Expansion of Bataan freeport gets House nod

MANILA -- The House of Representatives has unanimously approved a proposal seeking to strengthen the powers and functions of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) to enhance its competitiveness and expand investment opportunities.With 206 affirmative votes, the House approved House... Read More

Immigration tightens screening of visitors from Middle East

MANILA -- Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel at the international airports in the country have been ordered to strictly screen foreign passengers especially those coming from the Middle East who are holders of European passports.The directive was issued after bureau personnel last week,... Read More

NDRRMC open to review of disaster protocols

MANILA --The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday said it is open to any review of its disaster protocols in the wake of the large death toll left by typhoon "Vinta"."We welcome all of these reviews. Wala naman tayong perfect laws (We have no perfect laws). Wala... Read More

Duterte leads awarding of 500 housing units to Marawi residents

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the turnover of 500 transitional shelters on Wednesday afternoon (December 27) to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi City, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed on Wednesday.This, as reconstruction of the city begins following an... Read More

'Vinta' affected families now at 143K: NDRRMC

MANILA -- As reports from the field continue to come in, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Wednesday that the number of families affected by "Vinta" has now climbed to 143,188 families or 673,429 persons residing in 1,140 barangays in Mimaropa, Regions 7, 9,... Read More

Retired SC Justice Justo Torres Jr. dies at 90

MANILA -- Retired Associate Justice Justo P. Torres Jr. died on Tuesday (December 26) at the age of 90, the Supreme Court Public Information Office (PIO) announced.“The SC En Banc mourns the passing of its 138th Associate Justice, Hon. Justo P. Torres, who served on the Court from March 11,... Read More

House okays promotion of safe, non-hazardous children’s products

MANILA -- The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure that seeks to regulate the importation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of children’s products containing hazardous chemicals.With 189 affirmative votes, the House unanimously approved House Bill 6702... Read More

PDEA outlines strides under Aquino's 1st 100 days

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has posted significant accomplishments in its anti-narcotics operations under the first 100 days of Aaron N. Aquino as PDEA Director General as it continues to wage war against illegal drugs under the Duterte administration.Aquino, former... Read More

Catholic Church launches P5.8-M appeal for 'Vinta' affected areas

MANILA -- The humanitarian, development, and advocacy arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has launched a PHP5.8 million appeal to the Caritas confederation around the world for the victims of Typhoon "Vinta".Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of NASSA/Caritas... Read More

Enough funds available for 'Urduja,' 'Vinta' victims: NDRRMC

MANILA -- The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday said that there are sufficient funds to assist families that were badly hit by typhoons "Urduja" and "Vinta."NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan said the government is extending PHP10,000 financial aid to families... Read More

Tail-end of cold front, northeast monsoon to bring rains over PH

MANILA -- Most parts of the country will experience scattered rains Wednesday due to the tail-end of a cold front and the northeast monsoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.The tail-end of the cold front would bring cloudy skies with... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed., Dec. 27, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR – Senators probing hazing death unfazed by SC orderINQUIRER – Violations of mall safety rules baredPHILIPPINE STAR – Palace: Drug war hugely successfulMANILA BULLETIN – 176 still missing due to ‘Vinta’MANILA TIMES – PCSO junks Atong’s... Read More

Majority of Filipinos satisfied with Duterte performance: SWS

MANILA -- As the year draws to a close, President Rodrigo Duterte's net satisfaction rating among Filipinos rebounds to "Very Good," while his satisfaction score in Mindanao remained "Excellent," the fourth-quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said.In its latest survey released... Read More

China extends sympathy to ‘Vinta’ victims

MANILA -- As the death toll of the deadly typhoon "Vinta" climbs to more than 100, the Chinese government on Tuesday extended its sympathy to Filipinos.In a statement sent to the media, Chinese Embassy in Manila said Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent a message to Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano... Read More

ASEAN to finalize document pushing rights of PWDs in 2018

MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said an enabling master plan to push further the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) is expected to be concluded and submitted for adoption in 2018.In mid-December, the bloc – a joint initiative by the ASEAN Intergovernmental... Read More

LTFRB suspends 7 Partas buses over deadly Christmas Day mishap

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered the preventive suspension of a bus firm that figured in a Christmas Day road accident in Agoo, La Union for its failure to submit footages of the incident from its dashboard camera (dash cam).The 30-day suspension... Read More

Tagle seeks donations for victims of ‘Urduja,’ ‘Vinta’

MANILA -- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has appealed to the faithful to help the people affected by typhoons "Urduja" and "Vinta" in Visayas and Mindanao in the past weeks.He urged the public to be compassionate and share their blessings in the spirit of the holiday season in areas... Read More

Quality time best gift OFWs can give loved ones: Prelate

MANILA -- An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Commission on Pastoral Care for Migrant and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are vacationing in the country for the holiday season to spend time with their families and not to... Read More

PCSO GM willing to be probed over 'grandiose' Xmas party

MANILA -- Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Alexander Balutan said he is open to an investigation on the millions of pesos allegedly spent by the agency for its Christmas party.“I will volunteer to be investigated and open to any investigation by Congress," Balutan... Read More

DOJ set to file formal petition tagging CPP-NPA as terrorist group

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) is carefully studying the formal petition they plan to file this week before the regional trial court officially declaring as terrorist groups the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).Justice... Read More