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Sandiganbayan junks raps vs. accused in fertilizer fund scam

Sandiganbayan junks raps vs. accused in fertilizer fund scam

September 10, 2018, 4:30 pm

MANILA -- For the unresonable delay in trying the charges, the Sandiganbayan has dismissed the criminal cases against a staff member of Leyte Rep. Jose Carlos Cari accused in the alleged PHP2.94-million fertilizer fund scam in 2004. The anti-graft court's Second Division decision, penned by… Read More

Arroyo meets with China's national legislature to strengthen ties

Arroyo meets with China's national legislature to strengthen ties

September 10, 2018, 4:27 pm

MANILA -- Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday met with ranking members of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliament, at the House of Representatives in Quezon City to forge closer ties between the two countries. Vice Chairman of NPC's Standing Committee Ji Bingxuan and his… Read More

PNR launches Sangandaan-FTI rail line

PNR launches Sangandaan-FTI rail line

September 10, 2018, 4:25 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Monday launched its railway line from Sangandaan in Caloocan City to FTI in Taguig City. The rail line will traverse the following stations: Sangandaan, Asistio, 5th Avenue, Solis, Blumentritt, Espana, Sta. Mesa, Paco, Dela Rosa, Edsa and FTI… Read More

Fellow priest’s 'ill' joke for Duterte inappropriate, prelate says

Fellow priest’s 'ill' joke for Duterte inappropriate, prelate says

September 10, 2018, 4:22 pm

MANILA -- A Catholic prelate on Monday said the remarks of a fellow priest wishing ill upon President Rodrigo Duterte was an inappropriate joke. Fr. Jerome Secillano, parish priest of the Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish in Sampaloc, Manila, said the remarks of Father Noel Gatchalian do… Read More

DND chief mum on Trillanes amnesty issue

DND chief mum on Trillanes amnesty issue

September 10, 2018, 4:20 pm

MANILA -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday declined to comment on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's petition against Presidential Proclamation 572 which declared the amnesty granted to him as void ab initio. "'Yung question ng amnesty na yan, total nandun na… Read More

Special registration for Bangsamoro plebiscite starts Tuesday

Special registration for Bangsamoro plebiscite starts Tuesday

September 10, 2018, 2:25 pm

MANILA -- The three-day special satellite registrations in connection with the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law will start on Tuesday and will be held until Thursday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday. In a statement, the poll body said registration will be conducted in… Read More

PDEA awards K9s for contribution in anti-drug ops

PDEA awards K9s for contribution in anti-drug ops

September 10, 2018, 2:10 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Monday gave recognition to 14 Narcotics Detection Dogs (NDDs) for their contribution in detecting illegal drugs worth billions of pesos. The ceremony was held at the Zemog K9 Training Center in Antipolo City. The 14 PDEA K9 dogs… Read More

Lorenzana: No 'division' among troops

Lorenzana: No 'division' among troops

September 10, 2018, 2:06 pm

MANILA -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday denied reports that the military is divided. "I don’t think so, that’s just a rumor. Alam mo 'yung gumagawa ng istoryang ganyan, marami (daw) nang disgruntled na active military (personnel) pero wala naman… Read More

House to NPCC: Submit report on measures vs. inflation

House to NPCC: Submit report on measures vs. inflation

September 10, 2018, 2:04 pm

MANILA -- The leadership of the House of Representatives will ask the National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) to submit a report on measures it had undertaken to curb inflation and cushion its impact. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said on Monday the NPCC is mandated to report… Read More

PRRD has ‘basis’ for accusing Trillanes of ouster plot

PRRD has ‘basis’ for accusing Trillanes of ouster plot

September 10, 2018, 2:01 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has “basis” for accusing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of conspiring with the Liberal Party (LP) and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in a plot to oust him from office by October, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque… Read More

SC: No P12-T reward for Marcos wealth informer

SC: No P12-T reward for Marcos wealth informer

September 10, 2018, 12:17 pm

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the petition filed by tax informer Danilo Lihaylihay, which seeks to compel the government to pay him close to PHP12 trillion representing his 25 percent reward for his role in the recovery of the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family and their… Read More

Manila-Basco flights cancelled Monday

Manila-Basco flights cancelled Monday

September 10, 2018, 11:19 am

MANILA -- Four flights between Manila and Basco, Batanes were cancelled on Monday due to bad weather, the Manila International Airport Authority said. The cancelled flights were SkyJet (M8) 816/817 and CebGo (DG) 6009/6010 Manila-Basco-Manila. Earlier, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and… Read More

Court martial will wait for SC ruling on Trillanes amnesty

Court martial will wait for SC ruling on Trillanes amnesty

September 10, 2018, 11:08 am

MANILA -- While it has already commissioned the General Court Martial (GCM), the Armed Forces of the Philippines will wait until the Supreme Court (SC) rules on Proclamation 572, which declared the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV void ab initio. "Finally, I have, as the appointing… Read More

LPA to bring rains over parts of Luzon Monday

LPA to bring rains over parts of Luzon Monday

September 10, 2018, 10:49 am

MANILA -- Parts of northern Luzon will continue to experience rains due to a low pressure area (LPA) spotted near Batanes. In ts 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Atmospheric Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA was spotted 200 km north of Basco,… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018

September 10, 2018, 8:20 am

BUSINESS MIRROR – GMA: China must play 'Big Uncle' role in WPS INQUIRER – No ouster move, say Trillanes, 'plotters' MANILA BULLETIN – President will yield to SC on Trillanes PHILIPPINE STAR – Rody cites presidential prerogative on amnesty MANILA STANDARD – Biazon fears 'domino… Read More

Vegetables posted highest price increases among food items

Vegetables posted highest price increases among food items

September 9, 2018, 8:45 pm

MANILA -- Vegetables posted the highest year-on-year price increases in August among other food and non-alcoholic drink products in the market, latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority have revealed. Data showed that the average prices of vegetables sold nationwide were 19.2 percent… Read More

Officials discuss water security, sewerage plans

Officials discuss water security, sewerage plans

September 9, 2018, 5:34 pm

MANILA -- Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco reiterated anew the need for teamwork among all stakeholders and strategic planning to insure water security and to further address challenges posed by inadequate safe water, access to improved… Read More

DOJ vows aid to law enforcement bodies in anti-crime drive

DOJ vows aid to law enforcement bodies in anti-crime drive

September 9, 2018, 5:32 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) vowed to extend full assistance to law enforcement authorities in their fight against criminals. “Let me make a solemn promise. DOJ is ready to extend a helping hand to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Police… Read More

CA affirms raps vs. Chinese bizman in P6.4-B shabu haul

CA affirms raps vs. Chinese bizman in P6.4-B shabu haul

September 9, 2018, 5:31 pm

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) denied the petition filed by Chinese businessman Chen Julong, alias Richard Tan, seeking to junk the charges against him in connection with the PHP6.4-billion illegal drugs shipment that slipped past the Bureau of Customs (BOC) last year. In a 17-page decision… Read More

Investments in agri industries rise in 1st half of 2018

Investments in agri industries rise in 1st half of 2018

September 9, 2018, 4:41 pm

MANILA -- Local and foreign investments in agriculture, forestry, and fishing increased by 41.5 percent to PHP2.77 billion in the first half of the year from PHP1.96 billion in the same period last year. The increase was PHP813.30 million, latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)… Read More