Philippine News

Solons raise P13 M for Marawi victims

MANILA — The House of Representatives has set up a fund drive to help extend relief to the victims in Marawi City and a total of PHP13 million has so far been raised by lawmakers. House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas bared on Monday that at least 200 lawmakers have donated to …

12 agencies willing to create new DOT campaign ad

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Monday said that at least 12 advertising agencies have expressed interest to create a new campaign advertisement for the department after it terminated its contract with McCann Worldgroup last week. “Twelve have expressed interest,” DOT Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Frederick Alegre told the Philippine News Agency in …

Casino internal security officers should be under PNP-SOSIA

MANILA — A lawmaker at the House of Representatives is pushing for the registration of all internal security units of licensed casino establishments in the country with the Philippine National Police-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (PNP-SOSIA). Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop, chair of the House committee on public order and safety, made the …

BI deports Chinese woman fraudster

MANILA — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deported a 44-year old Chinese woman, who is wanted for fraud by authorities in China. According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, Fan Wenxin, was escorted by a representative from China’s Interpol bureau and two Chinese policemen on her Xiamen Airlines flight to Fuzhou, China last June 13. …

Longest daytime in Batanes this Wednesday

MANILA — Daytime in the country, or the period between sunrise and sunset, will be longest during the solstice this Wednesday (June 21) with Northern Philippines’ Batanes province experiencing lengthiest duration of daylight then. Sunrise and sunset that day in Batanes’ capital Basco municipality will occur around 5:21 a.m. and 6:42 p.m., respectively, so daytime …

PNR fare hike takes effect July 1

MANILA — The Philippine National Railways (PNR) will implement a fare increase starting July 1, 2017 to further improve its operations and maintenance. The PNR management, in an advisory, said the railway system’s fare hike will be from PHP 10 to PHP 15 for the first 14 kilometers, and an additional PHP 5 for every …

US technical aid to PH troops in Marawi legal — Aguirre

MANILA — The Department of Justice on Sunday said the gesture of US troops providing technical assistance to Philippine soldiers in the ongoing clashes in Marawi City is allowed under the law. “What is prohibited under the Constitution is the joining of US troops in actual combat. But sharing of intelligence and equipment is allowed …

Canada ready to assist PHL amid Marawi fighting

MANILA — Canada stands ready to assist the Philippines, as more civilians and troops are affected by the lingering armed conflict in Marawi City. “We stand ready to help… Normally, we would respond to a request from the government of the Philippines,” Ambassador John Holmes told reporters. Holmes said his country is already providing assistance …

Philippines eyes truce with communist rebels amid siege

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine government said Sunday that it would suspend offensives against communist guerrillas to reciprocate a similar plan by the insurgents and allow troops to focus on quelling a bloody siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants that has dragged on for nearly a month in a southern city. Philippine negotiator Silvestre Bello III said …

Philippine rebels storm police station, seize assault rifles

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine police say communist guerrillas have stormed a police station in a central province and seized a dozen assault rifles and pistols, two-way radios, cash, jewelry and a patrol car. Regional police Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag condemned the attack by about 50 New People’s Army guerrillas Sunday in Iloilo province’s Maasin town, saying …

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