DOT fully backs ultimatum to clean up Boracay

  MANILA — Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo on Wednesday affirmed “full support” to the directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to impose a six-month ultimatum on fixing the problems of Boracay, reiterating that the massive cleanup is necessary to save the world-famous resort island. “The massive clean-up of Boracay is a bitter pill … Read More

PRRD welcomes, extends assistance to OFWs from Kuwait

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Feb. 13, welcomed around 150 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were repatriated from Kuwait, promising assistance from the government and job opportunitites. In his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, the President told newly arrived overseas Filipinos not to lose hope because his administration … Read More

‘Bato’ awarded with highest Indonesian police medal

  MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa was conferred the “Bintang Bhayangkara Utama” or the Indonesian National Police (INP)’s Medal of Honor Wednesday. Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, PNP spokesperson, said the Dela Rosa received the prestigious award in a grand conferment ceremony at the Auditorium of Police Academy (STIK-PTIK) in … Read More

House OKs creation of new gov’t housing body

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a measure creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development. Voting 196-6, lawmakers approved House Bill 6775, which seeks to create the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development by merging the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory … Read More

Roque congratulates Davao City for banning Trillanes

  MANILA — Congratulations to Davao City. This was the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. in reaction to the Davao City Council’s move to declare Senator Antonio Trillanes as “persona non grata” for portraying the city as the “most dangerous” in the Philippines and his tagging of the Dabawenyos as brainwashed by the Dutertes. … Read More

Malacañang lauds CA move to halt suspension of 4 ERC execs

MANILA — The temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) against the Office of the Ombudsman’s suspension of the four commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is a “step in the right direction,” Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark, calling the CA decision “founded on extreme necessity.” … Read More

Groups file criminal raps vs Aquino, et al. over Dengvaxia mess

MANILA — The Vanguard of the Philippines, Inc. (VCPI) and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Monday filed a criminal complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against former President Benigno Aquino III, two former Cabinet officials and several former and incumbent health officials in connection with controversial anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. The VACC represented by … Read More

Oil firms reduce pump prices Tuesday

  MANILA — Oil companies on Monday said they would implement a pump price rollback of PHP0.85 to PHP1.30 effective 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. The price reduction reflects movements in the international petroleum market. Shell would implement the following price rollback: gasoline PHP1/liter; kerosene PHP0.85/liter; and diesel PHP1.30/liter. Eastern Petroleum would slash the price of … Read More

Nolcom, PDEA units destroy marijuana plantation in Kalinga

  MANILA — Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) units in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) discovered and destroyed a 100-square meter marijuana plantation in Kalinga Sunday morning. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, Nolcom spokesperson, said the operation took place 11:30 a.m. at the mountainous and isolated area of Mount Chumanchil in Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga. … Read More