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PNP assures protection of IP rights

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. has paid tribute to indigenous peoples (IPs) for their role in fostering peace and order in the communities and vowed to uphold the protection of their rights.“Kinikilala ng PNP ang mahalagang papel na ginagampanan... Read More

Maharlika Investment Fund ‘long-term investment’: GSIS chief

MANILA – The proposed Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) is a “long-term investment” that aims to contribute to nation-building, a high-ranking official said Tuesday.Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Arnulfo "Wick" Veloso made this remark... Read More

Taguig court allows Vhong Navarro to post P1-M bail

MANILA–The Taguig court trying beleaguered actor Ferdinand "Vhong" H. Navarro on rape charges has granted a PHP1 million bail for his provisional liberty.In its 21-page order dated December 5, Taguig Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 69 Judge Loralie Cruz Datahan granted Navarro's petition for... Read More

Reducing minimum age requirement of senior citizens sought

MANILA –A senator announced on Tuesday that he filed a measure seeking to reduce the qualifying age for senior citizens in the country from 60 to 56.Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. said this measure will provide earlier the benefits of the elders which the lawmaker calls "the least, the lost, and... Read More

PNP chief insists Sultan Kudarat ops legitimate

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) maintained that the police operation in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat that resulted in the death of a son of a police officer and his two other companions last week was legitimate.PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., however, said an investigation into... Read More

Solar-powered irrigation saves ARBs on gas in Marinduque

MANILA –Marinduque farmers are expected to save and yet become more productive, through the help of the solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS) project provided by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).In a press release issued on Tuesday, the DAR said the Baliis Farmers Association composed... Read More

Comelec: 'Register anywhere' only for new voters, transfers

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday reminded the public that the Register Anywhere Project (RAP), which is set to be pilot-tested next week, is only limited to new voters and transfer of registration registrants.In Comelec Resolution No. 10869, the Commission en banc said... Read More

Zambo Sur village chief hails NTF-ELCAC for infra aid

MANILA – A village head in Lakewood, Zamboanga Del Sur thanked the Barangay Development Program (BDP) for bringing in a water supply system and roads to his community.Barangay Gasa chairman Ronelo Antubo thanked the members of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict... Read More

PH, Japan Air Force troops begin unit-to-unit activities

MANILA – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is now conducting unit-to-unit activities with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) in Clark Air Base, Pampanga which aims to enhance the bilateral ties between the two services.Air Force spokesperson Col. Ma. Consuelo Castillo, in a statement Tuesday,... Read More

Fair weather continues across PH Tuesday

MANILA – Generally fair weather will continue to prevail over most parts of the country Tuesday, the weather bureau said.Cagayan will experience scattered rain showers and thunderstorms caused by the shear line.Flash floods or landslides are possible due to scattered light to moderate to at... Read More

AFP reaffirms commitment to protect, promote human rights

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reiterated its commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights as it joined the observance of the National Human Rights Consciousness Week.AFP public affairs office chief Col. Jorry Baclor, in a statement Tuesday, said this pledge... Read More

33 troops join PH Army's Christmas bloodletting drive

MANILA – Some 33 Philippine Army (PA) troopers showed their love for the country and fellow Filipinos by donating blood so that others might get another chance to live.This, as the Army General Hospital (AGH) in cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center launched a... Read More

DBCC affirms forecast for PH economy's positive outlook

MANILA – Members of the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC), chaired by Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman, shared their positive outlook for the Philippine economy in line with Moody’s growth forecast for the Philippines in 2023.As... Read More

Revival of Negros Island Region pushed anew

MANILA – The Senate Committee on Local Government on Monday approved a bill that seeks to create the Negros Island Region.Senate Bill 1236, authored by Senator JV Ejercito, seeks to merge once again the provinces of Negros Occidental and Oriental. Ejercito believes that turning the two islands... Read More

Marcos sees closer relations with Mongolia, Mauritania

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. expects to develop stronger ties with Mongolia and Mauritania as he welcomed their ambassadors at Malacañan Palace on Monday.In receiving Mongolian Ambassador to the Philippines Enkhbayar Sosorbaram, Marcos named agriculture, energy, education... Read More

42 CAAP airports on high alert for holiday rush

MANILA – All the 42 airports operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are now on high alert for the upcoming holiday season, an executive said Monday."CAAP has tapped the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) and the Philippine National Police Aviation Security... Read More

Parts of NCR, Cavite waterless from Dec. 5 to 8

MANILA – Parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) and Cavite province will go waterless for a few days as the Maynilad Water Services Inc. (Maynilad) has scheduled a water interruption due to its network maintenance from Dec. 5 to 8.In an advisory, Maynilad said the maintenance activities... Read More

DA needs to ascertain ‘safety’ of seized white onions

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) said Monday it targets to accomplish the phytosanitary inspection of seized smuggled onions either this week or next week.The DA said the onions needed to be inspected before making them available in Kadiwa markets.At the Laging Handa public... Read More

House pushes for open access in data transmission

MANILA – The measure providing for open access approach in the regulation of the data transmission industry took a step forward toward enactment following its second reading approval in the House of Representatives.During Monday's plenary session, the chamber passed through voice voting House... Read More

Bill condoning agrarian reform debts gains traction in House

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Monday approved on second reading a measure condoning the existing loan amounting to PHP58 billion that farmers incurred in owning lands under the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).During the plenary session, the chamber... Read More