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Northeast monsoon affecting Luzon, Visayas Tuesday

Northeast monsoon affecting Luzon, Visayas Tuesday

January 15, 2019, 9:41 am

MANILA -- Cloudy with isolated rains will prevail over Luzon and the Visayas due to the northeast monsoon, the weather bureau said Tuesday. In its 4 a.m. forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Cagayan Valley and Aurora will have… Read More

NYC recognizes Go's contribution to nat'l youth dev't

NYC recognizes Go's contribution to nat'l youth dev't

January 15, 2019, 8:22 am

MANILA -- The National Youth Commission (NYC) has named former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go as "Pambansang Kuya ng Kabataan" for his contribution to national youth development. On Monday, the NYC released Resolution No. 44, sponsored by Commissioner Victor del Rosario… Read More

DENR prepares for Manila Bay rehab

DENR prepares for Manila Bay rehab

January 15, 2019, 8:18 am

MANILA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is in the thick of preparations this week for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay set to begin later this month. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said the department would spearhead a multi-stakeholder discussion on the plan's coverage so… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tue. Jan. 15, 2019

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tue. Jan. 15, 2019

January 15, 2019, 7:23 am

INQUIRER – Wasteful projects traced to kickbacks PHILIPPINE STAR – ‘No data loss, but passports cost more’ MANILA BULLETIN – No need for birth certificates DAILY TRIBUNE – Untouchable deal MANILA TIMES – Andaya hales Diokno to court MANILA STANDARD – Palace: Spare public from… Read More

LGUs warned vs. paying 'permit to campaign fees' to NPA

LGUs warned vs. paying 'permit to campaign fees' to NPA

January 14, 2019, 10:27 pm

MANILA — Pay “permit to campaign fees” to communist rebels and you support terrorism. This was the warning of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to all governors, mayors, and all candidates about directly or indirectly giving financial, material, and political support… Read More

No passport data lost, breached: gov't printer

No passport data lost, breached: gov't printer

January 14, 2019, 9:00 pm

MANILA-- No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday. "Walang nali-leak as I was saying. Walang leak, wala kaming nakikitang leak (There's no leak as I was saying. We don't… Read More

Solon seeks review of gov’t contracts amid passport mess

Solon seeks review of gov’t contracts amid passport mess

January 14, 2019, 8:56 pm

MANILA -- Senator Nancy Binay on Monday called for a review of all government contracts with third-party software and data management providers amid the alleged data breach in the passport system. In a statement, Binay urged the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to review the contracts of… Read More

Court orders NBP transfer of 2 cops in Kian murder

Court orders NBP transfer of 2 cops in Kian murder

January 14, 2019, 8:53 pm

MANILA--The Caloocan City regional trial court (RTC) has ordered the transfer of two detained policemen from the Valenzuela City Jail to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City to serve their sentence for the murder of Kian Loyd delos Santos in 2017. In a mittimus order dated December 3… Read More

Comelec decision on Daraga out soon

Comelec decision on Daraga out soon

January 14, 2019, 8:24 pm

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to decide soon whether or not to put Daraga town in Albay under its control due poll-related violence, particularly the assassination of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe December last year. In a press briefing, Comelec spokesperson… Read More

PCOO vows to sustain gains in media freedom

PCOO vows to sustain gains in media freedom

January 14, 2019, 7:55 pm

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar expressed hope that the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) will work even harder to keep the Philippines out of the top five most dangerous countries for journalists. Andanar made this remark in… Read More

PRRD open to Sotto-mediated dialogue with Church leaders

PRRD open to Sotto-mediated dialogue with Church leaders

January 14, 2019, 7:51 pm

MANILA -- Despite his ‘self-defense’ tirades against the Catholic Church leaders, President Rodrigo R. Duterte is willing to sit down with them in another dialogue, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this reaction after Senate President Vicente Sotto III… Read More

Labor execs to discuss fate of Hanjin workers

Labor execs to discuss fate of Hanjin workers

January 14, 2019, 7:39 pm

MANILA —Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III and other labor officials are set to discuss Tuesday the possible impacts of the filing of bankruptcy by South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Corporation on its workers. “The emergency… Read More

Duterte’s voice ‘powerful influence’ in BOL ratification

Duterte’s voice ‘powerful influence’ in BOL ratification

January 14, 2019, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- The voice of President Rodrigo R. Duterte is a powerful influence on the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), Malacañang said Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana bared that the President will join a big… Read More

Senate eyes to end 2019 budget delibs this week

Senate eyes to end 2019 budget delibs this week

January 14, 2019, 7:28 pm

MANILA -- The Senate leadership is eyeing to finish the plenary deliberations for the proposed 2019 national budget within the week to meet its deadline of third reading approval by January 21. In an interview, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said senators agreed to finish… Read More

PNP welcomes surrender of 20 NPA rebels in Laguna

PNP welcomes surrender of 20 NPA rebels in Laguna

January 14, 2019, 7:12 pm

MANILA -- A total of 20 New People's Army (NPA) rebels have surrendered to the police in Laguna, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said Monday. Upon their surrender, Albayalde said the rebels turned in several high-powered firearms and various grenade… Read More

Palace hopes Pinoys eventually see China’s sincerity

Palace hopes Pinoys eventually see China’s sincerity

January 14, 2019, 7:00 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday expressed hope that more Filipinos will see the sincerity of China with respect to the agreements it signed with the Philippines, after a survey showed majority of Filipinos distrust China. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it was “understandable”… Read More

SC asked to order gov't workers pay hike

SC asked to order gov't workers pay hike

January 14, 2019, 6:43 pm

MANILA -- House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to compel the release of the fourth tranche of pay hike of state workers ahead of the approval of the 2019 national budget or the reenactment of the 2018 budget. In a 28-page petition, Andaya, who led the… Read More

LPA unlikely to turn into typhoon: PAGASA

LPA unlikely to turn into typhoon: PAGASA

January 14, 2019, 6:25 pm

MANILA -- The chance for a low-pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) to become a tropical depression in the next 24 hours is still low, the weather bureau said Monday. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather… Read More

19 areas in Luzon, Mindanao in poll watchlist

19 areas in Luzon, Mindanao in poll watchlist

January 14, 2019, 6:18 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday bared that 19 towns, cities and municipalities in Luzon and Mindanao were placed under the election watchlist areas (EWAs) for the upcoming 2019 midterm polls. PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, said among the areas of concern are… Read More

Pinoy couple on honeymoon drowns in Maldives

Pinoy couple on honeymoon drowns in Maldives

January 14, 2019, 6:17 pm

MANILA-- A newly-married Filipino couple drowned on Sunday while on their honeymoon in Maldives, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday. The 29-year-old wife and her 30-year-old husband, who were not identified by the agency, were guests in a resort in Dhiffushi island. According to… Read More