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No need to declare state of calamity amid measles outbreak: solon

No need to declare state of calamity amid measles outbreak: solon

February 13, 2019, 7:51 pm

MANILA -- Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday warned against declaring a state of calamity in the regions hit by the measles outbreak, as it could give some politicians access to calamity funds. "This is the election period, and excuse na naman yan (this is another excuse) to spend money...What is… Read More

PAF allots P12-M for AW-109 attack chopper parts

PAF allots P12-M for AW-109 attack chopper parts

February 13, 2019, 7:41 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is allocating PHP12 million for the acquisition of main rotor dampers for two of its AgustaWestland AW-109 attack helicopters. Pre-bid conference is slated to be held at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City at 11 a.m. on… Read More

Don't let criminals spoil Valentine's Day, PNP tells public

Don't let criminals spoil Valentine's Day, PNP tells public

February 13, 2019, 7:37 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday reminded the public to be wary of the schemes of unscrupulous individuals ahead of Valentine's Day celebration. PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, said scammers, pickpockets, and armed robbers may take advantage of the occasion… Read More

P1-B 'Bahay Pag-asa' funds allotted in 2019 budget: Sotto

P1-B 'Bahay Pag-asa' funds allotted in 2019 budget: Sotto

February 13, 2019, 7:35 pm

MANILA -- A total of PHP1 billion has been allocated in the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to fund the construction of "Bahay Pag-asa" centers, or the rehabilitation facilities for children in conflict with the law (CICLs), Senate President Vicente… Read More

PH cautions Filipinos on violent protests in Haiti

PH cautions Filipinos on violent protests in Haiti

February 13, 2019, 7:31 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday issued an advisory to Filipinos in Haiti regarding the continued protests in the country that have already left dozens injured. "We advise our kababayan in Haiti to stay indoors and prepare their personal security plans," Philippine… Read More

Andaya denies starting practice of early procurement

Andaya denies starting practice of early procurement

February 13, 2019, 6:55 pm

MANILA -- House Appropriations Committee chairman and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. denied on Wednesday Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s claims that he started the practice of bidding government projects even before a budget bill is enacted into law. “There is no truth to that… Read More

Chinese envoy cites PCOO role in boosting PH-China ties

Chinese envoy cites PCOO role in boosting PH-China ties

February 13, 2019, 6:54 pm

MANILA-- China's top diplomat in Manila on Wednesday lauded the Presidential Communications Operations Office's (PCOO) role in promoting the China-Philippines relations and its people-to-people ties. "Communication has been playing an important role in cementing our friendship and promoting our… Read More

Visiting Mecca now more affordable: Palace

Visiting Mecca now more affordable: Palace

February 13, 2019, 6:28 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday urged Muslim Filipinos to avail of the improved services being offered by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) noting that the agency is providing them with “more affordable” options to visit the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during the upcoming… Read More

DAR sets record in awarding land titles since 1972

DAR sets record in awarding land titles since 1972

February 13, 2019, 6:06 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Wednesday said it has set an all-time high record of 60,000 hectares of land distributed with Certificate of Land Ownership Award in 2018, exceeding their projected target by 20,000 hectares more. “I was informed by no less than (DAR Field… Read More

SPD nabs 85 persons, 90 firearms in anti-crime drive

SPD nabs 85 persons, 90 firearms in anti-crime drive

February 13, 2019, 5:40 pm

MANILA -- Operatives of the Southern Police District (SPD) have arrested 85 persons and seized 90 firearms since the start of the election gun ban last month. In a report to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Wednesday, SPD director, Chief Supt. Eliseo Cruz, said Parañaque City has… Read More

Solon wants creation of strategic fuel reserves

Solon wants creation of strategic fuel reserves

February 13, 2019, 5:38 pm

MANILA -- A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Wednesday reiterated his call for the establishment of a Philippine Strategic Fuel Reserves (PSFR) following President Rodrigo Duterte's admission that he could not do anything about oil prices due to the country’s lack of fuel reserves. In… Read More

TF on land conversion formed to fast-track ops

TF on land conversion formed to fast-track ops

February 13, 2019, 5:25 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) formed an inter-agency task force to streamline the process for land use conversion after getting the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte due to the slow pace of operations. The task force includes the participation of the Department of the Interior… Read More

Voters warned vs. disinformation ahead of May polls

Voters warned vs. disinformation ahead of May polls

February 13, 2019, 5:22 pm

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday warned voters against the circulation of disinformation before the conduct of the May 13, 2019 National and Local Elections (NLE). According to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, they have monitored false information, particularly on… Read More

China donates IT equipment to PBS, PNA

China donates IT equipment to PBS, PNA

February 13, 2019, 4:58 pm

MANILA -- The Chinese Embassy in Manila on Wednesday donated sets of equipment to state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) and Radyo Pilipinas of the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) in a ceremony led by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua and Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.… Read More

Chinese woman in 'taho' incident now under BI custody

Chinese woman in 'taho' incident now under BI custody

February 13, 2019, 4:22 pm

MANILA -- The 23-year-old Chinese national who threw “taho” (soy pudding) at a police officer last February 9 is now under the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Personnel from the BI Intelligence Division detained Zhang Jiale at the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City… Read More

AFP to keep tight lookout on Reds' extort try during polls

AFP to keep tight lookout on Reds' extort try during polls

February 13, 2019, 3:53 pm

MANILA -- With the campaign period for the May polls now in full swing, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it will keep a tight lookout on New People's Army (NPA) rebels out to extort money from candidates. This is aside from area security the military will provide during the… Read More

PNP welcomes release order on witness in Jee Ick Joo slay

PNP welcomes release order on witness in Jee Ick Joo slay

February 13, 2019, 3:51 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday welcomed the Angeles City Regional Trial Court's (RTC) order to release a policeman who is now a state witness in the abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo two years ago. “SPO4 Roy Villegas is a state witness… Read More

SC junks Pamatong suit vs. PRRD

SC junks Pamatong suit vs. PRRD

February 13, 2019, 3:48 pm

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the quo warranto petition questioning the legality of the assumption of President Rodrigo R. Duterte filed by erstwhile presidential candidate Ely Pamatong in 2018. In a ruling dated January 22 and released to the media on Wednesday, the tribunal said… Read More

DepEd begins assessment of Grade 12 learners

DepEd begins assessment of Grade 12 learners

February 13, 2019, 2:38 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) is conducting an assessment of Grade 12 learners in all schools, both public and private, for school year 2018-2019 to determine the effectiveness of the K to 12 program. In a statement, the DepEd said about 1.4 million Grade 12 learners will take the… Read More

Poll bets have until Feb. 14 to remove illegal campaign materials

Poll bets have until Feb. 14 to remove illegal campaign materials

February 13, 2019, 2:26 pm

MANILA -- Though the campaign period for the national positions only officially began Tuesday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has given senatorial and party-list candidates and their supporters until Thursday to take down oversized and illegally-placed posters and tarpaulins. Comelec… Read More