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Spike-ER missile live-fire exercise 'impressive': DND chief

Spike-ER missile live-fire exercise 'impressive': DND chief

November 21, 2018, 2:20 pm

ON BOARD THE BRP DAVAO DEL SUR -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana described as "impressive" the Philippine Navy’s (PN) newly-acquired and installed Rafael Advanced Defense, Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system, whose capabilities were… Read More

SPD seeks understanding over lockdown due to Xi visit

SPD seeks understanding over lockdown due to Xi visit

November 21, 2018, 1:43 pm

MANILA -- The Southern Police District (SPD) on Wednesday appealed to motorists for understanding as some roads in Taguig City were closed due to the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. “We are appealing to the general public for their utmost understanding, exercise patience and… Read More

Faeldon takes oath as BuCor chief

Faeldon takes oath as BuCor chief

November 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

FAELDON TAKES OATH AS BUCOR CHIEF. Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete confirms that former Marine captain Nicanor Faeldon took his oath as the new Director General of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) before Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra in an ambush interview with reporters on Wednesday… Read More

State workers to get CNA bonus starting Dec. 15

State workers to get CNA bonus starting Dec. 15

November 21, 2018, 11:58 am

MANILA -- Qualified government employees may expect to receive their annual Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) bonuses starting December 15. In a press briefing Wednesday, Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno, said the amount of the incentive depends on the offices’ savings and… Read More

Palace releases Faeldon’s appointment paper as BuCor chief

Palace releases Faeldon’s appointment paper as BuCor chief

November 21, 2018, 10:09 am

MANILA -- Malacañang has released the appointment paper of former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon as Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General, a week after saying it will be out “soon”. President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Faeldon’s appointment paper on Nov. 19 but… Read More

Sanctions await truckers joining ‘truck holiday’: DOTr

Sanctions await truckers joining ‘truck holiday’: DOTr

November 21, 2018, 10:06 am

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) warned that sanctions for economic sabotage will be imposed against trucker groups that are participating in a ‘truck holiday’ to protest the phaseout of trucks that are more than 15 years old. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory… Read More

'Samuel' weakens, nears Iloilo

'Samuel' weakens, nears Iloilo

November 21, 2018, 10:03 am

MANILA -- Tropical Depression “Samuel” has slightly weakened and is now over the Visayan Sea, posing threat to the province of Iloilo. In its 8 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Samuel” was last spotted 90… Read More

DND chief doubts latest survey on WPS

DND chief doubts latest survey on WPS

November 21, 2018, 9:54 am

MANILA -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday expressed doubts on the result of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, which claims that 84 percent of Filipinos oppose the alleged inaction of the government regarding China's military incursions in… Read More

Reds' sincerity needed for successful peace talks: DND chief

Reds' sincerity needed for successful peace talks: DND chief

November 21, 2018, 9:51 am

MANILA -- Rebel groups must show sincerity if they are really interested in talking peace, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday. He made this statement in response to questions on whether or not peace negotiations with Communist Party of the Philippines… Read More

PH Navy now capable of handling modern missile systems

PH Navy now capable of handling modern missile systems

November 21, 2018, 9:34 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy's (PN) capability demonstration for its newly-installed Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system off Lamao Point, Limay, Bataan on Wednesday will show that it is more than capable of handling and using the modern weapon.… Read More

Over 8K passengers stranded in ports due to ‘Samuel’

Over 8K passengers stranded in ports due to ‘Samuel’

November 21, 2018, 9:28 am

MANILA -- More than 8,000 passengers were stranded in ports across the country early Wednesday due to the inclement weather brought by Tropical Depression "Samuel". In its advisory, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said a total of 8,688 passengers, 1,250 rolling cargoes, 206 vessels and 48… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed. Nov. 21, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wed. Nov. 21, 2018

November 21, 2018, 8:52 am

BUSINESS MIRROR – PHL, China ink oil, gas devt agreement in WPS INQUIRER – PH, China pursue energy dev’t in sea MANILA BULLETIN – PH, China sign 29 landmark deals MANILA TIMES – PH, China ink 29 deals MANILA STANDARD – PH, China deepen ties PHILIPPINE STAR – Phl, China sign MOU on… Read More

PH-China relations ‘turned around’ during Duterte’s term: Xi

PH-China relations ‘turned around’ during Duterte’s term: Xi

November 20, 2018, 10:43 pm

MANILA -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday said the relationship between China and the Philippines has “turned around” since Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte assumed office in 2016. Xi made this remark in his toast during the state banquet in his honor which was hosted by… Read More

PCOO thanks Chinese state-media for good news about PH

PCOO thanks Chinese state-media for good news about PH

November 20, 2018, 9:50 pm

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday thanked the Chinese media for reporting good news about the Philippines and providing Philippine state-media with support in terms of media training and development. “During those times that we… Read More

Xi invites Duterte to 2nd Belt & Road Forum in 2019

Xi invites Duterte to 2nd Belt & Road Forum in 2019

November 20, 2018, 9:47 pm

MANILA – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation which China will host again in 2019. Xi extended his invitation to Duterte as the two leaders witnessed the exchange of 29 agreements,… Read More

PH, China ink 29 deals during Xi’s Manila visit

PH, China ink 29 deals during Xi’s Manila visit

November 20, 2018, 9:41 pm

MANILA – A total of 29 agreements signed between the Philippines and China have highlighted the first state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Manila. President Rodrigo Duterte and Xi on Tuesday witnessed the exchange of agreements ceremony after the two leaders held an expanded bilateral… Read More

'Samuel' to bring rains over most parts of PH

'Samuel' to bring rains over most parts of PH

November 20, 2018, 9:34 pm

MANILA -- Many parts of the archipelago will experience rains due to Tropical Depression (TD) Samuel, the weather bureau said on Tuesday. "Samuel" was last eyed 260 kilometers east of Maasin, southern Leyte. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 km per hour near the center, and gustiness of up to… Read More

5 new NAIA e-gates start operation Friday

5 new NAIA e-gates start operation Friday

November 20, 2018, 9:29 pm

MANILA -- The five newly-installed electronic gates (e-gates) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 are expected to be operational by Nov. 23. "Installation of these five units began on Nov. 10 and was completed on Nov. 19. We are calibrating the units from Nov. 20-22, and we… Read More

China, PH to resolve contentious issues in SCS

China, PH to resolve contentious issues in SCS

November 20, 2018, 9:17 pm

MANILA -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday assured Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte that the governments of China and the Philippines will continue to find ways to resolve “contentious issues” in the disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) through “friendly”… Read More

House approves bill on regulation of Islamic banks

House approves bill on regulation of Islamic banks

November 20, 2018, 8:37 pm

MANILA -- A measure seeking to organize and regulate Islamic banks in the country hurdled final reading at the House of Representatives. During Tuesday's session, the lower chamber overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading House Bill 8281 with 221 affirmative votes. The bill defines… Read More