Ex-DA chief, 9 others face graft raps over car loan plans

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman has charged before the Sandiganbayan former Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary and now Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap and nine other officials with graft in connection with the alleged irregular car loan plans given to the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Rice... Read More

Palace welcomes P1.4-B refund for unused Dengvaxia

MANILA -- Malacanang on Tuesday described as “a step in the right direction” the decision of pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur to refund some PHP1.4 billion worth of unused Dengvaxia vaccine.“We welcome that refund but the position of the DOH (Department of Health) is for a full... Read More

Año vows to steer LGUs towards 'excellent governance’

MANILA -- Newly-appointed Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Eduardo M. Año has vowed to steer local government units (LGUs) towards “not only being good but excellent at governance”.“The advancement of local governance is just as... Read More

Magnitude-4 quake hits Biliran

MANILA -- A magnitude-4 earthquake of tectonic origin was recorded Tuesday afternoon at around 3:04 p.m. in Biliran province in the Visayas, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has reported.Phivolcs said it was not expecting any damage or aftershocks.However, Intensity... Read More

TBTU campaign to continue

MANILA -- The government would continue to apprehend road unworthy public utility vehicles (PUVs) across the country in compliance with the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP), an official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said.

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Duterte to certify BBL as urgent

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to certify the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as “urgent”, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said Tuesday.Zubiri told reporters in an interview that Duterte called him on Monday (January 15) through his Special Assistant President Christopher... Read More

House adopts con-ass to amend Charter

MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling Congress to constitute itself as a constituent assembly (con-ass) to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution toward a shift to federalism.Members of the House approved via voice voting House Concurrent Resolution No.... Read More

Over 35K anti-drug ops, 75K suspects nabbed in 2017: PDEA

MANILA -- In line with the Duterte administration's anti-illegal drugs drive, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has posted a significant increase in the number of anti-drug operations and arrest of drug personalities in 2017.From January 1 to December 31, 2017, PDEA, the country’s... Read More

OFWs, kin warned vs. OWWA benefits scam

MANILA -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Tuesday cautioned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families to be wary of scammers pretending to be connected with the agency.OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac issued the warning after receiving reports of unscrupulous... Read More

DOJ to review SEC revocation of Rappler's registration

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ordered the review of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decision revoking the certificate of incorporation of online news website Rappler for violating foreign ownership restrictions on mass media."I have directed my legal staff to study... Read More

SC orders petitioners to comment on SolGen MR on drug war docs

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered petitioners seeking to halt the government's anti-illegal drug operations to comment on the motion for reconsideration filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). The petition is asking the high court to recall its Dec. 5 order that requires them... Read More

BCDA remits P5.22-B to gov't in 2017

MANILA -- Malacanang on Tuesday announced that the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) has remitted PHP5.22 billion to the Bureau of Treasury in 2017.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the BCDA remittance was the highest amount generated since 2012.“The Bureau of Treasury... Read More

5 states in proposed PH federal charter

MANILA -- The territory of the future Federal Republic of the Philippines will be divided into five states, according to a draft federal charter proposed by a subcommittee in the House of Representatives.This was among the inputs presented on Tuesday during the deliberation of the House committee on... Read More

PH to appeal case of 9 Filipinos meted death in Malaysia

MANILA -- With Malaysia's Federal Court upholding death sentences of nine Filipinos accused of waging war against its monarch, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said they were now initiating the appeal for clemency, the country's "highest diplomatic appeal.""Right now, we have a... Read More

Filipinos acquitted in Malaysia ready for release: DFA

MANILA --The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said the 13 Filipinos charged for waging a war against a Malaysian monarch were now ready for release following the decision of Malaysia's high court on their acquittal.In a phone interview, Raul Dado, executive director for the DFA-Office... Read More

Troops seize NPA camp in Quezon

MANILA -- Troopers from the 85th Infantry Battalion have captured a New People's Army (NPA) encampment following a 15-minute firefight in Lopez town, Quezon Monday.Capt. Patrick Jay M. Retumban, 2nd Infantry Division spokesperson, said government troops conducted the operations 10 a.m. after... Read More

Families affected by Mayon unrest now at 5K

MANILA -- The number of families affected by the series of phreatic explosions and lava flow spawned by Mayon Volcano has now climbed to 5,318 families which is equivalent to 21,823 persons as of 2 a.m. Tuesday.This was disclosed by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)... Read More

DOTr asked to submit update on jeep modernization

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) should submit its report on latest developments regarding the jeepney modernization program to avoid “confusion,” a senator said Tuesday.Senator Grace Poe reminded the DOTr to enlighten the public on the latest developments regarding the... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– Lack of quorum delays approval of Con-assINQUIRER– SEC orders closure of Rappler websitePHILIPPINE STAR– Senate to do solo cha-chaMANILA BULLETIN– Ched chair resignsMANILA TIMES– Sanofi to refund govtMANILA STANDARD– Rappler’s license... Read More

Aboitiz donates 2,300 safety glasses to DND

MANILA -- The Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. formally turned over to the Department of National Defense (DND) 2,300 units of Delta Plus safety glasses for use of combat personnel Monday.The items were formally received by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana from Aboitiz Group head Sabin Aboitiz during the... Read More