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Palace sees WPS joint exploration as 'answer' to soaring oil prices

Palace sees WPS joint exploration as 'answer' to soaring oil prices

October 2, 2018, 7:24 pm

MANILA – As the world crude prices hit above USD80 per barrel, Malacañang on Tuesday expressed hope that the joint exploration deal for oil and gas reserves in the disputed West Philippine Sea will be finally signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit in Manila next month. “We’re… Read More

DND, AFP can't find Trillanes’ amnesty application

DND, AFP can't find Trillanes’ amnesty application

October 2, 2018, 7:24 pm

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday revealed that their respective internal investigation on the supposedly missing amnesty application of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has turned up nothing. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana… Read More

PAL moves Manila-Sapporo route launch anew

PAL moves Manila-Sapporo route launch anew

October 2, 2018, 7:04 pm

MANILA -- Flag carrier Philippine Airlines will again move the launch of its Manila-Sapporo route from Oct. 8 to Dec. 7.  PAL originally wanted to launch the new route on Sept. 10, but had to move this to Oct. due to the 6.7-magnitude quake that hit Hokkaido last month. There were power outages… Read More

No inconsistency in PRRD’s, AFP’s remarks on ouster plot

No inconsistency in PRRD’s, AFP’s remarks on ouster plot

October 2, 2018, 6:26 pm

MANILA -- There is “no inconsistency” in the statements made by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr. concerning the alleged "Red October" plot to unseat the Chief Executive, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential… Read More

6 Cabinet members may run in 2019, Palace bares

6 Cabinet members may run in 2019, Palace bares

October 2, 2018, 5:49 pm

MANILA -- At least six members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet may file their certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the May 13, 2019 elections, Malacañang bared Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque disclosed this as the deadline for filing of COCs, which is on Oct. 11-17, is… Read More

No Palace intervention in military procurement

No Palace intervention in military procurement

October 2, 2018, 5:44 pm

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday categorically denied allegations that Malacañang is meddling in the procurement of military equipment. The allegations were raised by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV during the Senate hearing… Read More

Bertiz’s fate up to ACTS-OFW: Comelec

Bertiz’s fate up to ACTS-OFW: Comelec

October 2, 2018, 5:36 pm

MANILA -- It is up for the ACTS-OFW Party-list to decide on whether Aniceto John Bertiz will keep his post as their representative, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Tuesday. “Under the party-list system, it is the party-list organization that has a say on which nominee will be… Read More

PNP looking at all angles in La Union mayor slay

PNP looking at all angles in La Union mayor slay

October 2, 2018, 5:24 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said it is looking at all possible angles in the killing of Mayor Alexander Buquing of Sudipen town, La Union. In a press conference, PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr., said these include politics, business and personal matters.… Read More

NBI nabs Cebu developers trying to 'convert' protected mangroves

NBI nabs Cebu developers trying to 'convert' protected mangroves

October 2, 2018, 5:01 pm

MANILA -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday announced the arrest of eight persons for "developing" protected inalienable mangroves and forest lands into a residential subdivision in Lapu-Lapu City,Cebu. Speaking to reporters, NBI-Environmental Crime Division chief Cezar Nugui… Read More

TWG formed to consolidate bills on higher alcohol excise taxes

TWG formed to consolidate bills on higher alcohol excise taxes

October 2, 2018, 3:05 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives ways and means committee on Tuesday formed a technical working group (TWG) to consolidate two measures seeking to increase the excise tax rates imposed on alcohol products. The TWG will be tasked to merge House Bills 4839 and 8286, authored by AAMBIS-OWA… Read More

DILG orders mayors to rid nat’l highways of pedicabs, tricycles

DILG orders mayors to rid nat’l highways of pedicabs, tricycles

October 2, 2018, 3:01 pm

MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is reiterating its call to all city and municipal mayors to ban pedicabs and tricycles along national highways, whether in Metro Manila or in the provinces. “For safety reasons, no tricycle or pedicab should operate on national… Read More

NPAs, terror groups dwindling due to intensified AFP ops

NPAs, terror groups dwindling due to intensified AFP ops

October 2, 2018, 1:05 pm

MANILA – Due to intensified security operations nationwide, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it is continuously gaining grounds against the New People's Army (NPA) and other terrorist groups. This, according to AFP public affairs office chie,f Col. Noel Detoyato, in a… Read More

PH Navy thanks Russian warm welcome in historic visit

PH Navy thanks Russian warm welcome in historic visit

October 2, 2018, 12:07 pm

MANILA -- The head of Naval Task Force (NTF) 87 expressed his utmost gratitude to the Russian government for the warm welcome accorded to the officers and enlisted personnel aboard strategic sealift vessel BRP Tarlac (LD-601), which is now on its historic first-ever Russian port call at… Read More

20 OFWs ejected from homes in Saudi get help

20 OFWs ejected from homes in Saudi get help

October 2, 2018, 10:49 am

MANILA -- Some 20 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia are receiving assistance from the government after they were kicked out from their company-provided accommodations for refusing to work because of unpaid salaries and food allowance. The Philippine Consulate General in… Read More

Indian Embassy lines up activities for Int'l Day of Non-Violence

Indian Embassy lines up activities for Int'l Day of Non-Violence

October 2, 2018, 9:53 am

MANILA — The Indian Embassy in Manila will be holding various activities in Manila on Tuesday to celebrate the International Day of Non-Violence. The occasion, marked every 2nd of October, is in commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of Indian independence movement and pioneer of the… Read More

PNP task force to probe La Union mayor ambush

PNP task force to probe La Union mayor ambush

October 2, 2018, 9:52 am

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has formed a task force to probe the ambush-slay of Mayor Alexander Buquing of Sudipen town, La Union on Monday night. “While we are saddened by this unfortunate incident, we would like to assure the families of the victims that the PNP are… Read More

Typhoon 'Queenie' to dump light to moderate rains over eastern PH

Typhoon 'Queenie' to dump light to moderate rains over eastern PH

October 2, 2018, 9:33 am

MANILA — Typhoon "Queenie" (international name Kong-Rey) has intensified and will dump light to moderate rains over the eastern part of the country. In its 4 a.m. forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said "Queenie" was last spotted… Read More

Footages show no Chinese-looking persons given VIP treatment: Monreal

Footages show no Chinese-looking persons given VIP treatment: Monreal

October 2, 2018, 9:30 am

MANILA – Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal said he did not see any evidence on ACTS-OFW Party-list Rep. John Bertiz's claim that there were Chinese-looking passengers escorted by "NAIA staff" who did not undergo proper security check. In a press conference… Read More

DA, NFA to inspect rice imports in source countries

DA, NFA to inspect rice imports in source countries

October 2, 2018, 8:17 am

MANILA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) and National Food Authority (NFA) are set to form and deploy a technical team to inspect warehouses in countries from where the government and private rice traders import rice. DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the NFA Council approved the measure… Read More

Filipino among missing prisoners in quake-hit Sulawesi

Filipino among missing prisoners in quake-hit Sulawesi

October 2, 2018, 8:05 am

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that a Filipino in Central Sulawesi in Indonesia was among the prisoners who joined a mass jailbreak during the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami that hit the region last week. The Filipino, who was serving his sentence at the Lapas… Read More