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DILG 'insertions' can be realigned to fund Bahay Pag-asa: Sotto

DILG 'insertions' can be realigned to fund Bahay Pag-asa: Sotto

January 28, 2019, 4:02 pm

MANILA -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday said the funding for the construction of Bahay Pag-asa (BPA) centers could be sourced from the alleged "insertion" in the budget of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). In a radio interview, Sotto said the bicameral… Read More

Duterte ‘angered’ by Jolo church bombing

Duterte ‘angered’ by Jolo church bombing

January 28, 2019, 3:52 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “angered” by the twin explosions in a Roman Catholic church in Jolo, Sulu that left at least 20 people dead and 112 others wounded, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President is also “disappointed” that… Read More

NCRPO on full alert status in wake of Jolo church blasts

NCRPO on full alert status in wake of Jolo church blasts

January 28, 2019, 3:41 pm

MANILA -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced on Monday that it is on full alert status after the explosion that took place inside and outside a Roman Catholic church in Jolo, Sulu province that left 20 people dead and 112 wounded. NCRPO head, Director Guillermo Eleazar… Read More

Int'l community condemns twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu

Int'l community condemns twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu

January 28, 2019, 3:38 pm

MANILA -- The United States, Australia, the European Union (EU) as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday "strongly condemned" the twin explosions during a Sunday mass service in Jolo, Sulu that left 20 dead and 112… Read More

PNP units on heightened alert after Jolo blast

PNP units on heightened alert after Jolo blast

January 28, 2019, 3:35 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is on heightened alert nationwide after the deadly blast in Jolo, Sulu that left 20 persons dead and 112 others wounded Sunday. PNP spokesperson, Senior Supt. Bernard Banac said on Monday the alert status is being implemented to ensure that no similar… Read More

Comelec urged not to allow ACT members to serve in May polls

Comelec urged not to allow ACT members to serve in May polls

January 28, 2019, 3:29 pm

MANILA — A party-list group on Monday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to allow members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) from serving in the May 13 elections. Tao Muna secretary-general Mohammad Fajardo said ACT members should not be appointed as members of the Board of… Read More

OSG appeals Makati court's amnesty ruling before CA

OSG appeals Makati court's amnesty ruling before CA

January 28, 2019, 3:18 pm

MANILA -- State lawyers have challenged the move of a Makati court to dismiss the government's appeal to pursue criminal cases against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for his involvement in a number of uprisings to oust the government. In its petition dated January 17 filed before the Court of… Read More

Gov’t will bring Jolo church bombers to justice: DFA

Gov’t will bring Jolo church bombers to justice: DFA

January 28, 2019, 2:15 pm

MANILA -- As sympathies and expressions of solidarity pour from the international community, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday assured the foreign community that the Philippines would bring to justice those responsible for the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu that left at least 20 dead… Read More

CA upholds dismissal of Baguio immigration exec

CA upholds dismissal of Baguio immigration exec

January 28, 2019, 2:03 pm

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the dismissal of a Bureau of Immigration (BI) official in connection with irregularities in the issuance of special study permits (SSP) for foreign students. In a 10-page decision by Associate Justice Nina Antonio-Valenzuel issued last Jan. 22, the… Read More

NBI to join Jolo blast probe: DOJ

NBI to join Jolo blast probe: DOJ

January 28, 2019, 2:02 pm

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has tasked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a probe on the bombing incident at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu. In a Department Order No. 021 released Monday, Guevarra ordered NBI director Dante Gierran to… Read More

Senators raise concern over attempt to undermine BOL ratification

Senators raise concern over attempt to undermine BOL ratification

January 28, 2019, 1:45 pm

MANILA -- Senator Cynthia Villar on Monday raised concern over the deadly twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu as a possible attempt to undermine the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Villar said the incident could also undermine the creation of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in… Read More

QC exec vows strict enforcement of smoking ban

QC exec vows strict enforcement of smoking ban

January 28, 2019, 1:44 pm

MANILA -- Quezon City Acting Mayor Joy Belmonte on Monday vowed to enforce a more stringent ban on smoking in public. “I know some who have died because of vice-related illnesses, and some were just victimized by second-hand smoke. That’s the reason why we have a smoking ban but still, there… Read More

DICT to provide CCTV cameras, sensors for Manila Bay rehab

DICT to provide CCTV cameras, sensors for Manila Bay rehab

January 28, 2019, 1:08 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will provide closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and monitoring sensors for the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay. DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said that sensors would be used for monitoring the water… Read More

AFP to take 'extra precautionary measures' for BOL polls

AFP to take 'extra precautionary measures' for BOL polls

January 28, 2019, 11:40 am

MANILA -- Following the deadly blast in Jolo, Sulu that left 20 persons dead and 111 individuals wounded Sunday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it would take "extra precautionary measures" to secure the second Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite on February 6. "We will take… Read More

NE monsoon continues to affect most of PH Monday

NE monsoon continues to affect most of PH Monday

January 28, 2019, 9:09 am

MANILA — Cloudy skies with light rains due to the northeast monsoon would prevail in most parts of the country Monday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), in its 4 a.m. forecast, said the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, and Davao, and… Read More

PNP chief off to Jolo to look into blast probe

PNP chief off to Jolo to look into blast probe

January 28, 2019, 8:38 am

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, on Monday flew to Jolo to check on the ongoing probe into the explosion that took place inside and outside a Roman Catholic church in the capital of Sulu province that left at least 20 people dead and several… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Mon. Jan. 28, 2019

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Mon. Jan. 28, 2019

January 28, 2019, 7:11 am

INQUIRER -- 25 killed, 111 wounded in Jolo church blasts PHILIPPINE STAR -- Sulu cathedral bombed; 20 killed MANILA BULLETIN -- Twin blasts hit Jolo Cathedral; at least 20 dead DAILY TRIBUNE -- Jolo attack linked to BOL MANILA TIMES -- Jolo Cathedral bombed; 20 killed, 81 wounded MANILA… Read More

Gov’t to determine if Jolo bombing linked to BOL: Esperon

Gov’t to determine if Jolo bombing linked to BOL: Esperon

January 27, 2019, 8:52 pm

MANILA -- National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Sunday said that the government is still trying to determine if the twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu is related to the recently ratified Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). “We have yet to establish if the two explosions are related to the… Read More

CBCP condemns ‘act of terrorism’ in Jolo

CBCP condemns ‘act of terrorism’ in Jolo

January 27, 2019, 8:13 pm

MANILA — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) condemned the deadly twin bombings that happened on Sunday while a mass was ongoing at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu. “We condemn this act of terrorism that has taken place only a few days after the… Read More

Tricycle drivers, operators back Go’s Senate bid

Tricycle drivers, operators back Go’s Senate bid

January 27, 2019, 7:06 pm

MANILA — Two organizations of tricycle operators and drivers on Sunday joined forces to support the candidacy of Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. The Tricycle Operators Drivers Association (TODA) chapters of Las Piñas City and Muntinlupa City launched… Read More