Comelec vows to uphold mandate amid 2019 'no election' scenario

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) remains faithful to its mandate of holding electoral exercises as stated in the country’s Constitution.Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez made the statement in the midst of the no elections (no-el) scenario of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in... Read More

BI extends work hours following restoration of OT pay

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reverted to its old work schedule as a way of showing their gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for approving the granting of overtime pay to its personnel.With this, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has instructed the BI main office and all its... Read More

Alvarez says nothing personal vs. Koko, Senate

MANILA -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday said he has no personal rift with Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III or with the Senate despite his earlier comments over the performance of the Upper Chamber in passing important legislative measures.“Magkaibigan... Read More

2 suspects in P6.4-B shabu haul face tax evasion raps

MANILA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed separate tax evasion complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against two personalities who are facing charges in connection with the PHP6.4-billion shabu shipment from China that was seized last May.BIR Commissioner Cesar Dulay said... Read More

Binay orders extended work hours for business permits, tax payments

MANILA -- Makati Mayor Abby Binay announced Thursday that the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) and other frontline offices will be open after office hours and on weekends to accommodate applications for renewal of business permits and tax payments in time for the Jan. 20 deadline.The... Read More

Palace assures 2019 polls will push through

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar assured Thursday that the midterm elections will push through as scheduled in 2019.Andanar made this clarification after House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez floated an idea of no-election scenario in 2019 under the... Read More

Ranking military commanders get new stars

MANILA -- Commanders of the Cebu-based Central Command (CENTCOM) and Lucena-headquartered Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) formally donned their third star during short ceremonies Thursday.Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero spearheaded the ceremonies at... Read More

No Duterte term extension amid ‘no election’ scenario: Alvarez

MANILA -- Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday dismissed the possibility of extending the term of President Rodrigo Duterte amid the "no election" scenario in May 2019 if the country transitions to federalism.Alvarez also slammed the opposition for sowing confusion over the no election scenario,... Read More

'No-el,' term extension won’t help shift to federalism: Lacson

MANILA -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said that recent statements released by the two leaders of the Congress --Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez -- floating a possible no elections and term extension scenario would not help their advocacy to shift to... Read More

Duterte fires Marina chief over excessive foreign trips

MANILA – Macalanang announced on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte had removed Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) administrator Marcial Quirico Amaro III from his post due to excessive foreign trips.In a press conference held in Davao City, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque ended... Read More

DFA welcomes Indonesia's offer to help fight extremism

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Wednesday night welcomed the Indonesian government's offer to share its best practices in Islamic education as part of efforts to address and prevent extremism not just in the country but in the rest of Southeast Asia.“Indonesia is one of the... Read More

New Joint Task Force-NCR head a counter-terrorism expert: AFP chief

MANILA -- Newly-appointed Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) commander Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado's expertise in counter-terrorism will greatly aid in securing Metro Manila against the threat.“His record of service speaks of his capability, capacity and commitment. Your expertise... Read More

'Agaton'-affected families now at 7,989: NDRRMC

MANILA -- The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Thursday that tropical depression 'Agaton' has so far affected 7,989 families, or 33,084 persons, living in 189 barangays in the regions of Mimaropa, Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and CARAGA.Of the total, 2,171... Read More

Police leader in Mandaluyong 'misencounter' surfaces at NCRPO

MANILA -- The leader of the Mandaluyong Police team who figured in the shooting that killed two persons and wounded two others last Dec. 28 has surfaced at the National Capital Region Police Officein Taguig City on Wednesday.This was announced by PNP Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa in a... Read More

Sereno won't attend impeach hearing: spox

MANILA -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno reiterated that she will not attend the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives.This was bared by lawyer Carlo Cruz, one of Sereno’s spokespersons, in response to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's renewed call for the top magistrate... Read More

SC: No work in Manila courts on Jan. 9

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) announced the suspension of work in all courts in Manila in line with the grand procession in celebration of the feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9.“Anticipating difficulty of travel to and from the courts located in the City of Manila due to the annual... Read More

Pres. Duterte meets Indonesian foreign minister

DAVAO CITY ─ Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte at the Presidential Guest House here on Wednesday, January 3.During their meeting, both President Duterte and the Indonesian Foreign Minister agreed to elevate cooperation on trade, maritime... Read More

DepEd provides temporary learning centers in 'Urduja'-hit Biliran

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has provided temporary learning centers in "Urduja"-hit Biliran province as classes opened Wednesday, January 3.Twelve schools, including two that were totally destroyed, had been affected when "Urduja" struck the province and several areas of eastern... Read More

MIAA gets Temporary Aerodrome Certificate

MANILA --The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) finally got a Temporary Aerodrome Certificate from the country’s aviation regulation after meeting 81 percent of requirements concerning the facility and its operation.“It’s temporary. Because we have still five things to... Read More

Grab seeks P10-13 fare increase amid higher excise taxes

MANILA -- Ridesharing firm Grab is proposing a six to 10-percent or PHP10-13 increase on its fares because of higher excise taxes on petroleum products under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.The company is set to file a petition for the fare increase before the Land... Read More