Pres. Duterte declares liberation of Marawi City

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, October 17, declared that Marawi City has been liberated from terrorists after more than four months of battle against the ISIS-inspired Maute group."Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence that... Read More

CBCP belies 'fake news' on prelate denouncing terror leaders' death

MANILA -- The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) cried foul over a viral post claiming that its president Archbishop Socrates Villegas condemns the killing of top terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute in Marawi City, tagging it as fake news.“Once more, CBCP is... Read More

Solon eyes reconstruction commission for Marawi rehab

MANILA -- An administration lawmaker on Tuesday said a massive and well-organized reconstruction effort to rebuild Marawi City should be underway following the reported deaths of top terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.In a statement, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Partylist Rep.... Read More

No Filipino casualties so far in Somalia’s bomb attack: DFA

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said there were no reports yet of Filipino casualties in the terrorist bomb attacks in Mogadishu that left over 300 people dead.In his report to DFA, Ambassador Norman Garibay of the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi, which has jurisdiction... Read More

Pinoys growing support for drug war draws mixed reactions in Senate

MANILA -- Senators on Tuesday expressed mixed reactions to the Pulse Asia survey result for September which showed that 88 percent of Filipinos support the war on drugs while 73 percent believed that there are extrajudicial killings.Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte,... Read More

8 foreign terrorists among remaining Maute group members

MANILA -- Some eight foreign terrorists are among the remaining band of Maute terrorists in Marawi City, the Armed of the Philippines (AFP) said Tuesday.“Indications have been received that there indeed are six to eight foreign fighters are in the area but whose spirits are very much down and... Read More

Prosecutors to amend drug raps vs De Lima: Aguirre

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday bared the panel of prosecutors is planning to amend the illegal drug trafficking charges filed against detained Senator Leila de Lima.“I heard mag-aamendsila. I don’t knowkung itutuloy nila yun, it is the call of NPS (National... Read More

China assures no militarization of disputed islands

BEIJING -- China has assured it will not militarize the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) amid reports that it has been constructing military structures in the disputed territory.Yao Wen, deputy director general for policy planning of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Asian department,... Read More

Senators welcome liberation of Marawi City

MANILA -- A senator has welcomed the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday that Marawi City is now liberated from terrorist influence.“This marks the end of a dark period in Philippine history when terrorists sowed fear, violence and devastation in the City of Marawi,”... Read More

House sets hearing on PUV modernization program Thursday

MANILA -- The House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation is set to conduct a hearing on the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program of the Department of Transportation on Thursday.Panel chair, Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, announced this on Tuesday after the... Read More

SC junks plea on P8.5-B back wages of Napocor employees

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by employees of the National Power Corp. (Napocor) seeking the collection of about PHP8.5 billion in back payment of additional Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) and Amelioration Allowance (AA) for the period... Read More

WB confirms aid to PH in rebuilding Marawi City

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Citing its long-standing partnership with the Philippines, World Bank chief executive officer Kristalina Georgieva confirmed the institution’s commitment to work with the Philippine government in helping conflict-torn Marawi City rise from devastation, along with scaling up... Read More

Faeldon received P107-M ‘pasalubong’: Lapeña

MANILA -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña confirmed that former Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon received some PHP107 million worth of ‘pasalubong’ (payoffs) during his stint.Senator Panfilo Lacson bared this in a television interview on Tuesday saying that... Read More

Rehab to begin after Marawi liberation: AFP

MANILA -- The rehabilitation and reconstruction of structures in Marawi City is set to begin as President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city's liberation from the clutches of the Maute terrorist group, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Tuesday.“Marawi City has been declared... Read More

Jeepney strike fails to paralyze public transport: LTFRB

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said Tuesday’s transport strike by the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) has failed to paralyze public transport.LTFRB stated out of the 74 vehicles that were deployed, 13 were only used... Read More

BI to deploy 100 more officers at NAIA for the holidays

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will deploy an additional 100 immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other international airports next month.BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Tuesday the hiring of more personnel at the country’s airports is in... Read More

'Paolo’ intensifies into severe tropical storm

MANILA -- Tropical Cyclone Paolo has intensified into a severe tropical storm as it continues to move over the Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said Tuesday.In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said... Read More

Solano testimony will shed light on Atio case

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday described the Senate's decision to release the testimony of Aegis Juris fraternity member John Paul Solano as a good development in the case of hazing victim Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III.“Good development. It will... Read More

DPWH receives China equipment donation for Marawi rehab

MANILA -- Some 47 sets of heavy equipment donated by the People's Republic of China have arrived in the country, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Tuesday.According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the construction equipment arrived at the Port of Iligan City this week and will... Read More

Military ready to thwart possible sympathy attacks: AFP

MANILA -- The military is not discounting the possibility of sympathy attacks of terrorists following the recent killing of Omar Maute and terror leader Isnilon Hapilon Monday during a series of clashes with government forces in Marawi City.Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office... Read More