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All roads lead to Nat’l Museum for BBM inauguration

MANILA – All is set for the historic inauguration Thursday (June 30) of incoming President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. at the National Museum of the Philippines in Manila.Franz Imperial, one of the preparations committee heads, said they are hoping that all the activities will... Read More

IBP urged to talk with former CPP-NPA-NDF cadres

MANILA – The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) has invited the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ (IBP) 25th Board of Governors (BOG) to sit down and listen to former cadres of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National... Read More

Lacuna vows to continue Isko’s priority programs

MANILA – As she takes the helm to become the first woman mayor of the City of Manila, Honey Lacuna-Pangan has assured Manilenyos that she is prepared to lead the nation’s capital.During her inauguration on Wednesday at the Manila Cathedral, she vowed to continue all the projects and... Read More

Poll body to abide by SC TRO on P3PWD party-list

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will abide by the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) that stopped the poll body from allowing former Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon to substitute as top nominee of P3PWD party-list.Acting Comelec spokesperson John Rex... Read More

High expectations for BBM during first 100 days: PUBLiCUS

MANILA – Incoming President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is facing high expectations to perform well during his first 100 days in office, according to the latest PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. survey.In a 2022 PAHAYAG Second Quarter Survey (2022 PQ2) held from June 16 to 22, 68 percent of respondents... Read More

LTFRB approves P11 minimum PUJ fare beginning July 1

MANILA – The minimum fare in public utility jeepneys (PUJs) will increase to PHP11 throughout the country beginning Friday after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) granted the petition of public transport groups.In an order released on Wednesday, the LTFRB said... Read More

SC stops Guanzon’s substitution as party-list rep

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from allowing the substitution of former Comelec commissioner Rowena Amelia V. Guanzon as party-list representative.The order stopped the Comelec and the House of... Read More

Increased activity observed in Mt. Bulusan anew

MANILA -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Wednesday afternoon said increased activity has been observed anew in Mount Bulusan. In an advisory issued at 5 p.m., Phivolcs said 213 volcanic earthquakes were recorded since 5 a.m. of June 24. The strongest of these... Read More

Isko steps down with another legacy: clock tower museum

MANILA – Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has inaugurated another legacy that he will leave to the city as he steps down from office on Thursday.The city’s most famous landmark, the Manila City Hall clock tower, which used to be looked up to but feared by many... Read More

Dar condemns agri smuggling, denies protecting smugglers

MANILA –Agriculture Secretary William Dar condemned Wednesday all forms of agricultural smuggling and corruption in the country, calling it economic sabotage, just a day before he steps down from office.In a press conference, Dar said it has been his prime drive to combat graft and corruption... Read More

Bill granting Filipino citizenship to British bizman becomes law

MANILA – A measure granting British entrepreneur Kwok Yam Ian Chan Philippine citizenship has lapsed into law without the signature of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.Republic Act No. 11826 lapsed into law on June 2, 2022 sans Duterte's signature."Mr. Kwok Yam Ian Chan is hereby granted... Read More

Gov’t, MILF vow to strengthen PH ceasefire mechanisms

MANILA – The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)’s Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (GPH-MILF CCCH) committed to further strengthening the existing joint ceasefire mechanisms amid the transition to the new administration.Butch Malang, MILF-CCCH... Read More

Belmonte to expand social services, ramp up infra dev’t in QC

MANILA – Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has assured constituents that the city’s social services program will be further expanded to guarantee assistance for all those in need.Belmonte detailed her plans for the city for the next three years during her inauguration speech after she took... Read More

Villanueva vows to boost fight vs. corruption

MANILA – Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party-list Rep. Bro. Eddie Villanueva took his oath of office Wednesday, as he vowed to intensify his fight against corruption in the government.Villanueva was sworn into office by Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo, and... Read More

More perks for solo parents to help ease inflation: solon

MANILA – A lawmaker on Wednesday said the new law granting additional benefits to solo parents would not only help them provide assistance needed to properly raise their children, but also reduce the impact of inflation given the increasing commodity and fuel prices.Agusan del Norte Rep.... Read More

PCOO welcomes new chief in handover ceremony

MANILA – A handover ceremony was held at the Diplomatic Lounge of the Times Plaza Building in Manila where outgoing Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar turned over pertinent documents of the agency to successor, Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles.In a press... Read More

SEC ruling on Rappler shutdown not press freedom suppression

MANILA – Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. on Wednesday said there is neither suppression of press freedom nor an attempt to abridge free speech in the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) decision to uphold its shutdown of Rappler Inc. and Rappler Holdings Corp. (RHC).Revilla, who chairs the... Read More

MMDA, LTO link data systems on traffic violations, accidents

MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila and Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) have agreed to share data with each other for the quick transfer of information on errant drivers and vehicles involved in traffic incidents.MMDA chair Romando Artes and LTO chief... Read More

DA sees positive ASF vaccine trial results

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed Wednesday they are seeing a positive result in the vaccine trial against the African swine fever (ASF).In a press conference, DA-Bureau of Animal Industry Director Reildrin Morales said they hope to submit the initial report within the... Read More

SC affirms cops' arrest of man in Laguna neighborhood brawl

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed a petition filed by a man in Sta. Cruz, Laguna who sued police officers who arrested him during a neighborhood scuffle nine years ago.In a five-page resolution uploaded on June 14, the high court dismissed the petition filed by Luisito R. Melicio Sr.... Read More