Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– Right to (mental) healthINQUIRER– 'American dream' of Pinoys in perilPHILIPPINE STAR– 'Narco-terrorist' brods nabbed in SaranganiMANILA BULLETIN– 8 lumad NPAs surrenderMANILA TIMES– Calls mount to probe Malampaya fundsMANILA STANDARD– ISIS... Read More

DepEd helps teachers manage finances

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) continues to explore ways that would enable teachers and other personnel to manage their finances.In a statement issued Friday, DepEd cited that these measures include "reduction of interest rates on loans through the expansion of the Provident Fund, and... Read More

DFA denies collecting 'allegiance fee' for citizenship reacquisition

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday denied collecting an "allegiance fee" amounting to 45 euros for Philippine citizenship reacquisition, saying it refers to a "one-time fee" for the application processing.In a text message, DFA Acting Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said... Read More

Senator seeks review of tuna conservation, management plan

MANILA -- A senator on Friday has called for a review of the draft plan and various inputs and recommendations of industry players on the National Tuna Management Plan.Senator Cynthia Villar made this statement following a warning by experts that Philippine seas would become "virtual deserts" by... Read More

PAL settles P6-B unpaid navigational dues

MANILA -- The Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Friday settled its unpaid air navigational charges worth PHP6 billion to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).In a statement, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that PAL,... Read More

Bill amending Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act hurdles 2nd reading

MANILA -- The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure limiting the applicability of preventive suspension only to public officers who are still connected with the office wherein the offense charged was committed.Members of the lower chamber passed through viva voce voting... Read More

De Lima appeals SC ruling affirming her arrest on drug charges

MANILA -- Senator Leila de Lima on Friday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its earlier decision dismissing her petition to nullify the arrest warrant issued in connection with the illegal drug charge filed against her.In her 24-page Motion for Consideration (MR), De Lima said that majority... Read More

DOJ starts probe on rebellion raps vs woman inciting terrorism online

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday started its preliminary investigation of the rebellion charges filed by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against a woman allegedly involved in the recruitment of foreigners into the country for terrorist activities through social media.During... Read More

7,227 law graduates take bar exams this month

MANILA -- A total of 7,227 law students will take the country's 116th bar examination set this coming Sunday.This year's number of examinees is higher compared to last year’s 6,831.Exams will be held on four Sundays of this month starting November 5, 12, 19, and 26 at the University of Sto.... Read More

DPWH opens 2 more lanes along Quezon Ave.

MANILA -- The traffic flow along the west-bound side of Quezon Ave. from Elliptical Road to Agham Road in Quezon City is expected to improve with the completion of the PHP62 million widening and drainage improvement project by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).Public Works Secretary... Read More

PH, Italy explore potentials in bilateral relations

MANILA -- Aimed at further exploring potentials in bilateral relations, the Philippine and Italian governments have inaugurated the first meeting of their bilateral consultation mechanism (BCM) in Rome on October 30, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.Heading the Philippine... Read More

Solon seeks Congress’ oversight to prevent Malampaya fund misuse

MANILA -- A progressive lawmaker on Friday stressed the need for congressional oversight on the Malampaya fund after the state audit revealed the alleged “questionable” release of nearly PHP38.8 billion in Malampaya natural gas funds from 2004 to 2012.In a statement, Bayan Muna Rep.... Read More

PNP thanks public for peaceful 'Undas' observance

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) thanked the public for their help and cooperation in ensuring a peaceful and orderly conduct of this year's activities for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.In a report by state-run Radyo Pilipinas on Friday, PNP deputy spokesperson Supt.... Read More

Pres. Duterte committed to resolving insurgency problem peacefully

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's latest call for New People's Army (NPA) fighters to lay down their arms and live normal lives shows his determination to resolve the country's long-running insurgency peacefully, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday."The... Read More

'Ramil' exits PH

MANILA -- “Ramil” has intensified into a severe tropical storm but is now out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geographical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Friday. In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin,... Read More

Dry run for ASEAN night convoy set Nov. 8 : MMDA

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development (MMDA) advised motorists to avoid Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) and other roads in Metro Manila as a night time convoy dry run will be conducted on Nov. 8, 2017 in preparation for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.A... Read More

Assorted drugs seized in Mandaluyong

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized an estimated PHP337,500 worth of assorted illegal drugs and paraphernalia and arrested six suspects after raiding a condominium unit in Mandaluyong City early Thursday.In a statement, PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino identified the... Read More

Less ‘Undas’ garbage this year: MMDA

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has collected lesser volume of garbage from major cemeteries in Metro Manila for this year’s commemoration of All Saints’ Day.The agency was able to haul 5.25 tons of trash from the Manila North and South Cemetery, Loyola... Read More

US confirms Duterte, Trump bilateral meeting in ASEAN Summit

MANILA -- The White House has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte and United States President Donald Trump will be having a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings in November."On November 13, the President will... Read More

DFA to verify reported 'allegiance fee' collection

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday clarified there is no authorized "allegiance fee" being implemented by the government following its reported collection on Filipinos in Spain and Andora.In a statement, DFA Acting Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar assured the agency will... Read More