Philippine News

FVR: Values must live on, EDSA 1986 not end of change

MANILA — Former President Fidel V. Ramos reminded Filipinos that while feat on attaining democracy was achieved during the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution that led to the ousting of former leader Ferdinand Marcos, change does not end with it. In his speech at the 32nd anniversary of the revolution, the former chief executive said both …

4 more frigates needed to secure PH seas: Navy chief

MANILA — To fully protect the country’s vast maritime domains and resources, the Philippines needs four more modern frigates aside from the two contracted with South Korean shipbuilder, Hyudai Heavy Industries (HHI). This was the remark of Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad when asked how many more modern warships the Navy needs to …

EDSA Revolution highlights Pinoys’ love for country

MANILA — The bloodless EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986 highlights the Filipinos’ love for their country. “(The) EDSA Revolution is a landmark of hope and unity that Filipino people never hesitated to show their love for country,” said Philippine Army (PA) spokesperson, Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva, in a message late Saturday. In line with this …

AFP scholars reach more than 4K

MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday assured continuous assistance for the education of dependents of military personnel as the number of its scholars rose to 4,129 in February. In a statement, the AFP said this number is expected to increase in the coming months as the AFP Educational Benefit System Office …

Inspection of firms ordered to curb ‘diversion’ of drug substances

MANILA — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino has ordered an intensified conduct of compliance inspections to prevent the use of legitimate substances for illicit purposes, particularly in the manufacture of dangerous drugs. Aquino said 5,427 registered pharmaceutical and chemical entities handling controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs) and other similar substances …

TACS Expo: More than just a gun show

MANILA – More than just showcasing their latest firearms, Armscor Global Defense taught citizens on survival tips in times of disaster during their Tactical, Survival and Arms Expo (TACS) at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City. The expo, which ran from Feb. 22-25, showcased survival equipment and sustainability solutions that are essential in …

PDEA to launch shelter program for drug surrenderers

MANILA — As part of President Rodrigo Duterte administration’s campaign to holistically address the drug problem, the government, led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), will build shelters with a promise of renewed life, for drug surrenderers across the country. PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino introduced the “Balay Silangan” — the national drug reformation …

Taguig welcomes PSE to new home

MANILA — Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano welcomed the merger of two stock exchanges in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) — a move described by a veteran property consultant as a pivotal shift from Makati as the country’s financial district. The old Makati and Manila stock exchanges were finally unified at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Tower …

Angat Dam could reach critical level in May

MANILA — The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) might reduce the release of water from Metro Manila’s main source, Angat Dam, as an expert said the water reserve could dip to near-critical level by late May . NWRB is not discounting the possible reduction during the dry season’s peak to help ensure the availability of Angat …

Second suspect in Demafelis murder arrested in Syria: DFA

MANILA — The second suspect in the brutal murder of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis is now in the custody of Syrian authorities, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Saturday night. The arrest of Mona Hassoun, wife of Nader Essam Assaf, the principal suspect in the murder of Demafelis, was done less than two days …