Detained Filipino diplomats in Kuwait to be freed in 2-3 days

MANILA -- The three Filipino diplomats ordered arrested by Kuwait authorities are expected to be released in two to three days, Malacañang said on Thursday.Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made this announcement after he and other Philippine officials met with Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign... Read More

China's Callawa Water Pumping Project breaks ground in Davao

MANILA-- The Chinese embassy's Callawa Water Pumping Project broke ground in Buhangin, Davao on Thursday, marking what Ambassador Zhao Jianhua described as the "testimony" of Beijing's commitment to assist Manila in its development.“Both as developing countries, China and the Philippines are... Read More

Magnitude 5.7 quake jolts Surigao del Norte

MANILA -- A magnitude 5.7 earthquake of tectonic origin jolted Surigao del Norte at 7:56 p.m. Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.Phivolcs said it is expecting aftershocks, but not expecting damages from the earthquake.Intensity 5 was felt in Surigao... Read More

Workshop aims to empower farmers via skills, competency upgrade

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) have partnered to empower farmers and other agricultural workers through skills training and competency upgrade.TESDA and SEARCA... Read More

PAL to sue passenger for bomb joke

MANILA -- Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) intends to file a case against a passenger who cracked a bomb joke at the boarding of a Dumaguete-Manila flight on Wednesday.PAL lawyers are set to fly to Dumaguete on Friday to file the case, PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said Thursday."As per... Read More

Easterlies, thunderstorms to bring rains in PH

MANILA -- The easterlies and local thunderstorms are expected to bring rains in the Philippines, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).In its 4-p.m weather bulletin on Thursday, PAGASA said the easterlies, which are warm winds blowing... Read More

No travel tax for travelers to BIMP-EAGA: Duterte

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has exempted travelers going to any destination in the Brunei-Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) from paying travel tax.This after Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by the authority of the President, signed... Read More

Duterte creates Boracay inter-agency task force

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the creation of a Boracay Inter-agency Task Force to review and consolidate existing master plans and formulate an action plan to reverse the degradation of the world-renowned island resort.Duterte signed Executive Order No. 53 on May 8 or two... Read More

Nat'l Museum shows oldest proof of hominin existence in PH

MANILA -- The National Museum has announced the publication of the article titled “Earliest known hominin activity in the Philippines by 709,000 years ago” in the May 10, 2018 issue of the journal Nature.In a press briefing on Thursday, National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) Director... Read More

24 killed in election-related incidents: PNP

MANILA -- Some 24 persons were killed so far in incidents related to next week's barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced Thursday.This number is broken down into 13 elected government officials, three candidates, one former elected government... Read More

Duterte hikes employees’ compensation benefits, carer's allowance

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an executive order increasing monthly employees’ compensation (EC) benefits and carer’s allowance in the public and private sectors.Under Executive Order (EO) No. 54 he signed on May 8, Duterte granted a PHP1,150 across-the-board... Read More

ConCom's draft federal Constitution will help the poor: Puno

MANILA --The new federal Constitution being drafted by the expert panel tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution will help the poor, said former chief justice Reynato Puno.Puno, chair of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution, made this... Read More

Tugade fires LTO exec over illegal drugs

MANILA -- Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has fired a regional officer of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) after he was apprehended for possession of illegal drugs.The secretary has ordered LTO chief Edgar Galvante to immediately fire LTO Tarlac officer-in-charge... Read More

Makabayan bloc seeks to scrap 'regressive' provisions of TRAIN law

MANILA – Lawmakers belonging to the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives on Thursday filed a measure seeking to repeal certain "regressive" and "anti-poor" provisions of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.The seven-member bloc filed House Bill 7653, which seeks... Read More

Comelec, DOH to put up first aid stations in poll centers

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) in setting up first aid stations in polling centers across the country when voters choose their barangay and youth leaders on Monday.“Not all voting centers will be covered, but they (DOH) will... Read More

Duterte appoints acting DICT, DSWD chiefs

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed acting secretaries to lead the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).Duterte appointed Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr. as acting Secretary of the DICT. Rio has been the... Read More

Mindanao dev't fund given 2-year extension

PASIG CITY -- The Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) will continue to provide a socio-economic boost to fragile communities in the region following an agreement between the government and donor agencies to extend the program for two more years.The agreement was made by the Office of the Presidential Adviser... Read More

3 more families of Dengvaxia victims file raps vs. Garin, others

MANILA-- The parents of three teeners who reportedly died after being vaccinated with Dengvaxia filed Thursday a criminal complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against former Health Secretary Janette Garin and 36 others.The parents of Marc-Axl D. Eboña, Alexzander A. Jaime, Rei... Read More

Presto is new San Fernando, La Union bishop

MANILA -- Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Daniel Presto from the Diocese of Iba, Zambales as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of San Fernando, La Union.The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) made the announcement on its news website on Thursday.Presto replaces Rodolfo... Read More

Palace welcomes 6.8% PH economic growth in Q1

MANILA – Malacañang on Thursday welcomed the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) report that the Philippine economy grew 6.8 percent in the first quarter this year.“We welcome the good news that the Philippine economy grew by 6.8 percent in the first quarter of 2018 -- faster... Read More