DFA welcomes suspension of balikbayan box tax

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday welcomed the decision of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to suspend the implementation of the duty and tax-free privileges of consolidated balikbayan boxes, saying this is good news for the hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipinos."We... Read More

LGUs urged to adopt community-based rehab program

MANILA -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Catalino Cuy is rallying governors and mayors to undertake the community-based rehabilitation program for drug users and dependents.Cuy issued a directive to all local chief executives (LCEs) prodding them to... Read More

COMELEC stops all poll activities

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) officially ordered the cessation of all activities related to the preparations for the Oct. 23 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, two days after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 10952 postponing the electoral exercises... Read More

ASEAN, EU to intensify maritime cooperation

MANILA -- Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) have agreed to take steps to improve sharing of information and surveillance, as they cooperate at the bilateral and regional levels on maritime security. They welcomed the successful outcome of... Read More

P178-M road rehab project in Masbate completed this year

MANILA — Masbate's PHP178.2-million road improvement project, which aims to enhance socio-economic status of the island-province, is expected to be finished before the end of 2017, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Saturday.DPWH Region 5 Director Danilo Versola said the... Read More

Pimentel to PNP: Shape up

MANILA -- "The Filipino people deserve a modern, professional, and capable police force. Right now, the PNP (Philippine National Police) is none of the above.”Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III made this statement Thursday, expressing disappointment over the “incompetence of the... Read More

LPA to bring rains over Eastern Visayas, parts of Luzon Saturday

MANILA -- A low-pressure area (LPA) last spotted 525 km. east southeast of Virac, Catanduanes will cause rains over eastern Visayas and parts of Luzon, the state weather bureau said Saturday.Eastern Visayas, Bicol, Quezon, Isabela and Cagayan will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers... Read More

2 Aussie Navy warships to visit PH

MANILA -- Two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) warships, the HMAS Adelaide (LO1) and the HMAS Darwin (FFG-04), will make a goodwill visit to the Philippines on Oct. 10-15.The visit of the two vessels, which will arrive at Pier 15 of the Manila South Harbor at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, is part of the Australian... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

BUSINESSMIRROR– Economy showing more signs of overheatingINQUIRER– 'Truth, justice not a numbers game'PHILIPPINE STAR– Morales: I have nothing to hide, nothing to fearMANILA BULLETIN– Duterte bats for food securityMANILA TIMES– Palace to challenge probe before SCMANILA... Read More

Briones assures confidentiality of drug test results

MANILA --Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones reiterated that the identity of students who would undergo random drug testing would be protected.

Briones reiterated this during the National Teachers' Day and World Teachers' Day observance on Thursday in Legazpi City,... Read More

Velasco refutes De Lima accusations

MANILA --Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. vehemently denied the allegation of detained Senator Leila de Lima that he “pushed for the acquittal of convicted drug lord German Agojo when the Supreme Court division deliberated on the case in 2009.”In a statement,... Read More

LTO supports stiffer penalties vs erring drivers

MANILA --The Land Transportation Office (LTO) supports the imposition of stricter penalties against erring public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers.The LTO has been coordinating with the LTFRB in drafting guidelines that would ensure that drivers will be penalized for any infractions they have committed... Read More

TESDA joins World Teachers' Day celebration in Albay

MANILA --To show support to teachers, several Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) regional officials and staff joined the World Teachers' Day (WTD) celebration held Thursday in Legazpi City, Albay.The occasion also served as the observance of the National Teachers' Day... Read More

Mall hours reset from 11 AM to 11 PM effective Oct. 15

MANILA --To ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila with the onset of the holiday season, mall operations will start from 11 AM to 11 PM effective October 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018.This was agreed upon in a meeting of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) with mall operators Friday... Read More

PAL to settle P6-B dues to CAAP, MIAA

MANILA -- Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Friday afternoon said it will pay in full its more than PHP6 billion unpaid dues to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).The decision came after months of validation and... Read More

EU urges Filipinos to pursue higher studies in Europe

MANILA -- Filipino students, teachers and academicians are encouraged to undertake post-graduate studies in universities in Europe.The European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) 2017, which will be held on Oct. 18 at the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong, will feature more than 20 higher... Read More

Aguirre commends honest immigration officer at NAIA

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II on Friday commended a Bureau of Immigration (BI) officer for returning the USD 1,900 that was left behind at his counter at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.Aguirre said Reimond Abigeil B. Lagman, Immigration officer 1,... Read More

Drilon plans to block approval of BOC budget

MANILA -- Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon on Friday said he plans to block the approval of the 2018 Bureau of Customs (BOC) budget worth PHP 3.1-billion unless an administrative order requiring pre-shipment inspection is amended to include containerized cargo.“I will block the budget of... Read More

House panel approves bill regulating practice of criminology

MANILA -- A measure seeking to regulate the practice of criminology in the country hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives.The House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation, chaired by Batangas Rep. Mario Vittorio Mariño, passed an unnumbered substitute bill... Read More

PNP also wants drug suspects arrested alive: spokesman

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) respects public opinion on the need for drug suspects to be arrested alive, as shown in a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, its spokesperson said Friday"The PNP is one with the Filipino people who want drug suspects to be captured alive. In... Read More