'Vinta' agri damage now at P1.3-B

MANILA -- Damage to agriculture caused by tropical storm 'Vinta' in Regions VIII, IX, X, XI and CARAGA has now climbed to PHP1,3,07,319,391.11, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in an update Monday afternoon.Most of the damages were sustained by rice and corn... Read More

Military not condoning personnel's illegal actions

MANILA -- The Philippine Army (PA) does not tolerate any illegal acts committed by any of its personnel.This was emphasized by Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson when asked on what the PA plans to do with its personnel caught indiscriminately firing their weapons during the New Year's... Read More

Heavy rains in Visayas, Mindanao as 'Agaton' now over southern Negros

MANILA – Heavy rains is expected over Visayas and several areas in Mindanao as Tropical Depression Agaton is now over southern Negros Oriental on Tuesday, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.In its severe weather... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– Pinoy rice farmers may lose $4B under tariff-free AseanINQUIRER– Oil firms told: No price hike yet based on taxPHILIPPINE STAR– New Year injuries plungeMANILA BULLETIN– New Year casualties down by 77%MANILA TIMES– 3 children fall sick after dengue... Read More

Gas, diesel prices up, excise tax only for new stocks: DOE

MANILA -- Petroleum companies announced a 20-centavo-per-liter increase in gasoline and a 65-centavo hike in diesel pump prices while no movement was reported on kerosene prices.Shell, Seaoil, PTT Philippines, and Phoenix Petroleum will implement the adjusted costs at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January... Read More

No compromise deal with Marcoses yet: Palace spox

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday denied it has reached a compromise agreement with the family of the late President Ferdinand Marcos regarding their sequestered assets.In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the only development on the matter involves the proposal of a... Read More

AFP, PNP launch manhunt vs. BIFF in Maguindanao roadside bombings

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao -- Joint police and military forces are hunting down an IS-linked Moro armed group who set off two separate improvised roadside bombs that left one police officer dead and seven other government forces injured on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.The separate... Read More

Aguirre vows to push on PRRD's reform-oriented initiatives

MANILA -- "Your Department of Justice will be your constant ally and reliable friend in all your efforts to serve justice to our people as part of all our earnest efforts to better our DOJ."This was the assurance to the public made by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, in his New Year... Read More

Congress urged to expedite occupational safety, health law

MANILA -- Amid the call center fire in a Davao mall that killed 38 lives and injuring several others, a labor group urged Congress to expedite the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Code in 2018.Lawyer Sonny Matula, president of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), said that a new... Read More

Davao archbishop urges faithful to start 2018 with hope

MANILA -- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on New Year's Day urged the Filipino faithful to begin the present year with hope.CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles said the people should not lose hope, noting that there is hope as what is shown by the coming of Jesus... Read More

Thanksgiving procession kicks off Feast of Black Nazarene

MANILA -- The celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene has started over the weekend with the Thanksgiving procession and the start of the 9-day novena mass at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church in Manila.According to Msgr. Hernando Coronel, rector of the Quiapo Church,... Read More

Trigger-happy revelers face raps

MANILA -- Persons caught indiscriminately firing their weapons during the New Year's Eve celebrations will be charged and meted with the stiffest possible sanctions ever.This, as National Capital Region Police Officer (NCRPO) head Director Oscar Albayalde in a statement on Monday assured the public... Read More

JBC opens application for 2 CA posts

MANILA -- The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened for applications two Associate Justice positions in the Court of Appeals (CA).The vacancies became available after the appointment of Justice Romeo Barza as CA Presiding Justice last December 8 and the passing away of CA Justice Florito... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR–Congress to approve business-friendly billsINQUIRER–Mindanao gets ready as a storm opens yearPHILIPPINE STAR–Gov't to cushion tax impactMANILA BULLETIN–Duterte wishes unity in 2018MANILA TIMES–Duterte to Pinoys: 'Rise above challenges'MANILA... Read More

PVAO releases P9-B pension for veterans' kin in 2017

MANILA -- In line with efforts to take care of veterans and their families, the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) disbursed PHP9.06 billion worth of pensions in 2017.This benefitted an average of 208,159 pension accounts, Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong... Read More

Aguirre to bizwoman in road scam: Prove claims vs whistleblower

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II dared the businesswoman tagged in the PHP8.7 billion road right of way (RROW) scam in General Santos City to prove her claims against whistleblower Robert Catapang.Aguirre made the statement in response to Mercedita Dumlao's request for him to help... Read More

DOTr procures spare parts, independent consultant for MRT-3

CLARK CITY, Pampanga --To progressively address the issues beleaguering the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), the Department of Transportation MRT-3 (DOTr MRT-3) team recently procured the first batch of various spare parts required for the system’s maintenance.Among those already procured by... Read More

DOST bares 5 major achievements in 2017

MANILA --Research and technology assistance are the major highlights of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for 2017. DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena told the Philippine News Agency what he considers the five major accomplishments of the DOST in 2017, namely:1. Research and... Read More

Heavy rains on 1st day of 2018 in Visayas, Mindanao: PAGASA

MANILA -- The Visayas and some parts of Mindanao would welcome the first day of 2018 with heavy rains and thunderstorms, as a low pressure area (LPA) prevails over Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, the weather bureau said Monday.In its latest bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and... Read More

DOH checks on hospitals' preparedness for New Year's Eve

MANILA --Department of Health (DOH) officials on Sunday conducted hospital rounds to three different hospitals in Manila and Quezon City.DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III led the hospital visits together with key officials of the agency to ensure that hospitals are prepared and alert in attending to... Read More