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Metro Manila Subway project on track: DOTr

MANILA -- The construction of the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) is on track, with the groundbreaking set by fourth quarter of 2018, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said. In a statement, the DOTr reiterated that it is on track with the implementation of the subway system and targets to... Read More

Several areas under signal No. 1 due to TD Salome

MANILA(UPDATE) — Several areas were placed under Signal No. 1 as the low pressure area spotted off northern Samar developed into a tropical depression Thursday morning, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.In its... Read More

Duterte ‘offended’ by Santiago’s comments on mega rehab facility

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he asked for the resignation of Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chair Dionisio Santiago because he was “offended” by Santiago’s “incongruous” public comments on the construction of a mega drug rehabilitation... Read More

PH calls for mainstreaming migrants' health in ASPAC meet

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday echoed the country's position before the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) for the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration (GCM), calling for the inclusion of the health of migrants as a cross-cutting theme in... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR – PHL may tap foreign labor for P8-trillion infra projectsINQUIRER – China protest halts PH nipa-hut buildingMANILA BULLETIN – PH, US remain best of friendsMANILA TIMES – Duterte vows firmer stance on sea rowMANILA STANDARD – Criminal raps vs... Read More

Pres. Duterte arrives in Vietnam for APEC Summit

Da Nang, Vietnam — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrived here on Wednesday, November 8, to participate in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM).The President arrived at Da Nang International Airport at 6 pm (7 pm, Manila time). Upon arrival at... Read More

Parañaque court drops rape case vs Kenneth Dong

MANILA -- The Parañaque City Regional Trial Court (RTC) dismissed the rape case against businessman Dong Yi Shen alias Kenneth Dong.Dong was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on August 15 after attending a Senate probe into the PHP6.4-billion shabu shipment seized in two... Read More

BI deploys more personnel in airports for ASEAN delegates

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday said it has formed special teams of immigration officers (IOs) to assist Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegates and other foreign visitors who are expected to arrive aboard chartered or special flights in time for the event next... Read More

SC orders gov't to comment on petition vs anti-hospital deposit law

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the government to file a comment on the petition to scrap the new measure that criminalizes hospitals requiring deposits or advance payments before treating patients.The high court specifically directed the Palace and the Department of Health to submit... Read More

Vigilance, cooperation needed to curb terrorism: Lorenzana

MANILA -- Despite the victory of government troops against the Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, every Filipino must remain vigilant to prevent terror threats.This was emphasized by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana who said that containing terrorism is a shared... Read More

Discussing maritime row with ASEAN significant for US

MANILA -- Raising the issue of maritime row in the South China Sea would be a significant move for the Trump administration to reaffirm its commitment to allies and partners in the Southeast Asian region during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet next week, said an expert on... Read More

Calata Corp. faces raps over false info on Mactan Leisure project

MANILA -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday filed a criminal complaint before the Department of Justice (DoJ) against agri-business firm Calata Corporation.In its complaint, SEC said the firm violated Section 24 of Republic Act 8799, known as the Securities Regulation Code... Read More

Duterte expects highly productive APEC meet for PH

MANILA –President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he is anticipating a highly productive meeting with fellow leaders as he departed for Da Nang, Vietnam to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.In his pre-departure briefing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport... Read More

Roque pursues ethics raps vs fellow Kabayan solon

MANILA -- Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday manifested to the House Ethics Committee his intent to pursue the seven ethics complaints he filed against fellow Kabayan Partylist Rep. Ron Salo.Roque, through his legal counsels, said in his manifestation that after due... Read More

DND: No Chinese blockade off Kalayaan Island Group

MANILA -- There are no Chinese ships blockading Sandy Cay and other sandbars owned by the Philippines in the Kalayaan Island Group.This was stressed by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the sidelines of the ASEAN Leadership Amid A New World Order at the Makati... Read More

Displaced, returning OFWs urged to turn to agri-entrepreneurship

MANILA -- A senator on Wednesday encouraged returning and displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to turn to the agriculture sector for jobs.“The agriculture sector can very much provide jobs to OFWs displaced by the downturn in the petroleum industry,” Senator Cynthia Villar said in... Read More

BOC issues rules on handling intercepted drug shipments

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday issued guidelines on the proper handling of apprehended illegal drugs.Memorandum 2017-11-004, signed by Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, aims to establish proper protocols for the handling of dangerous drugs (DD) and controlled precursors... Read More

Criminal raps filed vs ex-President Aquino over Mamasapano tragedy

MANILA --The Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday filed charges before the Sandiganbayan against former President Benigno S. “Noynoy” Aquino III in connection with the Mamasapano tragedy.The complaint stemmed from Aquino’s alleged role in the anti-terrorist operation that led to... Read More

Aquino to face Mamasapano raps with courage, honesty: Bam

MANILA -- Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV on Wednesday expressed confidence that his cousin, former President Benigno Aquino III, will face the graft and usurpation charges against him with “courage” and “honesty.”The former president was formally charged with graft and... Read More

Senate to resume sessions after ASEAN Summit

MANILA -- The Senate on Wednesday announced that it has rescheduled the resumption of its sessions scheduled November 13-16 in light of the upcoming 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.Senate Secretary Lutgardo Barbo said that the move was done in compliance "with the security... Read More