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SC asks Comelec to give side on ousted Albay guv suit

MANILA–The Supreme Court (SC) has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to give its side on the petition filed by Albay Governor Noel Rosal questioning the poll body's decision to oust him from his post for alleged election violations."The Supreme Court took cognizance of the petition... Read More

SolGen tells SC importance for NCAP to regulate NCR traffic

MANILA–State lawyers on Tuesday defended the implementation of the no-contact apprehension policy (NCAP) for traffic violators in Metro Manila before the Supreme Court (SC), which held oral arguments into petitions filed by transport groups questioning the measure.Speaking before the high... Read More

Freedom of speech must not be used to malign others: Padilla

MANILA–Senator Robinhood Padilla on Tuesday said that freedom of speech must not be used to malign others and trample their rights by using disinformation.Padilla, during the joint hearing of the Senate Committees on Public Information and Mass Media and Justice and Human Rights on Senate Bill... Read More

2.5M passengers expected in CAAP airports in December

MANILA – An official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Tuesday said 2 to 2.5 million passengers are expected to use the country's airports this December."Because of the increase in passengers due to the holiday season, we are expecting passenger volume to reach 2 to... Read More

DOH: No outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in NCR

MANILA – There is no outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.In a press briefing, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said there had been an increase in HFMD cases in the region but these had been recorded for a span... Read More

Marcos wants PH connectivity to be at par with ASEAN neighbors

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said his administration is determined to make the country’s internet connectivity at par with its neighbors in Southeast Asia, citing the need for Filipinos to be able to quickly communicate with others across the country and... Read More

House panel OKs consolidated bill on ROTC, NCST

MANILA – Two House of Representatives' panels on Tuesday approved the consolidation of several measures that would establish a mandatory National Citizens Service Training (NCST) program and an optional Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program.During a joint hearing, the House Committee... Read More

Bill tagging tobacco smuggling as economic sabotage hurdles House

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure classifying tobacco smuggling as economic sabotage.During the plenary session, the chamber passed through voice voting House Bill 3917, which seeks to amend Republic Act 10845 or the Anti-Agricultural... Read More

DOH to LGUs: Stick to guidelines when giving 2nd booster

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reminded local governments to stick to the guidelines when giving the second booster shot against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said there is no evidence yet that administering a second... Read More

Deployment of OFWs to India suspended

MANILA –Deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) bound for India has been suspended by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), according to its officer-in-charge Administrator and Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Undersecretary for Licensing and Adjudication Bernard... Read More

eTravel system integrates gov't travel systems into one: DICT

MANILA – The new eTravel system is seen to ease the completion of documents, health declaration and other data from inbound travelers through the integration of several government systems.In a statement on Tuesday, Department of Information on Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan... Read More

VP Sara honors late China president Jiang Zemin’s legacy

MANILA – Vice President Sara Duterte has recognized the achievements of the late former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, particularly his leadership legacy.The Philippines' second-highest leader made the statement on Monday during her visit to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in... Read More

Refocus on general public health concerns, Marcos tells DOH

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday directed the Department of Health (DOH) to prioritize general public health concerns like tuberculosis (TB) infections aside from Covid-19.This developed following a meeting with the DOH officials on the status of its TB-DOTS (directly... Read More

DA, 4 other agencies to set up farmer-to-market road network

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) and four other agencies are set to sign a joint administrative order (JAO) that will set up guidelines to make farm-to-market road (FMRs) interconnected with other infrastructure projects.The JAO will be signed among officials of the DA, Departments... Read More

QC cops nab 67 in 2-day anti-crime ops

MANILA – A total of 67 persons were arrested during the anti-illegal drugs and criminality operations in Quezon City from Dec. 4 to 5.In a statement Tuesday, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief, Brig. Gen. Nicolas Torre III, said 21 drug suspects were nabbed while PHP243,080 worth of... Read More

Contractors of DPWH flood control projects to plant more trees

MANILA – Contractors with flood control projects funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are now required to plant more trees.In Department Order (DO) No. 238, series of 2022 signed by Secretary Manuel Bonoan and released Tuesday, directed implementing offices nationwide... Read More

Employers urged to allow workers to join special vax days

MANILA – Employers have been encouraged not to mark absent workers who will have themselves vaccinated during the three-day Covid-19 special vaccination days which run from Dec. 5 to 7.“Employers are highly encouraged to allow their employees to be excused from work without being... Read More

Comparison of DepEd, NICA intel funds 'misleading': Angara

MANILA–Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday called "misleading" the comparisons between the Department of Education's (DepEd) confidential fund and that of National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).Angara, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance, made the statement during an interview... Read More

Mandatory insurance coverage for construction workers sought

MANILA–Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Monday filed a measure requiring employers for mandatory insurance coverage to construction workers citing the hazard and danger of their nature of work.In filing Senate Bill 821 or the Construction Workers Insurance Act, it seeks to require employers of... Read More

P10-B budget crucial in boosting anti-insurgency drive: NTF-ELCAC

MANILA – The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on Tuesday welcomed the lawmakers' decision to restore its PHP10 billion budget for 2023, citing that it is crucial in sustaining the fight against communist insurgency."It's very crucial kasi pag hindi natin... Read More