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Comelec taps Kathryn Bernardo to push women to run for office

MANILA — Teen actress Kathryn Bernardo has been tapped by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to urge qualified women voters to participate in the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. In a 41-second video clip, the 21-year-old movie and television personality encouraged Filipinos to join the forthcoming electoral exercises. “Not only as voters, but …

PH, UK forge deals for transnational education

MANILA — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has partnered with the British Council in providing higher educational institutions (HEI) access to niche courses from the United Kingdom (UK) to further improve the state of education in the country. The Joint Development of Niche Programs (JDNP), through the Philippine-UK Linkages project, will provide capacity and funding …

Swiss Institute of Federalism ink academic cooperation with UP

MANILA -– The University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and the University of Fribourg’s Institute of Federalism (IFF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation and exchange, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Dr. Maria Fe Mendoza, Dean of the UP-NCPAG, and Dr. Eva Maria Belser, …

Senate frigate probe will prove SAP Go’s innocence: Andanar

MANILA — Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar has expressed optimism that Special Assistant to President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go will be cleared in the Feb. 19 Senate inquiry into the controversial frigate acquisition project of the Philippine Navy. “I’m sure that the results of this (Senate hearing) will show that SAP Bong is …

PRRD appoints 16 prosecutors in DoJ

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed 16 prosecutors to new positions at the Department of Justice (DOJ). According to the appointment letter from Malacanang Palace dated Feb. 12 and sent through the DOJ’s Office of the Secretary, Editha Canares Fernandez has been named as Senior Assistant State Prosecutor, and Agnes Farida Bagaforo-Arellano II as …

Body of slain OFW in Kuwait arrives in PH

MANILA — The remains of slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joanna Demafelis arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) cargo terminal on Friday via Gulf Air flight GF 154 from Bahrain. Authorities from the Department of Labor and Employment’s Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said Demafelis’ body would be flown to Iloilo, her hometown, on …

Bong Go clarifies anew he won’t run for senator

MANILA — Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday reiterated that he is not interested in running for a Senate seat. “Inuulit ko po, hindi po ako interesado tumakbo sa Senado sa 2019, magsisilbi po ako kay Mayor Duterte hanggang kamatayan, kung hindi man ako mauna (I say it again that I am not …

CHED steps up Cha-cha info drive

MANILA — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will enlist the support of state universities and colleges (SUCs) nationwide to conduct an intensive information campaign to help the youth fully understand Charter change or Cha-cha. The network of state universities in the country will be an effective venue to hold forums and workshops on Charter change, …

Charges to be filed vs. LGU execs found liable for Boracay’s woes

MANILA — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will file administrative and criminal charges against government officials, who would be found liable for Boracay’s environmental woes, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement Thursday. “We are expediting this and we will go where the evidence brings us,” Año said.”The local government is …

PRRD joins Chinese-Filipinos in celebrating Chinese New Year

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte has recognized the role of the Filipino-Chinese communities in shaping the country’s national identify as he joined the celebration of Chinese New Year on Friday. “As an integral component of Philippine society, Chinese-Filipinos will continue to play an important role in shaping our national identity and in upholding the beauty …