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  • 11 hours WGEID exec lauds PH for clarifying 625 ‘desaparecidos’ cases MB
    By Philippine News Agency BRUSSELS, Belgium — The chairman of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) on Thursday lauded the Philippine Government for taking the initiative to clarify the 625 “desaparecidos (disappearances)” cases lodged before the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. PH DELEGATION TO WGEID. Members of the Philippine government’s delegation to the meeting with the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Joining the group are Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretaries Joel Egco (4th from right) and Lorraine Marie Badoy (7th from right). (Photo courtesy of PCOO OSec ... more
  • 11 hours DOST recognizes student champions in 11th YES Awards MB
    By Philippine News Agency MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) on Thursday recognized more than 700 students from the National Capital Region during the 11th Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. These students won bronze, silver and gold medals from various international math and science competitions last year. There were some 1,469 elementary and high school students who won in international contests in 2018. An awarding ceremony will be set by DOST regional offices for those who are in the provinces. Every year, YES ... more
  • 12 hours Duterte, family, spend weekend in Hong Kong MB
    By Argyll Geducos For the second time in four months, President Duterte has made his way to Hong Kong with his family, the Chief Executive’s former top aide confirmed. President Rodrigo Duterte (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go confirmed that Duterte went to Hong Kong to for a ‘weekend getaway’ with common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña and their teenage daughter Veronica. Go said the President left for Hong Kong Friday evening and will return to the country some time on Sunday. “Totoo po na pumunta ng Hong Kong si Pagulong Duterte na kasama ang ... more
  • 14 hours CebuPac opens application for 6th batch of cadet pilot program MB
    By Philippine News Agency MANILA — Cebu Pacific (CEB) has announced that the application process for its Cadet Pilot Program will open from February 15 to 24. “This is already the sixth batch. We had 58 cadets from the first four batches. We have another 15 from fifth batch set to leave (for training abroad) in April,” CEB spokesperson Charo Lagamon told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Saturday. Launched in October 2017, CEB’s Cadet Pilot Program uses the “study now, pay later” scheme, where aspiring pilots are welcome to apply, and if they pass, CEB would finance their training ... more
  • 14 hours Singapore fashion startup raises $226 M, to expand in PH, Indonesia MB |Biz
    Zilingo Pte, a Singapore-based online fashion marketplace, raised $226 million to fund an expansion into the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia. Investors in the series D financing included Sequoia Capital, Temasek Holdings Pte, Burda Principal Investments, Sofina and EDBI, the company said on Tuesday without disclosing a valuation. The startup is valued at $970 million, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because the information is private. Zilingo, founded by Ankiti Bose and Dhruv Kapoor, started as a fashion and lifestyle marketplace in 2015 to help small merchants build scale. It developed software and other ... more
  • 14 hours BSP prepares more automated clearing houses to open this year MB |Biz
    By Lee C. Chipongian The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is preparing for the set up of large value payment systems in the second half of 2019 as part of its digital financial ecosystem. BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier. (Bloomberg Photo) BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier said large value payments units will enhance the private sector’s automated clearing houses (ACH) and it will match market requirements for higher than the P50,000 threshhold an existing ACH currently has. The BSP has helped create two ACHs so far, the PESONet and InstaPay. The latter is limited to transact up to ... more
  • 14 hours Singapore looks for PH farm products it can import MB |Biz
    By Madelaine B. Miraflor Philippines has moved closer towards its plan to export several agriculture products to Singapore after the city-state sent a team of quarantine officers here to inspect the commodities it may import from here. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that Singapore is now seriously considering Philippines as its potential new source of vegetables, fruits, hog, poultry, eggs, and seafood. This, as Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) flew to the country and began its 10-day on-site inspection in various farms in Batangas, Cavite, General Santos, and Davao. “The inspection of the Philippine farms ... more
  • 14 hours Mining fiscal regime being pushed at Senate to hurt miners MB |Biz
    By Madelaine B. Miraflor A potential new fiscal regime on mining is now being deliberated in Senate, which would pave the way for the lifting of the ban on new mining projects. But the miners are not too enthusiastic about it. Rocky Dimaculangan, vice president for corporate communications at Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP), an organization of some of the country’s largest mining operations, said the mining sector will find it “extremely difficult” to live with either of the fiscal regimes that are now being pushed for at the senate. The Senate committee on ways and means has ... more
  • 14 hours ‘No need to campaign, my mistahs will vote for me’: Bato MB
    By Philippine News Agency BAGUIO CITY — Retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa is confident he will get the votes of his mistahs(batchmates) at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). “I don’t need to campaign among my fellow PMAers becuase they will surely vote for me. No matter how strong are their discouragements, the PMAers are not partisan but I know that deep in their hearts, they will be voting for me,” dela Rosa told reporters at the sidelines of the annual PMA Alumni Homecoming on Saturday. The PMA earlier said it will strictly enforce a “no campaigning” ... more
  • 14 hours Surrender unlicensed arms: NCRPO urges public MB
    By Philippine News Agency BAGUIO CITY — National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) head, Director Guillermo Eleazar on Saturday called on owners of firearms that either unlicensed or whose licenses have yet to be renewed to voluntarily surrender these to the police. “For safekeeping (unlicensed firearms) and we will help them to renew their license and we urged them if they have guns has expired or unlicensed, they just have to coordinate with the nearest station and we will go to their place to recoverfor temporary safekeeping. Wala pong kaso, hindi natin sila kakasuhan o aarestuhin ng may hawak ng baril (There ... more
  • 14 hours Close to 7,000 measles cases, including 115 deaths, recorded as of Feb. 13 – DOH MB
    By Analou De Vera The Department of Health (DOH) said that it already recorded close to 7,000 measles cases nation­wide, including 115 deaths. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN) Based on the latest data re­leased by the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau, there are 6,921 confirmed measles cases recorded as of Feb­ruary 13. The National Capital Region (NCR) has the highest number of cases with 1,752, including 32 deaths. Following closely is Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) with 1,653 cases and 36 deaths; Central Luzon with 982 cases, including 12 deaths; Northern Mindanao with 388 cases, ... more
  • 17 hours Chicago police said death of Filipino American a possible homicide – DFA MB
    By MB Online The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday expressed their condolences to the family of Anthony Del Barrio, a Filipino American whose body was found in a frozen state in Chicago last month. “The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago was in contact with police authorities who said they are investigating the death as a possible homicide,” the DFA’s statement read. Del Barrio was reportedly with a male companion when he was shot at a Chicago suburb. The shooting might have happened between January 19 and 20. His frozen body on the other hand was found on January ... more
  • 17 hours Chicago police said death of Filipino American a possible homicide – DFA MB
    By MB Online The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday expressed their condolences to the family of Anthony Del Barrio, a Filipino American whose body was found in a frozen state in Chicago last month. “The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago was in contact with police authorities who said they are investigating the death as a possible homicide,” the DFA’s statement read. Del Barrio was reportedly with a male companion when he was shot at a Chicago suburb.  The shooting might have happened between January 19 and 20. His frozen body on the other hand was found on January ... more
  • 17 hours Be wary of Reds’ recruitment schemes: AFP to youth MB
    By Philippine News Agency MANILA — Military officials on Saturday warned members of the youth sector, especially students and young professionals, against falling prey to the recruitment schemes of communist rebels. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo (PNA/MANILA BULLETIN) “Another student has fallen prey to the deceitful scheme of the terrorist Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army. Under the guise of so-called immersion, idealistic young men and women — mostly students — were handed poisoned chalices by CPP-NPA cadres,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, said when asked ... more
  • 17 hours Cocaine bricks recovered in Mindanao waters not for local consumption — PNP MB
    By Aaron Recuenco The 88 bricks of cocaine that were recovered off the waters of Surigao del Norte are not intended to be smuggled in any part of the Philippines, a top police official said Saturday. Members of 13th Crime Laboratory Group of Police Regional Office 13 inspect Friday the found close to P500 million pesos worth of cocaine in the shoreline of the provinces of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte on Feb. 12, Feb. 14, Feb. 15, 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PRO 13-RPIO / MANILA BULLETIN) Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said ... more
  • 17 hours NP limits support to three senatorial bets MB
    By Ben Rosario The Nacionalista Party will limit its support to its three senatorial candidates who won the backing of the country’s current top political endorsers, President Rodrigo Duterte and daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Sen. Cynthia Villar, Taguig-Pateros Rep. Pia Cayetano and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos will get the solid backing of the NP political organization throughout the country having been listed as the only party bets in the 2019 senatorial race. Nacionalista Party senatorial candidates (L-R) Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Pia Cayetano (MANILA BULLETIN) All three NP bets ... more
  • 18 hours PMA alumni, adopted members in politics attend homecoming MB
    By Martin Sadongdong A number of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) alumni who decided to venture into the political arena attended the annual homecoming held at Fort del Pilar in Baguio City Saturday. All the 11 Cavalier awardees honored during the PMA Alumni Homecoming at Fort del Pilar in Baguio City on Feb. 16, 2019. Among them are CPNP DG Oscar Albayalde and NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar. (MARTIN SADONGDONG / MANILA BULLETIN) However, former Philippine Marine Captain and now Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, adopted member and Senator JV Ejercito, ex-Police Chief Inspector ... more
  • 18 hours Palace to critics: Stop playing dumb, listen to the people MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Malacañang asked critics of President Duterte to stop using the drug war to attack the administration, saying that the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey proves that Duterte’s main campaign has been effective. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after the recent SWS showed that 66 percent of Filipinos believe there were fewer drug users in their communities in the last quarter of 2018. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) In a statement, Panelo welcomed the result, saying the survey, conducted last December 16 to 19, 2018, is a validation of the success ... more
  • 18 hours COMELEC justifies absence of some names in list of violators MB
    By Minka Klaudia Tiangco The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) clarified on Saturday that the candidates who appeared on the list of those who have illegal campaign materials put up in various parts of the country are those that are based in the National Capital Region (NCR). COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said that since the memorandum came from the NCR Regional Office, only those with addresses within their area of jurisdiction were included in the list. Guanzon added that there will be “no sacred cows” in giving out violation notices during the campaign period. This came after various candidates, as well ... more
  • 19 hours Gabriela, solons warn veto of maternity bill may affect admin bets badly MB
    By Ben Rosario The more than a dozen senatorial candidates endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, should be ready for a political backlash should appeals for his signing of the expanded maternity leave bill go unheeded. “If President Duterte vetoes the bill, he should expect a loud outrage by mothers who have long demanded the passage of the expanded maternity leave,” said Gabriela Partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas in a press statement. Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas (GABRIELA WOMEN’S PARTY / FACEBOOK) On the other hand, a senior administration lawmaker warned that political repercussions of ... more
  • 19 hours Pangilinan calls for vigilance to ensure protection of rice farmers MB
    By Mario Casayuran Opposition Senator Francis N. Pangilinan said Saturday some farmers’ groups see the enactment of the Rice Tariffication law as the death knell on the local rice industry although it is being trumpeted as the remedy for high prices. ‘’All concerned groups should keep a tight watch on the safeguard provisions of the law to ensure that they will benefit the farmers and the industry, which will bear the brunt of the influx of imported rice,’’ he said. Sen. Kiko Pangilinan (via / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Pangilinan issued the warning as president of the Liberal Party ... more
  • 20 hours Save the Children appeals for stronger protection of children MB
    By Merlina Hernando-Malipot Recognizing the “deep” and “devastating” impact of armed conflict especially on children, an international group on Saturday called for a “stronger protection” particularly of those who are located in conflict areas. Save the Children said at least “100,000 babies die every year due to armed conflict in the 10 worst affected countries” based on its global report “Stop the War on Children” which was released over the weekend. Save The Children (SAVE THE CHILDREN PHILIPPINES / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) “These infants die from the indirect effects of war–hunger and malnutrition, destruction of homes, hospitals and the ... more
  • 20 hours Amihan to bring colder mornings, generally fair weather MB
    By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz A fresh surge of northeast monsoon or amihan will prevail over some areas, bringing colder weather in the morning in the next few days. The northeast monsoon or amihan will bring cloudy skies with light rains and lower air temperatures over Batanes and Babuyan islands by Sunday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). Meanwhile, generally fair weather condition will prevail over the rest of the country apart from isolated light rains mostly over the eastern section of the country. Throughout the rest of the week, PAGASA said colder mornings will be ... more
  • 20 hours ISIS leader recruiting child warriors in Lanao del Sur MB
    By Aaron Recuenco Abu Dar, the only remaining leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in central Mindanao, has been recruiting orphans of those who fought against the government during the Marawi City siege less than years ago. Abu Dar (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Col. Romeo Brawner, commander of the 103rd Brigade, said that based on their intelligence-gathering, Abu Dar has been leading the training of children as young as nine years old in a remote area in Lanao del Sur. “We were able to confirm this after we seized small black shirts when we overran their ... more
  • 20 hours Bicolanos bear with the rain for ‘Otso’ proclamation MB
    By Raymund Antonio Rain is a shower of blessings. With this in mind, the rain did not stop Bicolanos from joining the first proclamation rally held at Plaza Quezon in Naga City for the opposition’s eight-member senatorial slate. (L-R) “Otso Diretso” senatorial bets former senator Mar Roxas II, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, ex-Quezon congressman Erin Tañada, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc, veteran election lawyer Romy Macalintal, former solicitor Florin Hilbay, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino, together with Vice President Leni Robredo, raise hands during a campaign sortie in Naga City, Camarines Sur on Feb. 14, 2019. ... more
  • 20 hours Lagman slams gov’t decision to seek purging of disappearance cases MB
    By Ben Rosario Opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman Saturday slammed government’s decision to ask a United Nations body to purge 625 cases from its record of involuntary disappearance in the Philippines. Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman (FEDERICO CRUZ / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Lagman said the move made by the Philippine delegation during a meeting with the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance working group in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. “The wholesale delisting of enforced disappearance cases is sweeping under the rug the ultimate truth about the victims’ fate and ensures their violator’s impunity,” said Lagman ... more
  • 20 hours Pimentel urges fellow candidates to observe rules on posters MB
    By Mario Casayuran A mountain of political posters is pointless because they do not ensure the victory of a candidate in the coming mid-term May 13, 2019 elections, reelectionist Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said Saturday. Pimentel did not elaborate but it is conceded that radio and TV broadcast and social media have a wider reach and effect on voters in the Philippine archipelago. Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “Lahat po ng candidates ay sumunod na lang po tayo sa regulations,’’ Pimentel said. (All candidates should follow the rules issued by the Commission on ... more
  • 20 hours AC Bonifacio, Erwan Heussaff to grace ‘Amazing’ event MB |Ent
    Celebrity chef Erwan Heussaff and famed dancer AC Bonifacio will join the Smart Amazing 25 grand raffle draw of R25M cash prize on Feb. 28. The telecommunication’s biggest raffle promo to date is in line with the anniversary celebration of the PLDT mobile services arm. Erwan Heussaff AC Bonifacio AC is the grand champion of ABS-CBN’s “Dance Kids.” Erwan is the husband of actress Anne Curtis. The contest is open to all subscribers of Smart Prepaid, Smart Postpaid, Sun and TNT. For more details, go to the company website. ... more
  • 20 hours Genre-diverse and great picks MB |Ent
    Warner Bros. Philippines has announced its movie lineup for 2019. The studio started the year with the release of the crowd-pleasing “The Lego Movie 2,” and goes into full gear with “Shazam!,” “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,” “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters,” “IT: Chapter Two,” “Joker,” “Doctor Sleep,” and more throughout the year. “SHAZAM!” (Opens April 4) We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word — SHAZAM! — this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero ... more
  • 20 hours Duterte hopes for poll winners’ help in fulfilling campaign promise MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos President Duterte is hoping that those who will win in the upcoming May 2019 elections will help him in his fight against illegal drugs, corruption in government, and criminality. In a speech, Duterte said that he will never back down from the promise he made during his campaign for the presidency in 2016. He, however, said he needs people who can help in accomplishing his goals. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALFRED FRIAS / PRESIDENTIAL FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Duterte appealed to the public to consider his 11 senatorial bets and shun supporting candidates who had ... more
  • 20 hours Badjao-themed TV series bound to make Netflix milestone? MB |Ent
    GMA Network is going all out producing the Badjao-themed series “Sahaya” starring Bianca Umali and Miguel Tanfelix. In an interview, a key person from the show claimed it is being primed as first Philippine TV show to be part of popular streaming service, Netflix. “Sahaya” is an inspiring story of a young Badjao woman. Bianca plays the titular character who embraces her own identity and heritage as a Badjao, even defying the power of love. Her positive outlook in life will inspire her family and her people as she becomes their role model. Miguel is Ahmad, a simple Badjao who ... more
  • 20 hours Airfare to get cheaper MB |Biz
    By MB Online Passengers will have something to smile about starting March as air fares will become cheaper. This is due to the fact that the applicable fuel surcharge level allowed which is imposed on airlines went down by a notch because of the steady decline of jet fuel prices. Airline companies have been looking forward to the change in the trend as jet fuel prices soared in 2019. They have expressed optimism that this year will be better for them especially with the expected decrease in jet fuel prices. Philippine Airlines (PAL) reportedly suffered losses in 2017 due ... more
  • 21 hours Flower stories MB |Ent
    Flowers elicited the “oohhss” and “aaahhhss” a few days ago even from the stars. Bloom! At the pocket press conference of their drama fantasy series “Sahaya,” Miguel Tanfelix surprised his long-time love team partner with 10 pieces of pink roses wrapped in red paper. MIGUEL TANFELIX and Bianca Umali Apparently, this exchange is tradition for them every Valentine’s Day. Last year, Miguel gave Bianca a one-piece “enchanted” rose inside a glass inspired by the 1991 Disney animated film, “Beauty And The Beast.” Edward Barber also gave Maymay Entrata a fresh flower bouquet inside a long box. A photo of it ... more
  • 21 hours Tagle’s homily reflects on the value of life, on society nurturing life MB
    By Analou De Vera Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle appealed to the faithful to treasure and nurture life. “Life is a gift to be appreciated. It is not a commodity to be manipulated, it is a gift from the tender love of God,” said Tagle in his homily during a Mass for the ‘Walk for Life’ prayer rally on Saturday. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN) Tagle said that life starts at the mother’s womb, which is “chosen by God to be the human expression of God’s tender, compassion, and love.” “There cannot be ... more
  • 21 hours Senate approves bill creating Philippine space agency MB
    By Mario Casayuran The 24-member Senate wants to strengthen the country’s space program by approving a measure on second reading which seeks to establish the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA). Senate Bill (SB) 1983, known as an Act Establishing the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy and Creating the Philippine Space Agency, was introduced by Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, Senators Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Loren Legarda. The launching of a space program in the Philippines would give Filipinos a new perspective and valuable insights that could help solve some of the country’s biggest problem, according to Aquino who ... more
  • 21 hours AUDIO JUNKIE: ‘Tatak Pinoy’ relaunches digital OPM MB |Ent
    The old model of music is dead. Well, that’s quite the sensational way of putting it but it is the reality. About a decade ago, the music business was about selling as many CDs as possible. Accessing your favorite song was about owning that ubiquitous shiny plastic disc. Chee Meng Tan, director of label relations Gautam Talwar Managing Director of Spotify SE Asia and unnamed host during the Spotify launch of ‘Tatak Pinoy’ Today, the CDs are all but gone. And listening to your favorite tunes is as easy as reaching for that smart phone in your pocket. Indeed, it’s ... more
  • 21 hours Vlog it till you make it MB |Ent
    Like that James Bond theme song title, the world of TV and the movies is not enough for many celebrities. These days, they wage a battle over YouTube views, shares and likes but on their respective channels. Toni Gonzaga Singer-actress Toni Gonzaga surprised her fans recently by announcing her decision to follow in the footsteps of her sister, Alex, in doing YouTube vlogging. The launch of Toni’s channel coincided with her 35th birthday as well as her 20th year in show business. The first video uploaded Jan. 19 titled “ON MY BIRTHDAY… Toni Gonzaga” has her saying why she ... more
  • 21 hours Kaepernick, Reid settle collusion grievances with NFL MB |Sports
    NEW YORK (AP) — With a public hearing looming and the threat of owners and league officials facing depositions, the NFL settled collusion cases brought by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. The league, about to celebrate its 100th season, faced criticism from all sides thanks to the protest movement started by Kaepernick. Many Kaepernick supporters wanted to see him back on the field, while other fans said they wouldn’t watch if the league allowed players to protest during the national anthem. The league and Kaepernick’s lawyer sent out statements Friday saying that “the parties have decided to resolve the ... more
  • 22 hours Party-list group to push for law ensuring continuity of laudable programs of past administrations MB
    By Chito Chavez A party-list group is pushing for the passage of a law that will compel all politicians to continue with the laudable programs of past administrations even if they belong to rival political parties. In a rally Friday night rally at the Quezon Memorial Circle, One Philippines Party-list said it plans to file “Projects and Programs Continuity Bill’’ once given a chance to serve in Congress. One Philippines Party-list (ONE PHILIPPINES PARTY LIST / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) The bill aims to assure the citizens of continuous and long-term projects and programs that will benefit the people. “Maraming ... more
  • 22 hours Sandiganbayan allows ex-Philcomsat officials to file demurrer MB
    By Czarina Nicole Ong The Sandiganbayan Second Division has allowed Enrique Locsin and Manuel Andal, both nominees to the Philippine Communication Satellite Corp. (Philcomsat) and Philippine Overseas Telecommunications Corp. (POTC), to challenge the prosecution’s evidence in their graft charge. They were earlier slapped with a violation of Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019, also known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, for reportedly receiving “grossly exorbitant salaries” from 2003 to 2005. They received P300,000 per year, which was way beyond the P180,000 annual salary allowed by Memorandum Circular No. 40. They also had travel allowances of P550,000 and unexplained reimbursements ... more
  • 22 hours Alunan vows more health benefits, stronger support system for elderly, PWDs MB
    By Chito Chavez Senatorial bet and former Interior and Local Government secretary Rafael “Raffy” Alunan III wants to expand the scope of “our Universal Health Care System’’ to ensure all Filipinos are equally accorded with the same health treatment, particularly the persons-with-disabilities (PWDs) and the senior citizens. Senatorial bet and former Interior and Local Government secretary Rafael “Raffy” Alunan III (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) In a rally late Friday at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Additionally, Alunan also pushed for the possibility of having a One-Stop Shop PWDs and Senior Citizens Center in every region. He noted this ... more
  • 23 hours De Lima, newest member of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights MB
    By Mario Casayuran Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has been introduced as the newest member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) in recognition of her strong advocacy for justice, human rights and democracy in the Philippines. Senator Leila de Lima(REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco / MANILA BULLETIN) De Lima’s addition to the official roster of APHR came as she marks her second year in detention this February 24. A staff of the lady senator from Bicol explained that APHR is a regional group of duly-elected legislators coming from ruling and opposition parties in the ASEAN ... more
  • 23 hours SWS survey: 7 of 10 Filipinos believe drug use in their areas decreased in past year MB
    By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz Seven in 10 Filipinos believe that the number of persons, which uses drugs in their area have decreased over the past year, results of a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. The nationwide survey fielded on Dec. 16 to 19 among 1,440 respondents found 66 percent of Filipinos saying that the number of persons engaged in risky abuse of substances in their areas has decreased over the past year, with 14 percent saying it has increased, and seven percent saying it has remained the same. A chemist of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, pours ... more
  • 23 hours Landbank asked to ensure farmers will have access to grants, loans under new rice law MB
    By Charissa Luci-Atienza  The chairman of the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries is asking the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to ensure that all rice farmer families would benefit from the grants and loans as provided for under the newly-signed Rice Tariffication Law. Leyte Rep. Henry Ong(Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) Panel chairman Leyte Rep. Henry Ong said that under the law, LBP has been given the specific mandate to manage the credit facility component of the law. “The effectiveness of the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund in addressing the plight of all farmers is a key measure of ... more
  • 23 hours Albayalde leads Cavalier awardees in 2019 PMA Alumni Homecoming rites MB
    By Martin Sadongdong Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde was hailed as the Cavalier Awardee for Command and Administration, leading 11 awardees who were recognized during the annual Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alumni Homecoming held at Fort del Pilar in Baguio City Saturday. PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN) A product of PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986, Albayalde’s accomplishments as a seasoned police official were highlighted by the PMA Alumni Association, Inc. Albayalde was the recipient of a total of 58 awards and decorations which “bore witness to his outstanding performance in his assignments including ... more
  • 24 hours Sen. Villar thanks Duterte for signing law creating rice competitiveness fund MB
    By Mario Casayuran The chairwoman of the Senate agriculture and food committee on Saturday thanked President Duterte for signing into law the bill creating a package of support programs for farmers, most notably the P10 billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). Senator Cynthia Villar(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) ‘’With the expiration of the quantitative restriction on rice importation, this is a very important piece of legislation, which will help our farmers improve their profitability and competitiveness,’’ Senator Cynthia A. Villar, committee head, said. Villar explained that the measure complements other government programs addressing the needs of the farming ... more
  • 24 hours Congress allots P800 million as special allowance for public school teachers in 2019 budget MB
    By Mario Casayuran  The Senate bicameral panel has allocated P800 million as special allowance to public school teachers under the proposed 2019 P3.757-trillion national budget. This will be on top of the increase in the chalk allowance for teachers the past years, Senator Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the bicameral conference panel of the Upper House, said Saturday. Senator Loren Legarda(Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) These will be embedded in the national budget awaiting approval or veto by President Duterte. The national government is at present operating under a reenacted budget. Legarda, also chairwoman of the Senate finance committee, said the special ... more
  • 24 hours Drug syndicates resorting to diversionary tactics – PDEA MB
    By Chito Chavez The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said that international drug syndicates are now resorting to “shipment smuggling” in an effort to throw anti-narcotics authorities off their tracks as bricks of cocaine were found floating recently in separate incidents in local waters. In an exclusive interview, PDEA spokesman Derrick Arnold Carreon viewed the twin incidents as “diversionary tactics’’ to make PDEA agents “lose their focus’’ on the illegal shipment of shabu in the country. (MANILA BULLETIN) pdea123 He noted that shabu was still the preferred choice of illegal drug users in the country. “I have to take into ... more
  • 24 hours DOJ orders NBI to explain alleged violations during Ressa’s arrest MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog  Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to explain allegations that its agents prevented members of media from taking video footage of the arrest of Rappler executive Maria Ressa and even threatened a Rappler staff. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra(TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “We have asked the NBI agents concerned to explain the incident to the DOJ (Department of Justice),” he said. The Secretary noted the directive was addressed to NBI Director Dante Gierran, himself. “We should be receiving such explanation by Monday,” the DOJ chief said. “If warranted, we shall ... more
  • 24 hours Movies from China, Israel tipped for Berlin filmfest gold MB |Ent
    A Chinese epic on the impact of the former one-child policy and an adventurous, sexually explicit Israeli drama about an expatriate in Paris looked to be the favorites at the Berlin film festival ahead of awards night Saturday. The jury led by French Oscar winner Juliette Binoche will award the Golden and Silver Bear top prizes (AFP Photo/ MANILA BULLETIN) A jury led by French Oscar winner Juliette Binoche will select among 16 contenders for the Golden and Silver Bear top prizes at the 69th Berlinale, Europe’s first major cinema showcase of the year. During the last edition led by ... more
  • 1 day Duterte directs TESDA to train more laborers for deployment in ‘Build’ projects MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos  Malacañang said President Duterte has ordered the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to train more laborers in the field of construction to address the backlog in the rollout of the administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte(ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after Duterte, himself, admitted that there has been a slight delay in the government’s ambitious infrastructure program due to the country’s lack of skilled workers. According to Panelo, Duterte has already asked TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña to do something about the problem. ... more
  • 1 day Duterte orders immediate training for carpenters, welders, other laborers MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos President Duterte has ordered the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to train more skilled workers, includ­ing carpenters, welders, and other laborers in the field of construction to address the bottleneck in the rollout of the administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte(ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesperson Sal­vador Panelo said this after Duterte himself admitted that there is a slight delay in the government’s ambitious infrastructure program due to the country’s lack of skilled workers. According to Panelo, Duterte asked TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña to do something about the ... more
  • 1 day Kabataan solon wants Youth Studies integrated in SUCs MB
    By Charissa Luci-Atienza Kabataan partylist Rep. Sarah Jane Elago is proposing the creation, institutionalization, and development of Youth Studies in state universities and colleges (SUCs). She filed House Bill 9030, the proposed Youth Studies Act of 2019, to further cultivate an understanding on the role of the youth in the society. (EPA / MANILA BULLETIN) “As State policy dictates, the role of the youth must be recognized to further instill in them the virtues of nationalism and patriotism,” she said. “We must further understand who the youth are, what they have contributed, and what potentials they carry when it comes ... more
  • 1 day Take Revilla’s vindication with grace, prosecution told MB
    By Czarina Nicole Ong  While the Office of the Special Prosecutor wants former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla to be held civilly liable of his plunder charge, of which he was acquitted, Revilla’s lawyers are maintaining that he had no obligation to pay back the government anything. “As a true sportsman of the Bar: Take Revilla’s vindication with grace,” his lawyers told the prosecution in its opposition. Former senator Bong Revilla(Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN) Last December 7, Revilla was cleared of plunder while his former chief of staff, Richard Cambe, and Janet Lim Napoles were convicted in relation to the ... more
  • 1 day P1,000-monthly pension proposed for all senior citizens aged 65 years and above MB
    By Charissa Luci-Atienza Akbayan partylist Rep. Tom Villarin is proposing a universal monthly pension, amounting to P1,000, be granted to all senior citizens, aged 65 years and above, to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs. Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin(Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) Under House Bill 9040, the opposition lawmaker batted for the P1,000 monthly pension for the elderly’s “social protection.” “As the population continues to age, there is a need to sustain the support for ageing citizens. Such provision of social protection is a necessity if society aims to give senior citizens with dignity as they further age,” ... more
  • 1 day Park Hyung Sik arrives in Manila MB |Ent
    Korean actor Park Hyung Sik arrived in Manila on Satuday. (INSTAGRAM/ MANILA BULLETIN) The clothing brand which Park endorses posted clips of his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early Saturday. “The man of the night @phs1116 just arrived and he’s ready to sweep us all off our feet❣️” the brand wrote. Hyung Sik is in Manila for a “Fun Meet” at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena tonight. He will have another activity with his fans tomorrow at Trinoma.   Hyung Sik is known for his roles in The Heirs High Society, Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, Strong Girl ... more
  • 1 day Even on her own, Robredo will campaign for ‘Otso Diretso’ MB
    By Raymund Antonio  Even with or without her in the campaign sorties of the “Otso Diresto” slate, Vice President Leni Robredo has vowed to campaign hard for the opposition senatorial bets in the run-up to the May 13 polls. Vice President Leni Robredo(Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN) The campaign has turned out to be an uphill battle for the eight-member senatorial ticket, especially for those who are not popular, which is one of the reasons why Robredo would be doing her best to introduce them to the voters, and possibly turn the odds to their favor. “Iyong sa atin, we ... more
  • 1 day 4th grader from Meycauayan to represent PH in World’s Star Model Search 2019 MB |Ent
    A 10-year-old girl from Meycauayan, Bulacan who has already won 27 trophies in various pageant and modeling competitions, will represent the Philippines in the pre-teen category of the inaugural World’s Star Model Search 2019 which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. Denise Irish Repulleza, 10, poses with Ferdinand Galdones Abejon, national director, World’s Star Model Search 2019, during a press conference held at Gateway Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City Friday night. (Photo by Lito Caleon / MANILA BULLETIN) Denise Irish Repulleza, fourth grade student at the Genesis Integrated Science Academy, said that she has been joining pageant and modeling ... more
  • 1 day ‘Lifetime Bloom’: Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom already engaged MB |Ent
    Valentine’s Day just got a whole lot more special for singer Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom. Singer Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom pose upon their arrival for the Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean in Monaco, September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard The couple announced their engagement on Instagram and posted about their romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, as well as Bloom’s heart warming proposal.

    Perry wrote “full bloom” in the caption alongside her image, while Bloom captioned his: “Lifetimes”. Perry is behind hit songs “California Girls”, “Roar”, “Fireworks”, and “Dark Horse”. Bloom gave life to characters “Legolas” in the ... more

  • 1 day Captain Marvel starts to take flight on Valentine’s Day MB |Ent
    By Jan Carlo Anolin Captain Marvel is ready to fly higher, further, and faster. (MANILA BULLETIN) SM Cinema and Marvel Studios kicked off their campaign with the Captain Marvel Fan Experience at the SM City North EDSA-The Block Atrium on Valentine’s Day. Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Gemma Chan, and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck graced the jam-packed Captain Marvel Fan Event broadcasted via livestream straight from Singapore. Radio and TV personality Joyce Pring is also present at the said event. Several displays such as Captain Marvel’s personal gallery and the 180 degrees photo booth highlighted ... more
  • 1 day Ayala Land sets P130-B capex for 2019 MB |Biz
    By Philippine News Agency MANILA — Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) has earmarked a PHP130-billion capital spending for 2019, to fund the development of more real estate projects following a banner performance last year, as a rosier economic outlook is expected to support continued growth of the property market. “In 2019, we are hopeful, we feel way positive that the economy will continue to be supportive with property industry therefore, allow us to continue to make progress in our 2020-PHP40 billion plan,” ALI President and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Vincent Dy said in a press briefing Friday. Dy was referring to the ... more
  • 1 day UP student who allegedly joined NPA killed in clash MB
    By Philippine News Agency MANILA — A University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) student, who allegedly joined the New People’s Army (NPA), was killed in an encounter with the military on Thursday morning. In a blog post by Citizen Today, the slain veterinary medicine student, John Carlo Capistrano Alberto, reportedly joined the NPA in January 2019, according to fellow students. The encounter happened in Sitio Pinamintian, Barangay San Buenaventura, Luisiana, Laguna around 9 a.m., according to the blog, citing Army 2nd Infantry Division information officer Capt. Patrick Jay Retumban. Two women NPA members were also wounded in the encounter. ... more
  • 1 day DOTr eyes Feb. 27 Metro Manila subway launch MB
    MANILA — The launching of the Metro Manila Subway is set to be held by late February, an official of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Friday. “February 27 is the date of the groundbreaking of Metro Manila Subway,” DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA). The proposed subway system envisioned to traverse from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque City is seen to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila. Earlier, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the DOTr is eyeing the groundbreaking of the subway ... more
  • 1 day Erring candidates face charges MB
    By Leslie Aquino and Vanne Terrazola The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday warned candidates that they will be prosecuted should they be found to have violated election laws. COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN) The warning was issued as two Comelec teams have started document­ing the unlawful campaign materials of senators and partylist groups running in the May 13 midterm polls Friday. “If warranted, a criminal complaint will be filed for election offense. The election offense is violation of Repub­lic Act 9006 (Fair Election Act) and its implementing rules in Comelec Resolu­tion No. 10488, the penalty ... more
  • 2 days Miss Universe Catriona Gray arrives in Manila for homecoming festivities MB |Ent
    Miss Universe Catriona Gray arrived in Manila Friday night for her homecoming parades and other related activities which will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 20. (Photo by Ariel Fernandez / MANILA BULLETIN) Gray arrived past 9 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 in Paranaque City aboard Qatar Airways Flight No. QR-928, according to a report by “State of the Nation” news program on GMA News TV hosted by award-winning broadcast journalist Jessica Soho. Wearing simple white tops, jeans, and sneakers, Gray was accompanied by staff members from the Miss Universe Organization. From the passengers’ tube, Gray ... more
  • 2 days Local markets end trading week lower MB |Biz
    By Philippine News Agency MANILA — The local stock barometer declined anew on Friday as investors rebalanced holdings and stocks, while the peso continued retreating against the greenback. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) slipped by 1.03 percent to 7,908.89 points from Thursday’s 7,991.25 points close, wiping gains from previous session. “A large part of the moves happened at the close and this can be attributed to the rebalancing of the PSEi, which takes effect on Monday,” AAA Equities president William Matthew Cabangon said. Cabangon pointed out that funds are reallocating their assets according to the new weightings all ... more
  • 2 days Duterte signs 4 new bills into laws, vetoes 2 MB
    By Argyll Geducos President Duterte has signed four new bills into laws recently while vetoing two others, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte(TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) In a text message, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also confirmed that one of the bills Duterte signed into law was the Rice Tariffication Bill. Medialdea confirmed that it was one of the four bills signed. The Rice Tariffication bill will replace the present quotas on rice imports with rice tariffs instead. It will also reduce government’s role in rice importation and lead to more rice imports by the private ... more
  • 2 days Meralco deployment of smart meters could raise its power rates MB |Biz
    By Myrna M. Velasco The long planned deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is seen raising its electricity charges to customers at the scale of P0.2309 per kilowatt hour. (KJ ROSALES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO AMI infrastructure is in the genre of smart or ‘intelligent’ meters that could promote demand-side management on electricity usage because of the two-way communication system that serves as a tool for consumers to manage their consumption. But the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has cautioned that this will not be coming without an added price for consumers, hence, the agency ... more
  • 2 days Hard work and resolve have propelled Seda’s first female GM to the top MB |Biz
    Gwen Dela Cruz achieves a milestone as the first female general manager (GM)of the homegrown chain of business-leisure hotels, Seda. At the helm of the Seda Ayala Center Cebu (ACC), the flagship property of the brand in the Visayas, she is distinguished from other Filipino GMs for her extensive experience in luxury hotels and resorts here and abroad. Her vision is to share her expertise in order to make the 301-room Seda ACC the region’s hotel of choice. At the helm of the Seda Ayala Center Cebu (ACC), the flagship property of the brand in the Visayas, Gwen Dela Cruz ... more
  • 2 days Japan pitches satellite system for Clark MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Japan’s National Space Policy Secretariat has introduced its high-tech satellite system designed to improve stability and accuracy of navigation services during a workshop organized in partnership with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), launched November 2018 in Japan, covers wide areas of the Asia-Pacific Region with ICT-Construction as a promising area of utilization. During the workshop, representatives from Japanese firms Kokusai Kogyo Co., Topcon Corporation, and SITECH Japan showed the different applications of the QZSS to ICT-Construction, like 3D reconstruction and measurement, automation of construction work, and operation management of heavy ... more
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