Nograles tells BURI: Don't blame it on the rails

MANILA -- Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) partylist Rep. Jericho Nograles on Tuesday said Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI) is lying through its teeth in claiming that the MRT 3 breakdowns and glitches were caused by the system's old and dilapidated train rails.“Don’t blame it on the... Read More

Be vigilant, Lorenzana tells ASEAN security teams

MANILA -- National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana urged military and police units tasked to secure the leaders and delegations attending next week's Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit to be vigilant at all times."We cannot be very complacent. We should be aware, we should be... Read More

Rainy Tuesday over most parts of PH due to ITCZ, tailend of cold front

MANILA -- Most parts of the country will experience scattered rains and thunderstorms on Tuesday due to weather systems affecting the country, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geographical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.The tail-end of the coldfront affecting the... Read More

BI to deport Chinese fugitive wanted for economic crimes

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration is set to deport a 54-year-old Chinese national wanted by authorities in Beijing for economic crimes.BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitive as Lin Ayong, who was apprehended in Binondo, Manila last November 2 by operatives from the bureau’s... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR – Tourism earnings double in August on China factorINQUIRER – Trump on N. Korea: Era for patience overMANILA BULLETIN – No-fly zone set for ASEAN SummitMANILA TIMES – Resign now, spare SC from damageMANILA STANDARD – Palace dares Sereno: QuitPHILIPPINE... Read More

Palace welcomes UN's recognition of PH as 'rising star in FDIs'

MANILA -- The Philippine economic prospects have been fairing significantly based on different economic and trade reports with the United Nations calling the Philippines “a rising star in foreign direct investments”, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday, November... Read More

Pres. Duterte confers order of Lapu-Lapu on PO1 Ronald Anicete

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte awarded Police Officer (PO) 1 Ronald Anicete with the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kampilan Medal during a simple ceremony at Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Monday, November 6.President Duterte in his previous speeches heaped praises on Anicete, a Caloocan... Read More

P15-M shabu seized in women's jail, condo raids

MANILA -- Combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) seized PHP15.4 million worth of methamphetamine hydrocloride also known as ‘shabu’ from a Taiwanese mother and her daughter in separate... Read More

Gov’t settles dispute with Chinese firm over Northrail project

MANILA --The government has struck an out of court settlement agreement over its dispute with China National Machinery & Equipment Corp. Group (currently China National Machinery Industry Corporation or Sinomach), the former contractor of the 80-kilometer Caloocan to Malolos segment of the... Read More

Improve image building to lessen impact of travel advisories vs. PH

MANILA — Following the latest travel advisories of the United Kingdom and the Australian government on the Philippines, an expert on Monday urged the administration to further improve destination branding and image building to mitigate its negative effect to the country's tourism.

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DOTr forms transition team to handle MRT maintenance ops

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has created a transition team that will handle the maintenance operations of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) after it terminated the maintenance contract with Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI).The DOTr said the transition team consisting of the... Read More

PAL’s debt settlement 'good compromise': Poe

MANILA -- Senator Grace Poe on Monday described the PHP-6 billion settlement of flag carrier Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) liabilities with the government as a “good compromise.”“Given that the outstanding arrears of PAL amount to PHP6.91 billion for navigational charges, I... Read More

Hazing should be abolished: Aegis Juris leader

MANILA -- Aegis Juris leader Arvin Balag on Monday agreed that the practice of hazing should definitely be abolished.“It (hazing) should be defined and hazing should be abolished,” Balag said during the third Senate hearing into the alleged hazing death of University of Santo Tomas (UST)... Read More

Drop in people's expectations normal in any admin: Palace

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said the drop in the number of Filipinos expecting President Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill most, if not all, of his campaign promises is normal in any administration that has been a year in office, stressing however that what matters most is that majority of... Read More

Ventura faces Senate, refuses to name frat men in initiation rites

MANILA -- Former Aegis Juris official Marc Ventura faced the Senate on Monday but refused to name the frat men present during the initiation rites which led to the death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III on September 17.During the resumption of... Read More

Palace lauds report on PH topping ASEAN manufacturing activity

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday welcomed the report which showed the Philippines taking the lead in manufacturing activity among ASEAN member states.“The good news is that the Philippine manufacturing sector is ahead of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries,”... Read More

SC disowns 'letter' containing Leonen comment on 2017 bar exams

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday clarified that a supposed letter from Associate Justice Marvic Leonen commenting on the 2017 bar examination questions did not come from the magistrate.The letter which circulated online included comments like, “All questions are basic principles from... Read More

Sereno to judiciary personnel: Uphold institution's independence

MANILA -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged personnel in the judiciary to preserve the institution's independence and exercise diligence in the performance of their duties."A good and effective judiciary is only as strong and independent as the belief and faith of the people in it," Sereno... Read More

Sereno won't quit amid Palace official's resign call

MANILA -- Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will not resign from her post, her spokesperson said on Monday.“As previously declared, resignation has never been an option. The CJ (Chief Justice) needs to face the impeachment proceeding precisely to preserve the dignity and... Read More

Duterte’s new spokesman urges CJ Sereno to resign

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday urged Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign if only to spare the judiciary from further damage.In a Palace briefing, Roque said it would be better for the Chief Justice to resign to protect the judiciary from the effect of a possible... Read More