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P300-M counterfeit goods seized in Manila, QC raids

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized counterfeit cigarettes and food items worth PHP300 million in two separate raids in Manila and Quezon City on Thursday.Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the fake cigarettes with different brands as well as Safeguard soaps, Maggi Magic Sarap,... Read More

NCRPO seeks God's help for success of 31st ASEAN Summit

MANILA -- National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde on Thursday sought for Divine intervention for the success of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit 2017 and Related Meetings in Manila on November 13-15.“In almost a year of security... Read More

House moves to address job-skills mismatch

MANILA -- A bill putting in place an integrated system of quality education to address the mismatch in jobs and skills and generate employment has hurdled second reading in the House of Representatives.Members of the Lower House approved House Bill 6572 seeking to institutionalize the Philippine... Read More

DFA releases schedule of events for 31st ASEAN Summit

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday released the schedule of meetings and events leading to and during the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on November 13-14.DFA said President Rodrigo Duterte would chair the Summit's plenary, where ASEAN Leaders are expected to... Read More

DSWD distributes complete hygiene kits to Marawi IDPs

MANILA – A social welfare department officer said Thursday they have begun distributing the complete hygiene kits to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi City.According to Dennis Domingo II, Social Marketing Unit information officer of the Department of Social Welfare and... Read More

Rainy Thursday night in Metro Manila due to 'Salome': PAGASA

MANILA -- Rains with occassional gusty winds are expected to prevail over Metro Manila on Thursday night due to tropical depression 'Salome'.In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said 'Salome' will be closer to Metro Manila... Read More

ASEAN to adopt accord on migrant workers' rights

MANILA -- Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states are expected to sign the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers during the summit that will be held next week.The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said the... Read More

Church telethon raises P1-M aid for Marawi rehab

MANILA -- Caritas Manila’s Damay Kapanalig Marawi Telethon has raised more than PHP1 million in cash and non-cash donations to help the people of Marawi rebuild their war-torn city.“As of 5:50 p.m. of Nov. 8, Caritas Manila, the social arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, through your... Read More

Non-index crimes make up large part of total crime volume: PNP

MANILA -- Non-index crime cases made up a huge chunk of the Total Crime Volume (TCV) recorded in the first 10 months of 2017, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.This, according to the Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System (CIRAS) of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and... Read More

Palace mum on 2 US lawmakers’ letter to Trump

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday said it will not comment on the letter sent by two American lawmakers to United States President Donald Trump, urging him to discuss the Philippine human rights situation in his forthcoming meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.“The Palace will not... Read More

Wounded troops’ morale up with release of P500-M for treatment, rehab

MANILA-- The morale of troops wounded in the five-month battle to retake Marawi City from the Maute group has skyrocketed again after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the release of PHP500 million for their treatment and rehabilitation."This gesture did not only further boost our morale, but will... Read More

22 teams complete PDEA K9 training

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday concluded its three-month K9-unit basic handler’s course attended 22 participants from the agency and counterparts from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine National Police-Police Regional... Read More

DND strengthens partnerships in Asia Pacific

MANILA --- The Department of National Defense (DND) is now collaborating with more countries in the Asia-Pacific region while maintaining relations with its long-standing allies."To broaden our international defense and security engagements and in relation to the directive of the President to... Read More

Tagle urges faithful to help rebuild Marawi

MANILA -- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged the faithful to help in efforts to rehabilitate war-torn Marawi City.In a radio interview, the Catholic prelate said this is the right time for the public to show their compassion to the people of the said city who were affected by the... Read More

'Salome' maintains strength, threatens Marinduque, Quezon

MANILA -- Tropical Depression 'Salome' maintained its strength as it heads towards the provinces of Marinduque and Quezon.In its 2 p.m. bulletin, the state weather bureau, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of 'Salome' is now at the... Read More

DSWD denies alleged irregularities in cash aid for Marawi IDPs

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has denied alleged corrupt practices in the distribution of cash assistance for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Marawi City.Information officer of DSWD-Soccsksargen’s Social Marketing Unit, Dennis Domingo II, said there... Read More

Palace welcomes Sotto proposal on mega drug rehab center

MANILA -- Malacanang on Thursday welcomed Sen. Vicente Sotto III’s suggestion to use the mega drug rehabilitation and treatment center located in Nueva Ecija as a ‘drug enforcement academy’.“We welcome the suggestion of Senator Vicente Sotto III on the mega drug... Read More

'Salome' strengthens, 21 areas under Signal No. 1

MANILA -- Tropical depression 'Salome' has intensified while crossing Ticao Pass in Masbate province Thursday morning.In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said 'Salome' was last spotted 50 km. south-southwest of Juban,... Read More

AFP chief gets 4-star rank

MANILA -- Newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero was formally promoted to four-star rank Wednesday.In the Philippine military, a four-star rank is equivalent to a full general, the highest position in the AFP.Defense Secretary Delfin... Read More

P2P buses as alternative transport for MRT-3 passengers

MANILA -- Point to point (P2P) buses are set to be deployed during rush hours along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) as an alternative mode of transportation to passengers of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).The P2P buses are expected to ferry passengers from North Avenue to Ayala Avenue... Read More