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Viral Japanese resto robbery, hijack modus 'hoax': NCRPO

Viral Japanese resto robbery, hijack modus 'hoax': NCRPO

February 15, 2019, 6:06 pm

MANILA -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Friday belied a robbery that purportedly took place at a Japanese restaurant located in Quezon City earlier this week, which became viral on social media and is circulating via text messages. “Hindi totoo yung kumakalat na text o SMS… Read More

Only 2 bodyguards allowed, PNP reminds poll bets

Only 2 bodyguards allowed, PNP reminds poll bets

February 15, 2019, 5:56 pm

MANILA -- A Philippine National Police (PNP) official on Friday reiterated that aspirants in the May 13 elections are limited to having a maximum of two security escorts. “Let me reiterate the PNP's strict adherence to all election related resolutions covering the carrying of firearms and… Read More

40 Senate bets have illegal campaign materials: Comelec

40 Senate bets have illegal campaign materials: Comelec

February 15, 2019, 5:48 pm

MANILA — More than half of the total of 62 senatorial candidates have been identified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as having illegal propaganda materials. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said 40 aspirants in the senatorial race have been found to have posters violating election… Read More

UP student who allegedly joined NPA killed in clash

UP student who allegedly joined NPA killed in clash

February 15, 2019, 5:39 pm

MANILA -- A University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) student, who allegedly joined the New People's Army (NPA), was killed in an encounter with the military on Thursday morning. In a blog post by Citizen Today, the slain veterinary medicine student, John Carlo Capistrano Alberto, reportedly… Read More

DPWH to conduct weekend road repairs in Metro Manila

DPWH to conduct weekend road repairs in Metro Manila

February 15, 2019, 5:10 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be conducting road repairs in parts of Metro Manila this weekend. In its advisory Friday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said road reblocking and repairs will be undertaken by the DPWH on the following areas… Read More

Senate probe on influx of illegal foreign workers set Feb. 21

Senate probe on influx of illegal foreign workers set Feb. 21

February 15, 2019, 5:06 pm

MANILA -- The Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development is set to hold a hearing on February 21 on the influx of illegal foreign workers in the Philippines. The hearing will be conducted jointly with the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Senator Joel… Read More

Press freedom 'alive and well' in PH: PCOO chief

Press freedom 'alive and well' in PH: PCOO chief

February 15, 2019, 4:54 pm

MANILA -- Press freedom is alive and well in the Philippines, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said Friday, following criticisms from various groups after the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa. In a statement, Andanar said Ressa's… Read More

Bets urged to use environment-friendly campaign ads

Bets urged to use environment-friendly campaign ads

February 15, 2019, 4:17 pm

MANILA -- Members of the Quezon City Council on Friday reminded all local and national candidates running in the May 13 mid-term elections to observe the ordinance that prohibits the use of plastics as advertisement and propaganda materials within the city. Ordinance No. SP-2202 prohibits the use… Read More

DAR to finish granting Hacienda Luisita land in March

DAR to finish granting Hacienda Luisita land in March

February 15, 2019, 4:13 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will award the remaining portions of land in Hacienda Luisita to farmer-beneficiaries in Tarlac in March this year, an official said on Friday. "Yes, the farmers will finally have it. The formal rites will be conducted in March 2019 with President… Read More

Retired SC justice Azcuna 'selfless gov't worker': Palace

Retired SC justice Azcuna 'selfless gov't worker': Palace

February 15, 2019, 4:11 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday. "He (Azcuna) is a selfless worker of the government and a man of proven competence, integrity, probity and independence committed to the effective and… Read More

Rule of law followed in Ressa arrest

Rule of law followed in Ressa arrest

February 15, 2019, 4:10 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom. "Under the Constitution, before a judge can issue a warrant for an arrest of a person, he has to personally go… Read More

Keng mulls other raps vs. Rappler, Ressa

Keng mulls other raps vs. Rappler, Ressa

February 15, 2019, 3:33 pm

MANILA – Businessman Wilfredo Keng, the complainant in the cyber libel complaint against Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa, said he is determining other charges which he can file against the journalist and the online news website. “I will continue this criminal case against Rappler… Read More

Masbate mayor, vice mayor face raps over arms cache

Masbate mayor, vice mayor face raps over arms cache

February 15, 2019, 3:25 pm

MANILA -- A Masbate town mayor and his vice mayor father has been charged by law enforcement authorities before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly maintaining an arsenal believed to be used by their private army. Batuan Mayor Charmax Yuson and his father, Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III,… Read More

No use of phones for BI employees in NAIA, int'l ports

No use of phones for BI employees in NAIA, int'l ports

February 15, 2019, 3:15 pm

MANILA — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has barred its personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as well as other international ports in the country from using mobile phones while on duty. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Friday the move seeks to ensure that immigration… Read More

Pasay court defers Trillanes arraignment for grave threat

Pasay court defers Trillanes arraignment for grave threat

February 15, 2019, 2:51 pm

MANILA -- The Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) on Friday deferred Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's scheduled arraignment for charges of grave threat. A hearing has instead been set for March 29 after the defense requested that the arraignment be rescheduled claiming unresolved pending… Read More

Ressa arrest for cyber libel not harassment: NPC

Ressa arrest for cyber libel not harassment: NPC

February 15, 2019, 2:25 pm

MANILA -- The National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC) on Friday took exception to claims of some groups that the recent arrest of Rapplerchief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyber libel is an act of political harassment by the government. "The NPC maintains that to inject something that is… Read More

5 Filipino sailors missing off Falkland Islands: DFA

5 Filipino sailors missing off Falkland Islands: DFA

February 15, 2019, 1:59 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday reported that five Filipino seafarers have been missing after their ship caught fire off the Falkland Islands. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio Lagdameo assured that the Embassy is ready to provide assistance and is in close… Read More

PNP lauds fisherman's discovery of cocaine off Dinagat Islands

PNP lauds fisherman's discovery of cocaine off Dinagat Islands

February 15, 2019, 1:50 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday commended a fisherman who reported to authorities his discovery of 37 blocks of cocaine floating off the waters of Cagdianao on Dinagat Islands. “The PNP commends the good deed of the fisherman for his active participation and vigilance in… Read More

Priests should not use church to slam gov't: PRRD

Priests should not use church to slam gov't: PRRD

February 15, 2019, 1:44 pm

MANILA - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday reiterated that priests should not use their religious authority in the church as a platform to criticize his administration. In his speech at the proclamation and kick-off rally of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in… Read More

No curtailment of press freedom in PH: PRRD

No curtailment of press freedom in PH: PRRD

February 15, 2019, 12:52 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday denied criticisms that his administration is curtailing press freedom in the country after the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyber libel charges. In an interview with reporters after the proclamation and kick-off rally… Read More