30 percent of Marawi City cleared of explosives: AFP

MANILA -- Some 30 percent of Marawi City's war-torn areas have been cleared of unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices left by ISIS-inspired terrorist groups, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Saturday.In a statement, Joint Task Force Marawi deputy commander and... Read More

AFP to uphold New Year SOMO vs Reds

MANILA -- Despite repeated attacks by members of the New People's Army (NPA) during Christmas truce, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Saturday said it is still very much committed to uphold the suspension of military operation (SOMO) during the New Year.In a message, AFP spokesperson... Read More

Vendors hopeful despite low sales

MANILA – As preparations for New Year are already in full swing, business remains slow for some vendors in Commonwealth, Quezon City.“Media Noche” dinner is a big thing for typical Filipino families, often going through the trouble of borrowing money if only to complete the twelve... Read More

Agri damage due to 'Vinta' reaches P1.2-B

MANILA -- Damage and losses to the agriculture sector due to typhoon "Vinta" have reached PHP1.2 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said Saturday.In its latest update, the NDRRMC said the total damage to agriculture climbed to PHP1,246,865,806.78.NDRRMC... Read More

Scattered rains to prevail over PH on New Year’s eve

MANILA -- Scattered rains will prevail over most parts of the archipelago as the tail-end of a cold front continue to dump rains over Bicol and eastern Visayas, while the northeast monsoon still affect northern and central Luzon, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– No solution in sight for e-waste problemINQUIRER– Expect wet, stormy new year in southPHILIPPINE STAR– New year, new tax: Diesel, LPG prices upMANILA BULLETIN– Firecracker injuries down by 60% - DOHMANILA TIMES– Tough guy Duterte weathers tough... Read More

Palace happy with SWS poll showing Filipinos have high hopes for 2018

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday welcomed the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey saying almost all Filipinos "have high hopes" for 2018."Indeed, there are reasons to be hopeful," he said in a statement. "Our economy is on a roll with institutions like the Asian... Read More

Bulacan pyro firms pass safety standards — DOLE

MANILA -- Majority of the 67 establishments engaged in manufacturing and wholesaling of pyrotechnic in Bulacan have passed the occupational safety and health (OSH) inspections by labor laws compliance officers (LLCOs), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Saturday.In a... Read More

EO, DOH initiative seen to reduce firecracker injuries in years ahead

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Saturday, a day before the New Year's eve, expressed optimism on the reduced cases of firecracker-related injuries for 2018 and the years ahead.This, citing the recently signed Executive Order No. 28, along with the initiatives of... Read More

PCSO gives ambulance to 'Vinta'-hit Lanao del Norte

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) heeded the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately provide an ambulance unit to Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, after it was wiped out by raging floods in the wake of the onslaught of Tropical Storm "Vinta."In a briefing of the National... Read More

Duterte leads commemoration of 121st Rizal Day

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte led the national commemoration of the 121st anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Rizal National Monument in Rizal Park, Manila on Saturday, Dec. 30.Held simultaneously at the Rizal Park, the Rizal Shrine in Calamba City, Laguna, and the Rizal... Read More

2017: World's eyes on Manila

MANILA -- Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayeano touted the country's "debut" in the international scene as one of the major highlights of the agency this year."Suddenly, the Philippines is not just the president or the country in the room but we're relevant, we're being... Read More

Duterte Cabinet satisfaction rating highest since 1990: Roque

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday said the Cabinet's "good" net satisfaction rating in a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey was the highest given to the Cabinet since 1990.In its latest report, SWS survey showed that the net satisfaction rating of the Cabinet fared... Read More

Aguirre orders NBI probe on Mandaluyong 'misencounter'

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the shooting incident in Mandaluyong City that left two people dead and two others injured.On Friday, Aguirre ordered NBI Director Dante Gierran to “conduct (an) investigation... Read More

5,072 barangays now drug-free: PDEA

MANILA -- At least 5,000 barangays across the country have been declared drug-free, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported in the monthly update on "#RealNumbers".The agency said 5,072 of the 42,036 barangays were cleared of drugs as of December 27. "These barangays have reached... Read More

DICT bats for improvement of PH internet services

MANILA -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has expressed commitment to improve the speed, access and affordability of internet as it welcomes the possible entry of a third major player in the local telecommunications industry.A major achievement for the department... Read More

Bishops welcome declaration of Dec. 8 as non-working holiday

MANILA -- Catholic prelates lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to declare Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as a non-working holiday.“That is indeed a very good and inspiring news. With this Christmas season, it is a beautiful and lasting... Read More

Isolated rainshowers to prevail over PH Saturday

MANILA -- Isolated rainshowers may prevail over most parts of the archipelago, the state weather bureau said Saturday morning.The tail-end of a cold front is affecting the eastern part of southern Luzon and Visayas, while the northeast monsoon is affecting northern and central Luzon, said the... Read More

'Vinta'-affected families now at 152K

MANILA – The number of families affected by Tropical Storm Vinta has climbed to 152,382 or 720,201 persons living in 1,111 barangays in the Mimaropa, Central Visayas, Zamboanga, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and CARAGA regions, the National Disaster Risk... Read More

Reflect on Rizal's values as PH strives for more unity, peace: Duterte

MANILA -- As the Philippines marks the 121st anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal's martyrdom, President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the public to reflect on the values the national hero had instilled into his fellow countrymen and beloved land.“May we take this occasion as an opportunity to recognize... Read More