The opposition senator even went on to suggest that PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar and his people might “just want a whiff of winter” in Europe. “Could it be that Secretary Andanar and the PCOO people just want a whiff of winter; thus, the sudden urge to go into this information caravan? Andanar said the PCOO officials-led caravan, which is now in Bosnia and heading to Belgium and Switzerland, would brief European media on the state of press freedom in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte. /eeREAD: Gov’t execs to brief Europe on Rappler rapRELATED STORY:Ressa arrest sparks int’l outrageADVERTISEMENTRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
February 18, 2019 06:56 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Otso Diretso opposition senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc has rallied behind the country’s barrio doctors, saying that incentives and protection for them should be strengthened and institutionalized through a law. May incentives ba for our doctors (Do we have incentives for our doctors)? The Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) program is a program under the Department of Health (DOH). “Kailangan po ang automatic allocation, ang health subsidy, ang health hazard insurance ng bawat doctor para hindi matakot ang doctor mag-serbisyo sa mga probinsya (The program needs automatic allocation, health subsidy. Each doctor needs health hazard insurance, so they don’t hesitate to work in the provinces),” said Gutoc, a recent UNDP N-Peace awardee.
February 18, 2019 06:33 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Monday that a stop-and-go traffic scheme would be implemented on roads covered by the homecoming parade of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray on Thursday, February 21 in parts of Pasay, Makati and Manila. A stop-and-go scheme means that vehicles will be halted for some time to give way to the parade. ADVERTISEMENTThe MMDA said that more than 200 traffic constables would be deployed during the parade that is scheduled to lock off at 2 p.m. Illegally parked vehicles and obstructions along the route will also be cleared ahead of the parade. Below are the roads where the stop-and-go traffic scheme will be implemented:J.W.
February 18, 2019 06:33 UTC
The Asian Games gold medalist shot a two-under card in Monday’s practice round which she expects to better after drawing an early start at 7:30 a.m. on No. 1 with Nanako Inagaki of Japan, Gia Feliciano of the US and Thai Yosita Khawnuna. Bianca Pagdanganan topped the 2017 edition at Wack Wack before Saso rallied to beat Mikha Fortuna by two at the Orchard last year. That victory somehow portended the coming of a big year for Saso, who went on to snare the gold medal while powering the Philippines to the team championship in the Asian Games in Jakarta. Gilberto Duavit, G&W Club Shares, Inc., Pascual Laboratories, Metro Pacific Corp., Ayala Land Premiere, Venice Godio, Taishan Insurance Brokers Phils.
February 18, 2019 06:26 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – James Yap continues to defy Father Time by dishing out spectacular plays leading to his first Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the 2019 Philippine Cup. Yap, who turned 37 a day after Valentine’s Day, scattered 18 points behind his 6-of-9 clip from 3-point zone, leading Rain or Shine’s fightback from a double-digit deficit to turn back NorthPort, 107-100, on February 8. The two-time PBA Most Valuable Player’s step-back three over Paolo Taha with less than three minutes left put Rain or Shine ahead for good, at 102-100. Yap had a quiet two-point output two days later, but contributed four boards in 18 minutes off the bench as Rain or Shine squeaked past Phoenix, 98-94. Yap fired 18 points, including the game-winning 3-point play off a foul by Rome dela Rosa to lift Rain or Shine to a 75-74 triumph against Magnolia.
February 18, 2019 06:09 UTC
In a Twitter post, Ejercito said his “lucky” Toyota Sequioa for 10 years was one of the cars destroyed in the blaze. ADVERTISEMENT“I feel sad, my car for the past 10 years, my Toyota Sequioa burned in the fire at Autoplus Car Center this morning,” Ejercito said. “Feeling sentimental because we’ve been through so many battles and it was my most reliable, not to mention “lucky” car. The fire at Autoplus car center started at 11:14 a.m. It was raised to the second alarm at 11:30 a.m. /cbbREAD: Fire engulfs auto repair shop in Mandaluyong CityADVERTISEMENTRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
February 18, 2019 06:00 UTC
VIGAN CITY, Philippines – Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday said she respects the decision of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, to exclude former senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla from his preferred senatorial candidates. Estrada and Revilla, who were jailed for their alleged involvement in the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam in 2014, are among HNP’s 13m endorsed senatorial candidates for the May elections. (He has the prerogative to choose the candidates he wants to endorse, the President is with PDP-Laban, his choices and those of HNP are different.) The President is endorsing the candidacy of the 10 of Hugpong’s bets except Estrada, Revilla and Manicad. Duterte’s is also endorsing the Senate bid of folk singer Freddie Aguilar.
February 18, 2019 06:00 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday said it would welcome any move by farmers to question the legality of the recently-signed Rice Tariffication Law. “It’s their (farmers’) right,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said when asked of Malacañang’s response should farmer groups seek a temporary restraining order (TRO) on rice tariffication. ADVERTISEMENTHe said it would be democracy at work if farmers questioned its legality in court. President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law rice tariffication which does away with quantitative restrictions in favor of imposing tariffs on rice imports. The KMP said the law would be a “death sentence” to the local rice industry and to rice farmers as it would open the country to “unbridled rice importation and increasing rice prices.” /cbbREAD: Rice Tariffication Law: farmers worry; lawmakers waryADVERTISEMENTRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
February 18, 2019 05:37 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Investigators are looking at business as a probable motive in the murder of a businessman and his driver along Edsa on Sunday, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said Monday. Jose Luis Yulo and driver Allan Nomer Santos were onboard a Toyota Grandia when they were shot at by motorcycle-riding gunmen in front of a hospital in Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City, at about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. READ: Businessman, driver killed, woman injured in Edsa shootingThe victim is a namesake of Jose Luis U. Yulo Jr., president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands. He said a special investigation task group dubbed “SITG Yulo” is looking at previous transactions of the victim before the murder. /cbbREAD: Task group formed to probe businessman Yulo’s slayADVERTISEMENTRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
February 18, 2019 05:15 UTC
LEGAZPI CITY — Two suspected drug pushers died in separate shootouts with police anti-narcotics operatives in the towns of Vinzons and Talisay in Camarines Norte province on Sunday night and early morning Monday, police said. The suspect died while being taken to a hospital. Meanwhile, in Talisay’s Barangay Calintaan, Fernando Luzong Jr. 35, of Barangay Tugos, Paracale town, was killed in another shootout at 2:30 a.m. Monday. The suspect died while being taken to a nearby hospital. Three plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, a .38 caliber revolver, misfired bullets and three spent shells and a cellphone were found at the scene.
February 18, 2019 05:03 UTC
MANILA, Philippines— A day before her birthday, actress Anne Curtis was surprised by British-Albanian singer-songwriter Dua Lipa with a video shoutout. Looking forward to see you very soon,” Dua said. She said it’s the “best birthday salubong ever.”She took to Instagram to fangirl and gush over the video of Dua. “Thank you @warnermusicph @wbr for this super sweet surprise and to my @itsshowtimeofficial_ig for my beautiful birthday video presentation. Best birthday salubong ever!!!!!
February 18, 2019 04:51 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — A fire broke out at an auto repair shop in Mandaluyong City on Monday morning, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said. Senior Fire Officer 3 Edgardo del Pilar of BFP Mandaluyong said that the fire started at 11:14 a.m. along EDSA Connecticut in Mandaluyong. But Del Pilar said that it is unlikely to reach third alarm. Meanwhile, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said that the traffic situation in the area is now heavy. JC Domingo of MMDA metrobase said that the tail-end of traffic has already reached Mother Ignacia in Quezon City.
February 18, 2019 04:18 UTC
KIDAPAWAN CITY – A field commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was killed while his companion was wounded in a shooting incident in Mlang, North Cotabato, on Sunday, police said. Bernard Tayong, spokesperson of North Cotabato police, identified the slain MILF official as Jun Panangulon, of the MILF’s 108th brigade, and his wounded companion as Toto Mangulayan, both of Barangay Gaunan in Mlang. The MILF commander and the MNLF members had a heated discussion, which led to a shooting incident where Panangulon and Mangulayan were hit, police said. Police said investigation showed that the shooting could have been triggered by a family feud between that of Panangulon and another Moro family. Pangungulon owned a vast banana plantation in Barangay Gaunan, where the MNLF members were reportedly based.
February 18, 2019 03:44 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the coco levy fund bill because it lacked “vital safeguards” to avoid past mistakes and “may be violative of the Constitution.”Last week, the Palace confirmed that Duterte vetoed the measure seeking to create a P100-billion trust fund for coconut farmers. ADVERTISEMENTREAD: Duterte vetoes coco levy fund billDuterte explained his reasons for vetoing the measure in a letter addressed sent to the House Representatives last Thursday, Feb. 14. The broad powers given to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), the President said, also “undermine” relevant regulations and safeguards from abuses. He said the provisions do not reflect the Palace’s goal of “accelerating the full utilization of coco levy assets and funds” for marginalized coconut farmers and the coconut industry. Nevertheless, Duterte said he hoped Malacañang and Congress would continue to work together to make a bill that would be acceptable to all.
February 18, 2019 03:11 UTC
A self-proclaimed “true blooded Marcos loyalist” insisted on Sunday that the Marcoses did not have ill-gotten wealth. “In fact, most of the money are already returned to the Marcoses. Gadon also insisted that Marcos did not commit human rights violations. The lawyer also said that the human rights violations during Marcos’ reign was committed by Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Ma. According to history books, Marcos’ 21-year dictatorship was filled with human rights violations, killings and alleged billions worth of ill-gotten wealth.
February 18, 2019 02:59 UTC