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 3 Filipinos jailed in HK over bank scam get help

3 Filipinos jailed in HK over bank scam get help

February 20, 2019, 8:59 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine government is providing assistance to three Filipino call center employees who were jailed over a bank scam in Hong Kong, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday. In a statement, the DFA said the three were sentenced to five-month imprisonment on Monday… Read More

PRRD signs Universal Healthcare Care law

PRRD signs Universal Healthcare Care law

February 20, 2019, 8:49 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday signed the Universal Health Care Act into law which will automatically enroll all Filipinos under the government’s health insurance program. Duterte signed the landmark legislation in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace, saying… Read More

PNP chief doubts ‘diversionary tactics’ on floating cocaine

PNP chief doubts ‘diversionary tactics’ on floating cocaine

February 20, 2019, 8:31 pm

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday said it is too early to conclude that the floating bricks of cocaine found on Philippine shores were part of diversionary tactics by drug syndicates. “I don't see any diversionary tactics as of this… Read More

PH condemns bomb attack in Kashmir

PH condemns bomb attack in Kashmir

February 20, 2019, 7:36 pm

MANILA-- The Philippine government on Wednesday joined dozens of foreign governments in denouncing the recent terror attack in Kashmir that killed scores of Indian security forces last week. "The Philippines strongly condemns the terrorist bomb attack in Pulwama on 14 February 2019 that claimed… Read More

'Magnitude 8 scenario' earthquake drill set Feb. 21

'Magnitude 8 scenario' earthquake drill set Feb. 21

February 20, 2019, 7:26 pm

MANILA -- The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) will spearhead the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on Thursday (February… Read More

Magnitude 3.8 quake jolts Kalinga

Magnitude 3.8 quake jolts Kalinga

February 20, 2019, 7:06 pm

MANILA -- A magnitude 3.8 earthquake jolted Kalinga province on Wednesday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. The quake of tectonic origin struck 6 kilometers northeast of Pinukpuk at around 3:09 p.m. It had a depth of 1 km. Intensity II was felt… Read More

NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 to open Feb. 26

NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 to open Feb. 26

February 20, 2019, 6:52 pm

MANILA — The 5.65-kilometer North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 is set to open on February 26, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Wednesday. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said once the elevated expressway is opened, the travel time from Circumferential… Read More

PH to help overstaying Filipinos arrested in Israel

PH to help overstaying Filipinos arrested in Israel

February 20, 2019, 6:47 pm

MANILA-- The Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), on Wednesday vowed to assist all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will be repatriated to the country for overstaying in Israel. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola… Read More

PRRD directs agencies to identify lands suitable for distribution

PRRD directs agencies to identify lands suitable for distribution

February 20, 2019, 6:43 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an executive order directing all government departments, bureaus, and offices to identify government-owned lands suitable for distribution. Duterte signed Executive Order No. 75 on Feb. 15 but a copy of which was released to media only on Wednesday… Read More

Comelec to study requests to exempt BBB projects from ban

Comelec to study requests to exempt BBB projects from ban

February 20, 2019, 6:41 pm

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said it will be evaluating the request of government agencies to exempt infrastructure projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program from the construction ban. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they already received the… Read More

Solons laud enactment of landmark Universal Health Care Law

Solons laud enactment of landmark Universal Health Care Law

February 20, 2019, 6:25 pm

MANILA -- Lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Wednesday lauded the signing of the landmark Universal Health Care Law by President Rodrigo Duterte, calling its enactment as “historic” and a “priceless gift” to all Filipinos. Kabayan party-list Rep. Ron Salo said the enactment of… Read More

Comelec to PUV owners: Comply with poll ads rules

Comelec to PUV owners: Comply with poll ads rules

February 20, 2019, 5:34 pm

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said privately-owned public transport, such as buses, are allowed to have campaign posters but they have to comply with the size provided set by the poll body. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon noted that the allowable size of campaign… Read More

DOH urges public anew to observe anti-dengue measures

DOH urges public anew to observe anti-dengue measures

February 20, 2019, 5:32 pm

MANILA -- An official of the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday urged the public again to observe preventive measures against dengue to contain the increase of cases nationwide. In a television interview, Director Napoleon Arevalo of the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau stressed the… Read More

Universal healthcare can be implemented gradually: Palace

Universal healthcare can be implemented gradually: Palace

February 20, 2019, 5:11 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday said it is open to the possibility that Universal Health Care (UHC) may be implemented “gradually” without revenue from higher tobacco excise tax. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said while Congress has yet to draft a final bill raising tobacco… Read More

Collaboration needed to beat NPA infiltration in schools: AFP

Collaboration needed to beat NPA infiltration in schools: AFP

February 20, 2019, 5:09 pm

 MANILA --- To stop the New People's Army (NPA) infiltration in schools, proactive collaboration is needed among various government organizations, parents and learning institutions, an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) official said Wednesday.  The military issued the statement when asked… Read More

DND ready to impose mandatory ROTC in senior high schools

DND ready to impose mandatory ROTC in senior high schools

February 20, 2019, 5:05 pm

MANILA -- An official of the Department of National Defense (DND) expressed on Wednesday the readiness of the agency to implement the mandatory Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in Grades 11 and 12 nationwide once the bill is signed into law. During the subcommittee hearing of the Senate… Read More

Focus on studies instead of joining rallies, CHED tells studes

Focus on studies instead of joining rallies, CHED tells studes

February 20, 2019, 5:04 pm

MANILA -- Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III on Wednesday reminded government scholars to focus on their studies instead of joining protest rallies. "If you're a scholar under Republic Act 10931, please be a good student and finish your course on time. We… Read More

Ilocos Sur mayor faces raps for illegal detention

Ilocos Sur mayor faces raps for illegal detention

February 20, 2019, 5:03 pm

MANILA -- An Ilocos Sur town mayor has been ordered arrested by a local court over the padlocking of a local beach resort with its operator and four-year-old son trapped inside. In the two-page warrant, Cabugao regional trial court branch 24 Judge Raphiel Alzate directed the Philippine National… Read More

Malacañang still supports Diokno on cash-based budgeting

Malacañang still supports Diokno on cash-based budgeting

February 20, 2019, 5:01 pm

MANILA - Malacañang on Wednesday reiterated its support for Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno on the latter's push for a cash-based budgeting system from the current obligation-based approach. "Sa palagay ni Secretary Diokno iyon ang mas makakabuti sa ating mga… Read More

New law shows gov’t serious in battle vs. cancer: solon

New law shows gov’t serious in battle vs. cancer: solon

February 20, 2019, 4:49 pm

MANILA -- The signing of the National Integrated Cancer Act shows that the government is taking serious steps to improve cancer care in the country and gives hope to cancer patients, especially the poor, in their battle against the disease, a lawmaker at the House of Representatives said… Read More