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Classes still suspended in areas of Luzon

Classes still suspended in areas of Luzon

September 17, 2018, 12:01 am

MANILA -- Some local government units (LGUs) have suspended classes on Monday due to the devastation left by Typhoon Ompong and continued rains caused by the southwest monsoon. Classes in all levels for both public and private schools have been suspended in the following areas: Cagayan… Read More

PRRD to visit collapsed church in Benguet

PRRD to visit collapsed church in Benguet

September 16, 2018, 10:57 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he will visit the church building that collapsed in Itogon, Benguet when he visits Cordillera on Monday to assess Typhoon Ompong’s damage. “There is an evolving story in Itogon, Barangay Ucab, 43 persons doon (there), nag-collapse ‘yung… Read More

Int'l aid for ‘Ompong’ aftermath flows as PH starts relief efforts

Int'l aid for ‘Ompong’ aftermath flows as PH starts relief efforts

September 16, 2018, 10:40 pm

MANILA -- The United States and Australian government on Sunday announced the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong battered northern Luzon on Saturday. In a statement, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Canberra will provide the Philippines… Read More

PRRD eyes Army chief as next NFA administrator

PRRD eyes Army chief as next NFA administrator

September 16, 2018, 7:26 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his desire to appoint Philippine Army (PA) Chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista as next administrator of the National Food Authority (NFA). During the situation briefing on the effects of Typhoon Ompong in Tuguegarao on Sunday, Duterte asked Bautista… Read More

Duterte extends sympathies to victims of 'Ompong'

Duterte extends sympathies to victims of 'Ompong'

September 16, 2018, 5:30 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday expressed his sympathies to families who lost their loved ones during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong. “I share the grief of those who lost loved ones,” Duterte said in a situation briefing on the effects of "Ompong" in Tuguegarao City. “Those we… Read More

Malacañang condemns GenSan blast

Malacañang condemns GenSan blast

September 16, 2018, 4:58 pm

MANILA – Malacañang on Sunday strongly condemned the explosion in General Santos City that left at least seven people hurt. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s explosion that hit General Santos City which left scores of people injured,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry… Read More

DOLE ready to aid workers affected by 'Ompong'

DOLE ready to aid workers affected by 'Ompong'

September 16, 2018, 3:41 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is ready to provide emergency employment to workers affected by Typhoon Ompong. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Saturday assessments are ongoing in areas affected by the typhoon that hit northern Luzon, particularly the provinces of… Read More

No law vs. premature campaigning: Comelec

No law vs. premature campaigning: Comelec

September 16, 2018, 2:21 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reiterated that they cannot stop “aspiring candidates” from promoting themselves ahead of the May 2019 midterm polls as no law prohibits premature campaigning. “The Comelec does not make the law, but we’ve been helping legislation get… Read More

BI denies Fox’s missionary visa extension request

BI denies Fox’s missionary visa extension request

September 16, 2018, 1:49 pm

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) rejected the request of Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox for the extension of her missionary visa. BI Spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval said BI denied the request in a two-page order signed Thursday, citing the deportation order that was previously… Read More

DOJ indicts Indonesian bizman, 4 others for estafa

DOJ indicts Indonesian bizman, 4 others for estafa

September 16, 2018, 1:02 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered the filing of syndicated estafa charges against Indonesian businessman Shadik Wahono and four of his associates. In a 21-page resolution dated June 18 and approved by Acting Prosecutor General Richard Fadullon, the DOJ found probable cause to… Read More

Joint Task Force Sulu lauded for anti-ASG ops

Joint Task Force Sulu lauded for anti-ASG ops

September 16, 2018, 11:31 am

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) recognized Joint Task Force Sulu for its successful "focus military operation" in Barangay Bakong, Patikul town that resulted in the death of seven Abu Sayyaf Group bandits on Friday. "The AFP Leadership commends the operating units from Joint… Read More

8 SC justice bets to face JBC interview on Sept. 26

8 SC justice bets to face JBC interview on Sept. 26

September 16, 2018, 11:15 am

MANILA -- Eight out of 13 candidates vying for the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) are scheduled to be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on September 26. The position was vacated by Associate Justice Samuel Martires, whose early retirement was granted by the… Read More

'Ompong'-affected families now at 63.7K

'Ompong'-affected families now at 63.7K

September 16, 2018, 11:13 am

MANILA -- Typhoon Ompong has so far affected 63,769 families or 250,036 persons residing in 1,403 barangays in the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera regions and the National Capital Region (NCR), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council… Read More

DOJ to assist selection of PH's 3rd telco

DOJ to assist selection of PH's 3rd telco

September 16, 2018, 11:10 am

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) will assist in the selection of the third telecommunications company (telco) player in the country. “DOJ’s participation, I believe, will be to review the terms of reference for the selection of the third telco, the contracts to be executed, the grants… Read More

'Ompong'-enhanced monsoon to bring rains over Luzon, western Visayas

'Ompong'-enhanced monsoon to bring rains over Luzon, western Visayas

September 16, 2018, 11:05 am

MANILA -- Despite its exit from the country's territory, Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing rains over parts of Luzon and Visayas on Sunday. In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical… Read More

Buena named SC 1st Division clerk of court

Buena named SC 1st Division clerk of court

September 16, 2018, 10:54 am

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has named lawyer Librada Buena as the new Clerk of Court of its 1st Division. In a one-page notice dated Sept. 11, the 13 SC justices unanimously approved Buena's appointment to the post. Buena will assume the position vacated by lawyer Edgar Aricheta who was… Read More

PH accedes to Apostille Convention

PH accedes to Apostille Convention

September 16, 2018, 9:51 am

MANILA -- The Philippine government acceded to an international convention that allows the country to issue a security certificate called "Apostille", which simplifies the authentication of public documents to be used abroad. “The Apostille Convention cuts down the procedure for the processing… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

September 16, 2018, 8:17 am

BUSINESS MIRROR - The food conundrum PHILIPPINE STAR - Ompong leaves trail of destruction INQUIRER - 'Ompong' shuts power, roads in 8 provinces MANILA BULLETIN - N. Luzon bears Ompong's wrath MANILA TIMES - Ompong leaves trail of death, destruction MANILA STANDARD - 'Death and destruction' Read More

Red Cross to deploy additional relief, rescue teams

Red Cross to deploy additional relief, rescue teams

September 15, 2018, 11:35 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Red Cross on Saturday said it is set to deploy another batch of rescue and relief teams to cater to the needs of communities in areas hit by typhoon "Ompong." In a press briefing in Mandaluyong City, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon said strong winds and… Read More

Roads to Baguio closed due to 'Ompong'

Roads to Baguio closed due to 'Ompong'

September 15, 2018, 9:59 pm

MANILA — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Saturday reported that the three roads leading to Baguio City were closed due to landslides brought about by Typhoon "Ompong." “Nagkaroon ng landslide sa Naguilan. So, Kenon, Naguilian and Marcos Highway ang remaining access is… Read More