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PH firms urged to grow agriculture, livestock in Papua New Guinea

PH firms urged to grow agriculture, livestock in Papua New Guinea

May 17 2018, 8:15 pm

INVITATION FOR PH FIRMS. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter Charles Paire O'Neill answers questions from Philippine News Agency (PNA) Reporter Ma. Cristina Arayata in an interview on Wednesday afternoon (May 16, 2018). The prime minister invited Philippine firms to grow agricultural and dairy… Read More

PH needs legal framework on the use nuclear power

PH needs legal framework on the use nuclear power

May 17 2018, 8:10 pm

MANILA -- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday said the government has to come out first with a comprehensive legal framework on the use of nuclear power before it pursues any proposal on adding atomic energy as an alternative energy source in the Philippines. "There is a wide range of issues… Read More

Esperon eyes stronger PH-Russia security relations

Esperon eyes stronger PH-Russia security relations

May 17 2018, 8:09 pm

MANILA -- A bilateral meeting between Philippine and Russian security officials in Moscow on May 18-19 aims to strengthen the two nations’ security cooperation. The bilateral discussion builds on the successful efforts of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in solidifying… Read More

DepEd Calabarzon launches Oplan Balik Eskwela 2018

DepEd Calabarzon launches Oplan Balik Eskwela 2018

May 17 2018, 8:05 pm

MANILA -- To ensure the smooth opening of classes in the region, Department of Education (DepEd) Region 4-A (Calabarzon) launched on Thursday its 2018 Oplan Balik Eskwela and Public Assistance Station. In his speech at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City, DepEd 4-A Regional Director Diosdado San… Read More

Sandiganbayan clears Tuguegarao mayor of graft

Sandiganbayan clears Tuguegarao mayor of graft

May 17 2018, 8:02 pm

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has exonerated Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano of graft in connection with the alleged illegal parking terminals in the city in 2013. The anti-graft court acquitted Soriano of graft charges filed against him, ruling that the local chief executive had any… Read More

APO CSR, PCOO reach out to Caloocan Muslim group

APO CSR, PCOO reach out to Caloocan Muslim group

May 17 2018, 7:57 pm

MANILA -- The group of Alpha Phi Omega United Corporate Social Responsibility (APO CSR) and the Presidential Communications and Operations Office-News and Information Bureau (PCOO-NIB) on Thursday led the dental and medical mission in Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan City. Dr. Melhammid "Prince"… Read More

300 e-jeepneys to ply Metro Manila in June

300 e-jeepneys to ply Metro Manila in June

May 17 2018, 7:48 pm

MANILA -- At least 300 modern electricity-powered jeepneys will be rolled out in June, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The DOTr made this statement following the announcement of Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in a Palace press briefing Thursday that the initial batch… Read More

Duterte attends granddaughter Isabelle’s graduation

Duterte attends granddaughter Isabelle’s graduation

May 17 2018, 7:45 pm

MANILA -- Since assuming presidency in 2016, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has had to skip several events and occasions due to different reasons. However, on Thursday, Duterte attended the graduation ceremony of his 18-year-old granddaughter, Isabelle Lovelie Duterte, at the Philippine… Read More

Solon backs creation of Central Luzon investment corridor

Solon backs creation of Central Luzon investment corridor

May 17 2018, 7:39 pm

MANILA -- Senator Joel Villanueva on Thursday expressed his full support to the immediate passage of a proposed bill creating the Regional Investment and Infrastructure Corporation (RIIC) of Central Luzon. Senate Bill No. 1325, which was filed by Senator Richard Gordon, seeks the creation of the… Read More

Tourism chief stops all TPB projects pending review

Tourism chief stops all TPB projects pending review

May 17 2018, 7:18 pm

MANILA -- Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Thursday said she has stopped all lined up events and projects of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) for 2018 and 2019, including the questioned Buhay Carinderia, pending a review. In a press conference, Romulo-Puyat told reporters that TPB… Read More

Duterte’s list of officials under probe linked to smuggling rings

Duterte’s list of officials under probe linked to smuggling rings

May 17 2018, 7:15 pm

MANILA -- Government officials ordered by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to be investigated for alleged corruption are believed to be linked to multi-billion peso jewelry smuggling, an official of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said on Thursday. “We have reason to believe that… Read More

LRT-2 to replace aircon units in 8-12 months

LRT-2 to replace aircon units in 8-12 months

May 17 2018, 7:12 pm

MANILA -- The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) targets to replace all air conditioning units of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) within eight to 12 months. The LRTA has signed earlier this month a PHP350-million contract for the replacement of 80 air conditioning units for 10 running… Read More

Weather stays warm on Friday

Weather stays warm on Friday

May 17 2018, 6:56 pm

MANILA -- Expect warm weather on Friday due to the ridge of a high-pressure area (HPA) and the easterlies, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas said the two weather systems would bring a… Read More

Solon mulls impeachment vs. 8 SC justices in Sereno ouster

Solon mulls impeachment vs. 8 SC justices in Sereno ouster

May 17 2018, 6:37 pm

MANILA -- A party-list lawmaker mulls to file impeachment complaints against the eight Supreme Court (SC) justices who voted to grant a quo warranto petition that disqualified Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a press conference on Thursday, Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said the impeachment… Read More

Group lauds gov't efforts to protect PH Rise

Group lauds gov't efforts to protect PH Rise

May 17 2018, 6:34 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine government is heading the right track in the long-term protection of Philippine Rise with President Rodrigo R. Duterte signing a proclamation that declares part of the region a marine resource reserve, an official of an environmental group said Thursday. In a press… Read More

Nolcom head eyes port improvements to enhance PH Rise patrols

Nolcom head eyes port improvements to enhance PH Rise patrols

May 17 2018, 5:17 pm

ABOARD THE BRP DAVAO DEL SUR -- In order to enhance the country's capabilities to protect the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise), Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) head Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat is looking at the possibility of upgrading the various ports near the above-mentioned territory. He… Read More

‘Stronger’ OSG to continue duties of PCGG: Palace

‘Stronger’ OSG to continue duties of PCGG: Palace

May 17 2018, 4:41 pm

MANILA – A stronger Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) will continue to recover the ill-gotten wealth of the late strongman and former president Ferdinand Marcos, his family, and his cronies, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance following the… Read More

PACC: Smuggling in NAIA possibly used to fund terror groups

PACC: Smuggling in NAIA possibly used to fund terror groups

May 17 2018, 4:21 pm

MANILA -- Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica on Thursday revealed that the smuggling activities perpetrated by eight groups inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 are possibly being used to finance terrorist activities and insurgents.… Read More

Roque to clarify ‘lalo na hindi babae’ remark with PRRD

Roque to clarify ‘lalo na hindi babae’ remark with PRRD

May 17 2018, 4:21 pm

MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Thursday he will have to clarify what President Rodrigo R. Duterte meant by his “lalo na hindi babae” (especially not a woman) remark when he enumerated the qualifications he is looking for in the next Chief Justice or Ombudsman. “Gusto… Read More

HIV-AIDS Policy Bill hurdles 2nd reading in Senate

HIV-AIDS Policy Bill hurdles 2nd reading in Senate

May 17 2018, 4:19 pm

MANILA - The Senate on Wednesday approved on second reading the bill that seeks to replace the 20-year-old law on the government’s response to address the rising cases of HIV-AIDS in the country. Senate Bill No. 1390 or the HIV-AIDS Policy Bill, was sponsored by Senator Risa Hontiveros and… Read More