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'Wildcat' choppers to give PH Navy anti-submarine capability

'Wildcat' choppers to give PH Navy anti-submarine capability

November 28, 2018, 9:36 am

MANILA -- The military's first anti-submarine helicopter, the AugustaWestland AW-159 "Wildcat" that has the capability to detect and engage underwater threats, is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2019. Philippine Navy Spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said the aerial platform is a "big… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed. Nov. 28, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed. Nov. 28, 2018

November 28, 2018, 6:46 am

DAILY TRIBUNE -- Soc-Med fold if crime strews BUSINESS MIRROR – ‘Stalled budget to hurt Q1, Q2 GDP’ INQUIRER – Senators fear China control of 3rd telco MANILA BULLETIN – PH-China oil deal defended MANILA TIMES – Dureza quits post; 2 peace execs fired MANILA STANDARD – Du30 fires 2… Read More

Gov’t nets 2 rice hoarders in Iligan City

Gov’t nets 2 rice hoarders in Iligan City

November 28, 2018, 12:01 am

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The National Food Authority (NFA) has cancelled the grains trading licenses of two Iligan City traders who were caught hoarding rice on Oct. 9 by a joint task group formed by President Rodrigo Duterte. NFA Acting Administrator Tomas Escarez said the rice stocks of businessmen… Read More

Dureza apologizes for failing to curb corruption at OPAPP

Dureza apologizes for failing to curb corruption at OPAPP

November 27, 2018, 10:04 pm

MANILA — Resigned Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on Tuesday apologized to President Rodrigo R. Duterte for failing to prevent the alleged corruption within his agency, the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). This after Duterte, during the inauguration of the… Read More

Flights to start at Bohol-Panglao International Airport Nov. 28

Flights to start at Bohol-Panglao International Airport Nov. 28

November 27, 2018, 9:22 pm

GREEN AIRPORT. The Bohol-Panglao International Airport, the Philippines' first eco-airport featuring green and sustainable structures, including solar panels and motion sensor lighting, was inaugurated on Tuesday and will start operations on Wednesday (Nov. 28, 2018). (DOTr Photo)MANILA -- Local… Read More

Commit to public service, Eleazar reminds rookie cops

Commit to public service, Eleazar reminds rookie cops

November 27, 2018, 9:14 pm

MANILA -- National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) head, Director Guillermo Eleazar, is reminding new police officers to show commitment and professionalism in serving the public. “Police work is a noble profession. This requires sacrifice, dedication, determination and most of all… Read More

House OKs 4th tax reform package on 2nd reading

House OKs 4th tax reform package on 2nd reading

November 27, 2018, 9:11 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading the Duterte administration's fourth comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) primarily intended to fix taxation in the financial and capital markets. The chamber approved through voice voting House Bill 8645 titled… Read More

Dureza resigns as Presidential Peace Adviser

Dureza resigns as Presidential Peace Adviser

November 27, 2018, 9:08 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday night announced that he has accepted the resignation of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza but gave no reason for the latter’s decision. “I'm very sad that I accepted the resignation of Secretary Dureza,” Duterte said during the… Read More

Bohol press get PTFoMS handbook on media security

Bohol press get PTFoMS handbook on media security

November 27, 2018, 8:47 pm

MANILA -- As part of their efforts to ensure the protection of Filipino journalists, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday distributed copies of the Handbook on the Personal Security Measures for Media Practitioners to Bohol media members. The handbook, prepared by the Presidential… Read More

Slain Filipina laid to rest in Sweden: DFA

Slain Filipina laid to rest in Sweden: DFA

November 27, 2018, 8:39 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday night reported that the remains of slain Filipina Mailyn Conde Sinambong will no longer be repatriated to the Philippines. "The DFA has just been informed that Mailyn Conde Sinambong was finally laid to rest in Stockholm a few minutes… Read More

Traffic crisis bill hurdles 2nd reading at House

Traffic crisis bill hurdles 2nd reading at House

November 27, 2018, 8:13 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved on second reading the proposed Traffic Crisis Act. Through voice voting, the lower chamber approved House Bill No. 6425, which seeks to prescribe an "urgent, comprehensive and integrated land-based traffic management" to address the… Read More

Another language, culture center to rise in Apayao

Another language, culture center to rise in Apayao

November 27, 2018, 8:07 pm

MANILA -- The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) has a new partner in its nationwide bid to promote Philippine culture and languages, including Filipino, the country's national language. The KWF and Apayao State College (ASC) in Apayao province signed Tuesday a memorandum of understanding on… Read More

Chinese firm in telcos, no threat to nat'l security

Chinese firm in telcos, no threat to nat'l security

November 27, 2018, 7:42 pm

MANILA -- Officials on Tuesday assured that the entry of a Chinese firm, as well as Chinese equipment, in the telecommunications industry does not pose a threat to cybersecurity or even national security for that matter. The assurance was made by Acting Information and Communications Technology… Read More

TESDA-12 to have own building after 14 years of renting

TESDA-12 to have own building after 14 years of renting

November 27, 2018, 7:22 pm

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) 12 (Soccsksargen) will soon have its own office building after renting for more than 14 years, an executive said on Tuesday. TESDA-12 Director Rafael Abrogar II told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the local… Read More

House okays PH Space Dev’t bill on 2nd reading

House okays PH Space Dev’t bill on 2nd reading

November 27, 2018, 7:04 pm

MANILA -- A measure seeking the creation of a Philippine Space Agency, which would respond to the growing need for a more secure and independent access to space, went a step closer to becoming a law as it hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives. During Tuesday's plenary session, the… Read More

Albayalde orders probe on death of Pasay intel chief

Albayalde orders probe on death of Pasay intel chief

November 27, 2018, 6:49 pm

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday ordered a probe over a possible foul play on the death of Senior Insp. Manuel Taytayon Jr., chief of Pasay City police’s Intelligence Section, in a shootout with a fugitive accused in the murder of a… Read More

PH, Aussie university ink MOU on R&D, education

PH, Aussie university ink MOU on R&D, education

November 27, 2018, 5:57 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and James Cook University (JCU), one of the leading Australian learning institutions, on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on education, and research and development. The document was signed by DOST Undersecretary Rowena… Read More

Bidding for purchase of cops' body cams ongoing: PNP

Bidding for purchase of cops' body cams ongoing: PNP

November 27, 2018, 5:54 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday the acquisition of body cameras to be used by police officers in anti-crime and drug operations is undergoing the bidding process. “Yun delay kasi, dati, nagbibigay sila ng 4G, may LTE, may 5G na ngayon and yung ating mga internet… Read More

Comelec eyes mock polls for absentee voters in Cambodia

Comelec eyes mock polls for absentee voters in Cambodia

November 27, 2018, 5:41 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to conduct mock polls in overseas voting in Cambodia. “(It will be conducted in) Phom Penh. So that we can anticipate possible errors during election day and take steps to prevent them,” Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said in an… Read More

Bicam OKs Universal Health Care bill's consolidated version

Bicam OKs Universal Health Care bill's consolidated version

November 27, 2018, 5:38 pm

MANILA --The Bicameral Conference Committee approved on Tuesday the consolidated version of the Universal Health Care (UHC) bill. According to the news release by the Senate, the following are the salient features of the UHC bill:Automatically enroll all Filipinos under the National Health… Read More