'Traslacion' now at Jones Bridge

MANILA -- The "Traslacion" or procession of the Black Nazarene is now at the Jones Bridge in Binondo, Manila as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) spokesperson Chief Insp. Kimberly Molitas says the main body and tail end is estimated to 274,000 and passing through Park... Read More

MMDA provides medical treatment to 334 Black Nazarene devotees

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has provided medical assistance to 334 devotees who are taking part in the annual procession of the Black Nazarene.Data from the MMDA show that 238 hypertension cases, 82 suffering from various ailments, 10 injured, and four pregnant... Read More

Easterlies, northeast monsoon affecting PH Tuesday: PAGASA

MANILA— Good weather condition will prevail during the morning of the Feast of the Black Nazarene with passing showers in the afternoon or evening in Manila, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administrative Services (PAGASA) said Tuesday.The state weather bureau said the... Read More

SC opens post for deputy court administrator

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) is now accepting applications for the position of deputy court administrator.In an announcement, the high court said applications may now be filed and received by the Secretariat of the SC’s Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board not later than... Read More

Cop in Jee Ick Joo slay turns state witness

MANILA -- The Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Pampanga granted the motion filed by Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors to discharge one of the suspects in the criminal cases involving the abduction and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo in October 2016 and turn him into a... Read More

387K Black Nazarene devotees attend 'Pahalik'

MANILA -- An estimated 387,000 devotees gathered for the "Pahailk" or the traditional kissing of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila which ended 5 a.m Tuesday.This was bared by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) spokesperson Chief Insp. Kimberly Molitas,... Read More

DOTr breaks ground for South East MM Expressway Project

MANILA -- Travel time from Taguig to Batasan Complex in Quezon City will reduce to at least half an hour once the South East Metro Manila Expressway Project (SEMME) project is completed.This, as the Department of Transportation (DOTr), in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways... Read More

DepEd chief calls for continuity of education in ‘Vinta’-hit schools

MANILA -- Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday encouraged schools hit by typhoon "Vinta" last month to help bring normalcy back in the students' lives by continuing their education.Briones said education must continue whether there was armed conflict, flood, or... Read More

MMDA advises motorists to use alternate routes due to ‘Traslacion’

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advised motorists to use alternate routes as several roads in Manila will be closed during the annual procession of the Black Nazarene.The MMDA said in an advisory that the following roads would be closed to traffic on January 8 and 9,... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

BUSINESS MIRROR – Duterte cutting OP agencies’ budget to ground junketeersINQUIRER – Congress leaders agree on con-assMANILA BULLETIN – ‘Remember your own traslacion'MANILA TIMES – Day of DevotionMANILA STANDARD – ‘All-time high... Read More

Pres. Duterte confers Order of Sikatuna on outgoing South Korean envoy

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the Rank of Grand Cross (Datu) Gold Distinction on South Korea’s Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-Shin during a farewell call in Malacañan Palace on Monday, January 8, thanking the envoy for his contributions... Read More

Palace expresses grief for passing of Malaya publisher Jake Macasaet

MANILA-- Malacanang on Monday expressed deepest sympathies to the family of veteran columnist and Malaya newspaper publisher Amado ‘Jake’ Macasaet who died on Sunday. He was 81.“We condole with the family of Jake Macasaet. Jake as you know is a long-time publisher of Malaya,”... Read More

Black Nazarene 'special coat' ready in case of rainy 'Traslacion'

MANILA -- Devotees do not have to worry about the image of the Black Nazarene getting wet in case heavy rains occur during the “Traslacion” or the procession of the icon early dawn Tuesday.According to Fr. Douglas Badong, Parochial Vicar of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or... Read More

Cocaine shipment found in Sorsogon not from Taiwan: TECO

MANILA -- The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) on Monday denied that the reported cocaine shipment found drifting in Sorsogon the previous Wednesday had come from Taiwan.The PHP120-million worth of cocaine packed into a container was believed to be from Jin Ming No. 16, a cargo ship that... Read More

Solons urge gov’t to fast-track programs for drivers affected by PUVMP

MANILA -- As the government starts the implementation of its Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), two party-list lawmakers on Monday urged government agencies to speed up the approval of regulations on the use of public funds for public utility vehicle operators and drivers who will... Read More

Pimentel: Not Alvarez’s objective to weaken, abolish the Senate

MANILA -- House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s criticism against the Senate is not meant to weaken and abolish the upper chamber, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said Monday.Pimentel made this remark after colleague Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday raised fears that Alvarez... Read More

Palace: Survey saying Duterte is better President 'a fact'

MANILA -- Malacanang on Monday said majority of the Filipinos were just telling the truth when they said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is better compared to his predecessor Benigno Aquino III.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this comment on Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showing that... Read More

Stampede worst case scenario in 'Traslacion': Joint Task Force-NCR

MANILA -- The Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) said the worst case scenario for Tuesday's 'Traslacion' or procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila is a stampede."(Kung) magkaroon ng mga stampede, maraming talagang mabalian dyan," JTF-NCR head Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado... Read More

WHO lauds PH’s new tax on sugar-sweetened beverages

MANILA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has lauded the Philippines’ new excise tax imposed on sugar-sweetened beverages, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.“WHO had positive remarks for our sugar-sweetened beverages tax provisions,” Roque said during Palace... Read More

Sipalay mayor suspended for delaying suspension of staff

MANILA -- Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Mayor Oscar Montilla, Jr. was himself suspended for 90 days by the Sandiganbayan for allegedly holding up the ordered suspension of five city hall employees for years.In a three-page resolution, the Sandiganbayan ordered Montilla “to cease and desist... Read More