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If Macapagal were alive today, he would say 'Let's help our country'

If Macapagal were alive today, he would say 'Let's help our country'

September 28, 2018, 4:36 pm

MANILA -- If former president Diosdado Macapagal were alive today, what would he say to the Filipino people? Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Friday her father would urge Filipinos to “help our country” and “support” President Rodrigo Duterte. Arroyo made the remark as she led the… Read More

DepEd warns schools vs. overloading during off-campus trips

DepEd warns schools vs. overloading during off-campus trips

September 28, 2018, 4:30 pm

MANILA -- An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) reminded public and private schools to ensure the safety and security of learners during off-campus activities. In a television interview on Thursday, DepEd Undersecretary Anne Sevilla said that schools must observe the guidelines on… Read More

PDEA, PUP ink deal to give anti-drug training

PDEA, PUP ink deal to give anti-drug training

September 28, 2018, 4:23 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) on Friday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to provide training to advocates against illegal drugs. Under the MOA, PDEA and PUP will cooperate and coordinate in the launch of animated… Read More

Quake jolts parts of Ilocos Norte

Quake jolts parts of Ilocos Norte

September 28, 2018, 2:55 pm

LAOAG CITY—A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was felt in some parts of the province at 8:03 a.m. Friday, state seismologists said. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake was tectonic in origin and with a depth of seven kilometers. Its epicenter was located five… Read More

Comelec sets special voter's registration in Marawi

Comelec sets special voter's registration in Marawi

September 28, 2018, 2:41 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said that the special voter registration for Marawi City has been set next month. According Comelec Resolution No. 10426 dated Sept. 27, 2018, the registration in the war-torn city will be held from October 1 to October 15, 2018. With this,… Read More

US gov't offers anew F-16 to PH

US gov't offers anew F-16 to PH

September 28, 2018, 1:42 pm

MANILA -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday night the United States government has again offered its F-16 fighter jets to the Philippines. Lorenzana visited the Pentagon last week. "They offered us some equipment that we might want to buy like the F-16s and the attack helicopters,"… Read More

TESDA eyes 170 scholars for new program with business start-up guide

TESDA eyes 170 scholars for new program with business start-up guide

September 28, 2018, 1:02 pm

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is eyeing at least 170 scholars to benefit from its new scholarship program to be implemented in the last quarter of 2018. Lenny Carreon, TESDA Planning Office assistant executive director, disclosed this in an interview… Read More

More PH-US military cooperation in 2019

More PH-US military cooperation in 2019

September 28, 2018, 12:16 pm

MANILA -- Expect more cooperation between the Philippine and US militaries following the completion of this year's Mutual Defense Board - Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) meeting on Thursday. Representing the Philippine military in the meeting in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City was Armed Forces… Read More

Only 115k working permits issued to foreigners since 2015

Only 115k working permits issued to foreigners since 2015

September 28, 2018, 10:16 am

MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has expressed concern over a report on the increasing number of illegal foreign workers in the country. “Whether it is true or not, the only thing we are certain is that there are only around 115,000 foreign workers with Alien Employment… Read More

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