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Military on right track to crush NPA

Military on right track to crush NPA

September 20, 2018, 5:55 pm

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is on the right track to defeat the New People's Army (NPA) next year, Col. Edgard Arevalo said Thursday. "We are on the right track in our campaign to decimate the terrorists NPA by middle of next year," Arevalo, the AFP spokesperson, said in a… Read More

Bishop commends responders, offers prayers for 'Ompong' victims

Bishop commends responders, offers prayers for 'Ompong' victims

September 20, 2018, 5:49 pm

MANILA — The Diocese of Baguio has commended relief and rescue efforts and offered prayers to victims of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) that ravaged northern Luzon over the weekend. “Even with great sadness in our heart, we offer our prayers to all the victims of the super typhoon Ompong especially… Read More

Palace touts strong military, livelihood aid in ending insurgency

Palace touts strong military, livelihood aid in ending insurgency

September 20, 2018, 3:50 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday expressed optimism about ending communist insurgency in the second quarter of 2019, saying the government has a combination of both a stronger military force and livelihood programs for members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who would lay down their arms and… Read More

PNP backs PRRD call to end insurgency in PH

PNP backs PRRD call to end insurgency in PH

September 20, 2018, 3:46 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte's call for an end to the communist insurgency in the country, citing that it has become a debilitating hindrance for progress. "Sana nga matapos na yung problema natin sa insurgency dahil… Read More

CHED to remove return service requirement for gov't scholars

CHED to remove return service requirement for gov't scholars

September 20, 2018, 3:40 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has agreed to delete the "return service requirement" in the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. Isabela Rep. Ma. Lourdes Aggabao, sponsor of CHED's budget,… Read More

DepEd: Erroneous textbooks not from us

DepEd: Erroneous textbooks not from us

September 20, 2018, 3:15 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has clarified that it did not issue the erroneous books used in certain public schools in Valenzuela and Bulacan. In a statement released Wednesday night, DepEd said the books in question during the hearing of the agency’s 2019 proposed budget by the… Read More

DOLE supports telecommuting bill

DOLE supports telecommuting bill

September 20, 2018, 3:10 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged other government agencies to push for the approval of the telecommuting bill. “The DOLE is pushing for its immediate passage to ensure that notwithstanding the location of work, workers’ rights and welfare are protected, especially… Read More

BRP Tarlac leaves for Russia Friday

BRP Tarlac leaves for Russia Friday

September 20, 2018, 2:45 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) on Friday will conduct a send-off ceremony for the 440-man contingent aboard strategic sealift vessel BRP Tarlac (LD-601) which is scheduled for a port visit to Russian Pacific Fleet in Vladivostok, Russia. Send-off ceremonies will take place 7 a.m. at Pier 13,… Read More

SWS survey on fewer crime victims proof of gov't sincerity: PNP

SWS survey on fewer crime victims proof of gov't sincerity: PNP

September 20, 2018, 2:42 pm

MANILA -- The recent survey showing a decrease in the number of families falling victims to crimes is a testament to the merits and sincerity of the government's campaign against crime and illegal drugs, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday. "Actually itong crime rate, pababa naman… Read More

Palace sees ‘closer coordination’ between DA, attached agencies

Palace sees ‘closer coordination’ between DA, attached agencies

September 20, 2018, 2:41 pm

MANILA -- There should be closer coordination between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) following President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signing of an executive order returning the NFA back to its original agency, Malacañang said on Thursday. “We’re hoping… Read More

Federalism pro-poor, pro-provinces: DILG

Federalism pro-poor, pro-provinces: DILG

September 20, 2018, 2:38 pm

MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) firmly believes that federalism will adequately address the incidence of poverty and inequality in the country, contrary to claims from the opposition that federalism is not a guaranteed solution to help the poor. “While… Read More

Crime victims down in Q2: SWS

Crime victims down in Q2: SWS

September 20, 2018, 1:56 pm

MANILA -- The number of people falling prey to crime and violence continue to decline, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said in a report released Thursday. The Second Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey found 5.3 percent of the respondents, representing 1.2 million families reporting victimization… Read More

2 bidders in airport project nabbed for falsified documents

2 bidders in airport project nabbed for falsified documents

September 20, 2018, 1:52 pm

MANILA -- Two bidders for the M’Lang Airport Development Project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) were arrested Wednesday for falsifying public documents during the opening of bids for the project. In a news release issued Thursday, the DOTr said representatives of Granby Trading and… Read More

NFA welcomes return to DA

NFA welcomes return to DA

September 20, 2018, 1:41 pm

MANILA -- The National Food Authority (NFA) has welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte's issuance of Executive Order (EO) No. 62 returning the agency to the Department of Agriculture (DA) from the Office of the President. EO 62, signed last Sept. 17, repealed EO 1 issued in 2016 that placed NFA, along… Read More

PH, Japan navies conduct 'relation exercise' drills

PH, Japan navies conduct 'relation exercise' drills

September 20, 2018, 1:21 pm

MANILA -- Highlighting the strong friendship between the Filipino and Japanese people, the Philippine Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) conducted a so-called "Relation Exercise" (RELEX) at Clark Air Base, Pampanga last Sept. 17 to 18. Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said… Read More

MMDA postpones closure of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge

MMDA postpones closure of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge

September 20, 2018, 12:52 pm

MANILA -- The closure of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting Makati City to Mandaluyong City was postponed, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said. “Our team just had a meeting with Rockwell and it was decided not to proceed with the bridge closure tomorrow (Thursday) so… Read More

Queen Elizabeth sends PH condolences over 'Ompong'

Queen Elizabeth sends PH condolences over 'Ompong'

September 20, 2018, 12:35 pm

MANILA -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has sent the Philippines a message of condolences in the aftermath of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut), which battered northern Luzon over the weekend, resulting in dozens of deaths. In her message to President Rodrigo R. Duterte dated September 18, the Queen said:… Read More

DOJ indicts Espenido, 2 others for homicide over 2017 Ozamiz raid

DOJ indicts Espenido, 2 others for homicide over 2017 Ozamiz raid

September 20, 2018, 12:26 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Ozamiz City Police head Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido and two other police officers over the death of six persons in a police operation in the city in June 2017. In a 10-page resolution dated July 30, 2018 penned by DOJ Assistant State Prosecutor… Read More

Navy aircraft conducts damage assessment in 'Ompong'-hit areas

Navy aircraft conducts damage assessment in 'Ompong'-hit areas

September 20, 2018, 12:25 pm

MANILA -- A Philippine Navy (PN) Beechcraft King C-90 patrol aircraft, one of the five donated by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, was deployed to conduct rapid damage assessment and needs analysis (RDANA) to "Ompong"-battered areas in Northern Luzon. This was disclosed by Navy spokesperson… Read More

SAP Go backs law allowing forced evacuation to achieve zero casualty

SAP Go backs law allowing forced evacuation to achieve zero casualty

September 20, 2018, 11:59 am

MANILA -- Enacting a law allowing authorities to forcibly move out hard-headed residents in an identified danger area in times of natural disasters may be one of the measures to attain zero casualty, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go said Wednesday. “Lalung-lalo… Read More