Government working to end corruption in land conversion procedures––Nograles

By Rodolfo Andal THE government is addressing issues involved in land conversion cases and working to streamline and fast-track procedures not to accelerate conversions but simply to curb corruption. This according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, who recently said the President had given members of the Cabinet marching orders to study and review the existing […]


Apat na suspek sa pagpatay sa QC barangay chair arestado

Ni Santiago Celario NADAKIP ng pulisya ang apat na hinihinalang suspek sa pagpatay kay Barangay Bagong Silangan Chairwoman Crisell Beltran. Iniharap sa media nitong araw ng Linggo nina National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar, Quezon City Acting Mayor Joy Belmonte at QC Police District (QCPD) Director Joselito Esquivel Jr. ang mga nadakip […]


Milyong pabuya ibibigay ng QC sa makapagtuturo sa mga nasa likod ng pamamaslang ng matulunging Barangay chair

Ni Santiago Celario UPANG madaling malutas ang kaso ng pagpatay kay Bagong Silangan Barangay Chairwoman Giselle “Beng” Beltran ay inaprubahan nitong Huwebes ng Quezon City Council ang panukalang paglalaan nang P5 milyong pabuya sa sinumang magkapagbibigay ng impormasyon o makakapagturo sa mga nasa likod ng nasabing pamamaslang. Tinambangan ng apat na hindi pa kilalang salarin […]


NAIA tightens security after Jolo blasts

By Benjamin Lim Vergara THE latest bombing in Jolo that killed at least 20 people and wounded 81 others caused further intensified security inspection at the country’s main gateway. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) Office for Transportation Security (OTS) has started giving instructions to their personnel to make simultaneous checking of all passengers entering […]


Domestic flight movements drop due to bigger planes used by airlines

By Benjamin Lim Vergara THE Manila International Airport Authority observed a decline in domestic flight movements at the country’s main gateway in 2018 due to the bigger planes now flown by airlines. Domestic flight movements in 2018 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) dropped to 145,881 compared to 149,371 flight movements in 2017, a […]

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US Homeland Security puts the Philippines on blacklist

Asian country dropped from list of countries eligible for work visa applications, citing visa abuse By Mar-Vic Cagurangan THE United States Department of Homeland Security has dropped the Philippines from the list of countries eligible under the H2 visa programs this year, citing the country’s alleged high rate of visa abuse and high volume of […]


Nograles: ‘Historic’ coco levy fund measure to benefit farmers deprived of benefits for decades

By Rodolfo Andal CABINET Secretary Karlo Nograles hailed as “a historic piece of legislation” the measure creating the PhP100 billion coco levy trust fund after the Senate and House of Representatives agreed on a unified version of their respective bills, noting that “the decades-long fight of coconut farmers to directly benefit from their toil and […]


Peace talks ng pamahalaan at CPP-NPA-NDF maaring matuloy na

Ni Santiago Celario NAGPAHAYAG ng paniniwala si dating Special Assistant to the President Bong Go na muling magkakaroon ng usapang pangkapayapaan ang gobyerno at ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) ngayong 2019 at mauuwi ito sa pangmatagalang kapayapaan sa bansa. Ayon kay Go umaasa siya na muling mag-uusap ang gobyerno at ang mga […]


Lions Club holds charter night, founder’s b-day rites in Manila

By Robert Roque THE Lions Club of Manila Sampaguita will hold its charter presentation and celebrate Lions Clubs International founder Melvin Jones’s 140th birth anniversary on January 13 at the Jen Hotel Manila on Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Past Council Chairperson Rodolfo L. See, Multiple District 301 Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Coordinator, will be […]

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US-based rights group to campaign for LP slate, Alejano and labor leaders

By Abner Galino THE Filipino American Human Rights Alliance recently announced that it would be supporting the eight Liberal Party senatorial candidates that included former military mutineer Rep. Gary Alejano. But Ago Pedalizo, FAHRA member, also pointed out that their group would also be supporting the senatorial bids of four other candidates identified with workers […]


NAIA passenger volume increased by 7 percent in 2018

By Benjamin Lim Vergara AIR passenger traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has significantly increased in 2018, the Manila International Airport Authority on Friday said. In its annual report of travel statistics (domestic and international), the MIAA showed a high volume of air travelers arriving and departing at the country’s main gateway. Foreign and […]

Environment News

South Korea’s toxic waste to be “re-exported” to port of origin on January 9

THE governments of the Philippines and South Korea have reached agreement that will ensure the repatriation of some 6,500 tons of mixed wastes stranded at Misamis Oriental to their origin in Pyeongtaek City this January. At a press conference jointly called by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the EcoWaste Coalition, Mr. John Simon, Port […]

Health News

Thailand becomes first in Asia to introduce tobacco plain packaging; WHO commends efforts

THE World Health Organization has recently commended the stronger tobacco control measures being adopted by Thailand which has become the first in Asia and the first low and middle-income country to adopt plain packaging for tobacco products. “Thailand’s bold steps against tobacco – the single most important cause of preventable deaths worldwide – is commendable […]


US marines stopped at NAIA?

By Benjamin Lim Vergara SEVERAL United States marines were stopped and questioned on Friday by unfazed security personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for bringing in 60 live ammunition and 17 magazines inside the airport’s Terminal 3. The US marines, who were part of the just concluded Balikatan exercises held in Zamboanga, were leaving […]


China May Use Force to Counter Foreign Meddling in Taiwan – President Xi

By Sputnik News BEIJING (Sputnik) – China won’t promise to abstain from using force when countering foreign meddling and separatist movements in Taiwan, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday. At a gathering commemorating the 40th anniversary of issuing the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan that marked a thaw in China-Taiwan relations, Xi said, emphasizing that “Chinese do not […]


Special BI counters created to expeditiously process departing OFWs

By Benjamin Lim Vergara SPECIAL immigration counters were created at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and other ports to expeditiously process departing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Bureau of Immigration (BI) Port Operations Division chief Grifton Medina said the new system will ease OFWs’ travel out of the country as instructions were already given to immigration […]