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Classes suspended in areas of Luzon, Visayas due to ‘Ompong’

Classes suspended in areas of Luzon, Visayas due to ‘Ompong’

September 13, 2018, 7:39 am

MANILA -- Some local government units (LGUs) have suspended classes on Thursday in preparation for the onslaught of Typhoon "Ompong" (international name Mangkhut). Classes in all levels for both public and private schools have been suspended in the following areas: North Luzon - Abra (until… Read More

'Ompong' gains strength; TCWS 1 raised in several areas

'Ompong' gains strength; TCWS 1 raised in several areas

September 13, 2018, 7:37 am

MANILA -- Several provinces on the eastern side of the country and northern Luzon have been placed under tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 as Typhoon "Ompong" (international name "Mangkhut") gains strength. In its 5 a.m. severe weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and… Read More

Duterte hikes Asian Games gold winners' bonus to P8-M each

Duterte hikes Asian Games gold winners' bonus to P8-M each

September 12, 2018, 10:05 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday vowed his continued support to the Philippine sports as he increased the cash bonus of gold winners in the recently-concluded Asian Games in Palembang-Jakarta to PHP8 million each. “Let me assure our athletes that you have my continued support in… Read More

Go ‘excited’ to face Trillanes for 2nd time at Senate

Go ‘excited’ to face Trillanes for 2nd time at Senate

September 12, 2018, 9:53 pm

MANILA – Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday said he is “very excited” to face Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV for a second time in a Senate probe into his relatives’ alleged multi-billion peso deals with the government. Trillanes… Read More

Senate panel okays proposed BCDA 2019 budget

Senate panel okays proposed BCDA 2019 budget

September 12, 2018, 9:43 pm

MANILA – A Senate sub-committee on finance approved on Wednesday the proposed budget of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). For 2019, BCDA is requesting for a PHP17.18-billion budget, the bulk of which will be for the construction of sports facilities at the National Government… Read More

Solon urges DENR to buy choppers to monitor illegal activities

Solon urges DENR to buy choppers to monitor illegal activities

September 12, 2018, 9:41 pm

MANILA – Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito on Wednesday called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to consider buying helicopters to better fulfill its mandate in protecting, conserving and managing the country’s environment and natural resources. Ejercito made the… Read More

Dela Rosa officially joins PDP-Laban; confirms Senate bid

Dela Rosa officially joins PDP-Laban; confirms Senate bid

September 12, 2018, 9:39 pm

MANILA -- Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Wednesday was sworn in as the newest member of President Rodrigo Duterte's party, and confirmed his Senate bid in next year's midterm elections. The former national police chief took his oath as member of the… Read More

Chinese FM to visit Manila for joint exploration talks

Chinese FM to visit Manila for joint exploration talks

September 12, 2018, 9:37 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday announced that Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit Manila to discuss the joint exploration between China and the Philippines. In a statement sent by DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato, the agency said… Read More

LTFRB launches Pantawid Pasada caravan

LTFRB launches Pantawid Pasada caravan

September 12, 2018, 9:20 pm

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will hold its two-day caravan of the Pantawid Pasada fuel voucher cards for public utility jeepneys (PUJ) operators and drivers in Metro Manila. The distribution of the Pantawid Pasada cards will be held at the San Andres… Read More

House cancels passage of Road Board abolition bill

House cancels passage of Road Board abolition bill

September 12, 2018, 9:03 pm

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Wednesday moved to rescind the passage of a bill seeking the abolition of the Road Board. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. moved the motion on the floor during Wednesday's plenary session. In May, the Lower House approved on third and final… Read More

House approves taxi passenger rights bill on 2nd reading

House approves taxi passenger rights bill on 2nd reading

September 12, 2018, 9:02 pm

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a bill establishing the rights of passengers of taxis, tourist car transport service (TCTS), and other similar vehicles for hire. The Lower House approved, via voice vote, House Bill No. 7774, otherwise known as the… Read More

DTI to hold off price hikes for basic goods in next 3 months

DTI to hold off price hikes for basic goods in next 3 months

September 12, 2018, 8:59 pm

MANILA – The prices of basic goods such as water, sardines, noodles, among others will not increase in the next three months, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assured on Wednesday. DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo allayed fears of consumers that rising inflation and the tax reform for… Read More

Arroyo on NFA Council abolition: 'We'll work on it'

Arroyo on NFA Council abolition: 'We'll work on it'

September 12, 2018, 8:53 pm

MANILA – House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Wednesday if President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to abolish the National Food Authority (NFA) Council, the House of Representatives will work on it. Arroyo made the statement after Duterte revealed his plan to scrap the policy-making body… Read More

NFA needs ‘absolutely honest’ chief: Palace

NFA needs ‘absolutely honest’ chief: Palace

September 12, 2018, 8:51 pm

MANILA – Malacañang said Wednesday the next National Food Authority (NFA) administrator should be “absolutely honest” and able to cope with the country’s rice supply problems. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after President Rodrigo Duterte bared on Tuesday that NFA… Read More

Multi-layer trading scheme seen as culprit in high price of goods

Multi-layer trading scheme seen as culprit in high price of goods

September 12, 2018, 8:39 pm

MANILA – A multi-layer trading scheme could be the reason behind the high prices of agricultural products, such as fish and vegetables, a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official said on Wednesday. “Could be the trading scheme that has many layers,” Ruth Castelo, DTI undersecretary… Read More

SC affirms 10-centavo levy on marine transport of oil

SC affirms 10-centavo levy on marine transport of oil

September 12, 2018, 7:52 pm

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) declared as constitutional the 10-centavo per liter levy of oil delivered and transshipped by petroleum marine transport companies which will be used to cover damage to property, containment, clean-up, and rehabilitation in case of oil spills as provided for in… Read More

Pray and prepare, clergy urges public as 'Ompong' threatens PH

Pray and prepare, clergy urges public as 'Ompong' threatens PH

September 12, 2018, 7:50 pm

MANILA -- Members of the clergy on Wednesday urged Filipinos to pray and be prepared as Typhoon Ompong threatens the country. “With this coming typhoon, let us first of all resort to prayers. Prayer is our strength. Prayer is our assurance. Let us pray as one country begging God to keep us safe,… Read More

All precautions in place for 'Ompong': NDRRMC

All precautions in place for 'Ompong': NDRRMC

September 12, 2018, 7:47 pm

MANILA -- The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is taking all possible precautions to ensure the safety of residents in areas lying in the path of Typhoon Ompong (international name "Mangkhut"). In line with this, the agency is bracing for worst case scenarios,… Read More

MMDA deploys emergency personnel for 'Ompong'

MMDA deploys emergency personnel for 'Ompong'

September 12, 2018, 7:44 pm

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is bracing for the possible impact of Typhoon 'Ompong' in Metro Manila. Some 60 emergency personnel are on standby to provide critical services to the public at any given time, according to an MMDA advisory sent to the media Wednesday.… Read More

2 nabbed over 'baby-for-sale' in NAIA

2 nabbed over 'baby-for-sale' in NAIA

September 12, 2018, 7:42 pm

MANILA -- Two women, including a registered nurse, were arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for child trafficking in Pasay City. In a statement Wednesday, the NBI said operatives from its International Airport Investigation Division (NBI-IAID) apprehended the… Read More