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Manila-Basco flights cancelled due to bad weather

Manila-Basco flights cancelled due to bad weather

December 12, 2018, 3:56 pm

MANILA -- Skyjet's flights M8 816/817 (Manila-Basco-Manila) were cancelled on Wednesday due to bad weather in Basco, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said. No other airlines reported flight cancellations due to bad weather in Batanes, as of Wednesday noon. According to the… Read More

DOJ to press for travel ban vs. Trillanes

DOJ to press for travel ban vs. Trillanes

December 12, 2018, 3:37 pm

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday clarified that they will ask the Davao court handling the criminal cases against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to issue a travel ban against the lawmaker. "We are not withdrawing the motion for (the) issuance of an HDO (hold departure order)… Read More

Balangiga Bells on display for public viewing at PAF museum

Balangiga Bells on display for public viewing at PAF museum

December 12, 2018, 3:33 pm

MANILA -- The newly-returned Balangiga Bells will be on display and public viewing at the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Aerospace Museum at Villamor Air Base, Sales Road, Pasay City until Thursday. In a statement Wednesday, Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said that entry is at Gate 4 of the… Read More

DND, AFP laud Congress nod on ML extension in Mindanao

DND, AFP laud Congress nod on ML extension in Mindanao

December 12, 2018, 3:29 pm

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday welcomed the decision of Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year. "The Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are grateful for the… Read More

Women urged to speak up vs. violence

Women urged to speak up vs. violence

December 12, 2018, 3:29 pm

MANILA -- Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is urging women to speak up against violence, especially victims of any forms of harassment, violence, and abuse. “Speak up. Do not be afraid nor be ashamed to report because the city government is here to provide any kind of assistance to punish the… Read More

Congress move to extend ML 'positive dev't': Palace

Congress move to extend ML 'positive dev't': Palace

December 12, 2018, 3:28 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday thanked the two houses of Congress for granting President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law for another year in Mindanao. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the approval by Congress of the extension of martial law and the suspension of… Read More

DOJ summons 2 gov't docs for Dengvaxia probe

DOJ summons 2 gov't docs for Dengvaxia probe

December 12, 2018, 3:24 pm

MANILA – Prosecutors have summoned two government physicians whom the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to include in the criminal charges over the multi-billion-peso Dengvaxia vaccine fiasco. In separate subpoenas dated Dec. 10, the DOJ asked Dr. Raymundo W.… Read More

SC halts motorcycle ride-hailing app Angkas ops

SC halts motorcycle ride-hailing app Angkas ops

December 12, 2018, 3:06 pm

MANILA -- Online motorcycle backride service provider Angkas will have to suspend operations following a temporary restraining order (TRO) handed down by the Supreme Court (SC). In a two-page order dated Dec. 5 and released Wednesday, the SC's Second Division ruled in favor of a petition filed by… Read More

PCUP targets MMA training to aid poor Pinoys, prevent drug use

PCUP targets MMA training to aid poor Pinoys, prevent drug use

December 12, 2018, 3:06 pm

MANILA - The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) is pushing for sports development, particularly in mixed martial arts (MMA), as a means to improve the lives of poor Filipinos in the urban areas and help prevent youth crime and drug use. In his speech at the Memorandum of Agreement… Read More

PNP, AFP have final say on need for ML extension: Guevarra

PNP, AFP have final say on need for ML extension: Guevarra

December 12, 2018, 3:05 pm

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said police and military officials have the final say in assessing the security situation and in making recommendations on the extension of martial law in Mindanao. “We have no reason to doubt the truthfulness of the reports of our armed… Read More

Sandiganbayan bars ex-judge from holding public office

Sandiganbayan bars ex-judge from holding public office

December 12, 2018, 2:57 pm

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan has barred from public office a former judge of Marawi City Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) after finding him guilty of obstruction of justice over the release of a detainee without lawful order which led to his escape. The Sandiganbayan Second Division, in a… Read More

Congress grants martial law extension until end of 2019

Congress grants martial law extension until end of 2019

December 12, 2018, 1:47 pm

MANILA —  The Philippine Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2019. The Senate and House of Representatives, convening in a joint session, granted President Rodrigo Duterte's request for the extension of martial law and the suspension of… Read More

13 PDEA informants get P3.16-M reward

13 PDEA informants get P3.16-M reward

December 12, 2018, 1:43 pm

MANILA – A total of 13 informants received cash rewards amounting to more than PHP3.176 million from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday. The informants, identified only through their codenames Efren, El Guapo, Garfield, Aser, RK, Cobra, Ada, Spade, Chard, Bungo, Abe, Dang… Read More

97% of nat'l gov’t agencies now FOI compliant: Andanar

97% of nat'l gov’t agencies now FOI compliant: Andanar

December 12, 2018, 1:35 pm

MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday said 97 percent of national government agencies have already enrolled in the Freedom of Information (FOI) program. “Actually nasa 97 percent na ng ating mga national government agencies ang… Read More

MRT deploys 2nd Dalian train set

MRT deploys 2nd Dalian train set

December 12, 2018, 12:35 pm

MANILA -- The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has deployed the second train set purchased from Chinese firm CRRC Dalian. The train set, consisting of three cars, was deployed to the MRT line from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday. It will be undergoing test runs for 150 hours during off-peak hours… Read More

PH monitors shooting incidents in Brazil, France

PH monitors shooting incidents in Brazil, France

December 12, 2018, 12:32 pm

MANILA-- Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said the Philippine government is checking whether there are Filipino casualties in two separate gun attacks in Brazil and France on Wednesday. No immediate reports of affected Filipinos from the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia and Philippine… Read More

Martial law brings Mindanao closer to becoming ‘gun-free society’

Martial law brings Mindanao closer to becoming ‘gun-free society’

December 12, 2018, 12:23 pm

MANILA – Lanao del Norte Rep. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo on Wednesday lauded the Duterte administration for bringing Mindanao closer to a "gun-free society" with the implementation of martial law. During the joint session of both chambers of Congress to tackle President Rodrigo Duterte's request to… Read More

Congress convenes joint session on ML extension in Mindanao

Congress convenes joint session on ML extension in Mindanao

December 12, 2018, 10:13 am

MANILA -- The House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday convened in a joint session to tackle President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. The joint session started at 9:01 a.m. with 14 senators and 162 congressmen responding to the roll… Read More

Anti-terror ops to continue: Madrigal

Anti-terror ops to continue: Madrigal

December 12, 2018, 9:24 am

MANILA -- Efforts to neutralize terror threats will continue, newly-installed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal said Tuesday. "We'll also keep up the pace of diminishing the existence of terrorist cells and other armed peace spoilers so we can protect… Read More

Unified effort needed in curbing NPA threat

Unified effort needed in curbing NPA threat

December 12, 2018, 9:15 am

MANILA -- To fully defeat the threat posed by the New People's Army (NPA), a unified effort is needed from various levels of government, newly-installed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal said Tuesday. "In order to reach complete victory and win the… Read More