SolGen: Plunder raps vs. Duterte at Ombudsman 'terminated'

MANILA -- The plunder case filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against President Rodrigo Duterte has already been closed and terminated, Solicitor General Jose Calida said Tuesday.Calida was referring to the plunder case filed by Trillanes against Duterte in May 2016 over allegations of the former... Read More

Nothing 'inappropriate' with PCSO Xmas party: Balutan

MANILA -- There was nothing inappropriate with the allegedly "lavish" Christmas party held by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) last December, its general manager said Tuesday.During the House good governance and public accountability committee hearing, PCSO general manager Alexander... Read More

CBCP backs total deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait

MANILA -- The Catholic Church expressed support for the government's decision to impose a total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrant and... Read More

Palace: SSS more ‘efficient’ sans quarreling board members

MANILA -- The Social Security System (SSS) will be more efficient without quarreling among members of its board, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. said Tuesday.Roque made this remark a day after after President Rodrigo R. Duterte made the decision not to renew the appointments of SSS... Read More

NHCP, German firm partner to restore People Power Monument

MANILA -- Following a successful clean-up of the Rizal Monument last December, German company Kärcher, in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), is conducting another restorative cleaning project, this time at the EDSA People Power Monument.The clean-up... Read More

Palace to Ombudsman: Only Congress can expel Garcia

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday said it respects the decision of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to dismiss Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia for grave misconduct but reminded her that only the House of Representatives had the power to suspend her.“While we respect the findings... Read More

BI strictly enforces OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

MANILA -- Immigration officers in all the international airports and seaports nationwide have been ordered to strictly implement the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait which President Rodrigo Duterte ordered in reaction to the reported deaths and abuse of several... Read More

DSWD assures aid for repatriated OFWs with children from Kuwait

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured that repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait, especially parents with their children, would be given aid under its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.In an interview with the... Read More

NDRRMC on 'red alert' for Mayon unrest, 'Basyang'

MANILA -- The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced that it is now on "red alert" status as response operations for Mayon Volcano and the onslaught of tropical storm "Basyang" is still ongoing.In the same vein, NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said the... Read More

Duterte scolds LGUs for neglecting Boracay anew

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday scolded local government officials in Boracay for “neglecting” the top beach destination and allowing it to turn into a “cesspool.”"‘Yang mga local governments, ‘yung mga tao diyan, I’m addressing myself now sa... Read More

PAL provides 4 flights to help repatriate OFWs from Kuwait this week

MANILA -- Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Monday afternoon announced it has lined up four flights from Kuwait to Manila this week to help repatriate the distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there.This was in response to President Rodrigo R. Duterte's request to local carriers to... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

BUSINESS MIRROR – Higher palay-buying price eyed to steady rice marketINQUIRER – 10,000 more OFWs to be repatriatedMANILA BULLETIN – No more workers to KuwaitMANILA TIMES – Aquino, Abad, Garin face new graft rapsMANILA STANDARD – Aquino et al rapped for... Read More

Duterte leads turnover of patrol cars to Cebu cops

CEBU CITY— President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday, Feb. 12, led the turnover of patrol vehicles for three Philippine National Police (PNP) police stations in the province of Cebu.The 20 units of Mitsubishi Montero patrol vehicles were donated by the government of Japan to Cebu, Mandaue, and... Read More

PRRD assures support for local execs regardless of affiliation

CEBU CITY — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday, Feb. 12, committed assistance to all local government officials from Visayas and Mindanao regardless of party affiliation.Speaking before a crowd of local chief executives here, Duterte assured that every local government unit would be... Read More

Ombudsman asked to speed up probe of P101.7-M CamSur ‘Tent City’

MANILA -- An anti-corruption watchman is calling for a speedy probe on the plunder case he filed with the Office of the Ombudsman in 2013 against former Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymond Villafuerte, now Camarines Sur 2nd district representative, on the PHP101.7-million "Tent City" funded by the... Read More

Japan hopes Jenesys PH to continue for another decade

MANILA -- With more than 3,000 Filipino beneficiaries and counting, the Japan Embassy in Manila is hopeful that their youth exchange program, Jenesys, will be able to outlast another decade and continue to harness the relationship between Japan and the Philippines.

In an interview at the... Read More

Oil firms reduce pump prices Tuesday

MANILA -- Oil companies on Monday said they would implement a pump price rollback of PHP0.85 to PHP1.30 effective 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The price reduction reflects movements in the international petroleum market.

Shell would implement the following price rollback: gasoline PHP1/liter;... Read More

'Basyang' gains speed, threatens eastern Mindanao

MANILA -- Tropical storm "Basyang" accelerated as it threatens Eastern Mindanao, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Monday afternoon.In its latest bulletin, PAGASA said "Basyang" was last spotted 435 kilometers east-southeast of Hinatuan,... Read More

TNVS drivers won’t lose jobs as LTFRB raises supply cap

MANILA -- Transportation network vehicle services (TNVS) drivers are assured that they will not lose their jobs as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) increased the number of common supply base for vehicle units of transportation network companies (TNCs) to address... Read More

NFA Council OKs importation of 250,000 MT of rice

MANILA -- The National Food Authority (NFA) Council has approved the importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice to increase the current buffer stock, NFA Council chairman Leoncio Evasco said Monday.”The standby authority to import 250,000 metric tons (MT) is approved and considering the timing... Read More