National

Pres. Duterte vows to cleanse PH of corrupt, tax evaders

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Thursday, October 19, expressed zero tolerance for corrupt public officials and tax-evading businessmen who are shortchanging the Filipino public.The President said this as he graced the concluding ceremony of the 43rd Philippine Business Conference (PBC)... Read More

Use CARS fund to subsidize purchase of modernized jeepneys: group

MANILA -- Think tank Ibon Foundation urged the government to use the PHP27-billion subsidy under the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program to help operators and drivers fund their purchase of modernized public utility jeepneys (PUJs).In a position paper submitted to the House... Read More

PH welcomes aid sans strings attached: DFA

MANILA -- Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said the Philippines would not accept conditional European Union (EU) grants, but is confident this would not affect its ties with the bloc.

“With the President’s (Rodrigo Duterte) directive now,... Read More

CA affirms bail for 3 suspects in Vhong Navarro case

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the granting of bail to model Deniece Cornejo, businessman Cedric Lee and Simon "Zimmer" Raz who were charged with serious illegal detention over the mauling of TV host and actor Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro in January 2014.In a 15-page decision... Read More

2 cops, cab driver file counter-affidavit on Arnaiz, De Guzman slay

MANILA -- The two Caloocan policemen along with taxi driver Tomas Bagcal who were implicated in the killings of teenagers Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman last August appeared before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and filed their counter-affidavit on the case.During the... Read More

DOJ junks Faeldon plea to dismiss drug raps

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday junked the motion filed by former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon seeking to dismiss the charges filed against him and 11 other Customs officials by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) over the PHP6.4-billion shabu... Read More

Gov't eyes start of PUV modernization by yearend

MANILA --The government is eyeing to implement the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program in three pilot areas before the year ends, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Thursday.During a House Committee on Transportation hearing on the... Read More

Solon wants Constitution taught to Grade 12 students

MANILA -- A lawmaker at the House of Representatives has filed a bill seeking to integrate the study of the Philippine Constitution in the Grade 12 curriculum of all public and private schools across the country.Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao said the constitutional provision stating that... Read More

BI on high alert for ASEAN Summit

MANILA-- Immigration officers and agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports of entry were placed on heightened alert for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders’ summit and other related meetings to be held in various venues in the country in... Read More

Bautista's impeachment depends on Congress — Escudero

MANILA -- A senator on Thursday said the Senate can only act on impeachment proceedings against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista once the House of Representatives (House) transmits the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber.“Magco-convene lamang kami once... Read More

China’s premier, Russian PM to attend ASEAN meet in Nov

MANILA -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev are coming to Manila to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings next month.“United Nations Secretary General (António Guterres) has (also) confirmed.European... Read More

CDO tops Mindanao cities in local revenue dependency

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—This city has topped other Mindanao cities in terms of local revenue dependency for 2016.According to a report released by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF), Cagayan de Oro City sourced 51.39 percent of its revenue from local sources for that period.Tagum City... Read More

DOH denies alleged physical abuses in rehab center

MANILA -- The Department of Health’s (DOH) spokesperson on Thursday strongly denied allegations that patients, who attempt to escape from the Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) in Nueva Ecija, are physically abused."I-clarify ko po dun sa allegations na may mga... Read More

Rains expected in most parts of PH as 'Paolo' intensifies

MANILA -- Typhoon 'Paolo' strengthened as it moves over the Philippine Sea, bringing rains to most parts of the country, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday.As of 3 p.m., 'Paolo' was spotted 930 km. east of Baler,... Read More

Joint observance of Leyte Landing, Ricarte's birth anniversary bared

MANILA – The Philippines will jointly observe on Friday the 73rd anniversary of the historic Leyte Landing by allied forces led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur that liberated the country from Japanese occupation in World War II and the 151st birthday anniversary of Gen. Artemio Ricarte, hero of the... Read More

Pope Francis mourns death of Cardinal Vidal

MANILA -- Pope Francis expressed sadness over the death of Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.In a telegram sent to Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, the Holy Father expressed sympathy to the people and the archdiocese over the death of the Philippines' most senior cardinal.“Deeply... Read More

13 Maute terrorists killed in Marawi clearing ops

MANILA -- Some 13 Maute group remnants were killed in the latest military operations aimed at clearing Marawi City of terrorists, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced Thursday.“Our operations to flush out and deal with terrorist stragglers has been continuing relentlessly since... Read More

PNP lauds public support for anti-drugs campaign

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday lauded the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey showing majority of Filipinos support the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, describing it as the public’s recognition of their efforts to ensure peace and order in the... Read More

HUDCC targets 600-700 temporary housing in Marawi by December

MANILA -- The government targets to build 600 to 700 units of temporary shelter in Marawi City by third week of December for internally displaced people (IDP) affected by the clashes between government troops and Maute terrorists in the area.Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)... Read More

NAPC rallies more action vs poverty

MANILA -- The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) continues the mobilization of all sectors in helping address poverty nationwide.
NAPC will launch its Kilos SAMBAYANAN (Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan) campaign in Mindanao and the Visayas after doing so in Manila this year to... Read More