US, PH forces conduct live-fire exercises in Tarlac

MANILA — Personnel from the Philippine and US Army, Marine Corps and Air Force on Wednesday participated in so-called “Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise” (CALFEX) at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, Crow Valley, Camp O’Donnell, Tarlac. CALFEX is part of this year’s “Balikatan” exercises, which started April 1 and will conclude on Friday. “Service members from … Read More

Bukidnon province to fête lady mountaineer

MALAYBALAY CITY — The provincial government of Bukidnon will commend mountaineer Carina Dayondon for being the first Filipina to successfully climbed the highest peaks in the world’s seven continents. On Jan. 15, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Bukidnon unanimously approved a resolution congratulating and commending Dayondon. The SP will invite Dayondon to receive the commendation but … Read More

Senate ratifies tax amnesty bill

MANILA — The Senate on Thursday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill granting a one-time opportunity to those who have failed to pay their tax obligations for taxable year 2017 and prior years — including estate taxes, general taxes and delinquent accounts – to settle their liabilities. Under the measure, taxpayers availing of … Read More

Puerto Princesa vows to conserve Philippine cockatoo

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Penal authorities, village leaders, and conservationists renewed here Friday a memorandum of agreement designed to protect the critically endangered Philippine cockatoo inside the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF). The covenant covers the conservation, protection, management, and preservation of the bird species’ known nesting and foraging grounds in 10 barangays in … Read More

China’s Xi Jinping arrives in Manila

MANILA — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for his first state visit to the Philippines. President Xi was welcomed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Manila International Airport … Read More