'Urduja' leaves P1-B damage

MANILA -- The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said Friday that inclement weather caused by "Urduja" has so far caused P1.15 billion in agriculture and infrastructure damages.In a press briefing, NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan said the damages were confined to... Read More

Families of soldiers slain in Marawi get support from DTI

MANILA -- Apart from helping affected internally displaced persons due to the Marawi crisis, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has also reached out to families of soldiers killed in action in Marawi City to start livelihood activities.About 29 families of soldiers killed during clashes... Read More

TS ‘Vinta’ causes flight cancellations at NAIA

MANILA -- Several flights have been suspended Friday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) due to bad weather caused by tropical storm "Vinta".In its advisory, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the following flights were canceled:5J (Cebu Pacific) 781/782... Read More

House pushes for cleaner public toilets

MANILA -- The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution calling for the construction and hygienic maintenance of public toilets within the eastern and western nautical highways in the country.According to a statement issued Friday, the lower chamber adopted House Resolution 1418 urging the... Read More

LOOK: Lechoneros wade thru floodwater in Cagayan de Oro

MANILA — Not even tropical storm "Vinta" can ruin Christmas in Cagayan de Oro City.On Friday, Dec. 22, as "Vinta" crossed Northern Mindanao, two lechoneros were captured carrying a lechon (roasted pig) amid the rising floodwater in Mabini street in Cagayan de Oro City.In a Facebook post,... Read More

SC orders release of Aegis Juris fratman from Senate detention

MANILA -- The Supreme Court has ordered the release of Aegis Juris fraternity leader Arvin Balag, who has been detained at the Senate for contempt in the legislative inquiry on the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III.“Order in the interim... Read More

Palace oks plan to bring home 1K Filipinos stranded in HK: DFA

MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano confirmed Friday that Malacañang has approved the proposal of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to bring home some 1,000 Filipinos stranded in Hong Kong in time for the holidays.In... Read More

P2.6-B irrigation subsidy allotted for 2018: Nograles

MANILA -- Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, chairman of the House appropriations committee, on Friday said there is a PHP2.6-billion allocation in the recently signed PHP3.767-trillion 2018 national budget for irrigation fee subsidy."Included in the PHP3.767-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA)... Read More

Police won't let guard down despite holiday ceasefire

MANILA -- Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy has called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to remain vigilant as they perform their law enforcement functions despite the government’s declaration of a holiday ceasefire with the New People’s Army... Read More

Zero budget for opposition is ‘undisguised show of power’: Pangilinan

MANILA -- Senator Francis Pangilinan on Friday slammed the decision of the Congress to defund infrastructure projects proposed by opposition lawmakers describing it as an “undisguised show of power.”“This defunding is an undisguised show of power with a clear message: Gagawin namin... Read More

BRP Tarlac to carry relief supplies to Tacloban

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN)'s largest ship, the landing platform BRP Tarlac (LD-601), is now getting ready to transport medicines and other relief supplies for "Urduja"-battered Tacloban City."The PN's newest landing dock and largest vessel, BRP Tarlac (LD-601), is getting ready to depart... Read More

Lacson confirms release of fratman Balag

MANILA – Aegis Juris fratman Arvin Balag, one of the principal suspects in the hazing death of law student Horacio Castillo III, has been released from Senate custody, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Friday.Lacson, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, confirmed that... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR – PHL conglomerates join forces to rehabilitate NAIAINQUIRER – Ferry sinking: 4 dead, 7 missing, 240 savedMANILA BULLETIN – Fastcraft sinks off QuezonMANILA TIMES – Ferry capsizes off QuezonMANILA STANDARD – Ferry sinks: 4 killedMALAYA – ERC execs... Read More

LTFRB grants special permits to buses for Xmas season

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has granted special permits to more than 1,000 provincial buses for this Christmas season.A total of 472 applications for 1,087 buses were approved by the Board for the period covering December 21, 2017 to January 3,... Read More

PAL cancels flights due to ‘Vinta’

MANILA -- Philippine Airlines (PAL) has suspended several flights as tropical storm “Vinta” lashes the Mindanao region.In its advisory Thursday afternoon, PAL said that the following flights scheduled on Friday, December 22 are cancelled: PR 2397-2398 Cebu - Surigao - Cebu PR 2929-2930... Read More

PRRD leads commissioning of 2 ships to fight illegal fishing

DAVAO CITY—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 21, led the commissioning of government ships BRP Lapu-Lapu and BRP Francisco Dagohoy, which are expected to help strengthen the state’s ability to combat illegal fishing and immediately respond to disasters. “Our... Read More

Swindler nabbed in Manila

MANILA -- Authorities nabbed a man involved in an investment scam who duped eight US residents of USD220,500.In a press conference held in National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Aguirre presented to the media the suspect identified as Necasio Nazareno who was arrested Wednesday in Manila during an... Read More

BIR files tax raps vs Olongapo hospital, contractor

MANILA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed separate tax evasion complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against a hospital in Olangapo City and contractor from Pampanga for their failure to pay taxes amounting to over PHP27 million.In a statement, BIR said executives of Our Lady... Read More

Poe urges probe on capsized ship off Quezon

MANILA -- Senator Grace Poe said that a thorough investigation should be conducted into the incident where a passenger ship capsized between Dinahican Point, Quezon, and Polillo Island Thursday morning.“Although reports said that the ship was not overloaded, authorities should determine... Read More

Passenger boat capsizes near Quezon, Polillo Island waters

MANILA -- A passenger boat has capsized near the waters of Dinahican, Quezon and Polillo Island, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Thursday.In a statement, PCG spokesperson Capt. Armand Balilo said Mercraft 3 had allegedly sunk with 251 passengers. The boat departed from the Ungos Port in... Read More