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AFP files raps vs. alleged Spanish terrorist

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of Philippines (AFP) filed criminal charges on Wednesday before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against a suspected terrorist who was arrested in a checkpoint in Basilan.Spanish national Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, 20, was charged with violation of Republic Act 9516 or illegal... Read More

American fugitive falls in Pangasinan

MANILA -- An overstaying American national convicted of illegal drugs and gun possession who is wanted by authorities in California for parole violation was apprehended by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) fugitive search unit (FSU) in Pangasinan province last week.BI Commissioner Jaime Morente... Read More

PH commemorates 3rd anniversary of Mamasapano clash Thursday

MANILA -- The Philippines will commemorate for the “first time” on January 25 the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF 44) members, who were massacred in a botched police operation in Mamasapano in 2015.President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the yearly commemoration of their heroism through... Read More

Church annulment bill hurdles 2nd reading in House

MANILA -- The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a proposal seeking to recognize the civil effects of church annulment or dissolution of certain marriages by different religious sects in the country.On Tuesday, lawmakers approved House Bill No. 6779, or an act recognizing the... Read More

Palace eyes deeper joblessness cut thru 'Build, Build, Build'

MANILA -- Malacanang on Wednesday expressed elation over the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey result showing fewer jobless Filipinos, adding that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to further reduce the unemployment figure through jobs created under the... Read More

PNP simplifies 'Tokhang' rules

MANILA -- To ensure that its "Tokhang" house visits would be less bloody and controversial, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has issued a simplified list of dos and don’ts to be observed by police units when conducting operations in support of anti-drug operations.This move complies with... Read More

House efforts to amend charter sans Senate will be rejected by public

MANILA -- The efforts of the House of Representatives (HOR) to amend the 1987 Constitution without the participation of the Senate will result in an “illegitimate” draft constitution which will be rejected by the people via plebiscite, a senator said Wednesday.Senator Sherwin Gatchalian... Read More

100% of gov't agencies upload FOI manuals

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Wednesday announced that 100 percent of state agencies have complied with the Freedom of Information (FOI) requirements for the grant of performance-based bonus (PBB).A total of 189 national government agencies (NGAs) under the... Read More

Australia donates AUD775,000 to Mayon-affected locals

MANILA -- The Australian government on Wednesday announced humanitarian support for local communities affected by the eruption of Mayon volcano in Albay province.According to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, some PHP31.6 million (AUD775,000) worth of assistance will be provided through the... Read More

DILG urges voters to choose upright, efficient barangay officials

MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to come up with a list of qualities of a good barangay official to serve as guide for voters in the May 14, 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo M. Año said his... Read More

NDRRMC assures aid for Mayon-affected communities

MANILA -- With the continuing phreatomagmatic eruption of the Mayon Volcano, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) assured assistance for families affected by the phenomenon.In its latest update, a total of 14,483 families or 55,068 persons from Camalig, Guinobatan,... Read More

NOLCOM on alert after series of NPA attacks

MANILA -- The Tarlac-based Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) has placed all its units on alert following a series of attacks by communist rebels in Kalinga and Isabela on Tuesday.Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, NOLCOM spokesperson, said a retired police officer identified as Johnny Adaol was killed in an... Read More

Scattered rains in most parts of PH due to NE monsoon, easterlies

MANILA -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said scattered rainshowers will be experienced in most parts of the country as the northeast monsoon affects northern Luzon and the easterlies over the rest of the country.In its 24-hour forecast, the... Read More

P19.4-M aid provided to Mayon-affected families: DSWD

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has reported that as of Tuesday, it has extended PHP19.39 million in combined assistance to families affected by Mayon Volcano’s phreatic eruption.In its Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC)... Read More

P2-B allotted for MSMEs development: Palace

MANILA – Malacanang announced on Tuesday that PHP2 billion fund has been allotted for the development of the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).During a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the money will be used for two programs that the... Read More

DOH gives P5-M aid to LGUs affected by Mayon

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday provided a quick release fund amounting to PHP5 million to finance continuous monitoring and augmentation supplies for the affected families of the eruption of Mayon Volcano in Albay province.“As of Monday, the DOH has provided a total of... Read More

2 troops killed, 2 hurt in Kalinga clash

MANILA -- Two troopers from the 50th Infantry Battalion were killed while another two were wounded following an encounter with New People's Army (NPA) terrorists in Kalinga Tuesday morning.Capt. Jefferson Somera, 5th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the clash took place 10 a.m. at Sitio Matayog,... Read More

Napoles’ claim vs. Drilon should be investigated: Palace

MANILA -- Malacanang on Tuesday said the claim of alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles that she gave election campaign donation to Senator Franklin Drilon should be investigated.“Well, I think it is something that should be investigated. This is information which, for the first... Read More

CHED considering peace education in SUC curriculum

MANILA -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is planning to integrate peace education in the curriculum of state universities and colleges (SUCs). "At this point, there are only a few universities which have included peace education in their curriculum. Most of these universities are in... Read More

Palace hopeful Congress, Senate will resolve differences

MANILA – Malacanang on Tuesday expressed optimism that the House of Representatives and Senate will eventually resolve their differences on how to amend the 1987 Constitution.“We are hoping that the two houses of Congress will resolve their differences,” Presidential Spokesperson... Read More