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PRRD asks Congress to pass mandatory ROTC for senior high

PRRD asks Congress to pass mandatory ROTC for senior high

November 23, 2018, 11:17 am

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has urged Congress to pass a bill reinstating the mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for senior high school students to instill patriotism and love of country. “I likewise encourage Congress to enact a law that will require mandatory ROTC for… Read More

New tropical storm enters PAR as ‘Samuel’ exits

New tropical storm enters PAR as ‘Samuel’ exits

November 23, 2018, 10:40 am

MANILA -- Tropical storm “Man-yi” has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) as tropical depression “Samuel” moved out of the country on Thursday. However, “Man-yi” has not made landfall yet, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration… Read More

Rice tarrification bill enhances local farmers’ competitiveness

Rice tarrification bill enhances local farmers’ competitiveness

November 23, 2018, 8:57 am

MANILA -- Senator Cynthia Villar on Thursday stressed that the rice tarrification bill would enhance the competitiveness of Filipino farmers rather than kill the local rice industry, as claimed by some progressive lawmakers and peasant groups. Villar, the chair of the Senate Committee on… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Fri. Nov. 23, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Fri. Nov. 23, 2018

November 23, 2018, 7:18 am

BUSINESS MIRROR – Surge in palm oil imports raises fears of dumping INQUIRER – Senate-House panel oks rice import tax MANILA BULLETIN – Duterte to visit China in April MANILA TIMES – Duterte fires housing exec MANILA STANDARD – DFA defends China oil deal PHILIPPINE STAR – Duterte fires… Read More

EcoWaste urges Canada to follow SoKor waste move

EcoWaste urges Canada to follow SoKor waste move

November 23, 2018, 12:10 am

MANILA -- The environmental group EcoWaste Coalition believes Canada must follow South Korea's gesture of taking back right away its misdeclared plastic waste shipped to the Philippines five years ago. EcoWaste adviser Manny Calonzo said South Korea's assurance about taking steps to have the… Read More

Xi thanks Duterte for 'warm hospitality' during Manila visit

Xi thanks Duterte for 'warm hospitality' during Manila visit

November 22, 2018, 10:41 pm

MANILA — Chinese President Xi Jinping penned an appreciation letter on Thursday thanking President Rodrigo Duterte for the "friendship and warm hospitality" during his historic state visit to the Philippines. Xi cited the talks he had with the Chief Executive, former president and House Speaker… Read More

Duterte fires HUDCC exec over graft reports

Duterte fires HUDCC exec over graft reports

November 22, 2018, 8:58 pm

TANZA, Cavite -- President Rodrigo Duterte announced Thursday the termination of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary General Falconi V. Millar due to allegations of corruption. Duterte made the announcement during the inauguration of the Cavite Gateway Terminal… Read More

PRRD inaugurates Cavite Gateway Terminal

PRRD inaugurates Cavite Gateway Terminal

November 22, 2018, 8:57 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday led the inauguration of the Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT), the country’s first and only container barge port located in Barangay Capipisa East, Tanza, Cavite. Duterte said the PHP1.5-billion terminal is the result of the collaboration between the… Read More

Northeast monsoon to bring light rains over north Luzon

Northeast monsoon to bring light rains over north Luzon

November 22, 2018, 8:55 pm

MANILA -- The northeast monsoon affecting northern Luzon will bring light rains over this area likely until Friday, the weather bureau said. Cloudy skies with light rains are expected over the Cagayan Valley region, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains will prevail over the… Read More

NPC to commemorate Maguindanao massacre with bloodletting drive

NPC to commemorate Maguindanao massacre with bloodletting drive

November 22, 2018, 8:42 pm

MANILA -- A bloodletting activity will be conducted by the National Press Club (NPC) of the Philippines on Friday to commemorate the 9th year anniversary of the gruesome Maguindanao Massacre where 58 people, 32 of them journalists, were killed. NPC president Rolando Gonzalo said the club decided… Read More

PRRD threatens to send Army Rangers to go after gambling cops

PRRD threatens to send Army Rangers to go after gambling cops

November 22, 2018, 8:29 pm

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday warned police personnel that he would assign Army Rangers to patrol Roxas Blvd. in Manila if they do not stop engaging in gambling activities, particularly in a Japanese-owned hotel and casino. Duterte issued the stern warning against cops… Read More

Cebu Pacific experiences technical issues

Cebu Pacific experiences technical issues

November 22, 2018, 7:15 pm

MANILA -- Passengers of local carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) have been experiencing flight changes from Nov. 20 to 22 due to Tropical Depression Samuel and technical difficulties, the airline said on Thursday. A CEB representative told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that both domestic and… Read More

DFA warns Pinoys anew over latest human trafficking in Iraq

DFA warns Pinoys anew over latest human trafficking in Iraq

November 22, 2018, 7:02 pm

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday warned Filipino jobseekers anew against human trafficking syndicates based in Dubai that have been illegally deploying Filipinos to Iraq. The advisory was issued after the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad rescued two more Filipinas from the… Read More

Cimatu orders nationwide river cleanup

Cimatu orders nationwide river cleanup

November 22, 2018, 6:34 pm

CEBU CITY -- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Thursday ordered all regional directors of the agency to have all the rivers under their jurisdiction cleaned within a one-year period. Cimatu issued the order here during the opening of the 4th… Read More

DOJ doing its best to speed up Ampatuan case: Palace

DOJ doing its best to speed up Ampatuan case: Palace

November 22, 2018, 5:59 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) is doing its best to hasten the prosecution of former Maguindanao mayor Andal “Datu Unsay” Ampatuan Jr., and other accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark as… Read More

104 nabbed for illegal online gambling in Pasig raid

104 nabbed for illegal online gambling in Pasig raid

November 22, 2018, 5:54 pm

MANILA -- Operatives of the Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU) of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and Philippine National Police-Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) on Thursday arrested 104 persons, including 93 Chinese nationals for illegal online gambling in Pasig City. In a… Read More

China-funded bridge no risk to San Agustin Church's UNESCO status

China-funded bridge no risk to San Agustin Church's UNESCO status

November 22, 2018, 5:42 pm

MANILA -- The construction of the PHP4.243-billion Binondo-Intramuros Bridge across the Pasig River will not threaten the status of San Agustin Church and three other Baroque churches as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage site, Malacañang… Read More

Labor group hopeful of gov't nod on food subsidy for workers

Labor group hopeful of gov't nod on food subsidy for workers

November 22, 2018, 5:32 pm

MANILA -- The Associated Labor Unions - Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) is optimistic that the government would consider its proposal to provide minimum wage workers a food subsidy. "Our proposal to President (Rodrigo) Duterte for his administration to provide food subsidy for… Read More

Solon survives chopper crash in Tarlac

Solon survives chopper crash in Tarlac

November 22, 2018, 5:27 pm

MANILA -- A helicopter carrying House deputy minority leader Anthony Bravo of COOP-NATCCO party-list crashed in Crow Valley, Tarlac on Thursday afternoon. Bravo's chief-of-staff, Rene Buenviaje, confirmed that the lawmaker only suffered some bruises. Also, among the passengers was former House… Read More

Diocese of Manila joins campaign vs. Christian persecution

Diocese of Manila joins campaign vs. Christian persecution

November 22, 2018, 5:23 pm

MANILA – The facades of cathedrals and parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila and in other parts of the country will turn red on Nov. 28 to support the launch of the Red Wednesday campaign. In a circular issued to parishes, religious communities, organizations and schools on Thursday, Fr.… Read More