BIR files tax raps vs Olongapo hospital, contractor

MANILA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed separate tax evasion complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against a hospital in Olangapo City and contractor from Pampanga for their failure to pay taxes amounting to over PHP27 million.In a statement, BIR said executives of Our Lady... Read More

Poe urges probe on capsized ship off Quezon

MANILA -- Senator Grace Poe said that a thorough investigation should be conducted into the incident where a passenger ship capsized between Dinahican Point, Quezon, and Polillo Island Thursday morning.“Although reports said that the ship was not overloaded, authorities should determine... Read More

Passenger boat capsizes near Quezon, Polillo Island waters

MANILA -- A passenger boat has capsized near the waters of Dinahican, Quezon and Polillo Island, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Thursday.In a statement, PCG spokesperson Capt. Armand Balilo said Mercraft 3 had allegedly sunk with 251 passengers. The boat departed from the Ungos Port in... Read More

Stranded OFWs in HK back in PH before X’mas: Bello

MANILA -- The government is looking to bring home before Christmas hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are stuck in Hong Kong after their flight bookings were not confirmed on time by their travel agency.With this, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III... Read More

P6-M PCSO Christmas party ‘insensitive’: Gatchalian

MANILA -- “Insensitive.”This was how Senator Sherwin Gatchalian described the Christmas party of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) which reportedly cost PHP 6 million.“I believe staging this party in a luxurious five-star hotel and extravagantly spending PHP6 million... Read More

Telcos reminded to consistently send mobile disaster alerts

MANILA -- As tropical storm “Vinta” is expected to make a landfall Thursday or Friday morning, a senator reminded telecommunications companies to consistently send free mobile disaster alerts to warn the public of its impact that could affect them.“We expect our telecommunications... Read More

Ex-ERC chair charged with graft, 4 commissioners suspended

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman ordered on Thursday a one-year suspension on former Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jose Vicente Salazar and four other commissioners of the agency.Salazar and the four other ERC officials were charged with violation of... Read More

Aguirre to Bilibid inmates: 'Stay away from illegal activities'

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II reminded new inmates at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) not to get involved in illegal drug activities or any other crimes while in detention.“Huwag kayong sumama sa gulo, tiwaling gawain habang kayo nandito.Huwag na huwag kayo madadamay sa droga,... Read More

2 suspects, P17.5-M shabu seized in NAIA turned over to PDEA

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) two suspects and approximately 3.5 kg. of shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride worth about PHP17.5 million seized at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday.Customs Commissioner... Read More

Foreigners in PH must report to BI within first 60 days of 2018

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminded all registered foreigners in the country to report to the bureau within the first two months of every year as part of the Annual Report (AR) 2018.“To implement the Annual Report (AR) 2018, all registered aliens shall, within the first 60 days... Read More

Caritas Palo brings relief goods to Urduja-hit Biliran

MANILA -- The humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church in Leyte has delivered relief goods to 500 families affected by tropical depression 'Urduja' in Biliran province on Wednesday.According to Archdiocese of Palo Relief and Rehabilitation Unit (Caritas Palo) Director Rev. Fr. Al Cris Badana, the... Read More

Holiday truce with Reds only on Dec.23-26, Dec. 30-Jan. 2

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday clarified that the unilateral ceasefire declared by President Rodrigo Duterte with communist rebels will not run continuously from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2 as earlier announced.Instead, the unilateral truce will be from Dec. 23, 6 p.m. until Dec. 26, 11:59 p.m and... Read More

Muntinlupa celebrates 100 years with music fest, live shows

MANILA -- The City of Muntinlupa has celebrated its 100th founding anniversary as an independent municipality this week.Thousands of Muntinlupeños joined the “Grand Centennial Salubong” on Monday midnight, celebrating Muntinlupa’s centenary date on December 19.Public... Read More

Delivery of 2 missile-armed frigates still on track: acting PN chief

MANILA -- Delivery of the country's first two missile-armed frigates, which are designed to be capable of engaging surface, subsurface and air threats, is still on track, acting Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad said late Wednesday."The frigate (project) has... Read More

Troops told to stay vigilant despite unilateral Christmas truce

MANILA -- With President Rodrigo Duterte declaring a unilateral Christmas truce against the New People's Army (NPA), the Department of National Defense urged all military to be vigilant and mindful of their safety during the ceasefire."We also direct our Defenders to maintain their vigilance and be... Read More

Slashed budgets of 24 solons diverted to gov't priorities: Alvarez

MANILA -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday said the budgets slashed from several opposition lawmakers and some members of the supermajority coalition had been reallocated to fund government priorities, such as education and the welfare of cops and soldiers.In a statement, Alvarez said the... Read More

TS 'Vinta' to make landfall Thursday, 4 provinces under signal # 2

MANILA— Tropical storm "Vinta" (international name Tembin) has maintained strength as it moves towards eastern Mindanao and expected to make landfall over Caraga-Davao region Thursday or Friday morning, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

BUSINESS MIRROR – Duterte told to make perks bill his tax-reform equalizerINQUIRER – Davao boys lead drug kills in QCMANILA BULLETIN – Duterte declares truce with RedsMANILA TIMES – Duterte declares ceasefire with RedsMANILA STANDARD – Duterte declares truce with... Read More

NDRRMC braces for 'Vinta'

MANILA -- Even as it mobilizes resources needed to deal with the damage caused by "Urduja", the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has convened an emergency response preparedness (ERP) following the expected landfall of tropical storm "Vinta" Thursday or Friday. The NDRRM... Read More

DFA to establish new consular offices in 2018

MANILA -- To deliver faster and effectively the passport services to Filipinos, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it plans to establish more consular offices in addition to the total 27 regional consular and satellite offices nationwide.DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters... Read More