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Bacolod-Silay airport runway closed on Friday morning

Bacolod-Silay airport runway closed on Friday morning

November 7, 2018, 7:34 pm

MANILA -- The Bacolod-Silay Airport's runway 03/21 will be closed on Friday (Nov. 9), from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, to give way to a full-scale emergency exercise to be held during that period. "This is a requirement for the airport's aerodrome certification, a certification for its navigational… Read More

Nothing wrong with PRRD endorsing Aguilar: Macalintal

Nothing wrong with PRRD endorsing Aguilar: Macalintal

November 7, 2018, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- An election lawyer said Wednesday there is nothing wrong with President Rodrigo Duterte's gesture in raising the hand of senatorial aspirant and singer Freddie Aguilar. In a statement, lawyer Romulo Macalintal noted that the recording artist is not yet considered a candidate for the May… Read More

8 Air Force attack helicopters to undergo maintenance

8 Air Force attack helicopters to undergo maintenance

November 7, 2018, 7:30 pm

MANILA -- The military, through the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Bids and Awards Committee, is allocating PHP80.75 million for the acquisition of spare parts needed for the scheduled maintenance of its eight AgustaWestland AW-109 attack helicopters. The parts are intended for AW-109 attack… Read More

NFA holds pre-bid conference for 500K MT rice import

NFA holds pre-bid conference for 500K MT rice import

November 7, 2018, 7:27 pm

MANILA -- A total of 12 rice suppliers from Asian countries attended a pre-bidding conference on Wednesday at the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) auditorium along Visayas Ave. in Quezon City for the government's rice importation program. The importation is for 500,000 metric tons of… Read More

Sotto unfazed by Enrile’s comeback bid

Sotto unfazed by Enrile’s comeback bid

November 7, 2018, 7:22 pm

MANILA -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Wednesday he is not at all threatened by former senator Juan Ponce Enrile's comeback bid, saying he would even gladly hand over the Senate presidency to Enrile if circumstances warrant it. Enrile, more popularly known as JPE, has served as Senate… Read More

Local firm clinches deal with China outfit to export PH crops

Local firm clinches deal with China outfit to export PH crops

November 7, 2018, 7:21 pm

MANILA -- Listed Filipino agricultural exporter AgriNurture, Inc. (ANI) signed a deal on Tuesday with Beijing-based Sinochem Corporation for the supply of fertilizer to ANI's contract growers in the Philippines and for the purchase of the Filipino farmers' produce, for export to Hong Kong and… Read More

PH moving toward 'refined' independent foreign policy

PH moving toward 'refined' independent foreign policy

November 7, 2018, 7:18 pm

MANILA -- The Philippines is moving on to the "refinement" of foreign policy that addresses "changing realities," from the earlier friends to all, enemies to none to "friends to friends, enemies to enemies, and worse enemies to false friends," Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on… Read More

Palace wants better disaster resilience 5 years after ‘Yolanda’

Palace wants better disaster resilience 5 years after ‘Yolanda’

November 7, 2018, 7:15 pm

MANILA -- Five years after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the deadliest typhoon to hit the Philippines, Malacañang on Wednesday renewed its call for the passage of better disaster resilience measures to reduce the risks of climate change and respond to the needs of calamity victims. Presidential… Read More

PAL cancels Nov. 14-19 flights as CAAP upgrades navigation system

PAL cancels Nov. 14-19 flights as CAAP upgrades navigation system

November 7, 2018, 6:59 pm

MANILA -- Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will cancel a number of its domestic and international flights from Nov. 14 to 19 in response to the government's call to reduce the number of flights while the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) works on an enhanced air navigational… Read More

Parts of QC, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig go waterless Thursday

Parts of QC, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig go waterless Thursday

November 7, 2018, 6:32 pm

MANILA -- A total of 371,000 customers of Manila Water Company Inc. (MWC) in 32 barangays in Mandaluyong City, San Juan City, Pasig City, and Quezon City will experience an eight-hour water interruption from 10 p.m. of Thursday to 6 a.m. of Friday due to emergency leak repair. The leak repairs… Read More

PH, Japan ink exchange of notes on defense, MRT3 rehab

PH, Japan ink exchange of notes on defense, MRT3 rehab

November 7, 2018, 6:29 pm

MANILA -- The Philippines and Japan on Wednesday signed exchange of notes for two official development assistance (ODA) projects geared towards rehabilitating the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 and enhancing defense. On Tokyo's grant aid for Philippine defense enhancement, Japan will be allotting some… Read More

PH wine market 'ready' for more French players

PH wine market 'ready' for more French players

November 7, 2018, 6:23 pm

MANILA -- The French embassy in Manila believes the Philippine wine market is "ready" for more French players. “While the Philippine market is relatively small compared to its other Asian neighbors, with the growing interest for fine wines and the Filipino wine drinker’s evolving and more… Read More

National Printing Office launches One-Stop Shop

National Printing Office launches One-Stop Shop

November 7, 2018, 6:19 pm

MANILA -- The National Printing Office (NPO) on Wednesday launched its One-Stop Shop meant to cut the number of steps clients would have to go through to secure accountable and non-accountable forms used in government transactions. “In the past, our clients have to go through several divisions… Read More

PRRD’s federalism task force to boost info drive

PRRD’s federalism task force to boost info drive

November 7, 2018, 5:44 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on federalism is a needed “boost” to reinforce the ongoing information drive on the proposed new system of government, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said on Wednesday. Andanar made this remark in response to… Read More

QC to put up drug rehab center for women, recovery clinic

QC to put up drug rehab center for women, recovery clinic

November 7, 2018, 5:42 pm

MANILA -- In line with Quezon City’s campaign against illegal drugs, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte bared on Wednesday plans to put up a drug rehabilitation facility for women and a recovery clinic for voluntary surrenderers to treat more effectively drug-dependents in the city. “We have… Read More

Honasan to be appointed DICT chief early next week: Sotto

Honasan to be appointed DICT chief early next week: Sotto

November 7, 2018, 5:39 pm

MANILA -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III said on Wednesday the appointment of Senator Gregorio Honasan as head of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) may come as early as Monday, November 12. Appearing at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay media forum in Manila City,… Read More

File complaints vs. scalawag cops, NCRPO urges public

File complaints vs. scalawag cops, NCRPO urges public

November 7, 2018, 5:33 pm

MANILA -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Wednesday urged the public anew to provide information against rogue police personnel as part of its internal cleansing program. "I encourage more victims of police abuse to come forward, so we can really send the message to our… Read More

No shortcuts in de Lima prosecution: Guevarra

No shortcuts in de Lima prosecution: Guevarra

November 7, 2018, 5:28 pm

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said he has yet to see the complaint filed against him and his predecessor, Vitaliano Aguirre III, by detained Senator Leila de Lima but denied that prosecutors violated rules covering state witnesses in going after the lawmaker, who is… Read More

62 petitions for voluntary inclusion in BOL plebiscite: Comelec

62 petitions for voluntary inclusion in BOL plebiscite: Comelec

November 7, 2018, 5:26 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said it received a total of 62 petitions to join the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on January 21, 2019. In an interview, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said 56 petitions for voluntary inclusions were submitted by… Read More

Noted lawyer calls for more benefits for senior citizens

Noted lawyer calls for more benefits for senior citizens

November 7, 2018, 4:58 pm

MANILA -- Senior citizens should be given more social benefits to enjoy the golden years of their lives, lawyer Romy Macalintal said at the weekly Real News Forum held in a restaurant in Quezon City on Tuesday. Congress should pass a law increasing the level of discounts for senior citizens buying… Read More