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Thursday, June 22, 2017
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday ordered the heightened nationwide personal screening of all incoming and departing airline passengers following a report that some suspected foreign terrorist are on the way to join the Maute Group that is still battling government forces in Marawi City. Immigration Commissioner Jaime H....
THE government’s award of a P1-billion contract to a foreign supplier of night-fighting gadgets was held in abeyance after the Commission on Audit (COA) intervened to ensure that the transaction is beyond reproach. The commission has reportedly served notice to the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Turkey-based Aselsan...
THE Malampaya natural- gas facility in Palawan will undergo another maintenance shutdown in July and September this year, but power supply in Luzon will not be affected, the Department of Energy (DOE) said on Wednesday. On  July 15 and 16 engineering works at the offshore platform will be conducted to...
ENVIRONMENT stalwart Forest Foundation Philippines (FFP), funded by both the Philippine and the US governments, called for more social enterprises to engage in forest preservation with their winning ideas. The group is encouraging for-a-cause businesses, either start-ups or those still at the concept stage, to join in their pitch session...
DAVAO CITY—More than 10,000 members of cooperatives across Mindanao stand to benefit from the recently approved projects of the World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP). The PRDP said it has approved 43 projects costing P184.21 million under its Investment for Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Productivity (I-Reap) portfolio. One project,...
AT least 200 members of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked a civilian outpost in North Cotabato on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of civilians in two barangays, police and military officials reported. The terrorists, led by five commanders of the BIFF, attacked the outpost of the Barangay Peacekeeping...
THE Philippine government is now at the forefront of buying green through the implementation of the Green Public Procurement (GPP) Regime. It is an initiative that is part of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022’s Strategic Framework to Ensure Ecological Integrity, Clean and Healthy Environment. It bears on the country’s...
A FILIPINO woman who was accused of killing her employee in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) escaped punishment when the Court of Appeals in Al Ain declared her “innocent without diyyah”, or payment of blood money. The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi confirmed that Jennifer Dalquez was declared innocent at...
MALACAÑANG on Tuesday dismissed the possibility of Marawi City becoming the Islamist State’s (Daesh) central hub in Southeast Asia, saying it fully trusts the military in finishing the job in the conflict-ridden city. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto C. Abella said the administration is relying its back on the security forces in...
A TOTAL of 110,000 students are expected to benefit from the Commission on Higher Education’s (Ched) tuition-assistance program for medical students in eight state universities and colleges and victims of Typhoon Yolanda, a senior Ched official said on Tuesday. In a news briefing, Ched Commissioner Prospero E. de Vera said...
THE Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) started fielding on June 15 a private security agency, whose guards are armed with rifles and shotguns, to augment the National Police’s Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup), many of whose members are gunless. Miaa General Manager Ed Moreal said Lanting and Advance Security agencies are...
BISHOP LEOPOLDO TUMULAK of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines died on June 17. He was 72. Tumulak, who had led the diocese since 2005, passed away at 1:26 p.m. at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said. He has...
TO determine if its pool of trained manpower is up to par, the Armed Forces has started mustering all its reserve units in Metro Manila. “As our operations against terrorist groups and other lawless elements continue to intensify, our reservists must remain steadfast, dependable and ready to be deployed...
LOCAL consumer groups on Monday denounced as “irresponsible and grossly inaccurate” the recent statements of a Department of Health official who said electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or “vapes”) contain the same chemicals used in cigarettes and can lead to more serious addiction to tobacco. “It is both alarming and disappointing to...
THE head of a non-governmental organization on Monday warned that serious flaws in future batches of Philippine e-passports will cause overseas workers and other Filipino travelers to be barred from entering their countries of destination. “Thousands of migrant Filipino workers and other travelers are unwittingly headed to purgatory on...
THE appellate court justices who ordered the release of six Ilocos Norte officials being detained by the House of Representatives for contempt on Monday stood pat on their decision, despite threats to have them disbarred. Associate Justice Stephen Cruz, one of the three members of the Court of Appeals...
AN escapee from the Marawi City Jail  surrendered to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) chief, Director Serafin Barretto Jr., on Monday. Marawi City Jail Inmate Mohaderin Banding Acampong, who is charged with murder, was among the 107 inmates freed by Maute bandits from the Marawi City Jail...
JUSTICE department prosecutors last Sunday conducted inquest proceedings for the crime of rebellion against Mohammad Naoim Maute, alias Almahid Pangompig Romato. Maute is believed to be the youngest brother of Omarkhayam and Abdullah Maute, leaders of the bandit group. He is among those suspected of rebellion under Arrest Order 1, issued...
THE United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), in partnership with the Makati Business Club (MBC), unveiled last week the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP). The launching was attended by prominent businessmen led by Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala of the Ayala Group of Cos. The CRBP is the first comprehensive...
By Butch Fernandez and Elijah Felice E. Rosales MALACAÑANG confirmed on Thursday that President Duterte is taking some “private time” to sleep and rest, and will most likely miss official functions for the rest of the week. In a news briefing, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto C. Abella dismissed rumors that Duterte is...
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