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Duterte to extend PNP chief Dela Rosa’s term for 3 months

MANILA — After confirming the police chief’s appointment as next Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) head, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday revealed he would first extend Ronald dela Rosa’s term as Philippine National Police (PNP) director general for at least three months. “I have that discretion to extend even beyond retirement age,” the President told reporters in …

Malacanang seeks public support for ML extension in Mindanao

MANILA — Malacanang on Wednesday welcomed Congress’ approval of the extension of Martial Law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao and asked the public to support the decision. “We welcome the approval of both houses of Congress to extend the proclamation of martial law and suspension of writ of habeas corpus …

PH, Japan ink P23-M school project

MANILA — The Japanese government and five stakeholders have signed on Wednesday grant contracts on classroom constructions worth a total of PHP23 million. In a ceremony held at the Embassy of Japan, Ambassador Koji Haneda said the signing signifies the “golden age of strategic partnership” between the two states. “Japan has long been an active partner …

Tourist arrivals in 10 months up by 11.54%: DOT

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has recorded an 11.54 percent increase in tourist arrivals compared to 2016 with the influx of Chinese tourists becoming the second largest number to come to the Philippines from January to October 2017. According to the data released by the DOT, international arrivals for the 10-month period reached a …

Duterte wants Sanofi held liable for Dengvaxia fiasco: Roque

MANILA — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday President Rodrigo Duterte stands by the Department of Health’s (DOH) recommendation to hold French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur accountable for the dengue vaccine controversy. In a press briefing, Roque also confirmed that once the investigation of the Senate and the Department of Justice is concluded, the Chief Executive …

Palace assures probe on DAP exec’s ‘anomalies’

MANILA — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday President Rodrigo Duterte would surely “investigate” the reported irregularities in the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), under its president, Elba Cruz. Roque made the statement when asked regarding the Palace’s reaction on calls from DAP employees to remove Cruz over her questionable foreign trips and lack of …

Pinoys abroad urged to be vigilant in wake of foiled NY attack

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday called on Filipinos abroad to exercise “higher level of vigilance” in the wake of another attempted terror attack in the United States. The DFA issued the advisory after a morning rush hour explosion at a major transportation hub in New York that left at least …

Duterte fires urban poor commission execs

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the firing of all commissioners of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced Tuesday. “The President stated two grounds — number one, it is, according to him, a collegial body, and they have not met as a collegial body, and number two, the …

Hero intern in MRT mishap among DOT ‘Women of Significance’

MANILA— Charleanne Jandic, the medical intern who helped save a woman from an accident in MRT-3 last November was named as among the Department of Tourism (DOT) “Women of Significance” at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on Saturday night. In an interview, Jandic said while “overwhelmed” by the recognition she received, people must understand acts as …

Libya urges PH to evaluate travel advisory

MANILA— Libya Embassy to Manila has called on the Philippine government to re-evaluate its alert level imposed in the country saying they need to hire more professionals for hospitals and oil companies. In a press conference Thursday, Libyan Charge d’Affairs to Manila Ahmed Eddeb said situation in the state has now improved. The Department of …