SolGen slams CA ruling clearing Reyes of murder raps

MANILA -- The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) questioned the Court of Appeals (CA) ruling that cleared former Palawan governor Joel Reyes of murder charges over the killing of environmentalist and broadcaster Gerry Ortega.“The CA decision stinks. As to where the stench came from, we will... Read More

President Duterte okays pay hike for soldiers

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the joint resolution of Congress authorizing the increase in base pay of military and uniformed personnel (MUP) in the government.Malacañang released on Tuesday Congress' Joint Resolution No. 1, which covers all military and uniformed personnel... Read More

Duterte receives credentials of 4 new envoys to PH

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Jan. 9 met with the newly appointed ambassadors to the Philippines of Timor Leste, Paraguay, Estonia, and Malta and received their credentials at the Malacañang Palace.President Duterte first received the credentials of Jose Gaspar dos Reis Correia... Read More

Año takes helm of DILG

MANILA -- New Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Chairman and former Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy formally turned over the DILG post to newly appointed DILG OIC Eduardo M. Año on Tuesday.Cuy served as DILG Undersecretary for 18 months, the... Read More

Customs employee fined P7K for failure to file SALNs

MANILA -- The Manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) has convicted an employee of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for failure to file his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) from 1998 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2012.Walter Reynoso, Sr., a BOC Customs Operations Officer, was convicted... Read More

US earmarks USD6.6-M add’l aid for Marawi

MANILA -- The United States Embassy to Manila on Tuesday announced that the US government would be allocating another USD6.6 million in addition to their assistance worth USD14 million to war-ravaged Marawi City."We’ll continue to do a lot of work here and I should mention that in the Marawi... Read More

Congress to ensure free tuition only for deserving students

MANILA -- A member of the House of Representatives on Tuesday said Congress would exercise its oversight powers to ensure that state funds allocated for the government's free college tuition program would be used only on deserving students and not wasted on malingerers and recidivist absentees or... Read More

Pres. Duterte sets eyes on corrupt LGU officials

MANILA -- After firing some corrupt presidential appointees, President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to set attention on unscrupulous officials of local government units.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Duterte made this commitment to push with ‘firm resolve’ his... Read More

Congress has to iron out voting issue before con-ass talk

MANILA -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday said that the Congress would first have to settle the issue on whether to vote jointly or separately before talks of a constitutional assembly (con-ass) mode to amend the 1987 Constitution should take place.“We will have to iron out and settle the... Read More

Duterte orders suspension of logging concessions in Zamboanga

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the suspension of several logging concessions in Zamboanga Peninsula due to displaced indigenous populations.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during a Palace briefing on Tuesday that Duterte made the announcement during Monday... Read More

Senate shouldn’t be rebuked for not passing death penalty

MANILA -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday defended the Senate anew against the attacks of House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez calling Senate a “slow” Congress for failing to act on measures the House of Representatives had already passed, particularly the death penalty... Read More

Efforts to upgrade Pag-asa Island facilities to continue: Lorenzana

MANILA -- Efforts to upgrade the existing facilities in Pag-asa Island is one of the priorities of the government, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during the sidelines of the New Year's Call Tuesday.He added that such measures, which include improvements of the runway and construction of... Read More

2nd tax reform package should fund teachers’ pay hike: Duterte

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte instructed his Cabinet to find means to augment the salary of Filipino school teachers, Malacañang announced on January 9.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the President issued the directive to increase teachers’ basic pay during last... Read More

Ex-NegOcc mayor faces graft raps for lying in SALN

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to charge before the Sandiganbayan a former Negros Occidental town mayor for failing to disclose two business interests in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) from 2007 to 2010.The Ombudsman indicted former... Read More

Be not afraid of life's trials, Tagle tells faithful

MANILA -- Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has called on devotees of the Black Nazarene to summon the courage in facing life's difficulties, saying that Jesus Christ is with them in their own 'traslacion' in life."Let us look at Christ and hold on to Him as we go through our own traslacion in... Read More

Tiger Resorts file raps vs. ex-chair Okada

MANILA -- The Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment Inc. (TRLEI), the company behind the management of Okada Manila, filed two criminal complaints before prosecutors in the cities of Makati and Parañaque against Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada.Okada served as chief executive officer of... Read More

NBI probes missing PNP guns sold to Mindanao NPA

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a probe on the missing firearms of the Philippine National Police sold to the New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Mindanao.Aguirre issued the order after the directive of President... Read More

Pres. Duterte pushes enactment of firecrackers ban law

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte had expressed his intention to ask Congress to pass a law that would implement a nationwide ban on all firecrackers and pyrotechnics.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President told his Cabinet members during Monday’s meeting that he wanted the... Read More

'Traslacion' now approaching Palanca St.

MANILA -- The 'Traslacion' or the procession of the Black Nazarene is now approaching Palanca St, Quiapo, Manila with an estimated crowd of 229,000 as of Tuesday noon.National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) spokesperson Chief Insp. Kimberly Molitas says the procession is now passing through... Read More

Quiapo vicar: New measures for 'Traslacion 2018' worked as planned

MANILA -- The new strategies made by the organizers of the Traslacion 2018 worked as planned, as the transfer of the Black Nazarene from the altar at the Quirino Grandstand to the 'andas' (carriage) that would carry the image throughout the grand procession, was without hitches and... Read More