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'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

Xi's state visit generally peaceful: NCRPO

Xi's state visit generally peaceful: NCRPO

November 21, 2018, 5:33 pm

MANILA -- The two-day state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the country was generally peaceful, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Wednesday. “The National Capital Region Police Office takes pride being part of the country’s breakthrough for upstaging a safe, well… Read More

Filipino profs can teach other subjects: DOLE

Filipino profs can teach other subjects: DOLE

November 21, 2018, 5:18 pm

MANILA — Teachers who might be affected by the supposed removal of Filipino and Panitikan (Literature) as general education subjects in college should not worry as they can teach other subjects. “Why would they become jobless? Education (sector) remains. Teachers do not just teach Filipino… Read More

PH Navy on the uptick with Spike-ER missile integration

PH Navy on the uptick with Spike-ER missile integration

November 21, 2018, 4:44 pm

ON BOARD THE BRP DAVAO DEL SUR -- The Philippine Navy (PN) is now on the upgrade with the successful capability demonstration of its newly-acquired and installed Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system during a live-fire exercise off Lamao Point in… Read More

Xi lauded for pushing ‘comprehensive, strategic’ PH-China ties

Xi lauded for pushing ‘comprehensive, strategic’ PH-China ties

November 21, 2018, 4:40 pm

MANILA – A political analyst has recognized the importance of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic Manila visit on the improving Philippines-China relations under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. “The general significance of the visit is its continuation of the strengthening… Read More

Arroyo cites importance of deepening PH-China ties

Arroyo cites importance of deepening PH-China ties

November 21, 2018, 4:26 pm

MANILA – House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday cited the importance of further deepening ties between the Philippines and China, now that the "all-around cooperation" of the two countries is "as good as it has ever been." Arroyo made the remark during a bilateral… Read More

Sandigan clears ex-Cebu town mayor of malversation charge

Sandigan clears ex-Cebu town mayor of malversation charge

November 21, 2018, 4:25 pm

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has acquitted a former municipal mayor of Cebu province of malversation involving PHP250,000 in 2002, citing the prosecution’s failure to prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt. The Sandiganbayan Second Division, in a 37-page decision dated Nov. 16, 2018, found… Read More

Trillanes seeks Makati court permission to travel abroad

Trillanes seeks Makati court permission to travel abroad

November 21, 2018, 3:15 pm

MANILA -- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday asked the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150 to allow him to travel abroad in Europe and the United States next month. In a motion for leave of court to travel abroad, Trillanes asked the court to allow him to travel from Dec. 11, 2018… Read More

PRRD boosts campaign vs. money laundering, terrorism financing

PRRD boosts campaign vs. money laundering, terrorism financing

November 21, 2018, 2:57 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order strengthening the country’s campaign against money laundering and terrorism financing (ML/TF). Duterte signed Executive Order No. 68 on Nov. 12 adopting the National Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism… Read More

PCSO hits P55-B revenue target from January-October

PCSO hits P55-B revenue target from January-October

November 21, 2018, 2:54 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Wednesday announced that it has already hit its initial target of PHP55-billion last October. "As of January, to October, our gross sales is already at PHP54.8 billion, which is 27 percent higher compared to the same period last year.… Read More

Spike-ER missile live-fire exercise 'impressive': DND chief

Spike-ER missile live-fire exercise 'impressive': DND chief

November 21, 2018, 2:20 pm

ON BOARD THE BRP DAVAO DEL SUR -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana described as "impressive" the Philippine Navy’s (PN) newly-acquired and installed Rafael Advanced Defense, Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system, whose capabilities were… Read More