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DBM to tap 3rd party to study wage hike options for 2020-2022

DBM to tap 3rd party to study wage hike options for 2020-2022

January 9, 2019, 11:34 am

MANILA -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is set to hire a third party that will study wage increase of government workers for 2020 until 2022. “There will be (a wage increase), not (just) a possibility. But how much (the increase will be) is not yet determined,” Budget Secretary… Read More

BRP Gregorio del Pilar to be 'available' by yearend

BRP Gregorio del Pilar to be 'available' by yearend

January 9, 2019, 11:02 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15), which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal last August, is expected to be available for operations before the end of 2019. This was confirmed by Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, PN flag-officer-in-command, during a chance… Read More

PH Navy to receive 2 anti-sub helis, 4 AAVs in March

PH Navy to receive 2 anti-sub helis, 4 AAVs in March

January 9, 2019, 10:44 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) is expected to receive in March its first two anti-submarine helicopters and four out of eight amphibious assault vehicles it has ordered for the Marine Corps. This was disclosed by PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad during a chance interview… Read More

Tagle to Nazareno faithful: 'Make devotion a way of life'

Tagle to Nazareno faithful: 'Make devotion a way of life'

January 9, 2019, 10:41 am

MANILA -- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged devotees of the Black Nazarene to show their devotion every day. “When you say devotee, it should not just be for January 9, every Traslacion. Devotion is a daily act, in every part of the globe,” the head of the Archdiocese of… Read More

Fair weather over PH on Wednesday

Fair weather over PH on Wednesday

January 9, 2019, 9:51 am

MANILA — The weather is generally fair on Wednesday as the northeast monsoon continue to affect Luzon and the Visayas. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 4 a.m. forecast that Metro Manila, Visayas and the rest of Luzon would have… Read More

PRRD to barangay leaders: 'Just follow the law, I'll defend you'

PRRD to barangay leaders: 'Just follow the law, I'll defend you'

January 9, 2019, 9:49 am

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday vowed to defend barangay leaders as long as they are following the law in the performance of their duty. "Basta ako (As far as I am concerned), I am asking you, I cannot help you if it is graft and corruption. But I can help you in cases na… Read More

Image of the Black Nazarene on its way to Quiapo Church

Image of the Black Nazarene on its way to Quiapo Church

January 9, 2019, 8:46 am

MANILA -- At exactly 5 a.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the Traslacion or transfer of the miraculous image of the Black Nazarene began its long procession from the Quirino Grandstand to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo. From Quirino Grandstand, the procession will turn left to… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed. Jan. 9, 2019

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed. Jan. 9, 2019

January 9, 2019, 6:58 am

INQUIRER – Ruling vs Trillanes double jeopardy - IBP PHILIPPINE STAR – Diokno to accuser: Go ahead, sue me MANILA BULLETIN – Pass 2019 budget now – Palace DAILY TRIBUNE -- Senate for quick budget OK MANILA TIMES – Declares ‘revolutionary govt’, Duterte urged MANILA STANDARD – SC… Read More

Daraga mayor, 8 others on DOJ lookout order: BI

Daraga mayor, 8 others on DOJ lookout order: BI

January 8, 2019, 8:50 pm

MANILA — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday received an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) against Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Go Baldo and eight others issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ). “The Bureau has received an Immigration Lookout Bulletin against Mayor Carlwyn Go Baldo… Read More

Put up water treatment facilities: PRRD tells Manila Bay hotels

Put up water treatment facilities: PRRD tells Manila Bay hotels

January 8, 2019, 8:47 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday asked hotels operating near Manila Bay to ensure that there are enough water treatment facilities established in the area or else risk getting a closure. Duterte made this statement during the Barangay Summit on Peace and Order at the Cuneta… Read More

Red link tag on NUJP not 'orchestrated': ex-rebels

Red link tag on NUJP not 'orchestrated': ex-rebels

January 8, 2019, 7:59 pm

MANILA -- A group of former communist group members on Tuesday denied that their "revelations" against the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) being linked with the Left is part of an orchestrated or “well-planned” operation to intimidate the latter into silence. "Ang gusto… Read More

Drug war not limited to arrests but also rehab: Palace

Drug war not limited to arrests but also rehab: Palace

January 8, 2019, 7:58 pm

MANILA -- The government's campaign against illegal drugs is not limited to arresting personalities involved in using and selling illegal drugs but include rehabilitation centers for them, Malacañang said Tuesday. "We are not limiting our solution to the arrest of those involved in drug industry,… Read More

PRRD 'most likely' backs HIV bill passage: Palace

PRRD 'most likely' backs HIV bill passage: Palace

January 8, 2019, 7:53 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “most likely” supporting the passage of the HIV-AIDS Policy Act, which allows minors to get tested for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) without needing parental consent, Malacañang said Tuesday. "Kung ayaw niya yun, e di vineto niya kaagad yun… Read More

Road User's tax fund to be used for Manila Bay clean-up

Road User's tax fund to be used for Manila Bay clean-up

January 8, 2019, 7:41 pm

MANILA --- Part of the funds from the Road User's Tax will be used to rehabilitate the Manila Bay, among other projects, Malacañang said Tuesday. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the clean-up will most likely be done in the manner the Boracay rehabilitation was… Read More

Possibility of critical-level Angat Dam water looms

Possibility of critical-level Angat Dam water looms

January 8, 2019, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- The reserve in Metro Manila's main water source, Angat Dam, may dip to critical level during the first semester of this year due to the possible onslaught of the El Niño phenomenon. "Such scenario can happen if El Niño recurs so there's need for water conservation in this dam's… Read More

Excise tax hike on alcohol, tobacco bills certified as urgent

Excise tax hike on alcohol, tobacco bills certified as urgent

January 8, 2019, 7:29 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte agreed to certify as urgent two measures meant to raise excise tax on alcohol and tobacco products to fund the government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President announced his decision during… Read More

Gov't produces tangible results to ease poverty: Palace

Gov't produces tangible results to ease poverty: Palace

January 8, 2019, 7:13 pm

MANILA -- The government did not wait until the second half of the term of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to come up with desired economic gains, Malacañang said on Tuesday, in response to a former president’s advice to produce “tangible results” to ease poverty. Presidential Spokesperson… Read More

Comelec rules on 70 cases of senatorial bets

Comelec rules on 70 cases of senatorial bets

January 8, 2019, 7:11 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has ruled on some 70 cases of senatorial bets in the May 13 midterm polls, its spokesperson James Jimenez said Tuesday. Jimenez, however, clarified that not all decisions involved disqualification. “Vast majority of those cases were ruled for… Read More

DSWD provides emergency shelter for ‘Usman’ survivors

DSWD provides emergency shelter for ‘Usman’ survivors

January 8, 2019, 6:44 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to provide emergency shelter assistance to families whose homes were partially and totally damaged during the onslaught of Tropical Depression “Usman", an official said Tuesday. DSWD spokesperson Assistant Secretary Glenda… Read More

MMDA imposes fine vs. MRT-7 contractor for traffic gridlock

MMDA imposes fine vs. MRT-7 contractor for traffic gridlock

January 8, 2019, 6:03 pm

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday imposed a PHP25,000 fine against the Metro Rail Transit Line-7’s (MRT-7) contractor for causing a traffic gridlock along the Elliptical Road and North Ave. in Quezon City. The MMDA issued a notice of violation to EEI Corp.… Read More