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Andanar says no to Senate run in 2019; cites achievements in PCOO

Andanar says no to Senate run in 2019; cites achievements in PCOO

October 7, 2018, 12:21 pm

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday said he never had ambitions of running for senator, amid reports that at least six members of the Duterte cabinet will be seeking a local or national post in the 2019 midterm elections. “Ay hindi.… Read More

NBI joins probe on missing smuggled rice in Zamboanga

NBI joins probe on missing smuggled rice in Zamboanga

October 7, 2018, 11:52 am

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to join the ongoing probe on the sacks of smuggled rice in Zamboanga City which went missing last September 30. “I have directed the NBI to assist the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the National Food… Read More

NCRPO to meet with CHED over 'CPP recruitment' in schools

NCRPO to meet with CHED over 'CPP recruitment' in schools

October 7, 2018, 11:51 am

MANILA -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is set to meet with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in connection with the alleged recruitment activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the 18 universities and colleges in Metro Manila. “Ang aking gagawin… Read More

Fate of other Magdalo soldiers' amnesty up to PRRD: Guevarra

Fate of other Magdalo soldiers' amnesty up to PRRD: Guevarra

October 7, 2018, 11:31 am

MANILA -- It is up to President Rodrigo Duterte if he would grant executive clemency to 277 other soldiers since their amnesty records are missing from the archives of the Department of National Defense (DND), Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said. “For now, the focus is on Senator (Antonio)… Read More

JBC opens application for SC justice post

JBC opens application for SC justice post

October 7, 2018, 10:15 am

MANILA -- The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the application for Associate Justice post in the Supreme Court, for the replacement of Associate Justice Noel Tijam who will retire on Jan. 5, 2019. In an announcement posted on the JBC website,, SC Clerk of Court and JBC Ex Officio… Read More

AFP chief visits MILF's Camp Darapanan

AFP chief visits MILF's Camp Darapanan

October 7, 2018, 10:13 am

MANILA -- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., visited the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF) Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao Saturday. The visit highlighted the trust and confidence between the MILF and government and their efforts to… Read More

Duterte spends weekend break in HK

Duterte spends weekend break in HK

October 7, 2018, 10:11 am

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte and his family spent the weekend in Hong Kong to take a break, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go announced in his Facebook page. On Saturday night, Go uploaded photos of him with Duterte who was joined by his common-law… Read More

Isolated rain showers continue over PH Sunday

Isolated rain showers continue over PH Sunday

October 7, 2018, 10:10 am

MANILA -- The whole archipelago will continue to experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said this weather condition is caused by localized thunderstorms. Meanwhile, moderate to… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018

October 7, 2018, 8:27 am

BUSINESS MIRROR - Government ready for Boracay island's reopening. But are we? PHILIPPINE STAR - Palace: Steps being taken vs rising prices INQUIRER - Duterte admin rating drops MANILA BULLETIN - Cure is possible MANILA TIMES - Japan military joins historic PH war games MANILA STANDARD -… Read More

Press secretary post offered to Roque: Andanar

Press secretary post offered to Roque: Andanar

October 6, 2018, 4:37 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has offered his spokesman, Harry Roque, to lead the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS), Communication Secretary Martin Andanar said Saturday. “Iyong Office of the Press Secretary ay iyon ang inaalok para kay Harry Roque (The Office of the Press Secretary was… Read More

CBCP urges public to pray for Duterte's health

CBCP urges public to pray for Duterte's health

October 6, 2018, 3:49 pm

MANILA -- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Saturday urged the public to pray for the health of President Rodrigo Duterte. "It's sad news, the medical findings, and we would like to really pray for our President that he would be recovering from this found illness,”… Read More

Malacañang counts on gov't measures to ease inflation

Malacañang counts on gov't measures to ease inflation

October 6, 2018, 2:18 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang is counting on government efforts to ease inflation, which hit 6.7 percent in September due to higher food prices caused by supply disruptions following the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong, its spokesperson said Saturday. “Alam namin na ramdam ng ating mga kababayan ang pagtaas… Read More

 Isolated rain showers over PH Saturday

Isolated rain showers over PH Saturday

October 6, 2018, 9:54 am

MANILA -- Most parts of the country will experience isolated rain showers due to the presence of the easterlies, the weather bureau said Saturday. The easterlies affecting the eastern part of southern Luzon and of Visayas will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorm over… Read More

AFP chief lauds sgt. majors’ role as mediators

AFP chief lauds sgt. majors’ role as mediators

October 6, 2018, 9:51 am

MANILA -- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff, Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., has lauded the 200 sergeant majors and other non-commissioned officers for being the “indispensable bridge” between the enlisted troops and their commanders. “You have done a remarkable job of acting as… Read More

Roque to ponder on PRRD’s offer to stay

Roque to ponder on PRRD’s offer to stay

October 6, 2018, 8:45 am

MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday he will have the whole weekend to contemplate after President Rodrigo Duterte told him to stay and not to run as senator in next year's mid-term elections. “What will be my response, I need a weekend. I need to ponder on this point,”… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sat., Oct. 6, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sat., Oct. 6, 2018

October 6, 2018, 7:40 am

BUSINESS MIRROR -- War on drugs in the ports: Taking on the evil genius INQUIRER -- Palace asked: Tell all on Du30 'cancer' test PHILIPPINE STAR -- 50 gov't execs being probed for corruption MANILA BULLETIN -- Duterte takes blame for rising prices MANILA TIMES -- Palace unsure of Duterte's… Read More

Gov’t to launch children's situation analysis

Gov’t to launch children's situation analysis

October 5, 2018, 10:01 pm

MANILA -- The government will launch on October 9 the situation analysis of children in the country with the participation of various government agencies. The event will be held at the Monet Ballroom, Novotel, Araneta Center, Quezon City from 9 a.m. until noon. Expected to grace the event are… Read More

PH to host ASEAN Science Ministers meeting

PH to host ASEAN Science Ministers meeting

October 5, 2018, 9:46 pm

MANILA – The Philippines will host the ASEAN Science Ministers meeting in Cebu City on Oct. 15-19. "There are many concerns in the region. Concerns on sustainable development goals, food security, energy security, environment, health, educating our young people, among others, that can be… Read More

'Habagat' season ends; 'Amihan' season coming

'Habagat' season ends; 'Amihan' season coming

October 5, 2018, 9:43 pm

MANILA – The southwest monsoon "habagat" season has ended and the country can expect cooler northeast monsoon "amihan" season in the coming days, the weather bureau announced. In a statement dated Oct. 4, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)… Read More

 Duterte didn't link ‘drug lord’ to Chinese envoy: Palace

Duterte didn't link ‘drug lord’ to Chinese envoy: Palace

October 5, 2018, 8:19 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Friday clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte did not say businessman Michael Yang is involved in the drug trade. In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque played a portion of the video of Duterte’s speech where the President had actually… Read More