Philippines Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:45:04 +080019 senators stand by parliamentary immunity for speeches
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:23:00 +0800Germany: Merkel seeks to heal divisions after migrant influx
BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that the migrant influx of 2015 led to deep divisions in Germany and renewed a promise on yesterday that it woThu, 22 Mar 2018 01:17:00 +0800IS suicide bomber kills 31 as Afghans celebrate new year
KABUL — An Islamic State group suicide bomber struck on the road to a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan's capital on yesterday, killing at least 31 people as AfghThu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0800Kosovo parliament vote on border deal halted by tear gas
PRISTINA — Kosovo's opposition on yesterday used tear gas to disrupt a parliamentary vote on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:05:00 +0800What we know so far: Boracay casino projects amid concerns for 'cesspool' island
Philippines Bacolod Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:44:33 +0800Mt. Kanlaon inflates: Phivolcs urges locals to prepare
THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Mount Kanlaon is “swelling” as it urged the residents within the volcanic belt to prepare for any eventuality.
Phivolcs science research specialist chief Ma. Antonia Bornas b...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:43:29 +0800Disaster office inspecting resorts to ensure safety
THE Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) will inspect all the resorts in the city Wednesday to ensure the compliance of City Ordinance 749 or the hiring of certified lifeguards in preparation for the observance of the Le...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:42:53 +0800NegOcc guv: Benitez fits to be senator
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Tuesday, March 20, that Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez is more needed and fitted to be senator.
“Okay man, if he will be governor because he can do a lot for Negros but he is neede...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:42:09 +0800Kin of OFW seeks help
THE mother of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who hails from Bago City, Negros Occidental is asking for help after her daughter was allegedly locked up alone by her employers in a stock room in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
In an interview with Aksyon Rady...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:40:24 +0800DILG: Vote for the right leaders
THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Negros Occidental is urging the public to vote for the right leaders in the May 14 barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) or Youth Council elections.
DILG provincial director Car...
Philippines Baguio Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:50:08 +0800Intercropping to boost income for coffee industry
SENATOR Cynthia Villar said coffee farmers now have the opportunity to improve their income with coconut and coffee intercropping.
Villar, during the third Philippine Coffee Conference in Baguio City, said the passage of Coconut Industry Development ...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:37:23 +0800Hypebeast leaders monitored
LEADERS of the infamous Hypebeast group terrorizing school kids in Baguio City are now being monitored.
City Councilor Francisco Roberto Ortega VI said police and his committee are monitoring with profiling nearly done on the two leaders of the group...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:34:16 +0800La Paz ‘bombers’ charged
AUTHORITIES have charged three suspects in connection with the grenade explosions that killed two policemen and wounded 26 others at La Paz, Abra last month.
Suspects identified as Joel Millare Balucas, Roel Escalante and Eljay Biyang were charged wi...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:32:26 +0800Civil Defense office conducts training for media
WITH its objective to widen the information dissemination process during calamities and disasters, the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Cordillera partnered with members of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) each other to make im...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:05:29 +0800Taxi calibration to continue
THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Railways in Cordillera announced the continuation of the ongoing taxi calibration after a March 14, 2018 decision was made by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) central office....
Philippines Cagayan-De-Oro Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:35:26 +0800Beja: Plan to ‘privatize’ water district not new
THE city’s bulk water supplier has previously expressed its interest in taking over the operations of the Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD), the former general manager of the water utility said.
According to engineer Rachel Beja, Metro Paci...Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:34:46 +0800Soldiers, NPA clash in MisOcc town; 256 families flee
AROUND 256 families were forced to flee their homes after the soldiers clashed with suspected communist rebels in Barangay Sinampongan, Aloran, Misamis Occidental, Monday, March 19.
Members of the 10th Infantry Battalion (IB) under the 1st Infantry D...Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:34:11 +0800Oro cops now preparing for Oplan Holy Week
CAGAYAN de Oro City policemen have been ordered not to let their guard down as security preparations are raised to level 5 for the observance of the holy week, a city police official said Tuesday, March 20.
Superintendent Mardy Hortillosa II, spokesp...Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:33:31 +0800Oro council approves child protection ordinance
THE Cagayan de Oro City Council approved on Monday, March 19, an ordinance localizing the national Child Protection Law.
According to City Councilor Edna Marban-Dahino, Ordinance 2018-28 or the Child Protection Ordinance was created to protect the c...Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:32:36 +0800Luczon: What do we know about 'Build Build Build?'
MONDAY morning and my newsfeed was filled with stories about the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant. The curiosity of me had me researching online about the candidates being mentioned.
As sideline to the pageant stories, was this honest answer made ...
Philippines Cebu Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:42:23 +0800Osmeña crows about Aguirre’s ‘mistake’ in Lim, Espinosa cases
CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña believes that Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre made a mistake in the dismissal of drug-related cases against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr., and that overturning that resolution las...Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:41:40 +0800BIR plans to increase zonal land values
AN official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) yesterday said the agency is increasing the zonal valuation of lands in Cebu, which were last set 12 years ago, especially with the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (T...Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:40:47 +0800Ceres bus, school truck among nearly 500 vehicles impounded for counter-flowing in Cebu City
AFTER more than a month of implementation, close to 500 vehicles were impounded by the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) for counter-flowing. In two Facebook posts, Mayor Tomas Osmeña said the latest vehicles that were impounded included a truc...Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:34:44 +0800Killings worry biz leader, archbishop
SAYING it could affect business, the new president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) expressed concern on the recent spate of killings in Cebu.
“We are very much concerned, as you are. I mean, this issue affects all of us,” said...Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:31:48 +0800Mandaue cuts mask ban fine to P500
THE Mandaue City Government reduced the P5,000 fine to P500 for first-time violators of the ordinance that prohibits the use of face covers by motorcycle riders within Mandaue.
This was among the amendments made on Ordinance 14-2017-1251, which the C...
Philippines Davao Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:42:50 +0800McDo PH shares happiness to Dabawenyos
SHAPING young minds through proper education and sharing happiness has been the ultimate goal of McDonald's Philippines through Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in their program called Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit Learning Center where they bu...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:42:14 +0800Dumaguete Visita Iglesia: Silliman University Church
ON THE charming campus by the sea in Dumaguete is a large green field flanked with age-old acacia trees. At the far end is an amphitheater, where campus beauty queens have been crowned in a contest said to be the oldest and the longest running campus...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:40:00 +0800Moira fills Abreeza as she serenades Dabawenyos
I HAVE always been in Abreeza Mall for leisure and necessities but I have never seen it as filled as last Saturday, March 17 when Moira dela Torre, the country's leading pop singer serenaded the Dabawenyos at the atrium.
The event was scheduled to ki...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:38:18 +0800GMA brings twists to upcoming singing tilt
THE Kapuso Network is bringing some twists to the regular singing competition on TV.
With singing reality shows being one of the well-loved entertainment programs among Filipinos, GMA is set to join the bandwagon once again. However, the giant networ...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:37:34 +0800DCWD offices, collection centers closed on Holy Week
DAVAO City Water District (DCWD) advises the public that its Bajada, Matina, and Toril offices and Victoria Plaza, Felcris Centrale, and SM Lanang Premier collection centers will be closed from March 29 until April 1, 2018 in observance of the Lenten...
Philippines Dumaguete Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:48:30 +0800Dumaguete officials throw support behind ‘Rehabinasyon’ program
DUMAGUETE City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo led local officials, the youth, the academe, law enforcement agencies and other sectors in supporting the government’s program “Rehabinasyon”.
They announced the support as the Inter-Agency Committee ...Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:47:56 +0800Oceana rallies Silliman University to protect Benham Rise
DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental -- Oceana, an international conservation and advocacy organization, is rallying the support of Silliman University here in ongoing efforts to protect the Philippine Rise, also known as Benham Bank.
Danny Ocampo, Ocean...Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:47:27 +0800Drug suspects arrested during 'pot session' in Dumaguete
DUMAGUETE CITY – Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives in Negros Oriental arrested six persons in an anti-illegal drugs operation Wednesday in this city.
An initial police report said that a join...Fri, 09 Mar 2018 19:41:01 +0800Negros prosecutor readies resolution on murders of 'Carp claimants'
THE Negros Oriental assistant provincial prosecutor handling the multiple murder case relative to the deaths of farmers claiming to be petitioners of the government’s land reform program is expected to come up with a resolution with or without the ...Fri, 09 Mar 2018 19:40:04 +080010 writers accepted for Asia's oldest creative writing workshop
A TOTAL of 10 writers from the Philippines have been accepted as fellows to the 2018 Silliman University National Writers Workshop for this year.
Mark Raygan Garcia, director of the Office of Information and Publications (OIP) of Silliman University...
Philippines Headlines Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:45:04 +080019 senators stand by parliamentary immunity for speeches
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0800Privilege speech immunity is absolute – Senate
MANILA, Philippines — A total of 19 senators have signed a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that absolute parliamentary immunity for speeches deThu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0800It’s FVR’s turn to be invited to House inquiry
MANILA, Philippines — Another senior statesman is slated to appear before a congressional inquiry.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0800Top PNPA grad vows to do what’s morally right
MANILA, Philippines — Graduating at the top of his class, a police cadet from Negros Occidental vowed in his valedictory speech to do only what is morally riThu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0800House sees CJ’s Senate impeach trial in August
MANILA, Philippines — It seems Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno will have to wait four months for her impeachment trial as the Senate may only start proceedings
Philippines Iloilo Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:53:34 +0800Iloilo PWDs call for automatic PhilHealth coverage
THE Iloilo Provincial Federation of Associations of Persons with Disabilities is asking the National Government for additional medical privileges as it celebrates the 14th Women with Disability Day (March 21, 2018).
Federation president Bonifacio Cas...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:52:59 +0800NHCP agrees to demolish Freedom Grandstand
THE National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has agreed to demolish the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand to give way for the development of Sunburst Park.
The Freedom Grandstand was considered a concrete monument of the Iloilo City Free...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:35:32 +0800Guimaras is pilot area for DOT market tourism project
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas has identified Jordan town in Guimaras as its pilot area for its market tourism program.
DOT-Western Visayas Director Helen Catalbas said they will improve and rehabilitate the Jordan's Alibhon publi...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:34:26 +0800US consul general impressed with Iloilo City
UNITED States Consul General Russel Brown was impressed with the infrastructure, transportation, and investment promotions of Iloilo City.
“Working together resiliently for the future is great. I’m very impressed because that’s what your city i...Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:11:43 +0800DOT recommends ideal Lenten sites in W. Visayas
ILOILO CITY -- As the Lenten season nears, the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Western Visayas Region has some recommended sites for the public to visit.
DOT-Western Visayas regional director Helen Catalbas said the towns of Barotac Viejo, Calinog and A...
Philippines Manila Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:15:56 +0800Robinsons Land, Shang Properties to develop BGC property
REAL estate companies Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) and Shang Properties Incorporated will jointly develop condominium buildings, serviced apartments and commercial spaces at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City, Metro Manila.
The Philip...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:58:13 +0800Sharon Cuneta meets Duterte in private dinner
ACTRESS Sharon Cuneta, together with family members and friends, met President Rodrigo Duterte on a private dinner Tuesday night, March 20.
In her official Facebook and Instagram pages, Cuneta posted several "groufie" photos together with the Preside...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:25:52 +0800House committee seeks increase in Mindanao budget
THE House committee on Mindanao affairs, chaired by Cagayan de Oro City second district Representative Maximo Rodriguez Jr., is seeking for a budget increase for Mindanao for the coming years.
In a press conference on Wednesday, March 21, Rodriguez ...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:14:08 +0800Duterte: PH won't join US in any wars, unless Filipinos 'under threat'
THE United States would not receive any help from the Philippines in any of its battles, unless the Filipino people are under "direct threat," President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday, March 20.
Speaking before the Philippine National Police Academy'...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:06:09 +0800House panel supports Boracay temporary closure
THE House committee on tourism, chaired by Leyte fourth district Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, has expressed its support to the proposal of the government to temporary close Boracay Island.
Philippines Nation Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +08003 eyed for top Armed Forces of the Philippines post
MANILA, Philippines — Three military officers are being eyed to replace Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0800Makati billboard shut down after airing porn video
MANILA, Philippines — Makati City Mayor Abby Binay yesterday ordered the operator of a digital billboard to stop its operations after airing a pornographic vThu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0800Another hotel fire victim dies
MANILA, Philippines — Another employee of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0800Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte backs shift to federalism
MANILA, Philippines — Shifting the form of government to federalism would help address internal migration that strains the resources of highly urbanized citiThu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0800NCRPO: No terror threat in Metro Manila
MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) yesterday appealed to the public not to spread false information about a terror threa
Philippines Pampanga Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:23:27 +080046 Pampanga villages declared drug-cleared
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The campaign against illegal drugs in Pampanga continues as 46 out of the 505 villages in the province were declared drug-cleared by the Central Luzon Regional Drug Clearing Oversight Committee.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Age...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:19:18 +0800Blueboy: ‘I’m not running for mayor’
ANGELES CITY -- Former Pampanga First District representative Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno said he will not seek for any elective position during the mid-term polls next year.
Nepomuceno, who is also a former mayor of this city, bared this during...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:18:17 +0800More than a thousand cops to secure Lubao balloon fest
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon disclosed on Wednesday that more than a thousand police officers have been deployed to secure the Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2018 in Pradera Verde, Prado Siong...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:17:31 +08006,365 Simonians get PhilHealth cards
SAN SIMON - Residents of this fourth district town received on Wednesday, March 21, tickets to free health care as the Provincial Government of Pampanga and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) provided anew health coverage through th...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:16:45 +0800House plenary to take up bill vs spam messages
MABALACAT CITY -- In response to complaints against unsolicited calls and texts, the House Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) recently endorsed for plenary approval the establishment of the “No Calls and No Text Registrati...
Philippines Pangasinan Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:44:32 +0800Northern Luzon Command on full alert status ahead of NPA anniversary
DAGUPAN CITY -- The military's Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) is on full alert status ahead of the 49th founding anniversary of terrorist group New People’s Army (NPA).
Lieutenant Colonel Isagani Nato, NolCom information officer, said that while ...Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:43:56 +0800Pest-hit Pangasinan farms to get fertilizer aid
STA. BARBARA, Pangasinan -- The Provincial Government is set to provide fertilizer assistance to farmers whose farms have been affected by pest infestation and suspected defective corn seeds.
Governor Amado Espino III has already approved the ferti...Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:42:55 +0800Universal Health Care bill to benefit all Filipinos: Ejercito
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito has assured that his proposed measure would provide universal health care (UHC) to all Filipinos.
Ejercito, chair of the Senate committee on health and demography, said Senate Bill No. 1458, ...Fri, 09 Mar 2018 19:38:56 +0800Police volunteer group now has nearly 14,000 members
DAGUPAN CITY -- A total of 13,887 Muslims and Christians from different towns and cities in Pangasinan are now part of the Salaam Police Volunteers.
Police Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, chief of the community relations officer of the Pangasinan ...Fri, 09 Mar 2018 19:38:18 +08003rd Pangasinan Women’s Convention slated March 21-22
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- The Provincial Government of Pangasinan will conduct its 3rd Provincial Women’s Convention on March 21-22 at the Provincial Training and Development Center here in celebration of the National Women’s Month.
Philippines Regional Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:32:55 +0800#SHORTS: Duterte backs Boracay shutdown 'even if it takes a bit longer'; UP Cebu installs new Oblation; Cebu grad tops MedTech board exam
SHUTDOWN. President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, March 20, said he would back the recommendation of the inter-agency task force on Boracay Island in a bid to address the environmental problems besetting the famous resort island. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:46:19 +0800World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies
NAIROBI, Kenya -- The world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after "age-related complications," researchers announced Tuesday, saying he "stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength."
A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conserva...Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:20:02 +0800Trump calls for death penalty to 'get tough' on drug pushers
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic.
The scourge has torn through the ru...Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:11:53 +0800How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation
NEW YORK -- Facebook "likes" can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of — and which Facebook may have enabled.
The social network is under ...Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:28:32 +0800#SHORTS: 2 dead in twin accidents in Balamban; Duterte impersonator gives radio interview, fools PCOO bureau; Robredo calls for more sectoral reps in ConCom
TWIN ACCIDENTS. Two men died in separate vehicular accidents Monday afternoon, March 19, along Transcentral Highway in Balamban town in midwest Cebu.
Philippines Tacloban Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:31:59 +0800Plan to make Samar as alternative destination lauded
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar -- The City Government welcomed the announcement of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to make Samar province one of the alternative tourist destinations in the country due to the planned closure of the world-famous Boracay Islan...Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:31:30 +0800Traders say San Juanico Bridge lighting to boost local tourism
BUSINESSMEN in Tacloban City expressed optimism that the lighting of the San Juanico Bridge will boost the tourism industry in Eastern Visayas five years after Super Typhoon Yolanda leveled most of the region.
The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterpri...Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:30:44 +0800Yolanda survivor shines in PSC-Pacquiao cup Visayas semis
CALBAYOG City, Samar -- A 15-year-old survivor of Super Typhoon Yolanda that hit Leyte province in 2013 emerged as the first winner in the ongoing PSC-Pacquiao Amateur Boxing Cup Visayas Semifinals at the Calbayog bus terminal in Barangay Bagacay he...Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:30:17 +0800Air Juan launches Cebu-Catbalogan route
CATBALOGAN CITY -- Domestic airline, Air Juan Aviation Inc., opened a new route to Samar province, its fourth destination since it started operating in the Eastern Visayas region last year.
Air Juan chief executive officer John Gutierrez said during...Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:41:43 +0800Clean, spacious terminal welcomes passengers at Tacloban airport
A SLEEK and spacious terminal now greets travelers flying in and out of Tacloban City following the inauguration of the P20 million-funded passenger terminal expansion project at the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) airport on Friday, March 16.
Philippines Zamboanga Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:36:54 +0800Abu Sayyaf bandit in Malaysian resort kidnapping falls
SECURITY forces have arrested a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group who was involved in the kidnapping of 21 people, including 10 Europeans, 17 years ago in a Malaysian resort, a top police official said March 21.
Arrested was Dani Suraidi, who uses the a...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:36:17 +0800Farmer kills village official in Zamboanga del Sur
A VILLAGE official was shot and killed by a farmer in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Wednesday, March 21.
Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said the incident happened...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:35:47 +08007 arrested in anti-illegal drug operation in Basilan
POLICE have arrested seven people, including two suspected drug peddlers, in an anti-illegal drug operation in the province of Basilan, a police official said on March 21.
Superintendent Restituto Pangusban, Isabela City police chief, identified the ...Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:35:18 +080020 Zamboanga cops receive 'Medalya ng Kagalingan'
TWENTY police officers and personnel of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula have been awarded the "Medalya ng Kagalingan," as they were cited for the arrest of six suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Zamboanga City.
Chief Su...Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:37:58 +0800Gov’t engineer dies in gun attack
A GOVERNMENT engineer was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Zamboanga Sibugay province, the police said Tuesday, March 20.
Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the victi...