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PH's 1st BRIDGE school launched in Makati

The Philippines' first BRIDGE (Building Relationship through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) School partner was launched Tuesday in Makati High School.A flagship program of the Australian government and the Australian-ASEAN Council, BRIDGE aims to link Australian school communities... Read More

Nothing wrong with proposed lifestyle check: Bautista

MANILA, Aug. 8 --Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista sees nothing wrong on the proposed lifestyle check among ranking poll body officials.“I have no problem with a lifestyle check on me... no problem whatsoever,” he said.Asked if he was able to discuss it with... Read More

Grand parade showcases diverse cultures of ASEAN countries

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- A grand parade was held Tuesday afternoon along Roxas Boulevard to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).The activity was highlighted by regional dances which showcased the various cultures of the ASEAN member countries. Marching... Read More

Secretary Skogen: Dialogue good platform for ASEAN-Norway partnership

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- Consultations are important in maintaining the momentum in every partnership.This was stressed by Norwegian State Secretary Tone Skogen during the ASEAN-Norway Tripartatite Meeting held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City Tuesday afternoon."Consultations... Read More

Treaty prohibits US airstrikes in PH soil -- Palace

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- Malacañang on Tuesday said that any direct participation in combat operations by US troops, including airstrikes, is prohibited under the Philippine Constitution and the mutual defense treaty between the two countries.“While PH-US military alliance remains solid and... Read More

Higher penalties await overcharging taxis, 'colorum' in NAIA

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- Abusive taxi drivers and "colorum" vehicle operators at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) should be wary of higher penalties awaiting them.The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday... Read More

Solon hails PH business growth amid Marawi crisis, claims of HR abuses

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- The chair of the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday hailed the country’s thriving business sector despite allegations of human rights violations and the ongoing Marawi crisis.Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles especially noted that the Philippines has remained a... Read More

House panel approves proposed 2018 CSC budget in 10 minutes

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the PHP1.5 billion proposed budget of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for next year without the usual questioning from lawmakers.During the hearing presided by committee vice chairman Cebu City Rep. Raul del Mar, lawmakers... Read More

Time to finally lay Marcos burial issue to rest -- Palace

MANILA, Aug. 18 -- Malacañang on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court’s affirmation of its earlier decision allowing the burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB), saying it is now time to unite and move forward towards nation building.“We... Read More

Australia provides P798.5-M to support victims of Marawi conflict

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- The Australian government on Tuesday vowed to provide the Philippines an additional USD20 million (roughly PHP798.5 million) over the next four years to help about 360,000 people of the Marawi City conflict.“Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide... Read More

SC okays groups' request for records on impeach rap vs CJ Sereno

MANILA, Aug. 8 --The Supreme Court (SC) granted the request of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. (VPCI) for some records in connection to the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.SC spokesman... Read More

Impeachment vs Comelec chief better option than inquiry -- FariƱas

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- A ranking House leader on Tuesday rejected calls for a congressional probe into the alleged PHP1-billion unexplained wealth of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Jose Andres Bautista, stressing that an impeachment complaint would be the better course of action.In a... Read More

SC affirms decision allowing ex-Pres. Marcos' burial at heroes' grave

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- The Supreme Court (SC) denied the motion for reconsideration filed by groups of martial law victims seeking to reverse the ruling on the burial of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City.SC spokesman Theodore Te announced... Read More

Comelec chief's wealth issue should not affect barangay polls prep

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair Andres Bautista may be facing controversy, however, a senator said Tuesday that this should not distract the commission from preparing for the barangay (village) elections regardless of when it will be held.“Their attitude, I think, is... Read More

DND: No talk with US on drone strike vs PH terror targets

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- There are no talks with the US government regarding the use of its armed drones against ISIS-inspired terror groups in the Philippines.This was confirmed by Department of National Defense (DND) public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong in a statement Tuesday."The DND denies any... Read More

Opposition solons decry decision to postpone barangay elections anew

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- Opposition lawmakers belonging to the so-called “Magnificent Seven” independent minority bloc at the House of Representatives on Tuesday slammed their fellow lawmakers for agreeing to postpone anew the 2017 barangay elections.In a House briefing, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman... Read More

Comelec to print 77-M ballots for October barangay, SK polls

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- The Commission on Election (Comelec) confirmed it is set to start on Wednesday the printing of over 77 million ballots to be used in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls set on October 23.Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said the printing will be held at 10:00 am... Read More

Makati conducts retagging, survey of areas along West Valley Fault

MANILA, Aug. 8 – The city government has started the retagging of properties and survey of households located within the five-meter buffer zone on either side of the West Valley Fault (WVF), which traverses four barangays in the city and is expected to generate a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in... Read More

PAF shopping for deployment requirements for FA-50PH jet aircraft

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has allocated the sum of PHP7,792,000 for the acquisition of materiels and equipment needed for the deployment of its South Korean-made FA-50PH "Fighting Eagle" jet aircraft which is now seeing action over Marawi City.Bid opening is slated for Aug.... Read More

CHR urged to probe human rights abuses of criminals, insurgents

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- A Partylist lawmaker on Tuesday urged the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to be non-discriminating in pursuing human rights cases, just a day after the agency got slammed by lawmakers for being “biased” against the State.PBA Partylist Rep. Jericho Nograles said CHR... Read More