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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 […]

MILF kills Muslim bomber Abdul Basit Usman

COTABATO CITY, May 4, Updated — In the end, it was not the government forces which will prove successful in eliminating the country’s most wanted bomber who had eluded arrest for several months already. Abdul Basit Usman, who had a one million US dollars reward for his arrest, died in […]

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 […]

DOH initial report: No trace of toxic substance found in milk tea samples

MANILA, April 13 — The Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday that no trace of any toxic substance was found from the samples of the milk tea that allegedly caused the death of two persons and the hospitalization of another one in Manila last week. In a press briefing […]

Quezon City tax collection hits P7.8 billion in Q1 2015

QUEZON CITY, 13 — The Quezon City government reports that it has succeeded in collecting P7,790,612,896 or more than 50 percent of its 2015 budget of P14,462,362,000 during the first three months of this year. This represents an improvement of PhP 609.377 million over the 2014 revenue collection performance for […]

PH government peace panel admit knowledge Iqbal is a nom de guerre

MANILA, April 8 — The Philippine government has been negotiating and dealing with a fictitious person representing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. “Mohagher Iqbal is a nom de guerre and Mohagher Iqbal is the official name that has been used in negotiations ever since the negotiations with the Philippine government […]

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 […]

Alleged 14K drug ring member, wife faces suit for possession of P.4-M shabu

DAVAO CITY, March 23 — A former municipal councilor alleged to be a member of the international drug ring 14-K, together with his wife earlier caught of drugs valued at P400,000 are facing drug charges filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Named respondents in the case for violation […]

Mild ‘El Nino” damages P7-M Kidapawan City agri-crop production

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Mar. 22 — As the dry spell affects more farmers here, the City Agriculture Office is asking for assistance from concerned agencies particularly the Department of Agriculture. Senior Agriculturist Nesmari Espejo said over P7 million worth of crops including rice, corn, banana and coffee have been […]

Megaworld to convert canefields as future Bacolod upscale lifestyle, business districts

BACOLOD CITY, March 21 — This Visayan city is the target of a P35 billion real estate investment project. The biggest real estate investment in Negros Occidental so far, Megaworld Corporation’s development projects are expected to create new business districts and 250,000 jobs in the next 10 years. Megaworld senior […]

No LRT lines 1, 2 operations from April 2 to 5

MANILA, March 20 – Commuters brace for an alternative commute other than the trains. Operations of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2 will be suspended for four days in observance of the Holy Week and at the same time to give way to annual maintenance works. According […]

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 […]

Earth Hour, WWF leads solar lamps gift of life project in Palawan

MANILA, March 19 — The global movement Earth Hour led by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is giving out safe and economical solar lamps to hundreds of families in Palawan. It is this year’s Gift of Life project of the organization. “Solar lamps rely on power of the sun, […]

Police buy-bust operation yields P.3-M shabu in Lipa

LIPA CITY, Batangas, March 18 — Police officers confiscated heat-sealed plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be metamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” weighing 25 grams with an estimated street value of P295,000 during a buy-bust operation late Monday afternoon at Lodlod village here. Police commander Supt. Jacinto R. Malinao […]

Increase of P30 in NCR daily basic minimum wage and COLA Ok’d

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) has approved a resolution granting a P15 increase in the daily basic minimum wage and continuing a P15 Cost of Living Allowance in effect since January 2014. The new minimum wage in the National Capital Region has been […]

Sandiganbayan grants detained Senator Estrada 3-hour forlough

MANILA, March 16 — Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada was granted Monday a three-hour furlough by the Sandiganbayn to attend to his son’s high school graduation on Tuesday. The anti-graft court allowed Estrada to leave his detention in Camp Crame from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to attend the commencement […]

DBM explains, justifies funding issues of proposed Bangsamoro entity

MANILA, March 16 — Speaking on the funding issues surrounding the proposed Bangsamoro region, Department of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said, “We must consider the prevailing conditions in the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The region requires strong and consistent funding support to lift it out of poverty.” […]

Joint police-military operation nab BIFF leader, 5 others in GenSan

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao, March 16 -– Joint police and military operatives arrested Sunday night Ustadz Mohammad Ali Tambako and four of his men in Gen. Santos City. Tambako is allegedly the leader of the Justice for Islam Movement (JIM), a splinter group of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. Tambako is […]

DILG awaits position paper on one island region from Negros governor

BACOLOD CITY, March 16– The landmass of the country has limited prospect of increasing, with China continuously chipping away a wide swath of Philippine territory in the South China, yet more local governments get created, like new cities, towns, provinces and now a proposed Negros Island Region, favoring an opportunity […]

Senate gives P100-K to kins of fallen SAF44, other troopers

MANILA, March 12 – The Philippine Senate gave P5.1 million worth of financial assistance to the SAF troopers who were killed, wounded and survived the Mamasapano incident last Jan. 25. Before the Senate session ended Wednesday night, Senate President Franklin Drilon announced the financial assistance worth P100,000 each to the […]

Antique guv Cadiao “cries” for slice of tourism pie

ILOILO CITY, March 12 — Antique guv “cries” for slice of tourism pie, well not literally. The province of Antique appeals to the Department of Tourism (DOT) for a chance to show-off its natural and man-made tourism attractions which remained in oblivion. “Kami naman,” said newly installed Antique Governor Rhodora […]

Muslim autonomous region spends P12-M a week for Maguindanao evacuees

COTABATO CITY, March 11 — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Wednesday said it is spending Php 12 million a week on food packs alone to support more than 70,000 individuals displaced in the ongoing military law enforcement operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao. ARMM’s […]

2 soldeirs, 20 BIFF killed in latest Maguindanao clash

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao, March 11 — The latest skirmishes between Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Philippine Marine troopers in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Tuesday had twenty Moro bandits and two soldiers killed. Speaking for the 6th Infantry Division Capt. Joann Petinglay said the encounter between 8th Marine Battalion Landing Team […]

New radical Moro group emerges as splinter from BIFF – Reports

MANILA, Philippines – Reports confirmed that as the Philippine government is hell-bent at passing the much maligned Bangsamoro Basic Law, while military forces are fighting the war with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf Group, another radical Muslim group is emerging as a new player in the […]

ASG ambush kills 3 gov’t troopers, six others wounded in Sulu

MANILA, March 4 — In the continuing hostilities in conflict-torn areas in Mindanao, government forces suffered yet another set of fatalities. Three soldiers, two of them officers, were killed after the resupply column they were in were mined and ambushed by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in Patikul town, […]

Maguindanao in state of calamity as AFP pursue alleged foreign terrorists

MANILA, March 4 — AFP pursuit operations are now being conducted against the five foreign terrorists, four of which are Indonesian and one Arab-looking, who are allegedly allied with Filipino bomb-maker Basit Usman. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs office chief, said they believed that […]

Senator Poe wants Smart SMS record on Mamasapano between Purisima and P-Noy

MANILA, March 4 – Senator Grace Poe is still waiting for Smart Communications to contact her office regarding the Senate’s subpoena to produce records of short message services (SMS) between PNP chief Alan Purisima and other key persons involved in the Mamasapano debacle of the PNP SAF. ”We want to […]

Senate can conduct BBL hearings even during recess – Marcos

MANILA, March 4 — Public hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) can continue even if Congress is in recess, according to Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. “We can still continue working during the adjournment. We can still hold hearings even if we are in recess,” Marcos said in […]

Passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not solve Moro conflict – Ferrer

MANILA,, March 3 — If we are to believe that passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law into law will not solve the conflict in Mindanao, according to Prof. Miriam Ferrer, then why the heck they still stay at the government peace panel? Professor Miriam Ferrer, who chairs the side of government […]

Duterte was only joking, not running for president

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 27 — “Hindi (No). I never said it in a very categorical way.” This was the statement of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte when sought if he declared intention to run for president during his “Listening Tour” on Federalism in Dagupan City. In an interview on Wednesday night at […]

Philippine Army starts covert offensive to flush out BIFF

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao, Feb. 26 — Since when a military covert operation was announced for public and media consumption? This is one for the record when an army regional spokesperson said Wednesday the Army’s 6th Infantry Division has started covert operations against outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). Capt. Joann […]

Investor-Developers to build 1st gas service retail outlet in SCTEX

MANILA, Feb. — Like a copy of gas service retail and store outlets in western countries, two investors are up to show the motorists and travelers in the Philippines the look and feel of one. That is, fill your car with gas, shop a little, eat some snacks and buy […]

Anti-drug enforcers catch barangay official in buy-bust dragnet

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Feb. 25 — An elected barangay official in Banga town in South Cotabato was arrested by anti-drug operatives in a buy-bust operation in the area late Tuesday night. The suspect was identified as Emmanuel Recto Malala, 36, an incumbent councilor of Barangay Improgo in Banga according to […]

Armed men burns hideout of slain terrorist Marwan

COTABATO CITY, Feb. 26 – – Unidentified armed men burned down on Tuesday night the nipa hut of slain terrorist bomber Zulkipli Ibhir alias “Marwan” in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. “Yes its true that Marwan’s house was burned,” Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 7th Brigade commander Haramin said over a […]

Ramos urges Malacanang for a memorial to SAF44

MANILA, Feb. 25 — Is there a need for a memorial dedicated to the slain SAF44? Former President Fidel V. Ramos sees the need for a memorial honoring the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) police commandos killed in action last month during a mission against two terrorists in Maguindanao province’s […]

Zamboanga hosts first city bird watching festival

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 25 — Almost there. Everything is ready for the holding of the first local bird festival to be hosted by the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) on Friday, February 27, here. State college president Dr. Milabel Nazario made this announcement Tuesday, citing the […]

Senate ends hearing on the Mamasapano debacle of SAF commandos

MANILA, Feb. 24 – The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs joint hearing with the committees on peace, unification and reconciliation and finance, wrapped its inquiry on the Mamasapano incident on Tuesday, after five public hearings and four executive sessions, Panel chairperson Senator Grace Poe assured that the […]

Army wipes more than 30 BIFF members in Maguindanao, North Cotabato borders

CARMEN, North Cotabato, Feb. 24 — The two-day Philippine military offensive in the borders of North Cotabato and Maguindanao has likely killed more than 30 members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), according to a military source on Tuesday. Colonel Noel Clement, chief of the 602nd Infantry Brigade here, said […]

Purisima reads text chat with P-Noy on Mamasapano encounter

MANILA, Feb. 23 – Resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima disclosed on Monday the exchange of text messages between him and President Benigno S. Aquino III during the Mamasapano incident on Jan. 25. At the resumption of the Senate inquiry into the bloody Mamasapano encounter that left 44 […]

DENR6 targets massive greening program in Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY, Feb 23 — Identified areas of mangroves along riverbanks, coastal zones and public lands in all provinces of Western Visayas are up for a massive tree planting and greening program. The regional offfice here of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR VI) is now ready to […]

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LTO to launch cashless transaction technology Feb 1

LTO to launch cashless transaction technology Feb 1 MANILA, Jan. 22 — The Land Transportation Office is set to launch a new cashless transaction system beginning next month. The LTO will be the first government agency to adapt the technology. On Feb. 1, clients will no longer stay in long […]

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Islamic state not Bangsamoro region, BIFF insists

MANILA, Feb 20 – The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters has no plan to join in the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. In a radio interview with BIFF spokesperson Abu Misry Mama, he insisted that they are fighting for an Islamic state and not a […]

Palace insists MRT, LRT fare increase means better service

MANILA, Jan. 7 — The Palace insists MRT, LRT fare increase means better service and new facilities. On Tuesday, Malacanang appealed for more patience from the public, saying the increase in MRT and LRT fares would mean better services and facilities. In a press briefing on Tuesday, Communications Secretary Herminio […]

PH visit concludes, Pope Francis leaves for Rome 10 am Monday

PH visit concludes, Pope Francis leaves for Rome 10 am Monday. MANILA, Jan. 18 — Today, Monday of January 19th at about 10AM Pope Francis is set to leave Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight to Vatican is scheduled to leave Villamor Airbase in Pasay City at 10:00 am. […]

MILF kills Muslim bomber Abdul Basit Usman

COTABATO CITY, May 4, Updated — In the end, it was not the government forces which will prove successful in eliminating the country’s most wanted bomber who had eluded arrest for several months already. Abdul Basit Usman, who had a one million US dollars reward for his arrest, died in […]

One peso Metro jeepney fare rollback effective Dec 11

QUEZON CITY, 12 Dec. — Jeepney passengers in Metro Manila will now pay P1 less after the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board approved a fare rollback effective December 11, 2014. The minimum fare of jeepneys in Metro Manila has been reduced from P8.50 to P7.50 for regular passengers and P6.00 […]

New radical Moro group emerges as splinter from BIFF – Reports

MANILA, Philippines – Reports confirmed that as the Philippine government is hell-bent at passing the much maligned Bangsamoro Basic Law, while military forces are fighting the war with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf Group, another radical Muslim group is emerging as a new player in the […]

All is quiet in Malacanang with on-going Mamasapano Senate hearing

All is quiet in Malacanang with on-going Mamasapano Senate hearing. MANILA, Feb 11 — Malacanang on Tuesday declined to comment on the on-going Senate hearings regarding the Mamasapano incident. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said “it may be inappropriate to give comments at this time because the testimonies given by […]

Zamboanga hosts first city bird watching festival

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 25 — Almost there. Everything is ready for the holding of the first local bird festival to be hosted by the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) on Friday, February 27, here. State college president Dr. Milabel Nazario made this announcement Tuesday, citing the […]

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 […]

Urban poor to benefit from Manila housing projects

MANILA, Dec. 22 — Some 585 urban poor families stand to benefit from Manila’s housing projects after the interior and local government department and the city of Manila forged the trust fund for informal settler familie’s homes to cap off this year’s urban poor solidarity week. Leaders from government, civil […]

Sandiganbayan sends Gov. Lanete to Bicutan detention center

On Friday the graft court Sandiganbayan sent Masbate Gov. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete to the detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City. She joins alleged pork barrel brains queen Janet Lim-Napoles and fellow suspect Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes. Atty Laurence Arroyo legal counsel of the embattled governor said he was hoping that Lanete […]

Day 5: Pope Francis Papal Visit in the Philippines

Day 5: 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. The Apostolic visit to the Philippines of Pope Francis from January 15 – 19, 2015 finally comes to a close today. Final […]

Maguindanao in state of calamity as AFP pursue alleged foreign terrorists

MANILA, March 4 — AFP pursuit operations are now being conducted against the five foreign terrorists, four of which are Indonesian and one Arab-looking, who are allegedly allied with Filipino bomb-maker Basit Usman. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs office chief, said they believed that […]

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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 […]

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ASG ambush kills 3 gov’t troopers, six others wounded in Sulu

MANILA, March 4 — In the continuing hostilities in conflict-torn areas in Mindanao, government forces suffered yet another set of fatalities. Three soldiers, two of them officers, were killed after the resupply column they were in were mined and ambushed by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in Patikul town, […]

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

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Watch Pope Francis meets President Aquino in Malacanang

Watch Pope Francis meets President Aquino in Malacanang. Sharing here the official Vatican live coverage of the first Papal Visit to the Philippines of Pope Francis. The live stream coverage will feature public appearances of the Pope. The second live stream broadcast features the Holy Father as he visits Malacanang […]

DENR6 targets massive greening program in Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY, Feb 23 — Identified areas of mangroves along riverbanks, coastal zones and public lands in all provinces of Western Visayas are up for a massive tree planting and greening program. The regional offfice here of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR VI) is now ready to […]

Police buy-bust operation yields P.3-M shabu in Lipa

LIPA CITY, Batangas, March 18 — Police officers confiscated heat-sealed plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be metamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” weighing 25 grams with an estimated street value of P295,000 during a buy-bust operation late Monday afternoon at Lodlod village here. Police commander Supt. Jacinto R. Malinao […]

Five domestic airports closed, Tacloban no commercial flights — CAAP

MANILA, Dec. 7 (PNA) — Five airports remain closed due to typhoon “Ruby”, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Sunday. On its official Twitter account, CAAP said that as of 1:15 p.m., the closed airports include those in the cities of Naga, Masbate, Legazpi, Caticlan, and […]

2 Dead, 42 wounded in Zamboanga City bomb explosion

2 Dead, 42 wounded in Zamboanga City bomb explosion ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 24 — The number of fatalities in Friday afternoon’s powerful bomb explosion here have climbed to two while those wounded to 47. This came about as another victim expired Friday night while undergoing treatment at a hospital in […]

Day 5: Pope Francis Papal Visit in the Philippines

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