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

Lapeña to relieve port execs failing to meet February target

MANILA -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña on Monday said he is ready to relieve port personnel including District Collectors, who will not be able to meet their collection target this month.In a memorandum dated Feb. 6, the BOC chief noted that aside from District... Read More

DSWD mulls purchasing commercial rice

MANILA --The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Monday it is considering options to purchase commercial rice in case the National Food Authority (NFA) runs insufficient of supply.“In case there will be a shortage of NFA rice, the Department will explore purchasing... Read More

DOJ files criminal raps vs alleged Spanish terrorist

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed criminal charges against a suspected Spanish terrorist who was nabbed in a checkpoint in Basilan last month.In an eight-page resolution dated Feb. 8 but was released to media on Monday, the DOJ panel of prosecutors, led by Senior Assistant State... Read More

PRRD not renewing appointments of 2 SSS execs

MANILA -- The appointments of Social Security System (SSS) Chairman Amando Valdez and Commissioner Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña will not be renewed, Malacañang said Monday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. made the announcement in a Palace briefing.“The... Read More

Duterte confirms new MMDA OIC general manager

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has confirmed Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. as the Officer-in-Charge General Manager of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).In a letter signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim dated February 9, 2018, he confirmed that... Read More

Groups file criminal raps vs Aquino, et al. over Dengvaxia mess

MANILA -- The Vanguard of the Philippines, Inc. (VCPI) and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Monday filed a criminal complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against former President Benigno Aquino III, two former Cabinet officials and several former and incumbent health... Read More

DILG now 100% FOI-compliant

MANILA -- The public is now ensured of better access to official records and documents in the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), as the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has certified the department as fully compliant with the Freedom of Information (FOI)... Read More

DFA wants 'concrete action' from Kuwait over OFW abuses

MANILA -- Following developments on the issue of reported abuses on Filipinos in Kuwait, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said it called for a "concrete action" from the Kuwaiti government to address maltreatment suffered by Filipinos in their state.

Upon instructions by DFA... Read More

DOLE ‘working out’ efforts to send repatriated OFWs to China

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is currently “working out” efforts to send repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait to other countries such as China.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Labor Secretary... Read More

Palace: No ill will vs. lawyer in ICC case vs. Duterte

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said it does not have any ill will against lawyer Jude Sabio, who was responsible for filing a communication before the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity in relation to the government's war on... Read More

DOLE orders total deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait

MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday officially ordered a total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait effective immediately.This move is pursuant to President Rodrigo R. Duterte's directive amid reports of several deaths of Filipino workers... Read More

Ombudsman dismisses Gwen Garcia; Lady Cebu rep doubts order's timing

MANILA -- Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered former Cebu governor and now Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia dismissed from service for grave misconduct.The dismissal order, which House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is directed to implement on Monday, stemmed from the lady politician's... Read More

Over 300 distressed OFWs from Kuwait arrive in PH

MANILA -- A total of 317 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait arrived in Manila on Monday.They were repatriated by the government and came in two batches--220 onboard Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR 669 and 97 via Gulf Air flight GF 154.President Rodrigo Duterte had instructed... Read More

PH to scrap P12-B helicopter deal with Bell, CCC: Lorenzana

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) is now preparing the letter for the cancellation of the purchase of 16 Bell EPI combat utility helicopters (CUHs) worth PHP12 billion from Canada.Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday he will sign the letter anytime this week."The formal... Read More