Troops wounded in N. Vizcaya clash with NPAs now 11

FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija -- The number of soldiers hurt in the encounter with members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya on Thursday has risen to 11 as a hot pursuit operation continued as of press time, the military said.First Lt. Catherine Hapin, information... Read More

Chinese investor eyes Iloilo City as port hub

ILOILO CITY -- A Chinese investor wants to turn Iloilo City into port hub for direct cargo shipment from mainland China.Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III on Friday welcomed the new investment, citing the city’s potential. He said the investor probably saw the volume of business in this city... Read More

Dumaguete hosts Batang Pinoy games

DUMAGUETE CITY – For the first time ever, this capital of Negros Oriental is hosting the Philippine Youth Games – Batang Pinoy, also known simply as Batang Pinoy, with some 18 events scheduled from November 10 to 16.Batang Pinoy 2017 reeled off Friday afternoon with a parade around the... Read More

Pampanga hands over P16.7M to 5,568 scholars

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- Vice Governor Dennis Pineda on Friday urged 5,568 college scholars of the provincial government to stay away from illegal drugs and encourage other youths in schools and communities to do the same.The vice governor made the call before the distribution of checks... Read More

Strafing suspects in Cebu fall

CEBU CITY -- Two suspects in the Talisay City Jail strafing sustained gunshot wounds following a shootout with Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) personnel early Friday morning.The encounter occurred after the two motorcycle-riding men strafed the gate of the Talisay City Jail at 2 a.m.... Read More

Labor chief tells Negros firms to comply with safety standards

BACOLOD CITY -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III urged employers in Negros Occidental to comply with occupational safety and health standards set by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).Bello issued the call in his keynote address at the 12th Safety Summit on Thursday at Business Inn... Read More

Iloilo City rounds up Badjaos

ILOILO CITY -- Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III on Thursday ordered the roundup of Badjaos in the metropolis to have them shipped back to their place of origin.In an interview on Friday, he said that he already ordered Jeck Conlu, head of the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office, to... Read More

NPA surrenderers get livelihood package

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Eighteen former New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas received on Thursday a total of PHP1.1 million worth of cash assistance for livelihood projects in exchange for firearms turned over to the government.North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Mendoza said the amount was released to the... Read More

Baby killed, 3 cops missing in NPA ambush

COTABATO CITY -- Police are in pursuit of suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who killed two people, including a four-month-old baby, and critically wounded a town police chief and two others in an ambush Thursday in Barangay Pigkalaan, Talakag, Bukidnon.Sr. Insp. Jemar delos Santos,... Read More

PH, Australia hold joint maritime exercises

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Philippine Navy (PN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) are holding a 21-day joint maritime exercises as the two countries strengthened defense cooperation to address threats by global terrorism.The PN-RAN Maritime Security Engagement kicked off on Friday and ends on December 1.... Read More

Classes resume in Albay after 'Salome'

LEGAZPI CITY -- Classes resumed in Albay on Friday after the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) lifted the class suspension order in the province due to the onslaught of tropical storm "Salome".Advisory from the state weather bureau said the weather condition has... Read More

Cargo vessel runs aground in Sorsogon

LEGAZPI CITY --- Cargo vessel MV Kitty ran aground on Thursday at the shorelines of Poblacion Sur in Barcelona town in Sorsogon, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol said today.Claudio Yucot, OCD regional director, said Tropical Storm "Salome", packing 30 to 60-kilometer per hour winds, swept... Read More

Pampanga holds congress to mark Children’s Month

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Day-care children in Pampanga province showcased their talents and creativity as the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC) conducted Thursday the Children’s Congress in... Read More

Agrarian reform beneficiaries thank Duterte for land titles

BAGUIO CITY — After more than 10 years of waiting for the government to legitimize her family’s ownership of the land they till, Rosalina Barwelo, 58, was all smiles after the title was finally handed to her.“Masaya po ako dahil ‘yung inaantay namin ng mahigit 10 years,... Read More

 Salome leaves at least 1,152 stranded at Calabarzon ports 

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Calamba City - Tropical Storm (TS) "Salome" has left 1,152 people stranded in Calabarzon ports as of 6 a.m. Friday, as all sea travels in the region have been cancelled starting 4 p.m. Thursday.The "no sail policy" stands indefinitely until further advice from the Philippine Coast... Read More

Shellfish poisoning downs 15 in Samar

TACLOBAN CITY -- At least 15 people were downed by shellfish poisoning within the first week of November in Samar province, raising concern over negligence of vulnerable communities on red tide warnings.Of the 15 people hospitalized, four of them are from Catbalogan City, seven from Tarangnan, three... Read More

Businesses flourish in ‘Yolanda’ aftermath

TACLOBAN CITY -- Boosted by the high demand for goods and services, new businesses continue to flourish four years after super typhoon Yolanda pummeled this city.Mayor Cristina Romualdez said hotel business has grown significantly after the super typhoon. From 43 hotels during the pre-"Yolanda"... Read More

2 Palawan mayors refute ‘drug protector’ tag

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Two Palawan mayors recently stripped of their police powers by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) in their respective municipalities both denied Friday that they are “drug protectors.”Mayor Abbraham Ibba of Bataraza, in a phone interview with PNA,... Read More

Tacloban steps up post-‘Yolanda’ disaster preparedness

TACLOBAN CITY -- Drawing lessons from super typhoon Yolanda, the city government here said they are more prepared to respond to emergencies with better security plans and food provisions.City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Ildebrando Bernadas said the city is 80 to 90 percent... Read More

'Salome' triggers landslides, rockslides in Samar: DPWH

TACLOBAN CITY -- Heavy rains dumped by Tropical Storm Salome caused landslides and rockslides along major roads in Samar Friday, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported.At least four such incidents have been reported by the DPWH, blocking major roads linking Samar and Northern... Read More