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Ex-NegOr city mayor cleared of graft

Ex-NegOr city mayor cleared of graft

March 1, 2019, 1:34 pm

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has cleared of graft charges a former city mayor in Negros Oriental in connection with the procurement of construction materials for repair of covered canals without public bidding in 2011. The Sandiganbayan 1st Division, in a decision dated Feb. 22, 2019, acquitted… Read More

PNP joins call for parents to monitor kids’ online activities

PNP joins call for parents to monitor kids’ online activities

March 1, 2019, 1:27 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday joined other government agencies in urging parents to monitor their children's online activities. PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) Director, Police Brig. Gen. Marni Marcos Jr., made the reminder after the “Momo Challenge” and other online… Read More

Humanitarian, disaster ops training a must for PH

Humanitarian, disaster ops training a must for PH

March 1, 2019, 1:25 pm

MANILA -- As the Philippines is a calamity-prone country, it is only fitting that military exercises with allied countries also focus on joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) missions. "Joint HADR trainings are being emphasized because our country is a disaster-prone area and we… Read More

2K nabbed for gun ban violation: PNP

2K nabbed for gun ban violation: PNP

March 1, 2019, 1:24 pm

MANILA – More than 2,000 persons have been arrested for violating the election gun ban, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday. Police Col. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, said as of 6 a.m. Thursday, some 2,075 persons have been apprehended in 231,865 police operations since the… Read More

PNP implements law modifying rank classification

PNP implements law modifying rank classification

March 1, 2019, 12:17 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has implemented the new law that modified the rank classification of police officers into similar ones used by their military counterparts. In a memorandum signed by Director for Personnel and Records Management, Police Major Gen. Lyndon Cubos, on… Read More

Bishop's threats not related to Fr. Ventura’s slay: Palace

Bishop's threats not related to Fr. Ventura’s slay: Palace

March 1, 2019, 9:01 am

MANILA -- There is no connection between the killing of three priests last year and the alleged death threats against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo slammed critics attributing the killing of Fr. Mark Ventura, Fr. Tito… Read More

Duterte, Pompeo discuss reg'l security, counter terrorism

Duterte, Pompeo discuss reg'l security, counter terrorism

March 1, 2019, 8:46 am

POMPEO VISITS PH. President Rodrigo R. Duterte introduces the members of his Cabinet to United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo during their meeting at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on February 28, 2019. (Valerie Escalera/Presidential Photo) MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte… Read More

'Betty' weakens into LPA

'Betty' weakens into LPA

March 1, 2019, 8:41 am

MANILA — Tropical Depression Betty (international name Wutip) has weakened into a low-pressure area (LPA) and poses no direct threat to the country. In its latest forecast on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the LPA's… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Fri. Mar. 1, 2019

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Fri. Mar. 1, 2019

March 1, 2019, 7:06 am

INQUIRER – DOF: China loan deal vetted vs. graft PHILIPPINE STAR – We respect PHL laws - China MANILA BULLETIN – PNP ready to secure priests, bishops DAILY TRIBUNE – ‘People’s projects, not mine’ MANILA TIMES – PLDT: We don’t owe govt P8B MANILA STANDARD – PNP reboots war on… Read More

Malaysian PM to visit PH March 6-7

Malaysian PM to visit PH March 6-7

February 28, 2019, 9:19 pm

MANILA -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad will visit the Philippines to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte on March 6-7, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday. According to the department, Mahathir will embark on an official visit at the invitation of the Chief… Read More

Makati fiscals junk raps vs. 3 lawyers in bar raid

Makati fiscals junk raps vs. 3 lawyers in bar raid

February 28, 2019, 9:15 pm

MANILA -- State prosecutors dismissed the obstruction of justice charges filed by policemen against three lawyers arrested for interfering with their operation during a follow-up raid on a bar in Makati City that was suspected to be a drug den. In a resolution dated January 31 and released to the… Read More

Comelec to use illegal materials as evidence vs. erring poll bets

Comelec to use illegal materials as evidence vs. erring poll bets

February 28, 2019, 9:13 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday said it will keep all illegal campaign materials of national candidates that have been removed from operations in some parts of Metro Manila as evidence for cases to be filed against violators of election laws. “We will go to identified… Read More

PH hopes India, Pakistan exercise restraint over Kashmir

PH hopes India, Pakistan exercise restraint over Kashmir

February 28, 2019, 9:12 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday expressed hope that India and Pakistan would exercise restraint in the wake of rising tensions in Kashmir.  In a statement sent through DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato, the agency said it is closely monitoring the situation in the… Read More

DepEd to parents: Monitor kids' digital activities

DepEd to parents: Monitor kids' digital activities

February 28, 2019, 8:30 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) is urging parents to be more mindful and attentive to the digital activities of their children. In a statement, the DepEd on Thursday made the call in response to the “Momo challenge” and other online challenges that reportedly lead to self-harm… Read More

TESDA eyes stricter scholarship allotment rules

TESDA eyes stricter scholarship allotment rules

February 28, 2019, 8:02 pm

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be stricter in giving scholarship slots to technical-vocational institutions (TVIs), an executive said Thursday. In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), TESDA-NCR Director Conrado Bares said this is due… Read More

Duterte wants gentleman’s agreement with Misuari

Duterte wants gentleman’s agreement with Misuari

February 28, 2019, 8:00 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants a gentleman’s agreement with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said on Thursday. Medialdea made this clarification after Duterte earlier expressed interest in crafting a new… Read More

DOH reiterates full support to anti-illegal drugs drive

DOH reiterates full support to anti-illegal drugs drive

February 28, 2019, 7:50 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reiterated its full support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. This after Dr. Vanjoe de Guzman, an employee of DOH Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MMCHD), was arrested, along with six others, in a buy bust operation of… Read More

Gov't launches newspaper vs. fake news

Gov't launches newspaper vs. fake news

February 28, 2019, 7:36 pm

MANILA -- Staying true to their commitment of transparency and good governance, the Duterte administration launched on Thursday Balita Central, a newspaper dedicated to disseminating updates and development of government projects and programs. Through the Presidential Communications Operations… Read More

PRRD approves reso extending human rights victims’ fund

PRRD approves reso extending human rights victims’ fund

February 28, 2019, 7:19 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved a Congress joint resolution extending the validity of the fund intended for victims of human rights violations. Signed by Duterte on Feb. 22 and released to the media on Thursday, Joint Resolution 04 extended the “maintenance, availability, and… Read More

PNA marks 46th year

PNA marks 46th year

February 28, 2019, 6:52 pm

MANILA—The Philippine News Agency or PNA was inaugurated in Malacanang on March 1, 1973 as the official news agency of the government of the Philippines by then Information Minister Francisco S. Tatad. It replaced the country’s first privately-owned Philippine News Service or PNS, which was… Read More