Beirut wants increased trade with Manila: DFA

MANILA -- Lebanon had expressed "desire" to further increase trade relations with the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

In a meeting with Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said they want to expand Philippine-Lebanon ties,... Read More

Duterte has ‘no pretentions’ about rejecting term extension

MANILA -- “No pretentions.”This was how Senator Panfilo Lacson described President Rodrigo Duterte saying he had no doubts the chief executive is sincere in saying he had no plans of extending his term beyond 2022.“I have no reason to doubt he’s not for extending his term... Read More

Fratman turned witness to attend DOJ probe on Atio

MANILA -- A member of the Aegis Juris fraternity who is now a state witness in the fatal hazing of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III is set to appear at the preliminary investigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the case on Friday.In an... Read More

Pacquiao should wait until death penalty gets more votes

MANILA -- Senator Manny Pacquiao should wait until the death penalty proposal would get more votes before presenting it to plenary, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Thursday.It may be recalled that Pacquiao was designated as chair of the sub-committee tackling death penalty bills after House Speaker... Read More

Carpio won't attend Sereno impeachment hearing

MANILA -- Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio declined the invitation of the House committee on justice for him to attend the continuation of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno set for Monday.Carpio said he had no personal knowledge of the issues that the... Read More

Indians linked to illegal drugs probed

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has begun its probe on the reported involvement of some Indian nationals in illegal drug trade in some provinces.“We are alarmed over these reports of Indians allegedly engaged in the illegal drug business. Aliens engaged in such nefarious activities... Read More

SolGen: Lack of quorum in anti-TRAIN petition 'lame' argument

MANILA -- The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Thursday slammed the petition filed by militant lawmakers before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to halt the implementation of Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act.“Lack of quorum of Congress is... Read More

I-ACT apprehends 244 road unworthy PUVs

MANILA -- The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) apprehended 244 public utility vehicles (PUVs) during the first day of the full implementation of the ‘Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok’ campaign to flag down road unworthy public transport in compliance with the Public Utility Vehicle... Read More

BOC gets custody of P125-M smuggled rice

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) will conduct its own investigation to determine the owner and origin of the shipment of 60,000 sacks of smuggled rice worth PHP120 million seized in Zamboanga Sibugay by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) District South Western Mindanao recently."The custody of... Read More

Senate probe on Malampaya fund anomalies sought

MANILA -- A resolution has been filed seeking for a probe into billions of pesos worth of anomalous disbursements of Malampaya funds under the past two administrations.Under Senate Resolution No. 579, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said that he believed an inquiry was needed to “hold erring public... Read More

Pay hike equals better public service: PNP

MANILA -- An increase in pay must be reciprocated by better service to the public, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said Thursday.This is in wake of President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of Congress' Joint Resolution No. 1 last January 1 effectively... Read More

LP to Bongbong Marcos: Unfair to question PET

MANILA -- It is also “unfair” to question the credibility of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) just because their decision is not in your favor, Liberal Party (LP) told losing Vice Presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on Thursday.LP slammed Marcos after he said that the... Read More

DOTr hires independent consultant to assess Dalian trains for MRT

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has procured the services of an Independent Audit and Assessment (IAA) Consultant that will evaluate and make recommendations on the feasibility of using the 48 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) that were delivered by Chinese railway firm CCRC Dalian and... Read More

Lacson wants Senate to constitute as con-ass

MANILA -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said that he is set to file a resolution next week to constitute only the Senate in a constituent assembly (con-ass) to vote on the proposal to amend the 1987 Constitution.“Magpa-file din ako ng (I will also file a) Senate resolution to constitute... Read More

DND: Maranao recruitment geared towards a more inclusive AFP

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to study the possible recruitment of Maranaos to the military is in line with efforts to create a more inclusive Armed Forces of the Philippines."The President’s directive to concerned government agencies to study ways and means by which members... Read More

AFP lauds Duterte for hike in base pay

MANILA -- Stressing that military personnel are committed in fulfilling their sworn duties with or without any salary increase, the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expressed its gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for authorizing the increase of the base pay of all troops."Our... Read More

Olongapo court junks bail plea of suspects in 'floating shabu lab'

MANILA -- The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) denied the petition for bail of four Hong Kong residents allegedly involved in the operation of a 'floating shabu laboratory' off Subic, Zambales in July 2016.In a 26-page order, Olongapo RTC Branch 75 Judge Raymond Viray dismissed the Dec. 22,... Read More

DND committed to defending PH vs. CPP-NPA onslaught

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) remains committed in defending the nation and all its democratic institutions from the attacks of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) and its allies."Our countrymen can rest assured that your Defenders will do our... Read More

NE monsoon, tailend of cold front affecting Luzon: PAGASA

MANILA—The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday that the northeast monsoon affecting northern and central Luzon and the tail-end of a cold front over the eastern section of southern Luzon will bring scattered rains.The state... Read More

US envoy cites PRRD's thrust to keep PH-US alliance strong

MANILA -- Serving as United States Ambassador to the Philippines for more than a year now, Sung Kim on Wednesday emphasized how he sees President Rodrigo Duterte as a leader that keeps the country's relationship with partners strong.In a television interview over GMA-7, Kim was asked who he prefers,... Read More