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Gov't donates land for relocation of over 2K informal settlers

Gov't donates land for relocation of over 2K informal settlers

February 26, 2019, 7:57 pm

MANILA – Resonating the Duterte administration’s drive for social responsibility, five hectares of government land will be donated for the relocation of at least 2,086 informal settler families (ISFs) long living on Isla Puting Bato in Manila. The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through… Read More

PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty may be tackled in Pompeo visit

PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty may be tackled in Pompeo visit

February 26, 2019, 7:20 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday said that the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between Washington and Manila may be among the topics to be discussed during the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo to the Philippines. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that it was… Read More

PRRD only threatens criminals, not bishops, priests: Palace

PRRD only threatens criminals, not bishops, priests: Palace

February 26, 2019, 6:51 pm

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday said only criminals, and not religious leaders, are the recipients of threats coming from President Rodrigo D. Duterte. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo defended Duterte from critics saying the Chief Executive has even changed his tune by warning against… Read More

Palace assures legal aid for distressed Filipinos abroad

Palace assures legal aid for distressed Filipinos abroad

February 26, 2019, 6:35 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday assured distressed Filipino workers abroad that the government will provide them with legal assistance should they get involved in serious crimes such as drug-related cases. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark to clarify President Rodrigo R.… Read More

Duterte lauds Misuari's patience in peace talks

Duterte lauds Misuari's patience in peace talks

February 26, 2019, 6:32 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte "admired" Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari's patience in peace negotiations, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte and Misuari met at the Malacañan Palace on Monday. "The… Read More

Port of Manila resumes ops Tuesday

Port of Manila resumes ops Tuesday

February 26, 2019, 6:02 pm

MANILA — The Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila (BOC-POM) on Tuesday has resumed operations three days after a fire gutted its main building. According to district collector Rhea Gregorio, the operations of some offices, including the assessment office, that were temporarily relocated at the BOC… Read More

'Harsher' drive should focus on big-time drug lords: solon

'Harsher' drive should focus on big-time drug lords: solon

February 26, 2019, 5:30 pm

MANILA -- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte's "harsher" anti-illegal drug campaign must now shift its focus on drug lords. Gatchalian said the heads of the drug cartels who bring in illegal drugs to the country should be identified so that the "full force of the… Read More

Communities realizing disadvantage of harboring Reds: AFP

Communities realizing disadvantage of harboring Reds: AFP

February 26, 2019, 5:22 pm

MANILA -- More communities in the countryside are realizing that not taking a strong stand against the New People's Army (NPA) puts them at a disadvantage. This was emphasized by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, Col. Noel Detoyato when asked Tuesday on why more… Read More

Gray pays courtesy call on Sotto; asks support to empower youth

Gray pays courtesy call on Sotto; asks support to empower youth

February 26, 2019, 5:13 pm

MANILA -- Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray visited the Senate on Tuesday for a courtesy call to Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Sotto was joined by Senators Nancy Binay and Gringo Honasan in welcoming the beauty queen. Gray was bestowed with a Senate resolution congratulating and commending… Read More

284 rookie cops take oath as SAF members

284 rookie cops take oath as SAF members

February 26, 2019, 5:05 pm

MANILA -- A total of 284 police recruits on Tuesday took their oath as new members of the Philippine National Police- Special Action Force (PNP-SAF). PNP-SAF director, Chief Supt. Amando Empiso administered the mass oath-taking of SAF recruit Class 2019-01, composed of 112 males and 172 females,… Read More

Gov't hikes fuel subsidy for PUV operators, drivers

Gov't hikes fuel subsidy for PUV operators, drivers

February 26, 2019, 4:55 pm

MANILA -- The government has increased the fuel subsidies for public utility vehicle operators and drivers under the Pantawid Pasada Program (PPP) of the national government to PHP20,514 this year, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Tuesday. “The PPP is one… Read More

Embassy cries foul over Washington Post story on drug war

Embassy cries foul over Washington Post story on drug war

February 26, 2019, 4:32 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday took "strong exception" to a Washington Post story that centers on the government's campaign against illegal drugs. In a statement issued through its official page, the Embassy tagged the article as "a hasty generalization that has no… Read More

CA rejects GMA Network plea in labor row

CA rejects GMA Network plea in labor row

February 26, 2019, 3:59 pm

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down the appeal filed by broadcasting giant GMA Network Inc. which challenged a labor arbiter's ruling declaring 97 talents of the company as regular employees and as such are entitled to security of tenure and all benefits and rights. The decision of… Read More

Colombian drug cartel now operates in PH

Colombian drug cartel now operates in PH

February 26, 2019, 3:58 pm

MANILA -- A drug cartel based in Medellin, Colombia has expanded its operation in the Philippines, President Rodrigo R. Duterte warned on Monday night. “We are facing a serious problem. Pumasok na ang cartel Medellin, Colombia. Kaya nga marami na naman makikita cocaine (A drug cartel from… Read More

QC boosts drug-free workplace program

QC boosts drug-free workplace program

February 26, 2019, 3:08 pm

MANILA -- The Quezon City local government on Tuesday vowed to step up its efforts in ensuring a drug-free workplace in the city through a partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) that seeks to eliminate drug abuse among private establishments. Quezon City Vice Mayor and… Read More

PNP mulls task force to probe 'floating cocaine'

PNP mulls task force to probe 'floating cocaine'

February 26, 2019, 2:54 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is considering the creation of a task force to probe the consecutive retrievals of “floating cocaine” off the country's territorial waters. PNP spokesperson, Senior Supt. Bernard Banac expressed alarm over these incidents, tagging it as a threat… Read More

NBI nabs scammer posing as Sal Panelo on FB

NBI nabs scammer posing as Sal Panelo on FB

February 26, 2019, 2:42 pm

MANILA -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday announced the arrest of a man in Mandaue City, Cebu who duped victims by pretending to be Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel (CPLC) Salvador Panelo on social media. Jose A. Villafuerte, a native of Bulacan,… Read More

Senator pushes passage of proof-of-parking space bill

Senator pushes passage of proof-of-parking space bill

February 26, 2019, 2:39 pm

MANILA -- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Tuesday pushed for the passage of the proof-of-parking space bill as an alternative to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila. In a statement, Gatchalian said a number of bills have been filed in both chambers of Congress with the aim of decongesting Metro… Read More

Misuari gets Sandigan nod for UAE trip

Misuari gets Sandigan nod for UAE trip

February 26, 2019, 2:38 pm

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan on Tuesday allowed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair and erstwhile Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Nur Misuari to travel abroad. The anti-graft court's 3rd Division granted Misuari’s motion to travel after the conditional… Read More

Sotto wants BADACs activated to stop entry of illegal drugs

Sotto wants BADACs activated to stop entry of illegal drugs

February 26, 2019, 2:36 pm

MANILA -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday called for the activation of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) in all barangays nationwide to guard the country's shoreline and prevent the entry of illegal drugs. Sotto made the call after President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that a… Read More