• House Speaker: Congress to resume voting on charter change even without senators in con-ass
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    House Speaker: Congress to resume voting on charter change even without senators in con-ass

    MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is confident that the Lower House alone can comply with the constitutional requirement of three-fourths of the members of Congress shall vote in favor of the proposal to shift into the federal form of government, even without the senators. “And then

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    First Comic-Con Asia to donate financial assistance to Marawi War victims

    MANILA, Philippines – The 1st Comic Convention in Asia will happen on March 24 and 25. Tagged as the grandest reunion of superhero fans, it also aims to promote exceptional talents by Filipino artists. Aside from entertainment, it will hold an auction to generate funds for the kin of Marawi soldiers

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    At least 12,000 evacuees in Legazpi City, Albay may be allowed to return home

    ALBAY, Philippines — Based on the observation of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs), the ash fall is coming out from the southern part of Mayon Volcano. The ash fall primarily affects the towns of Guinobatan and Camalig in the province of Albay. With this, the local government

  • Sec. Aguirre: No “fishing expedition” in Rappler case probe
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    Sec. Aguirre: No “fishing expedition” in Rappler case probe

    MANILA, Philippines — Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre has denied the statement of Rappler that the probe to be conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will just be a fishing expedition with the aim to suppress the freedom of the press. According to Aguirre, the Department of Justice (DOJ

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    PNP Chief to implement one-strike policy against corrupt police

    MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa will implement a one-strike policy against policemen who will be caught in corrupt practices. Dela Rosa reminds policemen to maintain honesty and not to follow the steps of corrupt cops. “Wag na wag

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    No indication of strong explosion from Mayon Volcano — PHIVOLCS

    MANILA, Philippines — In the latest report on Mayon Volcano, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has recorded 48 rockfall events; two episodes where it blew out very thick ash, and one volcanic earthquake in the past 24 hours. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary

  • Zubiri withdraws BBL Senate version
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    Zubiri withdraws BBL Senate version

    MANILA, Philippines – Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri will withdraw his version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). “That on Monday morning we will withdraw our version and file the BTC version,” sub-committee on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) chairman, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said. The senator, in what he

  • Excise tax on oil products may result to airfare hike
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    Excise tax on oil products may result to airfare hike

    MANILA, Philippines – Executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Carmelo Arcilla said the imposition of an excise tax on petroleum products may soon affect the prices of airline ticket fares. For this to happen, he noted that airline companies need to file first their petitions for a fare

  • DND defends SAP Bong Go on the issue of Philippine Navy’s frigate acquisition project
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    DND defends SAP Bong Go on the issue of Philippine Navy’s frigate acquisition project

    Department of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has denied that Special Assistant to the President Bong Go intervened in the acquisition of frigates by the Philippine Navy. The Defense Chief claims the DND did not receive any guidance or hint from Malacañang or from Secretary Go himself to manipulate

  • PNP reshuffles top officials
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    PNP reshuffles top officials

    MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has implemented a reshuffle among its 12 high ranking officials. Police Director Noli Taliño has been assigned as the new Chief of the Special Action Force (SAF) from being the Head of the Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development

  • PDEA mandatorily requires media to wear body cameras during anti-drug operations
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    PDEA mandatorily requires media to wear body cameras during anti-drug operations

    MANILA, Philippines – As the lead agency in the campaign the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will require media men to also wear body cameras during drug operations. “Not only agents will be wearing body cams but also media and witnesses who will be involved in the actual operations. So, for

  • How neighborhoods shape life with diabetes
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    How neighborhoods shape life with diabetes

    (Reuters Health) — People with diabetes who live in poor communities with limited access to exercise facilities or grocery stores may have a harder time managing their symptoms than diabetics living in more affluent areas, a U.S. study suggests. Communities with lower employment, income and education

  • France, Germany to make joint bitcoin regulation proposal at G20 summit
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    France, Germany to make joint bitcoin regulation proposal at G20 summit

    PARIS (Reuters) – France and Germany will make joint proposals to regulate the bitcoin cryptocurrency at the next summit of the G20 group of major economies in Argentina in March, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday. “We will have a joint Franco-German analysis of the risks linked

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    Duterte administration gets record-high satisfaction rating — SWS survey

      MANILA, Philippines —Despite controversies, the Duterte administration received an excellent net satisfaction rating in the December 2017 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS). It means that 70 percent of 1,200 respondents interviewed by SWS nationwide are satisfied with the overall performance

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    PHIVOLCS, wala pang nakitang indikasyon ng malakas na pagsabog ng bulkang Mayon

    Ipinaliwanag ng Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology o PHIVOLCS na wala pa silang nakikitang indikasyon ng malakas na pagsabog ng Bulkang Mayon. Sa kabila nito, nananatili pa ring mataas ang antas ng panganib dahil sa patuloy na pagaalburuto ng bulkan. The post PHIVOLCS, wala pang nakitang

  • Wish Bus in Hollywood, to help introduce OPM talents to international scene
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    Wish Bus in Hollywood, to help introduce OPM talents to international scene

      MANILA, Philippines – Wish 107.5 stays true to its commitment to be Filipino talent’s gateway to the world. Through Wish FM’s innovations, foreigners were wowed by the singing prowess of OPM artists. Wishclusive videos taken on the Pambansang Wish Bus continue to gain worldwide attention through the

  • Former Supreme Court justices favor Constitutional Convention
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    Former Supreme Court justices favor Constitutional Convention

    MANILA, Philippines — Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno called the proposal to amend the Constitution through constituent assembly a “cheap argument”. Puno said there will be a conflict of interest if the lawmakers will rewrite the Constitution. “The justification on Con-Ass, it is cheaper

  • PHIVOLCS recommends banning of residential houses along Mayon danger zones
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    PHIVOLCS recommends banning of residential houses along Mayon danger zones

    MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or PHIVOLCS said the lava coming from Mt. Mayon might soon flow to different directions. According to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Officer in Charge Renato Solidum, the lava coming

  • NGCP sees enough supply of power but brownouts are possible during dry season
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    NGCP sees enough supply of power but brownouts are possible during dry season

    MANILA, Philippines – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) assured the public that electricity supply will not be short this year. This is because a number of power plants are scheduled for operation this year and are expected to contribute to the country’s power supply. However, NGCP

  • Around 10M families regard themselves as poor, based on latest SWS Survey
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    Around 10M families regard themselves as poor, based on latest SWS Survey

    MANILA, Philippines – The latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) for 2017 indicates a 3-point decline in the number of families saying they are poor from 47% in September 2017 to 44% in December of last year. This translates to around 10 million families or 44% self-rated poverty. Among them

  • President Duterte dares online news sites to prove allegations against government
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    President Duterte dares online news sites to prove allegations against government

      President Rodrigo Duterte has defended himself against accusations that his administration is restricting the freedom of the press after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided to revoke the registration of the online news site, Rappler. “Wala akong pakialam diyan. I mean, you have been

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    NTC wants shut down of 30 Davao radio stations over broadcasting violations

    MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commision (NTC) Region 11 explained that 30 radio stations in Davao region committed technical violations. The agency cited as an example the failure of the media outlets to secure license and permits. “If we order their closure, I hope they won’t

  • Senators insist separate vote over proposed amendment or revision of the Constitution
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    Senators insist separate vote over proposed amendment or revision of the Constitution

    MANILA, Philippines – Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said they are not pressured by the resolution recently passed by the House of Representatives regarding the mode of changing the charter. Sotto noted the Senate will still follow the proper process. “If they will insist on a constituent assembly

  • Teachers’ take-home pay under salary standardization and TRAIN Law is enough – Diokno
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    Teachers’ take-home pay under salary standardization and TRAIN Law is enough – Diokno

    MANILA, Philippines – Present mechanisms such as the salary standardization and TRAIN Law, which add to the take-home pay of teachers, are already sufficient according to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said. This is despite earlier pronouncements of Malacañang about doubling the income of teachers

  • Mt. Mayon evacuees reach more than 34,000
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    Mt. Mayon evacuees reach more than 34,000

    MANILA, Philippines — National Disaster Risk Reduction and Managment Council (NDRRMC) Spokesperson Romina Marasigan has reported that 8,296 families or 34,003 individuals are now staying at 30 evacuation centers. The evacuees are from the towns of Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao, Daraga, Tabacco, Sto. Domingo