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Duterte declares last Monday of January as 'National Bible Day'

Duterte declares last Monday of January as 'National Bible Day'

January 10, 2019, 8:13 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has declared the last Monday of January every year as a special working holiday, in observance of the National Bible Day. Under Republic Act 11163 he signed on Dec. 20, 2018, the President recognized the value of the Holy Bible as the core of Christian faith,… Read More

UK envoy clarifies travel advisory to Mindanao

UK envoy clarifies travel advisory to Mindanao

January 10, 2019, 8:11 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday said the UK government has clarified the travel advisory it issued to Mindanao. British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce, in a letter to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, explained that while it did not change its advisory since 2017, it merely… Read More

Poe warns fuel stations vs. profiteering with new tax hike

Poe warns fuel stations vs. profiteering with new tax hike

January 10, 2019, 8:05 pm

MANILA -- Senator Grace Poe on Thursday urged fuel retail outlets to comply with the law in implementing the second round of excise taxes on petroleum products under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. "Huwag nilang samantalahin ito upang magpataw ng dagdag presyo na higit… Read More

OTS clears NAIA security screeners' complaint

OTS clears NAIA security screeners' complaint

January 10, 2019, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) has already clarified with security screeners at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) their complaint about not receiving their supposed benefits, an executive told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday. Last Tuesday, several… Read More

KWF seeks technical entries for Balmaseda award

KWF seeks technical entries for Balmaseda award

January 10, 2019, 7:28 pm

MANILA --  The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) hopes to receive, as entries for its annual Gawad Julian Cruz Balmaseda award, theses and dissertations covering technical matters and written in the country's national language, Filipino. "We're already accepting entries and want to also get… Read More

DA allots P100-M to compensate Cordillera veggie farmers

DA allots P100-M to compensate Cordillera veggie farmers

January 10, 2019, 7:23 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), has allocated PHP100 million for the Cordillera vegetable farmers, who were forced to dump or throw away truckloads of vegetables because there were no buyers. This was stated by Agriculture… Read More

SC drops journos civil suit vs. gov't in 2007 Pen siege arrests

SC drops journos civil suit vs. gov't in 2007 Pen siege arrests

January 10, 2019, 7:21 pm

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the dismissal of the PHP10-million class suit against the government, which was filed by 37 journalists arrested during the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege by outlaw adventurists led by Senator Antonio Trillanes. In its 15-page decision dated Oct. 1, 2018 and… Read More

PRRD vows stable electricity supply, land reform in Masbate

PRRD vows stable electricity supply, land reform in Masbate

January 10, 2019, 7:17 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday promised to provide stable electricity supply and land reform for Masbateños. In his speech at the launching of the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay in Dimasalang, Masbate, Duterte ordered responsible offices to address Masbateños' concern in land… Read More

Duterte to NPA rebels: 'Surrender and get houses, jobs'

Duterte to NPA rebels: 'Surrender and get houses, jobs'

January 10, 2019, 7:05 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte vowed to provide members of the communist armed group, New People's Army (NPA) housing and livelihood if they surrender and return to the government's fold. "Sumurender kayo. Bigyan ko kayo ng lupa, i-land reform ko muna ‘to at itatayuan ko kayo ng bahay.… Read More

CA upholds P50-M theft raps vs. Indonesian bizman, et al.

CA upholds P50-M theft raps vs. Indonesian bizman, et al.

January 10, 2019, 7:04 pm

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday ordered the Marikina City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to proceed with the PHP50-million qualified theft case filed by San Miguel Holdings Corporation (SMHC) against Indonesian businessman Shadik Wahono and his co-respondents. In an eight-page… Read More

CAAP probes chopper landing in Ultra

CAAP probes chopper landing in Ultra

January 10, 2019, 7:01 pm

MANILA -- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is now investigating the incident involving a chopper that landed at the Ultra Philippine Sports Complex in Pasig City last Jan. 8. "CAAP is conducting an initial investigation on the veracity and the circumstances surrounding the… Read More

RCBC manager in Bangladesh bank heist guilty of money laundering

RCBC manager in Bangladesh bank heist guilty of money laundering

January 10, 2019, 6:35 pm

MANILA -- The Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Thursday convicted a bank manager of money laundering over the transnational heist involving USD81 million siphoned by hackers from the Bangladesh Bank two years ago. Former Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) Jupiter, Makati branch manager… Read More

Traslacion 2019 ends shorter by almost an hour: church rector

Traslacion 2019 ends shorter by almost an hour: church rector

January 10, 2019, 6:32 pm

MANILA -- The Traslacion or the procession of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand in Luneta to Quiapo Church along Quezon Boulevard in Manila ended earlier as compared to its recorded time of arrival last year. “This year's Traslacion is almost an hour shorter,” Msgr. Hernando Coronel,… Read More

Law enforcement bodies, Comelec gear up for 2019 polls

Law enforcement bodies, Comelec gear up for 2019 polls

January 10, 2019, 6:27 pm

MANILA -- Officials of the police, military and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday held the first in a series of conferences that would ensure the smooth conduct of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite and the midterm elections. “We held today (Thursday) a tri-agency… Read More

Comelec exec stresses need for rules on campaign giveaways

Comelec exec stresses need for rules on campaign giveaways

January 10, 2019, 6:23 pm

MANILA — It is time for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to come up with rules on the use of campaign materials. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon made this remark on Thursday as she expressed dismay over the distribution by an aspirant in this year's mid-term elections of female… Read More

DOJ bucks 'downgrade' of PH democracy index rating

DOJ bucks 'downgrade' of PH democracy index rating

January 10, 2019, 6:17 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday took exception to the grounds cited by think tank Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to downgrade the rating of the Philippines in its democracy index for 2018. “The political opposition has not been muzzled at all in defending themselves and… Read More

SC asked to review ruling on case involving UCPB

SC asked to review ruling on case involving UCPB

January 10, 2019, 6:12 pm

MANILA -- A former board member and stockholder of the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) asked the Supreme Court (SC) to review its 2017 decision that nullified a mortgage with the bank of a development firm. Jesus Arranza, chairman of the Federation of Philippine Industries and former president… Read More

Palace blames pilot for Philsports Arena chopper landing

Palace blames pilot for Philsports Arena chopper landing

January 10, 2019, 6:09 pm

MANILA -- The pilot, not Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Dino, is to blame for making a helicopter land at the Philsports Arena (formerly Ultra Stadium) in Pasig City, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after a photo of… Read More

OWWA establishes OFW e-card assistance desk at NAIA terminals

OWWA establishes OFW e-card assistance desk at NAIA terminals

January 10, 2019, 6:05 pm

MANILA — The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Thursday announced it has established assistance desks for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) concerning their “OFW e-CARD” at the three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac… Read More

PCOO not engaged in red-baiting

PCOO not engaged in red-baiting

January 10, 2019, 6:03 pm

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is not engaged in "red-baiting" or "red-tagging", contrary to the claim of media group National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Malacañang said Thursday. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador… Read More