Surigao Norte mayor meted 1-month suspension

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the one-month suspension of Mainit, Surigao del Norte Mayor Ramon Mondano after he was found guilty of simple neglect of duty.In case the penalty of suspension can no longer be implemented due to separation from service, the penalty is convertible to... Read More

1-year martial law extension a 'blessing in disguise: Lacson

MANILA -- The one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao from January 1 to December 31, 2018 is a blessing in disguise because security forces will now be more conscious of committing human rights abuses.Senator Panfilo Lacson made this remark after the Congress, in a joint session, approved the... Read More

BI to deport convicted British pedophile

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a British national who was convicted of attempting to meet and have sex with a girl in the United Kingdom (UK) two years ago.According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, Mark Christopher Wyatt, 42, was arrested by members of the bureau’s... Read More

Congress grants 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao

MANILA --The Philippine Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2018. The Senate and House of Representatives, convening in a joint session, granted President Rodrigo Duterte's request for the extension of martial law and the suspension of the... Read More

PAF looking for spares of MG-520 electrical systems

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF), through its Bids and Awards Committee, is allocating the sum of PHP8.2 million for the acquisition of spare parts needed for the maintenance of the electrical systems of its six McDonnell Douglas MG-520 "Defender" attack helicopters.The items are for MG-520... Read More

No reason to postpone May 2018 barangay polls in Mindanao: Lorenzana

MANILA -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said he sees no reason for the scheduled May 2018 barangay (village) elections in Mindanao to be postponed despite the looming assent of Congress on the one-year martial law extension.“We see no reason why the barangay election will not... Read More

Medialdea: ‘Unlimited peace, not unlimited martial law'

MANILA -- "We do not ask for an unlimited martial law. What we are seeking is unlimited peace."This is what Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea had to say before lawmakers as he attended the joint session of both houses of Congress on Wednesday to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte’s request... Read More

Lorenzana: Rebellion in Mindanao not yet subdued

MANILA -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday admitted before lawmakers that the rebellion in Mindanao has not yet been entirely subdued. “Rebellion has not stopped. It just moved to another place," Lorenzana said during the Congress' joint session to deliberate on President... Read More

EastMinCom gets more troops for anti-NPA campaign

MANILA -- Additional units are being brought to reinforce the Davao City-based Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) in line with efforts to neutralize New People's Army (NPA) bands known to be operating in the region.This was emphasized by command spokesperson Major Ezra Balagtey in an interview... Read More

Congress holds joint session on martial law extension

MANILA – The House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday convened in a joint session to decide on whether or not to approve President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.The joint session started at 9:10 a.m. with 14 senators and 216... Read More

TD 'Urduja' maintains strength as it moves towards Bicol region

MANILA— Tropical depression "Urduja" has maintained its strength and heads towards the Bicol Region, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.The state weather agency said as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, "Urduja" was last observed at 455 kilometers... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR – PHL plays hardball at WTO in pushing safeguard dealINQUIRER – Congress raises tax on fuel, cars, tobaccoMANILA BULLETIN – P3.767-trillion budget ratifiedMANILA TIMES – Urban poor execs firedMANILA STANDARD – Urban Poor execs firedPHILIPPINE STAR... Read More

Pres. Duterte: I'll do everything to protect the next generation

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte vowed to protect the welfare of children through government’s continuing efforts to eradicate corruption, criminality, illegal drugs, and terrorism.President Duterte made his pledge during the conferment ceremony of the 2016 Presidential Award for... Read More

Liong Tek Go Family Association donates P7-M for Marawi school rehab

MANILA -- The Liong Tek Go Family Association gave PHP7 million cash donation for the reconstruction of school buildings destroyed during the armed conflict in Marawi City.President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnessed the signing of the Deed of Donation between Tiong Rosario and Department of Education... Read More

Senate ratifies P3.7-T national budget for 2018

MANILA -- The Senate on Tuesday night ratified the proposed PHP3.7 trillion national budget for 2018 just days before it goes on recess on Dec. 16.On the same day, the House of Representatives (HoR) also ratified the budget which is now set to be transmitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for his... Read More

House ratifies P3.767-T nat'l budget for 2018

MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday night ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed PHP3.767-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2018. This after the bicameral conference committee approved the proposed 2018 budget on the same day. House... Read More

DOTr to implement PUV modernization next year

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is set to start implementing the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) next year to provide a safe, efficient, and environmentally sustainable mode of public transportation to commuters, according to a DOTr official.

In a... Read More

Tourist arrivals in 10 months up by 11.54%: DOT

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has recorded an 11.54 percent increase in tourist arrivals compared to 2016 with the influx of Chinese tourists becoming the second largest number to come to the Philippines from January to October 2017.

According to the data released by the DOT,... Read More

Over 2K vehicles violate EDSA traffic scheme: MMDA

MANILA --The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has apprehended 2,657 motorists that did not comply with the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) for the first two days of its dry run.

Data from the MMDA show that 2,412 vehicles were... Read More

Aguirre mum on Singson denial of involvement in road scam

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday refused to comment on former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson's denial of any involvement in the alleged PHP8.7-billion right-of-way (ROW) scam in General Santos City.“That’s his (Singson)... Read More