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Pag-IBIG fit, capable to support PBBM's flagship housing program

MANILA – The Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) on Thursday assured that it is fully capable of supporting the Marcos administration’s Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program.In a Laging Handa briefing, Pag-IBIG Department Manager for Public Media Affairs Jack Jacinto said... Read More

Imee bucks Maharlika Wealth Fund

MANILA– Senator Imee Marcos on Friday expressed reluctance over the idea of putting up a sovereign wealth fund that would raise revenues for the government.While she has yet to scrutinize House Bill (HB) No. 6398, Marcos said the Maharlika Wealth Fund (MWF) being pushed in the Lower House is... Read More

200K Christmas gift boxes so far distributed to Manileños

MANILA – The Manila city government on Friday announced that it has so far distributed some 200,000 Christmas food boxes to residents.“As of this morning, December 2, 2022, Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan, together with Vice Mayor John Marvin Yul Servo Nieto,... Read More

Army chief fetes 11th Infantry Division for gains vs. ASG

MANILA – Philippine Army (PA) chief Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. has commended the 11th Infantry Division (11ID) for its efforts in combating the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) via intelligence-driven operations as it marked its fourth founding anniversary on Thursday.Brawner graced the celebration at... Read More

First Lady leads launch of presidential library at NLP building

MANILA – Several book collections from Malacañan's Presidential Museum and Library can now be accessed at the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) building in Ermita, Manila.This, after First Lady Louise "Liza" Araneta-Marcos led Tuesday the launching of the Presidential Library at... Read More

Sham dentist falls in Laguna

MANILA – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has arrested a man engaged in the practice of dentistry without a license in Laguna province.In a statement Friday, CIDG chief, Brig. Gen. Ronald Lee, said suspect Lee Francis Boneo, 41, was nabbed in an entrapment in Barangay... Read More

BOC intercepts tarantulas declared as snacks at NAIA

MANILA – Customs officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have foiled a recent attempt to smuggle wildlife after intercepting 23 tarantulas that were declared as "snacks and other food items".In a statement Friday, BOC-NAIA District Collector Carmelita Talusan said the parcel... Read More

Comedian Roderick Paulate convicted for ghost employee scam

MANILA— The Sandiganbayan has convicted comedian and former Quezon City councilor Roderick Paulate for graft and nine counts of falsification of documents in connection with the hiring of “ghost employees” in 2010.The 7th Division of the Sandiganbayan sentenced Paulate and his... Read More

Over 108K ballots printed for Dec. 17 Baliwag plebiscite

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday finished the printing of over 108,000 official ballots for the plebiscite to ratify the cityhood of Baliwag town in Bulacan on Dec. 17.“(The) printing of 108,572 official ballots for the December 17, 2022 Baliwag Plebiscite (is)... Read More

CIDG nabs 2 top fugitives in Calabarzon

MANILA – Two most wanted persons (MWPs) in Region 4A (Calabarzon) were arrested in a recent series of arrest warrant operations, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) reported on Friday.In a statement, CIDG chief, Brig. Gen. Ronald Lee, said 24-year-old construction worker... Read More

PNP, Red Cross hold int'l meet on 'humane' law enforcement

MANILA – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) hosted the second Asia Pacific Colloquium to provide a better understanding on how to conduct law enforcement operations as humanely as possible.In a statement Friday, the PNP Public... Read More

Prioritize health workers’ allowance, Go tells colleagues

MANILA – Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Thursday urged the bicameral conference committee to ensure that allotment for the One Covid-19 Allowance (OCA) or the Health Emergency Allowance (HEA) for healthcare workers is prioritized.Go said the bicam committee has vowed to reconcile the... Read More

Ticket sold in Zambo Sur wins P39.2-M lotto jackpot

MANILA – A bettor in Zamboanga del Sur became an instant millionaire after guessing the right six-digit combination of the Lotto 6/42 draw on Thursday night.In an advisory Friday, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said the bettor guessed the winning combination of... Read More

UAE honors kin of fallen Filipina nurse

MANILA – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Manila honored the kin of the late Filipina nurse Lezly Orine Ocampo, who passed away at the height of the pandemic after catching the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the line of duty.At the UAE National Day reception on Thursday night,... Read More

Growth forecast proves PH on right track: Romualdez

MANILA – Speaker Martin Romualdez on Friday said the growth forecast for the Philippines next year by a respected international credit rating and financial research agency just proves that the Marcos administration is pursuing the right economic policies.“Moody’s Investors... Read More

More raps filed vs. suspects in missing 'sabungeros' case

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday announced that its investigators have filed another case of kidnapping and serious illegal detention against two more suspects tagged in the case of a missing "sabungero” (cockfighting enthusiast) in Laguna.Named as respondents in... Read More

AFP, civic group ink pact on disaster response partnership

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Lions Club International Jurisdiction of Multi-District (MD) 301 Philippines signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the conduct of disaster response training, on November 30.In a statement Thursday night, Philippine Navy –... Read More

Scattered rains continue over parts of PH

MANILA – Many areas in the country will continue to experience rains due to the shear line and the easterlies, the weather bureau said Friday.The shear line will cause scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Camarines Norte, and the northern portion of... Read More

Forge partnerships with foreign gov’ts, investors: PBBM to envoys

MANILA – Seek partnerships and build good relations with receiving states and foreign investors, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. told the new and confirmed Philippine ambassadors on Thursday.In his meeting with the Filipino diplomats at Malacañan Palace in Manila, Marcos directed them... Read More

DBM chief to private sector: Help us advance public service

MANILA – Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman on Thursday called on the private sector to help the government in improving public services to fast-track the country's economic recovery.Pangandaman made the call in a video message delivered to the Public Sector Quality and Productivity... Read More