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House pushes for accessible tourism

House pushes for accessible tourism

September 13, 2018, 5:56 pm

MANILA -- A measure seeking to give road access to all tourism sites in the country has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives. The Lower House passed on Tuesday via voice vote House Bill No. 8143, or the "Tourism Sites Accessibility Act". The bill mandates the Department of Public… Read More

Preemptive evacuation begins in areas along 'Ompong's' path

Preemptive evacuation begins in areas along 'Ompong's' path

September 13, 2018, 5:26 pm

MANILA -- Preemptive evacuation in regions that will be heavily affected by Typhoon "Ompong" has begun, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Edgar Posadas said Thursday. These are the Cordillera, Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley and Ilocos regions, Posadas… Read More

QCPD orders probe on P40.8-M 'shabu' in drainage

QCPD orders probe on P40.8-M 'shabu' in drainage

September 13, 2018, 5:01 pm

MANILA -- The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has ordered a probe on the discovery of six kilograms of suspected “shabu” (crystal meth) unearthed from a drainage project in Barangay North Fairview on Thursday. In a report to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), QCPD director… Read More

Taguig City steps up preparations as 'Ompong' intensifies

Taguig City steps up preparations as 'Ompong' intensifies

September 13, 2018, 5:00 pm

MANILA -- The Taguig City government has stepped up preparations as Typhoon "Ompong" entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday. ER Palima, officer-in-charge of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said boats, trucks and other rescue vehicles have already been… Read More

Transfer of registration for overseas voters ends Sept. 15

Transfer of registration for overseas voters ends Sept. 15

September 13, 2018, 4:52 pm

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded overseas absentee voters (OAV) that the last day to request for transfer of registration records is on September 15. According to Comelec Resolution No. 10217, those who are looking to transfer registration only have until Saturday to file… Read More

PRRD completely trusts military: Lorenzana

PRRD completely trusts military: Lorenzana

September 13, 2018, 4:41 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's challenge to military personnel to oust him shows his complete trust and confidence to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday. "Ang tingin ko sa kanya (What I think of him is that) he’s very comfortable… Read More

Makati court defers arrest warrant, HDO vs. Trillanes

Makati court defers arrest warrant, HDO vs. Trillanes

September 13, 2018, 4:28 pm

MANILA -- The Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 has deferred the issuance of a warrant of arrest and hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes lV. The court handles the coup d'état case against Trillanes, whose amnesty was voided by President Rodrigo Duterte.… Read More

Prelate lauds bill declaring Manaoag Basilica pilgrimage site

Prelate lauds bill declaring Manaoag Basilica pilgrimage site

September 13, 2018, 3:57 pm

MANILA -- The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan on Thursday lauded the approval on second reading by the House of Representatives a bill declaring the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag a pilgrimage site and tourist destination. “It is a recognition of the firm faith in God and deep… Read More

Trece Martires mayor, 6 others face raps over vice mayor's killing

Trece Martires mayor, 6 others face raps over vice mayor's killing

September 13, 2018, 3:56 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday filed two counts of murder and frustrated murder charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Trece Martires City Mayor Melandres de Sagun and 6 others for the death of TMC Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan and his driver, while… Read More

Lower joblessness proves economy remains strong: Palace

Lower joblessness proves economy remains strong: Palace

September 13, 2018, 3:29 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday welcomed a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed joblessness went down by 4.2 percent in the second quarter of the year. According to the SWS survey, joblessness declined from 23.9 percent in March to 19.7 percent in June. The pollster estimated the… Read More

Boracay’s carrying capacity for tourists limited to 19K a day: Cimatu

Boracay’s carrying capacity for tourists limited to 19K a day: Cimatu

September 13, 2018, 3:25 pm

MANILA -- The world-famous Boracay Island’s carrying capacity for tourists will be limited to 19,215 a day, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said Wednesday. Cimatu said that in the past, the highest tourist arrivals recorded was about 7,000 against the average of 6,000 a day. "Yung average na… Read More

Quezon City deploys rescue teams in flood-prone areas

Quezon City deploys rescue teams in flood-prone areas

September 13, 2018, 3:10 pm

MANILA -- Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Thursday ordered the advance deployment of Quezon City’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams in critical areas with the expected onslaught of Typhoon Ompong. After the pre-disaster risk assessment meeting of the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction… Read More

Comelec to study extension of voter registration for 2019 polls

Comelec to study extension of voter registration for 2019 polls

September 13, 2018, 3:09 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday it has yet to determine whether it will also extend the voters’ registration period for the May 2019 midterm elections. The poll body made the statement following its decision to move the period for the filing of Certificates of… Read More

PRRD dares new appointees to be ‘dedicated public servants’

PRRD dares new appointees to be ‘dedicated public servants’

September 13, 2018, 3:07 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has challenged government officials to become dedicated public servants as he led the mass oath-taking of the new presidential appointees. “It is my sincere hope that as you take your respective oaths of office, you will not just become dedicated civil… Read More

6 flights cancelled due to bad weather

6 flights cancelled due to bad weather

September 13, 2018, 2:04 pm

MANILA -- Six domestic flights were cancelled as of Thursday morning due to bad weather brought by Typhoon Ompong, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said. The cancelled flights were:PAL Express (2P) 2959/2960 Manila-Cotabato-ManilaCebu Pacific (5J) 703/704… Read More

PRRD to lead command conference for 'Ompong'

PRRD to lead command conference for 'Ompong'

September 13, 2018, 1:54 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte will hold a command conference to make sure that the government’s readiness for the forthcoming Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) is at the highest level. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the command conference will be held at the… Read More

More areas placed under TCWS 1; passengers stranded in ports

More areas placed under TCWS 1; passengers stranded in ports

September 13, 2018, 12:24 pm

MANILA -- More areas were placed under tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) No. 1 as typhoon “Ompong” (international name Mangkhut) maintained its strength as it barrels towards northern Luzon. In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services… Read More

NDRRMC on 'red alert' for 'Ompong'

NDRRMC on 'red alert' for 'Ompong'

September 13, 2018, 11:28 am

MANILA -- With typhoon "Ompong" threatening a large part of the country, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has been placed on "red alert" along with its Response Cluster, NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said Wednesday. "The National Council is closely monitoring… Read More

BRP Ramon Alcaraz joins sea phase of 'Kakadu' naval exercises

BRP Ramon Alcaraz joins sea phase of 'Kakadu' naval exercises

September 13, 2018, 11:27 am

MANILA -- BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) has successfully participated in the sea phase of this year's "Kakadu" exercises, which took place off the waters of northern Australia. This was bared by Naval Task Force-91 public affairs officer Lt. Maria Christina A. Roxas in a statement Wednesday. "As the… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thur., Sept. 13, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thur., Sept. 13, 2018

September 13, 2018, 7:42 am

BUSINESS MIRROR – Tax perks bill cause bigger trade gap: JFC INQUIRER – Typhoon takes aim at northern Luzon MANILA BULLETIN – ‘Ompong’ enters PH MANILA TIMES – ‘Ompong’ triggers massive evacuation MANILA STANDARD – Ondoy-level rain feared PHILIPPINE STAR – Ompong may be worse… Read More