PH, Cambodia forge media cooperation pact

SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Ministry of Information of the Kingdom of Cambodia signed here on Friday a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) aimed at fostering greater media collaboration.The agreement was inked by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar... Read More

Congress should have been told about Dengvaxia purchase

MANILA -- The Congress should have been informed about “huge” transactions made by government, such as the purchase of dengue vaccines worth PHP3.5 billion, before it pushed through, a senator said Friday.Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito made this remark a day after the Senate Blue Ribbon... Read More

Pray for the country, CBCP says on eve of Simbang Gabi

MANILA -- An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Public Affairs Committee urged the faithful to include the country in their prayers, as Catholics start the traditional nine-day Simbang Gabi on Saturday."We remind the faithful to continue adhering to... Read More

Hontiveros renews call for better budget for cancer treatment

MANILA -- Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday reiterated her call for a better budget for cancer medicines and treatment.Hontiveros made the call during a community outreach program that featured free breast and cervical cancer screenings for the women residents of the BASECO evacuation center in... Read More

Probe results on POEA personnel’s link to illegal recruitment out soon

MANILA -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is set to release early next year the findings of its fact-finding investigation committee on the illegal recruitment activities involving the agency’s personnel and private recruitment agencies.“By early next year we... Read More

P521-M worth of fake shoes, apparel seized in Pasay City

MANILA -- Hundreds of boxes of fake apparel and shoes estimated to be worth PHP521.93 million were seized on Thursday by agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Pasay City.The operation conducted by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service and Enforcement (CIIS) and Security Service (ESS)... Read More

JV Ejercito says son given 3 doses of Dengvaxia

MANILA -- Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito on Friday bared that his 17-year-old son, Jose Emilio, was given three doses of the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccine.“I’m only going to disclose this now, my son received Dengvaxia three times. He finished the doses,” Ejercito said in... Read More

House panel okays church annulment bill

MANILA -- The proposed measure seeking to recognize the civil effects of church annulment or dissolution of certain marriages by different religious sects in the country has hurdled the committee level in the House of Representatives.According to a statement on Friday, the House committee on... Read More

NBI probes slay of seaman’s wife, daughter in Cavite

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe and file the necessary charges against the people involved in the killing of a woman and her young daughter in their home in Cavite.Aguirre issued Department Order (DO) No. 797 dated December... Read More

PET denies Robredo supporters' plea to pay electoral protest fee

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), denied the motion for reconsideration plea of the supporters of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo that they be allowed to pay the balance of her counter-protest fee in connection to the... Read More

Expect more action in NPA-affected areas: AFP chief

MANILA -- With the one-year extension of martial law, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is expected to put up more checkpoints and conduct more patrols in Mindanao, particularly in New People's Army (NPA) affected areas.This was disclosed by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero... Read More

None of seized weapons in Marawi City from military

MANILA -- None of the weapons seized from Marawi City and destroyed this week showed any sign that they came from military stocks, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero said Friday."As for the (seized Maute Group) firearms inventoried so far, we are still to... Read More

Ejercito on dengue vaccine issue: Pnoy acted ‘in good faith’

MANILA -- Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said Friday he believes former president Benigno Aquino III acted “in good faith” when he allowed the purchase of PHP3.5-billion worth of Dengvaxia dengue vaccine during his term.“I’m not a fan of (former) President Aquino. We have... Read More

AFP lauds Senate passage of pay hike bill for soliders, cops

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has expressed its gratitude to the Senate for approving on third and final reading the resolution which seeks to increase the base salary of military and uniformed personnel (MUP) starting January next year."We are grateful to Congress for this act... Read More

Several NAIA flights grounded due to 'Urduja'

MANILA -- Several flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were cancelled due to bad weather brought by Tropical Storm "Urduja".The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in an advisory that the following flights were suspended as of 10 a.m. Friday:2P (PAL Express)... Read More

New PDEA agents to be deployed in seaports

MANILA --Most of the newly-hired 126 agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are set to be deployed in seaports to prevent the entry of illegal drugs into the country.PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said 110 will be deployed to monitor the country’s 13 key seaports and 1,200... Read More

Nobody knew Dengvaxia posed risks: ex-president Aquino

MANILA --Former President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday reiterated nobody knew that the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine posed risks when it was sold by pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur to the Philippine government in 2015.“Walang may alam na may dagdag na panganib kapag gumamit ka nito (Nobody... Read More

Deped to boost ICT in schools starting 2018

MANILA --To enhance the knowledge, skills of teachers and students, the Department of Education (DepEd) vowed to further improve the information and communications technology (ICT) in schools next year."We will ensure all schools have computers," incoming DepEd ICT director Abram Abanil told the... Read More

PH Embassy won't be moved to Jerusalem: DFA

MANILA--The Philippine Embassy in Israel located in Tel Aviv clarified that no announcement was made it will be moved to Jerusalem following reports that came out last week claiming President Rodrigo Duterte reached out to the foreign ministry to discuss the issue."Wala pong announcement na ililipat... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR – Govt infra push to boost GDP growth for next yearINQUIRER – Bad science blamed for Dengvaxia messMANILA BULLETIN – Duterte’s TRAIN ratifiedMANILA TIMES – ‘I got wrong info on dengue vaccine’MANILA STANDARD – Duterte chides... Read More