PH, China to hold 2nd WPS dialogue in Manila

MANILA -- The Philippines and China will meet for the second bilateral consultation mechanism (BCM) on Tuesday (Feb. 13) to tackle their ongoing dispute on the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), Malacañang said Monday.“The second meeting of this Philippine-China bilateral... Read More

Sereno failed to comply with SALN requirement: 2 SC justices

MANILA -- Two magistrates of the Supreme Court (SC) said on Monday that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's application for the top judiciary post in 2012 should have been rejected when she failed to submit her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).During the impeachment hearing of... Read More

Nolcom, PDEA units destroy marijuana plantation in Kalinga

MANILA -- Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) units in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) discovered and destroyed a 100-square meter marijuana plantation in Kalinga Sunday morning.Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, Nolcom spokesperson, said the operation took place 11:30 a.m. at the... Read More

PRRD to lead unveiling of 'Malasakit Center' in Cebu City Monday

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte will lead the unveiling of ‘Malasakit Center’ located inside the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City together with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan and other government officials on Monday... Read More

Winners of 'PNP Model Families 2017' named

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police announced the five winners of its "PNP Model Families 2017" during flag-raising ceremonies Monday at Camp Crame, Quezon City.The contest was organized by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local... Read More

'Basyang' slows, threatens Caraga

MANILA -- Tropical storm 'Basyang' slowed down as it poses threat to areas in the Caraga region, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Monday.In its latest bulletin, PAGASA said 'Basyang' was last spotted 620 km east southeast of Hinatuan,... Read More

S-211 ejection seats up for maintenance

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF), through its Bids and Awards Committee, is allocating the sum of PHP5 million for the acquisition of services and spare parts needed for the maintenance of the ejection seats of one of its SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet trainers.The S-211 is one of the PAF's two... Read More

AFP, Mercury Drug renew scholarship deal

MANILA -- Dependents of military personnel completing degrees in pharmacy can now avail of a full scholarship after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Mercury Drug Foundation, Inc. (MDFI) renewed its scholarship deal early this year.Lt. Col. Emmanuel Garcia, AFP public affairs office... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– DOF partial to taxing miners based on outputINQUIRER– Cesspool tag upsets Boracay residentsPHILIPPINE STAR– Rody: Arrest illegal recruitersMANILA BULLETIN– Repatriations from Kuwait beginMANILA TIMES– Groups sue ERC, Meralco execsMANILA STANDARD–... Read More

DSWD backs proposal to simplify adoption process

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Saturday welcomed the plan of Senator Grace Poe to file a bill aimed at simplifying the "complex and tedious process" of adoption in the country."From the point of view of the DSWD, should that (proposed) bill becomes a law, I... Read More

PH holds USD26.3-T untapped oil deposits

MANILA -- The Philippines is virtually “sitting on a mountain of gold,” with untapped hydrocarbon deposits estimated at USD26.3 trillion, mostly found in the disputed Spratly chain of islands, more than enough to free the country from the shackles of poverty.The oil deposits have been... Read More

FVR calls for creation of People Power Freedom Center

MANILA -- With the forthcoming 32nd anniversary of the EDSA bloodless revolution in 1986 just around the corner, former President Fidel V. Ramos, one of the key players in that historic event, called for the establishment of a People Power Freedom Learning Center (PPFLC) on Sunday to reinforce the... Read More

CA halts suspension of 4 ERC commissioners

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Office of the Ombudsman's suspension of the four Commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).In a resolution dated February 9 penned by Associate Justice Mariflor Punzalan Castillo, the... Read More

STL posts P1.87-B revenue in January: PCSO

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced that the sales of the expanded Small Town Lottery (STL) has posted PHP1.87 billion for the month of January.This translates to a 103.96-percent increase from PHP916.5 million in the same month last year.“Our STL continues to... Read More

Rebel killed in Abra clash

MANILA-- A New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed in an encounter with government troops in Abra early Sunday.In a statement, Lt. Col. Isagani G. Nato, Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) public information officer, said the clash took place at Sitio Mabungtot, Ud-Udiao, Sal-Lapadan, Abra at... Read More

DOJ criminal raps vs. alleged Spanish terrorist out this week

MANILA -- The Department of Justice's (DOJ) panel of prosecutors seeks to release this week the resolution on the criminal complaint filed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against suspected terrorist Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, who was nabbed in a checkpoint in Basilan.The two-member... Read More

Envoy seeks enhanced PH-EU dialogues

MANILA -- European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen said he wants to see more Philippine government officials visiting European Union member countries this year to enhance political dialogues between both parties.Jessen told the Philippine News Agency that conducting more... Read More

PAL, Cebu Pacific to help repatriate OFWs in Kuwait

MANILA -- The Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Saturday pledged to mount special flights to Kuwait to help repatriate overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state.The airlines made this announcement after President Rodrigo Duterte requested local carriers to help repatriate... Read More

Lawyer behind ICC complaint dared: ‘Prove your numbers’

MANILA — Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Ana Maria Paz Banaag said Friday the number of casualties in the government's ongoing campaign against illegal drugs in the country has been verified by joint law enforcement agencies, and dared those who lodged... Read More

Frigate project still on despite HHI 'troubles'

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy's PHP18-billion Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP), which was awarded to South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), is "still proceeding on schedule."This was the remark of Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong when asked about... Read More