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Bill won't completely abolish Road Board: Andaya

Bill won't completely abolish Road Board: Andaya

December 19, 2018, 8:37 pm

MANILA -- House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. on Wednesday said the measure scrapping the Road Board will not completely abolish the corruption-plagued agency, but would instead create "Three-Road Kings." In a press conference, Andaya said the rescinded House Bill 7436 grants the secretaries… Read More

DOH, NEDA support renaming POPCOM

DOH, NEDA support renaming POPCOM

December 19, 2018, 8:16 pm

MANILA -- The renaming of Commission on Population (POPCOM) to Commission on Population and Development (CPD) as stated in Executive Order 71 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last December 13 drew support from Secretary Ernesto Pernia of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)… Read More

PH, Indonesia renew MOU for education dev’t

PH, Indonesia renew MOU for education dev’t

December 19, 2018, 7:53 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd), led by Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, and the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia renewed their productive cooperation under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a welcome dinner for Education Minister Prof. Dr.… Read More

DOST, DICT, DTI partner to support startups

DOST, DICT, DTI partner to support startups

December 19, 2018, 7:47 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have joined forces to help startups in the country. The three departments signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on… Read More

No gun muzzle sealing for New Year proves cops' discipline: PNP

No gun muzzle sealing for New Year proves cops' discipline: PNP

December 19, 2018, 7:38 pm

MANILA -- There will be no muzzle taping of guns for this year's holiday revelry to prove that police personnel are responsible enough, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said. “I think nag-start iyan (it started) last year, and last year we were able to… Read More

US seeks robust engagement with PH in 2019

US seeks robust engagement with PH in 2019

December 19, 2018, 7:35 pm

MANILA -- The United States expects better engagement with the Philippines in 2019 through increased military exercises, closer partnership on the economic front, and improved people-to-people ties. "As I've mentioned, the exercises will continue, (I) expect it to be more robust than this year… Read More

MMDA to impose higher fines on illegal parking next year

MMDA to impose higher fines on illegal parking next year

December 19, 2018, 7:31 pm

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be implementing higher fines against illegally parked vehicles starting Jan. 7, 2019. This, as the MMDA issued Resolution No. 18-008, series of 2018, which increases fines for attended illegally parked vehicles to PHP1,000 from… Read More

PRRD won't allow violation of peace talks: Palace

PRRD won't allow violation of peace talks: Palace

December 19, 2018, 7:27 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang said Wednesday President Rodrigo R. Duterte is open to end bloodshed but will "never allow" New People’s Army (NPA) rebels to violate the peace talks. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this response when asked if the government is still open to peace talks… Read More

Rice tariffication assures availability of cheap rice

Rice tariffication assures availability of cheap rice

December 19, 2018, 7:24 pm

MANILA – The non-availability of cheap National Food Authority (NFA) rice in local markets due to the enactment of the Rice Tariffication bill should not be cause for alarm since affordable rice will be made available through competition, senators said Wednesday. This after Agriculture Secretary… Read More

PRRD's Roxas-Loot remark, ‘expression of displeasure'

PRRD's Roxas-Loot remark, ‘expression of displeasure'

December 19, 2018, 7:21 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that former secretary Mar Roxas has ordered the ambush of retired police general Vicente Loot, an alleged drug protector, was “an expression of displeasure said in jest,” Malacañang said on Wednesday. “I read the transcript. It appears to me… Read More

Sotto, Lacson debunk Enrile’s ‘coffee table legislation’ remarks

Sotto, Lacson debunk Enrile’s ‘coffee table legislation’ remarks

December 19, 2018, 7:15 pm

MANILA -- Two senators hit back at former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Wednesday after the latter criticized today’s Senate for allegedly deliberating measures through “coffee table” discussions rather than open debates. In a press statement released Tuesday, Enrile said that during… Read More

Duterte to sign Rice Tariffication Bill ‘anytime’

Duterte to sign Rice Tariffication Bill ‘anytime’

December 19, 2018, 6:36 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to sign the Rice Tariffication Bill, a measure he certified as urgent, “anytime” soon, Malacañang said on Wednesday but did not give a specific date. “It has been submitted to the Office of the President. I suppose it will be signed… Read More

Reap what you sow, Palace tells drug coddlers

Reap what you sow, Palace tells drug coddlers

December 19, 2018, 5:59 pm

MANILA -- Drug coddlers who continue to resist arrest have to face the consequences of their actions, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after government data from July 1, 2016 to Nov. 30 this year showed that 5,050 people have been killed in… Read More

28K Pinoys barred from leaving PH in anti-trafficking drive: BI

28K Pinoys barred from leaving PH in anti-trafficking drive: BI

December 19, 2018, 5:58 pm

MANILA -- Over 28,000 Filipino travelers have been barred by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) from leaving the country from January to October as part of the government’s intensified campaign against human trafficking. According to BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina, a total of… Read More

Piñol assures safety nets in place for rice farmers

Piñol assures safety nets in place for rice farmers

December 19, 2018, 5:46 pm

MANILA -- Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has assured that safety nets are in place for local rice farmers once the National Food Authority (NFA) stops selling subsidized rice and when the agency's approved rice imports are depleted. Piñol, in a press briefing on Monday, said the NFA's… Read More

No new infra project can start under reenacted budget: Diokno

No new infra project can start under reenacted budget: Diokno

December 19, 2018, 5:39 pm

MANILA -- No new infrastructure project can start under a reenacted budget, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said on Wednesday. “Under a reenacted budget, no new infrastructure projects can start because the capital outlays component of the previous year’s budget cannot be deemed reenacted,”… Read More

Bicol attacks show Reds' insincerity of holding peace talks

Bicol attacks show Reds' insincerity of holding peace talks

December 19, 2018, 5:38 pm

MANILA-- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Wednesday that the series of violent attacks by communist terrorist rebels in the Bicol Region shows the insincerity of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) and… Read More

Over 400K workers regularized from Jan. to Dec. : DOLE

Over 400K workers regularized from Jan. to Dec. : DOLE

December 19, 2018, 5:27 pm

MANILA -- Over 400,000 contractual workers have been given permanent employment as part of the anti-"endo" campaign of the government, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Wednesday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that from January to December 3, a total of 411,449… Read More

BOC Davao exceeds 2018 collection target

BOC Davao exceeds 2018 collection target

December 19, 2018, 5:23 pm

MANILA -- The Port of Davao has recorded a PHP5.1-billion, or about 25 percent, surplus in its collection from January to early December, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Wednesday. In a statement, District Collector Atty. Romalino Valdez said they have collected a total of PHP25.3 billion, as… Read More

Echiverri, 2 others cleared of graft, falsification raps

Echiverri, 2 others cleared of graft, falsification raps

December 19, 2018, 3:16 pm

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has acquitted former Caloocan City mayor Enrico Echiverri and two other city officials of graft and falsification of public document charges for failure of the prosecution to prove their guilt over the alleged unappropriated road improvement project in 2011. In a… Read More