• OPM artists shine in the 3rd Wish Music Awards
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    OPM artists shine in the 3rd Wish Music Awards

    MANILA, Philippines — OPM artists with a remarkable contribution to the music industry in the past years were recognized in the third Wish Music Awards last night at the Araneta Coliseum. Awarded last night were artists and groups that stood out in their respective genres like R&B, pop, ballad, alternative

  • Philippines, China set to conduct second bilateral consultative mechanism next month
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    Philippines, China set to conduct second bilateral consultative mechanism next month

    The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA defended itself from allegations that it is not taking steps to stop China’s ongoing militarization of the West Philippine Sea. Critics particularly refer to Beijing’s construction of military structures in the disputed territory, which they alleged, the DFA is

  • Customs foils sale of party drugs by alleged Pakistan syndicate
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    Customs foils sale of party drugs by alleged Pakistan syndicate

    MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs has formally turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the party drugs they intercepted, with a street value of more than P1.2 billion. According to BOC Chief Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, the party drugs that were seized last January 4 and

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    PAO to exclude teachers, health workers in criminal cases over Dengvaxia mess

    MANILA, Philippines — Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Atty. Persida Acosta has assured teachers and health workers that they will not be included in the criminal charges that they are preparing. Meanwhile, the PAO forensic expert has discovered severe symptoms among victims of Dengvaxia. The Public

  • Albay provincial government braces for ‘hazardous eruption’ of Mt. Mayon
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    Albay provincial government braces for ‘hazardous eruption’ of Mt. Mayon

    ALBAY, Philippines — PHIVOLCS raised the alert to level 3 at Mayon Volcano while residents within 6-kilometer permanent danger zone from the radius of the volcano have started to evacuate. As of Monday afternoon, the abnormal activities of the volcano have affected around 2, 785 families or 10, 966 individuals

  • Pres. Duterte accepts resignation of CHED chair Licuanan
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    Pres. Duterte accepts resignation of CHED chair Licuanan

      MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang neither confirmed nor denied that it is Chairperson Patricia Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) whom President Rodrigo Duterte was referring to as the government official he will fire because of corruption. However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry

  • DDB to prioritize expansion of community-based rehabilitation program — Cuy
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    DDB to prioritize expansion of community-based rehabilitation program — Cuy

    MANILA, Philippines — One of the primary priorities of the new leadership of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is the expansion of community-based rehabilitation program of the government. DDB chairman Catalino Cuy believes that, through this, the number of individuals who will use illegal drugs will be

  • MMDA temporarily blocks construction of MRT line 7 rail track in Quezon City
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    MMDA temporarily blocks construction of MRT line 7 rail track in Quezon City

    MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has explained that the MRT-7 Project traffic management task force gave them a short notice about the construction, prompting the agency to postpone it. “The MMDA is 100 percent in support of the governments Build, Build, Build

  • President Duterte signs E.O. on travel ban vs gov’t officials, employees
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    President Duterte signs E.O. on travel ban vs gov’t officials, employees

    MANILA, Philippines — Though no official document has been released yet, President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he already signed an executive order which prohibits the personnel and government officials to travel into a foreign country except if they can submit corresponding documents before the scheduled

  • Over 6,000 residents evacuate due to Mayon ash fall
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    Over 6,000 residents evacuate due to Mayon ash fall

    ALBAY, Philippines —The Albay local government conducted a pre-emptive evacuation inside the 6-kilometer danger zone around Mayon Volcano. This is due to the continuous volcanic activities that can possibly lead to its eruption. As of 11:00 P.M. last night there are already 6,338 individuals or 1,652

  • Mayon Volcano alert status raised to level 3
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    Mayon Volcano alert status raised to level 3

    ALBAY, Philippines — Three consecutive phreatic eruptions or steam-blast eruptions were recorded by the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology or Phivolcs in Mt. Mayon this weekend. It first spewed ash last Saturday at 4:21 p.m. that reached 2,500 feet high. It was followed by a phreatic eruption at 8

  • DILG Usec Diño’s proposed barangay ‘drug list’ alarms CHR
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    DILG Usec Diño’s proposed barangay ‘drug list’ alarms CHR

    MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is alarmed by the new plan of DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño wherein every barangay in the Philippines will be made to submit a drug list. For the commission, there is no assurance that this can protect the identity of mentioned suspects even

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    DILG to conduct nationwide info drive on federalism

    MANILA, Philippines — Representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are set to conduct information campaign across the country to educate the public on the benefits of federalism. DILG Assistant Secretary at federalism campaign chief Jonathan Malaya is confident that the

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    Graft court postpones arraignment of former President Noynoy Aquino

    MANILA, Philippines — Sandiganbayan postponed the arraignment of the two former highest officials of the government. The graft court deferred the proceedings against former President Benigno Aquino III over charges of allegedly violating the anti-graft and corrupt practices act and usurpation of official

  • China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea
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    China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

    VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent. The Vancouver meeting, co-hosted by Canada and

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    President Duterte regains excellent trust rating – SWS survey

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte regains excellent trust rating of the public based on the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey taken during the last quarter of 2017. From 60 percent “very high” trust rating in September 2017, it increased to “excellent” at 75 percent which is the same

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    President Duterte to dismiss several government and police officials over corruption

    MANILA, Philippines — In what he describes as “purge regime,” President Rodrigo Duterte is preparing to fire up to 70 active police, three generals and one government official in the coming days. This was announced by the chief executive himself last night during a Pagcor event in Manila. “I am in the

  • PNP to resume Oplan Tokhang this month
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    PNP to resume Oplan Tokhang this month

    MANILA, Philippines — PNP chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has ordered his ground commanders to resume this month the police anti-drug operation or Oplan Tokhang. “Siniguro namin at patuloy na sisiguruhin na yung totoong tokhang ang gagawin hindi yung pasukin ng kalokohan ng mga pulis na nag i-implement

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    DFA employees, travel agencies allegedly involved in online passport appointments syndicate

    MANILA, Philippines – Complaints regarding the Department of Foreign Affairs’ passport appointment system are now trending on social media. Most of the complaints are about the lack of slots for appointments. Some complainants relayed that they were advised to go a travel agent who can process their

  • Wish 107.5 makes various innovations in music industry
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    Wish 107.5 makes various innovations in music industry

    MANILA, Philippines – It has just been 3 years since Wish 107.5 started its operations yet it has become a favorite of many music fans Because of its innovations and one-of-a-kind concepts, it has received numerous awards and gained attention here and abroad. Among these is the very popular Wish bus

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    DOH visits school where school-based dengue immunization program was launched

    MANILA, Philippines – It was in April 2016 when the school-based immunization program of the Department of Health (DOH) was launched at Parang Elementary School in Marikina. Amidst the Dengvaxia controversy, DOH revisited the school to answer questions of parents of children who received the anti-dengue

  • 48 Filipino victims of human trafficking in Abu Dhabi to arrive home, Friday
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    48 Filipino victims of human trafficking in Abu Dhabi to arrive home, Friday

    Forty-eight (48) overseas Filipino workers are set to arrive in the country from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The OFWs hold visit visas and have been victims of human trafficking in Abu Dhabi. Through the Philippine government’s repatriation program, their documents were processed for them to be

  • BIR: Employers must comply with new tax exemption rules under TRAIN Law
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    BIR: Employers must comply with new tax exemption rules under TRAIN Law

    MANILA, Philippines – Taxpayers trooped to the public consultation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to answer queries regarding the new tax exemption rules under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN Law. One of the main issues asked is whether a minimum wage earner is still exempted

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    BIR hopes TRAIN law will encourage more small businesses to pay proper taxes

    MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) admits having difficulty in determining if small and medium enterprises are paying proper taxes. According to the BIR, they can ensure that employees are paying proper taxes as it can be done automatically, unlike those who are self-employed

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    PDP Laban pushes for proportional representation to replace current party list system

    MANILA, Philippines – If it were up to PDP Laban, it will push for their version of federalism that calls for a proportional representation instead of the current party list system. According to PDP Laban Federalism Institute Executive Director Jonathan Malaya, their proposal provides that every political