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MARINA to curb maritime accidents by half by 2021

MARINA to curb maritime accidents by half by 2021

September 25, 2018, 9:20 pm

MANILA -- The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is pushing to reduce by half the number of maritime accidents in the country by 2021. Administrator Rey Guerrero said this as MARINA seeks to create a policy framework that will ensure the safety of ships and passengers. “We are starting to… Read More

Arroyo's camp optimistic amid low trust grade

Arroyo's camp optimistic amid low trust grade

September 25, 2018, 9:18 pm

MANILA -- Despite recording a 19 percent trust rating in the latest Pulse Asia survey, the Office of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remains optimistic that her public approval rating is on an "upswing" with the level of distrust diminishing. Arroyo's office compared her trust rating as House… Read More

Estrella-Pantaleon bridge reopens to motorists

Estrella-Pantaleon bridge reopens to motorists

September 25, 2018, 9:16 pm

MANILA -- The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge which connects Makati City and Mandaluyong City was reopened on Tuesday to motorists as its road works were deferred due to its impact on traffic with the onset of the holiday season, a Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) official said. “Due to… Read More

 'Paeng' almost stationary: PAGASA

'Paeng' almost stationary: PAGASA

September 25, 2018, 9:01 pm

MANILA -- Typhoon Paeng is almost stationary, as it was last eyed 715 km. east of Basco, Batanes, the weather bureau said Tuesday. "Paeng" has maximum sustained winds of 200 km. per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness of up to 245 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical… Read More

Panelo defends Makati judge over Trillanes' arrest order

Panelo defends Makati judge over Trillanes' arrest order

September 25, 2018, 8:37 pm

MANILA -- Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Tuesday defended the decision of Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda ordering the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. “The order is anchored on solid ground,” Panelo said in a statement. Trillanes… Read More

Duterte strengthens MARINA to comply with int’l convention

Duterte strengthens MARINA to comply with int’l convention

September 25, 2018, 8:08 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) further strengthening the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to ensure the country’s strict and full compliance with the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers… Read More

'Taming' inflation requires set of measures: Andaya

'Taming' inflation requires set of measures: Andaya

September 25, 2018, 7:48 pm

MANILA -- Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said on Tuesday addressing the soaring inflation requires a "cocktail of solutions" rather than just a single "magic cure." Andaya made the statement following Malacañang's announcement that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Administrative Order… Read More

Trillanes returns to Senate after posting bail

Trillanes returns to Senate after posting bail

September 25, 2018, 7:36 pm

MANILA -- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday returned to the Senate after posting a PHP200,000 bail in connection with the arrest warrant earlier issued by a Makati court over his participation in the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. In an interview, Trillanes said he is not yet ready to go home… Read More

Roque to ‘consult’ PRRD over 2019 election plans

Roque to ‘consult’ PRRD over 2019 election plans

September 25, 2018, 7:31 pm

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday said he will talk to President Rodrigo R. Duterte sometime this month to discuss about his “plans” to seek a Senate seat. In an interview on ANC’s Headstart, Roque said he has yet to make a decision on his plan to run during either… Read More

CBCP offers prayers for Filipino seafarers abducted in Nigeria

CBCP offers prayers for Filipino seafarers abducted in Nigeria

September 25, 2018, 6:34 pm

MANILA -- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines - Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) is praying for the safety of the seven Filipino seafarers who were abducted by pirates in Nigeria over the weekend. At the same time, Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman… Read More

SC stresses balance of workers, employers rights

SC stresses balance of workers, employers rights

September 25, 2018, 6:32 pm

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has reiterated balancing workers' rights with the rights of employers to exercise management prerogatives in dealing with their companies’ affairs, including their right to dismiss erring employees. “We recognized the right of the employer to regulate all… Read More

House to work harder amid 10-pt slide in approval rating

House to work harder amid 10-pt slide in approval rating

September 25, 2018, 6:22 pm

MANILA -- The leadership of the House of Representatives on Tuesday vowed to double its efforts in passing vital legislative measures after the lower chamber suffered a 10-point drop in its approval rating in the latest Pulse Asia survey. The survey, held from September 1 to 7, showed that the… Read More

Ouster move will not succeed without AFP, Duterte asserts

Ouster move will not succeed without AFP, Duterte asserts

September 25, 2018, 6:21 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said any ouster move against him will not succeed without the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “Alam mo, itong mga plot, plot, plot na ito, ganito lang ang masasabi ko (You know, regarding these ouster plots, this is all I can… Read More

PRRD issues order removing non-tariff barriers for agri products

PRRD issues order removing non-tariff barriers for agri products

September 25, 2018, 6:19 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an administrative order removing non-tariff barriers and streamlining administrative procedures on the importation of basic agricultural commodities. Under Administrative Order No. 13 which he signed on September 21, Duterte emphasized the "urgent… Read More

Sotto wants to lower age of criminal liability to 13

Sotto wants to lower age of criminal liability to 13

September 25, 2018, 4:07 pm

MANILA -- Alarmed by the rise in the number of crimes now being committed by minors, Senate President Vicente Sotto III is pushing for the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility to 13 years old. In filing Senate Bill 2026, Sotto noted that criminal syndicates are exploiting the provisions… Read More

PRRD still most approved, trusted gov't official: Pulse Asia

PRRD still most approved, trusted gov't official: Pulse Asia

September 25, 2018, 4:06 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte remains to be the national official with the highest approval and trust ratings, in a recent Pulse Asia survey, despite suffering a double-digit drop, Malacañang said Tuesday. Results of the survey, conducted from Sept. 1 to 7, showed the President scored a 75… Read More

Makati court orders Trillanes’ arrest

Makati court orders Trillanes’ arrest

September 25, 2018, 3:56 pm

MANILA -- The Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 has issued an alias warrant of arrest and hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with his rebellion case. In a 22-page order, Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda granted the motion filed by… Read More

Palace to Trillanes: 'Stop drama, allow legal process'

Palace to Trillanes: 'Stop drama, allow legal process'

September 25, 2018, 3:33 pm

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday urged Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to allow the legal process to take its course after the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 issued an arrest warrant and hold departure order (HDO) against the Navy officer-turned-lawmaker. “The court has spoken. Let… Read More

Labor group lauds PRRD move to certify SOT bill as urgent

Labor group lauds PRRD move to certify SOT bill as urgent

September 25, 2018, 3:28 pm

MANILA -- A labor group on Tuesday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for certifying as urgent the Security of Tenure Bill, which is pending at the Senate. “By certifying the Security of Tenure or End Endo Act of 2018 as urgent, President Duterte gave the millions of ‘endo’ workers and their… Read More

Comelec reminds Pinoys abroad to register, vote

Comelec reminds Pinoys abroad to register, vote

September 25, 2018, 2:56 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday reminded Filipinos abroad to register as voters to be able to participate in the May 2019 midterm polls. The Comelec-Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) issued the reminder as the registration period for overseas absentee voters (OAV) is set… Read More