DICT bats for improvement of PH internet services

MANILA -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has expressed commitment to improve the speed, access and affordability of internet as it welcomes the possible entry of a third major player in the local telecommunications industry.A major achievement for the department... Read More

Bishops welcome declaration of Dec. 8 as non-working holiday

MANILA -- Catholic prelates lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to declare Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as a non-working holiday.“That is indeed a very good and inspiring news. With this Christmas season, it is a beautiful and lasting... Read More

Isolated rainshowers to prevail over PH Saturday

MANILA -- Isolated rainshowers may prevail over most parts of the archipelago, the state weather bureau said Saturday morning.The tail-end of a cold front is affecting the eastern part of southern Luzon and Visayas, while the northeast monsoon is affecting northern and central Luzon, said the... Read More

'Vinta'-affected families now at 152K

MANILA – The number of families affected by Tropical Storm Vinta has climbed to 152,382 or 720,201 persons living in 1,111 barangays in the Mimaropa, Central Visayas, Zamboanga, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and CARAGA regions, the National Disaster Risk... Read More

Reflect on Rizal's values as PH strives for more unity, peace: Duterte

MANILA -- As the Philippines marks the 121st anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal's martyrdom, President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the public to reflect on the values the national hero had instilled into his fellow countrymen and beloved land.“May we take this occasion as an opportunity to recognize... Read More

Banner stories of Manila’s leading newspapers, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– No to firecrackers, yes to pyrotechnicsINQUIRER– Cops ‘didn’t listen,’ kill 2 on wrong infoPHILIPPINE STAR– Cops, tanods shoot wrong van; 2 killedMANILA BULLETIN– PH shares end year at record highMANILA TIMES– UN experts warn vs martial... Read More

EcoWaste, PAWS: Protect animals from firecracker noise

MANILA -- The Ecowaste Coalition, together with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), on Friday reminded the public of ways to protect animals from the loud sound created by firecrackers during the New Year celebration.“It is not only humans who are badly affected by the man-made... Read More

Person tagged in road scam questions whistleblower’s credibility

MANILA -- A person linked to the alleged PHP8.7-billion road right of way (RROW) scam in General Santos City has denied the statement made by whistleblower Robert Catapang to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and asked to verify the information.Mercedita Dumlao on Friday asked Aguirre to help... Read More

Another busy, controversial year for Senate

MANILA -- The passage of several priority measures, including the PHP3.8-trillion 2018 national budget and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), marked one of Senate's busiest years as it earned a “very good” public satisfaction in the last Social Weather Stations (SWS)... Read More

SC orders gov’t officials to explain martial law extension

MANILA -- The Supreme Court ordered government officials to comment on the petition filed by opposition lawmakers belonging to the "Magnificent 7" bloc assailing the constitutionality of the full-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.In a two-page order issued Friday, the SC gave the respondents... Read More

Duterte approves law prohibiting expiration of gift checks

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that prohibits the issuance of gift checks with expiry dates and imposing an expiry date on the stored value, credit, or balance of the gift certificate.Republic Act 109621 or the Gift Check Act of 2017 was approved on December 19, saying... Read More

Mandaluyong police chief, 10 others relieved over ‘misencounter’

MANILA -- The chief of police of Mandaluyong City and 10 other cops were ordered relieved from their posts on Friday following a shooting incident involving the death of at least two people.In a Radyo Pilipinas report, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde said he... Read More

Duterte signs law declaring Dec. 8 national holiday

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the bill declaring December 8 or the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary as a special non-working holiday to be observed in the entire country.The bill, authored by Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas, was approved on... Read More

Metro Manila has 267 firecracker zones: NCRPO

MANILA -- With New Year's Eve revelries just two days away, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced it has designated 267 firecracker zones in its five police districts in Metro Manila.This is in compliance to President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order No. 28, which bans private... Read More

Palace vows probe into Mandaluyong shooting

MANILA -- Malacañang on Friday vowed to leave no stone unturned on the investigation into the Mandaluyong shooting incident that left two people dead and two critically injured Thursday night."(This) matter will be investigated fully even if there appears to be excessive force utilized by... Read More

Legislative mill churning amid impeachment saga

MANILA -- Amid several legislative inquiries and a series of impeachment proceedings, the House of Representatives remained focus on performing its main function of churning out laws that are pro-people and pro-development.This year, the House had its hands full with various congressional hearings... Read More

No holds barred in ensuring justice for the people

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) certainly earned its keep this 2017, as it unwaveringly conducted investigations left and right in line with its mandate to find out the truth behind cases and bring perpetrators to justice.A tale of two drug cases In February, the DOJ panel of prosecutors... Read More

Solons assailing martial law extension ‘ignorant’: OSG

MANILA -- "Anyone who says there is no ongoing rebellion in Mindanao is either ignorant of the factual situation there, or protective of the longest rebellion that has plagued our country."This was the comment of Solicitor General Jose Calida on the opposition lawmakers belonging to the "Magnificent... Read More

No Filipino casualties in Afghanistan terror attack: DFA

MANILA -- As the Philippine government expressed its condolences to Afghanistan amid the latest terrorist bomb attack in Kabul, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said no Filipino was among the more than 40 persons killed and at least 80 others injured in the attack.In its report to the home... Read More

PCSO revenue up 32% at P47-B

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Friday reported that the agency's revenue from January to November 2017 reached record-high, earning almost PHP47 billion, which is 32% higher than its recorded sales within the same period of 2016.“We are very happy to announce... Read More