4 dead, 14 hurt as fire razes Manila Pavilion Hotel

MANILA, Philippines – At least four persons were confirmed dead while 14 others were injured in a fire that razed the Manila Pavilion casino in Ermita, Manila on Sunday. The authorities have identified the two casualties, but the other two remain unidentified. The four were declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. The injured  victims  …

PH, Kuwait to sign MOU on OFW protection this month

MANILA, Philippines  — The Philippine and Kuwaiti governments are set to sign this month the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). This, after labor officials from both countries approved the final MOU draft on Friday in Manila. “In two weeks, the panels agreed to have the signing most likely …

PH divorce bill passed on second reading

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The House of Representatives passed on second reading Wednesday, March 13, the proposed Absolute Divorce Act of 2018. The proposed law authored by Albay Congressman Edcel Lagman states that an absolute divorce is judicially pronounced after a permanently broken marital union or marriage. It states “Once the absolute divorce becomes effective, …

High teen pregnancy rate in NorMin alarms POPCOM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines –Northern Mindanao’s teenage pregnancy rate is higher than the national average. Commission on Population (POPCOM) Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez bared this on Wednesday, even as he called on parents to take an active role in addressing the problem. Perez presented the results of the National Demographic Health Survey of …

DPWH closes Southern Leyte roads due to possible landslide

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways here closed the road in Pancho Villa village in Sogod town due to continues heavy downpour. The road connects the Visayas and Mindanao islands. Southern Leyte chief Margarita Junia, chief of DPWH Southern Leyte said the closure is temporary until the weather condition stabilizes. Junia said …

LTO employee penalized to pay P5,000 over P400 “token”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For  a measly sum of P400 pesos, an  employee of the Land Transportation Offfce (LTO), was penalized  to pay P5,000  for receiving  money from a client. This after LTO Traffic Aide III Marilou Alferez   pleads guilty over charges of  illegal solicitation. Cebu City Presiding Judge Jenelyn Forrosuelo of the Municipal …