BOC destroys P157-M worth of cigarette-making machines, Ferrari

MANILA — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday destroyed various items worth PHP157 million in Port Area, Manila. Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero and Undersecretary Jesus Melchor Quitain, officer-in-charge of Office of the Special Assistant to the President, together with other Customs officials, witnessed the destruction of a PHP7 million second-hand Ferrari luxury vehicle, … Read More

Teachers’ pay hike in new Salary Standardization Law

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress to pass a new Salary Standardization Law (SSL) that would increase the salary of public school teachers and other government employees. “To the teachers who toil and work tirelessly to educate our young, kasali na po dito ‘yung hinihingi niyo…hindi masyadong malaki pero (your request is included here… it’s … Read More

PhilHealth mess magnifies ‘pervasive’ corruption in gov’t: PRRD

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday stressed the prevalence of corruption in the country by citing the ghost claims that hounded the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in the past months. “The recent uncovering of the massive fraud that perpetrated against the public health insurance proved that corruption is pervasive. (A) Huge amount of medical … Read More

Duterte touts Boracay’s rehab: ‘It’s just the start’

MANILA— President Rodrigo Duterte has included the Boracay rehabilitation in his administration’s legacy for the past three years, touting the island’s makeover as step one in the government’s bid to rehabilitate more Philippine destinations. “Equipped with political will, the government ordered the closure of Boracay island for six months to prevent its further deterioration. We … Read More

House elects new leaders of 18th Congress

MANILA – Newly-elected Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday swore into office the new leadership of the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress. As expected, formally elected as House Majority Leader was Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez. Romualdez was among the frontrunners for the Speakership before President Rodrigo Duterte approved a term-sharing agreement between Cayetano and … Read More