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Lawmakers congratulate Marcos, see support of strong majority

MANILA – Lawmakers on Thursday congratulated Ferdinand Romualdez "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. as he took his oath as the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines at the National Museum of the Philippines here.Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said Marcos Jr. “will be a great President",... Read More

Duterte renews call for Filipinos to support Marcos admin

MANILA – Former President Rodrigo R. Duterte renewed his call for Filipinos to support the administration of newly-installed President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.“Let us give all our support to the new administration. Tulungan natin sila. Tulungan natin sila (Let us help... Read More

Marcos vows to build an 'agile, resilient' PH

MANILA – Newly-installed President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. promised on Thursday to transform the Philippines into an "agile and resilient" nation under his leadership.In his inaugural address delivered at the National Museum of the Philippines, Marcos said he would act in haste and... Read More

MRT-3’s free rides, antigen tests end Thursday

MANILA – The free rides and antigen tests at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) are coming to an end as the rail service holds the last day of the free services on Thursday.The end of the ‘Libreng Sakay (free ride)’ program comes after being extended twice -- lasting more than... Read More

After 47 years, CPP-NPA leader meted life jail term for murder

MANILA – Justice is not elusive after all for a family who lost a loved one, slain before their eyes by New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas in Aklan 47 years ago.Metudio Inesa was killed by a group of NPA rebels under Concha Araneta in Barangay Panipiason, Madalag, Aklan on the evening of... Read More

Sandiganbayan fines ex-Abra mayor for misuse of dev't funds

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan meted a fine to a former Abra town mayor over the unauthorized use of the town’s internal revenue allotment (IRA) meant for development projects to rehabilitate its municipal hall in 2011.In a 31-page decision dated June 28 and written by Associate Justice... Read More

CTA voids P9.6-M tax assessment vs. insurance broker

MANILA – The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has nullified a tax assessment of PHP9.6 million against an insurance brokerage firm, citing lapses made in the procedure for the assessment.In an en banc decision dated June 20 penned by Associate Justice Roman del Rosario, the tax court affirmed an... Read More

Ex-Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. dies at 53

MANILA – Former Camarines Sur Representative Rolando "Nonoy" Andaya Jr. died on Thursday, his family confirmed. He was 53.His children, Ranton and Katrina Andaya, confirmed in a Facebook post the former lawmaker's death, without specifying the cause."With deep grief and sadness, we announce... Read More

New DOTr chief seen to continue projects, policies

MANILA – Former Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade vowed support for hissuccessor Jimmy Bautista, as the latter committed to continuing the “big-ticket” projects and policies of the department.In a statement on Thursday, Tugade called on government workers and officials under... Read More

BOC intercepts P6-M smuggled white onions from China

MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday reported the seizure of PHP6 million worth of misdeclared fresh white onions at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said the shipment inside three 40-foot containers that arrived from China were... Read More

Lani Cayetano vows comfortable lives for Taguig residents

MANILA – Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano vowed to continue the various programs initiated by her predecessor and brother-in-law, Lino, who prioritized the health and safety of residents at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. She also assured efforts to ensure peaceful and comfortable... Read More

Aussie gov't to renew diplomatic ties with PH under Marcos admin

MANILA – The Australian Governor-General is set to meet with newly inaugurated President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday to renew the “formal diplomatic relationship” between Australia and the Philippines.In a statement, His Excellency General the... Read More

DND officer-in-charge Faustino contracts Covid-19

MANILA – Incoming Department of National Defense (DND) officer-in-charge (OIC), Jose Faustino Jr. has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.Andolong said Faustino will physically report for work... Read More

NDRRMC OKs 'Odette' rehab plan

MANILA – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has approved the rehabilitation and recovery plan for Typhoon Odette in its full council meeting on Wednesday."The rehabilitation and recovery plan for the affected regions of Typhoon Odette was discussed, presenting... Read More

Marcos Jr. sworn in as PH's 17th president

MANILA – Ferdinand Romualdez "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. took oath as the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines, with a promise of promoting unity and bringing progress to the country.Marcos, the son of the late former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Sr., was sworn in by Supreme Court... Read More

Duterte welcomes Marcos in Malacañang

MANILA – Outgoing President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday morning welcomed President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in Malacañang Palace before his inauguration as the country's 17th president at noon.Marcos arrived at the Palace at 10:27 a.m. and upon ascending the main stairs... Read More

PDP-Laban lauds Duterte leadership, good governance

MANILA – Outgoing President Rodrigo R. Duterte spent his last night as the country’s Chief Executive attending a thanksgiving dinner in Makati City organized by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), which he chairs.In a press release, PDP-Laban said party... Read More

Rains over Luzon, Visayas on Thursday

MANILA – Monsoon rains will continue to prevail over the western section of Luzon and the Visayas on Thursday.In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said this is due to the southwest monsoon and its trough... Read More

PNP confers heroism medal to cop killed in clash vs. kidnappers

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recognized the bravery of a rookie police officer who died after being severely wounded in an armed encounter with kidnappers in a recent operation in Rizal province.PNP officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., conferred the Medalya ng... Read More

PH Army fetes outgoing DND chief for big-ticket projects

MANILA – The Philippine Army (PA) has expressed its appreciation to outgoing Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for his support which allowed the service to acquire big-ticket weapons and platforms during his six-year term.Among the game-changer equipment acquired... Read More