BI readies deportation of S. Korean swindler

MANILA -- A 52-year-old South Korean wanted in his country for defrauding many of his compatriots of more than USD500,000 five years ago, is set to be deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the foreigner as Choi Youngseop, who was arrested on... Read More

BOC files smuggling raps vs 2 firms, customs brokers

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed smuggling charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against two importers and customs brokers for gross undervaluation of imports and large-scale agricultural smuggling.BOC filed separate cases on Monday against the two companies, namely Granstar... Read More

Rights groups being used by drug lords in destab efforts: Palace

MANILA -- Since illegal drug trade is a multibillion peso industry, drug lords “can easily” finance destabilization efforts against the government, Malacañang said Monday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. made this comment after Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)... Read More

Dela Rosa reminds cops: Stay alert for Holy Week, NPA anniversary

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa reminded policemen to be on alert in line with the country's observance of the Holy Week and the forthcoming 49th anniversary of the New People's Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)."While... Read More

Lorenzana thanks Japan for military aircraft donation to Navy

MANILA -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday thanked the Japanese government for donating three more Beechcraft King Air TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy (PN)."We are very thankful for this first grant project of JMOD (Japan Ministry of Defense) following the amendment of Japan... Read More

ConCom eyes environmental rights in new charter

MANILA -- As more environmental problems, such as the degradation of Boracay Island, continue to plague the country, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, chair of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution, said the committee is now eyeing environmental rights in the Bill of... Read More

Bato to PNP offices: Work harder towards better public service

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Monday reiterated his call on members of the 185,000-strong national police to strive harder towards creating a trustworthy, skillful and effective law enforcement organization."I want to enjoin everybody's full support... Read More

3 Japanese-donated patrol planes now in Navy possession

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) formally received three more Japanese-donated Beechcraft King Air TC-90 patrol aircraft during short ceremonies at Naval Air Group headquarters in Sangley Point, Cavite City Monday.The planes were donated by the Japanese government, PN spokesperson Capt. Lued... Read More

Bill vs. privatization of public hospitals passes committee level

MANILA -- A House of Representatives' panel has approved a measure prohibiting the privatization of all public hospitals in the country.The House committee on health, chaired by Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan, approved House Bill 7437, otherwise known as the "Anti-Privatization of Public Hospitals, Health... Read More

Trough of 'Jelawat' to bring rains in E. Visayas

MANILA—The trough of tropical storm "Jelawat" (international name) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) will bring scattered rains and thunderstorms in eastern Visayas, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Monday, March 26, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– Reform bills face delay as senators turn judgesINQUIRER– Resume peace talks, 61 solons urge DU30PHILIPPINE STAR– Cardinal Tagle hits ‘violent, cocky kings’MANILA BULLETIN– Call for peace: 60 solons ask gov't to resume talks with RedsMANILA... Read More

PET to inspect VP poll recount venue on Tuesday

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), is set to conduct an inspection of the venue where the revision of votes for the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest will be held on Tuesday.The SC-Public Information Office said the inspection, scheduled at 10:30... Read More

QC gov't assures airtight cases vs. drug suspects

MANILA -- Quezon City (QC) Vice Mayor and Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC) Chair Joy Belmonte assured that the city has unassailable protocols in building airtight cases against arrested drug personalities.Belmonte said they have long ironed out the procedures in dealing with the arrests,... Read More

QC vice mayor seeks closer ties with DepEd for quality education

MANILA -- Quezon City (QC) Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte proposed a closer coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the city to better provide for the educational needs of its residents.In a statement released Saturday, Belmonte said such synchronization would enable the local government... Read More

DOJ junks parricide raps vs. Bohol exec

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the parricide case against Bohol Provincial Board Member (BM) Nino Rey Boniel, alleged mastermind in the murder of his wife Gisela, who was mayor of Bien Unido town, Bohol.“Wherefore, in view of the foregoing, the instant petition for reviews... Read More

DOST scholarship at an all-time high with 8,994 new S&T scholars

MANILA -- Thousands of aspiring scientists and engineers will enter college with a Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) scholarship stamp.The country’s premier science scholarship program, back after a two-year hiatus due to the implementation of the... Read More

269 guns, 174 IEDs recovered from Reds in 3 months

MANILA -- As further proof of the demoralization among communists, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it has recovered a total of 269 assorted firearms and 174 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from New People's Army (NPA) memebers from Jan. 1 to March 15 this year.Lt. Col.... Read More

PDEA orients personnel on shelter program for drug surrenderers

MANILA -- As part of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign to holistically address the drug problem, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has conducted an orientation on the Balay Silangan Program for key officers from various services and regional offices.PDEA Director General Aaron N.... Read More

Navy activates 2nd TC-90 patrol aircraft

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) has activated the second Beechcraft King Air TC-90 donated by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), a naval official disclosed Saturday.Lt. Sahirul Taib, the Philippine Fleet spokesperson, said the second TC-90 was activated and placed under PN service... Read More

Most parts of PH with scattered rains Sunday

MANILA -- Most parts of the country will experience scattered rainshwowers due to the northeast monsoon affecting Luzon, and the tail-end of a cold front affecting the eastern part of eastern Visayas, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration... Read More