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Retiring army chief is next DSWD Secretary

Retiring army chief is next DSWD Secretary

October 5, 2018, 11:03 am

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday night named retiring Army chief, Lt. Gen. Roland Bautista, as the next Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). “Na-announce ko naman (I have announced), the next DSWD Secretary was just about a few days ---Rolly… Read More

84% of Filipinos OK with PH democracy: SWS

84% of Filipinos OK with PH democracy: SWS

October 5, 2018, 11:01 am

MANILA – A latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that 84 percent of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the way democracy works in the Philippines. According to the 2018 SWS third quarter survey held from Sept. 15-23, the number has increased from 78% in March 2018 and nearly tied… Read More

PACC anti-corruption pacts with gov’t offices ‘action-driven’

PACC anti-corruption pacts with gov’t offices ‘action-driven’

October 4, 2018, 10:08 pm

MANILA – Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez on Thursday assured that the commission’s memorandum of agreements (MOA) with various government offices will be put into action to boost President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against corruption. Jimenez made this… Read More

Strengthened witness protection program sought

Strengthened witness protection program sought

October 4, 2018, 10:00 pm

MANILA – Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez on Thursday called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to strengthen the witness protection program (WPP) to encourage more witnesses against corrupt public officials. “We have requested the DOJ to strengthen the… Read More

PNP to talk to 18 schools named in CPP recruitment

PNP to talk to 18 schools named in CPP recruitment

October 4, 2018, 9:42 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it will talk to the heads of the 18 universities and colleges in Metro Manila tagged by the Armed Forces of Philippines (AFP) where the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is allegedly recruiting members to overthrow the… Read More

Bertiz returns NAIA access ID

Bertiz returns NAIA access ID

October 4, 2018, 9:33 pm

MANILA -- Lawmaker John Bertiz, representative of ACTS-OFW party list who figured in a controversial video showing him getting the ID of an airport security officer, has returned his airport access ID to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). "He (Bertiz) returned the ID voluntarily.… Read More

AFP doesn't tag schools involved in CPP recruitment

AFP doesn't tag schools involved in CPP recruitment

October 4, 2018, 8:54 pm

MANILA --- As it released the names of Metro Manila schools where the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is allegedly holding its recruitment activities, the military on Thursday assured the public that its intention is not to brand these educational institutions as "communists". "We wish to… Read More

CPP recruitment in schools ‘not a cause of worry’: Palace

CPP recruitment in schools ‘not a cause of worry’: Palace

October 4, 2018, 8:36 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday allayed fears that the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) statement that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is allegedly recruiting students, is a cause for concern. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he was “hardly” surprised, saying… Read More

Parties firm up senatorial slates; eye alliances ahead of COC filing

Parties firm up senatorial slates; eye alliances ahead of COC filing

October 4, 2018, 8:33 pm

MANILA -- A week before the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for next year's midterm polls, political parties are scrambling not only to firm up their senatorial slates but also in forging alliances with their counterparts. With the parties having a difficult time filling up… Read More

PH locates missing Filipino inmate in Indonesia

PH locates missing Filipino inmate in Indonesia

October 4, 2018, 8:30 pm

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has located the Filipino inmate, who was earlier reported missing, following a mass jailbreak from the earthquake-damaged prison in Palu, Indonesia, where he was serving his sentence. In its report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano,… Read More

Phivolcs expects no damage from 3.1 magnitude DavOcc quake

Phivolcs expects no damage from 3.1 magnitude DavOcc quake

October 4, 2018, 7:58 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it is not expecting any damage and aftershocks from the 3.1 magnitude quake that jolted Davao Occidental on Thursday afternoon. The quake of tectonic origin had a depth of 126 kilometers, and was recorded at about… Read More

Duterte won’t run out of appointees, Palace assures

Duterte won’t run out of appointees, Palace assures

October 4, 2018, 7:17 pm

MANILA -- Despite a number of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet members expected to seek national and local posts in the upcoming 2019 midterm elections, Malacañang assured Thursday that the President will not run out of appointees. “The President will not run out of appointees. For every… Read More

OFW group files ethics rap vs. Bertiz

OFW group files ethics rap vs. Bertiz

October 4, 2018, 7:11 pm

MANILA -- Migrante International, a global alliance of overseas Filipinos, on Thursday filed an ethics complaint against ACTS-OFW Party-list Rep. Aniceto "John" Bertiz for alleged misconduct in a series of controversies. The migrant workers' group was accompanied by members of the Makabayan bloc… Read More

Narco-politicians can't be disqualified from running: Palace

Narco-politicians can't be disqualified from running: Palace

October 4, 2018, 7:07 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday said local government officials on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “narco-list” are still allowed to run in next year’s mid-term elections unless convicted with finality. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark following the statement of the… Read More

2 BOC-Zamboanga execs axed over missing smuggled rice

2 BOC-Zamboanga execs axed over missing smuggled rice

October 4, 2018, 7:05 pm

MANILA – Two officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Zamboanga City have been placed under “administrative relief” pending investigation on the 23,015 missing sacks of smuggled rice, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said BOC chief Isidro Lapeña has… Read More

Filipino near Mt. Soputan safe: DFA

Filipino near Mt. Soputan safe: DFA

October 4, 2018, 7:03 pm

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday confirmed that the only Filipino within the immediate vicinity of an Indonesian volcano that erupted on Wednesday is safe. The Philippine Consulate General in Manado managed to contact the Filipino, a retired employee of the foreign… Read More

Isolated rain showers over PH likely until Friday

Isolated rain showers over PH likely until Friday

October 4, 2018, 6:57 pm

MANILA -- The whole country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers likely until Friday, the weather bureau said. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said this weather condition is caused by localized… Read More

St. Padre Pio's relic to arrive in PH Oct. 5

St. Padre Pio's relic to arrive in PH Oct. 5

October 4, 2018, 6:24 pm

MANILA — The incorrupt heart of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina will arrive in the country on Friday for a three-week visit. According to the Archdiocese of Lipa, the scheduled arrival of the relic is at 10:15 p.m. on October 5 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 from Italy.… Read More

More than 7K cops face disciplinary sanctions

More than 7K cops face disciplinary sanctions

October 4, 2018, 5:22 pm

MANILA -- In line with the Philippine National Police's (PNP) internal cleansing program, close to 7,500 cops were given disciplinary penalties for administrative offenses, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Thursday. In a press briefing held at Camp Crame, Quezon City, Albayalde… Read More

Duterte skips Palace event to take day off: Palace

Duterte skips Palace event to take day off: Palace

October 4, 2018, 5:06 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has skipped a scheduled event because he wanted to take the day off, Malacañang said on Thursday, as it denied rumors that the Chief Executive was hospitalized for exhaustion. Duterte was scheduled to lead the turnover of a check from the Philippine… Read More