P8.65-M beauty products seized in NAIA

MANILA -- Customs personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have seized 48 cartons of glutathione and beauty products valued at PHP8.65 million.In a statement released Wednesday, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said the two shipments, which belonged to one James Malinao Halasan, came... Read More

MIAA execs have 6 months to decongest NAIA: Alvarez

MANILA -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has extended to six months the initial 45-day deadline for airline companies to transfer their domestic flights to Clark International Airport (CRK), in a bid to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).In a press conference on Wednesday,... Read More

Sereno to use leave to prepare for Senate impeach case

MANILA -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said Wednesday she would use her leave of absence to prepare her legal defense in her impeachment case, which is expected to reach the Senate anytime soon.“I need to prepare to fight the accusations against me fairly and squarely, with honor,... Read More

2 Canadians get life imprisonment for drug raps

MANILA -- Two Canadian nationals were sentenced to life imprisonment Wednesday on charges of illegal possession of shabu and other illegal drugs worth around PHP100 million during simultaneous raids in the cities of Makati and Taguig in 2014.In an 11-page ruling, Makati City Regional Trial Court... Read More

UP choral groups hold fundraising concert for Marawi children

MANILA -- Three of the finest choral groups in the University of the Philippines (UP) performed together in one stage for a fundraising concert for the education of children of Marawi.Dubbed as Marawit Awit para sa Marawi (Marawit), the Philippine Madrigal Singers (Madz), UP Concert Chorus (UPCC),... Read More

Andanar urges village execs to promote gov't anti-drug, crime programs

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar urged barangay village officials to engage in spreading the news about the multifarious programs, policies, and activities of the government against illegal drugs, crime and other societal ills.With this, Andanar... Read More

Culture of security a must among PH netizens: DND chief

MANILA -- With the country's cyber-security capability still in its infancy, there is a strong need to develop a culture of security among Internet users, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday."We must admit that our country’s cybersecurity capability is... Read More

Palace urges agencies probing Dengvaxia mess to cooperate

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday urged government agencies involved in investigating the implementation of the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia to cooperate to resolve the case and find out which individuals could be held liable.Opposition lawmakers earlier called on President Rodrigo... Read More

Gov't scales up info drive for 'Big One'

MANILA -- Government agencies are coming together to scale up preparations for the “Big One,” which refers to the predicted 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila to be generated by the movement of the West Valley Fault.“Kailangan natin inter-agency para ‘yung awareness... Read More

Palace hails Maute Group inclusion in US list of terror orgs

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday hailed the inclusion of Maute Group in the US Treasury Department’s sanctions list for global terrorism saying it reaffirms that the Philippine-based terror group indeed received assistance from foreign extremists.The Treasury announced on its website... Read More

ARMM employees to stay once BBL is passed

MANILA -- Government employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will continue to hold their positions once the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is enacted, a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) assured.Commissioner Maisara Dandamun-Latiph made it clear that through a... Read More

PH-EU partnership, cooperation deal takes effect March 1

MANILA --The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the European Union (EU) and the Philippines will enter into force on March 1, the EU Delegation in Manila said Wednesday.In a statement, EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen welcomed the movement on the two parties' bilateral... Read More

TESDA opens 6K jobs at tech-voc training, job fair

MANILA -- More than 6,000 jobs were made available at the National Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Enrollment Day of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in its compound in Bicutan, Taguig on Tuesday.About 70 employers participated in the activity,... Read More

PH to contest China-named features in Philippine Rise

MANILA -- The Philippine government is planning to contest the China-named features in the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise) region, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Ernesto Abella confirmed Wednesday.In a press conference, the official bared the government raised the issue of... Read More

Palace wants smuggled rice be given to poor

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said Wednesday he would suggest during the upcoming Cabinet meeting that smuggled rice be distributed to the poor, instead of giving it to the National Food Authority (NFA).“That's probably something that we will be discussing to the next... Read More

AFP welcomes US tag of ISIS in PH, Maute Group as SDGTs

MANILA -- The United States decision to designate ISIS Philippines and the Maute Group as "Specially Designated Global Terrorists" (SDGTs) will greatly assist the Philippines in its ongoing anti-terrorism campaign.This was emphasized by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen.... Read More

Search on for outstanding science journos

MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology has officially opened the nominations for the 2018 Science for the People Media Awards.Dubbed “Bantog,” the award is given in recognition of the important role of media practitioners in print, radio, TV and online platforms, in... Read More

Abella clarifies reported arrest of Demafelis employer in Lebanon

MANILA -- Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Ernesto Abella on Wednesday reiterated the clarification made by the department confirming the arrest of Mona Hassoun, one of the employers of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis, whose missing body was discovered in a freezer in... Read More

Gov’t ready for transition to annual cash-based budgeting in 2019

MANILA -- Line agencies of the government are in position for the landmark shift from multi-year obligations-based to annual cash-based budgeting in 2019, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno said.Diokno, in the weekly “Breakfast with Ben” media forum on... Read More

PCOO rolls out gov’t satellite network in 42K barangays starting June

MANILA -- All barangay officials nationwide will soon be able to watch presidential speeches and other government activities and announcements without tuning in to commercial television channels.This, as the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) launches the Government Satellite... Read More