ROTC cadet catches student who jumped off 5th floor

DAGUPAN CITY -- A 20-year-old criminology student here and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet has saved the life of his fellow student who jumped off the ledge of a five-storey building of their school. Mart Stephen Navarro said the incident happened on a weekend while they were having training in their ROTC with fellow cadets and office…

Iloilo gov’t boosts police capabilities

ILOILO CITY -- The Iloilo provincial government has shown its commitment to maintain the province’s peace and order as it turned over on Friday firearms to the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO).Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. handed over eight assault rifles and a sniper rifle with scope to IPPO director Col. Roland Vilela.In an interview…

Superbowl halftime show-like program to formally open SEA Games

MANILA — An extravagant opening ceremonies will formally begin the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Saturday night.Tats Suzara, the chief operating officer of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), likens the opening rites to that of one of the most anticipated mini concerts in the United States."The concept here is like the ha…

21 rescued in Northern Samar sea mishap

TACLOBAN CITY – Twenty one sailors were rescued Friday afternoon after their ship loaded with sand ran aground off the coast of island town of Capul, Northern Samar.Initial report reaching the Philippine National Police regional office disclosed that sea vessel named M/V Poseidon traversing from Legazpi City in Albay to Tagbilaran City, Bohol ran …

Duterte to Filipinos: Emulate Andres Bonifacio’s ‘love for PH’

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday called on Filipinos to be inspired by revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio’ patriotism and selflessness.The Chief Executive made the call as he joined the entire nation in celebrating the 156th birth anniversary of Bonifacio who is branded as the “Father of the Philippine Revolution.”In his message, Du…

Hostage-taker killed in Surigao City

BUTUAN CITY – Police shot dead a hostage-taker here Friday morning after three hours of negotiation failed, saving the life of a 12-year-old boy.

The hostage-taker, Michael Belarma Puerto Gallera, boarded the Surigao Transport Corporation Bus while it was parking at a bus stop and immediately snatched the victim, the Surigao City Police Office (SC…

PH athletes' heroism hailed on Bonifacio Day

MANILA ---As the nation commemorates the 156th birth anniversary of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio, the Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) on Saturday enjoined all Filipinos to pay tribute to the country's modern-day heroes: our national athletes.The Opening Ceremony of the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games w…

Sorsogon town imposes ban on plastic use

MAGALLANES,Sorsogon--- The municipal government here will soon start cracking the whip on business establishments and individuals who would defy the ban on the use of plastics based on the local ordinance passed 10 years ago.The local government has stepped up its campaign on non-biodegradables as it struggles with the rising volume of plastic was…

Guv suspends classes next week as 'Tisoy' nears PH

SORSOGON CITY -- Sorsogon Gov. Francis "Chiz" Escudero III has declared the suspension of classes in all levels in the province Monday and Tuesday next week as a preemptive measure against the possible effects of Typhoon "Tisoy".Though the formal declaration has yet to be issued, Escudero said the decision was reached after mee…

PCG, Mactan airport lead sea rescue drill in Cebu

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Central Visayas has shown its readiness to interoperate with responders from other government agencies in a sea crash response simulation activity Friday.The joint efforts of the PCG, Mactan Cebu International Airport, Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime, Naval Forces Central (Navfor…

Duterte insists right to order vaping ban

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday justified his imposition of total ban on vaping nationwide, saying he is merely wielding his power to protect the public from health risks.Duterte, in an interview with CNN Philippines, said he had to order the prohibition against vaping devices simply because these are “another form of cigarettes” that…

China’s co-ownership of PH power grid purely business: PRRD

MANILA — Filipinos should not be alarmed over China’s co-ownership of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), a private consortium that manages and operates the Philippines’ power grid, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday.In an interview with CNN Philippines, the President said China merely intends to earn money and has no intentio…

DILG conducts Constitutional Reform roadshow in La Union

NAGUILIAN, La Union, Nov. 29 (PIA) –  The Department of the Interior and Local Government in the Ilocos (DILG-1) took its last leg of the Constitutional Reform (CoRe) regional roadshow in Naguilian, La Union on November 21-22.Activities during the roadshow include a townhall meeting attended by representatives of the local government units, provin…

More PH-SoKor student-faculty exchanges seen: DOST chief

MANILA --- Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña is expecting more expanded scholarship programs and research collaborations between the Philippines and Republic of Korea particularly in the field of e-learning with the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).As discussed during the recently concluded 2…

Former Rebels pledge allegiance to Gov’t

PAGADIAN CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) – Eighteeen former rebels (FRs) have returned to the folds of the law as they turned-over their firearms and took oath of allegiance to the government.

The 53rd IB, Philippine Army presented the surrenderees before Usec Rene Glen O. Paje, DSWD Undersectary and Chairman of Regional Task Force-End Local Communist Armed C…

Duterte gives POGOs '3 days' to settle tax liabilities

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday imposed a deadline for delinquent Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) to settle their tax liabilities."I'm giving you at least three days. That's good enough, fair enough. Do you think it's fair, three days? What do you think as a Filipino? Three days would be a kind of parang

PH cited as world's leading dive destination

MANILA -- The Philippines has won its first diving destination award, besting eight dive powerhouses at the 2019 World Travel Awards (WTA).During the WTA Grand Final Gala Ceremony held recently in Oman, the Philippines surfaced as the 2019 World’s Leading Dive Destination, prevailing over eight other places nominated under the same category -- Azo…

PRRD: I can still do my job despite health woes

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday allayed concerns over his health condition, saying that the public need not worry as he could still perform his duties as the country’s highest elected official.While he acknowledged that he has various health issues, the 74-year-old President maintained that there is no need for him to release a me…

Sara will not seek presidency: Duterte

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio, will not seek the highest public office in the country.The President made the remarks as he reiterated that he would not allow his daughter to follow in his footsteps for fear that she would only be bombarded with criticisms, should she b…

Northeast monsoon to bring rains over Luzon Saturday

MANILA -- The northeast monsoon affecting Luzon will bring rains over most parts of the island, the weather bureau said Saturday.The Cordillera and Cagayan Valley regions and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have scattered rains while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon (except Palawan) will experience isolated rains, added the Philippine At…

PRRD hopes for swift passage of 2020 budget

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday urged the bicameral conference committee to hasten the passage of the proposed PHP4.1 trillion national budget for 2020.Duterte made the call as he wanted the proposed General Appropriations Act to be signed into law by December.“Ito ngayon (Now), we’re waiting. Wala pa eh (It is not yet with me). S…

Malditas enter SEAG semis; Azkals stay alive in playoff hunt

BIÑAN, Laguna -- The Philippine football teams struck twice on Malaysia on Friday night to bolster their respective Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) agenda.The Malditas barged into the semifinals of the women's football event after drubbing the Malaysian lady footballers, 5-0, at the Biñan Football Stadium here.The Azkals, on the other hand, edged…

PWDs tell gov’t: No PWD ramps, no ‘good governance’ seal

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov 30 (PIA) – A national association of persons with disabilities (PWDs) is calling for a stricter audit on PWD accessibility features of buildings and structures, since accordingly, many local government units (LGUs) passed the audit despite non-compliance to PWD-friendly buildings and facilities.The Pambansang Koalisyon ng May K…

Another IED found, disarmed in Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Government forces continue to discover improvised explosive devices (IEDs) believed to have been set to detonate by Islamic State (IS)-linked radicals amid an ongoing intensified military operation in the province.

Only this week, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division has stepped up its operation against the IS-inspired Bang…

PCSO welcomes PACC probe vs. 'corrupt' officials

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Friday welcomed the result of the probe conducted by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) against its officials allegedly involved in corruption.“The PCSO management welcomes the initiative of the PACC to investigate the alleged involvement of PCSO officials on corruption …

Contractors told to complete UCRIS rehab by Feb 1, 2020

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga Nov. 29 (PIA) - - Contractors of  the remaining rehabilitation of the Upper Chico River Irrigation System (UCRIS) are given up to February 1, 2020 to complete the 15 project- packages  contracted to them.

In a forum held Tuesday at the Kalinga Provincial Irrigation Management Office (KaPIMO) , Division Manager Engr. Ronilio …

PH, Vietnam Navy officials hold talks

MANILA -- Ranking officials of the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Vietnam People's Navy (VPN) conducted the 6th Staff-to-Staff Talks (STST) at VPN headquarters in Hai Phong City last November 26.In a statement sent to reporters late Thursday, PN public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, said STST aims to boost ties betwee…

Diwata backs Baguio's urban renewal efforts 

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 29(PIA) –The  all-women in mining group Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc. with the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) partnered with the city government of Baguio in  planting  more than 500 bougainvillea plants in support of the urban renewal efforts of the City.

Diwata Chairperson Delia Domin…

Suspected Reds harass health workers in Agusan Norte

BUTUAN CITY – Two health workers of Kicharao town in Agusan del Norte were fired upon while on their way to hold oral polio vaccination on Wednesday in a mountain village known to be frequented by the communist New People’s Army (NPA), police said.

A report from Kitcharao Municipal Police Station said Ingrid Ramos Archinue, the head nurse of the m…

Army’s ‘Hunters’ foil terrorist’s plan to spread atrocities

CAMP MONTECLARO, Miagao, Iloilo, Nov. 29 —The Army’s 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion foiled the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army terrorist’s plan to conduct atrocities in the Tubungan, Iloilo.Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, Commanding Officer of the 61IB, said the troops responded to a report about the presence of arm…

Red Cross 'Volunteer Run 5' set on Dec 8

PRC volunteer rescuers attend to a victim of disaster in Bayombong, NV. PRC will conduct Million Volunteers Run 5 on December  8. (Photo from PRC NV Chapter FB Post)BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Nov. 28 (PIA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is set to conduct the 'Volunteer Run 5' on Dec. 8 to increase awareness on disaster and emergency respo…

Duterte bats for ‘safe, empowering, child-friendly’ environment

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday advocated for a “safe, empowering, and child-friendly environment" in the country, in a bid to ensure that Filipino youth will continue enjoying their rights.Duterte made the statement when he presented the 2018 presidential awards for child-friendly municipalities and cities at the Palace’s Riza…

Comelec summons Cardema over 'misrepresentation'

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday has subpoenaed former Duterte Youth first nominee Ronald Gian Carlo Cardema to personally submit his counter-affidavit on the case filed against him for material misrepresentation.In a subpoena, the poll body through its Law Department ordered the former National Youth Commission (NYC) ch…

Cordillera on blue alert for typhoon 'Kammuri'

BAGUIO CITY -- The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) has placed the whole region on blue alert status as typhoon “Kammuri” approaches the country.Memorandum 89-2019 of the CDRRMC ordered the activation of all local DRRM councils and committees and to be on a 24-hour alert status with personnel ready to respond…

Dumaguete officials to learn best practices in China

DUMAGUETE CITY – Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and other city officials are currently in China to learn best practices such as on environmental protection, upgrade the closed-circuit television (CCTV) system here to full range capacity, and meet with Chinese government officials.City Public Information Officer Dems Rey Demecillo confirmed they depa…

China allays fears over State Grid's co-ownership of NGCP

MANILA -- The Chinese government has dismissed fears over State Grid Corporation of China's (SGCC) co-ownership of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)."To my knowledge, the State Grid Corporation of China took part in the Transco project as a cooperation partner, providing safe, efficient and high-quality electricity s…

Duterte promises ‘sustainable’ work, livelihood for OFWs in PH

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday vowed to meet the needs of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by creating more work and livelihood opportunities for them in the country.

The President made the vow, as he acknowledged the OFW’s significant contributions to the country, as well as their ultimate sacrifices for their families.

“Let me as…

Monsoon rains in Luzon, 'Kammuri' expected over the weekend

Track of typhoon Kammuri (Courtesy of PAGASA)MANILA -- "Kammuri" has intensified into a typhoon as it slows down while moving towards the country. In its latest tropical cyclone advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the northeast monsoon is also affecting northern and cent…

6 winning LGUs in Digital Governance Awards 2019 get China trip

MANILA – The six winning local government units in the Digital Governance Awards (DGA) 2019 were awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Huawei’s headquarters in China for an international learning program on digital governance.“This year, Huawei Philippines is proud to give six top-winning LGUs the international learning program for digital governan…

Bayombong eyes 25 trikes for brgys

Bayombong Mayor Ralph Lantion has personally purchased 25 trikes for the barangays of the municipality to boost their peace and order campaign activities and to serve elderlies and disabled persons needing free rides. The project is part of his BOOM Byaombong local governance agenda.# Photo from LGU Bayombong FB PostBAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Nov. …

AMLC, IACAT working on leads in Aussie bank's child porn links

MANILA -- Local government agencies are working with their foreign counterparts amid reports that Australian bank Westpac is being investigated by Australian authorities for failure to spot customers using its international money transfer service for transactions with child pornographers, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Thursday."T…