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Marcos decision to skip presidential debates ‘right’: PRRD

MANILA – Outgoing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. made the right decision to skip presidential debates during the campaign period, noting that they had limited time to defend their answers.“During the campaign, we had a... Read More

Execs on 'agri smuggling' list must defend selves: Dar

MANILA – Outgoing Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar said Monday agriculture officials tagged in a Senate report as “agricultural smugglers or protectors” in the country must be given a chance to face their accusers.In a Viber message, Dar said these officials,... Read More

Corruption can’t be stopped, only minimized: Duterte

MANILA – With only three days left before he steps down from office, outgoing President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday said corruption cannot be stopped.“Corruption is endemic. It cannot be stopped but it can be minimized," Duterte said in a speech during the oath-taking of local officials... Read More

Winner of barong-design contest for BBM’s inauguration named soon

MANILA – Speculations on who would be the lucky designer who will dress incoming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on his inauguration on Thursday (June 30) would be answered soon as the barong-design contest will be decided within the next few hours.Jay Herrera,... Read More

Concepcion urges gov’t to give boosters to children aged 12-17

MANILA – Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion has urged the government to allow booster shots against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for children aged 12 to 17 with the return of face-to-face classes in August.During the Laging Handa public briefing Monday,... Read More

RCEF demo farms bring modern tech closer to rice farmers

MANILA – The Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed Program led by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) through its technology demonstration project known as 'PalaySikatan' continues to showcase the benefits of using recommended rice... Read More

GSIS service loans can be merged under single account

MANILA – Active members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) with outstanding loan obligations can consolidate all their service loans into a single loan account called Multi-Purpose Loan (MPL) Plus.National Capital Region Operations Group vice president Rodrigo Manuel announced... Read More

Court orders ex-Bacolod mayor to return excess reimbursement

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan cleared former Bacolod City mayor Luzviminda Valdez of malversation, falsification and graft but was ordered to return excess reimbursement of expenses.Court records showed that Valdez cases’ stemmed from alleged overpayments covered by alterations in... Read More

VP Sara's mandatory ROTC call gains more support

MANILA – Vice President and incoming Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio’s call to reinstate the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is gaining more support from lawmakers and education officials.In an ambush interview, incoming Quezon City Rep. Arjo Atayde said... Read More

New House members attend crash course on legislation

MANILA – Newly-elected lawmakers on Monday attended the commencement of the Executive Course on Legislation to better equip the incoming members of the 19th Congress with skills and understanding of legislation as it gears up for the next session.House Secretary General Mark Llandro Mendoza... Read More

Globe blocks 138M spam, scam texts in first half of 2022

MANILA – Mobile telecommunications and broadband provider Globe Telecom Inc. (Globe) has blocked over 138 million spam and scam text messages from January to June 15 this year, preventing Filipinos from engaging with malicious entities through SMS.Globe said its “anti-spam... Read More

Ex-Cebu councilor acquitted of condo graft case

MANILA – A former Cebu City councilor was acquitted by the Sandiganbayan of graft charges in a PHP26-million condominium project in 1997 after the prosecution failed to present proof of actual damages incurred by the government due to alleged overpricing.The decision dated June 24 dismissed... Read More

Solon wants better pilgrimage experience for Muslim Filipinos

MANILA – Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman on Monday said he would call for a congressional review into the reported failure of the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) to secure visas for several Filipino Hajj pilgrims who are now stranded in Metro Manila despite paying over PHP300,000... Read More

Comelec enforces WFH in Manila offices ahead of BBM inauguration

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will adopt a work-from-home scheme starting Tuesday in several offices in Manila amid road closures and heightened security measures for the inauguration rites of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.In an advisory Monday, acting poll... Read More

PCG finds missing passenger in ship fire off Bohol

MANILA – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday found the missing passenger of a motor banca that caught fire and sank in waters off Bohol on Sunday.The PCG said the passenger, Andy Toniacao, 32, from Hilongos, Leyte, was rescued and dropped off at the Port of Hilongos on Sunday but was... Read More

Prelate says ‘mission’ as auxiliary bishop meant to be shared

MANILA – Newly-appointed Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Ruben Labajo asked the faithful for prayers as he assumes his new position.The bishop-elect described his new mission as a “gift” that “is meant to be shared”.“Please pray for me. Include me in your daily prayers. It... Read More

Ople wants faster processing of OFW deployment: POEA

MANILA – Incoming Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan Ople wants to hasten the processing of the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), a labor official said on Monday.“That is one of her marching orders. We look at the efficiency of the delivery of services to... Read More

Ex-Batangas solon, DA officials cleared of graft raps

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan cleared a former Batangas lawmaker and regional officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) of graft charges arising from the purchase of farm equipment 18 years ago.The anti-graft court acquitted former Batangas Fourth District Rep. Oscar Gozos in the 2004... Read More

Duterte most popular post-Edsa 1 president: PUBLiCUS

MANILA – Outgoing President Rodrigo R. Duterte will step down from office as “the most popular president of the post-Edsa 1 era”, according to the latest PUBLiCUS survey.In PUBLiCUS’ PAHAYAG Second Quarter survey conducted from June 16 to 22, results showed 75 percent of... Read More

2 senators to pass bills generating jobs, livelihood

MANILA – Reelected Senator Risa Hontiveros and returning Senator Loren Legarda reiterated their commitments to push for economic-related bills in the 19th Congress as they simultaneously took their oaths of office on Monday.Hontiveros said the country can always opt for a fresh start, better... Read More