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UPCAT postponed due to ‘Ompong’

UPCAT postponed due to ‘Ompong’

September 12, 2018, 4:43 pm

MANILA -- The University of the Philippines (UP) on Wednesday postponed the administration of the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) on Sept. 15 and 16 (Saturday and Sunday) due to Typhoon Ompong (international name “Mangkhut”).In a public advisory, the UP Office of Admissions said the decision… Read More

Sandiganbayan acquits NegOcc town mayor of graft

Sandiganbayan acquits NegOcc town mayor of graft

September 12, 2018, 4:28 pm

MANILA -- For failure of state prosecutors to prove that a municipal mayor of Negros Occidental unlawfully transferred a public health worker from a government hospital to a barangay health center in 2010, the Sandiganbayan has cleared the local chief executive of graft charges. In a decision… Read More

Tête-à-tête was Duterte’s idea: Panelo

Tête-à-tête was Duterte’s idea: Panelo

September 12, 2018, 3:38 pm

MANILA – Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Wednesday his tête-à-tête or one-on-one conversation with President Rodrigo Duterte was the Chief Executive's idea.Panelo said the televised conversation was introduced to him by Duterte during the President’s recent five-day… Read More

17K councilors unite for PRRD's federalism push

17K councilors unite for PRRD's federalism push

September 12, 2018, 3:22 pm

MANILA -- Almost 17,000 city and municipal councilors nationwide now support the administration’s advocacy for a federal shift. On Sept. 10, city and municipal councilors from all over the Philippines pledged to help the information campaign of the Department of the Interior and Local Government… Read More

Ex-NBI exec in Virac drug lab case ordered detained at Makati jail

Ex-NBI exec in Virac drug lab case ordered detained at Makati jail

September 12, 2018, 2:48 pm

MANILA -- The Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the transfer of a former official of the National Bureau of Investigation, who is facing a drug complaint, from the Virac District Jail to the Makati City Jail. The order came after the Supreme Court, in an en banc resolution dated… Read More

All PNP units in Luzon alerted for 'Mangkhut'

All PNP units in Luzon alerted for 'Mangkhut'

September 12, 2018, 2:47 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered all of its Luzon-based units to be on full alert starting Thursday as the country braces for the onslaught of Typhoon Mangkhut (local name “Ompong”). "Effective 6 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 13, I am placing all Luzon-based PNP units on full… Read More

Fariñas contests Suarez' minority leadership before SC

Fariñas contests Suarez' minority leadership before SC

September 12, 2018, 2:47 pm

MANILA -- Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas and his allies at the House of Representatives have challenged the minority leadership of Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez before the Supreme Court. Fariñas' bloc filed on Aug. 30 a petition for certiorari, prohibition and mandamus, contesting Suarez's post… Read More

NCRPO ready to respond to 'Ompong' emergencies

NCRPO ready to respond to 'Ompong' emergencies

September 12, 2018, 1:28 pm

MANILA -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is ready to provide security and rescue persons in distress should Typhoon "Ompong" (international name Mangkhut) batter Metro Manila. "As the National Capital Region Police Office aims for ZERO if not minimal casualty on the onset of the… Read More

Sufficient reserves for 'Ompong' response: NDRRMC spox

Sufficient reserves for 'Ompong' response: NDRRMC spox

September 12, 2018, 12:56 pm

MANILA -- With typhoon "Ompong" (international name Mangkhut) expected to batter a large portion of the country, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) assured the public that there are sufficient reserves of manpower and equipment for any eventuality. "We also have… Read More

NFA services continue even as head quits post

NFA services continue even as head quits post

September 12, 2018, 12:32 pm

MANILA -- The National Food Authority (NFA) management assures the public that the delivery of its services will continue even as administrator Jason Aquino has requested to be relieved from his post. In a statement, the NFA said Aquino, who is currently on leave, shall remain head of the food… Read More

No action vs. Trillanes sans arrest warrant: DND chief

No action vs. Trillanes sans arrest warrant: DND chief

September 12, 2018, 11:06 am

MANILA -- The military will not act against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV unless an arrest warrant is issued by the courts. "No warrant, no arrest," Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message to reporters Wednesday. In a separate statement, Armed Forces of the… Read More

'Mangkhut' strengthens; expected to enter PAR Wednesday

'Mangkhut' strengthens; expected to enter PAR Wednesday

September 12, 2018, 7:54 am

MANILA -- Typhoon "Mangkhut" gains strength as it moves closer and expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Wednesday afternoon. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Chris Perez said that as of 3 a.m.,… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed., Sept. 12, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed., Sept. 12, 2018

September 12, 2018, 7:21 am

BUSINESS MIRROR – 7-month trade gap jumps to $22.49B from $13.06B INQUIRER – SC refers Trillanes case to Makati RTC MANILA BULLETIN – SC junks Trillanes’s TRO plea MANILA TIMES – High court denies TRO, Trillanes arrest looms MANILA STANDARD – ‘Get it over with. Oust me!’ PHILIPPINE… Read More

Trough of 'Barijat' to bring scattered rains over northern Luzon

Trough of 'Barijat' to bring scattered rains over northern Luzon

September 11, 2018, 11:17 pm

MANILA -- The trough of tropical storm with international name "Barijat" (formerly "Neneng") will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Batanes, Babuyan Group of Island and Ilocos, the weather bureau said Tuesday. In its latest bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric,… Read More

Federalism won’t ensure immediate prosperity but beneficial to PH

Federalism won’t ensure immediate prosperity but beneficial to PH

September 11, 2018, 10:59 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday admitted that he could not convince everyone to support his push for federalism but noted that this new system of government will benefit the entire country through its wealth and power sharing feature. “There’s a time for everything. I’ve… Read More

Cebu Pacific cancels Manila-Osaka flights

Cebu Pacific cancels Manila-Osaka flights

September 11, 2018, 10:59 pm

MANILA -- Cebu Pacific (CEB) has cancelled flights between Manila and Osaka scheduled on Sept. 13, due to repairs still being undertaken at the Kansai International Airport.The CEB management said the flights affected are 5J 828 Manila-Osaka, and 5J 827 Osaka-Manila.Typhoon Jebi made landfall in… Read More

Duterte to personally decide on new telecom player

Duterte to personally decide on new telecom player

September 11, 2018, 10:56 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he would personally decide on the new major telecommunication player’s entry if the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and other concerned agencies remain undecided by November. Duterte made this reaction to reports that some… Read More

Campaign period for Marawi village polls starts Sept. 12

Campaign period for Marawi village polls starts Sept. 12

September 11, 2018, 10:27 pm

MANILA -- The campaign period for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in Marawi City will start on Wednesday, Sept. 12. In a statement Tuesday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said those who are participating in the village and youth polls have eight days from Sept. 12 until… Read More

‘Mangkhut’ could damage P11-B worth of crops in N. Luzon: DA

‘Mangkhut’ could damage P11-B worth of crops in N. Luzon: DA

September 11, 2018, 9:58 pm

MANILA -- Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Tuesday warned that Typhoon Mangkhut may damage more than PHP11 billion worth of rice and corn crops if it hits northern Luzon. During the continuation of the Senate hearing on the DA's proposed PHP55.9-billion budget, Piñol said the agency is… Read More

Trillanes’ amnesty, one of Aquino's ‘glaring mistakes’: PRRD

Trillanes’ amnesty, one of Aquino's ‘glaring mistakes’: PRRD

September 11, 2018, 9:45 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the amnesty granted to Oakwood mutineers, including Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, was one of the glaring mistakes of the previous administration of former president Benigno Aquino III. “Pagka mali is mali. Hindi mo talaga ma-correct ‘yan (If… Read More