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

PCSO, AFP ink MOA on aid for wounded troops

MANILA -- In line with efforts to treat and rehabilitate soldiers wounded in the battlefield, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) regarding the provision of financial assistance to selected military... Read More

‘Psywar campaign' won't weaken impeachment defense: Sereno camp

MANILA -- The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno shrugged off the apparent “psywar campaign” used to condition the mind of the public by camps seeking to remove her from the Supreme Court (SC), after several impeachment hearings failed to prove that the allegations against the... Read More

NPA ambush on relief troops validates Yuletide truce halt

MANILA -- The unprovoked New People's Army (NPA) attack on troops conducting relief operations in 'Urduja'-battered Northern Samar is the reason why the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is not keen on having a Yuletide truce with the communist terrorists.The assault only firms up the... Read More

CA upholds raps vs. arms supplier in Maguindanao massacre

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the resolution issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to file charges against the four officers of a firearms manufacturing company for unlawful sale of ammunitions which were used during the Maguindanao massacre which resulted in the death of 58... Read More

'Urduja' makes landfall over Palawan; TD outside PAR weakens

MANILA — Tropical depression "Urduja" (international name Kai-Tak) has maintained its strength as it made landfall Monday over Taytay, Palawan province, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.In its weather advisory issued at 8 a.m.,... Read More

Pres. Duterte vows to end corruption as 'gift' to Sen. Pacquiao

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said Sunday, December 17, that he shared the same desire of Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao to rid the government of corruption.In his speech during the 39th birthday celebration of the world champion boxer here, President Duterte... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– TRAIN concerns delay passage of rice QR billINQUIRER– 'Urduja' leaves at least 31 deadPHILIPPINE STAR– 25 dead, 26 missingMANILA BULLETIN– 'Urduja' death toll rises to 31MANILA TIMES– Expanded martial law 'always an option'MANILA STANDARD– 'Urduja'... Read More

'Urduja' changes path, threatens Aklan

MANILA -- Tropical depression (TD) "Urduja" has slightly changed its course and is now heading towards Aklan, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday afternoon."Urduja" is moving west southwest at 15 kph. It has a maximum... Read More

PDEA seeks courier firms' help in fight vs. illegal drugs

MANILA -- To strengthen the security measures to intercept illegal drugs smuggled using mail and parcel system, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) recently met with local-based foreign express delivery and domestic courier services.PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino arranged the... Read More

4 delinquent firms face P52-M tax raps

MANILA -- As part of President Rodrigo Duterte administration’s campaign to go after tax evaders, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed separate tax evasion complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against four delinquent companies for alleged failure to pay taxes amounting to... Read More

Navy Seabees join Marawi rehab

MANILA -- Troops from the Philippine Navy’s Naval Construction Brigade or “Seabees” have joined the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in war-torn Marawi City.This, according to Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna on Saturday, saying at least 50 Seabees specializing in... Read More

Barza reshuffles Court of Appeals division heads

MANILA -- Romeo Barza, the new presiding justice of the Court of Appeals (CA), made his first act in office as he ordered the reshuffle and movement of the CA Justices in their division assignments.Barza was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte early this month — five months after then... Read More

16K passengers stranded in ports due to ‘Urduja’

MANILA -- More than 16,000 passengers were stranded in ports across the country on Sunday in the wake of the onslaught of tropical storm “Urduja.”In its latest advisory, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said a total of 16,449 passengers were stranded after 118 sea vessels, 1,711 rolling... Read More

Duterte eyes Peñaflorida to lead urban poor body

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte is considering CNN hero Efren Peñaflorida Jr. as the next chairman of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Saturday."PRRD has expressed his desire to appoint somebody who hails from the poor and... Read More

Tacloban airport resumes operations : CAAP

TACLOBAN CITY -- Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City has resumed its full operations on Sunday morning after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) together with the Philippine Air Force and Army have cleared it of fallen trees and other debris that littered the area in the... Read More