Aguirre on ouster calls: ‘I still enjoy Duterte’s trust’

MANILA, Philippines  – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday said he is ready to step down once President Rodrigo R. Duterte tells him so. Aguirre made this reaction amid calls for him to resign following the dismissal of drug cases against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and their accomplices. He …

Duterte to “ultimately” decide on divorce bill

MANILA, Philippines  – President Rodrigo Duterte has not yet indicated what he will do “as president” once the proposed divorce bill reaches his desk, Malacanang said Tuesday. “I think, I made public his personal views on divorce, but he has not indicated what he will do officially as president. So he articulated his personal perceptions on …

PH airports ready for passenger influx on Holy Week

MANILA, Philippines  — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said all the 37 airports that it manages are ready for the passenger influx this coming Holy Week. All the area managers handling these airports across the country were told maximum deployment of service and security personnel must be ensured during Holy Week. CAAP …

4 dead, 14 hurt as fire razes Manila Pavilion Hotel

MANILA, Philippines – At least four persons were confirmed dead while 14 others were injured in a fire that razed the Manila Pavilion casino in Ermita, Manila on Sunday. The authorities have identified the two casualties, but the other two remain unidentified. The four were declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. The injured  victims  …

PH, Kuwait to sign MOU on OFW protection this month

MANILA, Philippines  — The Philippine and Kuwaiti governments are set to sign this month the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). This, after labor officials from both countries approved the final MOU draft on Friday in Manila. “In two weeks, the panels agreed to have the signing most likely …

High teen pregnancy rate in NorMin alarms POPCOM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines –Northern Mindanao’s teenage pregnancy rate is higher than the national average. Commission on Population (POPCOM) Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez bared this on Wednesday, even as he called on parents to take an active role in addressing the problem. Perez presented the results of the National Demographic Health Survey of …

108-year-old grandma relishes long life with ‘malunggay’, camote tops

ECHAGUE, Isabela – Reaching the age of 108–and still counting, centenarian Juanita Cariaga of San Miguel, Echague, Isabela considers her longevity as a feat for herself. What is her secret? She told the Philippine News Agency that she has been fond of eating malunggay (horseradish) and camote tops, as well as other backyard-raised vegetables in her …

Duterte, SAP Go discuss possible senatorial bid

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte and his long-time aide Christopher “Bong” Go are now discussing the Special Assistant to the President’s (SAP) potential senatorial bid, Malacanang said Monday. “Well, I understand, the President has broached it to SAP Go and it’s something that they are discussing between the two of them,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry …