'Vinta' victims get add'l P5.4-M aid from PCSO

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is set to release an additional PHP5.4-million financial assistance to local government units (LGUs) affected by typhoon "Vinta".In a statement, PCSO Chairman Jose George Corpuz said this is on top of the PHP10 million released earlier by... Read More

Bato targets zero casualty on New Year revelry

MANILA -- With New Year's Eve revelries just a few hours away, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa on Sunday urged policemen to ensure a casualty-free New Year celebration."I am appealing to your sense of urgency. Let us make this New Year’s celebration... Read More

Concede to SC ruling on martial law, Calida urges opposition solons 

MANILA -- Solicitor General Jose Calida urged opposition lawmakers belonging to the House "Magnificent 7" bloc who filed a petition seeking to stop the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao to concede to the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law... Read More

Duterte's New Year message: Resilience amid challenges

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte wished the country a happy New Year and called on Filipinos to "foster solidarity" in pursuit of providing more comfortable and productive life for all."As we spend time with our family, friends, and loved ones in turning a new page in our nation's history, let us... Read More

2017: Forging greater security ties

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) on Saturday touted the improvement of the country's security ties with its foreign counterparts in addressing issues on terrorism and radicalism as one of the agency's major achievements this year."On international defense and security engagements,... Read More

30 percent of Marawi City cleared of explosives: AFP

MANILA -- Some 30 percent of Marawi City's war-torn areas have been cleared of unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices left by ISIS-inspired terrorist groups, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Saturday.In a statement, Joint Task Force Marawi deputy commander and... Read More

AFP to uphold New Year SOMO vs Reds

MANILA -- Despite repeated attacks by members of the New People's Army (NPA) during Christmas truce, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Saturday said it is still very much committed to uphold the suspension of military operation (SOMO) during the New Year.In a message, AFP spokesperson... Read More

Vendors hopeful despite low sales

MANILA – As preparations for New Year are already in full swing, business remains slow for some vendors in Commonwealth, Quezon City.“Media Noche” dinner is a big thing for typical Filipino families, often going through the trouble of borrowing money if only to complete the twelve... Read More

Agri damage due to 'Vinta' reaches P1.2-B

MANILA -- Damage and losses to the agriculture sector due to typhoon "Vinta" have reached PHP1.2 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said Saturday.In its latest update, the NDRRMC said the total damage to agriculture climbed to PHP1,246,865,806.78.NDRRMC... Read More

Scattered rains to prevail over PH on New Year’s eve

MANILA -- Scattered rains will prevail over most parts of the archipelago as the tail-end of a cold front continue to dump rains over Bicol and eastern Visayas, while the northeast monsoon still affect northern and central Luzon, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– No solution in sight for e-waste problemINQUIRER– Expect wet, stormy new year in southPHILIPPINE STAR– New year, new tax: Diesel, LPG prices upMANILA BULLETIN– Firecracker injuries down by 60% - DOHMANILA TIMES– Tough guy Duterte weathers tough... Read More

Palace happy with SWS poll showing Filipinos have high hopes for 2018

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday welcomed the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey saying almost all Filipinos "have high hopes" for 2018."Indeed, there are reasons to be hopeful," he said in a statement. "Our economy is on a roll with institutions like the Asian... Read More

Bulacan pyro firms pass safety standards — DOLE

MANILA -- Majority of the 67 establishments engaged in manufacturing and wholesaling of pyrotechnic in Bulacan have passed the occupational safety and health (OSH) inspections by labor laws compliance officers (LLCOs), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Saturday.In a... Read More

EO, DOH initiative seen to reduce firecracker injuries in years ahead

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Saturday, a day before the New Year's eve, expressed optimism on the reduced cases of firecracker-related injuries for 2018 and the years ahead.This, citing the recently signed Executive Order No. 28, along with the initiatives of... Read More

PCSO gives ambulance to 'Vinta'-hit Lanao del Norte

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) heeded the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately provide an ambulance unit to Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, after it was wiped out by raging floods in the wake of the onslaught of Tropical Storm "Vinta."In a briefing of the National... Read More

Duterte leads commemoration of 121st Rizal Day

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte led the national commemoration of the 121st anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Rizal National Monument in Rizal Park, Manila on Saturday, Dec. 30.Held simultaneously at the Rizal Park, the Rizal Shrine in Calamba City, Laguna, and the Rizal... Read More

2017: World's eyes on Manila

MANILA -- Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayeano touted the country's "debut" in the international scene as one of the major highlights of the agency this year."Suddenly, the Philippines is not just the president or the country in the room but we're relevant, we're being... Read More

Duterte Cabinet satisfaction rating highest since 1990: Roque

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday said the Cabinet's "good" net satisfaction rating in a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey was the highest given to the Cabinet since 1990.In its latest report, SWS survey showed that the net satisfaction rating of the Cabinet fared... Read More

Aguirre orders NBI probe on Mandaluyong 'misencounter'

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the shooting incident in Mandaluyong City that left two people dead and two others injured.On Friday, Aguirre ordered NBI Director Dante Gierran to “conduct (an) investigation... Read More

5,072 barangays now drug-free: PDEA

MANILA -- At least 5,000 barangays across the country have been declared drug-free, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported in the monthly update on "#RealNumbers".The agency said 5,072 of the 42,036 barangays were cleared of drugs as of December 27. "These barangays have reached... Read More