Philippine News

21,000 cops promoted to next higher rank

MANILA — A total of 21,063 police officers –- 812 commissioned officers and 20,251 non-commissioned officers — were promoted to their next higher rank this week. A simultaneous mass oath-taking and pinning of ranks was held at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City and various police regional offices and units …

PCOO staff undergo social media, journalism training

MANILA — To enhance government communication in the online realm, personnel of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) have undergone intensive training on crafting creative social media content. The three-day social media and journalism training, which concluded on Friday, was hosted by PCOO in partnership with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). …

FOI can help in professional dev’t of nurses: Ablan

MANILA — Compassion, dedication and emphatic caring make Filipino nurses among the most sought-after professionals in the world, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Legislative Affairs Michel Kristian R. Ablan of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said Saturday. Ablan, who is also Freedom of Information (FOI) Program director, recognized that nursing is a difficult profession, …

UN adopts PH human rights report card

MANILA — The Philippines on Saturday welcomed the final adoption of its human rights report card by the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying it affirms Manila’s commitment to its human rights obligations. The 47-member body adopted Friday the country’s Third Philippine Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report in Geneva. “The final adoption of our UPR …

DPWH starts Central Luzon Expressway-Rio Chico Bridge Section project

MANILA — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) started this month the construction for the second package of the PHP3.7-billion Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLex) project . According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the Rio Chico Bridge Section will help reduce travel time between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City from 70 minutes to …

Impact of Salalima resignation on 2019 elections less — Comelec

MANILA — An official of the Commission of Elections (COMELEC) said the resignation of Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and COMELEC Advisory Council (CAC) chairman Rodolfo Salalima might have a minimal effect on the preparations for the 2019 midterms polls. “Hopefully, minimal effect naman. First, the CAC is still functioning; second, much of …

LPA intensifies into tropical storm ‘Nando’

MANILA — The low-pressure area northwest of Pangasinan province’s Dagupan City has developed into a tropical depression locally named ‘Nando.’ ‘Nando’ was located 280 km west-northwest of Dagupan as of 3 p.m. Saturday, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 24-hour forecast released Saturday afternoon. PAGASA said ‘Nando’ is packing maximum …

Philippines ranks worst in global impunity

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has the highest level of impunity in the world, a recent study showed. The 2017 Global Immunity Dimensions (GII-2017) published by Universidad de las Americas Puebla included the Philippines in the countries with a very high impunity index. The impunity indexes were divided into three: low and very low impunity, intermediate impunity, …

Chinese VP lauds 14th China-ASEAN Expo organizers

BEIJING — Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli lauded the successful holding of the 14th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Nanning, China last week. “China-ASEAN Expo is becoming better and better each year. The Expo is very successful,” Zhang told the 300 foreign journalists whom he met at the Great Hall …

A peaceful ‘National Day of Protest’

MANILA – It was a peaceful National Day of Protest across the country. Some 28,000 demonstrators flocked to different rally areas Thursday — but with clashing positions: one group expressed grievances against the government and one expressed strong support to the Duterte administration. The National Day of Protest coincided with the 45th anniversary of the …