NCRPO, Mandaluyong police to probe road 'misencounter'

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) will let the Mandaluyong Police and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) investigate the shooting incident in Mandaluyong City that left two people dead.The statement was made by PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos in a Radyo... Read More

Palace ready to defend Mindanao ML position before SC: Roque

MANILA -- Given that Malacañang already has the legislative's backing to extend martial law in Mindanao, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday stressed that the executive is ready to defend both branches' position on the proclamation before the High Court."The Legislative and... Read More

NDRRMC prepares for weather disturbance outside PAR

MANILA --The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) is preparing for the possible entry of a low pressure area this weekend.As preparation, the agency has convened its Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) Core Group, NDRRMC Spokesperson Mina Marasigan said.State weather bureau... Read More

Change in leadership, voter registration success cap Comelec's 2017

MANILA -- The change in leadership and two successful voter registrations as part of its preparations for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls in May 2018 were among the highlights for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) this year.Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reported that the... Read More

BOC intensifies fight vs corruption, boasts record 2017 revenue

MANILA -- Intensified action against corruption, reshuffle of personnel, and record-breaking revenue collection were among the accomplishments of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in 2017.In his inaugural speech on August 30, BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, who assumed post in August, echoed the... Read More

EU provides P34-M aid for 'Vinta' victims

MANILA -- The European Union is allocating €570,000 or around PHP34 million in humanitarian funding to deliver emergency relief assistance to families affected by powerful tropical storm "Vinta", which wreaked havoc across large parts of the southern Philippines just before Christmas. In a... Read More

AFP modernization goes full throttle

MANILA -- The modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is gaining momentum as contracts for new aircraft, weapons and platforms were signed while other items were delivered this year.The plane being referred to is the A-29 "Super Tucano" light attack aircraft made by Brazilian... Read More

DOTr pursues big-ticket transport projects to decongest Metro Manila

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pursuing various transportation projects to ease the traffic congestion in Metro Manila and promote ease of travel among commuters.For this year, the national government has launched the “Build, Build, Build” program to promote... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– Hog-sector output falls as Filipinos eat less porkINQUIRER– DU30 son, in-law sue TrillanesPHILIPPINE STAR– Paolo, Mans sue TrillanesMANILA BULLETIN– Duterte: Expedite recovery from stormMANILA TIMES– Marina chief hit for 11 'junkets'MANILA... Read More

Sereno to 'focus on work' despite low satisfaction rating

MANILA -- Despite getting the lowest public satisfaction rating among the top five officials in government in the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno will continue to focus on her responsibilities to further improve the country’s justice system and... Read More

Manila RTC convicts 9 cops for killing OFW

MANILA -- The Manila City Regional Trial Court has convicted nine policemen for the murder of Esmael Omar, who was mistaken for a terrorist but turned out to be an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Quiapo, Manila in 2000.The conviction gave credit to government prosecutors, who are said to have... Read More

Partas offers aid to Agoo road mishap casualties

MANILA -- Partas Transportation will shoulder the medical expenses of its injured passengers and has offered to provide financial assistance to the families of the deceased jeepney passengers that figured in a road accident on Christmas Day in Agoo, La Union.The bus firm said it still remains... Read More

Sandiganbayan rejects Revilla’s bid to dismiss plunder case

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has rejected the motion of detained former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. to seek an outright dismissal of the plunder case filed against him for his alleged involvement in the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or the so-called... Read More

PUV modernization not anti-poor: Roque

MANILA -- Malacanang on Thursday clarified that the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the Duterte Administration is "not anti-poor, contrary to the claims of some transport groups.""We assure Filipino jeepney drivers that this initiative of the government to improve our public... Read More

S&P PH 2017 growth forecast corresponds with gov't target: Palace

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday welcomed the latest outlook of S&P Global Ratings on the country’s growth by 6.6 percent for 2017, higher than its previous outlook of 6.4 percent, saying it is within the government’s target range of 6.5 to 7.5... Read More

Agri damage for 'Vinta' shoots up to P247.4-M

MANILA – Tropical Storm Vinta has so far caused PHP247,471,090 worth of agricultural damage in the Zamboanga, Northern Mindanao, and CARAGA regions.In an update issued Thursday, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Ricardo Jalad said the... Read More

Peace talks with Reds in 2018 unlikely: Palace spox

MANILA -- Pursuing peace negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF in 2018 is unlikely, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday citing betrayal by the communist group.Roque stated this when asked if he sees any chance for peace talks to resume next year after it was canceled by President... Read More

Public urged to use only allowed firecrackers

MANILA -- Three days before the New Year’s Eve revelry, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged the public to use only allowed firecrackers and shun banned ones, or else face being fined or jailed.DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy said the government is... Read More

'Urduja' damage in 5 regions placed at P2.1B

MANILA -- Damages caused by "Urduja" to agriculture and infrastructure in five regions have reached PHP2.1 billion, National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad said.In an update Thursday, Jalad said damages sustained in agriculture by Regions 4-B... Read More

New Faeldon post proof of PRRD's 'trust': Roque

MANILA -- Despite former Bureau of Customs (BOC) chief Nicanor Faeldon's detainee status at the Senate, Malacanang on Thursday defended his appointment as Deputy Administrator for the Office of Civil Defense as proof of President Rodrigo Duterte's "trust" in him.In a radio interview, Presidential... Read More