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PH calls for stronger cooperation vs terrorism

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday called for a stronger international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, saying the victories against the Islamic State in Mosul, Raqqa and Marawi do not mean the group no longer poses a serious threat to the world. “The... Read More

New spox need not be confirmed by CA: Pimentel

MANILA -- Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and ex-officio chairman of the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) on Thursday said incoming presidential spokesman Harry Roque need not be confirmed by the appointments body.“The presidential spokesman, in my opinion, need not be confirmed... Read More

BI to deploy more personnel in southern PH borders

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will deploy some 30 additional personnel in five border crossing stations in a bid to strengthen security in the country’s southern border.Acting BI spokesperson Grifton Medina said more immigration officers (IOs) would be deployed to five areas... Read More

Solon mulls budget hike for counter-terrorism

MANILA -- A senator on Thursday stressed the need to prioritize counterterrorism following reports that an Indonesian national suspected of being a Maute group straggler was arrested in Marawi City.“Indonesian terrorist recently arrested in Marawi claims they have about 30 more terrorists... Read More

Malacañan: President Duterte's pivot to Asia already paying off

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte’s pivot to Asia has already been paying dividends especially after his successful trip to Japan recently, newly appointed Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday, November 2. In a press briefing in Malacañang, Roque described the... Read More

Faithful urged to join 'Lord Heal our Land' event Sunday

MANILA -- A laity organization urged the faithful to show their love for the country by joining the Church-led event in Quezon City on Sunday.Incoming president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Council of the Laity of the Philippines), Marita Wasan, called on the people to participate in the... Read More

DepEd condemns ambush of Davao del Sur students

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday condemned the ambush of students from Kimlawis National High School in Davao Del Sur, which resulted to two deaths and injury of about seven others.On the evening of October 29, a truck carrying 40 students was fired upon by unidentified... Read More

2 Aegis Juris fratmen deny involvement in Atio hazing

MANILA -- Some members of the Aegis Juris fraternity who were tagged in the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III on Thursday appeared before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to refute the charges against them.Fraternity members Alex Bose and Nathan Anarna submitted their... Read More

Gov’t to deploy close to 60K troops for ASEAN Summit

MANILA -- Some 59,276 security forces are set to be deployed for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this month.Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy said the troops would be deployed to key strategic areas in Metro Manila... Read More

Suspected Indon ISIS nabbed in Marawi faces rebellion raps

MANILA -- The Indonesian national suspected of being a Maute Group straggler who had been arrested in Marawi City was subjected to an inquest proceeding at the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office Thursday.Muhammad Ilham Syahputra was subjected to inquest proceedings for violation of Republic Act 134... Read More

No reward for cops who kill druggies in ops: PNP

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday clarified that it is not offering any rewards or cash incentives to operatives who have allegedly killed drug suspects in the line of duty.This was emphasized by PNP deputy spokesperson, Supt. Vemily Madrid, in wake of the recent Social... Read More

Suspected Indon ISIS member now in CIDG custody

MANILA -- The Indonesian national, believed to be one of the remaining Maute Group stragglers who was arrested in Marawi City, was formally turned over to the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Wednesday night.Muhammad Ilham Syahputra... Read More

Motorists advised to avoid lockdown areas during ASEAN Summit

MANILA -- The government will implement a lockdown in some parts of Metro Manila to avoid traffic congestion during the country’s hosting of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.In a statement, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer in Charge... Read More

Duterte reorganizes Task Force Bangon Marawi

MANILA --President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reorganized the composition of Task Force Bangon Marawi.The President signed Administrative Order No. 9 last October 27 ordering the change in the structure of the Task Force as he saw the necessity of a full-blown reconstruction, following Marawi City's... Read More

'Ramil' out of PAR Thursday evening or Friday morning: PAGASA

MANILA— State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday that tropical depression “Ramil” has maintained its strength and now over the Philippine Sea.It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of... Read More

Newly-acquired Navy assets deployed in Marawi siege

MANILA -- Newly-acquired ships and helicopters of the Philippine Navy (PN) were continuously deployed during the five-month battle to retake Marawi City from the clutches of the Maute Group terrorists.Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, PN flag-officer-in-command, identified the ships as the... Read More

'Undas' generally peaceful: PNP

MANILA -- The nationwide observance of "Undas" was generally peaceful, Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said.A radio report of state-run Radyo Pilipinas said based on the data given by the PNP-National Operations Center, as of 6 a.m. Thursday, there were... Read More

Runaway OFW urges gov't to stop human trafficking

MANILA -- Traumatized by what she described as "inhumane treatment and slavery" in the hands of her employers, Joan Masa, a housemaid in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) said she had learned her lessons and is not thinking of going back as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) yet.Interviewed by... Read More

Filipinos remember departed loved ones in columbaria

MANILA -- While many Filipinos still bury and visit their departed loved ones in spacious tombs inside cemeteries, some prefer to store their remains and urns in small compartments and vaults found in columbaria.The term columbarium was derived from the Latin word columba" (dove) and originally... Read More

Lawyer wants media explanation over leaked Ventura testimony

MANILA -- A lawyer mulls filing a motion before the Department of Justice for a show cause order to members of the media in connection with the leaked sworn statement of Aegis Jurisfratman Marc Anthony Ventura over the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio "Atio"... Read More