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PH needs better cyber defense

PH needs better cyber defense

February 5, 2019, 11:16 am

MANILA -- There is a pressing need to improve the country's cyber security, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday. "Another concern is the increasing attacks in cyber space. Previous years have seen the rise of cyber threats, which can be expected to persists… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tue. Feb. 5, 2019

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tue. Feb. 5, 2019

February 5, 2019, 7:25 am

INQUIRER -- 5 Jolo bomb suspects turn themselves in PHILIPPINE STAR -- 2019 budget passed this week - Andaya MANILA BULLETIN -- Jolo bombing suspect, 4 cohorts yield - PNP DAILY TRIBUNE -- Delay dismays Rody MANILA TIMES -- 5 suspects in Jolo blasts surrender MANILA STANDARD -- Prime… Read More

PCOO chief cites 'whole-of-nation' approach to curb drug menace

PCOO chief cites 'whole-of-nation' approach to curb drug menace

February 4, 2019, 10:06 pm

MANILA -- Overcoming drug addiction is possible if each and every Filipino cooperate to address the problem, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said Monday. In his speech during the Rehabinasyon: The First National Anti-Drugs Summit in Davao City, Andanar… Read More

Cayetanos urge Comelec to decide on DQ cases soon

Cayetanos urge Comelec to decide on DQ cases soon

February 4, 2019, 7:45 pm

MANILA -- The camp of former Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano is hoping that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division will decide soon on the separate disqualification cases filed against them. Lawyer George Garcia, counsel for the Cayetanos,… Read More

Bill lowering criminal liability age, 'pro-poor': Sotto

Bill lowering criminal liability age, 'pro-poor': Sotto

February 4, 2019, 7:41 pm

MANILA -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday described the bill seeking to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old as a “pro-poor” measure. In his sponsorship speech for Senate Bill 2198, Sotto said the proposal is not anti-poor, contrary to the… Read More

DOTr reminds provincial buses to use PITX

DOTr reminds provincial buses to use PITX

February 4, 2019, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- Provincial buses are reminded to pass through the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) to pick up and drop off passengers. In a statement over the weekend, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) responded to a proposal by Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla to allow public… Read More

PRRD to Chinese-Filipinos: Usher greater peace, understanding

PRRD to Chinese-Filipinos: Usher greater peace, understanding

February 4, 2019, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte called on the Chinese Filipinos and the entire nation to hold on to values that usher peace and understanding, as the country is set to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Tuesday, February 5. “Together, let us cultivate the values and ideas that fuel our… Read More

Senate OKs 'Murang Kuryente' bill

Senate OKs 'Murang Kuryente' bill

February 4, 2019, 7:30 pm

MANILA -- The Senate on Monday unanimously approved on final reading a bill seeking to reduce electricity rates by using the Malampaya fund to pay stranded debts and contract costs of the National Power Corp. (NPC). A total of 17 senators voted in favor of Senate Bill No. 1950, otherwise known as… Read More

Senate approves bill institutionalizing 4Ps

Senate approves bill institutionalizing 4Ps

February 4, 2019, 7:26 pm

MANILA -- The bill institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the government's conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, hurdled final reading at the Senate. During Monday's session, the chamber approved Senate Bill 2117 with 18 affirmative votes, zero negative vote and no… Read More

Senate won’t implement stricter SALN rules

Senate won’t implement stricter SALN rules

February 4, 2019, 7:23 pm

MANILA -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday said the chamber would not implement stricter rules on public access to the statements, assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALNs) of its members. Unlike the House of Representatives’ new SALN rules, Sotto said the Senate would maintain its… Read More

SC sets oral arguments on Legal Education Board issue

SC sets oral arguments on Legal Education Board issue

February 4, 2019, 7:12 pm

MANILA--The Supreme Court has set oral arguments on the suits challenging the validity of the Legal Education Board (LEB). In a resolution dated January 15, the High Court's en banc set for oral argument the suits questioning the LEB on March 5 and 12, 2019 at 2 pm. at the New Session Hall of the… Read More

Foreign shipbuilders eye Hanjin takeover

Foreign shipbuilders eye Hanjin takeover

February 4, 2019, 6:29 pm

MANILA -- Shipbuilders from the United States, Japan, South Korean, Indonesia, Australia and Turkey have expressed interest in taking over the operations of cash-strapped Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday. Lorenzana was… Read More

Legarda eyes Feb. 8 approval of 2019 budget

Legarda eyes Feb. 8 approval of 2019 budget

February 4, 2019, 5:59 pm

MANILA -- Senator Loren Legarda is eyeing the ratification of the proposed 2019 PHP3.757-trillion national budget by Friday (February 8). Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on finance, said the final bicameral conference meeting between her and House appropriations committee chairman Rolando… Read More

No official report yet on rescue hub in WPS: Palace

No official report yet on rescue hub in WPS: Palace

February 4, 2019, 5:53 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said that there is no official report yet on the maritime rescue center allegedly being constructed on Kagitingan Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). This as Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin… Read More

PRRD transfers reclamation body to Office of the President

PRRD transfers reclamation body to Office of the President

February 4, 2019, 5:29 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the transfer of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to the Office of the President (OP). Under Executive Order No. 74 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Feb. 1, the… Read More

DOJ lauds lawmakers’ decision not to scrap OGCC, PCGG

DOJ lauds lawmakers’ decision not to scrap OGCC, PCGG

February 4, 2019, 5:05 pm

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday hailed the decision of Congress' bicameral conference committee to set aside proposals to abolish the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) and the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), and transfer their functions to… Read More

Man recruiting SoKor-bound fruit pickers nabbed

Man recruiting SoKor-bound fruit pickers nabbed

February 4, 2019, 4:47 pm

MANILA -- Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation-International Airport Investigation Division (NBI-IAID) have arrested a man who led a group of illegal recruiters in swindling victims with promises of employment as fruit pickers and farm workers in South Korea in exchange for placement… Read More

Quezon City promotes green landscapes, healthy lifestyle

Quezon City promotes green landscapes, healthy lifestyle

February 4, 2019, 4:37 pm

MANILA -- In its bid to promote healthy lifestyle, green landscapes, tourism and culture, the Quezon City local government has unveiled an exhibit of different kinds of plants and edible gardens along with art displays, cooking demonstrations, lectures and series of workshops for this year's… Read More

'No work, no pay' applies on Chinese New Year: DOLE

'No work, no pay' applies on Chinese New Year: DOLE

February 4, 2019, 4:35 pm

MANILA -- The "no work, no pay" policy will apply on Tuesday, Feb. 5, which was declared a special non-working day, as the country celebrates Chinese New Year. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in Labor Advisory No. 15, series of 2018 released pay rules in observance of the annual… Read More

Andaya’s call for 2018 savings report ‘not a prerequisite’

Andaya’s call for 2018 savings report ‘not a prerequisite’

February 4, 2019, 4:17 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said the request of House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations chair Rolando Andaya Jr. for the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to submit a report on the remaining balance of the 2018 national budget is not a “prerequisite.” Executive… Read More