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BoC eyeing ‘drone’ to boost revenue

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) is now considering an offer from a company in Israel to provide the government with an advanced, integrated, ‘unmanned aerial vehicle’ (UAV) or “drone” for multiple uses to include border and homeland security (HLS), disaster…

Is MMDA ready for ‘Big One’?

THE House committee on Metro Manila development has inquired whether the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has contingency plans against a possible powerful earthquake that could hit the National Capital Region (NCR). Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo, the panel…

Asean mum on China sea claims

THE final statement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit was silent on China’s land reclamation and militarization in the disputed South China Sea as well as Manila’s arbitral victory over China. Instead, the statement issued yesterday by…

PH, Indonesia open RoRo link

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo sent off yesterday the first roll-on roll-off (RoRo) vessel that will travel between the cities of Davao and General Santos and on to Bitung, Indonesia. The launch of the Super Shuttle…

Night shift differential pay for gov’t workers sought

SENATOR Sonny Trillanes wants to grant night shift differential pay to government employees, including those in government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), who work during night time. Under his proposed Senate Bill No. 642, government workers who render work between 10…

Children need both parents -- priest

Commission On Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Cebu chairman said a child needs both a mother and father during the opening Mass of the ongoing Human Life International (HLI) Advocacy Conference on Friday. “’Well, you want only children…

Applications for CHEd-PAEF Fulbright scholarships now open

THE Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) on Friday announced the applications for the second batch of Fulbright-CHEd scholars for academic year 2018-2019 are now being accepted. The Fulbright-CHEd Scholarships enable qualified faculty and staff…

DILG: Insurance firms may transact business sans LGU accreditation

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government has reminded local government units to abide by the provisions of the law which allows duly-licensed insurance companies to transact insurance business anywhere in the country without any accreditation from LGUs. Interior…

Code of Conduct needed for peace in SCS -- DU30

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THE South China Sea (SCS) will remain a flashpoint, President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said, stressing that the situation will remain hostile without a regional code of conduct “We are also asking for the conduct. That's about it. No terms of…

ASEAN treads softly on China sea dispute

CHINA scored another diplomatic victory on Saturday when the Southeast Asian leaders removed from their final statement the line that urges China to avoid reclamation and militarization in the disputed South China Sea (SCS) so as not to escalate tensions…

I’m coming –– Trump

US president confirms PH visit, invites Duterte to Washington US President Donald Trump reaffirmed America’s longtime alliance with the Philippines and confirmed his upcoming visit to the country in November, Malacañang said yesterday. The US leader also extended his invitation…

ISIS claims responsibility for Quiapo blast

THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) yesterday maintained that the explosion Friday night in Quiapo, Manila, was an isolated case of feuding frat gangs even after the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for…

Junk case — De Lima

DETAINED Senator Leila De Lima has filed a motion for reconsideration before the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) seeking to dismiss the disobedience to summons case filed against her by the Department of Justice (DoJ). In her plea filed…
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