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Lorenzana slams Joma’s slur vs. military, police

Lorenzana slams Joma’s slur vs. military, police

November 22, 2018, 1:04 pm

MANILA -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday berated Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria "Joma" Sison for his insulting comments against the military and the police, whom he accused of being behind the cancellation of his… Read More

DepEd condemns killing of teacher, wounding of pupil in Bulacan

DepEd condemns killing of teacher, wounding of pupil in Bulacan

November 22, 2018, 11:39 am

MANILA -- The Department of Education (Deped) said it "does not condone such display of violence in schools", referring to the shooting incident that killed an elementary teacher and wounded a pupil in Bulacan. In a statement late Wednesday, DepEd assured the public that it is consistently working… Read More

Xi, Duterte agree on continuous engagement

Xi, Duterte agree on continuous engagement

November 22, 2018, 11:38 am

MANILA -- The Philippines and China agreed to maintain close high-level communication through bilateral visits, phone calls, exchange of letters, and side meetings in multilateral forums, to strengthen the planning of bilateral relations. In a joint statement released by the Department of Foreign… Read More

Sandiganbayan junks motion to dismiss raps vs. ex-Cebu guv

Sandiganbayan junks motion to dismiss raps vs. ex-Cebu guv

November 22, 2018, 11:26 am

MANILA -- For lack of merit, the Sandiganbayan has denied the motion of former Cebu governor and now Representative Gwendolyn Garcia seeking to dismiss the criminal cases filed against her over the alleged irregular purchase of 10 parcels of land in Cebu province during her term as governor. The… Read More

PH Navy needs 42 multi-purpose assault craft: Empedrad

PH Navy needs 42 multi-purpose assault craft: Empedrad

November 22, 2018, 10:38 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) needs 42 multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC) in its fleet to further enhance its capabilities to defend the country's waters. PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad made this statement Wednesday shortly after the successful capability… Read More

Rains over Palawan as "Samuel" moves out of PAR

Rains over Palawan as "Samuel" moves out of PAR

November 22, 2018, 10:37 am

MANILA -- The province of Palawan will continue to experience rains as tropical depression “Samuel” maintained strength and continues to move out of the country on Thursday. In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration… Read More

DND, ARMSCOR to manufacture 50K .45-caliber pistols

DND, ARMSCOR to manufacture 50K .45-caliber pistols

November 22, 2018, 10:07 am

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) and ARMSCOR Global Defense Incorporated have signed a contract for the manufacture of 50,000 .45 caliber high-capacity pistols for the use of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). In a statement Wednesday, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong… Read More

New assault craft ideal for anti-piracy missions off Sulu

New assault craft ideal for anti-piracy missions off Sulu

November 22, 2018, 10:03 am

MANILA -- Aside from deterring intruders off Philippine waters, the country's newest multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC) are also ideal for suppressing the pirate threat off the waters of Sulu, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday. He added that with its high-speed and modern armament,… Read More

Andanar cites Japan's help for realization of digital TV in PH

Andanar cites Japan's help for realization of digital TV in PH

November 22, 2018, 10:02 am

MANILA – Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar expects a big improvement in the transmission capacity of state-owned People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI) with the use of Japan’s Integrated Services Digital Broadcast – Terrestrial (ISDB-T) System.  In his speech during… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thu. Nov. 22, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thu. Nov. 22, 2018

November 22, 2018, 8:45 am

BUSINESS MIRROR – Fear, cheer greet PHL, China pact on oil, gas INQUIRER – Reenacted budget likely, say senators MANILA BULLETIN – PH, China agree to elevate ties MANILA TIMES – Duterte, Xi seal strategic alliance MANILA STANDARD – DFA chief flares up over China oil deal PHILIPPINE STAR… Read More

'Samuel' heads to Cuyo archipelago

'Samuel' heads to Cuyo archipelago

November 22, 2018, 5:59 am

MANILA -- Tropical Depression (TD) Samuel is now over the Sulu Sea, and is approaching the Cuyo archipelago, the weather bureau said on Wednesday afternoon. "Samuel" was last eyed at 65 kilometers south-southeast of Cuyo, Palawan, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and… Read More

Sotto defends PH-China joint exploration deal from critics

Sotto defends PH-China joint exploration deal from critics

November 21, 2018, 9:09 pm

MANILA -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday defended the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the joint exploration at the West Philippine Sea that President Rodrigo Duterte signed with China during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit in Manila. Government critics should… Read More

PSG appeals for understanding of road closures during Xi visit

PSG appeals for understanding of road closures during Xi visit

November 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

MANILA -- The Presidential Security Group (PSG) on Wednesday appealed to the commuting public to understand the reason for traffic caused by road closures in Metro Manila during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. PSG spokesperson, Capt. Zeerah Blanche Lucrecia, explained that… Read More

PCOO eyes signing of MOU with Chinese state media next year

PCOO eyes signing of MOU with Chinese state media next year

November 21, 2018, 6:58 pm

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Wednesday expressed hope that it will be able sign an agreement with China's National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) next year after encountering a delay. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said he met NRTA… Read More

China's Xi Jinping ends 2-day state visit to PH

China's Xi Jinping ends 2-day state visit to PH

November 21, 2018, 6:47 pm

MANILA -- Chinese President Xi Jinping concluded his two-day visit in the Philippines on a rainy day, with his convoy arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) before 2 p.m. on Wednesday to leave the country. (Photo courtesy of Manila International Airport Authority)President Xi… Read More

CebuPac's Virac, Legazpi flights cancelled Wednesday

CebuPac's Virac, Legazpi flights cancelled Wednesday

November 21, 2018, 6:39 pm

MANILA -- Cebu Pacific's flights to and from Manila and Virac, Catanduanes and between Manila and Legazpi, Albay were cancelled on Wednesday due to bad weather. These flights were 5J 821/822 Manila-Virac-Manila, and 5J 321/322 Manila-Legazpi-Manila. The latest bulletin from the Philippine… Read More

Palace assures release of all PH-China deals signed in Xi visit

Palace assures release of all PH-China deals signed in Xi visit

November 21, 2018, 6:08 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday assured the public that it will release copies of all deals signed between the Philippine and Chinese governments during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Manila. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark following several… Read More

Rules on 'Balik Manggagawa' program for Iraq seen by November

Rules on 'Balik Manggagawa' program for Iraq seen by November

November 21, 2018, 6:05 pm

MANILA-- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is expected to issue the implementing guidelines for the Selective Balik-Manggagawa (BM) Program for Iraq by end of November, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday. "POEA just informed the DFA they… Read More

Comelec allots P160-M for May 2019 poll supplies

Comelec allots P160-M for May 2019 poll supplies

November 21, 2018, 5:47 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Wednesday it has allocated more than PHP160 million for the purchase of various supplies to be used in the May 2019 mid-term polls. According to the Comelec Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), the approved budget for the contract (ABC) for… Read More

Tax reform Package 4 hurdles House committee

Tax reform Package 4 hurdles House committee

November 21, 2018, 5:41 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives ways and means committee on Wednesday approved the fourth comprehensive tax reform program, which introduces reforms on financial taxes and is being pushed by the Duterte administration. The panel, chaired by Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing, approved an… Read More