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Diokno: Free tuition to cost gov't P50-B initial expenses

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- Initial expenses from the newly signed law granting free tuition for students enrolled in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) will likely cost the government at least PHP50 billion in its first year of implementation, Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno... Read More

Comelec to recycle ballots if Oct. 23 village polls won't push through

MANILA,Aug. 10 --The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is planning to recycle the official ballots that already been printed in the event Congress has decided to postpone the October polls to next year.Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista noted that they have two options on how they will reuse the... Read More

Education at the forefront of Australia’s support to PH: envoy

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- Education has been at the forefront of Australia’s support to the Philippines, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely has said.“The BRIDGE program builds friendships through education and I am pleased to launch this initiative in the Philippines with... Read More

Rise in oil prices should not be blamed on excise tax alone -- DOF

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- The Department of Finance (DOF) on Thursday defended anew the inclusion of oil excise tax in the Duterte administration's tax reform program saying it was not the sole factor to blame for the rise in oil prices.“Factors such as weather, stocking, income, lower poverty, basic... Read More

Contingency plans readied for OFWs in Guam --DFA

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday assured that contingency plans have been prepared to ensure the safety of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should North Korea (NoKor) launch a missile strike on Guam island.“These contingency plans will enable the Consulate... Read More

Fewer jobless Filipinos in 2017 -- Abella

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Thursday announced that joblessness in the country continues to drop from 25.1 percent or 11.2 million in December 2016 to 22.2 percent or an estimated 10.5 million in June 2017.Abella said the development is an affirmation of the... Read More

Gov't assures full implementation of free tuition law by June 2018

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- Filipino students can now expect the full implementation of the recently signed law granting free tuition in all state-run universities and colleges in the country by June 2018, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) assured on Thursday,In a press briefing in Malacañan,... Read More

LP ratifies appointments of Robredo, Pangilinan

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- The Liberal Party’s National Executive Council (NECO) on Thursday ratified the party chairmanship of Vice President Leni Robredo and the party presidency of Sen. Francis Pangilinan.Meanwhile, the council also ratified a resolution conferring the title of chairman emeritus to... Read More

Sandiganbayan orders arrest of Honasan over P30M pork barrel scam

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- The Sandiganbayan has ordered the arrest of Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan in connection with the alleged PHP30 million pork barrel fund scam.The anti-graft court issued the warrant of arrest for violation of Republic Act No. 3019, or the “Anti-Graft and... Read More

Duterte declares state of calamity in Ormoc City, Kananga in Leyte

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a state of calamity in Ormoc City and the municipality of Kanaga in Leyte to hasten government recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the said areas that are still reeling from the effects of a powerful earthquake that hit the area last... Read More

Trillanes to Faeldon: Show up or be cited for contempt

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- Sen. Antonio Trillanes on Thursday called on Bureau of Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon to show up in the investigations involving the smuggling of PHP 6.4 billion worth of shabu from China or risk being cited for contempt."I hope he gets the courage to face congress and senators... Read More

AFP: No need to conduct loyalty check among troops in Marawi

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- All troops engaged in Marawi City are all accounted for, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Wednesday.Padilla also said there is no need to conduct loyalty check among soldiers engaged in clearing operations in Marawi as... Read More

Espenido vows probe to unmask cops in cahoots with Parojinogs

MANILA, Aug. 10 – Ozamiz City Police Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido on Thursday said that he will begin the investigation and identification of policemen allegedly involved in killings ordered by the Parojinog clan in the city.Espenido made the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte offered a... Read More

Honasan on 'pork' raps: I’m completely innocent

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- Over a week after being charged with two counts of graft by the Office of the Ombudsman over his alleged misuse of his PHP30-million pork barrel fund in 2012, Senator Gringo Honasan on Thursday said that he is “completely innocent” and ready to prove it."I am... Read More

VACC receives SC documents for Sereno impeach rap

MANILA, Aug. 10 – The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. (VPCI) on Thursday received the records from the Supreme Court (SC) in support to the impeachment complaint they filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.VACC... Read More

Taguba not a Customs broker: CCBI

MANILA, Aug. 10-- The Chamber of Customs Brokers Inc., (CCBI) clarified that Mark Ruben Taguba, one of the witnesses in the House hearing on the PHP6.4 billion shabu shipment from China, is not a Customs broker."For the information and guidance of the public, Mr. Taguba, is not a customs broker and... Read More

CHR lauds passage of anti-hospital deposit law

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has lauded the passage of a law increasing the penalties for hospitals and clinics that refuse to give initial medical treatment in emergency or serious cases.This developed after Republic Act No. 10932, or the “Anti-Hospital Deposit... Read More

Ex-Leyte town mayor rapped with graft

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- Former Babatngon, Leyte Mayor Charita Chan is again facing indictment before the Sandiganbayan for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act”, for issuing a business permit to a cockpit without authority from the... Read More

9 nabbed for illegal fishing in Navotas

MANILA, Aug. 10 – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday announced the arrest of nine persons in Navotas City for illegal fishing.NBI Director Dante Gierran identified the suspects as Jun Esatan, boat captain, Ronulfo Perez, Ervin Tremotcha, Floro Dela Jente, Rolly Beling,... Read More

DILG tells LGUs : No designated smoking areas in schools, hospitals

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- Local government units (LGUs) must ensure that there are no designated smoking areas (DSAs) in public places such as schools and hospitals as well as in other recreational facilities for minors, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).A DSA refers... Read More