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Plaridel, a journalist-lawyer, is our true National Hero

“Plaridel: Ang kaluluwa ng paghihiwalay ng Pilipinas sa bansang Espanya ay mas matalino at superior kay Rizal” –Governor General Ramon Blanco MARCELO HILARIO DEL PILAR, known also by his nom de guerre “Plaridel”, was the greatest journalist who ever took flesh this side of the Orient. Filipinos commemorate Plaridel’s 120th death anniversary on July 4, He died in 1896 (the […]

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The MMDA strengthens Pasig River ferry system

IN a bid to promote the Pasig River Ferry Service as an alternative mode of transportation in the metropolis, the Metro Manila Development Authority launched another commuter boat last Thursday, the last day in office of its chair Emerson Carlos. The launching of the 20-seater ferry at the Guadalupe Station in Makati City brought to 16 the total number of […]

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Philippine aviation authorities suspend pilot for reckless flying

A PHILIPPINE airplane pilot was suspended for nearly a year by the country’s civil aviation authority for reckless flying. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General William K. Hotchkiss 3rd has ordered the 330 day suspension of Capt. Leo Ariel Guardo after was found guilty of committing four violations of the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR). Specifically, Guardo was […]

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The search for ten outstanding young Fil-Am to join week long Philippine immersion starts

LOS ANGELES — FYLPRO, a non-profit organization of high-performing, next-generation Filipino leaders that have a passion for advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people, has launched its 2016 Immersion Program application to identify ten Filipino-American young leaders who will join an all-expense paid, week-long program in the Philippines. The program includes meetings with top government, business and civil society leaders […]

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Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as the Philippines 16th president

MANILA—In a historic feat, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the controversial mayor of Davao City, was sworn into office Thursday (June 30) as the Philippines 16th president and the first from Mindanao. Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, Duterte’s fraternity brother from the San Beda College of Law based Lex Talionis Fraternity, administered the oath of office for the country’s new president […]

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Philippine National Police Commission approves implementation of national police clearance system

THE Philippine National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) early this month allowed the country’s police authorities to adopt and implement a centralized national police clearance system to aid the government in its anti-criminality campaign and improve the crime investigation and detection capabilities of law enforcers. This was learned Thursday after Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chair […]

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Philippine transportation authorities deny report that the multi-million peso airport security equipment are missing

THE Philippine Office for Transportation Security took issue with a leading newspaper’s report alleging that the P67 million peso (about US $ 1.45 million) worth of security screening equipment have disappeared. In a statement, OTS spokesperson Jonathan Maliwat said contrary to the news report, the equipment did not disappear but have been deployed at different airports since 2015 in time […]

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NAIA on alert

SECURITY at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was tightened following a terrorist attack in Istanbul Ataturk Airport Tuesday night which killed 41 people and injured 239 others. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) in coordination with the Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) and the Office for Transportation Security have stepped up  security measures to ensure the safety of passengers as well […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News
Ex-Caloocan mayor Echiverri to be tried for anomalous P2.9M drainage project

Ex-Caloocan mayor Echiverri to be tried for anomalous P2.9M drainage project

PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said there is probable cause to charge former Caloocan City mayor Enrico Echiverri and two other city government officials with violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) before the Sandiganbayan. Ombudsman records show that in 2011, the city undertook the improvement of the drainage system of Molave […]

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Nine new members were sworn in by the Los Angeles  Philippine Women's Club (LA PWC) on their 55th Anniversary last Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Manila Terrace Apartments Social hall at 2328 Historic FIlipintown, DTLA.  New LA PWC President Perla Santos  ( fourth person on the  left) in Blue Pilipina terno with the new members

Los Angeles’ Philippine Women’s Club mark 55 years of community service

Los Angeles- “The oldies but the goodies.” The Los Angeles Philippine Women’s Club ( LA PWC), the oldest Filipino-American women’s organization, marked their 55th years of community service by installing new officers and members. In her welcome address, past president Amelia Arichea lauded the organization’s officers for their tireless effort is running the organization. She adds that their dedication inspired […]

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Los Angeles awarded $70 M for a new manufacturing institute by the DOE

LOS Angeles –President Obama announced today that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC)—a consortium co-founded by University of California Los Angles (UCLA) and more than 200 academics and business leaders nationwide—has been awarded $70 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a new manufacturing institute headquartered in the city of angels.  The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (SMII) will […]

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Exiting MMDA chair supports the granting of emergency power to the incoming president to solve Metro Manila’s traffic woes

Metro Manila Development Authority chair Emerson Carlos said in-coming President Rodrigo Duterte should be given extra ordinary powers to solve the traffic problem besetting Metro Manila and other urban areas nationwide and stop the multi-billion peso bleeding of the economy caused by these gridlocks. Carlos, who is set to relinquish his post on Thursday noon, also notes that giving Duterte […]

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Philippine Ombudsman charges ex-Iloilo congressman Syjuco for NGO mess

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday orders the filing of graft charges against former Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr. before the Sandiganbayan for entering into a multi-million peso contract with the government using his own non-government organization, the Tagipusuon Foundation Inc. Specifically, Syjuco was charged by government prosecutors before the anti-graft court with malversation and violation of Section 3(e) and […]

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Canada should take back its garbage – Philippine green groups

PHILIPPINE green groups demand from the Canadian government the re-importation of its country’s garbage which it dumps in the country without regard to its impact on our local environment. The EcoWaste Coalition and Buklod Tao issued the demand during a mass action in front of the Canadian embassy in Makati City as both organizations denounce the failure the Canadian government […]

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MIAA GM Jose Angel Honrado

Outgoing MIAA chief blames media for unfortunate events

JUST like his outgoing boss President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, the soon to be former Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado blames newsmen for the series of unfortunate incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Honrado poured out his frustrations against the members of the Fourth Estate during his last flag raising ceremony on Monday. It must […]

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NAIA transport drivers start undergoing annual drug test

FOLLOWING the rash of scandalous behavior among public utility motorists, more than 50 driver members of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport based Airport Shuttle Service Inc. underwent drug testing to ensure that no drug user or dependent are among their roster who would cause them and their organization embarrassment. ASSI chairman Romeo Sayaman said the drivers voluntarily underwent the drug […]

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PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac

PDEA gives away P3.6 million reward to five informants

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Monday rewarded five civilian informants with more than P3.6 million (about US $78,260) in exchange for information that led to the seizure early this year of more than 117 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride otherwise known as shabu with an estimated street value of at least P117 million (about US 2.5 milllion). PDEA Director General […]

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A Taiwan bound commercial plane forced to return to Manila terminal

A COMMERCIAL plane bound for neighboring Taiwan was forced to return to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on Sunday after one of its passenger suddenly went ill. Airport authorities said Johnny Fernandez complained of difficulty in breathing as Eva Air flight BR272 prepares for take off. They added that the plane’s cabin crew informed their pilot about the […]

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How computerization “silenced” my editorial room

I WAS like a kid who first saw a remote-controlled toy train as I watch the people from the MIS, a newly created department in the Philippine Journalists Inc., (PJI) (better known as the Journal Group of Publications) install the first sets of computers in the editorial room. The MIS people set the computers up in clusters; one cluster each […]

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MIAA transition team briefs would be airport manager

THE Manila International Airport Authority transition team on Friday met with the reported incoming Ninoy Aquino International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal and tour him around as they show the accomplishments of the current airport management. However, sources who saw the tour alleges that Monreal, instead of being happy about the walk around, was dismayed with what he saw […]

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Britons Spurn EU as Leave Camp Gets Over 16,700,000 Votes in Referendum

Britons Spurn EU as Leave Camp Gets Over 16,700,000 Votes in Referendum

The UK voted for the country’s exit from the EU with 51.9 percent supporting the move, the Electoral Commission said Friday. According to Jenny Watson, the chief counting officer for the EU referendum, 17.4 million UK nationals voted for Brexit against 16.1 million in favor of staying in the European Union, while the turnout was 72.2 percent. Britons went to the […]

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Department of Agriculture exec faces charges before anti-graft court for false trip tickets

GOVERNMENT prosecutors are running after an acting director of the agriculture department before the Sandiganbayan for reportedly falsifying trip tickets in 2012 and using government vehicles for private functions. Specifically, DA Acting Director III Jose Balatucan Jr. was charged with 13 counts of falsification after he was found by Ombudsman investigators that he falsely stated in the trip tickets that he […]

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Philippine justice department junks extortion case against airport security personnel

THE Philippine justice department on Thursday dismisses the extortion charges for “lack of probable cause” against six Ninoy Aquino International Airport security personnel who were earlier accused of bullet planting (laglag bala) by an American missionary. This was learned shortly after officials of the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) and the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) express relief over […]

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Philippine Ombudsman suspends Bacolod City mayor for delay in implementing decision

THE Ombudsman suspends Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella for refusing to immediately implement an administrative order suspending two city officials who were found guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. The one month and a day suspension order against Puentevella, a former member of the House o Representative, was issued by the Ombudsman after he was […]

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NAIA could withstand a strong earthquake – Manila International Airport Authority

THE Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals could withstand a 7.6 magnitude on richter scale earthquake. Thus claim the Manila International Airport Authority after staging an earthquake drill on Wednesday to assess the preparedness of airport rescue workers in the event that the expected “big one” strikes. The airport execersie is in line with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) metro […]

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