DFA assures contingency plans in place in KSA

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday assured Filipinos that contingency plans in Saudi Arabia are in place after it expressed "strong concern"over the spate of ballistic missile attacks targeting the Gulf state.In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano... Read More

Damage by 'Urduja' reaches P1.5-B

MANILA -- Damage from Tropical Depression Urduja has reached an estimated PHP1.5 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Saturday.Agriculture sustained about PHP869 million in damages, and infrastructure PHP581 million, NDRRMC executive director Ricardo... Read More

Spares needed for MG-520 instrument systems

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF), through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), is allocating PHP7.9 million for the procurement of spares needed for the maintenance of the instrument system of McDonnell Douglas MG-520 "Defender" attack helicopters.In a bid bulletin posted at the Philippine... Read More

LRT-1 to accept new BSP coins in March 2018

MANILA -- The ticket vending machines (TVMs) of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 will start accepting new coins released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) by March next year.LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) said Friday the TVMS have yet to be reconfigured for the new designs... Read More

Palace hopes communist rebels would honor ceasefire deal

MANILA -- Malacañang on Friday welcomed the New People's Army's (NPA) declaration of a unilateral ceasefire with the government this Yuletide season.In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government expects the communist rebels to comply with its own ceasefire... Read More

'Vinta' slightly intensifies; continues westward direction

MANILA -- Tropical Storm Vinta has slightly intensified as it continues moving westward at 20 km. per hour (kph) toward southern Palawan, the state weather agency said Saturday morning."Vinta" was last eyed at 210 km. west-northwest of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, or 285 km. southeast of... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– It's back to center stage for PPPINQUIRER– 21 children sue Aquino over Dengvaxia messPHILIPPINE STAR– NPA also declares Christmas ceasefireMANILA BULLETIN– NPA declares holiday truce, tooMANILA TIMES– Ferry death toll rises to 5MANILA STANDARD–... Read More

5 dead in MV Mercraft 3 sinking

MANILA -- The death toll from the sinking of the MV Mercraft 3 is now at five with three passengers missing, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) said.

The sea vessel was carrying 251 passengers when it sank between the waters off Dinahican, Quezon and Polillo Island Thursday... Read More

Scrutinize private job offers to Libya, Filipinos warned

MANILA -- Prospective workers should carefully scrutinize private job offers in Libya, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warned on Friday, as it noted existing employment ban in the state.

"All workers who wish to be employed in Libya should follow government regulations and pass through... Read More

LRT to have shorter operating hours on Christmas and New Year

MANILA -- The Light Rail Transit (LRT) system will implement shorter operating hours during Christmas and New Year.

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said the operating hours of LRT Line 1 will be implemented as follows:

December 24: 4:30 am -8 pm

December 25: 4:30 am -9:30... Read More

DFA alerts Pinoys in Honduras over 'political unrest'

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday issued Alert Level 1 advisory in Honduras, citing political unrest in the country after its recently concluded national elections.According to the DFA, alert level 1 or the precautionary phase among four levels, is raised when there are... Read More

MMDA braces for heavy traffic over 4-day Christmas weekend

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is implementing a "no day off, no holiday" policy for its traffic enforcers this Friday and Saturday, as the agency braces for the anticipated increase in vehicular volume in Metro Manila on the Christmas weekend.The MMDA will likewise... Read More

'Urduja' crop damage, loss reach P701.6-M

MANILA -- Tropical Depression Urduja has caused damages and losses amounting to PHP701.6 million, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).“Urduja” affected a total of 36,896 hectares of land in the Bicol region, and the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Cebu, and Agusan del Sur, with... Read More

TF Bangon Marawi to turn over 500 temporary shelters on Dec. 27

MANILA -- Task Force (TF) Bangon Marawi will turn over 500 temporary shelters on Dec. 27, the Office of Civil Defense said Friday.In a statement, the office said the TF "will soon turn over 500 transitional shelters to identified recipient families of Brgy. Sagonsongan, Marawi City."The office noted... Read More

Public warned anew vs. use of Piccolo, other banned firecrackers

MANILA -- Two days before Christmas Eve, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminded the public anew about the sale and discharge of Piccolo or "scratch bangers" and other banned firecrackers.“Mariin pong ipinagbabawal ang pagbebenta ng Piccolo na isa sa mga pangunahing... Read More

Vis-Min power lines trip due to 'Vinta'

MANILA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reported Friday several transmission lines were affected by tropical storm “Vinta.”In the Visayas region, the 69-kilovolt (kV) Paranas-Quinapondan line failed as of 10:49 p.m. on Thursday, resulting in a power interruption... Read More

Ex-Pres. Aquino charged anew over Dengvaxia mess

MANILA -- A second criminal complaint was filed against former President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III before the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday in connection with the alleged anomalous purchase of dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.Gabriela party-list Reps. Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas... Read More

Guerrero hopes NPA sincere in ceasefire deal

MANILA -- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero expressed optimism that the New People's Army will be true to their unilateral ceasefire declaration this Yuletide season.He made the remark following the statement release of NPA's ceasefire, which mirrors the... Read More

Gabriela files mandamus petition in SC on Dengvaxia vaccine

MANILA -- The Gabriela partylist on Friday filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to compel the officials of the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to provide free medical services and treatment to... Read More

Marawi troops get 500 sacks of rice

MANILA -- Showing appreciation to troops who helped in the liberation of Marawi City from the clutches of the Maute terrorist group, the Lim Seh Leng Foundation, through SL Agritech Corporation, donated 500 sacks of rice to soldiers stationed in the war-torn city Friday.The turnover ceremony took... Read More