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SC: eSubpoena to be strictly implemented in all courts

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered lower courts nationwide to strictly implement the “eSubpoena System" that is set to go in full swing this year.This was bared by Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez through Circular No. ‎244-2017 issued last Dec. 21, which ordered the lower... Read More

OFWs warned anew vs. recruiters offering fake jobs in Russia

MANILA -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Filipinos working in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Middle East against illegal recruitment of household service workers (HSWs) in Russia.POEA officer-in-charge Undersecretary Bernard Olalia issued Advisory No. 17 cautioning... Read More

Military ops vs. NPA resumes with end of holiday truce

MANILA -- Military operations against New People's Army (NPA) are set to resume unless President Rodrigo Duterte orders otherwise.This was stressed by Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong when asked on whether government forces can go on the offensive with the... Read More

1st batch of Comelec staff moving out of ‘Palacio’ this month

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec), particularly its personnel department, is expected to be out of the Palacio del Gobernador (PDG) building this month.According to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, just like what he stated earlier, the department will be the first to move out of the... Read More

Palace won't allow ERC paralyzation: Roque

MANILA -- Malacañang is not allowing the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to be paralyzed and assures the public the executive branch is studying all options to address the problem inside the agency.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance on Tuesday in response to ERC... Read More

Solon renews call to hold off new coins to avoid confusion

MANILA -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) should delay the issuance of new coins until April 2018, a senator said Tuesday noting that the new PHP5 coin resembles the old PHP5 coin and could cause confusion.Senator Nancy Binay urged the BSP to first launch an information campaign about the... Read More

TD 'Agaton' heads for Palawan for 6th landfall

MANILA -- Tropical depression “Agaton” continued to move west to Palawan on Tuesday afternoon (January 2) as it is expected to make its sixth landfall there, the state weather bureau said.In a bulletin issued 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical... Read More

PNP credits drop in New Year injuries to EO 28, public support

MANILA -- Public vigilance and President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order (EO) 28 played a key role in reducing firecracker casualties this year, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said Tuesday."I would also like to thank the public for your unwavering support... Read More

PH, 8 other countries to benefit from USD100-M UN emergency fund

MANILA -- The Philippines is among nine states to benefit from a United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) amounting to USD100 million or about PHP5 billion.This was announced by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the first allocation round to neglected crises, during the... Read More

PH reforestation program sees steady growth in 2017

MANILA -- The government's Expanded National Greening Program saw growth in 2017.Data from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) showed that seedling planting activities under the program covered 187,707 hectares nationwide.This raised the total greened area across the country... Read More

'Agaton'-affected families now at 301

MANILA -- A total of 301 families have been affected by inclement weather brought by Tropical Depression Agaton in Central Visayas and CARAGA, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its update Tuesday.The affected families, living in 10 barangays in both... Read More

DSWD: Continuous response to soften the blows of disasters, conflict

MANILA – It was a challenging year for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which had to provide non-stop assistance to Filipinos left vulnerable by disasters, both natural and man-made.“Very challenging ang 2017 para sa DSWD. We had a change of leadership in the... Read More

2 deliveries in 2018 to beef up Navy's capability

MANILA -- Two more platforms which will help boost the Philippine Navy (PN)'s capabilities to defend the country's vast maritime domains are expected to be delivered this 2018.This was bared by Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong when sought for an update on other deliverable items for the PN this... Read More

More than 2K passengers stranded due to ‘Agaton’

MANILA -- More than 2,000 passengers were stranded in various seaports across the country due to the onslaught of Tropical Depression “Agaton”.The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said in an advisory Tuesday that 2,308 passengers were stranded as travel of 34 sea vessels and 66 rolling... Read More

‘Agaton’ grounds several domestic flights

MANILA -- Several flights have been canceled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Tuesday due to the onslaught of Tropical Depression “Agaton”.The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the following flights were canceled due to bad weather: 2P (Philippine... Read More

'Vinta' agri damage now at P1.3-B

MANILA -- Damage to agriculture caused by tropical storm 'Vinta' in Regions VIII, IX, X, XI and CARAGA has now climbed to PHP1,3,07,319,391.11, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in an update Monday afternoon.Most of the damages were sustained by rice and corn... Read More

Military not condoning personnel's illegal actions

MANILA -- The Philippine Army (PA) does not tolerate any illegal acts committed by any of its personnel.This was emphasized by Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson when asked on what the PA plans to do with its personnel caught indiscriminately firing their weapons during the New Year's... Read More

Heavy rains in Visayas, Mindanao as 'Agaton' now over southern Negros

MANILA – Heavy rains is expected over Visayas and several areas in Mindanao as Tropical Depression Agaton is now over southern Negros Oriental on Tuesday, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.In its severe weather... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– Pinoy rice farmers may lose $4B under tariff-free AseanINQUIRER– Oil firms told: No price hike yet based on taxPHILIPPINE STAR– New Year injuries plungeMANILA BULLETIN– New Year casualties down by 77%MANILA TIMES– 3 children fall sick after dengue... Read More

Gas, diesel prices up, excise tax only for new stocks: DOE

MANILA -- Petroleum companies announced a 20-centavo-per-liter increase in gasoline and a 65-centavo hike in diesel pump prices while no movement was reported on kerosene prices.Shell, Seaoil, PTT Philippines, and Phoenix Petroleum will implement the adjusted costs at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January... Read More