China extends sympathy to ‘Vinta’ victims

MANILA -- As the death toll of the deadly typhoon "Vinta" climbs to more than 100, the Chinese government on Tuesday extended its sympathy to Filipinos.In a statement sent to the media, Chinese Embassy in Manila said Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent a message to Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano... Read More

ASEAN to finalize document pushing rights of PWDs in 2018

MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said an enabling master plan to push further the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) is expected to be concluded and submitted for adoption in 2018.In mid-December, the bloc – a joint initiative by the ASEAN Intergovernmental... Read More

LTFRB suspends 7 Partas buses over deadly Christmas Day mishap

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered the preventive suspension of a bus firm that figured in a Christmas Day road accident in Agoo, La Union for its failure to submit footages of the incident from its dashboard camera (dash cam).The 30-day suspension... Read More

Tagle seeks donations for victims of ‘Urduja,’ ‘Vinta’

MANILA -- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has appealed to the faithful to help the people affected by typhoons "Urduja" and "Vinta" in Visayas and Mindanao in the past weeks.He urged the public to be compassionate and share their blessings in the spirit of the holiday season in areas... Read More

Quality time best gift OFWs can give loved ones: Prelate

MANILA -- An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Commission on Pastoral Care for Migrant and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are vacationing in the country for the holiday season to spend time with their families and not to... Read More

PCSO GM willing to be probed over 'grandiose' Xmas party

MANILA -- Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Alexander Balutan said he is open to an investigation on the millions of pesos allegedly spent by the agency for its Christmas party.“I will volunteer to be investigated and open to any investigation by Congress," Balutan... Read More

DOJ set to file formal petition tagging CPP-NPA as terrorist group

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) is carefully studying the formal petition they plan to file this week before the regional trial court officially declaring as terrorist groups the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).Justice... Read More

No results yet on MRT sabotage probe: Aguirre

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has yet to wrap up its investigation into the possibility of a sabotage in the decoupling incident at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) last November.Aguirre earlier ordered the NBI to... Read More

Families affected by ‘Vinta’ reach 118K: NDRRMC

MANILA -- The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday reported that the number of affected families due to typhoon "Vinta" has climbed to 118,596 or 555,409 persons in MIMAROPA, Regions 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and CARAGA.NDRRMC... Read More

Official to shed light on NBI Dengvaxia probe: Aguirre

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II disclosed a government official is willing to cooperate in the ongoing probe into the controversial P3.5 billion dengue immunization program of the Department of Health (DOH).Aguirre did not, however, name the official so as not to jeopardize or... Read More

AFP on full alert as CPP marks 49th anniversary

MANILA -- As the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) observes its 49th founding anniversary Tuesday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has placed its military units nationwide on full alert to deter possible attacks by the communist group."The AFP is on full alert... Read More

NCRPO targets zero firecracker injuries on New Year

MANILA -- With New Year's Eve revelries just a few days away, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced that it is now coordinating with local government units and national government agencies to address concerns on fireworks use.In a statement on Monday, Dec. 25, NCRPO Director... Read More

Japan PM condoles with PH over 'Vinta', Davao mall fire

MANILA -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday night said Japan stands ready to provide assistance to the Philippine government over casualties and damages caused by Typhoon Vinta (internaitonal name Tembin) that raked southern part of the country last week.On behalf of the Japanese government,... Read More

'Vinta' affected families now at 117K

MANILA --The number of families affected by typhoon "Vinta" has climbed to 117, 528 or 550,805 persons living in 1,019 barangays in Regions VII, IX, X, XI, XII, Mimaropa, ARMM, and Caraga.In an update Monday night, National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRMMC) executive director... Read More

2 weather systems affecting PH: PAGASA

MANILA -- Two weather systems would bring cloudy skies and scattered rains in most parts of the country, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tuesday.In its latest bulletin, PAGASA said a tail end of a cold front affecting the eastern section... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– DA's Piñol sticks to PHL rice self-sufficiency goalINQUIRER– Deadly Christmas on the road: 30 killedPHILIPPINE STAR– Duterte son resignsMANILA BULLETIN– 'Vinta' deaths climb to 240MANILA TIMES– Paolo Duterte resigns as Davao City vice mayorMANILA... Read More

Pres. Duterte assures thorough probe into Davao City mall blaze

DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, December 25, vowed to conduct a thorough investigation into the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) shopping mall fire which killed at least 37 people.In a private meeting with the families of the victims at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC)... Read More

Give according to your capacity only, priest tells godparents

MANILA -- An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Public Affairs Committee (CBCP-PAC) has reminded godparents to give only what they can only afford.“In our desire to please people we will force ourselves to give something that one cannot afford, which is I... Read More

BPO still highest job generator in 2017

MANILA -- The internet-based job and applicant matching system of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) revealed that the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is still the biggest generator of jobs.According to PhilJobnet, the said industry has posted a total of 133,300 call center... Read More

DOH records 1st amputation case due to firecracker injury

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported one case of amputation after recording nine firecracker-related injuries in its surveillance system during the Christmas revelry."A blast injury with amputation due to Boga, an improvised noisemaker was reported," the DOH report said.Based... Read More