3 boatloads of ‘smuggled rice’ seized in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Authorities have seized   three wooden-hulled ferries loaded with smuggled rice off this city, an official disclosed early this week. Lieutenant  Noriel Ramos, Zamboanga Coast Guard Station commander, disclosed that the vessels were intercepted in a joint law enforcement operation around 6:50 p.m. Saturday near the shore of Barangay Baliwasan, this city. Ramos …

Fighting inflation foremost priority of the administration — Palace

DAVAO CITY (September 27) — The government is doing its best to address the inflation, this was the assurance of the Palace on Thursday, September 27. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. said that while the country currently faces many issues and challenges,  the government is also bent on mitigating the effects of …

Customs seizes P16-M worth of smuggled onions

DAVAO CITY (September 22) — Again! the  Bureau of Customs (BOC) uncovered and seized P16 million worth of smuggled onions from China at the Manila International Container Port (MICP). Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the red onions were hidden in 6 containers and were misdeclared as apples. The shipment arrived at the port last Aug. …

BFAR eyes more ‘galunggong’ imports

MANILA –– The government is mulling to import more “galunggong” or round scad fish, given the prevailing lean fishing season and the upcoming no-catching season for the Filipinos’ staple fish, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said Monday. “We’re looking into the demand for ‘galunggong’ nationwide,” BFAR national director Eduardo Gongona said on …

Duterte to provide support for agri sector in Ilocos Norte

DAVAO CITY (September 18) — President Rodrigo  Duterte said the government will  prioritize its support to the agriculture sector hit by Typhoon ‘Ompong’ in Ilocos Norte. This will be done as the government  restores and repairs the  infrastructures and basic utilities  damaged by the typhoon. Duterte  gave  commitment when he visited Laoag City, last Sunday, …

Int’l, domestic flights cancelled due to ‘Ompong’

DAVAO CITY (September 15) — The Manila International Airport authority cancelled international and domestic flights on Friday due to Typhoon Ompong. This,  after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geographysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced that Ty[hoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) gained strength and moving at 205 km per hour and with maximum sustained wind gustiness at …

Airlines cancel Sept. 14-15 flights in northern Luzon

MANILA — Local carriers Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Thursday that they will cancel flights to and from northern Luzon scheduled on Sept. 14-15 due to Typhoon Ompong. Another carrier, AirSwift, will cancel flights between Manila and Basco, Batanes, scheduled on Sept. 14 and 16. Weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical …

No rice shortage-Duterte

DAVAO CITY (September 13) —  President Rodrigo  Duterte on Tuesday said, there is no rice shortage in the country. During his one-on-one interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Duterte said there is no rice shortage but manifested-the presence of manipulation. Without citing specifics, Duterte quipped,   “Yan nga ang sabi ko, ‘yung iba kino-control. …

Palace proposes measures to address food inflation

DAVAO CITY (September 12) —- The Palace is now doing immediate and medium-term measures to curb food inflation in the country. This, after consumers complained about the  high prices of agricultural products in the market. The prices of vegetables  soared during the last two weeks, even vegetable-producing regions felt the increase. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque …