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NBI yet to locate whereabouts of another ‘Alice Guo’

NBI yet to locate whereabouts of another ‘Alice Guo’

July 10, 2024, 9:21 pm

MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has yet to locate the whereabouts of the other “Alice Guo,” which the Senate believes is the “missing link” in an ongoing probe into the illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) in Tarlac. During the Senate Committee on… Read More

Every peso allocated for SONA ‘carefully scrutinized’: House exec

Every peso allocated for SONA ‘carefully scrutinized’: House exec

July 10, 2024, 8:13 pm Updated on July 10, 2024, 8:35 pm

MANILA – House Secretary General Reginald Velasco on Wednesday assured that every peso allocated for President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) is carefully scrutinized and managed. In a statement, Velasco said the budgetary allocation for this year’s SONA… Read More

City exec: Lawmaker's info on Manila Zoo outdated

City exec: Lawmaker's info on Manila Zoo outdated

July 10, 2024, 7:55 pm

MANILA – Senator Francis Tolentino may have received outdated information on the situation at the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, commonly known as Manila Zoo, a city government official said Wednesday. In an interview, Manila Public Recreations Bureau chief Roland Marino, who oversees… Read More

Harry Roque lobbied for raided POGO – PAGCOR chief

Harry Roque lobbied for raided POGO – PAGCOR chief

July 10, 2024, 7:48 pm

MANILA – Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Alejandro Tengco on Wednesday said former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque lobbied for a recently-raided Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) in Porac, Pampanga in July 2023. At… Read More

Labor group appeals P35 minimum wage hike in NCR

Labor group appeals P35 minimum wage hike in NCR

July 10, 2024, 7:12 pm

MANILA – A labor group on Wednesday filed an appeal before the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) to reconsider its bid of a PHP597 wage increase, to make the daily minimum pay rate in Metro Manila PHP1,207. "Wherefore, premises considered, it is… Read More

2 nabbed, P10.2-M shabu seized in Quiapo buy-bust

2 nabbed, P10.2-M shabu seized in Quiapo buy-bust

July 10, 2024, 7:06 pm

MANILA – Agents of the Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) arrested two drug suspects and confiscated PHP10.2 million worth of shabu in a buy-bust operation in Quiapo, Manila Wednesday afternoon. In a report, PDEG chief Brig. Gen. Eleazar Matta said the suspects Lope Alvarez… Read More

7 cops face demotion over lapse in warrant ops

7 cops face demotion over lapse in warrant ops

July 10, 2024, 6:51 pm

MANILA – The Philippine National Police - Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has recommended the demotion of seven police officers for serving an arrest warrant and search warrant at the wrong house in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay. In an interview Wednesday, IAS inspector general Brigido Dulay said… Read More

DILG seeks amendments to 'already defective' Local Gov't Code

DILG seeks amendments to 'already defective' Local Gov't Code

July 10, 2024, 5:59 pm

MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is pushing for amendments to the "already defective" Republic Act (RA) 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991. This is to address problems and challenges encountered by local government units (LGUs) in the implementation of… Read More

VP Sara: 3-week nat’l learning camp to help over 2M learners

VP Sara: 3-week nat’l learning camp to help over 2M learners

July 10, 2024, 5:52 pm

MANILA – Vice President and outgoing Education Secretary Sara Duterte on Wednesday said the three-week National Learning Camp (NLC) would help 2,183,327 learners in Grades 1 to 3 and Grades 7 to 10, particularly in their performance in Reading, English, Mathematics, and Science. “I am… Read More

LTO begins grassroots road safety campaign in Marikina City

LTO begins grassroots road safety campaign in Marikina City

July 10, 2024, 5:30 pm

MANILA – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Wednesday began its campaign for community involvement in road safety through a seminar in Marikina City. In a statement, LTO chief, Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II said 150 mothers and 20 leaders of tricycle operators and drivers… Read More

Remulla orders NBI to crack down on cybercrime, scalawags

Remulla orders NBI to crack down on cybercrime, scalawags

July 10, 2024, 5:22 pm

MANILA – Justice Secretary Jesus Remulla has directed newly-appointed National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Jaime Santiago to prioritize the weeding out of scalawags in the country’s premier law enforcement office. “The Secretary’s marching orders to NBI Director were simple:… Read More

SolGen: EO 62 implementation may proceed sans TRO

SolGen: EO 62 implementation may proceed sans TRO

July 10, 2024, 5:06 pm

MANILA – The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Wednesday said the implementation of Executive Order No. 62 lowering the tariff on imported rice and other products may proceed until otherwise restrained by the Supreme Court (SC). “We do not know whether the Supreme Court will issue a… Read More

DA eyes 'Rice for All' launch, P29 expansion on Friday

DA eyes 'Rice for All' launch, P29 expansion on Friday

July 10, 2024, 4:54 pm

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday said they are eyeing to launch the Rice for All program on Friday to benefit the general population, with its initial target price range set at PHP45 per kilogram to PHP48/kg. of mixed imported and local well-milled rice. In an interview,… Read More

3 PCG personnel hurt in Zambo firecracker disposal incident

3 PCG personnel hurt in Zambo firecracker disposal incident

July 10, 2024, 4:53 pm

MANILA – Three members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) were injured in an explosion that resulted from a firecracker disposal that gone awry in Barangay Cabatangan in Zamboanga City on Monday. In an incident report Wednesday, two PCG petty officer third class (PO3) and one Seaman First Class… Read More

Marcos bullish about TPLEX extension project

Marcos bullish about TPLEX extension project

July 10, 2024, 4:42 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday expressed optimism about the economic gains that the recently greenlighted Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) Extension Project will provide the country. Speaking at the signing of the concession agreement for the… Read More

More defense pacts seen to follow PH-Japan reciprocal access deal

More defense pacts seen to follow PH-Japan reciprocal access deal

July 10, 2024, 4:39 pm Updated on July 10, 2024, 5:53 pm

MANILA – Leaders of the House of Representatives on Wednesday lauded the recent signing of the Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) between the Philippines and Japan as it could serve as building blocks of diplomacy and cooperation for future bilateral agreements with other countries. In a… Read More

DOLE: 18K students get temporary jobs via SPES in H1 2024

DOLE: 18K students get temporary jobs via SPES in H1 2024

July 10, 2024, 4:34 pm

MANILA – A total of 18,354 students got temporary employment in the first half of the year, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Wednesday. In a news release, Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma said the agency's Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) gives students… Read More

House panel cites ex-presidential adviser of PRRD for contempt

House panel cites ex-presidential adviser of PRRD for contempt

July 10, 2024, 4:33 pm

MANILA – The House Committee on Dangerous Drugs on Wednesday cited for contempt former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang for his refusal to attend hearings on the September 2023 illegal drug seizure worth PHP3 billion in Mexico, Pampanga. During the hearing, Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop… Read More

Teves extradition now in ‘last stages’ of process – DOJ

Teves extradition now in ‘last stages’ of process – DOJ

July 10, 2024, 4:21 pm

MANILA – The extradition of former congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr. is now in the “last stages” of the process, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday, two weeks since it announced the decision of Timor-Leste to grant the Philippines’ extradition request. “We are glad to confirm… Read More

DA: Price hike in select vegetables to be tempered this week

DA: Price hike in select vegetables to be tempered this week

July 10, 2024, 4:06 pm

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday assured the public that spiking prices of select vegetables will be tempered starting this week. “Ang good news dito as I mentioned, nag-start nang mag-harvest ngayon iyong Southern Tagalog Region. And ine-expect natin, unti-unti nang… Read More