Domestic workers in W. Visayas, Davao region get wage hike

MANILA -- Domestic workers in Western Visayas and Davao Region are in for an early Christmas gift.This, as the wage boards of the two regions approved an increase in their wages which will take effect on Saturday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.Based on the wage order approved by... Read More

Sereno 'delayed' action on Maute transfer request: Tijam

MANILA -- Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Noel Tijam on Monday said Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno failed to act promptly on the transfer of cases of Maute members from Cagayan de Oro to Metro Manila.Tijam accused Sereno of "dilly-dallying" the resolution of Justice Secretary Vitaliano... Read More

Congress set to tackle martial law extension Wednesday

MANILA -- The House of Representatives and Senate are set to hold a joint session on Wednesday to deliberate on the extension of martial law in Mindanao before they go into a congressional recess, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said."Joint Session to consider the request of the President for... Read More

4 SC justices appear at impeach hearing vs Sereno

MANILA--Four magistrates of the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday appeared at the House justice committee's hearing on the impeachment proceeding against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.Associate Justices FrancisJardeleza, NoelTijam, and retired Associate Justice ArturoBrionmade their first appearance... Read More

Military won't give in to holiday truce pleas

MANILA -- The military is not inclined to give in to a Christmas truce with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) despite calls by some groups, including the Church.This, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs... Read More

AFP vows to uphold transparency in line with HR commitments

MANILA -- In line with its commitment to Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it will continue to be transparent with its operations and expressed willingness to cooperate in verified complaints brought against its personnel.The... Read More

Dengvaxia purchase decision during Garin’s term: Ona

MANILA -- Former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona on Sunday distanced himself from the dengue vaccine mess since he has already left DOH when officials decided to purchase Dengvaxia for its dengue immunization program in 2016."I was out of the government in 2016 when I first heard... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– Lawmakers move closer to finalizing TRAIN billINQUIRER– Ex-Health Chief blames garin for vaccine messPHILIPPINE STAR– Duterte wants 1 more year of ML in MindanaoMANILA BULLETIN– Duterte seeks martial law extensionMANILA TIMES– Extend martial law-... Read More

3 weather systems affect PH: PAGASA

MANILA -- Three weather systems are currently affecting the country, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Monday.In its forecast, PAGASA said a tail-end of a cold front will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated... Read More

Experts call for research grants fund hike

MANILA -- The government should increase its research grants to universities to help create innovative solutions through information and communications technology (ICT) to ensure that the Internet of Things (IOT) will help the country advance.Former National Computer Center Chairman Ike Seneres made... Read More

Martial law extension a must to curb terror sympathizers: DND

MANILA -- The extension of martial law in Mindanao is essential to completely curb threats from sympathizers of the Maute-ISIS, the Department of National Defense (DND) said Sunday.“It will help us to continue our momentum in our campaign against the Daesh (Arabic word for ISIS) and their... Read More

Hero intern in MRT mishap among DOT 'Women of Significance'

MANILA -- Charleanne Jandic, the medical intern who helped save a woman from an accident in MRT-3 last November was named as among the Department of Tourism (DOT) “Women of Significance” at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on Saturday night.In an interview, Jandic said while... Read More

Roque hits back at De Lima over ICC comment

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Sunday hit back at detained Senator Leila de Lima after she criticized him in his speech before the International Criminal Court (ICC)."We should no longer give credence to anything that comes from Senator Leila de Lima as this is from a polluted... Read More

AFP receives P1-M aid for kin of slain troops in Marawi siege

MANILA -- A local charity institution and a beverage company donated PHP1 million for the families of troops who were killed-in-action during the five-month Marawi siege, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Sunday.AFP Vice Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Melchor Mison Jr., received the... Read More

Uphold duty as judiciary gatekeepers, Sereno tells JBC

MANILA -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to exercise due diligence and impartiality in performing their duty as 'gatekeepers' of the judiciary.“We are like gatekeepers, for when we are able to only allow those who deserve to enter will we... Read More

PDEA welcomes NBI return to drug war

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) welcomes the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) back in the government’s fight against illegal drugs.“It is good to have the PNP and the NBI as our allied brothers. PDEA now has a full complement to wage an all-out war against... Read More

AFP to greatly benefit from GADIE establishment: Lorenzana

MANILA -- The establishment of the so-called Government Arsenal Defense Industry Estate (GADIE) in Limay, Bataan will greatly benefit the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as it will help the military achieve massive modernization and transfer of technology.“With GADIE’s... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– 'Coffee from earth to cup'INQUIRER– PH to host FIBA world cup in 2023PHILIPPINE STAR– Basketball's greatest show comes to PhlMANILA BULLETIN– Martial law hit, defendedMANILA TIMES– Doctor to 'expose' Dengvaxia messMANILA STANDARD– Marawi liberators... Read More

Isolated rains to prevail over PH Sunday

MANILA -- Isolated rainshowers will prevail over most parts of the archipelago, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday morning.The tail-end of a cold front affecting the eastern part of southern Luzon, and the northeast... Read More

Phivolcs: Disperse economic activities from MM to reduce quake impact

MANILA -- Too much congestion and concentration of economic activities raise Metro Manila's vulnerability to earthquakes, Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum has warned.Speaking at the 1st National Convention on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction on Friday, Solidum, who also... Read More