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Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– Lack of quorum delays approval of Con-assINQUIRER– SEC orders closure of Rappler websitePHILIPPINE STAR– Senate to do solo cha-chaMANILA BULLETIN– Ched chair resignsMANILA TIMES– Sanofi to refund govtMANILA STANDARD– Rappler’s license... Read More

Aboitiz donates 2,300 safety glasses to DND

MANILA -- The Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. formally turned over to the Department of National Defense (DND) 2,300 units of Delta Plus safety glasses for use of combat personnel Monday.The items were formally received by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana from Aboitiz Group head Sabin Aboitiz during the... Read More

Faeldon takes oath as OCD deputy administrator for ops

MANILA -- Former Bureau of Customs (BOC) head and retired Marine Captain Nicanor E. Faeldon formally took his oath as Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Deputy Administrator for Operations Tuesday.The ceremonies took place at the Office of the Secretary of National Defense, DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo,... Read More

LPA spotted off Surigao del Sur

MANILA — State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has spotted a low pressure area (LPA) 300 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur which will bring rains in most parts of the country.Visayas, Mindanao, and the... Read More

DSWD on alert for possible Mayon eruption

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is on alert for the possible eruption of Mayon Volcano in Albay province.In a press briefing, DSWD Officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco said prepositioned relief goods were ready for dispatch anytime the local government units (LGUs) made... Read More

Pres. Duterte receives new patrol vehicles from Japan

DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, January 15, expressed his gratitude to the Japanese government for donating new patrol vehicles to the Davao City Police, which he said would strengthen its capability in fighting and suppressing crime in the region.“I thank the people and... Read More

DFA tasks legal office to review existing treaties on death penalty

MANILA -- Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday said he already tasked the agency's legal office to craft a comprehensive policy paper about the country's existing international agreements signed relating to the death penalty.

"We already have the initial... Read More

DICT releases guidelines for entry of new telco player

MANILA -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has released its guidelines for the entry of a new major player in the local telecommunications industry.

Applicants should have a valid congressional franchise; not a subsidiary, affiliate, or have any corporate or... Read More

Abolition of VP under Cha-cha beyond Palace’s control: Roque

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said the proposal to abolish the position of Vice President under the proposed federal government is beyond the Palace’s control.Roque made this reaction after the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo reportedly questioned the abolition... Read More

Duterte appoints Jimenez to head PACC

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chair Dante Lazaro Jimenez as chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).Malacanang released Jimenez’s appointment on Monday along with Rickson Chiong, Greco Antonious Beda Banta... Read More

1,508 illegal aliens deported in 2017: BI

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deported 1,508 foreigners in 2017 for violating Philippine immigration laws.This figure is much higher than the 400 foreigners expelled from the country in 2016, according to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.He said the foreigners were deported... Read More

Autopsy on victims to unmask people behind Dengvaxia mess: PAO

MANILA -- Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta on Monday said they are waiting for the autopsy results on the bodies of the victims who died after they were given shots of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.Acosta said these results are essential to determine the officials who... Read More

Beijing, Manila to discuss possible joint exploration in SCS

MANILA — Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday bared that continuation of talks on possible joint exploration in the disputed area in South China Sea will be among topics the Philippines and China will discuss in their second meeting on the bilateral... Read More

Prelate: Con-con 'more acceptable' method of Cha-cha

MANILA -- Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said Constitutional Convention (con-con) is a more acceptable method of Charter change over constituent assembly (con-ass).Based on Pastoral Moral Guidelines for Catholic Faithful issued for the faithful in the said archdiocese, Villegas said... Read More

Senators react to SEC order to shut down Rappler

MANILA -- Senators on Monday had different reactions to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) order to revoke the license to operate of online news site Rappler.Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, said there was a need to review... Read More

Roque's replacement takes oath as new House member

MANILA -- Lawyer Ciriaco Calalang of the Kabayan Partylist on Monday took his oath as the new member of the House of Representatives, replacing former congressman Harry Roque as the party's representative.Roque forfeited his seat in the House by accepting and performing the duties and functions of... Read More

Fuel pump prices to go up Tuesday

MANILA -- Petroleum firms on Monday announced that pump prices of gasoline go up by 80 centavos per liter, diesel by 55 centavos and kerosene by 55-centavos on Tuesday.Pilipinas Shell, Petron, Seaoil, PTT Philippines, and Eastern Petroleum will implement the adjusted prices at 6 a.m. on January... Read More

Palace lauds press freedom in PH; most Pinoys say media doing well

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar welcomed a study by Washington-based think tank Pew Research Center that found 86 percent of Filipinos believe the local media are doing well and report accurate news."Totoo naman ‘yan, at tayo’y... Read More

Comelec to conduct hearings on barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

MANILA -- Three public hearings will be held in Mindanao in connection with the conduct of May 14, 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.This after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set the third leg in the series of public hearings in the region this month.According to Comelec... Read More

CA issues TRO vs. Ombudsman dismissal of NegOr guv

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) blocked the implementation of the dismissal order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman against Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo in connection with the alleged anomalous use of the local government's PHP10-million intelligence fund in 2013.The CA Visayas... Read More