Baguio’s community-based drug rehab program feted

  BAGUIO CITY — The Baguio City government and local non-government group Serenity in the Steps have been feted with the 2017 Lingap Circle Award for its community-based rehabilitation efforts for reforming drug users in the city Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan received the award through city welfare officer Betty Fangasan and Serenity in the Steps officer … Read More

Duterte on Rappler’s reporter ban: ‘I am invoking executive action’

  MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he was “invoking executive action” when he issued directive to ban Rappler’s reporter Pia Ranada from covering Malacanang events. Duterte said Rappler’s reporters would be allowed to cover again his events if the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) would declare it 100 percent Filipino-owned online news outfit. … Read More

Alvarez: Divorce bill to strengthen marriage

  MANILA — Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday dispelled fears that the divorce bill would undermine the sanctity of marriage, saying it would in fact strengthen such sacrament. Alvarez made the statement a day after the substitute bill instituting absolute divorce hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. Alvarez said the divorce bill would not … Read More

4 nabbed for illegal quarrying in Bulacan

MANILA — Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have arrested four persons for alleged illegal extraction and transportation of limestone in San Ildefonso, Bulacan. In a statement Thursday, NBI Director Dante A. Gierran identified the four suspects as Ronald Marcelo del Rosario, Jeffrey Ubas Ocquia, Edilberto Villamor delos Santos, and Edison Villamor delos Santos, … Read More

Hundreds of establishments face raps for polluting Boracay: DENR

  MANILA — Establishments that go on polluting top tourist destination Boracay Island will face legal charges before the government’s new Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB). Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu made sure this will be done after ordering over 100 Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel to identify the sources of untreated discharges that pollute … Read More

Clark airport to impose stricter anti-pilferage measures

CLARK, Pampanga — A top official of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) on Wednesday said they would enforce stricter implementation of anti-pilferage measures at the airport covering all airline personnel, security service providers, and ground handling companies. CIAC acting president and chief executive officer Alex Cauguiran said the measures include the use of body cameras and installation of additional closed-circuit … Read More

5 arrested for drugs, P360K ‘shabu’ seized in Legazpi

  LEGAZPI CITY — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested five suspected illegal drug pushers operating in this city in separate areas on Tuesday and confiscated from them some PHP360,000 worth of suspected “shabu” or crystal meth, a top PDEA official said. Christian Frivaldo, PDEA regional director, in an interview Wednesday, said PDEA agents armed with a … Read More

Dela Rosa still awaiting details on term extension

  MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, said Thursday he is still waiting for orders regarding his term extension. “Yesterday (Wednesday), hindi ko naman tinanong kung hanggang kailan yung aking extension but I was told it’s indefinite. So antayin ko na lang na mailabas yung order kung how definite is indefinite (I did … Read More

Submarines needed to make PH Navy more respectable: Empedrad

  MANILA — While pushing for the completion of the country’s first two missile-capable frigates, Philippine Navy flag officer-in-command, Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad said the country also needs to acquire submarines as they are the “future of naval warfare”. When asked by Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao on what other equipment the Navy needs to be fully … Read More

Scattered rains likely over next 24 hours

  MANILA — Scattered rains will prevail over the country, according to the state-run weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Thursday. In its 4-p.m. weather bulletin, which is effective for 24 hours, PAGASA said Ilocos Norte, Batanes, and the Babuyan Group of Islands would experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated … Read More