Duterte Cabinet assures 'Urduja'-hit residents of full gov't support

MANILA – Several Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assured that all concerned government agencies are working full time to provide assistance and support to all those affected bytropical depression Urduja (international name Kai-Tak).The assurance was made during a... Read More

DFA increases fund aid for distressed overseas Pinoys

MANILA --The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday has signed the revised guidelines on the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) fund and Legal Assistance Fund (LAF) which will now also cover documented Filipinos abroad, and further expand scope of services by allowing more flexibility in... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR – BOI-okayed investment pledges hit record highINQUIRER – Churches buck DU30 bid for same-sex unionsMANILA BULLETIN – 34 buried in landslide feared deadMANILA TIMES –‘Urduja’ isolates Biliran; 40 deadMANILA STANDARD – Rescuers race against... Read More

Pres. Duterte commends heroic deeds of uniformed personnel

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, December 18, commended the heroic deeds of law enforcers who risked their lives to liberate Marawi City from the Maute terrorist group.The Chief Executive conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu to members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of... Read More

Manila Cathedral receives vial of St. John Paul II's blood

MANILA -- The Manila Cathedral has received a vial of the blood of former Pope and now St. John Paul II from the latter’s former secretary.In a statement, the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Intramuros, Manila, which recently celebrated the 60th... Read More

2 Leyte roads closed due to 'Urduja'

MANILA -- Two roads in Leyte are still impassable after tropical depression “Urduja” battered Eastern Visayas over the weekend, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Monday.In statement, Engr. Lino Francisco Gonzales of DPWH-Leyte Fourth District Engineering... Read More

Harbour Centre's P2-B land sale in peril

MANILA -- The Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI) is considering the possibility of rescinding the PHP2-billion sale of its land property to Port Capital SEA.The One Source Port Services Inc. of 1-Pacman party-list Representative Michael “Mikee” Romero revealed this plan as it is... Read More

Suggestions, complaints boxes to be installed in barangays, churches

MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the Quezon City local government are now distributing suggestions and complaints boxes for installation in barangay halls and Catholic churches in Quezon City.The drop boxes are part of the... Read More

Ex-Lanao Sur town mayor faces rap for failure to file SALN

MANILA -- Former Bubong, Lanao del Sur Mayor Usoph Munder is facing one count of violation of Section 8 of Republic Act No. 6713, or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” for his failure to file his 2008 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net... Read More

Vision screening for kids hurdles House

MANILA -- The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a National Vision Screening Program (NVSP) for kindergarten pupils to identify early childhood vision problems.With 187 affirmative votes, members of the Lower House passed House... Read More

Legarda on DSWD post: 'I'm thinking about it'

MANILA -- Senator Loren Legarda on Monday said that she is “thinking about” accepting a job as Cabinet secretary in the Duterte administration if it should be offered to her when her term ends.“Can I say I am thinking about it?” Legarda said in an interview over ANC answering... Read More

Makati bans kids onboard motorcycles, tricycles

MANILA -- The Makati City Council has passed an ordinance prohibiting motorcycle drivers from carrying small children on board anywhere in the city and also regulates the conveyance of minors in tricycles by prohibiting drivers from carrying minors in front or at the back of the driver’s... Read More

Comelec to set up more special poll places for IPs

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is planning to put up more special polling places for indigenous people (IPs), particularly in Bulacan and Puerto Princesa, for the May 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said they are looking at... Read More

Release 13th month pay on or before Dec. 24: DOLE

MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded anew private employers to release workers’ 13th month pay on or before Dec. 24.DOLE Undersecretary Dominador said employers must release the full 13th month pay on or before the said date as mandated by law."To employers, you... Read More

CA affirms murder conviction of Jason Ivler

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) which sentenced Jason Ivler to life imprisonment for murder in connection with the road rage shooting of the son of a former Malacañang official in 2009.In a 32-page decision dated Nov. 28,... Read More

56K families affected by 'Urduja': NDRRMC

MANILA -- Inclement weather caused by tropical depression 'Urduja' has affected 56,908 families in 554 barangays in Regions V, VI, VIII and CARAGA, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced in its Monday update.This is equivalent to 248,790 persons, NDRRMC... Read More

PN now readying ships for 'Urduja' relief efforts

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) is now readying its strategic sealift vessels and landing craft heavies (LCHs) to help in the ongoing relief efforts for provinces devastated by tropical depression 'Urduja'.This was bared by PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado in a... Read More

Schools open doors for 'Urduja' victims

MANILA --At least 23 schools are serving as temporary shelters for the victims of tropical depression "Urduja", the Department of Education (DepEd) said Monday."We strongly believe that the Filipino resiliency and camaraderie will get us through these trying times," the DepEd said in a statement as... Read More

BI goes biometrics in all PH int’l airports

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) now uses a state-of-the-art, biometrics-based system for its computers in all international airports nationwide, as part of efforts to modernize its operations and upgrade its capability to detect and thwart the entry of undesirable aliens into the country.BI... Read More

DPWH opens new flyover in Bacolod City Dec. 19

MANILA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to open the Araneta Avenue –Magsaysay Avenue Flyover Project worth PHP32 million in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental on Dec. 19.DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, together with Undersecretary Emil Sadain and Economic Counselor Laurent... Read More