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Sereno participating in House hearing thru replies to complaint: spox

MANILA -- The camp of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Monday reiterated that the top magistrate has been participating in the impeachment process by filing her response to the complaint filed by lawyer Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon.Lawyer Josa Deinla, one of Sereno's spokespersons, took exception House... Read More

SC upholds DQ of Lucio Tan’s daughter in May 2010 polls

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed the ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) which disqualified business tycoon Lucio Tan's daughter from running for a congressional post in the first district of Quezon City in the May 2010 elections.The high court's Third Division issued the 13-page decision... Read More

Probability of hazardous Mayon eruption rises

MANILA -- Hazardous eruption is possible in Mayon Volcano, which continues manifesting unrest."Such eruption may occur there within the forthcoming days or weeks," said Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) volcanologist Paul Alanis.Alanis noted that the continuing flow of... Read More

Andanar defends foreign trips as beneficial to gov't

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday defended his 10 foreign trips, saying all these have substantial benefits to the government.“All these, although sponsored, have significance to the office of the PCOO,” Andanar said in a... Read More

BOC turns over P128.9-M worth of dangerous drugs to PDEA

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday has turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) several parcels containing dangerous drugs worth over PHP128 million intercepted at the Surface Mail Exchange Department (SMED) in Delpan, Port Area, Manila.According to Commissioner... Read More

Lawmakers welcome CHED chair's resignation

MANILA -- Administration lawmakers on Monday welcomed the resignation of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Patricia Licuanan, saying this would allow a smoother implementation of education reforms envisioned by President Rodrigo Duterte.In a statement, PBA Partylist Rep. Jericho... Read More

Families evacuated due to Mayon explosion now at 3,061

MANILA -- Due to the series of phreatic explosions by Mayon Volcano, the number of families evacuated from the towns of Camalig, Guinobatan and Malilipot has now climbed to 3,061 which is equivalent to 12,044 persons.This was disclosed by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council... Read More

DFA launches passport on wheels service in Las Piñas

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday launched its passport on wheels project in Las Pinas, opening at least 2,000 passport application slots to walk-in applicants and those who registered in their respective barangays beforehand.At present, DFA has four mobile vans equipped... Read More

Duterte set to accept Licuanan’s resignation

MANILA -- Malacanang on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte has received and set to accept the resignation of Patricia Licuanan as chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).“I wish to announce that the President has received the resignation of CHED chairperson Patricia... Read More

Palace confirms PRRD’s attendance in India-ASEAN Summit

MANILA -- Malacanang on Monday confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Commemorative Summit slated from Jan. 24 to 26 in New Delhi, India.“I would like to confirm that the President will attend India-ASEAN Summit,”... Read More

3 ex-chief justices to attend Senate Cha-cha hearing

MANILA -- Three former Supreme Court (SC) chief justices and a former Senate president are set to attend the Senate panel hearing on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution on Wednesday (January 17).These are former SC Chief Justices Reynato Puno, Hilario Davide Jr. and Artemio Panganiban... Read More

AFP needs more soldiers to step up fight vs. terror, lawless elements

MANILA -- In line with efforts to beef up its forces in the ongoing campaign against terrorists and other lawless elements, the military announced that it is recruiting 5,500 troops for this year.This is aside from the 10,000 soldiers recruited in 2017, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)... Read More

Licuanan resigns as CHED chair

MANILA -- Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan has announced her resignation on Monday morning after the agency's flag ceremony, in the midst of allegations hurled against her over foreign travels in 2017. Licuanan said she received a call from Executive Secretary... Read More

Senate prioritizes Cha-cha as it resumes session Monday

MANILA -- The Senate is expected to prioritize proposed bills on amendments of the 1987 Constitution as it resumes its session on Monday (January 15).Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said in a statement, that to date, three bills on the issue had been filed in the Senate by Senate Minority... Read More

3 more SC justices attend Sereno impeachment hearing

MANILA -- Three associate justices of the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday appeared before the House of Representatives' justice committee's resumption of its hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.SC justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, and Samuel Martires... Read More

PNP to recruit 15K cops this year

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is planning to recruit an additional 15,000 cops for this year.This was disclosed by Deputy Director Archie Francisco Gamboa, PNP Directorial Staff Chief Staff, in a report by Radyo Pilipinas Monday.He added that 10,000 will be new recruits for the... Read More

6 PH agency reps to undergo GIPA Program in UK

MANILA -- Senior representatives from six agencies in the Philippines will undergo an eight-month collaborative development program in the UK.The Global Innovation Policy Accelerator (GIPA) Program aims for the creation of specific innovation policy while working with UK mentors and... Read More

Threat of deadly Mayon pyroclastic flows looms

MANILA -- There is an increasing risk for deadly pyroclastic flows in Mayon Volcano which continues demonstrating unrest.People must avoid entering Mayon's 6.0-km radius permanent danger zone and 1.0 km extended danger zone since pyroclastic flows - which consist of hot gas, rocks and other volcanic... Read More

PAGASA warns of rains due to tail-end of cold front, NE monsoon

MANILA— Scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms are expected in eastern Visayas and Mindanao as the tail-end of a cold front continues to affect those areas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.In its 24-hour forecast Monday, the state... Read More

Mayon Volcano's alert status raised to level 3

MANILA -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised Mayon Volcano's alert status from level 2 to level 3 on Sunday evening.Alert level 2 means "increasing unrest" while level 3 signifies "increased tendency towards hazardous eruption".Phivolcs said that for the... Read More