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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

Nat'l ID to be rolled out in March: PSA

Nat'l ID to be rolled out in March: PSA

October 5, 2018, 8:17 pm

MANILA -- The government has put a March 2019 timetable to roll out the national identification (ID) system. “That’s March next year for the start of the registration of one million individuals under the Unconditional Cash Transfers but our timeline to start the registration of 25 million… Read More

China, US need dialogue after South China Sea incident

China, US need dialogue after South China Sea incident

October 5, 2018, 7:45 pm

MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday the United States and China need to sit down and have a "heart-to-heart" talk, following the close encounter between their warships near the Spratlys. On Sept. 30, the destroyer USS Decatur sailed near a Chinese artificial island… Read More

DOLE to monitor compliance on bus drivers, conductors fixed salaries

DOLE to monitor compliance on bus drivers, conductors fixed salaries

October 5, 2018, 7:43 pm

MANILA --The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday reiterated its order to bus operators to provide fixed and performance-based salaries, as well as better conditions at work, to drivers and conductors. Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) Director Teresita Cucueco said DOLE Department… Read More

Bong Revilla to run for senator in 2019

Bong Revilla to run for senator in 2019

October 5, 2018, 7:16 pm

MANILA -- Detained former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is running for a Senate seat in the 2019 midterm elections. Former Leyte Rep. and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas CMD) president Martin Romualdez made the announcement on Friday. "I am pleased and honored to officially announce… Read More

News that PRRD linked Chinese envoy to drug pusher, malicious: DFA

News that PRRD linked Chinese envoy to drug pusher, malicious: DFA

October 5, 2018, 7:06 pm

MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday described as a "total misrepresentation" the report made by an online news site that said President Rodrigo Duterte linked Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua to a supposedly wealthy drug pusher. "I’ve reviewed the speech of the… Read More

Church execs condemn use of religious images to hide drugs

Church execs condemn use of religious images to hide drugs

October 5, 2018, 6:45 pm

MANILA — Catholic Church officials on Friday has condemned the people using images of saints to hide illegal drugs entering the country. Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Social Communication (CBCP-ECSC),… Read More

Comelec amends rule on substitute candidates

Comelec amends rule on substitute candidates

October 5, 2018, 6:44 pm

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has amended its rule on substitute candidates particularly for those who will withdraw their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) in the May 2019 midterm polls. According to Comelec Resolution No. 10430, promulgated on October 1, substitute bets will not… Read More

NBI nabs 4; rescues 14 from Cavite plastics recycling plant

NBI nabs 4; rescues 14 from Cavite plastics recycling plant

October 5, 2018, 5:58 pm

MANILA--Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have arrested five employees of a plastics recycling plant in Cavite and rescued 14 others, mostly minors, from the workplace during a recent operation. Arrested were Justin Co, Marylou Olivay, Merry Car Bautista and Vivian Pulia… Read More

DOJ chief to take up Red infiltration report with AFP

DOJ chief to take up Red infiltration report with AFP

October 5, 2018, 3:45 pm

MANILA---Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he will discuss with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez allegations that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been infiltrated by communists. “I will take it up directly with AFP Chief Galvez to get more… Read More

Fast-track policies to control inflation, economic managers told

Fast-track policies to control inflation, economic managers told

October 5, 2018, 3:43 pm

MANILA -- Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday called on the country's economic managers to "move faster" in implementing their policies to curb inflation. Arroyo made the statement amid reports that the country's headline inflation further quickened to 6.7 percent in September, recording a… Read More

 965 want to become PDEA agents

965 want to become PDEA agents

October 5, 2018, 3:41 pm

MANILA – Close to 1,000 applicants desiring to join the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have undergone the Qualifying and Neuro-psychological examination (QNPE) to become drug enforcement officers (DEO’s). The examinations were held on Sept. 30, 2018 in Davao City for Mindanao… Read More