17 Chinese nationals arrested for manufacturing “fake” cigarettes

DAVAO CITY (August 22) — The Bureau of Customs on Friday, August 17, arrested 17 Chinese nationals caught manufacturing “fake” cigarettes inside a warehouse in  Balmonte St. Gapan City, Nueva Ecija. The raid took place after a concerned citizen informed authorities about the activities inside a warehouse. Customs Commissioner  Isidro Lapeña said the foreigners were …

PAL mounts recovery flights for OFWs, other passengers

MANILA –– Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Wednesday mounted several international replacement flights for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and other passengers. PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said these flights were PR 1654 Manila-Riyadh, which carried 250 passengers of the cancelled Manila-Riyadh and Manila-Damman flights from August 17 to 20; PR5103 Los Angeles-Manila carrying 197 passengers …

Government starts probe on liability of stalled Xiamen Airlines

DAVAO CITY (August 20)– Malacanang announced that probe is underway over the stalled Xiamen Airlines, which caused excessive flight delays at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.  said the government is now investigating the incident to determine if there is any liability on the part of the Xiamen pilot, who …

CebPac cancels six flights tomorrow August 20

DAVAO CITY (August 19) — Budget airline Cebu Pacific cancelled  six flights tomorrow, August 20, affected three routes. In an advisory:  CebPac  stated: The following Cebu Pacific flights are cancelled tomorrow, August 20, 2018 (Monday): • 5J 483/484 Manila-Bacolod-Manila • 5J 451/452 Manila-Iloilo-Manila • 5J 321/322 Manila-Legazpi-Manila Passengers booked on the above flights may be …

Experts kicks off lobster feeding trial in Eastern Visayas

TACLOBAN CITY — Experts will start this week the six-month feeding trials for lobsters, in preparation for the culture of this high-value marine products in poor Eastern Visayas communities. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Director Juan Albaladejo said on Tuesday the study is necessary to ensure the sustainability of lobster culture in the …

Lulu Group International to put up export operation in PH

DAVAO CITY (August 10) — Hypermarket operator LuLu Group International is planning to invest $1 million in the Philippines for its export venture of products such as fruits and vegetables, textiles, garments, furniture, and electronics. In a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Malacañang on Tuesday, Lulu Group International Chairman and Managing Director …

International and domestic flights cancelled due to bad weather

DAVAO CITY ( August 8) — The Manial International Airport announced that that several international and domestic flights were cancelled today due to bad weather. Cancelled flights include the following: Philippine Airlines (PR) 432, PR 424 Manila-Tokyo; Cebu Pacific (5J) 468 Iloilo-Manila, 5J 480 Bacolod-Manila; SkyJet (M8) 715/716 Manila-Busuanga-Manila; Air Asia (Z2) 424/425 Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila, …

Duterte orders Justice Department to review Nayong Pilipino contract

DAVAO CITY (August 9) —  President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review a lease contract between  Nayong Pilipino Foundation Inc. (NPFI) and Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corp. (LRPDC). The order came the day after Duterte fired all board members and administrative officials of Nayong Pilipino,  citing a contract which is …

Coast guards rescue crewmen from burning cargo ship in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY–Coast Guard personnel and Maritime policemen rescued 16 crewmen from a burning cargo ship off here, an official said Wednesday. Lt. Commander Noriel Ramos, Zamboanga Coast Guard Station Commander, said rescued on Tuesday afternoon were the crew of M/V Buansa II that caught fire while anchored off Barangay Baliwasan. Ramos said the crew were …