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  • 2 hours Angara calls for the immediate publication of Student Fare Discount Act MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Thursday called on the government to swiftly publish the new law institutionalizing the student fare discount now that students are anticipating its full implementation. Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara(Sonny Angara Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN) Angara, author of Republic Act No. 11314 or the Student Fare Discount Act, expressed hope for the immediate publication of the law in a newspaper or in the Official Gazette so that the four transportation bodies can each issue the implementing rules for the 20 percent land-sea-air fare discount to students. “Without these two, Republic Act ... more
  • 2 hours President Duterte admits to losing sleep, weak appetite MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling Amid his heavy workload, President Duterte is losing some sleep and weight. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) The President said he only sleeps around five hours after a busy workday, and has become thin due to decreased appetite. “Five hours. Kulang talaga [I really lack sleep]. I’m most completely animated pagka mga seven to eight hours or longer,” the 74-year-old leader said in a television interview last Wednesday. He said he prefers to go home to Davao City, his “comfort zone” where he can sleep longer and be with his children, but admitted ... more
  • 2 hours Palace wishes Pacquiao ‘best of luck in the world’ in fight vs Thurman MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Malacañang is wishing Senator Manny Pacquiao the best of luck as he faces unbeaten WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Sunday. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) In his Thursday press briefing, Panelo said that Pacquiao is up for a good fight because his opponent is also a good fighter. “We wish him the best of luck in the world. He’s fighting someone… I’ve seen some of the fights of Thurman, mukhang magaling din (He seems to be a good boxer, too),” he said. “Bata pa. Magaling. Yung ating boxer magaling ... more
  • 2 hours Albayalde rejects CHR claims that PNP is ‘not cooperating’ with drug war probe MB
    By Jan Carlo Anolin Philippine National Police (PNP) chief general Oscar Albayalde has debunked claims that the police are “not cooperating” with the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) in terms of the records, number of deaths, and probe of the country’s drug war. Gen. Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “That’s what they say. We have our human rights office already [even] down to the provincial level that will coordinate directly with the CHR,” Albayalde said. CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana said they have been asking for the PNP to give ... more
  • 2 hours Bayan Muna solon to wear hand painted protest-inspired barong to SONA MB
    By Richa Noriega Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate will wear a hand painted protest-inspired barong Tagalog to Monday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA). Karapatan legal counsel and artist, Atty. Ma. Sol Taule, handed Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate a hand-painted barong especially-made by her for the State of the Nation Address (SONA). (Bayan Muna Partylist FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Zarate said the barong Tagalog was handpainted by Karapatan legal counsel Ma. Sol Taule showing Chinese and Filipino ships at sea. “[It is a] calling for the assertion of Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights within our exclusive economic ... more
  • 2 hours 5,000 slots open for ride-hailing applicants MB
    By Alexandria San Juan The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will accept 5,000 more applications for transport network vehicle service (TNVS) this month. Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chair Martin Delgra III (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN) The opening of the slots was the result of the latest meeting between LTFRB officials and representatives of transportation network companies (TNCs) including Grab, MiCab, UHop, OWTO, Hype, Aztech, and GoLag, earlier this week. Since 2018, transport regulators had opened a total of 40,000 franchise slots for TNVS. According to LTFRB, the meeting with TNCs was also a follow-up to ... more
  • 2 hours TV5’s franchise renewal, 10 others lapse into law; ABS-CBN’s franchise still hangs in the balance MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos President Duterte failed to sign the 25-year franchise renewal of TV5 and 10 other media outfits as they all lapsed into law in March and April this year, official copies of the laws showed. (MANILA BULLETIN) Based on official copies of the law, Duterte failed to sign Republic Act No. 11320 until it lapsed into law on April 22 this year. It is said that if a president fails to act on the bill within 30 days upon receipt, it will automatically become a law. The 10 other media outfits that bore a stamp saying that ... more
  • 2 hours Mayor Duterte to miss dad’s 4th SONA MB
    By Marjaleen Ramos Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will not attend President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (HNP / MANILA BULLETIN) Mayor Duterte said she is currently on a special medical leave for 60 days. “I am on special medical leave for 60 days. It’s a gyne condition,” she said in a text message to CNN Philippines. The Davao City mayor was present at his father’s past two SONA’s. In President Duterte’s 3rd SONA last year, the nation watched as Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo stripped Pantaleon Alvarez ... more
  • 2 hours WHO warns public against falsified rabbies vaccines, serum in PH MB
    By Jan Carlo Anolin  The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the public against three different falsified rabies vaccines and one falsified anti-rabies serum circulating in the country. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) In its Medical Product Alert on Tuesday, July 16, WHO identified the falsified vaccines as Verorab, Speeda, and Rabipur while the serum refers to Equirab. The said circulation of falsified anti-rabies vaccines and serum are related to the falsified Verorab vaccines reported to the WHO on January this year. “WHO recently received confirmation that falsified batches of Verorab, Speeda, Rabipur and Equirab were available at ... more
  • 2 hours Former basketball star newest DOST brand ambassador MB
    By Dhel Nazario Chris Tiu is the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) newest ally in promoting science, technology, and innovation (STI). The former basketball superstar turned television host has been appointed as DOST’s brand ambassador. (DOST / MANILA BULLETIN) Tiu was launched as brand ambassador during the opening program Wednesday of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) at the World Trade Center (WTC)  in Pasay City. At the press conference for the NSTW, Tiu thanked the DOST for choosing him as its brand ambassador. “I hope that I can help you out in your advocacies in promoting ... more
  • 3 hours Sandiganbayan denies Enrile’s plea to limit evidence in pre-trial order MB
    By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki The Sandiganbayan Third Division has junked the omnibus motion filed by former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile seeking to “limit the evidence on the alleged overt criminal acts to the acts described in the ‘Bill of Particulars.'” Juan Ponce Enrile (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) A bill of particulars is a detailed, written statement of charges or claims by the prosecution. In his motion, Enrile cited Section 1(f) Rule 118 of the Rules of Court, which states that a pretrial conference should consider, among other things, “a fair and expeditious trial of the criminal and civil aspects ... more
  • 3 hours Duterte to announce changes in the Cabinet MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling President Duterte is apparently pleased with the performance of his Cabinet which includes retired military officials but said that changes in its composition will be announced soon. “All my Cabinet members are really good and honest men,” the President said during a television program of evangelist Apollo Quiboloy last Wednesday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte(ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Duterte said Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will be transferred to head the Mindanao Development Authority to serve as his point man to spur the development of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region. He said he was “scouting” for a ... more
  • 3 hours LGU preparedness, response crucial in fight against dengue –Senator Binay MB
    By Hannah  Torregoza Senator Nancy Binay on Thursday stressed the importance of local government units’ (LGUs) decisive role in arresting an impending dengue outbreak. Senator Nancy Binay (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Binay said LGUs can help in mapping areas where dengue cases have been spotted but still unreported. “Habang may panahon pa, ‘wag na nating hintayin pang umabot sa epidemic proportions ang sitwasyon ng dengue (While there is still time, let’s act on it and not wait for the dengue situation to reach epidemic proportions),” Binay said. “The LGUs role is crucial in mapping and monitoring incidence of outbreaks. They may ... more
  • 4 hours ‘Falcon’ intensifies; LPA in Ilocos Sur may develop into tropical depression within 48 hours MB
    By Marjaleen Ramos Tropical storm “Falcon” has strengthened a bit as it moved northward, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported Thursday. (PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN) In its 10 a.m. bulletin, “Falcon” was estimated to be 385 kilometers north northeast of Basco, Batanes, on Thursday morning. It has maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph), gusting up to 90 kph and moving north at 20 kph. Storm signal number 1 for the Babuyan group of Islands has been lifted and the signal warning over Batanes has been downgraded from 2 to 1. Falcon is expected ... more
  • 5 hours Robredo thanks Filipinos for higher approval, trust rating; vows to serve Filipinos better MB
    By Raymund Antonio The higher approval and trust ratings of Vice President Leni Robredo have inspired her office to serve Filipinos better, especially those in the fringes of society. Vice presidential spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said this after Robredo’s approval rating went up to 55 percent in June from 49 percent in March and her trust rating rose to 52 percent from 47 percent during the same period. Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) The Pulse Asia Research Inc. released on July 17, the results of the survey it conducted from June 24 to June 30, with 1,200 ... more
  • 5 hours PET denies Robredo’s motion to resolve Marcos’ protest, affirm her victory in 2016 polls MB
    By Rey Panaligan The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), composed of all Supreme Court (SC) justices, has denied last month’s plea of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo to resolve immediately all pending incidents in the electoral protest filed against her by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left) and Vice President Leni Robredo(MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo would have wanted the PET to dismiss Marcos’ electoral protest and to confirm her victory in the 2016 vice presidential election. In a motion, Robredo told the PET: “Without pre-empting the resolution of the Honorable Tribunal, the result of the revision, recount ... more
  • 5 hours Sen. Cayetano hails passage of National Museum of the Philippines Act MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Senator Pia Cayetano on Thursday welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of the National Museum of the Philippines Act, saying the new law would help the younger generation of Filipinos appreciate the country’s rich history and heritage. “With the passage of this Act, we now have a stronger national policy to protect our heritage,” Cayetano said. Senator Pia S. Cayetano (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) “This will help reinforce our sense of nationalism, especially among the youth, and boost sectors like education and tourism, which will provide more opportunities for our people,” she emphasized. Duterte recently signed Republic Act ... more
  • 6 hours Pangilinan urges House to choose ‘genuine’ minority leader MB
    By Vanne Elaine Terrazola Senator Francis Pangilinan called on the House of Representatives to elect a “genuine” minority leader that would be independent from the chamber’s majority bloc. Sen. Francis Pangilinan (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “The goal remains: Elect a genuine Minority Leader at the House of Representatives that can provide the check and the balance to the Majority that is aligned with the powerful administration,” Pangilinan said in a statement on Wednesday. “The House and the people deserve a real opposition leader, not the Majority’s ‘Minority Leader’,” he added. The Liberal Party (LP) president said the House minority leader should ... more
  • 7 hours TS Falcon maintains strength, LPA off Ilocos Sur induces more rains MB
    By the Philippine News Agency Moderate to heavy rains are expected to continue in most parts of Luzon Thursday even as tropical storm “Falcon” maintained its strength moving north and a low pressure area spotted off Sinait, Ilocos Sur. (PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN) In its 5 a.m. severe weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Falcon” may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday evening, while the LPA may develop into a tropical depression within 48 hours. The tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 over the northern portion of Cagayan has been lifted. ... more
  • 7 hours US hopes China to undo backtracking on trade: official MB |Biz
    By Agence France-Presse US officials hope China will reverse its decision to backtrack on commitments it made in the effort to settle the ongoing trade conflict, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday. US and Chinese officials held high-level discussions by telephone this week and last as they try to re-start negotiations. The talks collapsed in May after Washington accused Beijing of reneging on core issues it had agreed to earlier this year. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross downplayed a news report Trump was considering firing him (AFP Photo/ALEX WONG / MANILA BULLETIN) “This is a long, involved process. The fundamental ... more
  • 7 hours Netflix shares slide on disappointing Q2 subscriber growth MB |Biz
    By Agence France-Presse Netflix shares plunged in after-hours trade Wednesday after its quarterly update showed weaker-than-expected subscriber growth for the streaming television sector leader. Netflix said it added 2.7 million new subscribers worldwide in the April-June period, well below expectations, as the sector prepared for offerings from rival groups including Walt Disney, Apple and others. Netflix subscriber growth was weaker than expected in the April-June 2019 quarter, prompting a slide in shares of the streaming television giant(AFP/File / Alastair Pike / MANILA BULLETIN) Shares in Netflix skidded 11.9 percent to $319.29 in after-market trade following the results which showed revenues ... more
  • 7 hours Netflix to roll out cheaper mobile-only plan in India MB |Biz
    By Reuters Netflix Inc said on Wednesday it would roll out a lower-priced mobile-only plan in India, tapping into a price-sensitive market where data consumption on smartphones is surging. The Netflix logo is pictured on a television in this illustration photograph taken in Encinitas, California, U.S., January 18, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Blake / MANILA BULLETIN) The video streaming pioneer said in March that it was testing a 250 rupee ($3.63) monthly subscription for mobile devices in India, where data plans are among the cheapest in the world. “We believe this plan … will be an effective way to introduce a larger ... more
  • 7 hours France defiant in digital tax showdown with US at G7 MB |Biz
      By Agence France-Presse France on Wednesday said it would push ahead with its law to tax tech giants that has sparked a row with the United States, saying that an international accord was the only way to solve the dispute. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire met US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the sidelines of the meeting of finance ministers from the world’s seven most developed economies in Chantilly outside Paris. French Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire (left) meets US Treasury Secretary of State Steven Mnuchin at the G7 finance ministers meeting outside Paris (AFP Photo/ERIC ... more
  • 7 hours Japanese official says negotiators working hard on US-Japan trade deal MB |Biz
    By Reuters US and Japanese officials are working hard to reach agreement on a bilateral trade agreement, a senior Japanese official told Reuters on Wednesday, adding he was looking forward to news on the deal in the near future. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump attend a family photo session in front of Osaka Castle at the G-20 summit, in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019.(Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) Three industry sources told Reuters on Tuesday that the United States and Japan were working on a small trade deal involving agriculture and autos ... more
  • 18 hours TS Falcon displaces 3,191 families – NDRRMC MB
    By Martin Sadongdong A total of 3,191 families were displaced due to heavy rains brought by tropical storm Falcon and enhanced by the southwest monsoon (Habagat), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Wednesday night. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo Jalad(Jay Ganzon | Manila Bulletin File Photo) In an update around 9:20 p.m., NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said the affected families were evacuated due to flooding incidents reported in the municipalities of Lala, Kapatagan, Salvador, Sapad and Sultan Naga Dimaporo in Lanao del Norte province. The ... more
  • 18 hours US, PH pledge to enhance defense cooperation at conclusion of 8th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue MB
    By Dhel Nazario The enhancement of an already robust defense cooperation was pledged by the Philippines and the United States, which includes an improved defense infrastructure, updated personnel, and logistics procedure, increased mutual communication and coordination on operational elements of regional security. Philippine and American flags (Photo from US Embassy in the Philippines / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) The two sides committed to begin planning on a range of activities to improve maritime domain awareness during the recently-concluded 8th United States – Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue. Both sides recognized the importance of a strong Philippines-US alliance in enhancing security cooperation ... more
  • 19 hours Powertrends slated at SMX on Sept. 3-4 MB |Biz
    Powertrends, the longest running energy exhibition in the Philippines, organized since 1995 by Leverage International, in cooperation with the Department of Energy will be held on September 3-4 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. This two-day event themed “The Trends Shaping Renewable Energy” features an international exhibition, a business conference, networking cocktail and technical workshops. These are unique platforms for delivering expertise, bringing theory and practice together as well as offering an amazing opportunity to network with the most important people in the energy industry. The Philippine energy sector is poised for transformation. There is a fast ... more
  • 19 hours TDF rates are higher this week; P80 B sold MB |Biz
    By Lee C. Chipongian Yields of the central bank’s weekly term deposit facility (TDF) were up this week while demand was more moderate with higher offers. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) offered P80 billion on Wednesday, P20 billion more compared to last July 10’s P60 billion and P50 billion more from July 3’s P30 billion. The tenors managed to exceed each auctioned volume despite subdued tenders. Overall, bids amounted to P88.91 billion versus offer of P80 billion. Average rates, in the meantime, increased across all tenors. The average TDF rate for the 7-day rose to 4.5640 percent from ... more
  • 19 hours Israeli company targets Palawan, Panay basins for oil/gas exploration MB |Biz
    By Myrna M. Velasco Israeli firm Ratio Petroleum Ltd. is targeting oil and gas exploration blocks along Palawan and Panay basins, according to sources from the Department of Energy (DOE). An energy official indicated that the company bought data package for the pre-determined areas (PDAs) being offered by the DOE; and is likewise looking at separate areas for nomination. The exact areas though can’t be revealed because there is a prevailing non-disclosure agreement (NDA) between the parties. In Panay and Palawan basins, the energy department noted that the blocks being eyed by Ratio Petroleum are not straddling areas that have ... more
  • 19 hours IRR on Anti-Red Tape Law issued, erring gov’t officials face penalties MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat The Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 was signed yesterday setting clear 3-7-20-day deadlines, depending on the complexity of the transaction, to approve and act an application for permits or face penalties in a heightened effort to eliminate redtape and corruption in government. The IRR was signed by Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, Jeremiah B. Belgica, and Civil Service Commission Chairman Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala witnessed by principal authors of the law Senator Miguel Zubiri and Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy. Belgica said the IRR will ... more
  • 19 hours DTI seeks P16-B budget for financing MSMEs over 4 years MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is batting for P16-billion budgetary allocation over a four-year period to institutionalize affordable financing for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said they are trying to institutionalize this annual MSME affordable financing budget at P4-billion annual budget allocation under the proposed Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-Asenso, sa or the P3 Bill. Lopez explained that in the old P3 bill, which was not passed in the last Congress, the specific amount was removed but just the institutionalization ... more
  • 19 hours GenSan court dismisses KAPA suit vs SEC MB |Biz
    By James A. Loyola The Regional Trial Court Branch 35 of General Santos City has dismissed a suit filed by Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc. (KAPA) to prevent the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from shutting the firm down. KAPA currently faces criminal complaints for soliciting investments from the public without the necessary license. “Accordingly, the motion is hereby denied and this case is hereby ordered dismissed,” Presiding Judge Oscar P. Noel Jr. ruled after taking judicial notice of the issue of KAPA’s trading of securities. The court dismissed the petition for injunction as it resolved the motion for issuance of ... more
  • 19 hours BOI revising MVDP to include e-vehicles MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat The Board of Investments (BOI) is reviewing the outdated Motor Vehicle Development Plan (MVDP) to attract more models to be assembled in the Philippines including electric vehicles (EVS) as the government prepares a holistic support for this program to boost its bid to make the Philippines a regional production hub for this clean motor vehicles. Board of Investments (BOI) logo BOI Executive Director Corazon Halili-Dichosa said her team is currently doing MVDP 2.0. “We’re doing the review right now and see how to improve the program to attract more models to be assembled in the Philippines,” said ... more
  • 19 hours Gov’t starts earning from Makati’s Mile Long MB |Biz
    By Chino S. Leyco The national government has started to earn revenues from the Mile Long property in Makati City since it took over the management of the state-owned prime real estate in August 2017, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. DOF logo   Gerard Chan, the Chief Privatization Officer of the DOF-attached Privatization Management Office (PMO) said the government’s net earnings of P142.6 million in rental fees over a 21-month period for the Mile Long Property represents an average profit of around P6.7 million per month. In contrast, the government was able to collect nothing in rental fees from ... more
  • 20 hours Andanar: Next President has big shoes to fill MB
    By Argyll Geducos Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that with just the first three years of being chief executive, President Duterte has already set the bar high for his successor. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (PCOO/ MANILA BULLETIN) In an interview over DZMM, Andanar said that Duterte will be leaving a lasting legacy once he follows through with all of his promises. “Ano ba ang makakikita natin for the next three years? Matatapos ba yung Subway System? Matatapos ba yung kalye? Matatapos by yung mga bridges? (What will we see for the next three years? Will the subway system be ... more
  • 20 hours Sen. Sonny Angara seeks discounts on basic services for underprivileged students MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara is now seeking passage of a bill that seeks to grant poor students discounts on basic services such as food, medicine and school supplies. Senator Sonny Angara(SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES / MANILA BULLETIN) Recognizing that tuition and other school fees are only part of the many expenses incurred by families and their children, Angara said it is time to help them cope with expenditures that eat up their savings for school. “The Free Tuition Law has gone a long way in easing the burden of families for the education of their children. ... more
  • 20 hours Lorenzana cites gains, plans of PH security, justice, peace sectors MB
    By Martin Sadongdong Approaching the halfway mark of President Duterte’s six-year term, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana highlighted the gains and plans of the security, justice and peace sectors during the third Pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Forum in Davao City Wednesday. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (photo courtesy of the Office of the Secretary of National Defense) MANILA BULLETIN Lorenzana, who serves as the concurrent chair of the national government’s Security, Justice and Peace Cluster (SJPC), stressed the commitment of the Duterte administration in defending the country’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and sovereign rights. “We are enhancing our relations with all ... more
  • 21 hours #WalangPasok: List of class suspensions for July 18, 2019 MB
    By MB Online Classes in the following areas were suspended on Thursday, July 18, due to inclement weather caused by tropical depression “Falcon.” Cajidiocan, Romblon – preschool to senior highschool (public and private) Calatrava, Romblon – all levels (public and private) Romblon, Romblon – all levels (public and private Bolinao, Pangasinan – all levels (public and private) Infanta, Pangasinan – pre-school to elementary (public and private) Mabalacat, Pampanga – pre-school (public and private) (NOTE: Please refresh this link for updates) ... more
  • 21 hours Weather to improve as ‘Falcon’ moves out of PAR MB
    By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz Expect improved weather conditions in the whole country by Saturday, as tropical storm “Falcon” (international name “Danas”) moves out of the Philippine area of responsibility. (MANILA BULLETIN) Tropical cyclone wind signals in some areas directly affected by Falcon have been lowered or lifted on Wednesday afternoon. Only Batanes remains under Signal No. 2, while Apayao, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, and Babuyan group of islands were still under Signal No. 1. Falcon has maintained its maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 80 kph, after making landfall over Gattaran, Cagayan around 12:30 ... more
  • 21 hours TMP inaugurates P1-B high-tech press line MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) inaugurated its new P1-billion high-technology press line, which includes a 1600-ton servo-type press machine with automated sheet feeder and unloader robot. President of Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) Satoru Suzuki(MANNY LLANES / MANILA BULLETIN) TMP President Satoru Suzuki said the opening marks the start of local production for side member panels – TMP’s single largest localization project under the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program. Side member panels are the largest body shell parts, and require high level of accuracy and quality forming because of its many contact points with other parts of ... more
  • 21 hours Sandiganbayan refuses to dismiss civil forfeiture case of Ex-AFP Comptroller MB
    By Czarina Nicole Ong-Ki The Sandiganbayan Second Division refused to dismiss the civil forfeiture case filed against former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Comptroller Lt. General Jacinto C. Ligot and his family. Sandiganbayan (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The Office of the Special Prosecutor filed on May 27, 2013, a petition seeking to forfeit the unlawfully acquired properties of Ligot, his wife Erlinda Ligot, his children Paulo Ligot and Riza Ligot, brother-in-law Edgardo Yambao, and his wife’s cousin Gilda Alfonso-Velasquez aggregately valued at P55,596,694.26. The amount is based on the bank deposits and investment accounts in the name of the ... more
  • 21 hours Azkals gain favorable draw in FIFA Asian Cup qualifiers MB |Sports
    By Jonas Terrado The Philippine Azkals gained a favorable draw in the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup/2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers after being placed in Group A during Wednesday’s proceedings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Joining the Azkals in the group are China, Syria, Maldives and Guam, putting them in a good position to at least secure an Asian Cup berth for the second straight time. The qualifiers will start in September with teams playing eight games each across five international windows using a home-and-away format. The group winner and possibly the second-placed team advance to the ... more
  • 21 hours Duterte on WPS: ‘I’m the owner and I’m just giving fishing rights’ MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling The country remains the owner of the West Philippine Sea but China has been merely given the “traditional fishing rights” in the area, President Duterte said Monday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALFRED FRIAS / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Sabi nila, ‘Bakit mo pinayagan ang China?’ Sabi ko, ‘As far as I’m concerned, I’m the owner, and I’m just giving the fishing rights,’” the President said during a television interview Wednesday. The President explained that traditional fishing rights have been widely recognized, citing both Filipino and Chinese ancestors have been fishing in the area “for centuries for ... more
  • 21 hours Cop could have shot, killed 3-yr-old girl in Rodriguez anti-drug ops – Calabarzon police chief MB
    By Aaron Recuenco A police corporal is now facing a case of homicide in connection with the death of a three-year-old girl who was caught in the crossfire during an anti-drugs operation in Rodriguez, Rizal last month. Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza, director of the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regional police (PNA) Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza, director of the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regional police, said three other policemen will be slapped with administrative cases for lapses in the conduct of the operation. Carranza said Police Corporal Mark Jherson Olaño will be slapped with a criminal complaint ... more
  • 22 hours Duterte on political opposition: ‘I’d love to debate with them anytime.’ MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling Will the opposition accept a debate challenge from President Duterte? Under fire for allegations of rights abuses in his controversial war on drugs, the President is ready to engage his “yellow” political rivals in a debate anytime. President Rodrigo Duterte (TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) “My God, the yellow, the Otso Diretso are itching to go to trial, and I’d love to debate with them anytime. I am not maybe a well-renowned lawyer but I’m a lawyer,” the President said during a television interview early Wednesday morning. Duterte made the statement after insisting he would rather face ... more
  • 22 hours Andanar hints on Cabinet mini-revamp; Erwin Tulfo not keen on taking over PCOO MB
    By Argyll Geducos Communications Secretary Martin Andanar disclosed that there will be minor changes in President Duterte’s Cabinet that will be announced before or during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar(ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) In an interview over ABS-CBN, Andanar said that there have been talks about a revamp in the Cabinet but he would rather let Duterte make the announcement. “But there is talk of minor changes in the Cabinet. And I don’t know if it’s going to happen during the State of the ... more
  • 22 hours Coordination between authorities, militant groups to ensure peaceful rallies on SONA day MB
    By Alexandria San Juan Preparations for President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) are all set as authorities and protesters met halfway again to ensure that programs and rallies remain organized and peaceful on Monday. NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar talks with Nato Reyes of BAYAN and Rusty Delizo of Laban ng Masa as pre-SONA preparation at Quezon City on Wednesday. (Photo by Jansen Romero) In a dialogue initiated by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Wednesday, police officers and representatives of various stakeholders including leaders of activist groups bared their plans for the upcoming SONA. National ... more
  • 22 hours Biggest Coast Guard ship to patrol in West Philippine Sea MB
    By Betheena Unite A French-made ship, tagged as the biggest ship of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), will be deployed to patrol the disputed West Philippine Sea by December 2019. The newest and biggest ship of the Philippine Coast Guard – an 83.6-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel 270 – was formally launched at the shipyard of shipbuilder OCEA in France on Wednesday. (PCG via Betheena Unite / MANILA BULLETIN) The newest and biggest ship of the Philippine Coast Guard – an 83.6-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel 270 – was formally launched at the shipyard of ship builder OCEA in France Wednesday. It ... more
  • 22 hours 3 men posing as NBI agents in extort scheme arrested MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested three persons who have been posing as its agents and extorting money from online gambling establishments. National Bureau of Investigation (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) NBI Director Dante Gierran identified the three suspects as retired Army Capt. Mark Steven Mediamar, Rustico Samarinta, and Antonio Monte De Ramos Jr. Gierran said the Bureau acted over a complaint of an online gambling establishment which said the suspects claimed to be NBI agents and have threatened to conduct an operation against it if it does not pay up. The NBI’s Special Action Unit ... more
  • 23 hours Typhoon Falcon: Ifugao, Kalinga roads closed due to soil erosion MB
    By Martin Sadongdong At least two road sections in Ifugao and Upper Kalinga provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) were closed to public after heavy rains brought about by tropical storm Falcon and enhanced by the southwest monsoon (Habagat) caused soil erosion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Wednesday. National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MANILA BULLETIN) NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said a portion of the Matteled Road at Barangay Dupligan, Tanudan, Ifugao; and Lakilak Road at Barangay Bugnay, Tinglayan, Kalinga were closed due to soil erosion. The Matteled road was closed around 8:30 a.m. ... more
  • 23 hours Bello says PH gov’t, not foreign agency, should conduct probe on killings of local labor leaders MB
    By Leslie Ann Aquino  Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III believes that any probe on the alleged killings of labor leaders here should primarily be conducted by the Philippine government and not by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III(ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Sabi ko, it is not your business. It is our business. It is our obligation,” he said in an interview. “I talked to them myself. Before you come here, to give us the reason why you are coming here. If you want to investigate, I told them, we first have to ... more
  • 23 hours Gordon: Verbal fishing agreement needs approval of Congress MB
    By Richa Noriega Senator Richard Gordon said on Wednesday that the verbal agreement on fishing in the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jin Ping needs the approval of the Congress. Senator Richard Gordon(CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN) “This is in the Constitution. This is in the law of the sea in UNCLOS. If we don’t have the capacity to fish and there’s a lot of fish, okay that still has to go to Congress,” Gordon said on ANC’s Headstart interview. “Congress always has overarching inspection powers. We have the ... more
  • 23 hours COA flags P536M in unliquidated fund transfers in BFAR MB
    By Ben Rosario Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) officials may be held liable for their failure to liquidate some P536 million in funds it transferred to various implementing agencies (IAs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) last year. Commission on Audit (MANILA BULLETIN) In the recently released 2018 BFAR annual audit report, COA said the huge amount of unliquidated funds is not yet included in the P1.658 billion in still unjustified expenditures of the agency in the previous years. COA called on BFAR officials to strictly comply with government audit rules and regulations concerning the transfer and liquidation of government ... more
  • 23 hours PNP, clergy push for localized peace talks to end insurgency MB
    By the Philippine News Agency  The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Catholic clergy reaffirmed the collaboration of the church and the security sector to end the decades-old local insurgency. Archbishop Antonio Cardinal Tagle and Philippine National Police (PNP / MANILA BULLETIN) In a meeting at the Archbishop’s Palace in Manila Tuesday, PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde and Manila Archbishop Antonio Cardinal Tagle discussed the prospects of pursuing localized peace talks with members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in consonance with the “whole of nation” approach to end the armed conflict that has lingered for 50 years. Tagle ... more
  • 23 hours Motorists advised on alternate routes for Duterte’s 4th SONA on July 22 MB
    By Alexandria Dennise San Juan  Motorists traversing Quezon City thoroughfares were advised to take alternate routes on Monday (July 22) as part of Commonwealth Avenue will be closed for President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA). Quezon City Police District director, BGen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., warned motorists that heavy traffic is expected, particularly on roads leading to and from the Batasang Pambansa Complex where the President will deliver his SONA.
    Esquivel, with National Capital Region ... more
  • 24 hours Abandoned motorcycle causes stir outside PH Army headquarters MB
    By Martin Sadongdong A suspicious-looking motorcycle was left unattended outside the headquarters of the Philippine Army (PA) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Wednesday noon, causing alarm to military personnel after bomb-sniffing dogs sat in front of it upon inspection. (PHILIPPINE ARMY / MANILA BULLETIN) Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala, Army spokesperson, said a roving military police first noticed the abandoned motorcycle on Lawton Avenue-Bayani Road Intersection –near the Philippine Army Gymnasium — around 12 p.m. “Ang K9 natin tumingin na at iyon nga, umupo ‘yung aso so it means there is an indication na possibly may device ito (The K9 dog ... more
  • 24 hours DILG, DOH urged to look into termination of brgy health workers MB
    By Charissa  Luci-Atienza A neophyte partylist lawmaker is calling on the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Health (DOH) to immediately look into the purported “unceremonious” termination of barangay health workers by barangay chairpersons and other local government unit (LGU) officials. Barangay Health Wellness (BHW) partylist Rep. Angelica Natasha Co(BHW partylist Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN) Barangay Health Wellness (BHW) partylist Rep. Angelica Natasha Co said her office received several complaints regarding the termination of the BHWs. “It is very unfortunate and appalling to hear that our barangay health workers and health services are politicized rather ... more
  • 24 hours PNP, BJMP, BFP still lacking vehicles, personnel, firearms, equipment – DILG official MB
    By Jan Carlo Anolin The Philippine National Police (PNP) is still lacking patrol vehicles and other equipment, an interior department official said. DILG Undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya (PCOO FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya disclosed that the police have only about 12,000 patrol vehicles, compared to the ideal number of 35,000. Its Maritime Group, meanwhile, only has 12 patrol boats, a huge deficit from the expected 58 boats. “Medyo malaki-laki pa rin po kasi ang kakulangan natin sa kagamitan,” Malaya said in an interview over radio DZMM Wednesday. (We are ... more
  • 24 hours Duterte says successful war on drugs starting to be reflected by declining crime rate MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling The country’s drug situation has become “low” and the crime rate has declined in recent months, President Duterte said Wednesday amid his relentless campaign against drugs and criminality. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte(RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) The President said he intends to “preserve the accomplishments”, particularly in the peace and order front, for the remainder of his term, pledging anew to kill those who destroy the nation. “I have to preserve the accomplishments. The drug situation is quite low and therefore the crime rate, the index crimes, medyo bumaba rin [they have declined],” he said during ... more
  • 24 hours Gov’t to set aside P10-billion fund to improve resiliency of disaster-prone provinces MB
    By Antonio Colina IV DAVAO CITY – The government will set aside a budget worth P10 billion as investments to enable provinces most vulnerable to disasters to increase their capabilities on climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction as “readiness and preparedness is key to resiliency,” Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu speaks at the “Tatak ng Pagbabago 2019: The Pre-SONA Forum” at the SMX Convention Center Davao on Wednesday,(RTVM / MANILA BULLETIN) Speaking at the “Tatak ng Pagbabago 2019: The Pre-SONA Forum” at the SMX Convention Center Davao on Wednesday, Cimatu said the ... more
  • 1 day PH Philharmonic Orchestra to perform at Duterte’s 4th SONA MB
    By Ben Rosario President Rodrigo Duterte will score a first in Philippine history when his fourth State of the National Address will also have the internationally-acclaimed Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) performing live from the Batasan Pambansa plenary hall on July 22. Movie and television director Joyce Bernal disclosed that Congress has agreed to invite the PPO to render some of classic Filipino music to welcome lawmakers, key government officials and foreign dignitaries who will troop to the plenary hall on Monday afternoon. Officials of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, led by CCP President Arsenio Lizaso and CCP Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Mr. ... more
  • 1 day Respondents in Sagay massacre case given more time to respond to murder raps MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog The respondents, who were tagged in the 2018 Sagay City massacre incident, have been given more time by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to respond to the allegations against them. “We were given an additional 15 days to prepare for our counter-affidavit,” said lawyer Luz Perez following Wednesday’s (July 17) hearing conducted by a panel of prosecutors chaired by Assistant State Prosecutor Fernando Fernandez. MASSACRE SCENE – Some of the farmers were resting inside their tents when a group of gunmen opened fire on them, police said. (Photo courtesy of DYEZ Radyo Bacolod/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) ... more
  • 1 day CA denies NUPL’s plea for protection from so-called military harassment MB
    By Rey Panaligan The Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the petition of members of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) to stop the alleged harassment being committed by the military in their work and advocacy. National Union of People’s Lawyer (MANILA BULLETIN) “After a careful study of the allegations in the petition, the respective arguments of the parties, and the evidence so far presented, the Court finds no basis to grant the TPO (temporary protection order),” the CA said in a decision written by Associate Justice Pedro B. Corales. The CA said the petitioners failed to submit a ... more
  • 1 day Albayalde turns to Church for help in cleansing PNP MB
    By Aaron Recuenco The Philippine National Police (PNP) is seeking the assistance of the Catholic Church for its program to reform erring policemen through moral and spiritual training programs. PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN) PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said he personally sought the assistance of the Catholic Church in his meeting with Manila Archbishop Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Tuesday. Last week, the PNP leadership launched a new approach in internal cleansing program for policemen who committed minor offense, calling it a reformative approach. Under the program, policemen who committed minor infraction would be grouped together and would ... more
  • 1 day Private schools react sharply against DepEd order to reshuffle regional, division officials MB
    By Merlina Malipot A federation of private schools on Wednesday expressed concern over the latest move of the Department of Education (DepEd) to reassign some of its officials in the regional and school division offices,  noting that this might jeopardize what is already “a perfect setup” between the two education sectors. The Federation of Associations of Private Schools Administrators (FAPSA) said that Education Secretary Leonor Briones was “rocking the perfect setup” of school division superintendents and regional directors which are expected to be reassigned anytime this July. FAPSA President Eleazardo Kasilag(FAPSA Facebook group / MANILA BULLETIN) “There was a feeling ... more
  • 1 day Las Piñas lass crowned as first Miss Magnetico PH World MB |Ent
    A 16-year-old beauty from Las Piñas was crowned the first-ever Miss Magnetico Philippines World 2019. Niña Ruth Vega bested 50 other candidates for the title last July 6 at the Tanghalang Pasigueño Theather in Pasig City. The young beauty queen is the daughter of former Manila Bulletin reporter, Vic Vega, and sports writer Virgie Rodriguez Vega. Vega, a grade 10 student at the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Las Piñas Campus, also bagged 12 special awards during the pageant. Vega’s other awards were Best in Ramp, Role Model of the Year, Designers Choice Award, Miss Congeniality, Darling of ... more
  • 1 day Barbers refiles magna carta bill for PDEA agents MB
    By Ben Rosario It’s customary for House members to refile pet measures that didn’t prosper in the previous Congress, and Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers is no exception. Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Barbers has refiled his bill known as the proposed “Act instituting the Magna Carta of benefits for the officers and personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).” The bill is close to the Mindanao solon’s heart, especially since he worked closely with the PDEA in his three-year tenure as House Committee on Dangerous ... more
  • 1 day Duterte feeling frustrated over endemic corruption in the bureaucracy MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling Three years in office, and President Duterte says he has become “helpless” and “hopeless” about fighting corruption. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (YANCY LIM /PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) The President admitted that he was having difficulty in eliminating the endemic corruption in the bureaucracy, even as he continued to dismiss those involved in irregularities. “I regret running for the presidency and winning it because I cannot cope up with the corruption in government. Sometime I feel hopeless, helpless. Hindi ko talaga maaabutan [I can’t reach it],” he said during a television interview early Wednesday morning. “And you know ... more
  • 1 day Sotto humbled by high approval, trust ratings MB
    By Vanne Terrazola  Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he was humbled by the latest Pulse Asia survey showing his high approval and trust ratings from the public in the second quarter of 2019. Sen. Vicente Sotto III(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The Upper Chamber’s chief received higher approval and trust ratings. From 65 percent in March, the public’s approval of Sotto rose to 77 percent in the poll conducted last June 24 to 30. His trust rating also increased to 73 percent in June from the 61 percent recorded in March. “I am humbled by ... more
  • 1 day Tense moments at DepEd as groups protested closure of lumad schools in Mindanao MB
    By Merlina Malipot  Tension filled the protest action at the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office on Wednesday when members of multi-sectoral progressive groups tried to enter the agency’s premises while calling for the recall of an order to suspend the operations of several lumad schools in Mindanao. (Save Our Schools Network / MANILA BULLETIN) Multi-sectoral progressive groups trooped to the main office of the DepEd in Pasig City to condemn the suspension of 55 lumad schools in the Davao region, and called to end Martial Law in Mindanao and “protect the communities from intensified militarization.” Led by the Save Our Schools ... more
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