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NCRPO intensifies security preps on ‘Simbang Gabi’

NCRPO intensifies security preps on ‘Simbang Gabi’

December 15, 2018, 4:37 pm

MANILA -- With the yearly "Simbang Gabi" set to start at dawn on Sunday, the head of the National Capital Region Police District Office (NCRPO) has ordered the five district directors to tighten security around churches and residential areas to protect churchgoers and thwart burglars. The five… Read More

Faeldon Jr. tests negative for drug use

Faeldon Jr. tests negative for drug use

December 15, 2018, 2:53 pm

MANILA -- The son of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon Sr. was found negative for illegal drugs but the three other men who were arrested with him during Friday’s raid in Naga City failed the test. The urine sample of Nicanor Faeldon Jr. tested free from the presence of… Read More

Northeast monsoon to bring light rains over Luzon

Northeast monsoon to bring light rains over Luzon

December 15, 2018, 9:54 am

MANILA -- The northeast monsoon affecting Luzon will cause light rains over most parts of the island, the weather bureau said on Saturday. The Cagayan Valley and Cordillera regions, as well as Aurora province, will have cloudy skies with light rains, while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will… Read More

Criminal raps filed vs. Albay journo's killers

Criminal raps filed vs. Albay journo's killers

December 15, 2018, 8:22 am

MANILA -- The quest for justice in the killing of Albay radioman Joey Llana has finally gained ground after criminal charges were filed against his suspected killers, Communication Secretary Martin Andanar announced on Friday. Andanar, also co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on Media… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sat. Dec. 15, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sat. Dec. 15, 2018

December 15, 2018, 7:59 am

BUSINESS MIRROR -- Bringing back the Balangiga bells INQUIRER -- Ping: 'Parked pork' new kickback source MANILA BULLETIN -- Dominguez rebukes House PHILIPPINE STAR -- Faeldon son nabbed in Naga drug den raid MANILA STANDARD -- Palace airs doom for federal charter MANILA TIMES -- Cabinet… Read More

Go gives aid to sick journos

Go gives aid to sick journos

December 15, 2018, 12:51 am

MANILA — Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Thursday turned over Christmas cash gifts for sick media personnel to the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang Palace in Manila. PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar… Read More

4 Cebu Pacific, CebGo flights cancelled due to bad weather

4 Cebu Pacific, CebGo flights cancelled due to bad weather

December 14, 2018, 8:32 pm

MANILA -- Four of Cebu Pacific and CebGo's flights were cancelled on Friday afternoon due to bad weather, the Manila International Airport Authority reported. These flights were 5J 323/324 Manila-Legazpi-Manila, and DG 6177/6178 Manila-Masbate-Manila. Earlier, the Philippine Atmospheric,… Read More

More e-gates eyed for PH airports to lessen queues in 2019

More e-gates eyed for PH airports to lessen queues in 2019

December 14, 2018, 7:18 pm

QUICK ENTRY.  A passenger at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport uses an e-gate, which makes entry at the airport quick, taking only around 8-15 seconds. About 20-40 more e-gates will be added at the country's major airports in 2019 to lessen the queue of passengers. (Photo by Ma. Cristina… Read More

BI to try passenger disembarkation interval in NAIA Dec. 17

BI to try passenger disembarkation interval in NAIA Dec. 17

December 14, 2018, 6:54 pm

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is considering having a passenger disembarkation interval for those arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) starting Monday (Dec. 17), Grifton Medina, Immigration Port Operations Division chief, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on… Read More

Japan signs P15.3-M grassroots projects for Mindanao

Japan signs P15.3-M grassroots projects for Mindanao

December 14, 2018, 6:39 pm

MANILA-- The Japanese government is funding four social development projects in Mindanao amounting to USD286,680 or about PHP15.3 million. The contracts were awarded on December 13 to the city government of Cotabato, and three municipalities in South Cotabato province --Tampakan, President Roxas,… Read More

Cabinet members rally behind Diokno

Cabinet members rally behind Diokno

December 14, 2018, 5:55 pm

MANILA – Cabinet members have rallied behind Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno amid call by congressmen for his removal over infrastructure funding allegedly inserted in the proposed PHP3.7 trillion 2019 national budget. During Friday’s Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador… Read More

Final list of candidates out next week: Comelec

Final list of candidates out next week: Comelec

December 14, 2018, 5:51 pm

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has moved to next week the release of the final list of candidates in the May 13, 2019 national and local elections, its spokesperson said Friday. “The Comelec has announced that the release date for the final list of candidates for the national… Read More

PCSO releases P20.19-M endowment fund to 7 hospitals

PCSO releases P20.19-M endowment fund to 7 hospitals

December 14, 2018, 5:48 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has released PHP20.19 million to seven hospitals as part of the agency’s endowment fund (EF) program, PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan said on Friday. Balutan said the program allocates funding support directly to government… Read More

PRRD just 'ladder' in return of Balangiga bells: Palace

PRRD just 'ladder' in return of Balangiga bells: Palace

December 14, 2018, 5:44 pm

MANILA --- Malacañang recognized that while President Rodrigo R. Duterte's actions and pronouncement played a part in the return of the Balangiga bells as a "ladder", the collective will of the Filipinos are the "steps" that led to the return, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said… Read More

Palace urges Congress to ‘reconsider’ federal charter draft

Palace urges Congress to ‘reconsider’ federal charter draft

December 14, 2018, 5:41 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Friday called on the House of Representatives to reconsider its proposed federal charter after former Chief Justice Reynato Puno described it "falsified" federalism. “Well, I hope Congress should listen to former Chief Justice Reynato Puno and open themselves for… Read More

PRRD lauds Villars for building drug rehab center

PRRD lauds Villars for building drug rehab center

December 14, 2018, 5:39 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday commended former senator Manny Villar and his wife, incumbent Senator Cynthia Villar, for helping the government in the rehabilitation of drug dependents. Duterte made this remark as he led the unveiling of the markers of the new Las Piñas’ Drug… Read More

Bersamin asks court workers to be model gov’t employees

Bersamin asks court workers to be model gov’t employees

December 14, 2018, 5:17 pm

MANILA -- Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin urged judiciary workers on Friday to be model government employees. Addressing court employees during the Supreme Court's Christmas party, Bersamin said responsible judiciary workers do not waste time on social media. "Bawat minuto na pag fe-facebook o… Read More

Palace assures no whitewash in Faeldon son case

Palace assures no whitewash in Faeldon son case

December 14, 2018, 5:16 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang assured the public on Friday there will be no whitewash in the case involving the son of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon for alleged possession of illegal drugs. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed receiving a spot report… Read More

NPO boosts leadership dev’t efforts

NPO boosts leadership dev’t efforts

December 14, 2018, 5:14 pm

MANILA -- The National Printing Office (NPO) on Friday culminated its five-month management training program to boost the leadership of its executive ranks in support of its plans for organizational change and development. NPO Director Francisco Vales Jr. led the recognition and pinning ceremony… Read More

PRRD won’t call for special session to approve nat'l budget

PRRD won’t call for special session to approve nat'l budget

December 14, 2018, 5:12 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Friday confirmed President Rodrigo Duterte will no longer be calling for a special session to finish deliberations on the proposed PHP3.7-trillion national budget for 2019. “I would like to confirm the announcement that the President will not be calling for a special… Read More