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PRRD castigates sacked Bacolod police execs over drug allegations

PRRD castigates sacked Bacolod police execs over drug allegations

January 16, 2019, 6:09 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has castigated relieved Bacolod police chief Senior Supt. Francis Ebreo and four other cops over their involvement in the illegal drug trade, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed that the President on Tuesday… Read More

Graft raps vs. ex- Cebu airport execs junked

Graft raps vs. ex- Cebu airport execs junked

January 16, 2019, 6:07 pm

MANILA -- Citing the excessive delay in the prosecution, the Sandiganbayan has dismissed the graft case against former airport executives in Cebu over the alleged illegal purchase of an ultra-high frequency/frequency modulation (UHF/FM) repeater system amounting to PHP161,891 in 2005. In a… Read More

Pinay tourist missing in Bali since Christmas

Pinay tourist missing in Bali since Christmas

January 16, 2019, 6:05 pm

MANILA -- A 25-year-old Filipina who went on vacation to Bali, Indonesia has been reported missing since Christmas, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Wednesday. Ella Balmaceda Paaño, a resort worker in Coron, left for Bali on December 22 and was supposed to have returned to the… Read More

DOH confirms suspected meningococcemia in Valenzuela

DOH confirms suspected meningococcemia in Valenzuela

January 16, 2019, 6:02 pm

MANILA -- A suspected meningococcemia patient from Valenzuela City had been pronounced dead on arrival, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Wednesday. Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo bared that all persons who have been in contact with the suspected meningococcemia patient have been… Read More

BI mulls deportation case vs. actor Tony Labrusca

BI mulls deportation case vs. actor Tony Labrusca

January 16, 2019, 5:53 pm

MANILA -- A deportation case is being pushed against television and movie actor Tony Labrusca before the Bureau of Immigration (BI). “The (Intelligence Division) recommended to Legal (Division) the filing of deportation case against Labrusca for working without permit I think,” BI Deputy… Read More

Bello to visit Libya, help release Pinoy sailors

Bello to visit Libya, help release Pinoy sailors

January 16, 2019, 5:50 pm

MANILA -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday he is set to visit Libya in February to help release seven Filipino seafarers who have been detained there since 2017. “There is a development to the effect of me going to Libya and work for the release of the seafarers. We may be able… Read More

Maldives to shoulder drowned couple's repatriation: DFA

Maldives to shoulder drowned couple's repatriation: DFA

January 16, 2019, 5:22 pm

MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato on Wednesday said Maldives' Ministry of Tourism expressed its intent to shoulder the expenses of repatriating the remains of a Filipino couple who drowned while snorkeling off Dhiffushi Island. "Dhaka Philippine Embassy has just informed the… Read More

Olongapo court places Hanjin under corporate rehab

Olongapo court places Hanjin under corporate rehab

January 16, 2019, 5:13 pm

MANILA -- An Olongapo court has formally declared cash-strapped shipbuilder, Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines Inc. (HHIC Phil.), under corporate rehabilitation. In a four-page "commencement order" dated Jan. 14, Olongapo Regional Trial Court Branch 72 Judge Richard A. Paradeza… Read More

Chinese naval contingent in PH for 4-day goodwill visit

Chinese naval contingent in PH for 4-day goodwill visit

January 16, 2019, 5:02 pm

MANILA -- A task force from the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China, consisting of two frigates and a replenishment ship, will dock at Pier 15, South Harbor in Manila for a four-day goodwill visit beginning Thursday. Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Jonathan Zata, said in a… Read More

Only 2 security personnel for each poll bet: Albayalde

Only 2 security personnel for each poll bet: Albayalde

January 16, 2019, 5:01 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday reiterated that candidates who need protection during the election campaign will be provided a maximum of only two security personnel. “The candidates will be allowed a maximum of two. According to the President, we will follow the… Read More

DOH eyes VAT-exempt cancer medications

DOH eyes VAT-exempt cancer medications

January 16, 2019, 4:59 pm

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said it is pushing for the exemption from value-added tax (VAT) of medications for cancer patients. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo said there is now a "strong clamor" from non-government organizations (NGOs) for VAT exemption of cancer… Read More

Reds urged to ‘reciprocate Duterte’s gesture of goodwill’

Reds urged to ‘reciprocate Duterte’s gesture of goodwill’

January 16, 2019, 4:06 pm

MANILA — Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s fresh initiative for peace talks with the communists, as he urged them to take advantage of the opportunity because they might not have another shot at peace.… Read More

Solon wants 'storytelling' to promote PH tourism

Solon wants 'storytelling' to promote PH tourism

January 16, 2019, 4:00 pm

MANILA -- Senator Sonny Angara on Wednesday urged the Department of Tourism (DOT) to use “storytelling” as a key marketing strategy to attract more tourists to the Philippines. In a statement, Angara said the DOT should come up with a master plan using narratives that portray the “rich… Read More

Deleted P75-B can fund PH gov't takeover of Hanjin shipyard

Deleted P75-B can fund PH gov't takeover of Hanjin shipyard

January 16, 2019, 3:59 pm

MANILA -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday recommended using the PHP75-billion "insertion" that was deleted in the proposed 2019 public works budget to fund the potential Philippine government takeover of the Subic facility of the bankrupt Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and… Read More

DepEd, children’s rights group tie up for school safety program

DepEd, children’s rights group tie up for school safety program

January 16, 2019, 3:57 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has partnered with a children's rights group and a foundation to establish a comprehensive program that would improve the safety and preparedness of schools during calamities. DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) specialist… Read More

5 killed in legitimate poll checkpoint ops: PNP

5 killed in legitimate poll checkpoint ops: PNP

January 16, 2019, 3:56 pm

MANILA -- At least five people were killed in legitimate police operations during the first three days of the intensified conduct of police checkpoints in line with the gun ban for this year's mid-term elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Wednesday. Chief Supt. Joel Coronel,… Read More

DOTr backs bill legalizing motorcycles-for-hire

DOTr backs bill legalizing motorcycles-for-hire

January 16, 2019, 3:51 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday welcomed the proposed bill at the House of Representatives, which will amend provisions of the Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation Code to legalize motorcycle-for-hire services. “The DOTr believes this is the right step in… Read More

Reform, transparency win in consensus to abolish Road Board

Reform, transparency win in consensus to abolish Road Board

January 16, 2019, 3:41 pm

MANILA -- Real reform and transparency are the winners in the consensus reached between the House of Representatives and the Senate on the "genuine abolition" of the Road Board, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said Wednesday. During a meeting among Andaya, Senate Majority Leader Juan… Read More

DFA, NPC reschedule fact-finding inquiry on passport data mess

DFA, NPC reschedule fact-finding inquiry on passport data mess

January 16, 2019, 3:39 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the National Privacy Commission (NPC) have rescheduled the fact-finding inquiry into the alleged passport data breach. Director Anthony Achilles L. Mandap of the DFA Law Division formally conveyed the agency's request to postpone the supposed… Read More

Novaliches bishop’s challenge to PRRD ‘silly, childish, absurd’

Novaliches bishop’s challenge to PRRD ‘silly, childish, absurd’

January 16, 2019, 3:23 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday described as “silly, childish, and absurd” the challenge of Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to walk around without armed guards. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Bacani’s challenge was evidently… Read More