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PH dares China: Allow int'l inspection of Bajo de Masinloc

PH dares China: Allow int'l inspection of Bajo de Masinloc

May 21, 2024, 1:15 pm

MANILA – An official of the National Security Council (NSC) on Tuesday challenged China to allow third-party inspectors to check the current environmental condition of Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal). "In the face of China's repeated denials, we call on China to open up Bajo de Masinloc to… Read More

OPAPRU: Cotabato chapel blast culprits to be punished

OPAPRU: Cotabato chapel blast culprits to be punished

May 21, 2024, 12:02 pm

MANILA – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) on Tuesday deplored the grenade attack at a Catholic chapel in Cotabato City, wounding two churchgoers. In a statement, OPAPRU chief Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the blast which coincided with the… Read More

Marcos pitches PH as key player in Indo-Pacific

Marcos pitches PH as key player in Indo-Pacific

May 21, 2024, 11:48 am

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday touted the economic strengths of the Philippines as he positioned the country to become a key player in the Indo-Pacific region. Speaking at the 6th Indo-Pacific Business Forum at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Marcos cited the… Read More

DND chief: PBBM supports AFP capability upgrade

DND chief: PBBM supports AFP capability upgrade

May 21, 2024, 11:07 am

MANILA – Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is fully supportive of the ongoing efforts of the three major services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to evolve into more capable units. "The PAF (Philippine Air… Read More

AFP chief, US Pacific Fleet head tackle regional peace efforts

AFP chief, US Pacific Fleet head tackle regional peace efforts

May 21, 2024, 10:36 am

MANILA – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief, Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. and United States Pacific Fleet commander, Adm. Stephen Koehler met Monday to discuss ways to further uphold peace in the Indo-Pacific Region. "In their meeting, Gen. Brawner Jr. expressed his gratitude to Admiral… Read More

P2.8-B funds for BFP to boost modernization

P2.8-B funds for BFP to boost modernization

May 21, 2024, 10:22 am

MANILA – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has said the release of PHP2.880 billion in funds by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the purchase of new fire trucks and emergency vehicles is a big boost to its ongoing modernization efforts. "About 100 municipalities are still to… Read More

PH remains low risk for Covid-19 amid new variants

PH remains low risk for Covid-19 amid new variants

May 21, 2024, 10:07 am

MANILA – The Philippines remains at low risk for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) amid reports of new variants monitored abroad, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. The agency said it was in close coordination with international health authorities in monitoring newly… Read More

Marcos expresses support to new Senate President Escudero

Marcos expresses support to new Senate President Escudero

May 21, 2024, 8:32 am

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday expressed his support to Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, named Senate President replacing Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri. In a statement posted on social media, Marcos acknowledged Escudero’s track record and experience in the legislative.… Read More

Fair weather, isolated rain showers to prevail across PH

Fair weather, isolated rain showers to prevail across PH

May 21, 2024, 8:24 am

MANILA – The country will continue to experience fair and warm weather due to the easterlies, the weather bureau said Tuesday. "Although there are cloud clusters monitored in some areas, these would only cause rain showers for a short period," Rhea Torres of the Philippine Atmospheric,… Read More

1st 20 ACMs for 2025 polls pass Comelec’s hardware test

1st 20 ACMs for 2025 polls pass Comelec’s hardware test

May 21, 2024, 7:30 am

MANILA – The first 20 automated counting machines (ACMs) for 2025 elections have passed the hardware acceptance test (HAT), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday. In a statement, the poll body said the ACMs delivered by the joint venture led by South Korean company Miru Systems,… Read More

Chocolate Hills mess caused by deficiencies in law – House panel

Chocolate Hills mess caused by deficiencies in law – House panel

May 20, 2024, 9:54 pm

MANILA – House Deputy Majority Leader Erwin Tulfo on Monday found numerous loopholes in the law that led to the construction of structures, including the Captain’s Peak resort, in the world-famous Chocolate Hills in Sagbayan, Bohol. During the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing on… Read More

No Filipinos hurt in Mt. Ibu eruption in Indonesia – DMW

No Filipinos hurt in Mt. Ibu eruption in Indonesia – DMW

May 20, 2024, 9:50 pm

MANILA – No Filipinos have been reported hurt in the recent volcanic eruption in Indonesia, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) said late Monday. “The Department of Migrant Workers, through its Migrant Workers Office in Singapore (MWO-SG), reports no Filipinos or overseas Filipino workers… Read More

Lawmaker wants jail time for ex-officials behind alleged China deal

Lawmaker wants jail time for ex-officials behind alleged China deal

May 20, 2024, 8:59 pm

MANILA – Former government officials behind the alleged “gentlemen’s agreement” with China should be held accountable if the supposed secret deal is proven true. Taguig City 2nd District Rep. Amparo Maria Zamora on Monday said they must be put behind bars. “Pagka talaga natukoy na natin… Read More

3 Manila housing projects to benefit city hall employees

3 Manila housing projects to benefit city hall employees

May 20, 2024, 8:45 pm

MANILA – The housing program of the city government of Manila will prioritize its employees. At the flag-raising ceremony on Monday, Mayor Honey Lacuna assured city hall employees that the local government is looking after their welfare. “Sa pagkakataong ito, ang prayoridad natin ay ang ating… Read More

Senate urged to adopt House bill on RTL amendments before adjournment

Senate urged to adopt House bill on RTL amendments before adjournment

May 20, 2024, 7:51 pm

MANILA – Leaders of the House of Representatives on Monday called on their Senate counterparts to consider their version of the bill amending the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL). House Bill (HB) 10381 is set for approval on Tuesday, a measure that seeks to restore the price stabilization and supply… Read More

MMDA: Info drive on light e-vehicles ban in NCR extended

MMDA: Info drive on light e-vehicles ban in NCR extended

May 20, 2024, 7:46 pm

MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday announced a one-week extension of its information campaign on the prohibition of e-bikes, e-trikes and other similar light vehicles on national roads that are under its jurisdiction. This came after the one-month grace… Read More

DA chief monitors rice, corn prices as PH prepares for La Niña

DA chief monitors rice, corn prices as PH prepares for La Niña

May 20, 2024, 7:28 pm

MANILA – Agriculture Secretary Francisco “Kiko” Tiu Laurel Jr. on Monday said he was personally monitoring the movement of prices of rice, corn, and other agricultural products as the country transitions from El Niño to La Niña weather. In compliance with President Ferdinand R. Marcos… Read More

Escudero is new Senate President

Escudero is new Senate President

May 20, 2024, 6:39 pm Updated on May 20, 2024, 8:33 pm

MANILA – Senator Francis Escudero is the new Senate President effective Monday, replacing Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri who tendered his resignation. Escudero vowed to serve the interests of Filipinos, regardless of affiliations. "Nawa'y sa bawat salitang bibigkasin natin dito, nawa'y sa bawat… Read More

SC: Private plaintiff can't question bail, acquittal in criminal cases

SC: Private plaintiff can't question bail, acquittal in criminal cases

May 20, 2024, 6:22 pm

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday reiterated that a private complainant in a criminal case cannot question the grant of bail and acquittal in favor of the accused. The SC emphasized the rule anew in a Second Division ruling that affirmed the grant of bail and the subsequent acquittal of… Read More

Marcos condoles with Iran on death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

Marcos condoles with Iran on death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

May 20, 2024, 5:40 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. condoled the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash in a mountainous terrain near the Iran-Azerbaijan border, and said the Filipinos stand with the Iranian people in this “difficult time.” The helicopter was also… Read More