• Eight candidates qualify for the next Duterte appointee in SC
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    Eight candidates qualify for the next Duterte appointee in SC

      MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial Bar Council (JBC) released the names of qualified candidates to replace Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. who is retiring on August 8. The list includes Supreme Court Administrator Midas Marquez Jr.; Court of Appeals Associate Justices Apolinario Bruselas Jr

  • ERC abolition: Energy groups vote ‘No’, consumer group votes ‘Yes’
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    ERC abolition: Energy groups vote ‘No’, consumer group votes ‘Yes’

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Some energy distribution agencies are not in favor of the proposed abolition of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). These include the National Power Corporation (NPC), the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), and the National Electrification Administration

  • Iloilo barangay captain shot dead
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    Iloilo barangay captain shot dead

      ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Some armed men killed barangay captain Remia Prevendido at a beach resort in San Joaquin, Iloilo City on Sunday (June 24). The victim died of multiple gunshot wounds after the unidentified gunmen sneaked into her room and shot her. Also killed in the incident was the family

  • BFAR raises red tide alert in Biliran and Leyte towns
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    BFAR raises red tide alert in Biliran and Leyte towns

      LEYTE Province, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warns residents in the towns of Biliran and Leyte against consumption of shellfish and acetes or “alamang” after the agency’s tests on the towns’ waters came back positive of red tide toxins. BFAR Assistant Regional

  • Ombudsman indicts Abaya, 16 others over P4.2B MRT maintenance deal
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    Ombudsman indicts Abaya, 16 others over P4.2B MRT maintenance deal

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has indicted former Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and 16 others over the controversial P4.2 billion MRT maintenance deal. A statement released Monday (June 25) said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales found probable cause to charge Abaya

  • NBI arrests 3 BIR employees for corruption
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    NBI arrests 3 BIR employees for corruption

        MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday, June 25, announced the arrest of three employees of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over corruption. The arrested employees were identified as Arturo Buniol, Gary Anastacio, and Edgardo Javier, designated as special

  • BSP warns against non-existing P10,000 banknote
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    BSP warns against non-existing P10,000 banknote

    MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) warns the public of a “fake news” going viral on social media claiming the existence of a P10,000 banknote. On its official Facebook page, the BSP said it “has not produced and has not issued a 10,000-Piso NGC banknote” and that it only has

  • SRP on rice, agri products takes effect in Metro Manila
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    SRP on rice, agri products takes effect in Metro Manila

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Department of Agriculture’s (DA) list of suggested retail prices (SRP) for rice and other agricultural products has taken effect Monday (June 25) in Metro Manila markets. The administrative order was released Monday as announced by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Friday

  • Roque: Appeals by foreign countries to probe drug-related killings not needed
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    Roque: Appeals by foreign countries to probe drug-related killings not needed

    There is no need for other countries to call on the Philippine government to look into drug-related killings because the administration is already doing the necessary investigations on these cases in the country. This was according to Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque in response to the

  • Big time oil price rollback expected this week
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    Big time oil price rollback expected this week

      Oil companies are expected to implement a big time rollback this week due to increased supply of oil from oil exporting countries. Industry players said, prices of gasoline will go down by over P1.00 per liter while prices of diesel will be slashed by P0.90 per liter and almost P1.00 for kerosene.

  • 4 kilos of cocaine seized in Quezon, fisherman arrested
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    4 kilos of cocaine seized in Quezon, fisherman arrested

    The Quezon Provincial Police seized four kilos of cocaine from a fisherman in Infanta, Quezon on Friday morning. The suspect was identified as 48-year-old Aldrin Taharan. Based on initial investigation, Taharan was looking for foreign buyers to sell the cocaine in retail. Authorities estimated the value

  • ‘Plastic pollution’ hits fishermen in Quezon Province
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    ‘Plastic pollution’ hits fishermen in Quezon Province

        QUEZON PROVINCE, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Quezon province calls on local government executives to strictly implement proper solid waste management system. The agency said it is necessary to prevent pollution especially of plastic wastes that would possibly

  • Rescue groups gear up for first-ever UNTV Rescue competition
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    Rescue groups gear up for first-ever UNTV Rescue competition

      MANILA, Philippines — For the third time, UNTV will hold a rescue summit to be participated by rescuers from different regions in the country. The summit this July 11 will be different as it will open a competition for the most skilled and fastest-rescue teams that can respond to various scenarios,

  • PNP investigates on detained Senator Bong Revilla’s ‘jail anniversary selfie’
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    PNP investigates on detained Senator Bong Revilla’s ‘jail anniversary selfie’

        QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Cellphones and other gadgets are strictly prohibited among inmates inside detention facilities across the country. In fact, visitors are also barred from bringing communication devices when entering jail premises. That’s why police on duty at the Philippine National Police

  • DA sets SRP on rice, fish to take effect June 25
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    DA sets SRP on rice, fish to take effect June 25

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – As promised, the Department of Agriculture has set suggested retail prices (SRP) for rice, fish, and other agricultural products which will take effect on Monday, June 25. In an interview Friday, June 22, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said they limited the SRP to basic

  • 1.5M Filipino families fell victim to common crimes in Q1 – SWS
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    1.5M Filipino families fell victim to common crimes in Q1 – SWS

        MANILA, Philippines – A Social Weather Station (SWS) survey revealed that 1.5 million families (6.6%) fell victim to common crimes in the first quarter of 2018. Among the common crimes mentioned in the survey were pick pocketing, theft, burglary, carjacking and physical violence. The result was one

  • Suspects in death of ‘Tisoy’ identified, police confirm physical abuse
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    Suspects in death of ‘Tisoy’ identified, police confirm physical abuse

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has revealed the suspects behind the death of Genesis “Tisoy” Argoncillo, a “tambay” who was arrested by police for violating city ordinances. In a press briefing Friday (June 22), QCPD Director PCSupt. Joselito Esquivel also confirmed

  • Police nab 2 suspected marijuana suppliers in Pasig City
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    Police nab 2 suspected marijuana suppliers in Pasig City

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Authorities nabbed two suspected suppliers of illegal marijuana in C. Victorino St. Villa Alfonso in Barangay Bambang, Pasig City Thursday night, June 21. The suspects, identified as Julius Cesar Ilagan and Jayson Proda, were said to have been supplying marijuana to various

  • JBC to finalize nomination, application procedures for the next CJ
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    JBC to finalize nomination, application procedures for the next CJ

      MANILA, Philippines — The Judicial Bar Council (JBC) will convene on Monday (June 25) to set final guidelines on the nomination and application process for the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC). Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, an ex-officio member of the JBC, said in a text message on

  • 2 PNP officers sacked over death of detainee
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    2 PNP officers sacked over death of detainee

      Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 4 Commander P/Supt Carlito Grijaldo and duty jailer PO3 Dennis Saño have been relieved of their posts effective Thursday, June 21, over the death of detainee, Genesis Argoncillo. PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde has also instructed NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar

  • PDEA recommends mandatory drug tests for elementary students, teachers
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    PDEA recommends mandatory drug tests for elementary students, teachers

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) wants elementary students to undergo mandatory drug testing. PDEA Director General Aaron said the proposal covers not only Grade 4 students and up, but also teachers and other school employees. He explained it would help ensure

  • Duterte signs Philippine Mental Health Law
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    Duterte signs Philippine Mental Health Law

      MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law Republic Act No. 11036 or the Philippine Mental Health Law. The new law assures protection of the rights and welfare of persons in need of mental health assistance by integrating mental health care system and facilities in major hospitals

  • Police nabs AWOL cop linked to drug lord Peter Co
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    Police nabs AWOL cop linked to drug lord Peter Co

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Members of Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested a cop on absent without leave (AWOL) in Guiguinto, Bulacan on Sunday night, June 17. This was confirmed by PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde in a briefing with reporters Friday, June 21. He was identified

  • PNP invites CHR to look into the condition of jail facilities across the country
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    PNP invites CHR to look into the condition of jail facilities across the country

      LAGUNA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde is inviting the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to make rounds in detention facilities across the country to see the real situation of inmates. Albayalde believes the CHR can make a big difference in pushing local

  • Military rescues 2 ASG kidnap victims in Sulu
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    Military rescues 2 ASG kidnap victims in Sulu

      SULU, Philippines – Authorities rescued a mother and daughter from the hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Talipao, Sulu Wednesday afternoon, June 20. Addang Tulawie and her daughter Edelyn were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits at around 2:00 p.m. on the same day. It was identified that the abductors