Palace orders DAP prexy to vacate post

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) President Elba Cruz to vacate her post as her term had already expired in June 2017.The order was given through a letter signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Monday.In the letter, Medialdea said... Read More

4 PDEA informants get P4.8-M reward

MANILA -- Four informants received a total of PHP4.83 million in cash rewards from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday.In a simple ceremony at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City, the informants received the incentive, which falls under the PDEA Operation: Private Eye (OPE),... Read More

Senators laud Duterte’s signing of 2018 budget, tax reform package

MANILA -- Senators lauded the move of President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday to sign into law the PHP3.767-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2018 (RA 10963) and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act (RA 10964)."The passage of our national budget every year comes with the... Read More

1-M people now affected by 'Urduja': NDRRMC

MANILA -- Families affected by Tropical Depression "Urduja" has now hit the 281,902 mark which is equivalent to 1,090,725 persons, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its Wednesday update.The affected families are from 1,706 barangays from MIMAROPA and Regions V,... Read More

DND to comply with PRRD's holiday truce directive

MANILA -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the military would follow President Rodrigo Duterte's directive regarding the suspension of military operations (SOMO) against the New People's Army (NPA) communist terrorists."Well, we will follow the directive of the President kung nag-ano siya... Read More

Duterte declares holiday truce with Reds

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels this Christmas season, Malacañang said Wednesday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the President announced the suspension of military operations (SOMO) against the Communist Party of the... Read More

Senate holds first hearing on BBL

MANILA -- The Senate on Wednesday held its first hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).The proposed BBL seeks the creation of a new Bangsamoro government to replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).Senator Juan... Read More

Lanao Sur execs dismissed for unremitted GSIS, PAGIBIG premiums

MANILA -- Bacolod-Kalawi, Lanao del Sur Vice Mayor Diarangan Dipatuan and treasurer Rasad Dumarpa have been found guilty of grave misconduct and ordered dismissed from service.They have also been meted the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, and... Read More

PCOO steps up FOI implementation

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has reaffirmed its leadership role in the implementation of the freedom of information (FOI) program in the executive branch, following the transfer of theFOI Program Monitoring Office (FOI-PMO) to a new home inside Malacañang... Read More

3 weather systems affecting PH: PAGASA

MANILA --Three weather systems are affecting the country, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.In its 24-hour weather forecast, a trough of a low pressure area (LPA) continues to affect the eastern section of Mindanao,... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR – TRAIN to hasten rollout of big-ticket govt projectsINQUIRER – Dengvaxia blamed for death of 2 kidsMANILA BULLETIN – 2018 budget, TRAIN signedMANILA TIMES – Urduja toll rises to 46; hopes for missing fadeMANILA STANDARD – Sanofi started it all -... Read More

Gadon plea to subpoena Sereno to impeach hearing 'ridiculous': spox

MANILA -- The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno described lawyer Larry Gadon's move asking the House of Representatives to subpoena the former to attend the impeachment hearing as ridiculous.“This is yet another ridiculous statement from Mr. Gadon, who has discarded the law and turned... Read More

Duterte wants entry of 3rd telco in PH by Q1 2018

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to fast-track the entry of the third player to improve telco services in the country, Malacañang said Tuesday.In a Palace... Read More

3 roads now open; 8 still closed in Regions 8, 4B due to 'Urduja'

MANILA -- Three road sections in MIMAROPA and Eastern Visayas Region are now open to traffic, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.According to the report of DPWH – Bureau of Maintenance (DPWH-BOM), as of Tuesday, the Dr. Damian Reyes Memorial Road Boac Side (K0025+400) in... Read More

BI deports 47 SoKor fugitives

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) ordered a mass deportation, a first for the bureau, of 47 South Koreans wanted for different crimes in their homeland.BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that 45 of the deportees were flown aboard a Jeju Air flight from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport... Read More

41 deaths due to 'Urduja' still subject to DILG checking: NDRRMC

MANILA -- The 41 people feared dead due to the onslaught of tropical depression 'Urduja' are still being verified by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).This was bared by National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Mina Marasigan in a briefing... Read More

TRAIN frees 99% of Filipinos from paying income taxes: Palace

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday said the tax reform package, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill that President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law would spare 99 percent of Filipinos from paying income taxes.In a Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque... Read More

France, US offer prayers to ‘Urduja’ victims

MANILA -- After tropical storm "Urduja” lashed Eastern Visayas and southern Luzon, the French and United States government on Tuesday extended its full solidarity and prayers to Filipinos and the Philippine government as it begins efforts rebuilding damaged areas.

In a statement sent to... Read More

Duterte signs into law 2018 budget, tax reform package

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday signed into law the PHP3.767-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2018 (RA 10963) and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act (RA 10964), which he said are the fulfillment of his campaign promise to institute genuine fiscal... Read More

PH a prime investment destination in SE Asia

MANILA — The Philippine delegation at the 5th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Connectivity Forum in Seoul, Korea was able to highlight the country's attractiveness "as one of the most viable investment destinations in ASEAN," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on... Read More