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Japan's top envoy to visit PH

Japan's top envoy to visit PH

February 8, 2019, 1:23 pm

MANILA -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is slated to visit the Philippines on Saturday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced. The foreign minister was invited by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. for an official visit to the country from February 9 to 11.… Read More

EPD conducts bombing simulation exercise

EPD conducts bombing simulation exercise

February 8, 2019, 1:16 pm

MANILA -- Police officers in the cities of Pasig, Marikina, Mandaluyong, and San Juan have participated in a bomb attack response exercise. Eastern Police District (EPD) Director, Chief Supt. Bernabe Balba, said the activity, which was held Thursday, aims to assess the alertness and operational… Read More

Año lauds police, military for 'solved' Jolo blast case

Año lauds police, military for 'solved' Jolo blast case

February 8, 2019, 1:09 pm

MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauded the police and the military for their prompt action in solving the Jolo Cathedral bomb blasts, which claimed 23 lives and injured 95 others. “As far as the government is concerned, the Jolo bombing case is already… Read More

DND mum on Sawadjaan IS claim pending verification

DND mum on Sawadjaan IS claim pending verification

February 8, 2019, 1:08 pm

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) will not issue any statement on claims that Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Hajan Sawadjaan, who allegedly masterminded the Jolo, Sulu bomb attack that killed at least 23 persons and wounded 95 others, is now the new Islamic State (IS) emir in the… Read More

PNP lauds CA decision junking teachers' group suit

PNP lauds CA decision junking teachers' group suit

February 8, 2019, 12:58 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed the Court of Appeals' (CA) dismissal of the petition filed by a militant group, which questioned its supposed conduct of surveillance and profiling of public and private school teachers. “The PNP welcomes the denial by the Court of Appeals… Read More

PCOO chief credits Bong Go for Malasakit Centers

PCOO chief credits Bong Go for Malasakit Centers

February 8, 2019, 12:10 pm

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Thursday credited former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go for the establishment of Malasakit Centers in the country. "Mahigit 21 Malasakit Centers na po ang nabubuksan… Read More

DND lauds House for approving ROTC bill on 2nd reading

DND lauds House for approving ROTC bill on 2nd reading

February 8, 2019, 11:57 am

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) has expressed its gratitude to the House of Representatives for approving on second reading the proposed bill, which seeks to reinstate the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program for Grades 11 and 12. "As the voice of the… Read More

PCOO to aid DOH in allaying public fear over vaccines

PCOO to aid DOH in allaying public fear over vaccines

February 8, 2019, 9:17 am

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is ready to help the Department of Health (DOH) in its information campaign to allay public fear over vaccination amid the Dengvaxia scare. "All national government media agencies are ready to assist DOH," PCOO Secretary Martin… Read More

2 Filipinos killed in deadly Paris fire: DFA

2 Filipinos killed in deadly Paris fire: DFA

February 8, 2019, 7:38 am

MANILA -- A Filipino couple was among the 10 people killed in a fire that razed an apartment building in Paris, France on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported. In a statement Thursday night, the department expressed condolences to the loved ones of the Filipino couple. The… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Fri. Feb. 8, 2019

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Fri. Feb. 8, 2019

February 8, 2019, 7:06 am

INQUIRER – Lawmakers keep P75-B pork in final budget bill MANILA BULLETIN – Measles outbreak widens PHILIPPINE STAR – Measles outbreak in 3 more regions DAILY TRIBUNE – Fast, furious transport dev’t MANILA TIMES – Measles outbreak spreads to regions MANILA STANDARD – PH-wide… Read More

Baptists urged to help in fight vs. drugs, crime

Baptists urged to help in fight vs. drugs, crime

February 7, 2019, 11:23 pm

MANILA — Former Special Assistant to the President and senatorial aspirant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday appealed to the congregation of the Bible Baptist Church (BBC) of Pasay, Inc. to help in the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, crime and corruption. “Alam… Read More

PRRD tells Landbank to approach farmers, NPA surrenderers

PRRD tells Landbank to approach farmers, NPA surrenderers

February 7, 2019, 9:40 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang said Thursday President Rodrigo R. Duterte has directed the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to initiate engagement with farmers. "The President said that Landbank should go to the farmers instead of the farmers going to Landbank,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador… Read More

Duterte to certify military pension reform bill as urgent

Duterte to certify military pension reform bill as urgent

February 7, 2019, 9:23 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify as urgent a bill reforming the pension system of military and other uniformed personnel, Malacañang said Thursday. “It was also discussed in the Cabinet meeting the military and uniformed personnel pension reform bill – this was proposed by… Read More

PRRD orders ‘vigorous’ immunization drive amid measles outbreak

PRRD orders ‘vigorous’ immunization drive amid measles outbreak

February 7, 2019, 9:02 pm

MANILA -- After an outbreak of measles was declared in five regions, President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the health department to spearhead a “vigorous” campaign to promote immunization in the country, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this was among… Read More

DepEd supports tobacco tax hike

DepEd supports tobacco tax hike

February 7, 2019, 8:29 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said it supports the tobacco excise tax hike bill, stressing that the measure will strengthen its efforts in protecting learners from getting into smoking. “[The] Increase in tobacco tax will lead to higher prices of cigarettes, making… Read More

TESDA-Pangasinan clarifies scholarship allotment issue

TESDA-Pangasinan clarifies scholarship allotment issue

February 7, 2019, 8:12 pm

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) -Pangasinan on Thursday clarified a news article saying it could not accommodate new scholars because the 2019 budget has yet to be released.The news report, posted last February 6, said that TESDA's programs were put on… Read More

Paez, Curtis named UNICEF envoys

Paez, Curtis named UNICEF envoys

February 7, 2019, 7:46 pm

MANILA -- Celebrity advocates Daphne Oseña-Paez and Anne Curtis were named United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) National Goodwill Ambassadors on Thursday. In a press conference at Novotel, Quezon City, UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander conferred the… Read More

No ROTC next year unless PRRD certifies bill urgent

No ROTC next year unless PRRD certifies bill urgent

February 7, 2019, 7:37 pm

MANILA -- There will be no Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) next school year unless President Rodrigo Duterte certifies as urgent the bill proposing to revive the military training program for senior high school students, House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro said Thursday. House Bill 8961,… Read More

Palace wants ‘best, safest approach’ in nat’l ID implementation

Palace wants ‘best, safest approach’ in nat’l ID implementation

February 7, 2019, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the best and safest approach in the implementation of the National ID System amid security concerns from various groups, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President made the directive during the 34th… Read More

Senators urge parents to get kids vaccinated

Senators urge parents to get kids vaccinated

February 7, 2019, 7:19 pm

MANILA -- Two senators on Thursday appealed to parents to have their children vaccinated amid the declaration of a measles outbreak in several regions of the country. In an interview, Senator Nancy Binay said there should be a concerted effort to regain public trust in vaccines, stressing that the… Read More