CCTV footage shows Atio in building where Divina Law firm holds office

MANILA -- A Senate panel on Monday released closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage which showed that a man, supposedly University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo, who recently died of alleged hazing, was inside the same building where the Divina Law firm holds... Read More

Lawmaker welcomes contract termination of MRT-3 maintenance provider

MANILA -- An administration lawmaker on Monday hailed the decision of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to terminate the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) maintenance contract of Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI), saying it is "better late than never."In a statement, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA)... Read More

Duterte to push for MSME global econ participation at APEC Summit

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to push for the full participation of the micro, small, and medium enterprises in the global economy during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Viet Nam, a foreign affairs official said Monday, November 6.In a... Read More

AFP believes Baco among slain terrorists in Marawi

MANILA -- The military strongly believes that Malaysian bomber Amin Baco was among those killed in the heavy fighting during efforts to retake Marawi City from the clutches of the Maute Group.This was disclosed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Major Gen. Restituto Padilla in a... Read More

Comelec sees 850K new voters for 2018 barangay, SK polls

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to register some 850,000 regular and youth voters in the ongoing nationwide voter registration which started on Monday and will run until the end of the month.“The Comelec expects less than 500,000 new Barangay registrants (18 years... Read More

Senators slam UST anew for allowing unrecognized frat to operate

MANILA -- Senators on Monday slammed the officials of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) anew for allowing the Aegis Juris fraternity to operate despite not being a recognized organization.During the resumption of the hearing into the alleged hazing death of UST law student Horacio... Read More

PAF gives heroes' welcome to 200 returning airmen

MANILA -- Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilots and aircrews, who flew numerous ground support missions in the five-month battle to retake Marawi City from the clutches of the Maute Group terrorists, were given a heroes' welcome in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City Monday.Welcoming ceremonies for the... Read More

DOTr terminates BURI maintenance contract with MRT

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) issued on Monday a final decision to terminate its contract with Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI) for the maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) system.In terminating the contract, the DOTr cited BURI's failure to address various issues... Read More

P107-M worth of luxury cars seized at Manila port

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized 18 brand new luxury cars amounting to over PHP107 million at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena on Monday led the inspection of the luxury vehicles which arrived in the country on separate dates from... Read More

DND verifying reports on Amin Baco as new ISIS emir in SE Asia

MANILA -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said that they are still verifying reports claiming that Malaysian terrorist Amin Baco is now the new ISIS emir in Southeast Asia.He made this announcement at the sidelines of the DND's 78th founding anniversary... Read More

Almost P4-B spent in Marawi City battle: Lorenzana

MANILA -- The government had spent an estimated PHP4 billion in the five-month battle to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of the Maute Group terrorists.This was bared by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the sidelines of the DND's 78th founding anniversary... Read More

No Filipino casualty in Texas shooting: DFA

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday confirmed that no Filipino was among the casualties in the massacre that killed 26attending church services in San Antonio, Texas over the weekend.Twenty persons were also injured in the incident which took place in the small town of... Read More

PNP: No imminent threat to ASEAN Summit 2017

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said there is no imminent threat for the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit 2017 which is scheduled next week.Despite this, PNP Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, in a report by Radyo Pilipinas, said the entire police force is on... Read More

Rains over most of PH Monday: PAGASA

MANILA — Most parts of the country will experience scattered rains and thunderstorms on Monday due to weather systems affecting the country, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geographical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. Weather forecaster Obet Badrina said... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– PHL wants WTO to help small firms cut trade costsINQUIRER– Invasion eyed to rid N.Korea of nukesPHILIPPINE STAR– Maute wife arrestedMANILA BULLETIN– 60,000-strong ASEAN securityMANILA TIMES– Philippines urges tighter Asean border controlMANILA... Read More

Smoking ban implementation remains a challenge: DOH

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) admitted that implementation of a country-wide smoking ban that took effect three months ago remains a challenge.According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, the full and effective implementation of Executive Order (EO) No. 26 continues to face challenges,... Read More

Expect heavy traffic on Quirino Highway due to MRT-7 construction

MANILA -- Motorists should expect traffic congestion along Quirino Highway in Quezon City starting Monday, November 6, due to the ongoing construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7).In its advisory Sunday, the MRT-7 Project Traffic Management Task Force advised private vehicles to avoid... Read More

No decision yet on PH MCC aid eligibility

MANILA-- The country's slip on some areas in the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) scorecard for the fiscal year 2018 does not mean the Philippines is ineligible to receive grants, United States Embassy in Manila on Saturday night said."A decision has not been made regarding the Philippines'... Read More

South China Sea, Nokor, counter terror Trump’s top ASEAN agenda

MANILA -- United States President Donald Trump’s priorities in his upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trip include the denuclearization of North Korea, meaningful code of conduct negotiations in the South China Sea, and counterterrorism efforts among others, said Deputy... Read More

Police arrest wife of terrorist leader Omar Maute

MANILA — Police have arrested Minhati Madrais, the Indonesian wife of terrorist leader Omar Maute, authorities confirmed Sunday afternoon.Iligan City Police director Senior Supt. Leony Roy Ga said Madrais, alias "Baby," was arrested at their house in Steele Markers Subdivison in Barangay... Read More