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Go leads opening of Malasakit Center in QC

Go leads opening of Malasakit Center in QC

January 7, 2019, 6:23 pm

MANILA-- Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence Go on Monday led the launching of the newest Malasakit Center at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. "Tuloy-tuloy po itong programang ito, wala po kaming limit as long as kaya ng gobyerno ang mag lagay ng… Read More

Environmental group pushes for clean 'Traslacion'

Environmental group pushes for clean 'Traslacion'

January 7, 2019, 6:21 pm

MANILA -- An environment advocacy group is calling on devotees of the Black Nazarene to participate in its campaign for a litter-free "Traslacion" in Manila this year. Daniel Alejandre, Zero Waste Campaigner of the Ecological Waste Coalition of the Philippines (EcoWaste Coalition), on Monday… Read More

SC to decide on BOL constitutionality: Palace

SC to decide on BOL constitutionality: Palace

January 7, 2019, 5:59 pm

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) will decide on the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), Malacañang reiterated Monday, after Solicitor General Jose Calida asked the high court to dismiss a petition questioning its constitutionality. “I understand there is a petition before the… Read More

BI to handle actor's NAIA outburst incident: DOJ

BI to handle actor's NAIA outburst incident: DOJ

January 7, 2019, 4:54 pm

MANILA -- Immigration officials will handle the incident involving actor Tony Labrusca who figured in a heated exchange with airport officials last week after he was told he will be only allowed a 30-day stay in the country, an official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday "We'll have to… Read More

Napolcom removes Guimbal mayor's control of local police

Napolcom removes Guimbal mayor's control of local police

January 7, 2019, 4:26 pm

MANILA -- Due to the mauling of a police officer in Iloilo, the National Police Commission (Napolcom) on Monday ordered the withdrawal of deputation, as Napolcom representative, and the suspension of power of Guimbal Mayor Oscar Garin for abuse of authority. The Napolcom en banc, led by Interior… Read More

Andaya wants to re-examine 2019 national budget

Andaya wants to re-examine 2019 national budget

January 7, 2019, 4:22 pm

MANILA – House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. on Monday said there is a need re-examine the 2019 national budget due to the country's fiscal deficit. In a statement, Andaya said the government disbursements continue to outpace the increase in revenues, noting that the government may fail to… Read More

Group urges SC to junk case vs. Bangsamoro law

Group urges SC to junk case vs. Bangsamoro law

January 7, 2019, 3:43 pm

MANILA -- An Islamic group on Monday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to turn down the petitions challenging the validity of the Republic Act 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). In its 52-page motion, the Philippine Association of Islamic Accountants (PAIA) Inc., represented by its president… Read More

AFP chief to troops: Strive for 'commitment to excellence'

AFP chief to troops: Strive for 'commitment to excellence'

January 7, 2019, 3:32 pm

MANILA --- To achieve more success this year, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal on Monday urged all military and civilian personnel to have "commitment to excellence". "To reach higher levels of success, it is imperative that we possess a deeper sense… Read More

Coast Guard heightens security preps for ‘Traslacion’

Coast Guard heightens security preps for ‘Traslacion’

January 7, 2019, 3:30 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has beefed up its security preparations for the annual "Traslacion" of the Black Nazarene on January 9. In a statement on Monday, the PCG said it would deploy its patrol vessels to secure the vicinity of the Quirino Grandstand and Pasig River. A total of… Read More

NCRPO on full alert for 'Traslacion'

NCRPO on full alert for 'Traslacion'

January 7, 2019, 3:12 pm

MANILA --- With the annual "Traslacion" just two days away, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced on Monday that it is on full alert status to secure the yearly religious event. "We will dispatch about 7,200 uniformed personnel to work hand-in-hand with the Armed Forces of… Read More

Palace allays fears on PNP ‘profiling' ACT teachers

Palace allays fears on PNP ‘profiling' ACT teachers

January 7, 2019, 3:11 pm

MANILA -- Teachers who are members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) have nothing to fear about being profiled if they are not doing anything illegal, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo was reacting to reports that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has… Read More

Palace awaits PACC probe findings on 3 Cabinet members

Palace awaits PACC probe findings on 3 Cabinet members

January 7, 2019, 2:47 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said it would await findings of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) probe on three Cabinet members allegedly involved in corruption before making a decision to sack them. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after PACC… Read More

Drug war sees no social, political status: Palace

Drug war sees no social, political status: Palace

January 7, 2019, 2:04 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang said the death of a former mayor included on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s "narcolist" shows that the same fate befalls everyone involved in the drug war, regardless of social or political status. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after former… Read More

Visit of Russian flotilla to strengthen naval ties

Visit of Russian flotilla to strengthen naval ties

January 7, 2019, 11:28 am

MANILA -- The five-day visit of the Russian flotilla in the Philippines is aimed at strengthening the relationship between the navies of the two countries, Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said. "The visit aims to strengthen the relationship between the two navies. It will… Read More

Resumption of peace talks with Reds slim: Lorenzana

Resumption of peace talks with Reds slim: Lorenzana

January 7, 2019, 10:53 am

MANILA -- Chances of reviving the stalled peace talks with communist rebels remain slim as the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) continue to commit atrocities and threaten to oust President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Mon. Jan. 7, 2019

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Mon. Jan. 7, 2019

January 7, 2019, 6:54 am

INQUIRER -- Slides raise 'Usman' death toll to 126 MANILA BULLETIN -- 'Airtight security' in place for Traslacion 2019 - NCRPO PHILIPPINE STAR -- Lakas pulls Daraga mayor's nomination MANILA TIMES -- Diokno, DPWH execs behind scam - Andaya MANILA STANDARD -- Lakas disowns Daraga mayor… Read More

Water security for mega Manila top priority of MWSS

Water security for mega Manila top priority of MWSS

January 6, 2019, 5:22 pm

MANILA — The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has made water security its top priority to ensure a steady supply for mega Manila in the next 50 years in the face of rapid urbanization and population growth, MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco said. The MWSS is likewise… Read More

Fireworks-related injuries rise to 319

Fireworks-related injuries rise to 319

January 6, 2019, 1:37 pm

MANILA -- The number of fireworks-related injuries (FWRIs) has risen to 319 after the Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reported 31 more cases recorded in various regions of the country from 6 a.m. of January 3 until 5:59 a.m. of January 5. Based on reports sent by 60 sentinel hospitals, nine… Read More

Lakas-CMD drops nomination of mayor tagged in Batocabe slay

Lakas-CMD drops nomination of mayor tagged in Batocabe slay

January 6, 2019, 12:23 pm

MANILA—The Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), a major political party allied with the Duterte administration, on Sunday revoked its Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) and support for Mayor Carlwyn Baldo as the party’s official candidate in Daraga, Albay mayoralty race.… Read More

PH checking for Pinoy casualties in California shooting

PH checking for Pinoy casualties in California shooting

January 6, 2019, 11:23 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles is trying to find out if Filipinos were among the fatalities in the recent shooting incident in California that killed three and injured four others. The shooting took place at a bowling alley in Torrance, about 32 kilometers south of Los… Read More