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DND chief sees need to invest in missile defense technology

MANILA -- With the threats of long-range missile bombardment now a looming reality, there is a need for the Philippines to invest in missile defense technology to fully protect itself against these threats.This was disclosed by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on... Read More

BIR forms probe team on Comelec head's 'undeclared wealth'

MANILA – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has formed a team in charge of probing Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista and his relatives for possible tax evasion, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Wednesday.The move comes amid allegations of Bautista's estranged wife... Read More

IAS to probe Bulacan anti-drug ops that left 32 suspects dead

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it is procedural for their Internal Affairs Services (IAS) to investigate and look into the circumstances concerning police officers who have shot and killed suspects during the course of operations.PNP spokesperson Chief Supt.... Read More

DND mulls acquisition of medium tanks

MANILA -- Instead of heavily-armored and gunned main battle tanks, the Department of National Defense (DND) is looking at the possibility of acquiring some medium tanks for its armored units.This was emphasized by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when asked by the PNA Wednesday on whether the... Read More

AFP vows to neutralize remaining Maute terrorists in Marawi

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vowed to exert all possible efforts to ensure that the remaining Maute Group terrorists, now pocketed in a square-kilometer area in Marawi City, are neutralized and all accounted for."We are firm in ending this rebellion in Marawi, and we are going... Read More

Duterte witnesses turnover of binoculars, donation to military

MANILA - President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnessed the turnover of binoculars and the signing of a deed of donation on Tuesday, August 15, at Malacañan Palace. The Commander-in-Chief witnessed the turnover of binoculars to Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, facilitated... Read More

PAGASA: Light to moderate rains over PH Wednesday

MANILA-- Light to moderate rains and possible occasional heavy rains will prevail over the country on Wednesday due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.Light to moderate rains and... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR -- Poultry growers incur huge losses due to bird flu - UbraINQUIRER -- 21 drug suspects killed in 9 hoursMANILA BULLETIN -- 9 charged in P6.4-B drug smugglingMALAYA -- NBI files drug trafficking raps vs 2 traders, 7 othersMANILA TIMES -- Andy got P500K from Smartmatic - wifeMANILA... Read More

NBI agents nab Kenneth Dong at Senate for rape raps

MANILA – Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II presented businessman Kenneth Dong to media on Tuesday after agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested the latter at the Senate for a rape case.Aguirre said that Dong was arrested by NBI by virtue of arrest warrant issued by... Read More

LTFRB junks Uber appeal to lift suspension

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has denied the motion for reconsideration (MR) filed by transportation network company Uber on the one month suspension of its operations.In its order issued Tuesday afternoon, the LTFRB said Uber’s continuing... Read More

Makati RTC orders SunVar to vacate Mile Long property

MANILA – The Makati City Regional Trial Court on Tuesday ordered the Sunvar Realty Development Corporation, a real estate firm owned by the Rufino and Prieto families to vacate the 2.9-hectare Mile Long property in Makati City, Solicitor General Jose C. Calida said on TuesdayCalida said the... Read More

PUV modernization program still a go as QC court junks TRO petition

MANILA -- The implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) modernization program will push throughafter a Quezon City trial court denied the petition of protesting militant transport groups.QC Regional Trial Court Branch 80 denied Monday the motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) filed... Read More

PH embassies, consulates abroad told to update contingency plans

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday ordered all embassies abroad and consulates general, particularly those in or near conflict areas, to update their contingency plans to ensure the safety of Filipinos especially if North Korea (NoKor) attack Guam."Our people all over the... Read More

TESDA chief urges public to avail of free skills training

MANILA -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong is urging the public to avail of the free skills training from the agency.He said this as he attended the "Serbisyo Caravan" last August 12 in Commonwealth Elementary School, Quezon... Read More

Public hearing held in Davao on barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

MANILA,August 15 --The Commission on Elections (Comelec) conducted a public hearing in Davao City on Tuesday to know the opinion of the people if they want the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls in Mindanao, to push through or not.During the public consultation, Comelec Spokesperson James... Read More

LGUs should ensure compliance of smoking ban: DILG

MANILA -- Local government units (LGUs) should ensure the support and compliance of company and school heads to the nationwide smoking ban or they would be held liable and face corresponding sanctions.In a directive, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said local chief... Read More

Sandiganbayan upholds graft raps vs Iligan solon

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has upheld the graft charges against Iligan City Rep. Frederick Siao over the alleged anomalous land lease contracts the city government entered into with a private company when he was a councilor in 2013.In a 16-page resolution written by Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice... Read More

LTFRB: Uber suspension still in effect pending review of MR

MANILA -- The one month suspension of the accreditation of transportation network company (TNC) Uber remains in effect despite its pending motion for reconsideration, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said Tuesday.In a press briefing, LTFRB board member and... Read More

Aguirre lauds arrest of 2 'Yolanda' donation scam suspects

MANILA– Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Tuesday lauded the agents of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the arrest of two persons for duping people into donating for victims ofsuper typhoon Yolanda in 2013.Aguirre identified the fraud suspects as Engr. Desiderio Estinozo and... Read More

Gov't losing much-needed revenue due to corruption at BOC

MANILA -- A senator on Tuesday slammed the Bureau of Customs (BOC) anew for being home to several corrupt officials and blamed them for being responsible for the government’s losing “much-needed” revenue.“Not only are we bringing in drugs, we're also losing money on smuggled... Read More