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WATCH: The Easter Sunday mass in Naga City by Archbishop of Caceres

Happy Easter!! As part of our continuing coverage of the Holy Week and partial culmination of the activities, we share below the just concluded mass celebration in Naga Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Archbishop of Caceres, the Most Rev. Rolando Octavus Joven Tria Tirona, OCD, D.D. , led […]

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 […]

Watch busy foot traffic on mall hallway intersection

This is a short footage of foot traffic on a mall hallway intersection. This is a short footage of foot traffic on a mall hallway intersection. The scenes are in sharp contrast to malling in the west which is slowly dying, with the sharp switch to on-line shopping already. In […]

Malacanang designates interim caretaker for Department of Agrarian Reform

President Rodrigo Duterte has designated Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong as Officer-In-Charge of the Department of Agrarian Reform. She will occupy the vacated post of Rafael Mariano whose nomination was rejected by the powerful joint congressional Commission on Appointments last September 6. Bistoyong is a career executive service professional in the government […]

Watch: The Second State of the Nation Address of President Duterte

Watch. Live, the Second State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte. Thru the facilities of RTVM, we are sharing here the full live coverage of the proceedings and speech of Philippine President Duterte. The 50-minute speech or so will emanate from the Batasan Pambansa (the current House of […]

Military, local police ready to secure President Duterte on Second SONA

Military, local police ready to secure President Duterte on Second SONA. Yes, securing President Redrigo Duterte on his second State of the Nation Address today is the primary focus of the Armed Forces of the Philippines this Monday, more than ever. the Armed Forces of the Philippines announced it has […]

Raagas takes over as new OIC of BuCor

On Monday Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre named Rey M. Raagas as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), replacing Benjamin Delos Santos who resigned from the position last week. Raagas is currently BuCor’s administrative division chief. Delos Santos file his irrevocable resignation last July 13 after Aguirre ordered the National […]

Delos Santos stays as BuCor chief despite resignation, but for a while

He is staying, but for a while. Yes, Bureau of Corrections director Benjamin Delos Santos, after all, will stay put in his post even as he has tendered an irrevocable resignation last July 13 already. It was because justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre ordered him to stay. What can he do […]

BI Chief reminds personnel of no special treatment for travellers after NAIA incident

On Wednesday Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente directed its personnel to strictly enforce its policy declaring as off-limits to unauthorized persons immigration areas in international airports nationwide and prohibiting the giving of special treatment to passengers. The immigration chief issued the directive after reports claiming that a well-known […]

Duterte’s PDP-Laban continue sucking in political turncoats

In the on-going term of President Rodrigo Duterte, there is always that seasonal spring of opportunity to grab one or be sucked into it. This time around, becoming part of the political party of the president’s affiliation is the best option for opportunity to spring an opening. So here we […]

Jeepney drivers strike cause suspension of classes in NCR

Malacañang has suspended classes for elementary and high school levels in the National Capital Region (NCR) due to the scheduled nationwide transport strike on Monday. Several local government units, universities and colleges also announced suspension of classes in different levels due to the transport strike. The Monday mass protest was […]

Robredo back from USA, visits NIA road fire victims

The good news here is that upon arrival of Vice-President Leni Robredo on Monday at the airport, she visited immediately the fire victims in Quezon City. From a facebook post, Ms.Bella Enriquez said:”Straight from the airport, VP Leni Robredo visits affected residents of the NIA Road fire, promises to coordinate […]

Supreme Court clears burial of Marcos at Libingan

MANILA, Nov. 8 — In a 9-5 vote, the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) dismissed all petitions seeking to block the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in the City of Taguig. This spells victory for burial proponent, President Rodrigo Duterte. The SC […]

Watch: Violent police dispersal of anti-US rally was spine tingling

This is how the Philippine National Police dispersed the rally in Manila’s Roxas Boulevard fronting the United States embassy in the Philippines. A total display of arrogance and police brutality, the whole world gasped in horror and dismay. What more words can one add. This time the video can speak […]

Duterte confirms US-PH military exercise this year is the last

MANILA, Oct. 12 (PNA) – President Rodrigo Duterte insisted on Wednesday that there will be no more military exercises between the Philippines and the United States next year. President Duterte made this statement during the 115th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard in its headquarters in Port Area in Manila. […]

Senate suspends inquiry on extra judicial killings, Davao Death Squad

The hearing was originally scheduled for three consecutive days from Monday up until Wednesday (Oct. 3 to 5), the Senate panel had an abrupt change of temperament that resulted in the temporary suspension of inquiry. This happened after a heated exchange among senators, with one staging a walkout and a […]

Former Senator Miriam Santiago succumbs to lung cancer, 71

Feisty Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has passed away this Thursday morning. She was 71. After nearly three years of battling lung cancer, the former senator was reported to have passed away. Senator Grace Poe confirmed this in a Senate hearing on the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill wherein she paused for […]

Senator De Lima to President Duterte: Do you like me?

This is hilarious. Senator Leila de Lima get back at the recent tirades from President Rodrigo Duterte with this message: “Stop harassing me. What do you want from me? Do you like me?” The lady senator who has become the “apple of the president’s eyes” expressed on Monday that “Duterte […]

BI now requires international airline crew members for immigration inspection

Various airports in the country now enforces immigration inspection upon arrival and before departure of crew members of international airlines in the Philippines. This is the new policy by the Bureau of Immigration which began implementation beginning August of this year aimed at strengthening border security operations. The new rule […]

Decline in PH export brings down total trade revenue in July 2016

MANILA, Sept 14 — The Philippine’s total merchandise trade declined as exports continue to slide in July 2016, given that global economic recovery remains slow, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). This was revealed as the Philippine Statistics Authority reported total revenue from trade fell from US […]

VP Leni Robredo presents lean budget, 14.28 per cent lower than that of 2016

Vice-President Ma. Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo leads the way for a lean budget for 2017 for the Office of the Vice President. The P428.618 million proposed 2017 budget for the OVP is 14.28 percent lower than its 2016 budget, Robredo said Wednesday. Robredo presented the 2017 budget proposal to the Senate […]

NAIA on full allert status after Davao City bombing

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been placed in full alert status following Friday’s bombing in Davao City. Manila International Aairport Authority general manager Ed Monreal clarified that the alert status was raised as a proactive measure to ensure safety and security of airport users. Monreal clarified that the […]

President Duterte reiterates, will not do acts that may affect China talks

No war policy VS. China – Duterte President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said that he wishes to seat in front of the Chinese Ambassador or his representative in order to lay down the Philippines’ position regarding the West Philippine Sea row and reiterated his stand for […]

DILG forms Task Force Agila to handle investigation of local public officials with alleged links to proliferation of illegal drugs

As the Philippine National Police under Director Ronald dela Rosa digs deep into the war against illegal drugs and personalities involved, either users, pushers, dealers, financiers and the dragons in the trade, its mother agency is stomping another foot further. PNP’s parent executive dapartment level agency is the Interior and […]

Will Metro Manila commute improve with a new traffic czar?

Will Metro Manila commute improve with a new traffic czar? This is in the mind of many as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation Arthur Tugade designates Highway Patrol Group Acting Director Sr. Supt. Antonio Gardiola as Metro Manila’s new traffic czar. That was after the heads gathered together […]

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 […]

Suspected drug pushers slain in Pasay with torture marks – CHR

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) revealed in a senate inquiry into extrajudicial killings on Monday said the suspected drug pushers allegedly killed by cops in Pasay City were tortured, Speaking to Senator Leila De Lima, Chair of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, CHR-NCR Director Gilbert Boiser bared […]

Two witnesses testify on Senate probe into extrajudicial killings

Two family members of slain suspected drug pushers appeared at the Senate Monday during the inquiry intextrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration’s war on illicit drugs. The witnesses, who were wearing hoodies recounted how Philippine National Police (PNP) officers abused the suspects even though they were only accused of being […]

SCOTP asks PNP, PDEA to submit complaint on 4 judges allegedly linked to drugs

MANILA, Aug. 17 – The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) on Tuesday directed Philippine National Police Director (PNP) General Ronald Dela Rosa (pictured above) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro Lapena to submit complaint-affidavits against four active judges who were allegedly linked to illegal drug trade […]

“If you can do it, I can do it ten times better” – Duterte

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday vowed to go tit for tat with terrorists and made an assurance he would never allow the Philippines to be destroyed by terrorism. “Terrorists, like ISIS, have no political ideology, no concept at all. You maim people, you kill them, women who refuse to […]

Now there are 10 deputy speakers in the House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is nearing its target of filling up the 12 seats for deputy speakers. On Monday, the second batch of deputy speakers were elected composed by Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Aambis Owa Rep. Sharon Garin, Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, Davao City Rep. Mylene Garcia Albano, and […]

Last pillar for LRT line 2 extension to Antipolo nears completion

Construction of the last pillar for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 extension up until Masinag Junction in Barangay Masinag of Antipolo City is nearing completion. The extension that connects with the Santolan station in Pasig City to Masinag covers 3.9 kilometers of elevated guideway. After Santolan, two stations […]

Inclement weather triggers suspension of classes in these Luzon areas

Expect there will be suspension of more classes in all levels for both private and publics schools in affected areas of the country due to prevailing inclement weather situations brought about the southwest monsoon and identified low pressure area. The 13 cities under the National Capital Region all have declared […]

Five dead as monsoon rains cause floods and landslides

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday reported that five people died due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain brought by the southwest monsoon. Identified as fatalities, include Benedict Brasileño, 68, resident of Barangay Canauiklian, Janiuay, Iloilo, who died due to drowning while crossing […]

SCOTP CJ Sereno says Duterte’s announcement of narco judges premature

Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP)) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s announcement of an informal investigation on the alleged involvement of seven judges in the illegal drugs trade “was premature”. ”The SC would consider it important to know the source and basis of […]

Malacañan OK’s burial of former President Marcos in Libingan

It’s final. Malacañan okays burial of former President Marcos in Libingan Despite many who are against the move, including civil organizations, victims, relatives of victims and survivors, the move to finally intern the body of former President Ferdinand Marcos to the Libingan ng mga Bayani at Fort Bonifacio is almost […]

Lanao Sur mayors surrender, admit involvement in drug trade

Two of the three drug mayors from Lanao del Sur identified by the president surfaced in the office of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Friday. The suspeced drug personalities, Maguing Mayor Mamaulan Abinal Molok and former Mayor Mohammadali Abinal of Marantao, Lanao del Sur, husband […]

BSP slaps RCBC P1-B over Bangladesh bank cyber heist

Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) get slapped with a P1 billion fine in connection with the US $81 million cyber bank heist from Bangladesh Bank. The BSP said the policy-making Monetary Board-approved supervisory action against the bank was made “in connection with the special examination conducted by the Bangko Sentral […]

Duterte call on lawmakers to do part in changing the constitution

President Rodrigo Duterte is storngly supportive of changing the constitution to pave the way for his brainchild of federalism. At first he is batting for a constitutional convention (ConCon). But after being briefed on the cost that range between P10 and P50 billion, he is now on the side for […]

Duterte to release names of 27 local officials in drugs

”My God, you will be shocked,” Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said, giving mediamen a possible reaction to the new expose about local executives who will soon be identified by Malacanang. This as President Rodrigo Duterte will soon reveal the names of at least 27 local executives allegedly involved in […]

Prank calls congest hotlines ‘8888’ and ‘911’ on first day

Ninety-five pecent of the initial calls received for the government’s public service hotlines “8888” and “911” were, guess what, prank. On Tuesday, Philippine Long Distance Telephone company Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said, “Actually, we expected that (receiving many prank calls),” on the sidelines of the telco giant’s briefing on its […]

Duterte defends DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, belittles income from mining

This is the segment of the interview with the press in Malacanang of President Rodrigo Duterte on mining. The transcript of that “conversation” follows below: Second is mining, huwag ninyong anuhin si Gina Lopez by publicity. Hindi siya marunong…She is not an incompetent, she is a bright lady. And she […]

Duterte threatens big business to stop “Endo” practice or face closure

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday sets his eyes on the practice of big business when it comes to employement and contractualization. He issued a reminder to refrain from the practice of contractualization just to cut cost as they would face closure. He said they will lose their permits to operate […]

US affirms commitment of $32-M for PH intensified law enforcement

President Rodrigo Duterte and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed the long standing relations of the Philippines and the United States at Wednesday’s lunch meeting at the President’s Hall of Malacanang. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella in a pres briefing said that Duterte and Kerry took note of the special […]

This is your quick guide on filing claim for PH SSS retirement benefits

This is how concerned individuals would file their Philippine Social Security System retirement paperworks for flawless and prompt processing of benefits. With 11% of our readers and browsers in the age bracket of age 55 and up, we are sharing the informative video produced by the system for general information. […]

Pimentel elected Senate President, Alvarez assumed the post of House Speaker

Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez handily wins the Speakership of the House of Representatives with 251 lawmakers voting for him during the start of the 17th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City on Monday. It was Liberal Party (LP) stalwart and outgoing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. […]

Strange bedfellows, the new PH Senate majority members

Yes, strange bedfellows. Members of the new Philippine Senate majority, 16 out of 19 here, pose for posterity. Nineteen senators who vowed to support Senator Koko Pimentel include incumbent Senators. Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, Loren Legarda, Bam Aquino, Sonny Angara, Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Franklin Drilon, Cynthia Villar, Gregorio “Gringo” […]

Arroyo freed from detention, out of VMC with convoy of cars

After nearly four years of continued detention, former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was finally released Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City. Arroyo was released after the promulgation of the Supreme Court of the Philippines’ (SCOTP) decision junking the plunder case against her […]

President denies Yasay is quitting as DFA head, for now

President denies Yasay is quitting as DFA head, for now MANILA – It has to be the chief executive himself who has to put off the fire on the persistent rumor. President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday denied the rumor that Perfecto Yasay is on his way out as Department […]

SCOTP sets free former President Gloria Arroyo

MANILA — Ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had been praying and waiting for this to happen. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) ordered the immediate release from detention of Pampanga 2nd district congresswoman and former President of the Philippines (POTP) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Arroyo who has a debilitating bone […]

PH to use diplomacy on the West Philippine sea dispute

The Duterte administration will continue to choose the diplomatic way in addressing the territorial dispute with China, this despite the United Nations (UN) Tribunal decision favoring the Philippines. President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Thursday he will consult several people, including former President Fidel V. Ramos, to help the government […]

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Pope Francis arrives safely in Manila from Tacloban

Pope Francis arrives safely in Manila from Tacloban. Pope Francis now back at Apostolic Nunciature MANILA, Jan. 17 — Pope Francis, one of Christendom’s most popular figures, arrived at the Apostolic Nunciature in Taft Avenue, Manila at 2: 55 p.m. after an almost five-hour visit in Tacloban City and Palo, […]

VP Robredo set to attend her first cabinet meeting as head of HUDCC

Vice President Leni Robredo is set to attend her first cabinet meeting, since first informally notified of her selection into the cabinet by President Rodrigo Duterte himself. It must be recalled that before members of the Malacanang press corps and some cabinet officials, the president called the VP in her […]

28th Anniversary of EDSA People Power is not a holiday

MANILA, Feb. 22 – President Aquino will spearhead the 28th anniversary celebration of the EDSA People’s Power Revolution on Wednesday. But Malacanang has clarified that February 25 is a regular working day. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said February 25 has been declared working holiday based on the Proclamation No. […]

PH to use diplomacy on the West Philippine sea dispute

The Duterte administration will continue to choose the diplomatic way in addressing the territorial dispute with China, this despite the United Nations (UN) Tribunal decision favoring the Philippines. President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Thursday he will consult several people, including former President Fidel V. Ramos, to help the government […]

Simultaneous raising of national flag mark 118th PH independence

MANILA — A simultaneous flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at 8:00 AM on June 12, 2016, in all places of national significance in the country will highlight the 118th anniversary celebration of the proclamation of Philippine independence. Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento of the Department of the Interior and Local Government […]

Day 1: Arrival in Manila, the Papal Visit of Pope Francis

Arrival in Manila by Pope Francis. Arrival in Manila – Papal Visit 2015 | Philippines 1/15/2015 Sharing here another (for redundancy) live stream coverage of the arrival of Pope Francis in Manila. The Papal Visit on January 15, 2015. Scheduled for Jan 15, 2015. Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, 15 […]

Video: Reopening of Senate hearing on the Mamasapano massacre

This is the live streaming of the re-opening of Senate Hearing by the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs (January 27, 2016) on the Mamasapano massacre of 44 members of the elite Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police. Related story here

No gap, no animosity, pure PR?, not

No gap, no animosity, pure PR?, not. The new Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and new Philippine Vice-President Ma. Leonor Robredo stand side by side for the first time on Friday afternoon in Camp Aquinaldo. The highest elected officials of the land shook hands and shared the stage in Quezon […]

SC junking petition vs. resolution on SOCE deadline extension happy news for Comelec

MANILA — The Commission on Elections welcomed the ruling of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) denying the petition seeking to nullify the poll body’s resolution extending the deadline for the filing of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE). Commissioner Rowena Guanzon noted that the ruling is good […]

NBI conduct own probe into ’laglag bala’ scam

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now looking deeper into the proliferation of alleged ‘bullet-planting’ (laglag bala) incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and determine whether there are groups behind the scam. This development came after the Department of Justice-formed seven-man NBI task force has been given 15 […]

Malacañan OK’s burial of former President Marcos in Libingan

It’s final. Malacañan okays burial of former President Marcos in Libingan Despite many who are against the move, including civil organizations, victims, relatives of victims and survivors, the move to finally intern the body of former President Ferdinand Marcos to the Libingan ng mga Bayani at Fort Bonifacio is almost […]

Chile President Michelle Bachelet begins PH state visit

On Monday the ‘formal’ state visit of Chile President Michelle Bachelet begins even as she arrived and was met at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Sunday afternoon. Also part of the official welcoming party were Philippine Ambassador to Chile Consuelo Puyat Reyes, Social Welfare and […]

Supreme Court rules tax case in favor of mining firm

Supreme Court rules tax case in favor of mining firm. MANILA, Jan. 25 — A mining corporation received a favorable Supreme Court tax ruling on unpaid claim for refund amounting to over P3 million. The case pertains to the complaint filed by Taganito Mining Corporation against the Bureau of Internal […]

3-Day local absentee voting starts Wednesday, April 27

MANILA – Election is on! That is for the more than 24,000 local absentee voters who can now cast votes beginning today, Wednesday, April 27 but only until Friday, April 29. The Committee on Local Absentee Voting (CLAV) chief Rowena Guanzon said those who registered under the LAV to participate […]

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Senate might compel Purisima to read text messages with P-Noy – Poe

MANILA, Feb. 22 – The Senate might compel resigned Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima to disclose his conversation with President Benigno Aquino III and other officials regarding ‘Oplan Exodus’ when he appears in the Senate hearing on Monday. This was disclosed by Senator Grace Poe on Sunday during a […]

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Bangko Sentral scraps permits of Philrem, 2 others

Manila — The policy-making Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has cancelled the Certificate of Registration of Philrem Services Corp., the remittance service provider facing lawsuits for alleged involvement in the laundering of about US $81 million stolen from Bangladesh Bank in February 2016. The board also cancelled […]

VP Robredo set to attend her first cabinet meeting as head of HUDCC

Vice President Leni Robredo is set to attend her first cabinet meeting, since first informally notified of her selection into the cabinet by President Rodrigo Duterte himself. It must be recalled that before members of the Malacanang press corps and some cabinet officials, the president called the VP in her […]

Due to SCOTP order, Comelec eyes postponement of May 2016 elections

Due to the recent order of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) to produce voter receipts on Election Day, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking at the possibility of postponing the May 9 national and local polls. Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista noted that moving the elections was […]

Day 4: The finale of Pope Francis Papal Visit in the Philippines

Day 4: The finale of Pope Francis Papal Visit in the Philippines. Sharing here the official continuous live stream coverage of team RTVM on Pope Francis Papal visit to the Philippines, Day 4. Coverage starts Jan. 18, 2015, Sunday, 6:00 AM. Back to the capital from Tacloban city, Pope Francis […]

Watchdog seeks crackdown on dangerous cosmetics, slimming products in Makati

A watchdog group espousing public health and the environment today urged Makati Acting Mayor Romulo Peña to come down hard on vendors of banned cosmetics and weight-loss products in Guadalupe in the city of Makati. The EcoWaste Coalition brought the illegal trade to Peña’s attention through a letter faxed and […]

ROC former VP in Manila for APEC summit

Republic of China’s (Taiwan) former vice president Vincent Siew arrives in Manila Monday afternoon for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ summit this week. Siew, who was widely recognized for the “economic miracle” in his nation, will attend the high level meetings in behalf of Chinese Taipei President Ma […]