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Court upholds denial of graft raps vs. Misuari

Court upholds denial of graft raps vs. Misuari

March 12, 2019, 6:42 pm

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has upheld its ruling that denied the motion seeking to dismiss the graft and malversation cases against former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Nur Misuari over the alleged anomalous procurement of more than PHP77-million worth of Information… Read More

Part of Estrella Service Road to be closed for 2 years

Part of Estrella Service Road to be closed for 2 years

March 12, 2019, 6:36 pm

MANILA -- A portion of the Estrella Service Road will be closed for two years to give way for the repair of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, an official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said. “Roads in the vicinity of Estrella Bridge will be cleared of illegally-parked… Read More

House official urges swift passage of 2019 budget

House official urges swift passage of 2019 budget

March 12, 2019, 6:33 pm

MANILA -- House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez on Tuesday urged the immediate passage of the proposed PHP3.757 trillion budget for 2019, even as he insisted that the House of Representatives did not introduce any amendments in the version of the bicameral conference committee. In a press briefing,… Read More

NWRB mulls back-up wells for critical infrastructures

NWRB mulls back-up wells for critical infrastructures

March 12, 2019, 6:28 pm

MANILA -- The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) is studying how to help ensure water supply of critical infrastructures amid the continuing onslaught of drought-driving El Niño phenomenon. "One of the things we're studying is whether to open back-up wells," said NWRB Executive Director… Read More

Big time 'party drugs' supplier killed in Manila buy-bust

Big time 'party drugs' supplier killed in Manila buy-bust

March 12, 2019, 6:17 pm

MANILA -- An alleged “big-time party drugs supplier” in Metro Manila was killed in a buy-bust operation in Manila on Monday evening. PDEA Special Enforcement Service Director Levi Ortiz said the suspect, Steve “John” Pasion, 31, was killed after he allegedly tried to grab the firearm and… Read More

DILG urges provinces to create own anti-insurgency body

DILG urges provinces to create own anti-insurgency body

March 12, 2019, 6:11 pm

MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday urged the country’s 81 provinces to create their respective task forces to combat insurgencies issues in their respective areas. “With no less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself taking the role as National… Read More

RCBC files P130-M defamation suit vs. Bangladesh Bank

RCBC files P130-M defamation suit vs. Bangladesh Bank

March 12, 2019, 5:53 pm

MANILA -- The Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) filed a PHP130-million defamation suit against the Bank of Bangladesh over the backlash from the USD81-million international bank heist where the latter lost money to hackers who set up fake accounts in the Philippine bank. In a complaint filed… Read More

Duterte to act as ‘moderator’ in budget meeting with Congress

Duterte to act as ‘moderator’ in budget meeting with Congress

March 12, 2019, 5:40 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte will act as “moderator” when the two chambers of Congress will meet with him to “settle differences” regarding issues hounding the proposed PHP3.757-trillion national budget on Tuesday night. The meeting will take place a day after the President… Read More

Rehab of Manila Bay gets help from SoKor city

Rehab of Manila Bay gets help from SoKor city

March 12, 2019, 5:30 pm

MANILA--The rehabilitation of Manila Bay will get a boost as the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will collaborate with a South Korean city to address the problem on wastewater treatment. MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco will meet with Daegu Metropolitan City officials at… Read More

PNP, BJMP join forces anew in nationwide jail inspections

PNP, BJMP join forces anew in nationwide jail inspections

March 12, 2019, 5:25 pm

MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to assist the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the conduct of jail inspections. In a memorandum issued and signed by DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, concerned… Read More

PRRD admin’s satisfaction rating ‘clear repudiations’ of critics

PRRD admin’s satisfaction rating ‘clear repudiations’ of critics

March 12, 2019, 5:21 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday described the “very good” net satisfaction rating of the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte as “loud and clear repudiations” of his critics and detractors who questioned his policies and reforms. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued… Read More

Cardinal Quevedo turns 80, loses papal conclave eligibility

Cardinal Quevedo turns 80, loses papal conclave eligibility

March 12, 2019, 5:21 pm

MANILA — Retired Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, who turned 80 on Monday, is no longer allowed to participate in a conclave or the election of a new Pope. According to an article posted in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website, the cardinal… Read More

7 Chinese nabbed for kidnapping compatriot

7 Chinese nabbed for kidnapping compatriot

March 12, 2019, 5:15 pm

MANILA -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday presented to the media seven Chinese nationals who kidnapped and mauled a fellow Chinese. The seven suspects, identified as Luo Gen Jin, Cheng Yiguo, Liu Shenghui, Deng Shuijin, Xiong Jinxiang, Xiong Jongpeng and Xiong Jilong, were… Read More

Keep calm amid water interruption: PNP

Keep calm amid water interruption: PNP

March 12, 2019, 5:13 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday called on residents affected by water service interruption in various areas to stay calm. “We ask our fellow Filipinos who are in long queues of water rationing to keep calm. Everybody who is in the queues will get their own share of… Read More

DepEd opens expo on tech, education

DepEd opens expo on tech, education

March 12, 2019, 5:12 pm

MANILA -- Some 4,080 students and teachers from 16 school divisions in the National Capital Region attended on Tuesday the opening of the Department of Education's (DepEd) Cyber Expo 2019 in Pasay City. The expo is a three-day education and technology event which aims to recognize the achievement… Read More

Suarez refutes Lacson’s claim of overpriced ambulances

Suarez refutes Lacson’s claim of overpriced ambulances

March 12, 2019, 5:09 pm

MANILA -- House of Representatives Minority Leader Danilo Suarez on Tuesday refuted Senator Panfilo Lacson’s statements over the alleged “overpriced” ambulances allocated to congressmen in the 2019 budget, saying the PHP2.5 million per ambulance might even be below the market price of each… Read More

3 of 4 Filipinos satisfied with Duterte admin: SWS survey

3 of 4 Filipinos satisfied with Duterte admin: SWS survey

March 12, 2019, 4:37 pm

MANILA -- Three out of every four Filipinos are satisfied with the general performance of the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Monday showed. The fourth quarter 2018 survey showed that 76 percent of Filipinos are satisfied… Read More

Embracing diversity allows learners to thrive: DepEd chief

Embracing diversity allows learners to thrive: DepEd chief

March 12, 2019, 3:20 pm

MANILA -- Embracing diversity in schools allows learners to thrive in the fields that appeal to the Filipino sense of identity, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said. In her address for school year 2018-2019 graduates, Briones said that while the Department of Education (DepEd) has embraced… Read More

Senators to meet with Duterte on 2019 budget

Senators to meet with Duterte on 2019 budget

March 12, 2019, 3:13 pm

MANILA -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III will meet with President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night to discuss the proposed PHP3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 following an impasse between the two chambers of Congress. "Pinatawag na ako ng Presidente mamayang gabi. Dadalhin ko na yung… Read More

Solons urge gov't to act vs. El Niño

Solons urge gov't to act vs. El Niño

March 12, 2019, 2:46 pm

MANILA -- Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday urged the government to take a "proactive stance" amid threats of a prolonged dry spell in Metro Manila and the rest of the country. In a statement, Angara said the government should designate an "anti-El Niño czar" who will lead the multiagency response… Read More