• President Rodrigo Duterte plans to visit places affected by Typhoon Urduja
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    President Rodrigo Duterte plans to visit places affected by Typhoon Urduja

    President Rodrigo Duterte wants to personally see the damage brought by Typhoon Urduja in the country. Particularly in the Visayas region where the typhoon made landfall several times. During his speech at the 7th year LGBT Davao year-end gathering in Azuela Coven, Davao City, the President said that

  • New transport network company “OWTO” stopped by LTFRB
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    New transport network company “OWTO” stopped by LTFRB

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Attorney Aileen Lizada, board member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) was shocked to learn of  a soon-to-be launched transport network company called, ‘OWTO’. The LTFRB ordered to stop its scheduled launch on Monday, December 18, because

  • Health advocates urge Duterte to veto tobacco tax rate in TRAIN Bill
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    Health advocates urge Duterte to veto tobacco tax rate in TRAIN Bill

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Some doctors and health advocates want to change the provision on excise tax on tobacco products under the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)Bill. For them, the tax rate increase is insufficient and questionable as it only came into the picture during the bicameral

  • 26 confirmed deaths , 23 missing in Biliran province landslide
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    26 confirmed deaths , 23 missing in Biliran province landslide

    MANILA, Philippines — Thousands were gravely affected by flooding and landslides caused by Typhoon Urduja that landfall in Eastern Visayas last Saturday. In the initial report by the office of the Civil Defense, there are 26 confirmed deaths reported from the province of Biliran due to the four landslides

  • Duterte eyes CNN Hero as new urban poor commission chair
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    Duterte eyes CNN Hero as new urban poor commission chair

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed interest in appointing 2009 CNN Hero awardee, Efren Peñaflorida as the new chairman of Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP). Peñaflorida is a teacher who is known for his alternative learning system called “Kariton Klasrum (pushcart

  • MMDA continues carpool lane dry run on EDSA
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    MMDA continues carpool lane dry run on EDSA

    MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has put on hold the implementation of the carpool lane on Edsa but will continue the dry run for the traffic scheme until the next few weeks. The carpool lane refers to the fast and fifth lane on EDSA where only vehicles with

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    More Filipinos hope for stronger economy, better lives in 2018

    MANILA, Philippines — Based on the survey conducted from September 23 to 27 among 1,500 respondents across the country, 47 percent of Filipinos believe their lives will improve in the next 12 months, while only four percent believe otherwise. The SWS explained that the +42 net personal optimism score

  • Kin of slain soldiers, cops in Marawi siege receive financial aid from Bro. Eli Soriano
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    Kin of slain soldiers, cops in Marawi siege receive financial aid from Bro. Eli Soriano

    MANILA, Philippines — The bloody battle in Marawi City remains fresh in the memories of Filipinos in the Visayas. Some of them are relatives of the soldiers and policemen killed in the five-month clash between government troops and members of the Maute terror group. Despite their loss, life still goes

  • Malacañang suspends work in gov’t offices, SUCs on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 02, 2018
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    Malacañang suspends work in gov’t offices, SUCs on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 02, 2018

      Malacañang suspends work in government offices, Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations, government financial institutions and state universities and colleges or SUCs on December 26, 2017 (Tuesday) and January 2, 2018 (Tuesday). This is for government employees to spend more time with their families

  • Over 1,000 residents of Misamis Oriental evacuated due to flood caused by TS Urduja
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    Over 1,000 residents of Misamis Oriental evacuated due to flood caused by TS Urduja

    More than 1,000 residents of Misamis Oriental were evacuated to temporary shelters due to floods caused by typhoon Urduja. Authorities are now monitoring Balingasag, Medina, Hingoog City, and Magsaysay, which are all flood-prone areas. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is

  • PNP closely monitors condition of 14,000 cops administered with Dengvaxia
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    PNP closely monitors condition of 14,000 cops administered with Dengvaxia

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) Health Service is monitoring the 14,000 cops nationwide who received Dengvaxia. PNP General Hospital Director Reimund Sales said that none of the police injected with the controversial vaccine are showing symptoms of dengue infection. Sales noted

  • DOJ supports designation of Gen. Dela Rosa to the Bureau of Corrections
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    DOJ supports designation of Gen. Dela Rosa to the Bureau of Corrections

    MANILA, Philippines — Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to appoint Philippine National Police or PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa as the next head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). According to the Justice Secretary, he was consulted about

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    More encounters expected between gov’t security forces, Communist terrorists

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned the Communist terrorists after the two houses of Congress approved the extension of martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2018. “Eh napipika ako nitong mga Komunista. So, there is one year. It’s a big window actually for all of

  • Singapore and Philippine armies conduct joint military training
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    Singapore and Philippine armies conduct joint military training

    The Singapore and Philippine armies conduct joint military training at an urban warfare training facility on the small island nation. The two-week exchange, which started on December 4, followed an offer in July by Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen for the Philippine army to use his country’s urban

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    Makabayan congressmen calls the ratification of TRAIN bill as invalid

    MANILA, Philippines — Makabayan congressmen claimed that the ratification of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN bill was invalid. This was what ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio tried to question the ratification on Wednesday but was just ignored after several attempts to

  • Malacañang suspends work in gov’t offices, SUCs on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 02, 2018
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    Malacañang suspends work in gov’t offices, SUCs on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 02, 2018

      Malacañang suspends work in government offices, Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations, government financial institutions and state universities and colleges or SUCs. This is for government employees to spend more time with their families and loved ones this holiday season. Malacañang announced

  • Extension of PNP chief’s tour of service, due to problems in illegal drugs, terrorism
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    Extension of PNP chief’s tour of service, due to problems in illegal drugs, terrorism

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Problems with drugs, terrorism, and insurgency are among the reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte extended the term of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to another three months. This was according to the PNP chief himself. “Kulang pa siguro

  • Ubial says she was pressured by lawmaker to continue anti-dengue immunization program
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    Ubial says she was pressured by lawmaker to continue anti-dengue immunization program

    Former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial once again reiterated that she was pressured to continue the anti-dengue immunization program using Dengvaxia. In the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Thursday, Ubial read a portion of the minutes of the Commission on Appointment’s proceedings on her confirmation

  • Several lawmakers consider elevating the issue of martial law extension to the Supreme Court
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    Several lawmakers consider elevating the issue of martial law extension to the Supreme Court

    MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives’ Makabayan Bloc has expressed grave concern over the decision of Congress to extend for another year the military rule in Mindanao. With this, the opposition group wants to bring the matter to the Supreme Court (SC). “We will question this in courts.

  • Ecowaste coalition reminds public anew to exercise caution on buying toys
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    Ecowaste coalition reminds public anew to exercise caution on buying toys

    Rather than being stingy, mothers Rachel Santos and Danielle Sendeña have always prioritized safety when buying toys for their children. “Makikita mo naman ‘yun kapag makulay, mabaho [laruan], hindi ako bumibili ng mga ganoon (You can tell by its bright colors, strong smell, I don’t buy those kinds of

  • LTFRB’s job fair for drivers of “habal-habal” and former “Angkas” drivers, unsuccessful
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    LTFRB’s job fair for drivers of “habal-habal” and former “Angkas” drivers, unsuccessful

    MANILA, Philippines – A total of 47 companies including Grab, U-Hop, various customer service companies and manpower agencies joined the job fair, Wednesday, organized by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Labor and Employment for “habal-habal” and

  • “Brigada Eskwela” kicks off at war-torn schools in Marawi City
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    “Brigada Eskwela” kicks off at war-torn schools in Marawi City

    MARAWI, Philippines — The 3-day special Brigada Eskwela has begun in schools in Marawi City that were badly damaged by the 5-month war against terrorists. The launch was led by Education Secretary Leonor Briones and participated by volunteers from various provinces and groups like the Members Church

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    P3.3B worth of mighty cigarettes destroyed in Bulacan

     MANILA, Philippines — Authorities on Wednesday began to destroy tonnes of cigarettes confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) from the warehouse of the Mighty Corporation in Bulacan and Pampanga last March. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III led the destruction process at the processing plant

  • Full rehabilitation efforts soon to begin after approval of one-year martial law extension
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    Full rehabilitation efforts soon to begin after approval of one-year martial law extension

    MANILA, Philippines — Rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City will be fast-tracked, now that the extension of the implementation of martial law has been approved on Wednesday. Martial law administrator and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said their original recommendation for the extension was six months

  • President Duterte seeks truth on Dengvaxia issue
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    President Duterte seeks truth on Dengvaxia issue

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed support for the independent investigation on Dengvaxia controversy. He encouraged those who are involved to speak the truth as soon as possible though he believes that the officials of the past administration who procured the dengue vaccination