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DFA offers sympathies to typhoon-hit Japan

DFA offers sympathies to typhoon-hit Japan

September 5, 2018, 8:41 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday offered its sympathies to Japan after Typhoon Jebi left 10 persons dead and around 300 others injured. The Philippine embassy in Tokyo and the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka have not received any reports of Filipinos being among… Read More

Palace hopeful for passage of universal healthcare this month

Palace hopeful for passage of universal healthcare this month

September 5, 2018, 8:09 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday expressed hope that Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito will live up to his promise to push for the passage of the Universal Healthcare in the Senate within the month. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he has personally talked to Ejercito, chair of… Read More

Senate lauds Filipino sardines maker for winning award in Spain

Senate lauds Filipino sardines maker for winning award in Spain

September 5, 2018, 7:51 pm

MANILA -- The Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution commending Maunlad Canning Corp., the manufacturer of Young Town’s sardines, for bringing honor and pride to the country when it won the international Food and Beverage Quality award in Madrid, Spain. Senate Resolution No. 296, which was… Read More

PNP ready to arrest Trillanes once warrant out

PNP ready to arrest Trillanes once warrant out

September 5, 2018, 7:46 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it is ready to implement the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes once it is ordered by the court. "The PNP as a law enforcement agency is constitutionally mandated to implement the orders of judicial authorities," PNP spokesman Senior Supt.… Read More

POEA orders OFW deployment ban to Micronesia

POEA orders OFW deployment ban to Micronesia

September 5, 2018, 7:45 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has ordered a total deployment ban to the Federated States of Micronesia due to reports of abuses and maltreatment on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the nation. POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 05-2018, said that no OFWs,… Read More

Palace thanks Senate passage of Dengvaxia supplemental budget

Palace thanks Senate passage of Dengvaxia supplemental budget

September 5, 2018, 7:44 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday thanked the Senate for the speedy passage of the PHP1.16-billion supplemental budget to help children who have been vaccinated with the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. “(We) appreciate (the) Senate’s prompt approval of (the) Dengvaxia supplemental budget,”… Read More

Authorities probe alleged airport theft involving X-ray operator

Authorities probe alleged airport theft involving X-ray operator

September 5, 2018, 7:36 pm

MANILA -- Authorities from the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) are conducting further investigation on the alleged theft involving an X-ray operator at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). AIRPORT THEFT. MIAA Intelligence and… Read More

Gov't economic managers monitor inflation 'with vigilance'

Gov't economic managers monitor inflation 'with vigilance'

September 5, 2018, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday said the economic team of President Rodrigo Duterte has been monitoring the inflation with vigilance. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance as inflation hit a nine-year high at 6.4 percent in August. “The President’s economic team… Read More

DOE lauds Shell for add'l P0.25 discount for PUVs

DOE lauds Shell for add'l P0.25 discount for PUVs

September 5, 2018, 7:01 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Energy (DOE) on Wednesday lauded oil company Pilipinas Shell for implementing an additional discount of PHP0.25 per liter of diesel for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers on top of the PHP1 per liter it has granted since March this year. Last March, Shell was among… Read More

House okays PWDs' mandatory PhilHealth coverage on 2nd reading

House okays PWDs' mandatory PhilHealth coverage on 2nd reading

September 5, 2018, 6:58 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure providing mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage for persons with disabilities (PWDs). Members of the lower chamber passed via voice vote House Bill No. 8014, which mandates that all… Read More

Senate approves P1.16-B supplemental budget for Dengvaxia recipients

Senate approves P1.16-B supplemental budget for Dengvaxia recipients

September 5, 2018, 6:54 pm

MANILA -- The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill providing a PHP1.161-billion supplemental budget to fund the medical needs of children who were given the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. The bill, which was certified by President Rodrigo Duterte as urgent, was… Read More

Maynilad aims to plant 100K trees in 2018 under 'Plant for Life'

Maynilad aims to plant 100K trees in 2018 under 'Plant for Life'

September 5, 2018, 6:54 pm

MANILA -- As part of its efforts to help reforest vital watersheds and prevent calamities like land erosion and flooding, water distributor Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) recently kicked off its “Plant for Life” tree-planting program for 2018. For this year, Maynilad has committed to… Read More

UN to review PH implementation of PWD rights convention

UN to review PH implementation of PWD rights convention

September 5, 2018, 6:40 pm

MANILA-- The United Nations (UN) is set to review the Philippines' implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on September 12, Wednesday, in Geneva, Switzerland. The constructive dialogue, to be attended by a delegation from the Philippine Coalition on… Read More

Comelec: Preps for Marawi village polls 'almost done'

Comelec: Preps for Marawi village polls 'almost done'

September 5, 2018, 5:35 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is almost done with the preparations for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) in Marawi City on September 22. Comelec Project Director for Marawi Elections Teopisto Elnas noted that they are 95 percent prepared to hold the said… Read More

PRRD vows graft-free biz environment to Israeli investors

PRRD vows graft-free biz environment to Israeli investors

September 5, 2018, 5:33 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has promised a corruption-free business environment as he enticed Israeli businessmen to invest in the Philippines. “I’m going to make it simpler and simpler the rules when I go back. And I want it really to be graft-free,” Duterte said in his speech… Read More

Ex-Davao del Sur town execs face 10-year jail term for graft

Ex-Davao del Sur town execs face 10-year jail term for graft

September 5, 2018, 5:32 pm

MANILA -- Three former local officials of Bansalan, Davao del Sur are facing a 10-year jail term after the Sandiganbayan found them guilty of graft for issuing a mayor’s permit despite the firecrackers ban in 2009. The anti-graft court's Special 7th Division, in a decision dated last Aug. 31,… Read More

Trillanes should present valid records, not news clips: Palace

Trillanes should present valid records, not news clips: Palace

September 5, 2018, 5:29 pm

MANILA – A video that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV presented to the media to prove that he filed an application for amnesty in 2010 has no bearing, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Trillanes should instead present valid documents proving that he applied for… Read More

No DOJ involvement in review of Trillanes amnesty: Guevarra

No DOJ involvement in review of Trillanes amnesty: Guevarra

September 5, 2018, 5:21 pm

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday clarified that the Department of Justice was not involved in the review of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, which was declared void ab initio by President Rodrigo Duterte through Proclamation No. 572. “The DOJ was not… Read More

Cubao-NAIA P2P bus route launched

Cubao-NAIA P2P bus route launched

September 5, 2018, 5:01 pm

MANILA -- A new premium point-to-point bus (P2P) bus route from Cubao to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is now operational after transport company UBE Express formally launched on Sept. 3 the bus route. Passengers may avail of the P2P buses for a fare of PHP 100. These buses are… Read More

Grab welcomes LTFRB reversal of P2 fare reimbursement ruling

Grab welcomes LTFRB reversal of P2 fare reimbursement ruling

September 5, 2018, 4:59 pm

MANILA -- The recent order of the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to partially grant Grab's motion for reconsideration of its earlier ruling to make Grab reimburse fares to its riders was welcomed with open arms by the ride-sharing transport firm in the Philippines.… Read More