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Zubiri says Duterte ‘strong as an ox’

Zubiri says Duterte ‘strong as an ox’

October 9, 2018, 5:04 pm

MANILA -- “The President is strong as an ox,” Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said Tuesday, belying reports that President Rodrigo Duterte is suffering from a major health illness. “We saw it yesterday, he is in good spirits,” Zubiri added during an ambush interview at the… Read More

Duterte cancer-free: DILG chief

Duterte cancer-free: DILG chief

October 9, 2018, 4:34 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte is healthy and cancer-free, Interior and Local Government OIC-Secretary Eduardo Año said Tuesday. Año said the President made the announcement during a Cabinet meeting on Monday. “Last night, we had a Cabinet meeting. It lasted (until) about 11 p.m. And I… Read More

PNP to file raps vs. suspects in ambush of PDEA agents

PNP to file raps vs. suspects in ambush of PDEA agents

October 9, 2018, 4:30 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday announced that it is set to file cases against the suspects in the ambush that killed five Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) members and wounded two others in Kapai, Lanao del Sur. “Sa ngayon (For now), base sa (based on the)… Read More

PH will not join US military drills in WPS, Duterte tells China

PH will not join US military drills in WPS, Duterte tells China

October 9, 2018, 4:19 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines will not participate in the military exercises the United States will be conducting in the disputed West Philippines Sea (WPS). Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte made this remark after Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines… Read More

PNP forms task group to probe Ozamiz judge killing

PNP forms task group to probe Ozamiz judge killing

October 9, 2018, 4:04 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has formed a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to probe the killing of Ozamiz City Executive Judge Edmundo Pintac on Monday. In a press conference on Tuesday, PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr., said Senior Supt. Emmanuel Hebron,… Read More

 Congress recalls coco levy fund bill

Congress recalls coco levy fund bill

October 9, 2018, 4:02 pm

MANILA – Congress has decided to recall the coco levy bill from the Office of the President to introduce an amendment that would save the measure from being vetoed, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said Tuesday. In an interview, Zubiri said the decision was made after they learned that… Read More

Palace condemns Ozamiz judge's slay

Palace condemns Ozamiz judge's slay

October 9, 2018, 4:00 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday condemned the killing of Ozamiz City Executive Judge Edmundo Pintac, who was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Ozamiz City on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the murder of Pintac, one of the magistrates handling the cases involving the… Read More

Remember 'golden rule', SolGen tells critics wishing PRRD ill

Remember 'golden rule', SolGen tells critics wishing PRRD ill

October 9, 2018, 3:58 pm

MANILA -- Solicitor General Jose Calida reminded critics of the administration wishing that President Rodrigo Duterte would become ill that what goes around comes around. "Well maybe (remember) the golden rule. That's my message to them," Calida told reporters on the sidelines of oral arguments on… Read More

 LTFRB decision on new jeepney fare hike petition out soon

LTFRB decision on new jeepney fare hike petition out soon

October 9, 2018, 3:57 pm

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is set to decide on the proposed jeepney fare hike submitted by various transport groups to mitigate the impact of series of oil price increases in the country, LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said on Tuesday. This, as the… Read More

3.8K cops pass 2018 exam for line officers

3.8K cops pass 2018 exam for line officers

October 9, 2018, 3:49 pm

MANILA -- Close to 4,000 cops have passed the selection process of the Lateral Program Entry for Line Officers, which is part of the preventive component of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) internal cleansing program. Based on the final results released by the Directorate for Personnel and… Read More

Duterte orders unimpeded rice importation

Duterte orders unimpeded rice importation

October 9, 2018, 3:47 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the unimpeded importation of rice as part of government efforts to combat rising inflation and lower prices, Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this decision was reached during the 30th Cabinet meeting on Monday… Read More

PH Army dragon boat team wins 3 golds in SoKor

PH Army dragon boat team wins 3 golds in SoKor

October 9, 2018, 3:45 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Army (PA) team has netted three gold medals in the just-concluded 2018 ARA Waterways International Dragon Boat Festival held in Incheon, South Korea last Oct. 4-8. In a statement late Monday, Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva said the event was organized by the… Read More

COCs for 2019 polls now downloadable at Comelec website

COCs for 2019 polls now downloadable at Comelec website

October 9, 2018, 3:44 pm

MANILA -- Those who are running in the May 2019 midterm elections may secure copies of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) by downloading them from the website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said Tuesday that aspirants in the forthcoming polls can… Read More

Senate repeals SSS law; expands coverage to OFWs

Senate repeals SSS law; expands coverage to OFWs

October 9, 2018, 3:40 pm

MANILA -- Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) may soon avail of programs offered by the Social Security Systems (SSS), as part of reforms introduced in a Senate bill overhauling the SSS charter. Senate Bill 1753, or the proposed "Social Security Act of 2018" was approved by the Senate Monday on the… Read More

Taxi passenger rights bill OK’d on final reading

Taxi passenger rights bill OK’d on final reading

October 9, 2018, 3:38 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill establishing the rights of passengers of taxis, tourist car transport service (TCTS), and other similar vehicles for hire. The Lower House passed on Monday House Bill 7774, otherwise known as the "Bill of Rights… Read More

Coalition of volunteers files raps vs. Andaya

Coalition of volunteers files raps vs. Andaya

October 9, 2018, 3:38 pm

MANILA – The Truth and Justice Coalition on Tuesday filed a complaint against Majority Floor Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. before the Ombudsman for his alleged failure to disclose a number of his properties in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN). "Marami po siyang hindi… Read More

DILG brings fight vs. corruption to LGUs; launches Bantay Korapsyon

DILG brings fight vs. corruption to LGUs; launches Bantay Korapsyon

October 9, 2018, 3:36 pm

MANILA -- Heeding President Rodrigo Duterte's marching order to eliminate corruption in the government, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) brings the war against corruption to local government units (LGUs) with the launch of the Bantay Korapsyon program. In a news release… Read More

Albayalde relieves 4 of 7 cops tagged in illegal drugs network

Albayalde relieves 4 of 7 cops tagged in illegal drugs network

October 9, 2018, 3:14 pm

MANILA – Four of the 7 Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel allegedly tagged in the “enormous” illegal drugs network in the country have been relieved from their posts, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said Monday. Albayalde said the identities of the six officials and the… Read More

JBC sets interview of 2 more SC justice bets on Oct. 18

JBC sets interview of 2 more SC justice bets on Oct. 18

October 9, 2018, 1:13 pm

MANILA -- The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Tuesday set a public interview for hopefuls applying for the position of Supreme Court Associate Justice on Oct. 18. In a statement, the JBC said it is set to conduct a public panel interview of two of the 13 applicants vying for the position of… Read More

'Master forger' of documents for US visa nabbed

'Master forger' of documents for US visa nabbed

October 9, 2018, 1:09 pm

MANILA -- A suspected forger who specialized in faking supporting documents for applicants for US visas has been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Officials of the NBI Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD) presented to the media on Tuesday, Manuel… Read More