Duterte appoints Empedrad as Navy chief

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has formally appointed Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad as flag officer in command (FOIC) of the Philippine Navy, replacing Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado who was relieved from the post last December.Empedrad, who served as acting Navy chief since Mercado's relief... Read More

PDEA gets P90.4-M equipment for anti-drug ops

MANILA -- To boost its operation capability in compliance with the Duterte administration's anti-illegal drugs drive this year, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) purchased PHP90.4 million worth of equipment and vehicles.“With the persistent threat of illegal drugs in the country,... Read More

I-ACT apprehends 71 road unworthy PUVs in Manila

MANILA -- The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) on Thursday morning apprehended 71 public utility vehicles (PUVs) in Manila, under its “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” (TBTU) campaign to flag down road-unworthy public transport.

In its advisory, I-ACT said 48 PUVs were issued... Read More

Number of residents affected by Mayon unrest nears 40K

MANILA -- There are now 9,807 families affected by the ongoing unrest of Mayon Volcano in Albay which is equivalent to 39,902 individuals.This was confirmed by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad in an update Thursday.Of the... Read More

Open your homes to evacuees, Legazpi diocese urges faithful

MANILA -- The Diocese of Legazpi urged the faithful in Albay to open their homes to evacuees affected by the eruption of the Mayon Volcano.With this, Fr. Rex Paul Arjona, social action director of the diocese asks the public to support “Ang Hararung na Pagrangan sa Orag o Harong (bahay)... Read More

PNP reshuffles officials

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reshuffled its ranking officials, its spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos announced Thursday.The reshuffle aims to fill vacant slots caused by the retirement of PNP officials, a Radyo Pilipinas report said.Among the officials given new... Read More

Palace inspired over Duterte admin’s ‘record-high’ satisfaction rating

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday expressed elation over the results of an opinion survey showing the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte getting a record-high net satisfaction rating in the last quarter of 2017, saying the poll results showed that Filipinos recognize the efforts of... Read More

Japan seeks deeper ties with PH

MANILA -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has emphasized his continuing respect and support to President Rodrigo Duterte and to the Philippines-Japan strategic partnership, particularly in the field of security and infrastructure development.Abe conveyed his message to the Filipino leader through... Read More

Press freedom also means following the law: US Pinoy group

MANILA -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has legal grounds to revoke the registration of Rappler, according to Virginia-based Filipino group US Pinoys for Real Change in the Philippines (USPRCP).Lawyer Arnedo Valera, chairperson of USPRCP, said in a statement Rappler had violated the... Read More

Law firm explains how Rappler violated the law

MANILA -- Law-firm Dizon and Orbe-Dizon has published a factual explanation on how online news platform Rappler had violated the law, prompting the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke Rappler's registration as a Philippine corporation.In a January 16 article in the law firm's website,... Read More

Ex-Navy chief: 'No hard feelings over relief from post'

MANILA -- Despite his unceremonious relief as Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command last month, Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado stressed he has no bitterness towards Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana."You know I'm a military officer, I obey orders, I know the Secretary of National... Read More

Drilon backs Puno: SC cannot interfere in cha-cha

MANILA -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday said that he agreed with the statement of former Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Reynato Puno that the Supreme Court (SC) could not interfere in the process of amending the 1987 Constitution.“I concur with the observation of former... Read More

Senate, House must ‘dance the same dance’ or no Cha-cha

MANILA -- Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on Wednesday said that the two chambers of the Congress - the Senate and House of Representatives - must agree whether to vote jointly or separately otherwise they could not proceed to amend the 1987 Constitution.“We have to follow the same... Read More

PH studies Japan's national ID system

MANILA -- As legislation establishing a national ID system in the Philippines gains steam, the House of Representatives has been studying international best practices on the proposed measure, this time, eyeing Japan's system.Last week, Laguna District III Representative Sol Aragones, chair of the... Read More

DOST allots P172-M to boost R&D in higher education institutions

MANILA -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) allotted PHP172.72 million to boost the research and development (R&D) capabilities of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the country, the agency said Wednesday. The budget is allocated for the first year of implementation of the... Read More

Easterlies to bring isolated rains Thursday

MANILA — Easterlies affecting the eastern section of the country will bring isolated rains in that part of the country Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.In its 24-hour weather forecast, PAGASA said the easterlies will bring... Read More

2 ex-chief justices say Congress should vote on cha-cha separately

MANILA --Two former Supreme Court (SC) chief justices on Wednesday said that if the Congress should convene in a constituent assembly (con-ass) to amend the 1987 Constitution, voting should be done separately and not jointly.Although he saw absolutely “no need” to amend or revise the... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

BUSINESS MIRROR – House, Senate headed for stalemate on Cha-cha voteINQUIRER – 2 Ex-chief justices split on federalismMANILA BULLETIN – Senate rejects House Con-AssMANILA TIMES – ‘Federalism a leap to hell’MANILA STANDARD – Joint Con-Ass junkedPHILIPPINE... Read More

PRRD meets with members of Pinnacle Club of ASEAN

MANILA -- Retired defense chiefs from Southeast Asia paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, January 17.“I’d like to welcome you all. It’s an honor to be in the midst of people who have a strong knowledge of what is the condition of our world... Read More

Pres. Duterte receives credentials of 3 new envoys to PH

MANILA --President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, January 17, welcomed the newly appointed Ambassadors to the Philippines of South Korea, Tanzania, and Serbia and received their credentials at the Malacañang Palace.His Excellency Han Dong-Man, who previously served as South Korea’s... Read More