SC junks Lozano petition to void Sereno appointment

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the petition filed by lawyer Oliver Lozano seeking to nullify the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.SC spokesman Theodore Te announced the directive was issued following Tuesday’s regular en banc session of the magistrates.Lozano... Read More

Ex-DOTC execs may face 'new cases' over MRT-3 mess

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday said that new cases may be filed against former officials of the now defunct Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) over the problems hounding the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3).“There could be other new ones (cases),” Presidential... Read More

SC orders Sereno to comment on SolGen quo warranto petition

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) ordered Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to comment on the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of Solicitor General (OSG) seeking to nullify her appointment to the judiciary's top post.SC spokesman Theodore Te, in a briefing, announced the directive was... Read More

Namfrel urges Comelec: Screen village poll bets carefully

MANILA -- An election watchdog asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to screen would-be candidates in the May 14, 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls who have reportedly joined recent mass oath-taking activities by political parties.This, as the National Movement for Free... Read More

DSWD : UCT grants released on one-time basis

MANILA -- An official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday said the agency started to provide the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) grants on one-time basis instead of releasing them monthly.DSWD Officer-In-Charge Emmanuel Leyco said the UCT grant worth PHP200 each... Read More

Be vigilant vs. terrorism, prelates urge faithful

MANILA -- Clergy members urged the public to be vigilant against groups who are out to spread violence and terror.“In our time now, we should always be vigilant because there are always groups who are out to make trouble,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in a statement... Read More

Only NFA Council will speak on PH’s rice supply: Palace

MANILA -- Malacanang clarified on Tuesday that only the National Food Authority (NFA) Council will speak on the country's rice situation.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement after Senator Cynthia Villar, in a Senate hearing, scolded NFA administrator Jason Aquino for announcing... Read More

PCSO donates close to P1-M worth of medicines in 2 months

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) through its Medical Services Department has donated almost PHP1-million worth of medicines to local government units and non-government organizations which requested for the conduct of medical or dentals missions in their areas.Dr. Jose... Read More

Alvarez : Quo warranto case vs. Sereno, proper

MANILA – Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Tuesday the quo warranto proceeding against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is a proper course of action to question the validity of her appointment to the top judiciary post. In an ambush interview, Alvarez said the quo warranto case and the... Read More

AFP not dismissing terror plots amid reports of new ISIS leader

MANILA -- The military is not dismissing the possibility of increased terrorist activity in Mindanao following reports that Maute Group sub-leader Abu Dar has taken over the leadership of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia.This was disclosed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson... Read More

Palace hails survey showing PH as 'best country to invest in'

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday expressed gratitude to a global research firm for naming the Philippines as the top country in its ‘Best Countries to Invest In” 2018 report.The US News & World Report named the Philippines as the “best country to invest in” based on... Read More

Investment ratings show PH no longer ‘sick man of Asia'

MANILA -- On the heels of a glowing report which crowned the Philippines as the "best country to invest in," Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Tuesday stressed that the country's dubious distinction as the "sick man of Asia" will soon be a thing of the past."Over the past few decades, the Philippines... Read More

PRRD swears in new PH Olympic Committee execs

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on March 5 swore in new officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) during a simple ceremony at the Malacañang Palace.Among those who took their oaths were POC president Victorio Vargas and POC chairman Abraham “Bambol”... Read More

DFA eyes to increase its passport processing capacity

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is eyeing to increase its passport processing capacity to meet the rising demand for Philippine passports.During the House probe on slow passport processing on Tuesday, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the demand for passports "shot up" after... Read More

School-based DepEd personnel to get PBB 2016 this month

MANILA -- School-based personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) would receive their Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for fiscal year 2016 before the month ends, an official of the department said.DepEd Undersecretary for Planning and Field Operations Jesus Mateo, in a report to the Committee on... Read More

Army unveils activities for 121st anniversary

MANILA -- The Philippine Army (PA) has lined up several activities to celebrate its 121st founding anniversary on March 20.Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva, PA spokesperson, said these events would focus on the Army’s commitment to its core purpose to serve the people, and secure the land.These... Read More

22 cops complete US Homeland Security training

MANILA -- Twenty-two officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have completed training with the United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).In a statement Tuesday, the US Embassy in Manila said the group, composed of nine male officers and 13 female officers, trained from Jan. 16 to... Read More

Fair and warm weather Tuesday over PH

MANILA—Fair and warm weather will prevail Tuesday ahead of the onset of the summer season, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 24-hour weather forecast.This, as the easterlies continue to affect the eastern portion of the... Read More

PRRD swears in new PH Olympic Committee officials

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday swore in new officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) during a simple ceremony in the Malacañan Palace.Among those who took their oaths were POC president Victorio Vargas and POC chairman Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino.Vargas... Read More

PAL starts Davao-Siargao flights on March 25

MANILA -- Starting March 25, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will offer a four times weekly service between Davao and Siargao, the airline announced Monday afternoon.Aside from eyeing Davao as a major hub in the coming years, the move also aims to support the Philippine government's target to... Read More