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  • 5 months Governor Escudero calls it ‘unfair’ to blame De Lima for flaws in implementation of GCTA law MB
    By Noreen Jazul Former senator and now Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero said it would be “unfair” to blame Senator Leila de Lima for the flaws in the implementation of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law. Former Senator and now Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero(Francis (Chiz) Escudero Official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN) “It is not only her that issued the IRR (implementing rules and regulation), it was in conjunction with other stakeholders at that time,” Escudero told ANC when asked if it was right to insinuate that GCTA mess was de Lima’s fault. “If I remember correctly, they ... more
  • 5 months DOH addressing medicine distribution system, Duque tells Senate MB
    By Mario Casayuran Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III on Tuesday said the Department of Health (DOH) has begun working with its foreign development partners for a computer system to keep track of the location of billions of pesos worth of goods the agency has purchased or will be purchasing. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The move followed revelations that there were originally P18 billion worth of DOH-purchased medicines “rotting” in its warehouses. Of these, some P3 billion worth of medicines remain in the DOH warehouses, Duque told Senate reporters after ... more
  • 5 months Joint House-Senate TWG eyed to thresh out provisions of Dept of OFW Act MB
    By Charissa Luci-Atienza The creation of a joint congressional technical working group is being eyed to thresh out the provisions of the Department of OFWs Act to ensure its passage before the year ends. House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO) House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the Senate already expressed willingness to work hand-in-hand with the Lower Chamber to iron out the provisions of the proposed Act which seeks to create the Department of OFWs that would act as an umbrella agency to specifically address all the issues and concerns of OFWs. “Yesterday po, ... more
  • 5 months Bilibid drug convict-backed syndicates, not ninja cops, behind shabu proliferation, Eleazar tells PDEA MB
    By Aaron Recuenco The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) should focus more on running after big-time distributors of illegal drugs behind the proliferation of shabu in Metro Manila and other parts of the country, the top police official in the metropolis said. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) P/Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar (PHOTO FROM PIO NCRPO / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) For Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, director of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO), the illegal drugs syndicates, through their trusted henchmen that carry huge quantity of shabu, should be blamed for the continuous problems of illegal drugs ... more
  • 5 months New cables for MRT-3 to be installed MB
    By Gabriela Baron The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Tuesday that it will be installing 20 reels of fiber optic cables for the Metro Rail Transit System Line 3 (MRT-3). Reels of fiber optic cables. (Photo courtesy of DOTr / MANILA BULLETIN) The cables will be used for signaling and communications systems. “Kung dati, copper wires lamang ang ginagamit para sa signaling system ng MRT-3, ngayon dahil sa kumprehensibong rehabilitasyon ng rail line, mapapalitan na ng mas modernong kagamitan ang system,” DOTr said in its official Facebook page. (Before, we just use copper wires in MRT-3 signaling system, but ... more
  • 5 months Filipino lensman bags second place in int’l photo contest MB
    By Gabriela Baron A Filipino photojournalist bagged second place in the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest in the Top News, Singles category in Moscow, Russia recently. Basilio Sepe’s “Baywatch”. (Photo courtesy of Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines, Inc. / MANILA BULLETIN) Basilio Sepe, a member of the Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines (PCP), won the award with his photo capturing informal settlers scavenging recyclable materials in Navotas after Typhoon Karding hit in August 2018. The photo contest was launched by Rossiya Segodnya under Russia Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to support young photographers ... more
  • 5 months Classroom shortage hits 34,000 MB
    By Ellson Quismorio The country now has a running classroom shortage of over 34,000, ACT-Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro said Tuesday. (Jojo Riñoza / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Castro, a member of the Minority Bloc, made this declaration while scrutinizing the Department of Education’s (DepEd) proposed budget of P551 billion for 2020 at the plenary floor. “Kung isusuma po natin ito, Mr. Speaker, mayroon pa rin tayong more or less 34,000 na classroom shortage kung ia-add natin yung ia-add natin yung kasalukuyan nating kailangan (If we sum it up Mr. Speaker, we more or less have a classroom shortage of ... more
  • 5 months Palace hopeful revised IRR plugs loopholes in GCTA MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling There should be no more room for confusion on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law following the revision of its implementing rules and regulations (IRR), Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the revised IRR of Republic Act No. 10592 now include a “clear and categorical” provision that those charged with heinous crimes are exempted from the benefits of the law. “We commend the Secretary of Justice and the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government for promptly completing the 2019 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of ... more
  • 5 months DPWH desilts, declogs potential mosquito breeding sites amid dengue epidemic MB
    By Betheena Unite The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) carried out clearing, desilting, and declogging operations on potential mosquito breeding grounds along national roads and construction campsites nationwide amid the national dengue epidemic. Department of Public Works and Highways (MANILA BULLETIN) “Addressing this mosquito-borne viral infection requires a collective effort and that’s why we in the DPWH are doing all the necessary actions to ensure that communities along national roads, bridges, and construction sites are safe from the risk of dengue by clearing and declogging open canals, drainages, inlets, gutters, and box culverts on an average of two ... more
  • 5 months Guevarra refuses to join ‘blame game’ in GCTA mess MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog The Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra refused to be lured into a finger-pointing game and identify who should be blamed for the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law mess. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO /MANILA BULLETIN) “We at the DOJ won’t dwell on things that had come to pass, much less waste our time on an unproductive blame game,” he told reporters on Tuesday (Sept. 17). The Secretary made this point after Sen. Leila de Lima told the Office of the Ombudsman that he be made to explain about the mess. At the ... more
  • 5 months BI nabs 324 illegal aliens in Palawan MB
    By Jun Ramirez The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Tuesday the arrest of 324 Chinese nationals allegedly engaged in cybercrimes and other illegal activities in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Bureau of Immigration (MANILA BULLETIN) Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the aliens were apprehended in operations conducted the other day by operatives from the BI intelligence division who were backed up by elements from the military. The aliens were rounded up in eight hotels and establishments where they were doing the illegal activities. “They will undergo deportation proceedings for violating the conditions of their stay in the country and working ... more
  • 5 months Customs brokers fight against order allowing non-brokers to do their jobs MB
    By Betheena Unite Before the President could even express frustration over customs brokers, the professionals known as an integral part of trade facilitation were already facing another battle. Bureau of Customs (MANILA BULLETIN) Licensed customs brokers in the country were in the middle of fighting for their profession over a regulation approved by the Bureau of Customs allowing non-customs brokers to be the declarant of goods before they took the hit from the president. The Customs bureau through Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 34-2019 allowed non-customs brokers to perform the lodging and processing of goods declaration — a task performed by ... more
  • 5 months Senate cites former Sen. Espina’s achievements MB
    By Mario Casayuran The Senate has been flying its flag at half-staff as a symbol of its mourning for former Senator Rene Espina who succumbed to kidney complications on September 13, 2019 at the age of 89. Senate of the Philippines (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) On Tuesday, the 24-member Senate adopted a resolution expressing its sympathy and sincere condolence to the family of Espina. Senate Resolution 135 was introduced by Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto, Majority Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, and Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon. “He was a serious-minded person with ... more
  • 5 months Veloso seeks reduction in GCTA credits for convicts MB
    By Ben Rosario The chairman of the House Committee on Justice filed on Tuesday a bill that will limit to 20 days the maximum good conduct time allowance (GCTA) that may be granted to convicts serving prison sentences. Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso (photo courtesy of 17th Congress Neophytes) Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso III said House Bill 4628 will amend Republic Act No. 10592, the GCTA law. Veloso has also filed House Bill 4553, a separate measure that repeals the provision of the Revised Penal Code limiting to 40 years the maximum period that a convict must serve in prison even if ... more
  • 5 months UP-Diliman to offer general education subject course on Martial Law MB
    By Hanah Tabios  The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman will soon offer its new general education (GE) subject course which will tackle the language, literature, and culture under the Martial Law in the country. University of the Philippines Diliman (WIKIMEDIA / MANILA BULLETIN) The three-unit subject, Philippine Studies (PS) 21–Wika, Kultura, at Panitikan sa Ilalim ng Batas Militar sa Pilipinas, will be offered by the university’s Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas under the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) starting next semester. Students from different disciplines have an option to take the subject which will be available ... more
  • 5 months CA denies Yasay group’s plea to lift Manila RTC arrest order MB
    By Rey Panaligan The Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the plea of former Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. and several former officers of the defunct Banco Filipino Savings and Mortgage Bank challenging the issuance by the Manila regional trial court (RTC) of an arrest order against them on charges of violations of banking laws. Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. (Alvin Kasiban / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) In a resolution, the CA said the petition of Yasay and his group was premature because of their pending motions before the RTC on the lifting of the arrest order. ... more
  • 5 months DSWD response plan in place in case the ‘Big One’ strikes MB
    By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured the public that a response plan is in place if the “Big One” – a term used to describe a destructive earthquake – hits Metro Manila and nearby regions. Students of the University of Santo Tomas in Sampaloc, Manila evacuate at the campus field after a strong 5.5 magnitude earthquake was felt in Metro Manila with its epicenter traced in Burdeon, Quezon Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (Alvin Kasiban / MANILA BULLETIN) DSWD, as the vice-chair for disaster response of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ... more
  • 5 months Duterte tells gov’t officials: Complete all your projects, avoid corruption MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling President Duterte has urged elected government officials to strive to complete their projects within their term and without any taint of corruption. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with the officers of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines during their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. (KING RODRIGUEZ / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) At a recent assembly of vice governors at the Palace, the President said they should not leave their projects unfinished, adding they must serve their constituents with the “highest degree of integrity, honesty, and good ... more
  • 5 months Duterte names BJMP official new BuCor chief MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling President Duterte has designated high ranking jail official of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) as the new head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), citing his competence and integrity. Bureau of Corrections (MANILA BULLETIN) Jail Senior Superintendent Gerald Bantag will replace former Marine Captain Nicanor Faeldon at the helm of the BuCor after he was sacked by the President over the controversial release of heinous crime convicts under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law. “The Palace welcomes the designation of Mr. Gerald Quitaleg Bantag as the new Director-General of the Bureau of Corrections ... more
  • 5 months De Lima questions colleagues’ approval of OP intel budget sans scrutiny MB
    By Hannah Torregoza  Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday questioned Congress’ lack of scrutiny on the proposed P4.5-billion ‘confidential, intelligence, and extraordinary’ funds under the Office of the President’s (OP) proposed budget for 2020. Senator Leila De Lima  (Jansen Romero / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) De Lima, who is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, reminded Senate and House lawmakers that approving a proposed budget of any government office—including that of the OP—without serious scrutiny is tantamount to neglect of duty by government officials. “Approving with dispatch the proposed budget of ... more
  • 5 months Sulu military camp suicide bomber a female, DNA results reveal MB
    By Aaron Recuenco  The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that a female suicide bomber was responsible for the bomb attack in a military camp in Indanan town of Sulu on September 8. Philippine National Police (MANILA BULLETIN) This, after a DNA test was conducted on the tissue and bone samples from the decapitated body of the bomber. “The result of further forensic found partial DNA profile in 20 human tissue and flesh and bone specimens of a recent explosion at a military camp in Indanan, Sulu,” the report read. The report was referring to the explosion near the entrance of ... more
  • 5 months Duterte to replace corrupt officials with the ‘best and the brightest’ in the civil service MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling President Duterte is looking for the best and the brightest in the civil service to take the place of corrupt public servants. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE PHOTO /  MANILA BULLETIN) The President said he wants people with integrity and talent in government as he implements an anti-corruption purge in the bureaucracy. “Maraming bakante talaga ‘to in the coming months… May matanggal talaga ‘yan. Maraming matanggal [There will be many vacancies in the coming months. Many will be removed],” he said during the awarding ceremony of 2019 outstanding government workers in the ... more
  • 5 months Polio comeback more dangerous than other diseases – Herrera MB
    By Ben Rosario A poliomyelitis comeback in the country may be far more perilous threat to public health compared to other diseases, thus, should be nipped in the bud as swiftly as concerned agencies can, Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera said Tuesday. Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera (Photo from National Nutrition Council – NCR / Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN) Herrera, current governor of the Rotary International District, aired this observation as the Department of Health and the RI organizations in the country agreed to join hands in addressing the polio threat whose spectre is enough to cause concern ... more
  • 5 months Robredo keeps focus on anti-poverty programs, denies engaging in politics MB
    By Raymund Antonio  Vice President Leni Robredo remains focused on her office’s anti-poverty program, at least for now. Vice President Leni Robredo(OVP / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) An advocate of the poor, Robredo downplayed suggestions her visit to far-flung areas nationwide to provide assistance had something to do with her possible presidential bid for 2022. “Kung politika iyong iisipin ko, dapat iyong mga programa namin nandoon na lang sa heavily populated areas, kasi doon ako makakakuha ng boto,” Robredo said. (If I’m going to think about politics, our programs should be carried out in heavily populated areas, where I ... more
  • 5 months Hontiveros seeks inquiry into AFP-Dito deal MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Senator Risa Hontiveros is now seeking an inquiry into the alleged agreement signed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a Chinese telecommunications company allowing the latter to install its communications equipment and facilities on land leased within military bases across the country. Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senator Risa Hontiveros / FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO /  MANILA BULLETIN) Hontiveros said the Senate should probe the national security implications of such an agreement with Dito Telecommunity Corp., a Chinese telecommunications firm formerly known as Mislatel Consortium, which Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he was ... more
  • 5 months After losing ‘Friends,’ Netflix buys rights to ‘Seinfeld’ MB |Ent
    By Agence France-Presse  Streaming giant Netflix said Monday it had acquired the global rights to popular American sitcom “Seinfeld” from 2021 — a feather in its cap as the battle among online video platforms for coveted content heats up. “Seinfeld,” the wildly popular sitcom created by Jerry Seinfeld — seen here at the Emmys in 2016 — will be available on Netflix from 2021 (AFP/File / Robyn Beck / MANILA BULLETIN) The company did not reveal the value of the transaction. But the move was a bit of a rebound for Netflix, which has lost the rights to ... more
  • 5 months INC sets Guinness record for mass baptism MB
    By Chito Chavez Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) said on Tuesday it has set another “Guinness World Record’’ after 18,272 people were baptized during its “Grand Baptism” event last September 7 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo from Iglesia Ni Cristo’s official website/ MANILA BULLETIN The activity coincided with the 10th year of Eduardo V. Manalo as INC executive minister. More than the attainment of the new world record, however, we are thankful that the INC is continuing to grow and its message of peace and salvation is reaching more new adherents in the Philippines and abroad,” INC General ... more
  • 5 months BIR says gross tax system will not stop corruption MB
    By Jun Ramirez Well-meaning officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said Tuesday Malacañang’s plan to shift income taxation from net to gross will not solve the problem of graft and corruption in the foremost tax collection arm of the government. Bureau of Internal Revenue (MANILA BULLETIN) Revenue officials who declined to be named said the change will not adversely affect the under-the-table deals between dishonest revenue officers and unpatriotic taxpayers which have been causing the government to lose billions of pesos annually. Instead, they suggested the adoption of Singapore’s no personal contact audit method. Under the scheme, the ... more
  • 5 months Shift to gross tax system will not stop corruption – BIR officials MB
    By Jun Ramirez  Malacañang’s plan to shift income taxation from net to gross will not solve graft and corruption problem in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), well-meaning revenue officials said Tuesday. Bureau of Internal Revenue (MANILA BULLETIN) Instead, they suggest the adoption of the Singapore no personal contact audit method, stressing that the proposed change will not adversely affect the under-the-table deals between dishonest revenue officers and unpatriotic taxpayers which have been causing the government to lose billions of pesos annually. Under the scheme, the concerned revenue office sends via the postal system its deficiency tax findings to business ... more
  • 5 months Senator Binay calls on barangay workers to help in fight against ASF MB
    By Hannah Torregoza  Senator Nancy Binay on Tuesday called on barangay workers to help contain the spread of the African swine fever, saying local executive can encourage hog raisers to adopt strict quarantine measures. Sen. Nancy Binay(Facebook / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) Binay said helping backyard hog raisers rise again after dealing with the negative impact of the ASF in their livelihood would make it easier for them to cope with their losses. “Tulungan natin ang mga maliliit na backyard hog raisers na muling makabangon. It was already hard for them to see their pigs die and culled,” Binay ... more
  • 5 months DepEd plans more classrooms for IP students MB
    By Merlina Hernando-Malipot  The Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing the construction of more classrooms and other educational facilities for the Indigenous People (IP) learners in Davao del Norte. Education Secretary Leonor Briones(DEPED / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones visited Nasilaban Integrated School in Talaingod, Davao del Norte last August to personally “assess the needs” of IP learners as well as the teachers. “Ako ay pumunta rito para makita ko nang personal ang mga paaralan at makita ko ang mukha ng mga bata at mga guro,” Briones said. “I want to personally hear from them what ... more
  • 5 months Mindanao solons say ‘National DPWH’ needed in BARMM MB
    By Ellson Quismorio A group of eight Mindanao solons are pushing jointly for the creation of a National Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the newly-established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). (KEITH BACONGCO/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) According to the lawmakers led by Deputy Speaker and Basilan lone district Rep. Mujiv Hataman, this “National DPWH” would ensure the smooth implementation of national infrastructure programs in the region. The eight filed House Resolution (HR) no.333 last Friday, September 13, for this purpose. “In order to ensure national relevance and assistance to the BARMM, the House of Representatives ... more
  • 5 months Apple embarks on EU court battle over 13-B euro tax bill MB |Biz
    By Agence France-Presse  Apple embarks on an epic court battle with the EU on Tuesday, fighting the commission’s landmark order that the iPhone-maker reimburse Ireland 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in charge of the world’s biggest company, has called the EU tax case “total political crap” (AFP/File / Josh Edelson / MANILA BULLETIN) Lawyers for the world’s biggest company will face EU officials in a Luxembourg court, challenging a decision that CEO Tim Cook slammed at the time as “total political crap”. The European Commission’s conclusion was delivered in August 2016 by Competition ... more
  • 5 months Go urges gov’t to maximize use of drug rehab facilities MB
    By Mario Casayuran Neophyte Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go urged the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) to maximize the use of existing drug rehabilitation facilities to give drug dependents willing to be rehabilitated a chance to reform. Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (MALACAÑANG PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Go made the appeal during Monday’s public hearing by the Senate finance sub-committee C chaired by Senator Panfilo M. Lacson on the proposed P1.5 billion budget for 2020 for the PDEA and P2.17 billion for the DDB. There are a total of 54 rehabilitation centers, 19 of which ... more
  • 5 months DND to scrutinize Dito deal despite confidence in AFP’s evaluation of proposal MB
    By Martin Sadongdong The Department of National Defense (DND) is confident that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) evaluated the proposal of the Dito Telecommunity Corporation to build its communication facilities in military camps and installations, a Defense spokesperson disclosed Tuesday. Department of National Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong (TWITTER / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) However, Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong clarified that it is not unusual for the Department to exercise due diligence in scrutinizing all the deals being entered into by the AFP. “We believe the AFP vetted and evaluated that proposal. On our part, we will exercise ... more
  • 5 months Chinese communist party official invites Duterte to visit Chongqing MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling Amid improving bilateral relations, President Duterte has been invited to visit China again by a high-ranking Chinese communist party official. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Communist Party of China (CPC) Chongqing Party Chief Chen Min’er who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on September 16, 2019. (VALERIE ESCALERA / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Chongqing party chief Chen Min’er and other members of Communist Party of China (CPC) recently paid a courtesy call on the President in Malacañang and extended an invitation to visit Chongqing. It will be ... more
  • 5 months Christmas came early for jobseekers at MB ‘Classifieds Job Fair 2019’ MB
    By Alexandria Dennise San Juan Christmas came early for 52-year-old Danny Tay Tiong after he was hired on the spot during the first day of Manila Bulletin’s “Classifieds Job Fair 2019” on Tuesday. CHANCE FOR JOBSEEKERS – The two-day Manila Bulletin Classifieds Job Fair opened Tuesday at the Farmers Plaza in Araneta Center, Quezon City. Cutting the ribbon are (from left) Ramon Ting, Manila Bulletin Assistant Vice President for Advertising Operations; Rizaldy Angeles, EEI construction manager; May Ceniza, DZMM Special Projects head; Arman Cabrera, Manila Bulletin Vice President for Advertising; Diana Cazay, Araneta Center Brand Alliance manager, and Van Cayabat, ... more
  • 5 months Senators reject ban on private cars in EDSA MB
    By Vanne Elaine Terrazola Senate leaders rejected on Tuesday the proposal of a congressman to ban private vehicles in EDSA during rush hours. EDSA in Quezon City (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice floated the idea of making EDSA exclusive to public utility vehicles from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to address the worsening traffic condition in the 23-kilometer national highway. Erice suggested that private vehicles use alternative roads during these hours. READ MORE: Solon: Ban private cars on EDSA during rush hours But Senate President Vicente Sotto III said ... more
  • 5 months DOLE ready to evacuate OFWs in Saudi Arabia – Bello MB
    By Gabriela Baron Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Tuesday that the government is ready to repatriate about 50,000 Filipino workers from areas affected by the weekend bombing of oil plants in Saudi Arabia if the condition continues to worsen. Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq about 60km (37 miles) southwest of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province on September 14, 2019. – Drone attacks sparked fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities.  (Photo by – / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) “The labor department is still assessing the possible implications on the ... more
  • 5 months DOJ: 692 convicts have surrendered MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog  Almost 700 convicts who were released due to good conduct time allowance (GCTA) have surrendered, said Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Markk Perete on Tuesday. Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Markk Perete (Photo courtesy of / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “As of 8:20 a.m., 17 Sept 2019, 692 prematurely released PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) on account of RA (Republic Act)10592 have surrendered and are now in BuCor’s (Bureau of Corrections) custody,” Perete said. The 692 are among the 1,914 convicts who were released since 2013 due to GCTA. RA 10592 was passed in 2013 ... more
  • 5 months Pork is safe to eat – DA MB
    By Andrea Aro The Department of Agriculture (DA) assured the public Tuesday that it is safe to eat pork amid the rise in hog deaths in some parts of Rizal and Bulacan provinces due to African Swine Fever (ASF). (REUTERS File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) “Pork is safe,” DA spokesperson Noel Reyes said in an interview with DZMM. He added: “Hindi po transmissible ang ASF virus sa tao at sa iba pang hayop.” (The ASF virus is not transmissible to people and other animals.) ASF virus causes hemorrhagic fever in pigs that almost always ends in death. Authorities have culled ... more
  • 5 months Give GCTA law a chance to be properly implemented – Escudero MB
    By Rizal Obanil Former Senator and now Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero urged the critics of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law to give it a chance to be implemented properly before making any assumption. Former Senator and now Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero (Francis (Chiz) Escudero Official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN) “Perhaps they are barking up the wrong tree by saying that the law is wrong or defective. Let’s give it a chance to be implemented properly and correctly first,” Escudero said in an interview with Karen Davila on ANC’s Headstart. He said any law would not ... more
  • 5 months Lyceum student to represent PH in Miss Tourism Worldwide 2019 in Indonesia MB |Ent
    A 19-year-old university student will vie for a back-to-back title when she represents the Philippines in the Miss Tourism Worldwide 2019 pageant which will be held in Indonesia on Sept. 22. Camille Joy Ang (Photo by Joel Maniquis) Camille Joy Ang left the country last Monday en route to the international competition which will be participated in by around 30 candidates from around the world. “I’m excited for this competition because it’s my first international pageant,” Ang said during a press send-off for her at Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City Sunday. Ang, who stands 5’8″, was personally handpicked by ... more
  • 5 months Army gets new patrol cars, computers MB
    By Martin Sadongdong The Philippine Army has received eight patrol cars, six laptops, two desktops with printers and one Uninterrupted Power Supply from the Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (AFPMBAI) which will help boost its capabilities. (PHILIPPINE ARMY/ FACEBOOK/ MANILA BULLETIN) Major General Reynaldo Aquino, Army Vice Commander, received the new equipment in a turnover ceremony held at the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Monday. “As we in the Philippine Army continue to serve with a strengthened resolve and firm commitment in every task that is assigned to us, I am optimistic that with ... more
  • 5 months LOOK: Saab Magalona welcomes bouncing baby boy! MB |Ent
    Actress Saab Magalona has new addition to the family. On Instagram, the 30-year-old mother shared a photo of herself with her husband Jim Bacarro and their newborn boy taken inside a delivery room.
    View this post on Instagram We finally met another best friend yesterday! Say hello to our 9.2-pounder Vito Tomas Magalona Bacarro A post shared by Saab Magalona-Bacarro (@saabmagalona) on Sep 16, 2019 at 5:35pm PDT “We finally met another best friend yesterday! Say hello to our 9.2-pounder Vito Tomas Magalona Bacarro (heart ... more
  • 5 months Teaser of Carlo-Maine movie goes viral MB |Ent
    The teaser of the movie “Isa Pa With Feelings” starring Kapamilya actor Carlo Aquino and Kapuso actress Maine Mendoza has broken the internet. Less than a day since the minute-and-a-half clip produced by Black Sheep was uploaded on Facebook, it has notched close to 1 million views. SCENE FROM ‘Isa Pa With Feelings’ (Screengrab from the teaser of the movie) In the movie, Maine is Mara, a sign language teacher while Carlo is Gali, her deaf neighbor. The teaser shows a scene wherein Mara leads Gali in a dance, and another where the characters are in a one-on-one sign ... more
  • 5 months Bishops support calls for Mary Jane Veloso to testify against her recruiters MB
    By Leslie Ann Aquino The Commission on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines joined calls for Mary Jane Veloso to be allowed to testify against her recruiters. This file photo taken on April 23, 2016 shows Filipina drug convict and death row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, clad in traditional Indonesian attire. (SURYO WIBOWO / AFP / FILE / MANILA BULLETIN) ECMI Chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos said Veloso, the Filipina on death row in Indonesia, should be allowed to speak and tell her story for everyone to know the “whole truth.” ... more
  • 5 months MOVIEGOER: Directors turned actors do it as food for the soul MB |Ent
    IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: Joey Reyes was hilarious. Web series “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 3 (The True Story of Josephine Bracken),” marked the acting debut of film director Jose Javier Reyes, known for his stirring family drama films and crisp scripts. In the story, he played a real-life role, that of a screenwriter who couldn’t take it that Eugene Domingo would want to play the Irish mestiza Josephine Bracken, Jose Rizal’s partner, in a film that he’s writing. Reyes acted so well, like a pro, in the film, that he impressed the irrepressible Miss Domingo. It helped ... more
  • 5 months LGUs, environment group urge piggery owners not to dump dead pigs in waterways MB
    By Chito Chavez Local government units (LGUs) and an environmental group have strongly appealed to all piggery owners, particularly backyard hog raisers, not to dump dead pigs in all waterways to prevent the spread of communicable diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria. (REUTERS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Hundreds of floating dead pigs afflicted with African Swine Flu (ASF) have been found floating on rivers, creeks, and canals. Some of them were found floating in Marikina River and a creek in Barangay Silangan, Quezon City. Quezon City-based EcoWaste Coalition asked the public, especially the piggery owners, to report sick pigs ... more
  • 5 months Revised IRR on GCTA to stave off abuses by jail officials, affluent convicts – Año MB
    By Chito Chavez Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año on Tuesday said the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) was issued to stave off abuses by conniving jail officials and affluent convicted inmates who were erroneously freed. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Photo from Philippine Information Agency / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “In issuing this new IRR, we seek to be fairer and more just in the implementation of the law. We want to implement it consistent with the intent and spirit of the law. Thus, we have ... more
  • 5 months Sandiganbayan allows ex-LRTA officials to challenge evidence in graft case MB
    By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has allowed former Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Melquiades A. Robles and several others to file a demurrer to evidence in their graft case involving the reportedly irregular hiring of janitors back in 2009. Sandiganbayan (MANILA BULLETIN) Robles was accused of violating Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for paying Joint Venture a total of P3,373,808.51 per month for the services of 321 janitors. However, the LRTA only used 219 janitors in the end, therefore modifying the terms of the contract. The LRTA paid the ... more
  • 5 months Dance troupe to represent PH in South Korea competition MB |Ent
    Saint Benilde Romançon Dance Company (SBRDC), the resident dance team of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), will represent the country at the upcoming All Generation Championships (AGC) to be held on Oct. 25 through the 27th at the SK Olympic Handball Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. The AGC unites urban movers from different age groups across the globe through the growing hip hop scene. It sets the stage for world-class performances of rhythmic talent and skills under their respective groupings, namely, Super Kids, High Teens, Top University, Adult, Over 40, Silver Star, Pay Back and All Style ... more
  • 5 months DILG tells SK leaders: Shun corruption MB
    By Chito Chavez The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) youth leaders to shun corruption and to utilize the funds allocated to them in accordance with the law. DILG undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya(PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN) DILG Undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya reminded SK officials of their sworn duties to render public service with honesty and integrity. Lawmakers have supported calls to abolish the SK group saying the youth are being exposed to corruption at such an early age. The lawmakers even coined the adage “so young and yet so corrupt’’ in ... more
  • 5 months DFA launches ‘OFW Help’ on Facebook MB
    By Noreen Jazul The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) launched on Monday an emergency help page called “OFW Help” on Facebook for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) “OFW Help” aims to protect the rights of OFWs and promote their welfare. The DFA underscored that the page is “primarily for emergency purposes only and not for labor claims.” In its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) note, it was stated that the page will specifically address urgent concerns of undocumented or irregular workers who are not members of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). All concerns sent to OWF Help ... more
  • 5 months Music video of Jocelyn Enriquez’s latest song to premiere on Myx MB |Ent
    Pinay recording artist Jocelyn Enriquez, who created a huge splash in the US in the ‘90s with the hits “Do You Miss Me,” is back on the scene. She had just released “To Love Again,” a catchy dance track that celebrates love. To further delight her supporters, the music video of the song will air on Myx on Sept. 20. Released by Audioneer and distributed by Warner Music Philippines, “To Love Again” is an original composition of Jocelyn herself with Matthew Macasadia and Michelle Van Sickle; and was arranged and produced by Elvin Reyes. The video was directed by ... more
  • 5 months Robredo ‘undaunted’ by impending release of ballot recount report MB
    By Raymund Antonio Vice President Leni Robredo is undaunted by the looming release of the official report on the ballot recount of three pilot provinces in connection with the election protest filed against her by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo said it would be better for the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to resolve the protest immediately. “Matagal na naming hinihingi na mag-decide na agad, kasi kapag wala pa kasing desisyon, nagkakaroon lang ng platform para gumawa ng mga hindi tamang balita, gumawa ng mga haka-haka ... more
  • 5 months Liza Soberano addresses allegations she did ‘blackface’ in ad MB |Ent
    Young star Liza Soberano is hot topic after her recent Instagram post, which showed a video of her latest ad, received mixed reactions. The commercial sees her dress up in the style of each member of the English pop girl group formed in 1994, Spice Girls, namely Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham. Some of the netizens were “offended” by Liza’s take on English singer, songwriter, rapper Mel B, wherein the Kapamilya actress wore an afro wig. They claimed Liza’s “blackface” is a “cultural appropriation,” which is the adoption of elements of one ... more
  • 5 months WTFU: Hunky-dory concept MB |Ent
    With the increasing number of subscribers of WTFu on YouTube, our production team headed by supervising producer Lex Bonife has introduced new segments, including one called “Wish Ko Hunk.” (Feeling Vicky Morales ako rito bilang ako ang host ng channel na’to!) Ronnie Palermo “‘Wish Ko Hunk’ is about giving viewers the chance to watch their ultimate social media crush or idol, who otherwise would not have the time to answer them even online,” Lex explained. (Napaka-noble ng konsepto!) Every episode features a male guest. Viewers are encouraged to send a message to the WTFu channel for the chance ... more
  • 5 months Bainto named DOJ deputy spokesman MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog The Department of Justice (DOJ) has named a new deputy spokesperson to assist spokesman and Undersecretary Markk Perete. Department of Justice (MANILA BULLETIN) “Assistant Secretary Neal Vincent M. Bainto has been appointed DOJ Deputy Spokesperson,” Perete announced on Tuesday. Perete indicated that Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra signed Department Order No. 491 on Monday naming Bainto as deputy spokesperson. In the department order, Guevarra instructed Bainto “to assist the spokesperson in informing the public matters of concern to the Department, and to assume the tasks and duties of the spokesperson in his absence.” “The foregoing tasks shall be ... more
  • 5 months Villanueva urges DILG to crack down on tax-evading POGOs MB
    By Vanne Elaine Terrazola Senator Joel Villanueva has urged the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to order local government units and police to crack down on Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs) that refuse to comply with the country’s tax laws. Senator Joel Villanueva (Senator Joel Villanueva Official Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Villanueva also backed the Department of Finance’s (DOF) order to shut down POGOs that that fail to pay the taxes of their foreign workers. He said the DILG should ask LGUs to revoke the business permits of erring offshore gambling operations. “The interior ... more
  • 5 months GMA responds to DOLE’s findings on Eddie Garcia incident MB |Ent
    GMA Network has addressed the preliminary findings of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on the incident involving the late actor Eddie Garcia. The TV network filed its comment yesterday, Sept. 16. The statement answered three points raised by the government agency, pointing out that GMA allegedly made three violations under the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Law: Failure to submit an incident report within 24 hours, to employ or designate a safety officer, and to employ or designate a certified First Aider. Recall that Garcia, 90, sustained severe cervical fracture after ... more
  • 5 months Kang Daniel Manila-bound in October MB |Ent
    K-pop artist and former Wanna One center Kang Daniel is coming to Manila for his first solo event. The 22-year-old star will hold his “Kang Daniel Fan Meeting: Color on Me in Manila” on Oct. 19 at the Mall of Asia Arena. A pre-selling event will be held on Sept. 22 at Skydome at SM City North EDSA. He recently held the fan meetings in Singapore, Bangkok and Taipei. Kang Daniel has enjoyed immense popularity from being a member of boy group Wanna One to his launch of a solo career. He has ranked No. 1 on the ... more
  • 5 months Facebook to stop news headline changes from advertisers MB |Tech
    By Agence France-Presse Facebook said Monday it is working to stop advertisers from changing headlines in links to news stories after concerns raised by a British political party’s altering of one such link. The leading social network confirmed the internal effort in the face of concerns over a BBC headline altered in an ad to evidently change the tone of an article about British government spending on education. (AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL / MANILA BULLETIN) “We are working to put safeguards in place by the end of the year to ensure publishers have control over the way their headlines ... more
  • 5 months Google expected to unveil new Pixel phone on Oct. 15 MB |Tech
    By Agence France-Presse Google on Monday sent out invitations to an October 15 event starring “things Made by Google,” with a new Pixel smartphone expected in the line-up. (GOOGLE/ MANILA BULLETIN) The unveiling in New York City is likely to spotlight Google’s Android-powered challenge to the latest generation of iPhones recently unveiled by Apple. The smartphone rivals typically introduce new hardware ahead of the year-end holiday shopping season. Google appeared set to release a fourth-generation Pixel smartphone, possibly with features including the ability to recognize faces and gestures as part of its efforts to ramp up hardware in addition to ... more
  • 5 months Experts to criticize US aviation authority over 737 MAX: source MB |Biz
    By Agence France-Presse A panel of global civil aviation authorities is expected to criticize the US Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of Boeing’s 737 MAX, which has been grounded for six months following two crashes, a source familiar with the matter said Monday. Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are seen parked near Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington (AFP Photo/David Ryder / MANILA BULLETIN) The panel, known as the Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR), was set up last April by the FAA amid criticism of the FAA’S close ties to Boeing. The FAA was the last global aviation authority to ground the 737 ... more
  • 5 months Who calls the tunes in space? Brad Pitt asks NASA astronaut MB |Ent
    WASHINGTON – Brad Pitt traded laughs on Monday in a call to the International Space Station with a NASA astronaut, who somersaulted during the zero-gravity interview ahead of this week’s release of the actor’s new film, the space thriller “Ad Astra.” Pitt peppered astronaut Nick Hague with dozens of questions about what life was like in space. He interviewed Hague from Washington via a transmission line from NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston. “Most important question: Who controls the jam box?” Pitt asked, referring to the space station’s music. FILE PHOTO: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the premiere of the ... more
  • 5 months Morgan Spurlock takes a second bite of the fast food world MB |Ent
    NEW YORK — Last time out, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate only fast food for a month. This time, he’s the one dishing out the fried stuff. Spurlock has gone from being an avid Big Mac consumer in “Super Size Me” to serving his own chicken sandwiches in “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” — a sober look at an industry that processes 9 billion animals a year in America. “I think the intention is to kind of give you a different perspective of the fast-food world — the fast-food commodity world — from a much more corporate point of ... more
  • 5 months Ocasek’s wife says he died while recuperating from surgery MB |Ent
    NEW YORK — The New York City medical examiner says Ric Ocasek , the 75-year-old frontman for The Cars, died of heart disease, worsened by emphysema. Ocasek’s wife, model and actress Paulina Porizkova, posted a statement on Instagram , saying he was “recuperating very well after surgery” and that their two sons were making sure he was comfortable. Porizkova did not say what type of surgery Ocasek was recovering from. FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, Ric Ocasek of the Cars arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year event at the Los Angeles Convention Center in ... more
  • 5 months Senate committees seek postponement of barangay, SK polls to May 2023 MB
    By Vanne Elaine Terrazola Three Senate committees are pushing for the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in May, 2020 to May, 2023. Senate of the Philippines (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Senate Bill No. 1043, which was a consolidation of five bills, proposes to move the holding of the village and youth polls. The measure was contained in a joint committee report prepared by the committees on Electoral Reforms and Peoples Participation, Local Government, and Finance chaired by Sen. Imee Marcos, Francis Tolentino, and Sonny Angara, respectively. The committee report was signed by 11 other senators. Under ... more
  • 5 months Two LPAs to bring rains to parts of Luzon, Visayas MB
    By Marjaleen Ramos Two low pressure areas (LPA) monitored within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) will bring rains in some parts of Luzon and Visayas Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported. (PAGASA/ MANILA BULLETIN) As of 3 a.m., the brewing storm was estimated 715 km east of Basco, Batanes, while the other was spotted 130 km southwest of Iba, Zambales. Weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the two LPAs will further enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat,” bringing rains over Central and southern Luzon and Western Visayas. Meanwhile, tropical storm Peipah, which was monitored outside ... more
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