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No official report yet on rescue hub in WPS: Palace

No official report yet on rescue hub in WPS: Palace

February 4, 2019, 5:53 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said that there is no official report yet on the maritime rescue center allegedly being constructed on Kagitingan Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). This as Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin… Read More

PRRD transfers reclamation body to Office of the President

PRRD transfers reclamation body to Office of the President

February 4, 2019, 5:29 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the transfer of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to the Office of the President (OP). Under Executive Order No. 74 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Feb. 1, the… Read More

DOJ lauds lawmakers’ decision not to scrap OGCC, PCGG

DOJ lauds lawmakers’ decision not to scrap OGCC, PCGG

February 4, 2019, 5:05 pm

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday hailed the decision of Congress' bicameral conference committee to set aside proposals to abolish the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) and the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), and transfer their functions to… Read More

Man recruiting SoKor-bound fruit pickers nabbed

Man recruiting SoKor-bound fruit pickers nabbed

February 4, 2019, 4:47 pm

MANILA -- Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation-International Airport Investigation Division (NBI-IAID) have arrested a man who led a group of illegal recruiters in swindling victims with promises of employment as fruit pickers and farm workers in South Korea in exchange for placement… Read More

Quezon City promotes green landscapes, healthy lifestyle

Quezon City promotes green landscapes, healthy lifestyle

February 4, 2019, 4:37 pm

MANILA -- In its bid to promote healthy lifestyle, green landscapes, tourism and culture, the Quezon City local government has unveiled an exhibit of different kinds of plants and edible gardens along with art displays, cooking demonstrations, lectures and series of workshops for this year's… Read More

'No work, no pay' applies on Chinese New Year: DOLE

'No work, no pay' applies on Chinese New Year: DOLE

February 4, 2019, 4:35 pm

MANILA -- The "no work, no pay" policy will apply on Tuesday, Feb. 5, which was declared a special non-working day, as the country celebrates Chinese New Year. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in Labor Advisory No. 15, series of 2018 released pay rules in observance of the annual… Read More

Andaya’s call for 2018 savings report ‘not a prerequisite’

Andaya’s call for 2018 savings report ‘not a prerequisite’

February 4, 2019, 4:17 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said the request of House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations chair Rolando Andaya Jr. for the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to submit a report on the remaining balance of the 2018 national budget is not a “prerequisite.” Executive… Read More

DND chief mulls recommending lifting of ML in Mindanao

DND chief mulls recommending lifting of ML in Mindanao

February 4, 2019, 4:03 pm

MANILA -- If legislators can pass an Anti-Terrorism Act within the first half of the year, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said he will recommend the lifting of martial law in Mindanao by July 1. He made the statement during the National Defense College of… Read More

PNP all set for 2nd BOL plebiscite

PNP all set for 2nd BOL plebiscite

February 4, 2019, 3:55 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is all set to provide security for the second Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite on February 6 in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato. PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde said 3,209 police personnel will be deployed to secure the 588… Read More

Port of Manila posts P143-M surplus in January: BOC

Port of Manila posts P143-M surplus in January: BOC

February 4, 2019, 3:46 pm

MANILA — The Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila (POM) has posted a revenue surplus of PHP143 million in its January collection. District Collector Rhea Gregorio said the port's actual collection of PHP7.592 billion is higher than its target of PHP7.449 billion for the period. She also reported… Read More

Quezon City backs pay hike for teachers, state workers

Quezon City backs pay hike for teachers, state workers

February 4, 2019, 3:44 pm

MANILA -- The Quezon City Council on Monday passed a resolution supporting House Bill No. 7211 which seeks to increase the minimum salary of teachers as well as government employees. Authored by Councilor Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla, City Resolution 7643-2018 states that the bill will raise the… Read More

5 suspects in Jolo blast surrender

5 suspects in Jolo blast surrender

February 4, 2019, 3:42 pm

MANILA -- Five members of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group allegedly behind the twin bombings of a church in Jolo, Sulu have surrendered to authorities, Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Monday. In a press briefing held at Camp Crame, Albayalde identified the… Read More

Palace on passage of 2019 budget: ‘Hope springs eternal’

Palace on passage of 2019 budget: ‘Hope springs eternal’

February 4, 2019, 3:40 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said it remains confident that the PHP3.757-trillion budget for 2019 will be passed even with only three days left before Congress goes on recess in time for campaign season. “There’s still three days left, let’s just wait. We’re still confident that it will… Read More

2 Indians, cohort nabbed for selling illegal drugs

2 Indians, cohort nabbed for selling illegal drugs

February 4, 2019, 3:26 pm

MANILA -- Three persons, including two Indian nationals, were arrested by National Bureau of Investigation Cybercrime Division operatives last Jan. 31 for selling illegal drugs. NBI Director Dante Gierran identified the three as Indian nationals Kumar Sunil Motumai, Chutani Rakhi Darbala and Mary… Read More

Lacson alarmed by spate of killings ahead of May polls

Lacson alarmed by spate of killings ahead of May polls

February 4, 2019, 2:21 pm

MANILA -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday expressed alarm over the spate of killings involving incumbent public officials, particularly election-related violence ahead of the May 2019 polls. Lacson made the statement as the Senate committee on public order started its inquiry into the political… Read More

Army to commit more assets in anti-terror ops

Army to commit more assets in anti-terror ops

February 4, 2019, 11:49 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Army (PA) has vowed to commit more of its resources in the ongoing anti-terrorism campaign in Sulu, an official said Sunday. Five members of the 5th Scout Ranger Battalion were killed and 18 others were wounded in an encounter with an estimated 150 Abu Sayyaf terrorists,… Read More

House reso on redacted SALNs may violate Constitution: Palace

House reso on redacted SALNs may violate Constitution: Palace

February 4, 2019, 11:41 am

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said that the resolution of the House of Representatives calling for stricter rules on public access to the statements, assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALNs) of its members may violate the Constitution. The House, in a plenary session on Wednesday night,… Read More

Expect fair weather on Monday

Expect fair weather on Monday

February 4, 2019, 11:23 am

MANILA—Fair weather with isolated rain showers in some areas in Luzon is expected on Monday due to the ridge of high-pressure area (HPA). In its 4 a.m. forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the regions of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos… Read More

Duterte knows how to take care of himself: Palace

Duterte knows how to take care of himself: Palace

February 4, 2019, 9:19 am

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “conscientious” of his health, Malacañang assured anew following rumors on the chief executive’s demise. Rumors on the President’s death resurfaced after he skipped an event in Palo, Leyte on Friday since he was not feeling well. Presidential… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Mon. Feb. 4, 2019

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Mon. Feb. 4, 2019

February 4, 2019, 9:17 am

INQUIRER -- Pork row may lead to reenacted budget PHILIPPINE STAR -- 2 Chinese killed in P1.9-B bust MANILA BULLETIN -- Congress to ratify P3.757-T nat'l budget DAILY TRIBUNE -- DU30 vexes foes: 'Pray for me' MANILA TIMES -- Abu Sayyaf coddling more foreign terrorists MANILA STANDARD --… Read More