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China guarantees PH partnership on Marawi rehab

MANILA --China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on Tuesday said the country could find a "partner" in China as it begins the process of Marawi reconstruction.This, after China handed over 47 units of heavy equipment to the Philippines on Oct. 23 (Monday) for the rehabilitation and... Read More

PH, Australia: NoKor weapons dev't program illegal

Clark, PAMPANGA -- The Philippines and Australia have echoed the statements of other countries that have tagged North Korea's program on weapons development and testing as illegal and in violation of international laws.“This North Korean program of weapons development and testing is illegal,... Read More

Government investigating killings

MANILA --Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Tuesday emphasized that the government is investigating allegations of drug-related killings, extrajudicial deaths, and media violence to ensure the accountability of the perpetrators.Abella made the statement in reaction to the European Union... Read More

Bautista may now face plunder rap after losing immunity

MANILA -- Despite being spared from impeachment proceedings, former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista may still face a plunder charge after losing his immunity from suit following his resignation.During a House Justice Committee hearing on Tuesday, lawyer Lorna Kapunan,... Read More

House body declares Bautista impeachment ‘moot and academic’

MANILA --The impeachment bid against former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista has been rendered “moot and academic” following his resignation, the House Committee on Justice declared on Tuesday.Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, committee chair, said he had... Read More

Australia to provide urban warfare training to PH troops

CLARK, Pampanga -- The Australian Defence Force (ADF) would provide Filipino troops urban warfare training, Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said here Tuesday.During the Philippines-Australia Joint Conference at the 4th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus, a high-level... Read More

Trillanes 'father of fake news': ex-VP Binay

MANILA -- The camp of former Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday tagged Senator Trillanes as the 'father of fake news' in connection with the libel case filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against him before the Makati Regional Trial Court.The DOJ found probable cause on the complaint... Read More

Lim named acting Comelec chair

MANILA -- Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Christian Robert Lim has been designated as acting Chairman of the poll body a day after Chairman Juan Andres Bautista officially vacated his post.According to Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez, the Commission en banc unanimously named the... Read More

DSWD warns public vs online child adoption scam

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday warned the public against the fake Facebook account, “DSWD Online Baby Adoption PH”.DSWD warns public vs online child adoption scam"The account is a scam and is not authorized by the DSWD," the department said in... Read More

Prelate expresses mixed emotions on end of Marawi siege

MANILA -- Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña said he is both happy and sad over the termination of combat operations in the city."I am happy that the siege is over and people can go back to their respective places. The rehabilitation of the city can proceed at a dizzying pace hopefully," Dela... Read More

Kintanar assumes top PAF post Tuesday

MANILA -- Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar, Jr., a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1985, will be assuming command of the Philippine Air Force during short ceremonies in Clark Airbase, Pampanga Tuesday afternoon.He will be replacing Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina, a member of PMA Class of... Read More

Poe welcomes filing of charges against ex-DOTC chief, others

MANILA --Senator Grace Poe on Monday welcomed the move of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to file graft charges against former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) officials in connection with the alleged anomaly at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).Charged were former... Read More

PH seeks more global cooperation on migratory species' conservation

MANILA --Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is calling for more international cooperation on conserving the world's migratory species and other wildlife.He raised urgency for cooperation, noting pollution and other challenges continue hounding such conservation efforts."We believe concerted... Read More

Intel appreciation could have cut short Marawi campaign: Año

MANILA -- If there is anything that the military could have done differently in the five-month battle for the liberation of Marawi City against the Maute Group terrorists, it would be in intelligence appreciation.Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año made this... Read More

Maute defeat in Marawi a warning to terror groups: AFP

MANILA -- With the decisive defeat of the Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, lawless elements will be forced to think twice before occupying another city or town in the Philippines.This was emphasized by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año in an interview... Read More

Tropical depression spotted outside PAR; ITCZ to bring rains: PAGASA

MANILA --The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Administrative Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tuesday some parts of the country will continue to experience rains due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting southern Luzon and Visayas.In its weather bulletin, the state... Read More

BOC mulls scrapping use of 'green lane' for shipments

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is eyeing the abolition of its green lane whose use is currently suspended.Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, however, noted that the plan would only be implemented after they have perfected their computerized system.“Yes, I am saying that if there... Read More

Prelates urge faithful: Remain vigilant vs terrorism

MANILA -- Catholic Church officials called on the faithful to remain vigilant despite the government’s declaration that Marawi City is free from terrorists.Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on the Laity (CBCP-ECL) Chairman Bishop Broderick Pabillo said... Read More

Bautista vacates Comelec post Monday afternoon

MANILA --Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Monday officially left his office after receiving a letter from Malacanang that his resignation has been accepted “effective immediately.”In a press conference late Monday afternoon, the poll body chief said he... Read More

Students may now avail of fare discounts on weekends, holidays

MANILA -- Students are now entitled to fare discounts even during weekends and holidays, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said.This as the LTFRB issued an order stating that students may avail of the twenty percent discount from Monday to Sunday, including summer... Read More