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Hold NDFP negotiator accountable for part in NPA crimes: group

Hold NDFP negotiator accountable for part in NPA crimes: group

February 27, 2019, 8:26 pm

MANILA -- Despite President Rodrigo R. Duterte giving green light for the homecoming of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) chief negotiator Fidel Agcaoili , a group on Wednesday insisted that the government should hold the leftist lawyer accountable for his alleged "part" in… Read More

DOTr still pushes for emergency powers to ease traffic

DOTr still pushes for emergency powers to ease traffic

February 27, 2019, 7:40 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will continue to push for the granting by Congress of emergency powers to address the country’s traffic situation. “The President is right. The emergency powers, if this was passed, is part of a basket of solutions. These are the emergency… Read More

TESDA seeks to help more ex-rebels

TESDA seeks to help more ex-rebels

February 27, 2019, 7:00 pm

MANILA -- To enhance the government's capacity-building programs, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) seeks to provide more training to former rebels. "We have projects in almost all of the regions. But for now, we will give special focus in Batangas, Bohol and… Read More

Palace hopes next admin finishes Metro Manila subway project

Palace hopes next admin finishes Metro Manila subway project

February 27, 2019, 6:40 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday expressed hope that the next administration will ensure the completion of the Metro Manila subway project even after President Rodrigo R. Duterte steps down in 2022. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark as he hailed the groundbreaking of the… Read More

PRRD names Bangsamoro Transition Authority members

PRRD names Bangsamoro Transition Authority members

February 27, 2019, 6:35 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has named 76 members out of the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA). Duterte signed the members’ appointment papers on Feb. 22 but a copy of which was released to media on Wednesday (February 27). Duterte has to appoint four more members to… Read More

Grab launches shooting simulator for PNP

Grab launches shooting simulator for PNP

February 27, 2019, 6:25 pm

MANILA -- Ridesharing firm Grab Philippines launched on Wednesday a shooting simulator for the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) to support effective enforcement of road safety and security in major thoroughfares across the country. The firm partnered with the PNP in… Read More

Albayalde orders probe on ambush of 2 gun-for-hire suspects

Albayalde orders probe on ambush of 2 gun-for-hire suspects

February 27, 2019, 6:00 pm

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday ordered a probe on the killing of two-self confessed gun-for-hire suspects while onboard a police mobile on their way back to jail. "That will be investigated and I have already asked the IAS (Internal… Read More

Digitization of birth registration pushed

Digitization of birth registration pushed

February 27, 2019, 5:46 pm

MANILA -- An umbrella organization of children's rights groups on Wednesday called on the government to institutionalize a comprehensive civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system or digitization of data. In a media forum during the “Register Every Pinoy Child Now” campaign launch… Read More

US Library of Congress taps PNA for 2019 poll content

US Library of Congress taps PNA for 2019 poll content

February 27, 2019, 5:44 pm

MANILA-- News content from state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) on the upcoming 2019 Philippine national and local elections would soon be part of a special collection at the United States Library of the Congress. In a letter addressed to PNA, the United States Library of Congress said it… Read More

Duterte visits Espenilla’s wake

Duterte visits Espenilla’s wake

February 27, 2019, 5:38 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday visited family members of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. who passed away on February 23. Duterte paid his last respects to Espenilla at the Arlington Chapel at Aeternum, Heritage Park, according to a statement from… Read More

Palace confirms Arnell Ignacio’s resignation

Palace confirms Arnell Ignacio’s resignation

February 27, 2019, 5:34 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed that Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Arnaldo Arevalo "Arnell" Ignacio has tendered his resignation. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Ignacio said he resigned due to “personal reasons” and wished… Read More

Quezon City holds 3-day animation, IT fair

Quezon City holds 3-day animation, IT fair

February 27, 2019, 5:28 pm

MANILA -- Quezon City, the country’s so-called Smart City, is conducting a three-day 4th Animation and Information Technology (QCAIT) Fair with the theme “Quezon City towards Future Technology” at the QCX Museum inside the Quezon Memorial Circle from Feb. 26-28. Organized by the Quezon City… Read More

Poe eyes fuel subsidies for fisherfolk

Poe eyes fuel subsidies for fisherfolk

February 27, 2019, 5:26 pm

MANILA -- Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday vowed to expand the coverage of the government's fuel subsidy program to include fisherfolk amid the incessant increase in oil prices. During her provincial sortie in Iba, Zambales, Poe pushed for the inclusion of fishermen under the Pantawid Pasada… Read More

Gov't launches PH’s first subway system

Gov't launches PH’s first subway system

February 27, 2019, 5:19 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday finally conducted the groundbreaking for the Metro Manila Subway System, the first in the country. “When we announced that we are doing the subway, many sectors did not believe. They told us: subway station? This is only a plan and… Read More

PNP assures security for threatened priests

PNP assures security for threatened priests

February 27, 2019, 5:12 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it is more than ready to provide security protection to priests who have claimed to receive death threats. PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde said he has already discussed the matter with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio… Read More

PH, int'l agencies join hands vs. online child exploitation

PH, int'l agencies join hands vs. online child exploitation

February 27, 2019, 5:11 pm

MANILA -- Law enforcement agencies on Wednesday forged a partnership with various organizations to combat online exploitation of children. Under a joint agency agreement, the Women and Children’s Protection Center (WCPC), the National Bureau of Investigation-Anti Human Trafficking Division… Read More

8888 hotline meant to ensure Filipino welfare: Palace

8888 hotline meant to ensure Filipino welfare: Palace

February 27, 2019, 4:34 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte's disgust over telecommunications firms due to the inaccessibility of the 8888 hotline shows his aspiration to ensure efficient delivery of government services for the public's general welfare, Malacañang said on Wednesday. "Given all this, it is clear why… Read More

PCSO gets new ISO certification

PCSO gets new ISO certification

February 27, 2019, 4:34 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has obtained an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certification which focused on leadership, risk-based thinking, and context of the organization. “ISO 9001 is the title of an ISO standard that outlines the requirements an… Read More

Remain neutral in upcoming polls, DOJ reminds fiscals

Remain neutral in upcoming polls, DOJ reminds fiscals

February 27, 2019, 4:22 pm

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra cautioned members of the National Prosecution Service (NPS) against taking sides of candidates in the upcoming elections. In Department Circular No. 001 issued Wednesday, Guevarra said "members of the National Prosecution Service are hereby reminded to… Read More

'Floating cocaine' possibly bound for Australia: PNP

'Floating cocaine' possibly bound for Australia: PNP

February 27, 2019, 4:20 pm

MANILA -- The blocks of "floating cocaine" seized off the country's territorial waters for the past two weeks are likely to be bound for Australia, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Wednesday. Albayalde said that they are now coordinating with… Read More