Alert level 4 upMANILA BULLETIN – Mayon spews giant ash plumesMANILA TIMES – ‘Shoot me if I become a tyrant’MANILA STANDARD – House Cha-Cha leaves out... Read More

PRRD provides safer marketplace for soldiers

MAWAB, Compostela Valley— President Rodrigo Roa Duterte attended the establishment of TienDa Para sa mga Bayani at Camp General Manuel T. Yan, Sr. in Mawab, Compostela Valley on Monday, January 22.In his speech, President Duterte said the project, initiated by the Department of Agriculture... Read More

EU to support PH in implementing 27 confabs to retain GSP+ status

MANILA —The European Union (EU) on Monday committed to continue working closely with the Philippines through the ongoing Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) monitoring process, guaranteeing support to ensure that progress is made on implementing 27 international conventions it... Read More

House already in the process of amending Charter: Alvarez

MANILA -- Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday said the House of Representatives will continue its constitutional work to propose Charter changes even without the Senate, noting that the Constitution does not expressly call for a body called a constituent assembly.In a press conference, Alvarez said... Read More

Senate concurrence of PH-EU PCA a ‘milestone’

MANILA -- European Union (EU) Ambassador Franz Jessen on Monday said the concurrence of the Senate to the ratification of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) is a "major milestone" and a big step forward in the EU-Philippines relationship.

The PCA will serve as a general framework... Read More