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LP to Bongbong Marcos: Unfair to question PET

MANILA -- It is also “unfair” to question the credibility of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) just because their decision is not in your favor, Liberal Party (LP) told losing Vice Presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on Thursday.LP slammed Marcos after he said that the... Read More

DOTr hires independent consultant to assess Dalian trains for MRT

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has procured the services of an Independent Audit and Assessment (IAA) Consultant that will evaluate and make recommendations on the feasibility of using the 48 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) that were delivered by Chinese railway firm CCRC Dalian and... Read More

Lacson wants Senate to constitute as con-ass

MANILA -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said that he is set to file a resolution next week to constitute only the Senate in a constituent assembly (con-ass) to vote on the proposal to amend the 1987 Constitution.“Magpa-file din ako ng (I will also file a) Senate resolution to constitute... Read More

DND: Maranao recruitment geared towards a more inclusive AFP

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to study the possible recruitment of Maranaos to the military is in line with efforts to create a more inclusive Armed Forces of the Philippines."The President’s directive to concerned government agencies to study ways and means by which members... Read More

AFP lauds Duterte for hike in base pay

MANILA -- Stressing that military personnel are committed in fulfilling their sworn duties with or without any salary increase, the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expressed its gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for authorizing the increase of the base pay of all troops."Our... Read More

Olongapo court junks bail plea of suspects in 'floating shabu lab'

MANILA -- The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) denied the petition for bail of four Hong Kong residents allegedly involved in the operation of a 'floating shabu laboratory' off Subic, Zambales in July 2016.In a 26-page order, Olongapo RTC Branch 75 Judge Raymond Viray dismissed the Dec. 22,... Read More

DND committed to defending PH vs. CPP-NPA onslaught

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) remains committed in defending the nation and all its democratic institutions from the attacks of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) and its allies."Our countrymen can rest assured that your Defenders will do our... Read More

NE monsoon, tailend of cold front affecting Luzon: PAGASA

MANILA—The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday that the northeast monsoon affecting northern and central Luzon and the tail-end of a cold front over the eastern section of southern Luzon will bring scattered rains.The state... Read More

US envoy cites PRRD's thrust to keep PH-US alliance strong

MANILA -- Serving as United States Ambassador to the Philippines for more than a year now, Sung Kim on Wednesday emphasized how he sees President Rodrigo Duterte as a leader that keeps the country's relationship with partners strong.In a television interview over GMA-7, Kim was asked who he prefers,... Read More

Senate to tackle cha-cha next week

MANILA -- The Senate would resume hearings on the proposed revision of the 1987 Constitution on January 17 (Wednesday), 9 a.m., Senator Francis Pangilinan said Wednesday.Pangilinan, chair of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes, said that the Senate would tackle... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

BUSINESS MIRROR – PHL seen growing faster than Asian peers till 2020INQUIRER – Death of 5 children linked to DengvaxiaMANILA BULLETIN – Teachers’ pay hike not a priorityMANILA TIMES – US asserts rights over disputed seaMANILA STANDARD – Diokno ‘bombs’... Read More

PH, Japan tie up for PTV digitalization

MANILA -- Sharing the same goal of fully modernizing public broadcasting in the region, Japan and Philippines' respective public communications agencies on Jan. 3 have committed to digitalize the Philippines’ state television.Television viewers will now have a much better and clearer reception... Read More

Transport, housing subsidy for workers seen to decongest Boracay

BORACAY, Aklan -- Since there are actually more residents in Boracay than tourists, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores said efforts to decongest the island include convincing workers to move to the mainland."Yung overall plan talaga ng province is to be able to convince the people --yung mga hotel... Read More

PDEA, LTFRB, TNCs ink pact to beef up war vs illegal drugs

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and transportation network companies (TNCs) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement to intensify its all-out campaign against illegal drugs in the country and prevent the use... Read More

2 ex-Iloilo execs charged for graft

MANILA -- Two former local executives of a town in Iloilo province are facing charges before the Sandiganbayan for allegedly receiving transportation allowance while at the same time using government service vehicles.Former Lambunao, Iloilo Mayor Reynor Gonzales and Vice Mayor Cesar Gonzales are... Read More

Commitment on Asia Pacific intact: US envoy

MANILA — United States Ambassador Sung Kim on Wednesday said Washington remained committed in the Asia Pacific, stressing they "weren't retreating and giving space to China."

In a television interview, the envoy said "it's no secret that China is continuing to expand." 

"The... Read More

Papal Nuncio wanted to see 'Traslacion' devotees: Tagle

MANILA -- Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, wanted to see the Filipinos’ devotion to the Black Nazarene, that was why he attended Tuesday’s midnight mass at the Quirino Grandstand, said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.“His first... Read More

Oral arguments on 2 petitions vs. ML extension set Jan.16-17

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday announced that the oral argument on the consolidated two petitions filed by opposition and lawmakers and human rights lawyers assailing the constitutionality of the full-year extension of martial law in Mindanao has been set on January 16 and 17.SC... Read More

SC orders gov't to answer petition vs. Dengvaxia mess

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) ordered the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to comment on the mandamus petition filed by women’s and children’s groups seeking to compel their officials to provide free... Read More

'Traslacion' participant dies of heart attack

MANILA -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Wednesday said a former member of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) was so far the sole fatality of this year's "Traslacion" or procession of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila.NCRPO head Director Oscar Albayalde... Read More