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PTAA eyes travel agency school

MANILA — The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) on Thursday said that it is reviving plans to open a travel agency school to increase the manpower pool and professionalize the industry. PTAA president Marlene Dado Jante, in a statement, said the travel group would initially partner with a Metro Manila based university or college that currently offer …

Bautista’s impeachment depends on Congress — Escudero

MANILA — A senator on Thursday said the Senate can only act on impeachment proceedings against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista once the House of Representatives (House) transmits the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber. “Magco-convene lamang kami once ma-file iyong articles of impeachment (We will only convene once the House files …

Marawi liberation proves gov’t working to make PH safe: DOT

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday welcomed the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte this week that Marawi City is liberated from terrorists after more than four months of battle against the ISIS-inspired Maute group. “Our government has proven that it can contain and eliminate any threat to peace and order, and ensure …

DOT allots P2-M to boost Zamboanga tourism

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has allotted some PHP2 million for a product enhancement initiative meant to revive Zamboanga tourism. In partnership with the DOT, the city government of Zamboanga launched the “Mi Ciudad Limpyo Y Floriao” (My City, Clean and Bloom), a cleanliness and beautification project as part of its Hermosa Festival. To …

Aegis Juris met in hotel, majority tried to avoid probe: MPD

MANILA — Manila Police District (MPD) head, Supt. Joel Coronel, said Wednesday that Facebook chat conversations among some Aegis Juris fraternity brothers showed that they met in a hotel and discussed attempts to “cover up, conceal and evade” investigation and prosecution. During the second hearing on the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas law student …

UST law dean won’t go on leave

MANILA — University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina on Wednesday refused to go on leave as college dean, despite the prodding of a senator. During the Senate second hearing on the hazing death of UST law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, Senator Grace Poe asked Divina to take a leave, …

Atio’s mom wants son’s belongings back

MANILA — The mother of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, on Wednesday faced some members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity for the first time and asked them to give back her son’s belongings as they were important to her. “You have (Atio’s) phone, eyeglasses, watch. Bring (them) back. Those are …

Comelec chief’s resignation letter to President ‘not proper’

MANILA — Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday questioned the move of Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairperson Andres Bautista to submit his resignation to President Rodrigo Duterte saying he should have submitted his resignation to the Comelec en banc. “I am not a lawyer but I don’t think it is even proper to submit Chairman Bautista’s resignation …

Senators react to Duterte’s revolutionary gov’t threat

MANILA — Senators on Monday had mixed reactions to the threat of President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a revolutionary government if his critics’ attempts to destabilize the government push through. Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III downplayed Duterte’s threat saying that it was “merely an idea.” “It’s merely an idea at this point and I …

Jeepney phase out must be done gradually: Poe

MANILA — Senator Grace Poe on Monday said that she found merit in the sentiment of jeepney drivers and operators for opposing the government’s plan to phase out old jeepneys. Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, made this statement the same day transport groups held a nationwide protest in hopes of suspending …