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Claims vs. PRRD over PH-China deals ‘premature, unfair’

Claims vs. PRRD over PH-China deals ‘premature, unfair’

November 22, 2018, 4:26 pm

MANILA -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday chided administration critics for hurling “premature and unfair” accusations against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte over the bilateral agreements that the Philippines signed with China during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the… Read More

Trillanes asks SC anew to stop proclamation voiding his amnesty

Trillanes asks SC anew to stop proclamation voiding his amnesty

November 22, 2018, 3:55 pm

MANILA -- Lawyers of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday asked the Supreme Court (SC) anew to stop the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 which declared the amnesty granted by the previous administration to him as void ab initio (from the beginning). In his… Read More

PH, China seek cooperation pact on oil deal within a year

PH, China seek cooperation pact on oil deal within a year

November 22, 2018, 3:41 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine and Chinese governments seek to come up with a cooperation arrangement on the oil and gas exploration deal in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea within 12 months, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Thursday. In a television interview with CNN… Read More

House pushes for 'energy one-stop shop'

House pushes for 'energy one-stop shop'

November 22, 2018, 3:26 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading this week a measure seeking to streamline the process of securing the necessary permits for power generation projects through an Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop (eVOSS). With 215 affirmative votes, seven negative votes and no… Read More

Traffic during Xi’s visit ‘understandable’: Palace

Traffic during Xi’s visit ‘understandable’: Palace

November 22, 2018, 3:21 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday said the traffic caused by road closures during the two-day state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping is “understandable” because the security of the visiting head of state is a priority of the government. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this… Read More

NCRPO chief clarifies ‘confrontation’ with Chinese official

NCRPO chief clarifies ‘confrontation’ with Chinese official

November 22, 2018, 3:19 pm

MANILA -- National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Director Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday downplayed reports that he was scolded by a Chinese Embassy official for allowing protesters to hold a rally outside their office in Makati City. “It’s fake news. Actually, the Chinese… Read More

Diocese’s e-mail gets hacked; warns vs. fake solicitation

Diocese’s e-mail gets hacked; warns vs. fake solicitation

November 22, 2018, 2:56 pm

MANILA -- Bishop Alberto Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran has cautioned the faithful against those using his name to solicit money. Uy said the official e-mail address of the Diocese has been hacked. “It is very depressing to note that the official e-mail address of the Diocese of Tagbilaran has… Read More

Solons bat for automatic civil service eligibility bill

Solons bat for automatic civil service eligibility bill

November 22, 2018, 2:55 pm

MANILA -- In a bid to regularize more than 600,000 contractual employees in the government, two party-list lawmakers filed a measure granting civil service eligibility to those who have rendered at least three consecutive years of government service. Kabayan Party-list Reps. Ron Salo and Paul… Read More

DILG, ABS-CBN settle row over 'Ang Probinsyano'

DILG, ABS-CBN settle row over 'Ang Probinsyano'

November 22, 2018, 2:49 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and broadcast network ABS-CBN have resolved the contentious issues over the action drama series "Ang Probinsyano". In a joint statement on Thursday, both parties said their meeting on Wednesday resulted in a “fruitful dialogue”,… Read More

DOTr scraps 15-year age limit for trucks

DOTr scraps 15-year age limit for trucks

November 22, 2018, 2:26 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has scrapped the vehicle age limit for trucks amid the ongoing ‘truck holiday’ being staged by certain trucking groups in protest of the phasing out of trucks which are more than 15 years old. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory… Read More

Palace releases Honasan’s appointment paper as new DICT chief

Palace releases Honasan’s appointment paper as new DICT chief

November 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday released the appointment paper of Senator Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan II, two weeks after he accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to head the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Duterte signed Honasan’s appointment paper on… Read More

Lorenzana slams Joma’s slur vs. military, police

Lorenzana slams Joma’s slur vs. military, police

November 22, 2018, 1:04 pm

MANILA -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday berated Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria "Joma" Sison for his insulting comments against the military and the police, whom he accused of being behind the cancellation of his… Read More

DepEd condemns killing of teacher, wounding of pupil in Bulacan

DepEd condemns killing of teacher, wounding of pupil in Bulacan

November 22, 2018, 11:39 am

MANILA -- The Department of Education (Deped) said it "does not condone such display of violence in schools", referring to the shooting incident that killed an elementary teacher and wounded a pupil in Bulacan. In a statement late Wednesday, DepEd assured the public that it is consistently working… Read More

Xi, Duterte agree on continuous engagement

Xi, Duterte agree on continuous engagement

November 22, 2018, 11:38 am

MANILA -- The Philippines and China agreed to maintain close high-level communication through bilateral visits, phone calls, exchange of letters, and side meetings in multilateral forums, to strengthen the planning of bilateral relations. In a joint statement released by the Department of Foreign… Read More

Sandiganbayan junks motion to dismiss raps vs. ex-Cebu guv

Sandiganbayan junks motion to dismiss raps vs. ex-Cebu guv

November 22, 2018, 11:26 am

MANILA -- For lack of merit, the Sandiganbayan has denied the motion of former Cebu governor and now Representative Gwendolyn Garcia seeking to dismiss the criminal cases filed against her over the alleged irregular purchase of 10 parcels of land in Cebu province during her term as governor. The… Read More

PH Navy needs 42 multi-purpose assault craft: Empedrad

PH Navy needs 42 multi-purpose assault craft: Empedrad

November 22, 2018, 10:38 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) needs 42 multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC) in its fleet to further enhance its capabilities to defend the country's waters. PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad made this statement Wednesday shortly after the successful capability… Read More

Rains over Palawan as "Samuel" moves out of PAR

Rains over Palawan as "Samuel" moves out of PAR

November 22, 2018, 10:37 am

MANILA -- The province of Palawan will continue to experience rains as tropical depression “Samuel” maintained strength and continues to move out of the country on Thursday. In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration… Read More

DND, ARMSCOR to manufacture 50K .45-caliber pistols

DND, ARMSCOR to manufacture 50K .45-caliber pistols

November 22, 2018, 10:07 am

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) and ARMSCOR Global Defense Incorporated have signed a contract for the manufacture of 50,000 .45 caliber high-capacity pistols for the use of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). In a statement Wednesday, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong… Read More

New assault craft ideal for anti-piracy missions off Sulu

New assault craft ideal for anti-piracy missions off Sulu

November 22, 2018, 10:03 am

MANILA -- Aside from deterring intruders off Philippine waters, the country's newest multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC) are also ideal for suppressing the pirate threat off the waters of Sulu, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday. He added that with its high-speed and modern armament,… Read More

Andanar cites Japan's help for realization of digital TV in PH

Andanar cites Japan's help for realization of digital TV in PH

November 22, 2018, 10:02 am

MANILA – Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar expects a big improvement in the transmission capacity of state-owned People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI) with the use of Japan’s Integrated Services Digital Broadcast – Terrestrial (ISDB-T) System.  In his speech during… Read More