Lapeña inspects P13-M worth of seized smuggled goods

MANILA -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña led the inspection of various seized goods worth PHP12.9 million at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on Monday.He noted that the smuggled shipments composed of agricultural products, used clothing, used motorbikes... Read More

Palace eyes reversal of CA ruling on Ortega case

MANILA -- Malacanang on Monday said it will do everything to reverse the Court of Appeals' (CA) decision clearing former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes from murder charges over the killing of journalist and environmentalist Gerry Ortega.“We will exercise all legal options to reverse this decision by... Read More

I-ACT starts apprehension of smoke belching, dilapidated PUVs

MANILA -- Some 255 smoke belchers, dilapidated vehicles, and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers not wearing uniform were apprehended as the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) started Monday the "Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok" campaign which aims to flag down road unworthy public transport in... Read More

BOC employee fined P5K for failure to file SALN

MANILA -- The Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) has convicted a Bureau of Customs (BOC) employee after the latter pleaded guilty to a violation of the rule on Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).BOC Special Agent Wilfredo Sebastian was convicted on two counts of violation... Read More

All systems go for 'Traslacion 2018'

MANILA -- It’s all systems go for 'Traslacion 2018' or the procession of the Black Nazarene on Tuesday."Rain or shine, we will push through. That is what was agreed upon, except when a disaster happens," Fr. Douglas Badong, Parochial Vicar of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo... Read More

3 DA execs face 90-day suspension

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has placed three Department of Agriculture (DA) officials based in Davao City under a 90-day suspension during litigation.Senior Agriculturists Melani Provido and Isabelita Buduan, and Administrative Officer Marie Ann Constantino stand trial for violation of Section 3(e)... Read More

Palace elated as PRRD remains PH’s most trusted official

MANILA -- Malacanang on Monday welcomed as good news a survey showing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as again the most trusted and approved government official of the land.According to the last quarter survey conducted by Pulse Asia from Dec. 10-15, 2017, President Duterte got the highest approval at... Read More

Majority of Filipinos approve Pres. Duterte's performance

MANILA -- Majority of Filipinos approve the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte, a latest survey from Pulse Asia show.

In its December 2017 poll, Pulse Asia found 80 percent of Filipinos approve his performance, while 7 percent disapproved and 13 percent were undecided.The same survey... Read More

70% of Pinoys say Duterte performed better than PNoy: SWS

MANILA -- Majority of Filipinos believe President Rodrigo Duterte performed better as the country's chief executive than former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.In a report from radio network DZBB, the SWS found that 70 percent of Filipinos... Read More

'Bato' mum on 2019 senatorial bid

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa declined to comment on whether he has plans to run for senator in the 2019 elections."As I have said, I cannot comment on it right now. Trabaho lang muna ako. Kailangan mag-focus tayo sa trabaho dahil kapag sinabi mo... Read More

Sereno trust ratings drop: Pulse Asia

MANILA -- Amid the ongoing impeachment proceedings against her before the House of Representatives, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has scored the lowest approval and trust rating among top national government officials, according to a survey released by Pulse Asia on Monday.In the December 2017... Read More

BI nabs 232 alien fugitives in 2017

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) nabbed a total of 232 foreign fugitives last year.According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the apprehended foreign nationals hid in the country to evade prosecution and sentence for crimes they committed in their homelands.Of the number, 178 were arrested... Read More

(Update) 'Pahalik' devotees now at 17,500

MANILA -- Devotees gathered for the annual "Pahalik" and mass at Quiapo Church have grown considerably, the Manila Police District (MPD) said in its Monday update.As of 11:30 a.m., the crowd at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila where the traditional "Pahalik" for the ebony statue of the... Read More

Comelec suspends work in Manila due to 'Traslacion'

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that work is suspended in its central office in Manila on Tuesday in line with the feast of the Black Nazarene."@COMELEC no work on Tuesday, Feast of Black Nazarene, due to anticipated severe traffic situation," Comelec Commissioner Rowena... Read More

'Pahalik' devotees now at 10K

MANILA -- The number of devotees who gathered for the "Pahalik" or the traditional kissing of the Black Nazarene statue at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manilahas reached around 10,000 as of 8 a.m. Monday.This was bared by Manila Police District spokesperson Supt. Erwin Margarejo when sought... Read More

Easterlies affecting PH: PAGASA

MANILA— The easterlies would affect the eastern section of the country, bringing scattered rainshowers, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Monday.In its 24-hour weather forecast, the state weather bureau said the regions of Bicol,... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– Investors seen hedging against market challengesINQUIRER– 2 CA justices say Reyes should face trialPHILIPPINE STAR– DTI chief to critics: Be more objective on TRAINMANILA BULLETIN– All set for Nazareno vigil, traslacionMANILA TIMES– The sooner, the... Read More

'Bato’ to lead traditional PNP New Year's Call

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa will lead the traditional New Year's Call at Camp Crame, Quezon City Monday.Expected to attend the event are ranking police officials from PNP Command Group, Directorial and Personal Staff, Police Regional... Read More

Taguig opens annual Business One-Stop Shop

MANILA -- The city government of Taguig is already poised to run its annual Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) scheduled from January 3 to 20, including weekends.BOSS, which allows streamlining of processes for renewing business licenses and registrations, is held simultaneously at the Taguig City Hall... Read More

BIR starts probe on possible tax evasion raps vs. Atong Ang

MANILA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is now checking the records of Filipino-Chinese businessman Charlie "Atong" Ang and his company Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. (MVGC) for the possible filing of a tax evasion complaint against him before the Department of Justice (DOJ)."We are still... Read More