National

DILG probes LGUs' liability in Manila Bay pollution

DILG probes LGUs' liability in Manila Bay pollution

January 31, 2019, 8:55 pm

MANILA -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said Thursday they will look into the liability of local government units (LGUs) that issued business permits to establishments found to have dumped wastewater at the Manila Bay. Año said the DILG will create… Read More

Bottled drinks banned in LRT, MRT stations

Bottled drinks banned in LRT, MRT stations

January 31, 2019, 8:47 pm

MANILA -- The Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) managements have banned bottled drinks in all of their train stations, as part of heightened security measures following the recent bombing incident in Jolo, Sulu. In a statement on Thursday, the Department of Transportation… Read More

Gov't to pursue peace talks amid Malayao murder

Gov't to pursue peace talks amid Malayao murder

January 31, 2019, 8:37 pm

MANILA --The national government has vowed to continue to push for peace amid the recent killing of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Randy Malayao. Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) negotiating panel chairman Silvestre Bello III said he… Read More

LLDA closes down 4 establishments for polluting Manila Bay

LLDA closes down 4 establishments for polluting Manila Bay

January 31, 2019, 8:04 pm

MANILA -- The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) has closed down the operations of four more establishments for dumping wastewater into the Manila Bay. The LLDA issued cease and desist orders against Billion Building or Philippine Billion Real Estate Development Corp. (Roxas Boulevard, Pasay… Read More

Law is always protective of children: Panelo

Law is always protective of children: Panelo

January 31, 2019, 8:00 pm

MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Thursday said the law is always protective of the children’s welfare amid ongoing debate on bill lowering the age of social responsibility from 15 years old. "It’s not jailing them -- it’s protecting… Read More

JV wants bill granting civil service eligibility to SK execs

JV wants bill granting civil service eligibility to SK execs

January 31, 2019, 7:58 pm

MANILA — Senator JV Ejercito is seeking to amend the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015 or the SK Reform law, which will push to grant civil service eligibility to SK kagawads (councilors). Ejercito filed Senate Bill No. 2185, citing the need for SK kagawads to be included in the list of… Read More

Customs seizes P12.1-M used vehicle, truck at Manila port

Customs seizes P12.1-M used vehicle, truck at Manila port

January 31, 2019, 7:52 pm

MANILA -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials on Thursday inspected misdeclared goods worth PHP12.1 million that were intercepted at the Manila International Container Port (MICP). In a statement, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said the items, which were seized on Monday, include a used… Read More

No need for PRRD to certify medical marijuana bill as urgent

No need for PRRD to certify medical marijuana bill as urgent

January 31, 2019, 7:41 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday said there is no need for President Rodrigo R. Duterte to certify the bill allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes as urgent. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after the House of Representatives approved the bill on third and… Read More

DFA to validate China’s maritime rescue center on Kagitingan Reef

DFA to validate China’s maritime rescue center on Kagitingan Reef

January 31, 2019, 7:39 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will validate the reported maritime rescue center constructed on Kagitingan reef in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), Malacañang said on Thursday. “Let’s wait for (DFA) Secretary (Teodoro) Locsin (Jr.). He must know something that I do not know… Read More

Duterte ‘most likely’ to attend China’s Belt & Road Forum

Duterte ‘most likely’ to attend China’s Belt & Road Forum

January 31, 2019, 7:32 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “most likely” going to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China this April, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has yet to confirm the President’s attendance but noted that his… Read More

Jolo, Zambo bombings won’t affect Feb. 6 BOL plebiscite: Palace

Jolo, Zambo bombings won’t affect Feb. 6 BOL plebiscite: Palace

January 31, 2019, 7:27 pm

MANILA – Malacañang on Thursday said the bombings that took place in Mindanao the past week will not affect the next plebiscite on the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on February 6. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo expressed confidence that the Bangsamoro people will… Read More

Senior citizens await creation of ‘super body’ for elderly

Senior citizens await creation of ‘super body’ for elderly

January 31, 2019, 7:19 pm

MANILA -- The recent passage of a bill institutionalizing a national commission for senior citizens in both the House of Representatives and the Senate has buoyed the hopes of millions of senior citizens, who have been clamoring for a better implementation of several laws and policies providing… Read More

Comelec releases certified lists of senator, party-list bets

Comelec releases certified lists of senator, party-list bets

January 31, 2019, 7:13 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday released the Certified Lists of Candidates for the national positions, such as senator and party-list groups, in the May 13, 2019 midterm polls. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, in an interview, said the lists are composed of 63… Read More

2 more ex-PNP officials get gov’t posts

2 more ex-PNP officials get gov’t posts

January 31, 2019, 7:07 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has named two former police officials as ambassador and assistant secretary. Duterte named Chief Supt. Noe Wong, former Northern Police District (NPD) director as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Korea. He also named Senior… Read More

Quiapo Church adopts stricter security measures

Quiapo Church adopts stricter security measures

January 31, 2019, 6:51 pm

MANILA — The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, popularly known as Quiapo Church, has tightened its security in the wake of the twin blasts that hit a church in Jolo, Sulu. “At present, we have more K-9 units, they are patrolling around the Church premises. We also added more security… Read More

Establishments reminded to ‘toe the line’ on Manila Bay rehab

Establishments reminded to ‘toe the line’ on Manila Bay rehab

January 31, 2019, 6:02 pm

MANILA -- Establishments along Manila Bay must comply with environmental laws, Malacañang reminded Thursday amid the bay’s ongoing cleanup. “Those who are not compliant with regulations would have to toe the line,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing.… Read More

House hopes to pass ROTC bill by Feb.6

House hopes to pass ROTC bill by Feb.6

January 31, 2019, 5:58 pm

MANILA -- A ranking leader at the House of Representatives said Thursday they hope to approve the bill reviving mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) training for senior high school students on third and final reading by February 6 before Congress goes on recess for the national… Read More

QCPD releases sketch of suspect in village exec's slay

QCPD releases sketch of suspect in village exec's slay

January 31, 2019, 5:30 pm

MANILA -- Authorities on Thursday released a facial composite illustration of one of the suspects in the killing of Barangay Bagong Silangan chairwoman Crisell Beltran, who is seeking a congressional seat in Quezon City. Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director, Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel,… Read More

Andanar pushes for improved, more efficient gov't communicators

Andanar pushes for improved, more efficient gov't communicators

January 31, 2019, 5:30 pm

MANILA - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Thursday reiterated the need for government communicators to effectively convey the message of the government to the people. "Through media, words may stand or collapse, inspire or diffuse the already… Read More

Ex-BI execs lose bids for 3 judges’ inhibition

Ex-BI execs lose bids for 3 judges’ inhibition

January 31, 2019, 5:09 pm

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has junked the motions for inhibition, which were filed by two former executives of the Bureau of Immigration against the three justices handling their cases on the alleged PHP50-million bribery in exchange for the release of Chinese aliens illegally working in a casino… Read More