Palace: Duterte, Congress need to join hands to abolish ‘endo’

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is still bent on fulfilling his campaign promise to end labor contractualization or “endo,” after Malacanang said the President could coordinate and discuss with Congress to come up with a measure that would totally ban endo. Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra made this comment a day after he said that an …

San Juanico Bridge to be lit up in November

TACLOBAN CITY — The San Juanico Bridge, the country’s longest, will be the first in the Philippines to have a new nighttime face with the approval of an PHP80-million budget to illuminate the 2.16-km. structure this year. Transforming the 45-year-old bridge would draw more visitors to Samar and Leyte provinces and attract tourism-related business in the …

Cebu village chief nab for drugs, gun

CEBU CITY — A barangay captain in Bantayan Island, Cebu was arrested in a buy-bust operation Sunday night that yielded 141 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” and unlicensed handgun and ammunition. The Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) identified the incumbent village chief as Rey Christopher Paclibar, alias “Reypac”, 58, and a resident of Barangay …

Minors caught having pot session

Isabela City, Philippines— Five senior high school students of  Basilan National High School  were arrested while having pot session  Tuesday afternoon, January 9, 2018  at the rubber plantation in Barangay Sunrise, Isabela City. Police Superintendent Restituto Pangusban, OIC chief of Isabela police said a concerned citizen sounded off that five persons where holding pot session …

3 NBI agents face probe over ‘involvement’ in S. Korean kidnapping

MANILA, Philippines —The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to probe the alleged involvement of its three agents in the kidnapping of a South Korean national in Angeles, Pampanga. Recently, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced the rescue of Korean restaurant owner Lee Jung Dae and is looking into the involvement of NBI agents …

Alvarez welcomes 50k new PDP-Laban members

CEBU CITY, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez welcomed and thanked the 50,000 officials who took their oath as new members of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on Friday, saying their affiliation will surely shore up support for President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration’s programs. “I thank you all for showing your …

Bureau of Fire starts Xmas lights and gadgets inspection in Davao stores

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — To ensue that Christmas lights and other light-inspired Christmas decors being sold are  safe, the  The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Thursday started inspecting  business establishments selling Christmas lights here. Supt. Honey Fritz Alagano, the BFP District Fire Marshall led the inspection to ensure that Christmas stuff being sold are safe …

Government workers to get 14th month pay-Diokno

MANILA, Philippines — Rejoice! Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno Friday says government employees will receive a P5,000 representing the 14th month pay. Giving the 14th month pay for the government workers would amount to P32.8 billion while the cash incentive amounts to P6.9 billion, The additional cash incentive, according to Diokno will be received next week. …