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MRT-3 allows liquids up to 100 ML inside stations

MRT-3 allows liquids up to 100 ML inside stations

February 14, 2019, 2:14 pm

MANILA -- The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has allowed liquid items that are less than 100 milliliters to be brought by passengers inside its stations. “Bottled water, drinks and other kinds of liquid such as alcohol (isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol) and hand sanitizers that have volume… Read More

95 LGUs around Manila Bay non-compliant with environment laws

95 LGUs around Manila Bay non-compliant with environment laws

February 14, 2019, 2:08 pm

MANILA -- More than half of local government units surrounding Manila Bay have failed to comply with environmental laws, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Thursday. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said a total of 95 LGUs or 53 percent of the total 178 LGUs, failed… Read More

Army welcomes new Scout rangers, snipers

Army welcomes new Scout rangers, snipers

February 14, 2019, 1:28 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Army (PA) formally welcomed to its ranks its newest Scout rangers and snipers during a short ceremony at Camp Tecson, San Miguel, Bulacan on Wednesday. 1st Scout Ranger Regiment commander, Brig. Gen. William N. Gonzales, presided over the closing ceremonies for Scout… Read More

Locsin in Hungary to revitalize Manila-Budapest ties

Locsin in Hungary to revitalize Manila-Budapest ties

February 14, 2019, 1:13 pm

MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. is on a three-day official visit to Hungary to strengthen Manila's ties with Budapest. Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said Locsin is set to meet with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, and discuss bilateral… Read More

DepEd regional offices release 2017 PBB for school personnel

DepEd regional offices release 2017 PBB for school personnel

February 14, 2019, 12:57 pm

MANILA -- The 2017 performance-based bonus (PBB) for Department of Education (DepEd) school personnel in seven regions has been released. In a statement released Wednesday night, DepEd said more schools in the National Capital Region (NCR); Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon (Calabarzon);… Read More

NPA recruitment of minors violates UNICEF rules

NPA recruitment of minors violates UNICEF rules

February 14, 2019, 12:54 pm

MANILA -- Efforts of the New People's Army (NPA) to recruit minors into their ranks is a gross violation of the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Convention on the Rights of Children, a military official said Thursday. "It is a gross violation of the provisions of UNICEF's Convention on… Read More

Bus fare discount a tribute to troops: AFP

Bus fare discount a tribute to troops: AFP

February 14, 2019, 12:27 pm

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday called the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board's (LTFRB) move to give troops a 20-percent fare discount on all city and provincial public utility buses (PUBs) a fitting tribute to their service and sacrifices for the… Read More

Ressa arrest nothing to do with press freedom: Palace

Ressa arrest nothing to do with press freedom: Palace

February 14, 2019, 11:45 am

MANILA -- Malacañang said Thursday that the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer (CEO) Maria Ressa has nothing to do with press freedom in the country. "Ms. Ressa being a media practitioner and a high-ranking officer of a media outfit critical of the President's programs and policies has… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thu. Feb. 14, 2019

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thu. Feb. 14, 2019

February 14, 2019, 8:21 am

INQUIRER -- Rappler CEO arrested; no bail recommended PHILIPPINE STAR -- Comelec to monitor bloggers, influencers MANILA BULLETIN -- Defiant poll bets face charges DAILY TRIBUNE -- I'm fighting gov't MANILA TIMES -- NBI arrests Ressa for 'cyberlibel' MANILA STANDARD -- Poll hotspots: 4… Read More

Just focus on your defense, Malacañang to Ressa

Just focus on your defense, Malacañang to Ressa

February 13, 2019, 10:04 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday urged Rappler chief executive officer (CEO) Maria Ressa to just focus on her defense after the Manila Regional Trial Court branch 46 ordered her arrest over a cyberlibel case. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has… Read More

FB pick of Rappler as fact-checker 'ironic': Palace

FB pick of Rappler as fact-checker 'ironic': Palace

February 13, 2019, 9:58 pm

MANILA - Malacañang on Wednesday said it finds "ironic" social networking site Facebook's choice of online news site Rappler for its fact-checking program. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that while the government supports Facebook's program of combatting fake news… Read More

Palace welcomes dismissal of quo warranto petition vs. PRRD

Palace welcomes dismissal of quo warranto petition vs. PRRD

February 13, 2019, 9:36 pm

MANILA – Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court to dismiss the quo warranto petition filed by suspended lawyer Elly Pamatong against President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said that although the… Read More

Mexican drug cartel member’s conviction ‘positive development’

Mexican drug cartel member’s conviction ‘positive development’

February 13, 2019, 9:34 pm

MANILA - Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the conviction of a Mexican drug cartel member calling it a "positive development" in the country's battle against illegal drugs. "This Administration believes that any circumstance that diminishes the tentacles of the illegal drug industry is helpful to… Read More

DOTr inks deal on common station construction

DOTr inks deal on common station construction

February 13, 2019, 9:07 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City. The DOTr signed the… Read More

Manila court orders arrest of Rappler head for cyber libel

Manila court orders arrest of Rappler head for cyber libel

February 13, 2019, 8:59 pm

MANILA--A Manila court has issued a warrant of arrest against online news outfit Rappler Inc. publisher Maria Angelita Ressa for cyber libel. "This is simply procedural. Ms. Ressa may post bail anytime, even before the warrant is served," Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told newsmen on… Read More

Comelec junks disqualification cases vs. Pimentel

Comelec junks disqualification cases vs. Pimentel

February 13, 2019, 8:07 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday dismissed the disqualification cases filed against Senator Aquilino Pimentel III for lack of merit. In a 12-page decision, the Comelec 1st Division said the lawmaker is eligible to run in the May 13 mid-term polls contrary to the claims… Read More

No need to declare state of calamity amid measles outbreak: solon

No need to declare state of calamity amid measles outbreak: solon

February 13, 2019, 7:51 pm

MANILA -- Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday warned against declaring a state of calamity in the regions hit by the measles outbreak, as it could give some politicians access to calamity funds. "This is the election period, and excuse na naman yan (this is another excuse) to spend money...What is… Read More

PAF allots P12-M for AW-109 attack chopper parts

PAF allots P12-M for AW-109 attack chopper parts

February 13, 2019, 7:41 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is allocating PHP12 million for the acquisition of main rotor dampers for two of its AgustaWestland AW-109 attack helicopters. Pre-bid conference is slated to be held at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City at 11 a.m. on… Read More

Don't let criminals spoil Valentine's Day, PNP tells public

Don't let criminals spoil Valentine's Day, PNP tells public

February 13, 2019, 7:37 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday reminded the public to be wary of the schemes of unscrupulous individuals ahead of Valentine's Day celebration. PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, said scammers, pickpockets, and armed robbers may take advantage of the occasion… Read More

P1-B 'Bahay Pag-asa' funds allotted in 2019 budget: Sotto

P1-B 'Bahay Pag-asa' funds allotted in 2019 budget: Sotto

February 13, 2019, 7:35 pm

MANILA -- A total of PHP1 billion has been allocated in the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to fund the construction of "Bahay Pag-asa" centers, or the rehabilitation facilities for children in conflict with the law (CICLs), Senate President Vicente… Read More