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Remains of Filipino lawyer shot in US arrive in Manila

MANILA – The remains of Filipino lawyer John Albert Laylo have arrived in Manila on Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.Leah, mother of John, and a cousin accompanied the body back to Manila via Philippine Airlines PR 127 from New York City."The Department of Foreign... Read More

4 bills granting, renewing franchise of telcos lapse into laws

MANILA – Four bills granting or renewing the franchise of telecommunications companies have lapsed into law.President Rodrigo R. Duterte allowed the measures to lapse on May 27, 2022 sans his signature.Republic Acts (RA) No. 11773, 11774, 11801 renew for another 25 years the franchises granted... Read More

Lorenzana honored to serve, 'make a difference' as 36th DND chief

MANILA – Outgoing Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said it has been an honor for him to serve and make a difference as the country's 36th defense chief."Karangalan ko ang makapaglingkod bilang ika-36 na Kalihim ng Tanggulang Pambansa. Salamat sa inyong tiwala at... Read More

Enhanced habagat to bring rains over parts of Luzon, Visayas

MANILA – The monsoon trough and the southwest monsoon (habagat) enhanced by Tropical Depression (TD) Caloy will bring rains over the western section of Luzon and the Visayas, the weather bureau said Wednesday.Monsoon rains may be experienced over Bataan, Zambales, Palawan, Oriental Mindoro,... Read More

PH objects to Taiwan's live-fire drills off Ligaw Island

MANILA – The Philippine government on Tuesday expressed its "strong objection" to Taiwan's unlawful live-fire drills off the coast of Ligaw Island, describing the move as an "illegal activity" that "raises tensions and complicates the situation in the South China Sea."In a statement, the... Read More

Bill dividing QC barangay into 3 lapses into law

MANILA – A measure dividing Barangay Pasong Putik in Quezon City into three distinct and independent barangays has lapsed into law without the signature of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.Republic Act No. (RA) 11803 divides Barangay Pasong Putik into Barangay Pasong Putik Proper, Barangay... Read More

September every year declared ‘Bamboo Month’

MANILA – September of every year will be celebrated as “Philippine Bamboo Month” based on Proclamation No. 1401 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.Duterte recognized the “need to instill in the national consciousness of the Filipino people the importance of the... Read More

Ex-ally wishes PRRD good health, happiness away from politics

MANILA – Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on Tuesday congratulated President Rodrigo Duterte as he vacates Malacañang in two days.Pimentel thanked Duterte for his sacrifices for the nation."I wish him good health, after his tenure as President, so he can spend more time with his family.... Read More

Pag-IBIG Fund releases record P40-B loan Jan-May

MANILA – The Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) said Tuesday that it broke its record by releasing PHP40.41 billion in home loans during the first five months of 2022.The home loans from January to May were 15 percent higher than the PHP35.28 billion released during the same period... Read More

Palace updates industries restricted from foreign investments

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order (EO) updating a list of industries restricted from foreign investment and reserved for Filipinos.EO No. 175, signed on Monday, was issued as part of the requirements under Republic Act (RA) No. 7042 or the Foreign Investments Act of... Read More

Outgoing agri chief thanks PRRD for trust, confidence

MANILA – Two days before his official “signing-off,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar expressed Tuesday his gratitude to outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte for yet another opportunity given to him to head the Department of Agriculture (DA).In the DA’s 205th virtual presser,... Read More

Solon calls for lifting of deployment ban

MANILA – A lawmaker on Monday suggested lifting deployment bans for healthcare workers and other in-demand jobs for overseas Filipino workers to help mitigate the impacts of currency depreciation and create opportunities for them to pursue employment overseas.Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said this... Read More

Marcos urged to continue Libreng Sakay until December

MANILA – A lawmaker on Monday asked the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (BBM) to continue the Libreng Sakay (Free Ride) transport program to help ease the impact of surging fuel prices on commuters.Camarines Sur Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte... Read More

BOC execs deny involvement in 'agri smuggling'

MANILA – Officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday denied their supposed involvement in agricultural smuggling in the country.“I vehemently deny the accusations against me on my alleged involvement in agricultural smuggling based on a supposed ‘validated’ list. Law... Read More

Japanese donor in tears of joy over PH-Japan friendship art tilt

MANILA– The warmth of the long-standing relationship between the Philippines and Japan has once again been highlighted in the Department of Education’s (DepEd) 3rd PH-Japan Friendship Art Contest, where Japanese philanthropist Kenjie Mori found himself in tears of delight.In the hybrid... Read More

Concepcion welcomes boosters for 12-17 years old

MANILA – Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion has welcomed the decision of the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) to give booster shots against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to children aged 12 to 17.“It was very big of them to... Read More

Rising Covid-19 cases in NCR not worrisome: OCTA Research

MANILA – National Capital Region (NCR)’s Covid-19 cases may increase up to 500 this week but there is no need to panic.Dr. Guido David, OCTA Research fellow, said Tuesday the rise cannot be considered a surge yet.“Tumataas ang cases sa NCR sa 52 percent one-week growth rate. Ang... Read More

Transport groups seek P2 additional jeepney fare hike

MANILA – Public transport groups are seeking an additional PHP2 public utility jeepney (PUJ) fare hike nationwide, in addition to the approved PHP1 minimum fare hike in four regions.The petition, dated June 23 and released to the media on Tuesday, was filed by the 1-United Transport Koalisyon... Read More

Decision vs. abortion in US 'enlightened by Holy Spirit': prelate

MANILA – A Filipino prelate welcomed the United States (US) Supreme Court's decision to overturn its earlier ruling that allowed abortion in the country.In an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas on Tuesday, Bishop Crispin Varquez, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the... Read More

Duterte inks expanded anti-trafficking in persons law

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law giving authorities additional tools for pursuing human traffickers, particularly when the violations involve the use of the internet and digital platforms.Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) No. 11862 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in... Read More