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Missing Filipina now presumed dead in London fire

MANILA — A missing Filipina is among those presumed dead in a massive fire that struck a high-rise apartment building in London last week, the Philippine Embassy in the United Kingdom announced Monday. The Embassy said Mrs. Ligaya Moore had not been found despite its diligent search made in coordination with the Metropolitan Police (MetPolice) …

JBC grills 8 SC aspirants on pressing issues

MANILA — The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Monday conducted the public interview for the eight of 12 nominees and were grilled on pressing issues such as the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte. The JBC …

Comelec ready to issue voters certification to Marawi residents

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready to issue voter certifications to registered voters in Marawi City. But, Comelec Spokesperson Jame Jimenez noted that they do not know the number of people who have requested for the issuance of such document. “As of today (Monday), our field offices are ready to issue these …

Nationwide ‘Quit Line’ to boost DOH anti-smoking drive

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) aims to further curb smoking prevalance in the country through the use of phone and mobile-centered support services. “Why attain something that is attainable,(when) we (can) aim (for) higher,’ said DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Ubial during the launching of the national ‘Quit Line’ at the Lung Center …

SolGen asks SC to junk 3 petitions vs martial law

MANILA — Solicitor General Jose Calida asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the three consolidated petitions challenging the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of martial law in Mindanao. The Office of the Solicitor General on Monday filed its 84-page memorandum on the three separate Petitions questioning the factual basis of Proclamation No. 216. Calida …

Lawmaker wants to extend paternity leave to 15 days

MANILA — An administration lawmaker at the House of Representatives wants to extend the week-long paternity leave granted to married male employees to 15 days. According to a statement on Monday, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas has filed House Bill 5353, which seeks to amend Republic Act 8187 or the Paternity Leave Act of 1996. …

No decision yet on transfer of cases vs Maute group — SC

MANILA — Supreme Court (SC) Spokesperson Theodore Te on Monday said that the high court has yet to act on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to transfer of the cases against arrested members and supporters of the Maute terror group. “The SC resolution stays until the SC says otherwise. It has not issued another …

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 …

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