Customs sues own men, 2 others for jewelry smuggling

MANILA — The Bureau of Customs has criminally charged one of its personnel assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and two others for allegedly conspiring to smuggle 1.9 kilos of jewelry worth PHP3 million.Commissioner Isidro Lapeña identified the suspects as NAIA... Read More

PhilHealth belies owing hospitals billions of pesos

MANILA -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has belied allegations that it owes a number of hospitals some PHP7 billion to PHP9 billion in unpaid claims, calling the figures "erroneous and inaccurate".The government-owned and -controlled firm was reacting to statements made... Read More

Campaign period ends on eve of election day

MANILA-- The Commission on Elections has reminded all candidates for the May 14th Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls that campaigning is no longer allowed 24 hours before the scheduled elections.The campaign period officially ended 12 midnight of Saturday, May 12.Aside from halt of campaign... Read More

Ex-CJ Sereno sees self not as Senator but 'fighting for democracy'

The justices who voted to remove Sereno were Associate Justices Noel Tijam, Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Diosdado Peralta, Andres Reyes, Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo.In the 153-page decision made public on Friday evening and penned by Tijam, the SC pointed... Read More

MWSS assures no water shortage in Metro Manila

MANILA -- There is no water shortage in Metro Manila, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco assured Saturday to allay fears of an impending water shortage in The metropolis and environs during the summer months.“The main water source of supply for... Read More

PAL mulling San Vicente, Palawan route

MANILA -- Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is considering having a San Vicente, Palawan route, spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said on Friday.San Vicente Airport (SVA) was inaugurated on Thursday, and was opened for commercial flights.Previously, the SVA only caters to light aircraft and Air... Read More

PH airports to install 'e-gates' in June to speed up BI transactions

MANILA -- Soon, Filipino passengers will only need to spend seconds at immigration counters in the country's main airports, as the government will start installing "e-gates" in June, a Bureau of Immigration (BI) official told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Friday."Using the e-gate will only... Read More

Raising PH maritime awareness through 'MANA Mo'

MANILA-- To raise awareness on the country's vast maritime domains and its potentials among Filipinos, President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sept. 14, 2017 signed Proclamation No. 316 declaring every ninth month of the year as "Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month" or MANA Mo."Now, therefore,... Read More

Filipino scientists competent to do marine research in PH Rise

MANILA-- With President Rodrigo R. Duterte sending off a team of Filipino scientists to the Philippine Rise on May 15, a professor from the University of the Philippines (UP) assured that Filipinos have the expertise to conduct marine scientific research (MSR) in the area.“Yes, indeed we have... Read More

3 missile-armed crafts to be operational in 3 months

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy’s (PN) first three Spike-ER armed multi-purpose attack crafts (MPACs) will be fully operational within two to three months, flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said.Integration or installation is ongoing as of this time, he said Thursday, adding... Read More

Cloudy skies, isolated rain showers over PH Saturday

MANILA -- The entire archipelago will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers, the state weather bureau said Saturday.The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said a frontal system is affecting extreme northern Luzon, while... Read More

235 troops deployed to help secure MM polls

MANILA -- While no security threat has yet been detected for Monday’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, the military's Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) has deployed 235 officers and enlisted personnel to augment the security preparations in Metro Manila's five... Read More

GSIS opens financial aid loan for DepEd members on May 15

MANILA -- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) on Tuesday will start accepting applications for the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan (GFAL) program for personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd).Under the program, GSIS will lend a maximum amount of PHP500,000 to DepEd borrowers to pay... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Saturday, May 12, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– A cultural voyage in the age of missilesINQUIRER– We are all victims, says ousted CJMANILA BULLETIN– SC unseats SerenoPHILIPPINE STAR– SC ousts SerenoMANILA STANDARD– SC ousts Sereno in 8-6 voteMANILA TIMES– SC kicks out SerenoTRIBUNE– SC... Read More

Easterlies, thunderstorms to bring more rains to PH

MANILA -- Rains are expected to come again on Saturday due to the easterlies and local thunderstorms, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).In its 4-p.m weather bulletin on Friday, which is effective for 24 hours, PAGASA said the... Read More

Duterte wants to see more Maute-ISIS surrenderees

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday encouraged more Maute-ISIS members to surrender as he promised to provide them with housing, capital, land and employment.“I propose to you, the other Maranaos, you better come down and as you can see your arms, there is really no... Read More

Palace grateful to Duterte administration’s ‘very good’ rating

MANILA – Malacañang remains grateful to the Filipino people for giving the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte a ‘very good’ +58 net satisfaction rating.The Social Weather Station (SWS) 2018 first quarter survey showed a 12-point decline from +70 in the same... Read More

PH-Kuwait ink accord on HSW employment

MANILA-- The Philippine and Kuwaiti governments on Friday afternoon (Kuwait time) finally signed the "Agreement on the Employment of Domestic Workers" at the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh... Read More

Comelec nearly done with preps for village, youth polls

MANILA — An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said the preparations for May 14 Barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) elections are almost complete with only minor things to be ironed out such as the deployment of election paraphernalia.Comelec... Read More

DOH, WHO conduct free HIV screening in the workplace

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) held a one-day free confidential and anonymous HIV screening in the workplace in several sites within the department compound on Friday.This activity is part of the observance of International AIDS Candlelight Memorial... Read More