• Palace counters Pernia: Federalism won’t harm PH economy
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    Palace counters Pernia: Federalism won’t harm PH economy

    MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang reiterated that the shift to a federalism government would not have any adverse effect on the economy. This is after the country’s top economist cautioned that federalism could affect government finances. Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the palace

  • Leyte town declares state of health emergency due to dengue
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    Leyte town declares state of health emergency due to dengue

    LEYTE Province, Philippines – A total of 40 in 92 barangays in Baybay City in Leyte are now affected with dengue infection. The city has currently recorded three deaths and over 200 dengue infections which prompted Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari to declare a state of health emergency “Ang state of emergency

  • DOJ dismisses petitions in Atio Castillo slay case due to “procedural lapses”
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    DOJ dismisses petitions in Atio Castillo slay case due to “procedural lapses”

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed several appeals on its resolution indicting Aegis Juris Fraternity members in line with the death of UST Law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III last year. In a resolution dated July 5, the DOJ junked the petition of Atio’s parents Carmina

  • Gov’t offers free rides to stranded commuters
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    Gov’t offers free rides to stranded commuters

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The government has pre-positioned several trucks and buses on Wednesday (July 18) to give free rides to commuters stranded in major roads in Metro Manila drenched by monsoon rains. Government agencies are offering free rides to and from four designated routes namely Commonwealth

  • Residents return home but second alarm remains over Marikina River
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    Residents return home but second alarm remains over Marikina River

    MARIKINA CITY, Philippines – Several evacuees have returned home after the local government of Marikina City permitted their return even though the Marikina River remains on second alarm. The Barangay Risk Reduction and Management Council remains on high alert as well as the Marikina Rescue 161 personnel

  • Search continues for missing boy swallowed by Tullahan River
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    Search continues for missing boy swallowed by Tullahan River

    CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines – Search and recovery continue for the boy who was electrocuted and fell off into the Tullahan River on Tuesday night (July 17). According to the boy’s mother, 11-year-old Jan Darwin Vargas was seen wading through the flood water in Barangay 164, Caloocan City at around 5:00

  • Police nab illegal recruiter promising jobs in Japan
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    Police nab illegal recruiter promising jobs in Japan

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) reported on Wednesday (July 18) the arrest of a female illegal recruiter promising jobs in Japan. The suspect, identified as Edna Recierdo, was nabbed at EDSA corner Quezon Avenue on the act of receiving the P20,000

  • New LPA likely to develop into a tropical cyclone – PAGASA
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    New LPA likely to develop into a tropical cyclone – PAGASA

    QUEZON CITY,  Philippines – Another low-pressure area (LPA) is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone after tropical cyclone Henry exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). According to PAGASA’s monitoring, the new weather system was located some 540km east of Aparri, Cagayan. Should it

  • QC inmate dies of leptospirosis
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    QC inmate dies of leptospirosis

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A detainee at Quezon City Jail was diagnosed and died of leptospirosis infection, according to jail warden JSupt. Ermilito Moral. Inmate Mark Joseph Millete, 29, was detained last year for involvement in illegal drugs transaction. According to authorities, Millete was hospitalized

  • SC reprimands ousted Sereno for public statements against the justices
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    SC reprimands ousted Sereno for public statements against the justices

    MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) reprimanded on Tuesday (July 17) Atty. Maria Lourdes Sereno for publicly discussing the merits of her ouster case and issuing statements against the magistrates in violation of the Court’s sub judice rule. In a press briefing, SC Spokesperson Theodore Te said

  • Duterte eyes new agency on disaster resiliency
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    Duterte eyes new agency on disaster resiliency

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte wants the passage of Disaster Agency Bill before the end of the year. Under the proposal, the government will establish a new agency which will be called Department of Disaster Resiliency which will replace the current National Disaster Risk Reduction and

  • LGU orders preemptive evacuation after second alarm raised in Marikina River
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    LGU orders preemptive evacuation after second alarm raised in Marikina River

    MARIKINA CITY, Philippines – Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro has ordered preemptive evacuation to residents living in low-lying areas near Marikina River as second alarm was raised early afternoon on Tuesday (July 17) amid incessant monsoon rains. Marikina City Rescue 161 posted on its Facebook page that

  • DENR to suspend all Boracay establishments’ ECCs prior to reopening
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    DENR to suspend all Boracay establishments’ ECCs prior to reopening

    BORACAY Island, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is confident of the improvements in the state of Boracay Island’s beaches. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said the coliform content in the surrounding waters of the island has now reduced to a safe level. “Boracay

  • DepEd, DOH launch mobile app for monitoring of Dengvaxia vaccinees
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    DepEd, DOH launch mobile app for monitoring of Dengvaxia vaccinees

    MANILA, Philippines – Dengvaxia vaccinees can now be monitored digitally online and in real time by parents and guardians. This is through a soon to be launched mobile apps called Abizo and Kaizala for Android, iOS and Microsoft phones. The apps allow parents of vaccinees to report the condition of their

  • Gov’t begins distribution of first batch of fuel subsidy cards
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    Gov’t begins distribution of first batch of fuel subsidy cards

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has begun issuing the first batch of fuel subsidy cards to public utility jeepney operators in Metro Manila on Tuesday (July 17). Each Pantawid Pasada card is loaded with P5,000 fuel subsidy which they can use

  • Class, work suspension declared Tuesday due to TD “Henry”
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    Class, work suspension declared Tuesday due to TD “Henry”

    Local government units announced a suspension of classes due to the effects of tropical depression “Henry.” All levels in both public and private Cainta City Caloocan City Cavite City Manila City Malabon City Marikina City Pasay City (Elementary to High School only) Quezon City (Pre-school to Elementary

  • TD “Henry” to exit PAR Tuesday as “habagat” drenches most parts of the country
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    TD “Henry” to exit PAR Tuesday as “habagat” drenches most parts of the country

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Tropical depression “Henry” is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday (July 17). Weather bureau PAGASA located the cyclone at 230km east of Calayan, Cagayan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 60kph and gustiness of up to 75kph. It moves westward

  • TD “Henry” to hit extreme Northern Luzon Monday night
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    TD “Henry” to hit extreme Northern Luzon Monday night

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – As of 5:00 p.m., tropical cyclone Henry is expected to pass over the Babuyan Group of Islands tonight (July 16). The weather bureau PAGASA located the center of the cyclone at 200km east of Calayan, Cagayan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 60kph and gustiness of up

  • Party-list representatives named richest solons in latest SALN report
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    Party-list representatives named richest solons in latest SALN report

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House of Representatives has released the 2016 Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) of lawmakers. Topping the list of richest congressmen is 1-Pacman party-list Representative Michael Romero whose declared assets amount to over P7 billion. He is followed

  • Police nab suspects in alleged ‘rent-tangay’ scheme in QC
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    Police nab suspects in alleged ‘rent-tangay’ scheme in QC

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Authorities arrested four individuals involved in a carnapping “rent-tangay” modus operandi in Quezon City. PSSupt. Eleazar Matta of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) said the entrapment operation against the suspects were

  • Former Health Chief Janet Garin faces criminal charges anew
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    Former Health Chief Janet Garin faces criminal charges anew

      MANILA, Philippines – Former Health Secretary Janet Garin is facing new cases of homicide, torture, and violation of the Consumer Act of the Philippines in relation to the government’s controversial dengue mass immunization program. Rowena Villegas, a parent from Subic-Zambales, filed the complaints

  • PNP names mastermind in Gen. Tinio, NE Mayor Ferdinand Bote’s slay
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    PNP names mastermind in Gen. Tinio, NE Mayor Ferdinand Bote’s slay

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has named the mastermind in the assassination of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote. According to Police Region 3 Director PCSupt. Amador Corpus, it was Christian Saquilabon, owner of Forthright Construction, who was behind

  • Water shortage puts Puerto Galera in state of calamity
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    Water shortage puts Puerto Galera in state of calamity

      ORIENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – Nine of the 13 barangays in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro are currently experiencing insufficient water supply. This has prompted the local government to declare a state of calamity to enable them to utilize funds intended for such an event. The following barangays

  • Police investigates former cop linked to Tawi-Tawi vice mayor’s slay
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    Police investigates former cop linked to Tawi-Tawi vice mayor’s slay

      ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) now has leads to the suspects in the killing of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Alrashid Mohammad Ali in Zamboanga City last Wednesday (July 11). Authorities are now investigating two of the suspects, one of which was a former cop who

  • Oil prices set to increase this week
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    Oil prices set to increase this week

    A possible adjustment in oil prices is seen to happen this week. Oil companies may raise the price of gasoline by up to five centavos per liter. On the other hand, the price of diesel may go down by 10 to 20 centavos per liter and kerosene by five centavos per liter. The price adjustment […] The post