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Presidential candidates start campaign with generous promises

The campaign promises start to pour. It all began yesterday. We heard the candidates talk, fast talk about what they intend to do, the promises each will leave in every campaign podium around the country, just before election day of May 9, 2016. To our readers, you can play with […]

#ABSCBNUNETHICAL is trending in social media now!

Who is the person, group of persons, civic organization, religious organization? behind, pushing this trending tweet, that so many have joined, and are joining the bandwagon? [five_sixth_last] While we were almost inclined to repost some of the tweets, it is better to leave them at that. It is because it […]

SAF commandos to get posthuomous medals one year after Mamasapano

One year after the infamous massacre of the elements of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force in the killing fields of Mamasapano in Maguindanao by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Malacanang has found some sense in granting the fallen heroes a token medal. The […]

Big money for PPPs but no spare change for SSS pensioners

The government is just so unwilling to hike pension benefits of Social Security System pensioners but is all out and willing to allot big bucks to Public Private Partnership: P-Noy government agreed to shoulder P34.9 billion or 54% of the total project cost of the LRT1 PPP deal with Ayala-Pangilinan […]

2 Texas students get school suspension for sharing asthma inhaler

That is why a person should not share some very personal stuff to another, especially when the thing contain controlled substance like one in an asthma inhaler. One can look at it as ridiculous but it happened in Texas, USA. Two honor students in Dallas were suspended and faced 30 […]

P-Noy’s veto on SSS pension increase a kiss of death on LP bets?

Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III has planted a kiss of death on the presidential candidacy of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and his vice-presidential teammate Camarines Sur 3rd district representative Leni Robredo. This is the message that reverberates on the social media by concerned netizens after the president […]

Philippines hosting the 35th ASEAN Tourism forum for P169 million

The good news here is that the Philippine Department of Tourism is hosting the ASEAN Tourism Forum from Jannuary 18th up to the 22nd of this year. The other half of the news is way different. After the government foot the bill of P10 billion APEC summit last November 2015, […]

Parish priest rides hoverboard while singing inside church services

Now this is something new. Catholic priest Fr. Albert San Jose of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal parish in Biñan, Laguna celebrated mass inside the church rolling on a hoverboard. A video of the priest on a hoverboard became viral in the social media. Eventually, Fr. Albert owned his mistake […]

After his presidency, P-Noy wants to be remembered as ‘bringer of hope’

After his presidency, P-Noy wants to be remembered as ‘bringer of hope,’ not of the difficulties brought about by natural and man-caused calamities as Typhoons Pablo and Sendong, Supertyphoon Yolanda, Zamboanga siege, Bohol earthquake, Manila hostage incident and the SAF44 Mamasapano massacre. Less than a year before he steps off […]

Comelec raffles 185 party lists to determine order of listing in ballots

It would seem that the political parties do not represent or attempt to represent all Filipinos in all sectors in the lawmaking bodies of the republic. That is why there is the “party list” mechanism that came into being during the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos. On March 3, 1995, […]

Mark Zuckerberg, wife, to give away 99% of shares for charity?

Facebook CEO pledges to give away 99% of shares to charity? Facebook Inc. co-founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday he and his wife would give 99 percent of their Facebook shares to charitable purposes. Proceeds of the holdings by the couple, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, […]

DSWD denies hauling of homeless families, points to Manila LGU

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said that the transfer of homeless families from Manila to the Boystown in Marikina City was solely an initiative of the local government of Manila. The DSWD statement was in reaction to allegations that Manila street dwellers were removed in time for the Asia-Pacific Economic […]

Why PH is spending P10- billion for the APEC meet

Malacanang on Friday defended the P10-billion budget for the hosting of the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), by saying it is the country’s economy that will benefit most from the amount that the Philippines invested for the prestigious event. ”For the attendance alone, it is expected that more or […]

Watch Replay: Senate Hearing on ‘Laglag Bala’ scam

Watch Replay: Senate Hearing on ‘Laglag Bala’ scam: The insensitivity and cluelessness of government officials, the hopeless, aggrieved state of Overseas Filipino Workers and NAIA visitors. For the general information of people following the tele-serye on ‘Laglag Bala’ or ‘Tanim Bala’ or ‘Drop Bullet’ scam hounding the visitors and passengers […]

Teachers, nurses to get higher pay in salary standardization 2015

The proposed Salary Standardization law of 2015 will provide public school teachers and nurses higher pay in comparison to their counterpart in the private sector according to the Department of Budget and Management. “Our study revealed that if we compare the median of the market to the median of SSL […]

Across-the-board payhike for 1.5-M state employees seen in 2016

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Monday vowed to immediately enact into law the proposed P226 billion four-year “Salary Standardization Law of 2015,” which offers 14th month pay for 1.53 million state workers and officials on the first year of implementation in 2016. “We will study and pass it in time […]

‘Laglag Bala’ scheme spreads, now also in PH seaport?

‘Laglag Bala’ scheme spreads, now also in Philippine seaport(s)? Nov. 9, 2015. — Many expect that the alleged scam of ‘laglag-bala’ is on the wane with the eyes and ears of Malacanang already appraised. But no. It would seem that the modus operandi is spreading slowly, but surely. On Saturday […]

PH looking at additional 1.3-MT rice imports

The Philippines has no bragging right about rice self sufficiency anytime now until some time next year. The government is looking to import an additional 300,000 metric tons (MT) of rice, bringing total rice shipments to 1.8 million MT during the first half of 2016, to ensure enough supply and […]

If DNA matches, “Welcome to the family!” – Marcos

”I don’t see how will that help but if that will, why not? Sure, I will take DNA test, there’s no problem,” Marcos said when asked by the media if he is willing to help Poe during the weekly Kapihan sa Senado media forum. Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on […]

DOTC finds no proof on ‘Laglag Bala’ scheme by syndicates?

“We have yet to get any fact that there are syndicates that operate this (scheme),” DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said during a press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. The Department of Transportation and Communication on Wednesday said that there is no proof that the […]

‘Tanim-bala’ scam in NAIA upsets Aquino, probe soon

Malacañang on Saturday said it is upset over the so-called ‘tanim-bala’ or bullet-planting scam happening inside Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals recently and this concern has already reached President Benigno S. Aquino III. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said both President Aquino and Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph […]

DSWD chief denies accusation of campaigning for Malacanang bets

Malacanang on Wednesday defended Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman on the allegation that she was campaigning for the Liberal Party candidates instead of leading from the frontlines for the relief and recovery of those affected by typhoon ‘Lando.” Soliman chided the accusation of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s spokesperson that she was […]

Stop being part of the Facebook Hoax now!

Stop circulating the Facebook privacy hoax now! I can’t take it anymore. Too many people, educated and otherwise have fallen prey to the hoax circulating in the most popular social media site, the Facebook. Many friends and associates have taken to circulating and multiplying everything of the hoax, all of […]

Anonymous Philippines hack NTC website to protest slow internet speed

What better way to protest the slow internet speed prevailing in the Philippines? Well, hackers took possession of the National Telecommunications Commission website on Sunday. The main purpose could be to show a strong protest on the very slow, in fact, one of the lowest internet speed in the world. […]

In your dreams: DFA promises to solve passport production backlog

The Department of Foreign Affairs again is making a horrible promise to solve the backlog in passport production from 15 to 20 days. Quite unbelievable. For their “official” pronouncement do not reflect the true situation on the “ground.” An overseas friend of mine just confirmed the opposite. On May 30, […]

New “Cory” ant specie, highway, get names after former President Aquino

Which of the two groups can’t have enough of former Presidentt Cory Aquino nostalgia? The Filipino people in general, or the present government officials simply sucking it through the current Aquino administration? Just as it was noted that a boulevard in Camarines Norte will get its name after the Cory, […]

Survey says 45% of respondents favor peaceful negotiations with MILF

MANILA, May 9 — Surveys says 45% of respondents favor peaceful negotiations with MILF. What can cause a certain lift of joy when it is offered by pollsters? And to whom? For sure, this one does. The recent findings of Social Weather Stations (SWS) put a smile on the face […]

Lacson to run as independent presidential candidate in May 2016 elections

BAGUIO CITY, April 25 – Former Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson, in a press conference here yesterday announced he is running as an independent presidential candidate in the May 2016 elections. ”My platform of government remains to be what I started as a Senator and that is to eradicate graft and […]

Line-item budgeting of P70.7-B fund for Bangsamoro – Escudero

MANILA, April 14 – Line-item budgeting is the way to go for the funding of the proposed Bangsamoro government if Bicolano Senator Francis Escudero will have his way. The senator said on Tuesday he will push for the line-item budgeting of the PhP70-billion that the proposed Bangsamoro government stands to […]

Why President Aquino remind heads of agencies to execute 2015 budget?

MANILA, April 9 — The first quarter of 2015 was over, or three months have passed, and President Benigno S. Aquino III has to issue a directive for all heads of departments and agencies to undertake measures and ensure prompt execution of their budgets for fiscal year 2015 so programs […]

Participants were half-hearted during the nationwide earthquake drill

The 1st quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill last March 27 wherein Marikina city also participated was hailed as a success. Playing lead roles were partner agencies’ National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), also tasked to strengthen people’s preparedness for emergencies […]

OPPAP’s Deles statement rhymes with MILF’s Iqbal

MANILA, March 29 — OPPAP’s Teresita Quintos Deles on Friday expressed hope that the peace process will emerge stronger despite recent challenges it faced particularly after the tragic Mamasapano incident. “I admit we are bruised and feeling battered but we are here to proclaim we still stand firm (in pushing […]

Map integration test on some posts, NOAH features addition

This is another heads up on the back side of this site, on what the team has been up to lately. But of course, the output can be seen on the post pages upfront. Map integration was finally tested. While concern it might contribute or add to site lagging, the […]

MILF’s Iqbal positive on passage of proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA, March 29 -– Chief peace negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Mohaqer Iqbal on Friday said that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is “battered but not yet out.” The statement was made by Iqbal at the book launching marking the first anniversary of the signing of the […]

Gabriela assails President Aquino on Sari-Sari store training program remarks

MANILA, March 27 — Some 5,000 women from Metro Manila and neighboring provinces availed of the sari-sari store training and access to resources program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. The event was held at the SM Mall of Asia, which coincided with the end of the celebration […]

Xavier University honors MILF’s Iqbal, ignores government negotiators

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 26 –- One way to push for, and attain peace is recognizing the people that are key to its realization. This could be one reason why the Jesuit-run Xavier University here will confer an award during a “convocation ceremony” today at the university gym to […]

Filipinos rank fifth happiest citizens in the world – Gallup survey

MANILA, March 22 — Happy to learn that the Filipinos ranked the fifth happiest citizens in the world! according to the result of a global survey. The Philippines scored 80, based on a research conducted by the Gallup, a US-based performance-management consulting firm. Leading the survey is Paraguay which scored […]

Millions of pesos will change hands in congress to pass the BBL?

MANILA, March 21 — How often do many hear this general observation and commentary that when there is smoke, there is probably a fire causing it. Now we read about the multi-million pesos payoff rumor to lawmakers just to make the passage of the much criticized government endeavor on peace […]

OPAPP Sec. Deles appeals to ASEAN for support on Bangsamoro Law

CEBU, March 20 — Even the experts, or the learned among us sometimes “bark” on the wrong tree. Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Deles appealed to ASEAN-member states for support on the Bangsamoro Law during the opening of the two-day workshop on “Strengthening […]

Introducing NOAH, news one and half, The Satire Journal

Introducing and please welcome NOAH. Newest to debut in our topics and categories is our “NOAH,” news one and half, the satire journal, the comic and satire on politics, events and objects, personalities included, with pun always an intention. In Bicol, we refer to its undertone with “Borobentot, an tamaan […]

Bicol NIA whistleblowers post bail for libel charge

Bicol NIA whistleblowers post bail for libel charge LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 17 -– Whistleblowers get no adulation and respect for telling the truth, they are charged for libel? Accused of libel for bringing to the attention of President Benigno S. Aquino III the alleged irregularities in the implementation of irrigation […]

Grumpy old men attend P-Noy’s nationwide Mamasapano address

This post is supposed to see the comic side of the news in pictures and never meant to offend. Hope so. Our artist took a photograb of the video during the second address of President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacanang, his message to the nation regarding the gruesome Mamasapano […]

CamNorte inmates get livelihood assistance from government agencies

DAET, Camarines Norte — Recently, thirty inmates in the province of Camarines Norte get awarded a complete set of livelihood tools under the “Kita sa Likod ng Rehas” program. This gives them the opportunity to earn and feed their families even behind bars. For inmates, being inside prison is not […]

Jail officers, inmates train in vinegar, nata de coco production

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 26 — Ten regional and provincial officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and 30 resident inmates are now ready to make vinegar and nata de coco either for their families’ use or for business purposes. They learned the process in a recent skills training […]

Testing the waters, adding the taste of satire on posts

How often do we read news items or watch broadcast news on a daily basis? As for me, I watch the daily news on TV and read the newspaper like a clock work.. How often the news get our attention too much too often and sometimes we can’t help but […]

Will Naga airport see the light at the end of the tunnel?

The proposed P3.58-billion Naga airport development project, situated in Camarines Sur capital town of Pili, which include re-orientation of the runway, upgrading for night flight capabilities and provision for wide-body jet service is a cow passing through the hole of a needle. The transportation department is up to procuring consultancy […]

Bitano Massacre was a grave insult to every Albayano

Albay governor Joey Salceda just called the power blackout that inconvenienced constituents for eight days and eight nights as “Bitano Massacre”. Adding that the hapless occurrence which highlighted the seervice of the Albay Power and Energy Corporation, a creation of the San Miguel Enenergy Corporation, may have made residents firmer […]

The Poor Can Sing Off State of Poverty with Pride

Today we make an easy recall of the days when we were little. What came to mind was the classic and popular folk song of one about “our” small house. Some say the original version was in Tagalog entitled “Bahay Kubo” composed by Felipe de Leon: Bahay kubo kahit munti […]

Manila Standard Today Posted Erroneous Title of Masbate Sea Mishap

It isn’t funny anymore with the not-once-in-a-blue-moon errors of national dailies on news coverages which detail events outside Manila. This time, have you noticed the news from Manila Standard Today about the “Ship sinks off Bohol, 2 killed, 12 missing” posted on Jun. 15, 2013 at 12:02am and bylined by […]

The Tiny Island off Cawayan Town has Similarities with Liouciou

In the midst of excitement and confusion attendant to the just concluded political exercise was the incident that happened in the vicinities below Batanes islands, but more specifically in the Balintang channel involving foreign fishermen and the Philippine coastguard personnel. We will not delve into the details and legalities of […]

After Election, Now What? It is Payback Time in Bicol!

The day after the mid-term elections, expect things will be back to same old same old. (Tulad ng dati.) The poor remains poor. Some neighbors at the back house had an appointed chance of getting “dole-out moneys” from candidates’ crisp peso notes with the smiley face of a Ninoy are […]

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If DNA matches, “Welcome to the family!” – Marcos

”I don’t see how will that help but if that will, why not? Sure, I will take DNA test, there’s no problem,” Marcos said when asked by the media if he is willing to help Poe during the weekly Kapihan sa Senado media forum. Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on […]

Manila Standard Today Posted Erroneous Title of Masbate Sea Mishap

It isn’t funny anymore with the not-once-in-a-blue-moon errors of national dailies on news coverages which detail events outside Manila. This time, have you noticed the news from Manila Standard Today about the “Ship sinks off Bohol, 2 killed, 12 missing” posted on Jun. 15, 2013 at 12:02am and bylined by […]

Parish priest rides hoverboard while singing inside church services

Now this is something new. Catholic priest Fr. Albert San Jose of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal parish in Biñan, Laguna celebrated mass inside the church rolling on a hoverboard. A video of the priest on a hoverboard became viral in the social media. Eventually, Fr. Albert owned his mistake […]

Award for Mocha came from alumni group, not from UST

The University of Santo Tomas distanced itself from the recognition given to Malacanang’s communication assistant secretary Mocha Uson by one of its alumni organization. The educational institution has to make a clarificatory statement the recognition given to Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux ‘Mocha’ Uson was given by […]

Senator Grace Poe and the missing foot padding solved?

What if government officials, whether elected or appointed, and their staff, would attempt to lie on petty, simple, minute and negligible details and things? Can we also deduce there is prevailing possibility that they could lie more than that? This is the essence of our video. On April 26, 2017 […]

Watch Replay: Senate Hearing on ‘Laglag Bala’ scam

Watch Replay: Senate Hearing on ‘Laglag Bala’ scam: The insensitivity and cluelessness of government officials, the hopeless, aggrieved state of Overseas Filipino Workers and NAIA visitors. For the general information of people following the tele-serye on ‘Laglag Bala’ or ‘Tanim Bala’ or ‘Drop Bullet’ scam hounding the visitors and passengers […]

Sen. Lacson sees flaw in PNP recruitment program

Speaking to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa during the second day of the Senate inquiry into the extra-judicial killings, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson asked why most of the PNP personnel suspected to be involved in illegal drugs trade were younger, new police officers. Lacson has speculated there must […]

New “Cory” ant specie, highway, get names after former President Aquino

Which of the two groups can’t have enough of former Presidentt Cory Aquino nostalgia? The Filipino people in general, or the present government officials simply sucking it through the current Aquino administration? Just as it was noted that a boulevard in Camarines Norte will get its name after the Cory, […]

Stop being part of the Facebook Hoax now!

Stop circulating the Facebook privacy hoax now! I can’t take it anymore. Too many people, educated and otherwise have fallen prey to the hoax circulating in the most popular social media site, the Facebook. Many friends and associates have taken to circulating and multiplying everything of the hoax, all of […]

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Jail officers, inmates train in vinegar, nata de coco production

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 26 — Ten regional and provincial officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and 30 resident inmates are now ready to make vinegar and nata de coco either for their families’ use or for business purposes. They learned the process in a recent skills training […]

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Philippines hosting the 35th ASEAN Tourism forum for P169 million

The good news here is that the Philippine Department of Tourism is hosting the ASEAN Tourism Forum from Jannuary 18th up to the 22nd of this year. The other half of the news is way different. After the government foot the bill of P10 billion APEC summit last November 2015, […]

Why PH is spending P10- billion for the APEC meet

Malacanang on Friday defended the P10-billion budget for the hosting of the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), by saying it is the country’s economy that will benefit most from the amount that the Philippines invested for the prestigious event. ”For the attendance alone, it is expected that more or […]

OPPAP’s Deles statement rhymes with MILF’s Iqbal

MANILA, March 29 — OPPAP’s Teresita Quintos Deles on Friday expressed hope that the peace process will emerge stronger despite recent challenges it faced particularly after the tragic Mamasapano incident. “I admit we are bruised and feeling battered but we are here to proclaim we still stand firm (in pushing […]

DSWD chief denies accusation of campaigning for Malacanang bets

Malacanang on Wednesday defended Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman on the allegation that she was campaigning for the Liberal Party candidates instead of leading from the frontlines for the relief and recovery of those affected by typhoon ‘Lando.” Soliman chided the accusation of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s spokesperson that she was […]

‘Tanim-bala’ scam in NAIA upsets Aquino, probe soon

Malacañang on Saturday said it is upset over the so-called ‘tanim-bala’ or bullet-planting scam happening inside Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals recently and this concern has already reached President Benigno S. Aquino III. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said both President Aquino and Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph […]

Happy Holidays Happy New Year from us to you all!!

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, to all our readers, the few followers and friends of this site and our social media pages. Advisory: After April 21, 2018, we stopped posting links on two of our OLD facebook pages. The first one is thebulletintoday (dot) com page. This originally links to […]