DENR issued notices of violation to 51 establishments in Boracay

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas issued notices of violation to 51 business establishments in Boracay island in Malay, Aklan Thursday. The still unnamed establishments received the notices from DENR’s Environment Management Bureau (EMB). Regional director Jim Sampulnasaid the notices were issued …

Alvarez eyes OK of marriage dissolution bill in March

  MANILA, Philippines  — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Wednesday he expects the House of Representatives to pass the bill on dissolution of marriage before Congress goes into a Lenten break on March 23. “Ang commitment ko diyan, magbi-break kami nitong March, ano, so kailangang maipasa iyan on third reading bago kami mag-break,” Alvarez said in …

Groups file criminal case gainst Aquino, et al. over Dengvaxia mess

MANILA, Philippines  — The Vanguard of the Philippines, Inc. (VCPI) and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Monday filed a criminal complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against former President Benigno Aquino III, two former Cabinet officials and several former and incumbent health officials in connection with controversial anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. The VACC …

Davao braces for flooding due to TS ‘Basyang’

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) and Disaster Monitoring Office are on alert as heavy rainfall in Northern Mindanao brought by Tropical Storm “Basyang” (international name Sanba). As of Sunday night, all emergency response units have been alerted and on standby. Likewise, all flood-prone barangays have also …

Gov’t to bring home 800 OFWs from Kuwait

MANILA, Philippines  — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday confirmed that 800 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait are set to go home, and more Filipino workers in the Gulf state will be repatriated in the coming days. The move comes after President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement that Filipino workers in Kuwait who want to …

Davao bizmen welcome sisterhood pact with Kaua’i

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The business sector in Davao City welcomed the sisterhood agreement signed between Davao and the County of Kaua’i, Hawaii, which they described as a strong indicator that the city is safe, secure and attractive place for investments. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) president Arturo Milan hinted at opportunities …

Duterte orders AFP to cut USD233-M helicopter deal with Canada

DAVAO CITY, Philippines  — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday  ordered the  Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to cut its USD233 million contract to purchase 16 helicopters from Canada. Duterte made this announcement in a press briefing in Davao City following reports that the Canadian government wanted to review the contract after supposedly learning that …

Electoral Tribunal sets VP poll recount on March 19

MANILA , Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) is set to begin recount of votes on the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo in March. This was a month late compared to the projection that the recount would …

14 cops relieved for sleeping, drinking while on duty

MANILA, Philippines — Some 14 police officers were relieved from their posts after being caught sleeping and drinking during a surprise inspection in community precincts in Pasay and Muntinlupa on Tuesday night, February 6. During a surprise inspection, police officers assigned to the Maricaban Police Community Precinct (PCP) in Pasay were caught sleeping while, personnel of …