Atio's parents welcome witness Marc Ventura, reopening of probe

MANILA -- The parents of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III on Friday welcomed fratman Marc Anthony Ventura's appearance before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to submit his sworn statement as witness on the fatal hazing of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman last September.During the... Read More

2 men arrested for selling party drugs in Mandaluyong

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested two persons for selling party drugs, including cocaine and liquid ecstasy worth PHP666,000 in a buy-bust operation in a condominium in Mandaluyong City on Thursday evening.PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino identified the suspected... Read More

Bato surprised with own salary increase

MANILA -- Days after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the resolution increasing the salaries of police officers and soldiers of all ranks, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said he was surprised with the increase of his own base pay.Dela Rosa expressed this... Read More

Investments on teachers can never go wrong

MANILA -- Investments on the country’s human resources, especially our teachers, can never go wrong, Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon said Friday in response to the remark of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that a hike in the pay of public school teachers is “not a priority” at... Read More

Joint voting on Cha-cha not in Constitution: Sotto

MANILA -- Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Friday said the 1987 Constitution itself does not mention that the Congress should take a joint vote on any amendments to the Charter except on the declaration of martial law.Sotto made this remark amid questions raised if voting on Charter... Read More

3rd petition vs ML extension filed in SC

MANILA -- Former Human Rights Chairperson Loretta Ann "Etta" Rosales on Friday filed the third and newest petition before the Supreme Court seeking to nullify the full-year extension of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.Echoing the arguments of... Read More

2017 a good year for NCRPO, says chief

MANILA – The accomplishments of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in the past year has been truly remarkable, Director Oscar Albayalde said during their New Year's Call event Thursday."For 2017, our accomplishments on arrests have exceeded that of the previous year with crimes... Read More

CHED chair asked to retire

MANILA -- A party-list lawmaker on Thursday said that Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Patricia Licuanan should consider early retirement. Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Partylist Rep. Jericho Nograles made the statement following reports of anomalies surrounding the K to 12... Read More

Duterte trust rating rebounds to ‘excellent’ : SWS

MANILA -- A latest survey from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed President Rodrigo Duterte has regained his "excellent" trust rating.In its 2017 fourth quarter poll, the SWS found that 83 percent of Filipinos had much trust in the chief executive, only seven percent had little trust, while... Read More

NE monsoon, tail-end of cold front to bring rains in some parts of PH

MANILA -- Two weather systems will bring isolated rains in some parts of the country Friday, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. In its 24-hour weather forecast, PAGASA said the northeast monsoon is affecting northern Luzon and the tail-end of... Read More

CHED denounces allegations of corruption in gov't scholarship program

MANILA – Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan said only 4,096 faculty scholars under the local scholarships are experiencing delays in the release of living allowances, clarifying earlier reports that 9,500 scholars have been affected.As of Jan. 11, the... Read More

DepEd cites importance of safe environment for students

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) underscored on Thursday the importance of providing a safe environment for students.This means that teachers should not only nurture the students, but also ensure that their rights are protected from any form of abuse.To further support DepEd Order (DO)... Read More

Pres. Duterte to gambling industry: Shun graft and corruption

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Thursday, January 11, called on officials and employees of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) as well as gambling licensees in the country not to engage in graft and corruption.In his speech during a PAGCOR event at the Manila Hotel,... Read More

Pres. Duterte meets with top execs of Melco Resorts and Entertainment

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met with the top executives of Melco Resorts and Entertainment at the Manila Hotel on Thursday, January 11.Present during the courtesy call were Lawrence Ho, chairman and chief executive officer of Melco Resorts and Entertainment Corporation (Philippines) and... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

BUSINESS MIRROR – 2017 banner year for PHL tourismINQUIRER – No Dengvaxia link yet to 14 deathsMANILA BULLETIN – SC urged: Stop the TRAINMANILA TIMES – Left asks SC to stop TrainMANILA STANDARD – Duterte defuses Diokno’s ‘bomb’PHILIPPINE STAR –... Read More

Nothing wrong with DILG 'drug list' directive: Palace

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday said there is nothing wrong with the directive of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Diño for barangay officials to submit a list of suspected drug pushers and criminals in their respective... Read More

Mary Jane visit not allowed, but assistance continues: DFA

MANILA -- Amid criticism from refraining the family of Mary Jane Veloso to visit her in Indonesia, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday clarified that the contemplation of visits is "once or twice after the conviction but not yearly." 

On Jan. 10, Mary Jane's birthday, her... Read More

Citizens must play role in fight vs. terror: AFP

MANILA -- While the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is doing everything in its authority to defeat terrorism, the citizenry also needs to play a role by reporting the presence of suspicious looking persons in their neighborhood.This was stressed by AFP spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo when... Read More

Congress has authority to re-impose death penalty: Panelo

MANILA -- Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Thursday said Congress had the authority to re-impose the death penalty if there were compelling reasons involving heinous crimes.Panelo made this comment as the Senate announced its resumption of hearings on the revival of the death... Read More

Tobacco products banned in Qatar

MANILA -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reminded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) bound for Qatar to refrain from bringing tobacco products there.This after the host country has banned all tobacco derivatives, equipment, and other materials in relation to tobacco... Read More