TD spotted outside PAR; isolated rains over PH Sunday

MANILA -- A tropical depression (TD) was spotted outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at about 1,355 kilometers east of Mindanao, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday.PAGASA said the TD has a maximum... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– 'Tax evaders' should board next TRAININQUIRER– PH readies total ban on maids to KuwaitPHILIPPINE STAR– DOLE eyes total ban on Kuwait deploymentMANILA BULLETIN– Duterte unfazed by ICC probeMANILA TIMES– Marawi heroes 'Man of the Year'MANILA... Read More

Recruiters back extension of ban on OFW deployment to Kuwait

MANILA -- A group of recruitment companies expressed support on the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the suspension of the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait. “Although we are understandably saddened because of the impact on our industry sector, we agree... Read More

Gov't to bring home 800 OFWs from Kuwait

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday confirmed that 800 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait are set to go home, and more Filipino workers in the Gulf state will be repatriated in the coming days.The move comes after President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement that... Read More

DENR raises urgency for mine rehabilitation

MANILA -- Environment chief Roy Cimatu wants unrehabilitatedmine areas spared from further environmental degradation.Some mining areas merely lay wasted, so Cimatu wants theserehabilitated, said Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR) Undersecretary Jonas Leones over the weekend."He... Read More

DOLE to issue 'total ban' on OFW deployment to Kuwait Monday

MANILA -- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to issue on Monday a total deployment ban order of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.“A formal order on total deployment ban will be issued by Secretary (Silvestre) Bello on Monday,” said... Read More

Comelec calls for trash-free campaign at low-cost

MANILA -- An official of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is reminding aspiring Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay officials who will participate in the May 14 polls to minimize their expenses, as such polls should be inexpensive.“Barangay elections are supposed to be inexpensive. I... Read More

PH agro-based exports rise by 6%

MANILA -- Philippine agro-based exports grew 6 percent in 2017 from 2016 figures, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has reported.Freight on board (FOB) receipts covering outbound shipments rose to USD4.2 billion from less than USD4 billion in 2016, PSA data showed.Such rise helped total... Read More

Bridging Manila and Tokyo thru language

MANILA -- "Nothing happens by accident."This is how education advocate Philip Sanvictores describes his craft, which he has been promoting Japanese language education and training in the Philippines, prompting a boost in Japanese-language student enrolment rates in the country.Sanvictores, president... Read More

Duterte unfazed by ICC probe on PH drug war

MANILA -- If the International Criminal Court (ICC) finds him guilty of crimes against humanity in the Philippines, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he would rather die by firing squad than go to prison.“If you convict me, find a country that promotes death penalty and kill me by a firing... Read More

Duterte warns to close ‘cesspool’ Boracay

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has warned to close Boracay, the country’s top beach destination, if environmental problems there would remain unsolved.“I will close Boracay. Boracay is cesspool," Duterte said during a Manila Times business forum in Davao city Friday night.He said... Read More

PRRD urges SAP Go to demand an 'open, transparent' frigate probe

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte urged his top aide, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, to demand an “open and transparent” Senate hearing into the Philippine Navy's PHP18-billion Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP).Duterte made the remark during the 7th Manila Times... Read More

Gov't to repatriate body of Pinay found in freezer in Kuwait

MANILA — The government is preparing to bring home the remains of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was found inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait on Wednesday.Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the body of 29-year-old Joanna... Read More

Drug war probe will prove ICC has no jurisdiction over PH: Embassy

MANILA -- The Philippine Embassy to The Hague said it is certain that the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to conduct a preliminary examination into crimes against humanity charges against President Rodrigo Duterte would be a "wake-up call" for the court to find out it has "utterly... Read More

Palace respects SC order to halt Mamasapano proceedings

MANILA – Malacanang said it respects the order of the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Sandiganbayan’s proceedings on the graft and usurpation of authority charges lodged against former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III for his alleged role in the botched Mamasapano police operation... Read More

Many suppliers can meet PH demand for new helis: DND chief

MANILA -- There are more than enough suppliers to provide the Philippine requirementfor combat utility helicopters (CUHs) should the country's contract with Bell Helicopter and Canadian Commercial Corp. (CCC) fall through."Are there other suppliers if the Canada deal will not push through? Yes,... Read More

C-5 South Link to ease traffic in Parañaque, Las Piñas, Cavite

MANILA -- Traffic congestion is expected to ease in the cities of Parañaque and Las Piñas, as well as Cavite province once the construction of the C-5 South Link is completed by 2019.The PHP12-billion 7.7-km. expressway will connect C-5 Road to the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX),... Read More

Isolated rainshowers over PH Saturday

MANILA -- Isolated rainshowers will prevail over most parts of the archipelago, the state weather bureau said Saturday.The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said it is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) that was last spotted at 420 km. east of... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– 'Rice shortage is just fake news'INQUIRER– DU30 to Int'l Court: Why start with me?PHILIPPINE STAR– Rody ready for ICC, firing squad if guiltyMANILA BULLETIN– More Filipinos may go hungryMANILA TIMES– PH to sustain high growth - PerniaMANILA... Read More

Duterte orders AFP to cut USD233-M helicopter deal with Canada

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said he wants the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to cut its USD233 million contract to purchase 16 helicopters from Canada.Duterte made this announcement in a press briefing in Davao City following reports that the Canadian government wanted to... Read More