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PH-China working on Xi Jinping's state visit to Manila

PH-China working on Xi Jinping's state visit to Manila

September 28, 2018, 10:15 am

MANILA -- Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on Thursday night said Philippines and China are preparing for President Xi Jinping's state visit to the country by end of the year. "The plan is that he will come to the Philippines for a state visit but the specific date and month have not been finalized… Read More

Typhoon 'Paeng' to exit Saturday, new LPA spotted

Typhoon 'Paeng' to exit Saturday, new LPA spotted

September 28, 2018, 9:38 am

MANILA—Typhoon “Paeng” is slowly moving outside the country but still brings rains over extreme northern Luzon. Weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said "Paeng" was last spotted at 695 kilometers east northeast of Basco,… Read More

P26.77-B 'Ompong' agri damage noted; river desiltation eyed for rehab

P26.77-B 'Ompong' agri damage noted; river desiltation eyed for rehab

September 28, 2018, 8:05 am

MANILA -- Estimated agricultural damage due to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut') has reached PHP26.77 billion nationwide, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Commission (NDRRMC) reported on Thursday. The damaged areas were in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 5, 6, and the Cordillera Administrative… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

September 28, 2018, 7:26 am

BUSINESS MIRROR – DENR okays quarrying as ‘BBB’ impact is raised INQUIRER – Gov’t action on high prices, low pay urged MANILA BULLETIN – Act on rising prices now MANILA TIMES – No ‘destab’ plot - military MANILA STANDARD – PH top concern: Taming inflation PHILIPPINE STAR –… Read More

Fight against corruption, illegal drugs to stay: PRRD

Fight against corruption, illegal drugs to stay: PRRD

September 28, 2018, 6:32 am

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday promised to continue his relentless fight against corruption and illegal drugs, which reduced crime rate by 49 percent. “Pero basta ‘yung pangako ko (But my promise) stays. No corruption, walang (no) drugs or minimized at least by 49 percent… Read More

Wage hike in NCR, 3 regions seen in October: DOLE

Wage hike in NCR, 3 regions seen in October: DOLE

September 27, 2018, 9:32 pm

MANILA -- Some four regional wage boards are expected to issue their respective salary adjustments for workers in the private sector next month, a Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) official said Thursday. In a press briefing, Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III said these are the… Read More

Passport releases shortened to as early as 6 days: DFA

Passport releases shortened to as early as 6 days: DFA

September 27, 2018, 9:30 pm

MANILA -- The release of passports will be shortened to as early as six working days starting October, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Thursday. Passport applicants at the DFA Consular Offices in Metro Manila, who will avail of the regular processing for PHP950, will receive… Read More

‘Paeng' continues to move slowly to north; might exit PAR Saturday

‘Paeng' continues to move slowly to north; might exit PAR Saturday

September 27, 2018, 9:11 pm

MANILA -- Typhoon Paeng continues to move slowly to the north, and might exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday, the weather bureau said. "Paeng" was last located 735 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes. The typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per… Read More

4 regions hit by 'Ompong' placed under state of calamity

4 regions hit by 'Ompong' placed under state of calamity

September 27, 2018, 8:16 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Proclamation No. 593 declaring state of calamity in four regions including the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), which suffered widespread destruction and deaths due to Typhoon Ompong. Under the proclamation signed on Sept. 25, Regions 1 (Ilocos… Read More

STL sales hit P2.5-B in August: PCSO

STL sales hit P2.5-B in August: PCSO

September 27, 2018, 6:15 pm

MANILA -- Revenues from of the expanded Small Town Lottery (STL) reached PHP2.5 billion in August, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said Thursday. Of this amount, PHP58,647,466 came from Authorized STL Agents (ASAs) at the National Capital Region (NCR); PHP909,906,154.95 from… Read More

Comelec to accept requests for source code review until Sept. 28

Comelec to accept requests for source code review until Sept. 28

September 27, 2018, 6:07 pm

MANILA -- Parties and groups who want to examine the source code of the automated election system that will be used in the 2019 mid-term polls have only until Sept. 28 to submit written requests to the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the deadline for the… Read More

Malacañang unfazed by Abu Sayyaf’s 'regrouping’ reports

Malacañang unfazed by Abu Sayyaf’s 'regrouping’ reports

September 27, 2018, 5:59 pm

MANILA -- The government will not be threatened by the kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf terrorists who are reportedly regrouping and planning to conduct cross-border kidnappings in Mindanao, Malacañang said Thursday. “Well, ang masasabi ko lang po diyan, handa po tayong harapin ang banta galing sa… Read More

Palace confident of military's 'overwhelming' support for PRRD

Palace confident of military's 'overwhelming' support for PRRD

September 27, 2018, 5:58 pm

MANILA – Malacañang remains confident that President Rodrigo Duterte still enjoys overwhelming support from the military despite the latter’s claim that some soldiers are conniving with the opposition to oust him. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this reaction when asked during… Read More

Malacañang defends economic managers' UK trip

Malacañang defends economic managers' UK trip

September 27, 2018, 5:46 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday defended economic managers’ recent trip to United Kingdom (UK), stressing that the trip was meant to encourage foreign investments. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was reacting to criticisms that the economic team’s trip was ill-timed amid the… Read More

Issues with ex-NFA chief settled: Palace

Issues with ex-NFA chief settled: Palace

September 27, 2018, 5:27 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang said Thursday the issue involving the presence of former National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Jason Aquino in a recent meeting of the NFA Council has been “settled.” “Tapos na po ‘yang isyu na iyan (That issue is finished). I had a talk with SAP (Special… Read More

DOLE partially lifts OFW deployment ban to Micronesia

DOLE partially lifts OFW deployment ban to Micronesia

September 27, 2018, 5:06 pm

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday announced the partial lifting of deployment ban of Filipino workers to Micronesia. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Governing Board of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has allowed the deployment of… Read More

No monitored recruitment activities on ouster plot: AFP

No monitored recruitment activities on ouster plot: AFP

September 27, 2018, 5:05 pm

MANILA – The three major services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have said they have not monitored any recruitment activity within their ranks by groups aiming to overthrow the government, the spokesperson of the Philippine Army (PA) said Thursday. "As far as the ranks of the PA is… Read More

Chinese woman, 5 others face raps over seized arms in Rizal

Chinese woman, 5 others face raps over seized arms in Rizal

September 27, 2018, 4:54 pm

MANILA – A Chinese woman, who has been in the Philippines since 1985, and five others face criminal charges of illegal possession of high-powered firearms and explosives. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran presented the suspect Ke Be I, alias Lily Ong, to reporters on… Read More

Federalism talks can resume after budget delibs: Palace

Federalism talks can resume after budget delibs: Palace

September 27, 2018, 4:44 pm

MANILA -- Congress can resume hearings on charter change and federalism after budget deliberations, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the remark after a September 2018 Pulse Asia survey showed that only 3 percent of Filipinos were concerned about charter change.… Read More

Bill strengthening VMMC hurdles House panel

Bill strengthening VMMC hurdles House panel

September 27, 2018, 4:44 pm

MANILA – A House of Representatives' panel has approved a measure seeking to provide the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) its own juridical personality and modernize it to serve the medical needs of Filipino veterans, retired soldiers and their dependents.  The House ways and means… Read More