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Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Friday, July 27, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Friday, July 27, 2018

July 27, 2018, 8:28 am

BUSINESS MIRROR – DTI asks PCC to check foreign shipping charges INQUIRER – ‘No-el’ finds scant support in House MANILA BULLETIN – Duterte signs Bangsamoro law MANILA TIMES – House twits Senate: ‘Mind your own business’ MANILA STANDARD – Rody taps SC justice for Ombudsman post… Read More

PRRD’s US trip being worked out: Palace

PRRD’s US trip being worked out: Palace

July 26, 2018, 11:36 pm

MANILA – Malacañang confirmed on Thursday Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez has been convincing President Rodrigo Duterte to accept the invitation of President Donald Trump to visit the United States. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Romualdez made the… Read More

House will be ‘laughing stock' if Suarez still Minority leader: Drilon

House will be ‘laughing stock' if Suarez still Minority leader: Drilon

July 26, 2018, 9:40 pm

MANILA – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday warned that the House of Representatives would be the “laughing stock of history” if Quezon 3rd District Rep. Danilo Suarez retains his post as House Minority Leader. Appearing at the regular Kapihan sa Senado forum, Drilon pointed… Read More

PRRD signs Bangsamoro Organic Law

PRRD signs Bangsamoro Organic Law

July 26, 2018, 9:37 pm

MANILA – Malacañang on Thursday confirmed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte finally signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). “This is to announce that the President has just signed the BOL into law,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a text message to Palace reporters. During… Read More

Victory means PH control in WPS: Lorenzana

Victory means PH control in WPS: Lorenzana

July 26, 2018, 9:30 pm

MANILA -- Victory for the country in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) issue is only considered complete once full Filipino control or ownership is established in the territory, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday. "Until such time that we get the whole WPS to ourselves, it is not a… Read More

Drilon: draft federal charter just one of many proposals for study

Drilon: draft federal charter just one of many proposals for study

July 26, 2018, 8:13 pm

MANILA -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday said the Senate will treat the draft Federal Charter submitted by the Consultative Committee (Con-Com) as just another proposal to amend the Constitution, which the chamber will have to carefully study along with others. Last July 9,… Read More

Anti-smoking advocates laud Duterte's call to prioritize UHC Bill

Anti-smoking advocates laud Duterte's call to prioritize UHC Bill

July 26, 2018, 8:07 pm

MANILA -- Members of a health alliance on Thursday said they were delighted over President Rodrigo Duterte's call for the speedy passage of the Universal Health Care Bill (UHC). "We are happy that the president made UHC bill a priority bill," said Dr. Maricar Limpin, executive director of… Read More

Passengers warned on using fraudulent passport

Passengers warned on using fraudulent passport

July 26, 2018, 7:39 pm

MANILA -- Passengers accessing the country's main airport are warned against using fraudulent passports, as Filipino immigration officers are there to scrutinize every document, an official told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday. "Our officers were trained to detect fraudulent… Read More

No swine flu outbreak in PH, assures BAI

No swine flu outbreak in PH, assures BAI

July 26, 2018, 7:35 pm

MANILA -- There is no swine flu outbreak in the country, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) said in a statement issued Thursday. The bureau said it has not received verified reports on such outbreak. "Allegations circulating in social media and text messages about swine influenza in the country… Read More

9 Manila-El Nido flights cancelled Thursday due to bad weather

9 Manila-El Nido flights cancelled Thursday due to bad weather

July 26, 2018, 7:27 pm

MANILA -- Nine flights between Manila and El Nido were cancelled as of Thursday afternoon due to bad weather in El Nido, Palawan, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said. Cancelled flights were AirSwift's (T6) 111/112 Manila-El Nido-Manila, T6 126/127 Manila-El Nido-Manila, T6… Read More

No obstacles to signing of BOL: Palace

No obstacles to signing of BOL: Palace

July 26, 2018, 6:55 pm

MANILA -- There are no obstacles preventing President Rodrigo R. Duterte from signing the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stressed that the Palace was merely deciding whether or not there should be a ceremony during the signing of… Read More

LPAs forming and dissolving quickly expected in coming days

LPAs forming and dissolving quickly expected in coming days

July 26, 2018, 6:53 pm

MANILA -- A low-pressure area (LPA) spotted in the vicinity of San Nicolas, Batangas was expected to dissolve late afternoon to early evening on Thursday, the state weather bureau reported. Ariel Rojas, weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services… Read More

NUCESO supports ConCom’s draft federal charter

NUCESO supports ConCom’s draft federal charter

July 26, 2018, 6:22 pm

MANILA -- The National Union of Career Executive Service Officers (NUCESO) on Thursday expressed support for the proposed federal constitution drafted by the Consultative Committee (ConCom), and also vowed to participate in the transition to federalism should it be ratified by the Filipino people.… Read More

New web platform to help protect OFWs vs. abusive employment practices

New web platform to help protect OFWs vs. abusive employment practices

July 26, 2018, 6:12 pm

MANILA -- A new online portal that can help Filipino migrant workers avoid erring recruitment agencies was launched on Thursday. Khalid Hassan, director of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Country Office for the Philippines, said the Migrant Recruitment Advisor (MRA), will allow migrant… Read More

31 Chinese nationals nabbed for phishing scam

31 Chinese nationals nabbed for phishing scam

July 26, 2018, 6:06 pm

MANILA -- National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents arrested 31 Chinese nationals said to be behind an online phishing site from inside the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City on Wednesday night. NBI Deputy Director and spokesman, Ferdinand Lavin, said officials of the Security,… Read More

‘Disenchanted’ solons mull leaving PDP-Laban

‘Disenchanted’ solons mull leaving PDP-Laban

July 26, 2018, 6:02 pm

MANILA -- House Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya on Thursday said "quite a handful" of congressmen from the ruling party PDP-Laban are "seriously considering" jumping ships. "Quite a handful na nagi-intensyon na talagang lumipat (There is quite a handful [of lawmakers] who are really intending to… Read More

CHED: Free public tertiary education key to PH dev't

CHED: Free public tertiary education key to PH dev't

July 26, 2018, 5:59 pm

MANILA -- Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Officer-in-Charge J. Prospero de Vera III said free higher education is key to the development of the country, stressing that it is important to invest in the future of the youth. In his speech at the Nationwide Information Caravan for Republic Act… Read More

EO vs. open pit mining being prepared: Palace

EO vs. open pit mining being prepared: Palace

July 26, 2018, 5:42 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte will soon prohibit open-pit mining possibly through the issuance of an executive order, Malacañang said on Thursday. “He has said it before – he will soon prohibit open-pit mining. I don’t know when but I guess when the Executive Order for this is… Read More

Davao del Norte judge joins roster of CJ bets

Davao del Norte judge joins roster of CJ bets

July 26, 2018, 5:37 pm

MANILA -- A trial court judge in Davao del Norte has applied for the position of Chief Justice (CJ), Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed on Thursday. Guevarra, an ex-officio member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), said Judge Virginia Tejano-Ang of the Tagum City, Davao Del Norte… Read More

Comelec backs Robredo plea on 25% shading threshold in poll recount

Comelec backs Robredo plea on 25% shading threshold in poll recount

July 26, 2018, 5:31 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) echoed Vice President Leni Robredo's appeal to uphold the 25-percent shading threshold in the ongoing ballot recount for the May 2016 vice presidential race. "To reiterate, for purposes of the May 9, 2016 national and local elections, Comelec, in… Read More