Make-up classes expected due to series of holidays

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Parents and teachers should expect make-up classes to fill up the number of holidays when classes were  suspended. But the  Department of Education (DepEd) stressed that make-up classes need not be conducted only on Saturdays, it can come as class extension. Joyce Andaya, DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Division Director however stressed …

Mocha running for senator? “Let the people decide” says Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — “Let the people decide” this was the short answer of President Rodrigo Duterte on reports that Communications Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux “Mocha” Uson is being considered as among the candidates of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban) for senator in 2019. In a brief press conference after the launching of TienDA at …

Food poisoning hits 58 athletes, 2 coaches in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — A total of 58 athletes and two coaches taking part in the 3rd Congressional District Sports Association Meet in Lambunao, Iloilo were rushed to the hospital Thursday night due to suspected food poisoning. Lambunao Mayor Jason Gonzalez confirmed in an interview that four of these students who were taken to Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial …

Zamboanga records 1,000 businesses in ‘negative list’

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines —  The local government has recorded in its “negative list” more than 1,000 business establishments operating in this city. Benjie Barredo, City Permits and Licensing Division chief, on Friday disclosed that establishments included in the list do not have business permits since they lack the requirements. Barredo said the establishments that landed …

Palace belies ‘keyboard army’ allegations

MANILA, Philippines — Malacanang on Friday belied the report of a United States-based human rights watchdog alleging that the Philippine government has employed a so-called “keyboard army” to manipulate online information in support of President Rodrigo Duterte. In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar asserted that Malacañang does not employ a “keyboard army,” pointing …

America eyes Philippines as investment hub

MANILA, Philippines —The Philippines and the United States have committed to strengthen dialogues for innovation and sharing of best practices in technology to optimize the country’s position “as a preferred destination for American investments in the Asia-Pacific region”. “The two sides decided to further deepen the extensive US-Philippine economic relationship,” said a joint statement released …

PDEA holds office inside New Bilibid Prison

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — In an effort to strictly monitor and stop shipment of illegal drugs inside the government detention center, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has set up an office inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City starting Tuesday, November 14, 2017. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino in an interview with …

Duterte, Trump talk about free trade, illegal drugs, Marawi Aid

​MANILA, Philippines—  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and United States President Donald Trump talked about the country’s war on drugs, terrorism and Marawi City rehabilitation  and fair trade during their bilateral meeting. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. a press briefing on Monday, November 13, revealed that Duterte discussed with US President Donald Trump the Philippine government’s campaign …

PRRD holds bilateral meetings with leaders of Brunei, Australia

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte met the leaders of Brunei Darussalam and Australia in separate bilateral meetings Sunday evening discussing trade, security, the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula issue. In meeting Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, the President said, “I will begin by welcoming your here in Manila. We are happy, very …