• More Pinoys get HIV through paid sex

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    More Filipinos are being infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through paid sex. Since DOH began the official evaluation of people who engaged in transactional sex in 2012 up to present, there have been 1,701 recorded cases of HIV. About 55 percent acquired HIV after engaging in paid sex, while 30 percent accepted payment for sex. More »More Pinoys get HIV through paid sex

  • Palace commends Donaire, Nietes

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    Malacañang commended yesterday the victories of two Filipino boxers over their opponents. More »Palace commends Donaire, Nietes

  • Pope pays tribute to today’s martyrs

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis led the world’s Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday celebrations by paying tribute to those killed for their faith, a reference to the victims of Islamic State militants. More »Pope pays tribute to today’s martyrs

  • Pinoy scientists train in UK on product commercialization

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    Filipino scientists and business development specialists from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and universities are undergoing training in the commercialization of products generated from science and technology to translate their research into viable commercial opportunities.  More »Pinoy scientists train in UK on product commercialization

  • Senators seek amendments to Labor Code

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    Under Article 248 of the Labor Code, “to contract out services or functions being performed by union members when such will interfere with, restrain or coerce employees in the exercise of their right to self-organization” is an unfair labor practice. “Or at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the dispute had filed a petition for certification election pursuant to Articles 256 and 257 of this Code, and the Bureau of Labor Relations has not completed the representation proceeding,” she added. More »Senators seek amendments to Labor Code

  • CA to hear Junjun suspension today

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    The Court of Appeals (CA) will hear today the petition of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. assailing his six-month preventive suspension order by the ombudsman for alleged irregularities in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2. The appellate court’s Sixth Division is expected to issue a clarification on the temporary restraining order (TRO) it issued on Binay’s suspension on March 16. Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr., Francisco Acosta and Eduardo Peralta Jr. will preside over the hearing at 2 p.m. The CA will tackle Binay’s plea for issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction that would extend for an indefinite period the effectivity of the TRO. More »CA to hear Junjun suspension today

  • Binay urges LGUs to account for land survey funds

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    Vice President Jejomar Binay has urged local government units (LGUs) to account for funds granted to them by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) for land surveys. Binay, who chairs the HUDCC, made the appeal following reports that 28 LGUs failed to submit liquidation reports of funds amounting to P28,322,107.47 as of December 2013. “It is the responsibility of the LGUs to submit the liquidation reports, as HUDCC is only tasked with giving them the funds. According to Binay, HUDCC decided to acquire consulting services for the survey of the proclaimed lands through public bidding since 2014. More »Binay urges LGUs to account for land survey funds

  • ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    Lawmakers are demanding the arrest of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters involved in the killing of 44 policemen in Mamasapano before the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the 75-member ad hoc committee in the House of Representatives deliberating on the BBL, prodded the Department of Justice (DOJ) to speed up its investigation and file charges against the MILF guerrillas as the Aquino administration wants the draft law passed in June. “You cannot just have peace if justice will not be served,” Rodriguez said over dzBB radio yesterday. While the Senate and the Board of Inquiry of the Philippine National Police have completed their respective probes and submitted their findings, Rodriguez stressed that the DOJ’s action is crucial. More »‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’

  • Pinoys dance for Earth Hour

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    The Philippines once again displayed its support Saturday night for the worldwide observance of Earth Hour by hosting a dance party after turning the lights off from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to save energy and make a statement on various environmental issues. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said widespread participation proved anew that no individual action on climate change is too small and that no collective vision is too big with celebrations in over 7,000 hubs in 170 countries. The WWF said the ninth edition of Earth Hour crossed 24 time zones to unify the world around a single challenge – climate change. More »Pinoys dance for Earth Hour

  • AFP to NPA: No choice but to talk peace

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    The communist New People’s Army (NPA) would become irrelevant if it refuses to talk peace with the government, the military said yesterday. Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala said the influence of the rebel group is waning because of the government’s development programs. Kakilala made the statement on the same day the NPA commemorated its 46th anniversary. The military has been placed on red alert since Saturday as it expects the NPA to commemorate the anniversary by staging attacks. More »AFP to NPA: No choice but to talk peace

  • 3 BIFF men, 4 soldiers killed in clash

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    Three commanders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), one of them wanted for the killing of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25, were killed by soldiers yesterday. Four Army soldiers, one of them a driver of a military ambulance, were also killed while six others were wounded in the ensuing firefights. Army officials and local officials identified the slain BIFF commanders as Yusof Abesalih, also known as “Bisaya,” and brothers Norodin and Salahudin Indong. The Indongs are brothers of a ranking BIFF leader, Imam Karialan, who helped the radical jihadist Ameril Ombra Kato establish the group in June 2010. More »3 BIFF men, 4 soldiers killed in clash

  • Gov’t doing everything to save convicted Pinay – Binay

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday assured the parents of a Filipina on death row in Indonesia that the government is exhausting all legal remedies to save their daughter. Binay, presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers’ concerns, told Mary Jane Veloso’s parents during a meeting at the Makati City Hall that the government will file a second appeal before the Indonesian Supreme Court. Veloso, 30, was sentenced to die by firing squad after she was apprehended at Java’s Yogyakarta Airport in April 2010 for carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin in her luggage. The day Mary Jane left for Indonesia, Christine found a way to enter the (airport) and handed the luggage,” she said in Filipino. More »Gov’t doing everything to save convicted Pinay – Binay

  • Cainta first to try ‘prepaid kuryente’

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    At least 200 households and 1,000 market stalls in Cainta have shifted to the use of “prepaid kuryente,” Cainta Mayor Keith Nieto said yesterday. Cainta is the first local government unit (LGU) in the country to have its market stalls subscribed to the prepaid power scheme, or the “Kuryente Load” project of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), in a bid to have the whole municipality enjoy lighting facilities. More »Cainta first to try ‘prepaid kuryente’

  • Gov’t gears for repatriation of OFWs from Yemen

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    The government is getting ready for the possible repatriation of Filipinos from war-torn Yemen. However, Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has no plan yet for the possible mass repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from that country. “We are awaiting the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)’s request and if necessary we are ready to assist in the repatriation,” she said. Baldoz said recruitment agencies deploying Filipino workers to that country have been directed to prepare for repatriation. More »Gov’t gears for repatriation of OFWs from Yemen

  • Phl offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The quid pro quo was contained in a note verbale the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) handed to a representative of the Malaysian embassy last week, a week after the visit of Malaysian Defense Minister Dato  Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission by Malaysia and Vietnam to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in which Malaysia claimed an extended continental shelf (350 nautical miles from baseline) that was clearly projected from Sabah. The Philippines, in an Aug. 4, 2009 note to the UN Secretary General, protested the joint submission because it effectively declared Sabah to be a Malaysian territory. More »Phl offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

  • Maynilad: Store water for service interruption

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. has reminded its customers to store enough water for the Holy Week water service interruption to pave the way for the flood control project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The DPWH project will cause rotating water service interruptions in parts of Pasay, Las Piñas, Parañaque and Cavite, starting tommorrow until Friday. Maynilad also recommended that the public store water in multiple containers. “Drinking water should be stored in clean and disinfected containers that can be firmly closed. More »Maynilad: Store water for service interruption

  • Comelec eyes alternative voting machines

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is eyeing the use of other computerized voting machines in the May 2016 elections should the Supreme Court decide against reusing the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body is considering the use of 23,000 optical mark reader (OMR) units. “If we push through with the bidding now, we will have 23,000 (OMR) machines. The Comelec earlier started the bidding for the OMR that will be used to supplement the existing PCOS machines. More »Comelec eyes alternative voting machines

  • Maysak to enter Phl Wednesday

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    A typhoon with international name Maysak is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday and bring rains over Northern Luzon by weekend, the state weather bureau said yesterday. Aldczar Aurelio, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the typhoon was 2,810 kilometers east of Mindanao as of 10 a.m. yesterday. “This typhoon is still too far to affect any part of the country,” the weather bureau said in an advisory. “If it maintains its speed and course it is likely to cross or pass near Northern Luzon by Friday or Saturday,” Aurelio said in a phone interview. More »Maysak to enter Phl Wednesday

  • New Spanish transport plane turned over to AFP today

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    The first of three C295 transport planes acquired by the government from a Spanish firm will be formally accepted by the Air Force today. Key security officials including Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. and Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado are expected to attend the turnover and blessing of the plane at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. The Air Force will accept the aircraft because it has undergone inspection and test flights. Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Enrico Canaya said the C295 would be turned over to the 220th Airlift Wing based in Cebu. More »New Spanish transport plane turned over to AFP today

  • De Lima: Mamasapano clash an encounter, not massacre

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    Contrary to the conclusion of the Senate, the firefight in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25 that left 44 policemen dead was an encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and not a massacre, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday. But the Department of Justice (DOJ) will determine if the MILF committed an “overkill” and violated international humanitarian laws by summarily executing the Special Action Force (SAF) commandos. De Lima noted the MILF also suffered 18 casualties while five civilians died in the encounter. “Definitely, the Mamasapano incident was an encounter, no doubt about that,” De Lima said in a statement yesterday, citing the evidence gathered by the DOJ-National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) team. More »De Lima: Mamasapano clash an encounter, not massacre

  • Suspended Iligan mayor vows to hold on to post

    Philippine Star - 10 hours ago

    Mayor Celso Regencia of this city yesterday vowed to hold on to his post until the Court of Appeals (CA) rules on his appeal seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) on his suspension. As soon as he took office in 2013, Regencia ordered the human resource department, budget, city secretary, and the city treasurer not to hire casual employees and job orders without his approval. The mayor said the city government has 3,371 casual employees or workers hired under job orders. Last Friday, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) swore in Vice Mayor Roderic Marzo as mayor. More »Suspended Iligan mayor vows to hold on to post

  • ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’

    Philippine Star - 18 hours ago

    Lawmakers are demanding the arrest of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters involved in the killing of 44 policemen in Mamasapano before the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the 75-member ad hoc committee in the House of Representatives deliberating on the BBL, prodded the Department of Justice (DOJ) to speed up its investigation and file charges against the MILF guerrillas as the Aquino administration wants the draft law passed in June. “You cannot just have peace if justice will not be served,” Rodriguez said over dzBB radio yesterday. While the Senate and the Board of Inquiry of the Philippine National Police have completed their respective probes and submitted their findings, Rodriguez stressed that the DOJ’s action is crucial. More »â€˜Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’

  • ‘Papet Pasyon’ play in QC today

    Philippine Star - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    A puppet theater version of the “Passion of the Christ” – featuring Filipino versions of Mary and Jesus – will be staged for free at Teacher’s Village in Quezon City this afternoon. Papet Pasyon, now on its 30th year, will be staged at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Papet Teatro-Museo by Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas, the pioneer children’s theater and puppetry group in the country. She said Papet Pasyon limits the violent content and the gore to make the performance child-friendly. More »‘Papet Pasyon’ play in QC today

  • Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused

    Philippine Star - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    The Sandiganbayan has allowed a government official, accused with plunder along with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to undergo a medical procedure at a hospital tomorrow. The anti-graft court permitted former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Benigno Aguas to undergo a cardiopulmonary/endocrine clearance at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. More »Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused

  • ‘Peace summit involves all Pinoys’

    Philippine Star - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Every Filipino needs to understand and get involved in the ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Malacañang said yesterday, after President Aquino announced the holding of a national peace summit with representatives from different sectors as independent convenors. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the details of the summit would be up to the convenors who would gather other responsible and respected leaders to spearhead the event – how it would be executed and the number of days it would be held. On Friday, Aquino stood firm in his belief that the peace process must be pursued and that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) must be passed or the nation would have “to count body bags later on” because of war in Mindanao. Aquino invited “citizen leaders known for their wisdom and integrity” as independent convenors that included Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, former Supreme Court chief justice Hilario Davide Jr., businessman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, former ambassador and peace advocate Howard Dee and Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman, founder of Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, a non-profit organization with a mission of making every youth a peace builder. More »‘Peace summit involves all Pinoys’

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