Solons urge gov’t to fast-track programs for drivers affected by PUVMP

MANILA -- As the government starts the implementation of its Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), two party-list lawmakers on Monday urged government agencies to speed up the approval of regulations on the use of public funds for public utility vehicle operators and drivers who will... Read More

Pimentel: Not Alvarez’s objective to weaken, abolish the Senate

MANILA -- House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s criticism against the Senate is not meant to weaken and abolish the upper chamber, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said Monday.Pimentel made this remark after colleague Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday raised fears that Alvarez... Read More

Palace: Survey saying Duterte is better President 'a fact'

MANILA -- Malacanang on Monday said majority of the Filipinos were just telling the truth when they said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is better compared to his predecessor Benigno Aquino III.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this comment on Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showing that... Read More

Stampede worst case scenario in 'Traslacion': Joint Task Force-NCR

MANILA -- The Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) said the worst case scenario for Tuesday's 'Traslacion' or procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila is a stampede."(Kung) magkaroon ng mga stampede, maraming talagang mabalian dyan," JTF-NCR head Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado... Read More

WHO lauds PH’s new tax on sugar-sweetened beverages

MANILA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has lauded the Philippines’ new excise tax imposed on sugar-sweetened beverages, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.“WHO had positive remarks for our sugar-sweetened beverages tax provisions,” Roque said during Palace... Read More

Sipalay mayor suspended for delaying suspension of staff

MANILA -- Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Mayor Oscar Montilla, Jr. was himself suspended for 90 days by the Sandiganbayan for allegedly holding up the ordered suspension of five city hall employees for years.In a three-page resolution, the Sandiganbayan ordered Montilla “to cease and desist... Read More

Pimentel to file resolution calling for con-ass to tackle federalism

MANILA -- Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on Monday said that he will be filing this week a resolution calling for the Senate and the House of Representatives (HOR) to convene in a constitutional assembly (con-ass) to revise the 1987 Constitution and study the proposed shift to a federal form... Read More

Diesel, kerosene prices up on Tuesday

MANILA -- Petroleum companies announced Monday that due to movements in international oil trading, local pump prices for diesel will increase by 55-centavos per liter and kerosene, by 30-centavos per liter on Tuesday.Caltex Philippines, Petron, Seaoil, PTT Philippines, and Eastern Petroleum will... Read More

Duterte designates Hermogino as new PCG commandant

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday released the appointment of Elson Hermogino as new commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard.President Rodrigo Duterte signed Hermogino’s appointment paper last January 4, replacing PCG commandant Rear Admiral William Melad.Hermogino is a member of the... Read More

Globe to suspend mobile services in Quiapo for ‘Traslacion’

MANILA -- Telecommunications provider Globe will temporarily suspend its mobile services within the vicinity of the Black Nazarene procession starting 5 a.m. January 9 until the image of the Black Nazarene returns to the Quiapo Church in compliance with the directive of the National... Read More

Nobody can dictate on Senate: Lacson

MANILA -- The Senate works differently from the House and cannot be dictated, Senator Panfilo Lacson told House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in response to the latter’s comment that the Senate is a “slow” Congress.Lacson made this tweet hitting Alvarez for his remark and calling it... Read More

Congress urged to present timetable for federalism

MANILA -- Both chambers of the Congress should present a “realistic and workable” timetable to get the push for a shift to a federal form of government, a senator urged Monday.Senator Sherwin Gatchalian made this call noting that he would personally want to look into details noting that... Read More

OSG to appeal CA ruling on ex-Palawan guv: Aguirre

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday said the Office of Solicitor General (OSG) will be in charge of filing an appeal on the Court of Appeals (CA) ruling which cleared former Palawan governor Joel Reyes of murder charges in connection with the killing of environmentalist and... Read More

SolGen seeks dismissal of petition vs. ML extension

MANILA -- The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Monday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed by opposition lawmakers assailing the constitutionality of the full-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.In a 58-page comment, Solicitor General Jose Calida said the petition... Read More

PH tops world's energy sustainability index for 3rd year in a row

MANILA -- Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi announced Monday that for the third consecutive year, the Philippines ranked No. 1 in the World Energy Council’s World Energy Trilemma Index (WETI) 2017 for having the best energy environmental sustainability among 125 countries.WETI ranks countries... Read More

Sereno camp: Smear drive to worsen as impeach hearing nears

MANILA -- The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday said it is expecting that the “vilification campaign” against the top magistrate would worsen in the coming days in time for the resumption of the House impeachment hearing on January 15.Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, one of... Read More

Lapeña inspects P13-M worth of seized smuggled goods

MANILA -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña led the inspection of various seized goods worth PHP12.9 million at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on Monday.He noted that the smuggled shipments composed of agricultural products, used clothing, used motorbikes... Read More

Palace eyes reversal of CA ruling on Ortega case

MANILA -- Malacanang on Monday said it will do everything to reverse the Court of Appeals' (CA) decision clearing former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes from murder charges over the killing of journalist and environmentalist Gerry Ortega.“We will exercise all legal options to reverse this decision by... Read More

I-ACT starts apprehension of smoke belching, dilapidated PUVs

MANILA -- Some 255 smoke belchers, dilapidated vehicles, and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers not wearing uniform were apprehended as the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) started Monday the "Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok" campaign which aims to flag down road unworthy public transport in... Read More

BOC employee fined P5K for failure to file SALN

MANILA -- The Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) has convicted a Bureau of Customs (BOC) employee after the latter pleaded guilty to a violation of the rule on Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).BOC Special Agent Wilfredo Sebastian was convicted on two counts of violation... Read More