Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

BUSINESS MIRROR – Duterte turns gun-shy on contractualizationINQUIRER – ‘China to expand artificial islands’MANILA BULLETIN – No rice shortage - PiñolMANILA TIMES – Bidding for new NFA building ‘irregular’MANILA STANDARD – ‘Floating... Read More

PRRD welcomes former NPA rebels in Malacañang

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday, Feb. 7, met former members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Malacañan, assuring that his administration will take care of them and provide them shelter, jobs, livelihood, and education for their children.In his speech, Duterte said it is a... Read More

3 Alaminos City staff convicted of graft for confiscating chicken meat

MANILA-- The Sandiganbayan has convicted three Alaminos City government employees in Pangasinan province of graft for confiscating chicken meat from a dressing plant.In a 37-page ruling, the Sandiganbayan found city veterinarian Ronaldo Abarra, meat inspector Joseph Soriano, and security officer... Read More

Let’s give BBL a chance: Dureza

JOLO, Sulu -- Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza urged officials here to rally behind the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which is being pushed by the Duterte administration.“Let's give this (BBL) a chance to make it work,” he told a gathering of local officials... Read More

Canadian minister positive of improved trade with Manila

MANILA — Citing growing Philippine-Canada trade, Canadian International Trade Minister Francoise-Philippe Champagne has expressed optimism that the trade relations of the two countries will further improve, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

Champagne earlier met with... Read More

72 Maguindanao, ARMM officials join PDP-Laban

MANILA -- A total of 72 officials from Maguindanao and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) have joined the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).The contingent, led by Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, were inducted into the ruling party by PDP-Laban national... Read More

SAP Bong Go: No plans to run for senator

MANILA -- Special Assistant to President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go clarified on Monday that he has no plans to run for senator.Go made this clarification after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte mentioned in jest during his speech at 116th anniversary of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) that the... Read More

Solon hails SC verdict on ML as ‘rule of law at work'

MANILA -- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday chided members of the opposition for harshly criticizing the Supreme Court (SC) decision upholding the validity of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao saying the long deliberative process leading to the decision was a prime example of... Read More

DOJ, NU ink MOA to beef up fight vs. cybercrimes

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National University (NU) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in a bid to educate the youth and strengthen the fight against all forms of cybercrimes."We realized milestone in cybercrime history in the country with this MOA signing. I... Read More

Prelate welcomes Senate nod on Nat'l Bible Day bill

MANILA -- A Catholic prelate lauded the Senate's approval of the bill declaring a National Bible Day in the country.“Very nice move of the Senate. The whole month of January had been declared as National Bible Month. All Christians in the Philippines are celebrating every year the National... Read More

S. Korean swindler falls in QC

MANILA -- Immigration agents arrested a South Korean national wanted by authorities in his country for large-scale fraud worth USD100 million.In a report by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) submitted to Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes, 52-year-old Chun Taejoon was arrested during an operation... Read More

Duterte thanks PLDT for giving back frequency

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte thankedPLDT Inc. for giving its unused frequency back at no cost to the government.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte expressed his appreciation to the PLDT Tuesday night upon learning that PLDT Inc. agreed to surrender the frequency it acquired... Read More

Clinical pathologist needed in autopsy on Dengvaxia victims: Aguirre

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday said a clinical pathologist was needed for the autopsies conducted by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on children whose deaths were being linked to Dengvaxia, the world's first-ever dengue vaccine which was found to cause health... Read More

Marcos sent 'wrong pleading' for recount: Robredo counsel

MANILA -- The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo said that former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had sent the wrong pleading regarding the “joint motion” to be signed by both parties for the recount of the votes to immediately commence.Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s counsel,... Read More

Probe into Nayong Pilipino execs’ infighting underway

MANILA -- Malacanang would investigate the ongoing rift among officials of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Wednesday.Roque told Palace said reports about the alleged infighting between NPF chairperson Patricia Yvette Ocampo and NPF board member Maria... Read More

DOTr creates database on road crashes

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has created a database that will gather information on road crashes as part of efforts to prevent fatal accidents and ensure road safety in the country.

The Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation and Reporting (DRIVER) system is a... Read More

MMDA, Metro Manila mayors provide aid to Mayon 

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Metro Manila mayors have agreed to provide financial and relief assistance to families affected by the ongoing eruption of Mayon Volcano.

The MMDA and local government units (LGUs) will pool funds amounting to at least... Read More

MIAA addresses air condition woes at Terminal 3

PASAY CITY – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is keeping true to its promise of addressing the air-conditioning problem that has been a source of inconvenience to NAIA Terminal 3 passengers over the past months.MIAA has started installing 12-tonner 15HP stand alone... Read More

Scattered rains to prevail over PH

MANILA -- Scattered rains will prevail over the country from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning, according to an advisory from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).In its latest weather bulletin, PAGASA said the Caraga and Davao Region will... Read More

Comelec 85% ready for barangay, SK elections

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is 85 percent ready for the conduct of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections on May 14, exactly 96 days to go.This was how the electoral body described it, as it highlights its countdown to Election Day.Comelec Director and Spokesperson... Read More