'Vinta' trough to bring rains over Palawan: PAGASA

MANILA -- Typhoon "Vinta" may have left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Christmas Eve, but Palawan province would continue to experience moderate to heavy rainshowers this Christmas Day.In its latest bulletin, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– Deadly pre-Christmas mall blaze kills 37 in Davao CityINQUIRER– Mall fire: Duterte weeps for 37 deadPHILIPPINE STAR– Vinta death toll tops 200MANILA BULLETIN– 'Vinta' kills at least 200MANILA TIMES– Duterte weeps for 37 feared deadMANILA STANDARD–... Read More

No Christmas break for DSWD field offices in Vinta-affected areas

MANILA--The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Sunday vowed to work round the clock to assist families affected by typhoon “Vinta” by suspending the holiday break for its field offices in the affected regions."We would like to assure the Filipino people that the DSWD... Read More

DSWD assists Marawi IDPs affected by ‘Vinta’

MANILA --The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Sunday said they temporarily transferred internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the Marawi siege in school buildings in Lanao del Norte due to the onslaught of tropical storm ‘Vinta’."Based on the latest report... Read More

DOH records 5 firework-related injuries

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday said there was a new case of firecracker-related injury bringing the total to five on the third day of monitoring.Based on Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction Injury Reduction 2017 Report No. 3, there are now a total of five firecracker-related... Read More

NDRRMC still verifying 123 reported deaths, 160 missing from 'Vinta'

MANILA --- Casualties caused by "Vinta" are still undergoing verification and validation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).This was stressed by National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Mina Marasigan in Sunday's update.In the said... Read More

Lookout bulletin issued vs Aquino, ex-Cabinet men over Dengvaxia mess

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) against former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, some of his Cabinet members, and key Sanofi Pasteur executives in connection with the controversial P3.5 billion dengue immunization... Read More

DOTr orders probe into MV Mercraft 3 mishap

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered an investigation into the sea mishap involving MV Mercraft 3 which sank off the waters between Quezon province and Polilio Island last Dec. 21, 2017.This, as Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade directed the Maritime Industry Authority... Read More

Duterte asks for prayers for 37 persons feared dead in Davao fire

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte has asked families to pray for the 37 call center agents of Survey Sampling International (SSI) who are still unaccounted 15 hours after the fire broke out at a Davao City home-grown mall along McArthur Highway, Davao City on Saturday morning.The call... Read More

37 persons still unaccounted in NCCC mall fire

Duterte told the families face to face that it is almost impossible that there could still be survivors in the fire that gutted the entire mall starting nine in the morning of December 23 and until the morning of December 24.Experts say that even if the trapped call center agents were able to keep... Read More

'Vinta' maintains strength; expected to exit PAR Sunday

MANILA -- Typhoon "Vinta" has maintained its strength as it nears its exit out of the country, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday morning.PAGASA said "Vinta" is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility... Read More

Korea hikes visa fee

MANILA— The visa application fee for South Korea will increase from PHP2,700 to PHP3,000, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.The increase will cover Employment Permit System (EPS) workers, who are applying for E-9 visas.The new visa fee will be effective January 1,... Read More

PCOO, PNA, PTV-4, PBS cited for media leadership

TARLAC CITY –The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and three of its attached media agencies have been cited for media leadership by a group of journalists commissioned by media and technology consulting firm IBS Worldwide Corp.The Philippine News Agency (PNA), PTV-4 and... Read More

DFA assures contingency plans in place in KSA

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday assured Filipinos that contingency plans in Saudi Arabia are in place after it expressed "strong concern"over the spate of ballistic missile attacks targeting the Gulf state.In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano... Read More

Damage by 'Urduja' reaches P1.5-B

MANILA -- Damage from Tropical Depression Urduja has reached an estimated PHP1.5 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Saturday.Agriculture sustained about PHP869 million in damages, and infrastructure PHP581 million, NDRRMC executive director Ricardo... Read More

Spares needed for MG-520 instrument systems

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF), through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), is allocating PHP7.9 million for the procurement of spares needed for the maintenance of the instrument system of McDonnell Douglas MG-520 "Defender" attack helicopters.In a bid bulletin posted at the Philippine... Read More

LRT-1 to accept new BSP coins in March 2018

MANILA -- The ticket vending machines (TVMs) of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 will start accepting new coins released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) by March next year.LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) said Friday the TVMS have yet to be reconfigured for the new designs... Read More

Palace hopes communist rebels would honor ceasefire deal

MANILA -- Malacañang on Friday welcomed the New People's Army's (NPA) declaration of a unilateral ceasefire with the government this Yuletide season.In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government expects the communist rebels to comply with its own ceasefire... Read More

'Vinta' slightly intensifies; continues westward direction

MANILA -- Tropical Storm Vinta has slightly intensified as it continues moving westward at 20 km. per hour (kph) toward southern Palawan, the state weather agency said Saturday morning."Vinta" was last eyed at 210 km. west-northwest of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, or 285 km. southeast of... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– It's back to center stage for PPPINQUIRER– 21 children sue Aquino over Dengvaxia messPHILIPPINE STAR– NPA also declares Christmas ceasefireMANILA BULLETIN– NPA declares holiday truce, tooMANILA TIMES– Ferry death toll rises to 5MANILA STANDARD–... Read More