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Passport printing aboveboard — DFA

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said there is nothing irregular with the agency’s contract with Apo Production Unit, the company involved in printing the Philippines passport. “As far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing irregular with our contract with…

Protection, management plan for Benham Rise proposed

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A PARTY-LIST solon has filed a measure seeking to create a special technical agency that will protect and manage Benham Rise. Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza underscored the need to protect the Benham Rise as it is part of the…

Setting record straight

Dela Rosa presents figures to refute ‘sensationalized’ reporting of killings ‘wrongly’ linked to drug war THE Philippine National Police leadership yesterday insisted that there is no such thing as State-sponsored killings as they released a full review of all homicide…

Trader dies from lipo breast butt surgery!

AT 29, Shiryl Saturnino believed she already needed surgery to enhance her looks. Last Saturday, the single mother entered The Icon Clinic in Mandaluyong City to undergo liposuction as well as breast and butt surgery. She was dead 11 hours…

Impeach high fever

SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez stood firm yesterday behind his decision not to go easy on impeaching Vice President Leni Robredo and said his rejection of the renewed appeal of President Rodrigo Duterte to set aside the divisive and time-consuming impeachment…

Let people choose barangay leaders, solons tell Duterte

AN opposition lawmaker yesterday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to give the people the opportunity to “kick out” village executives believed to be involved in the illegal drugs trading in 43,000 barangays nationwide by not calling for the postponement of the…

Trillanes bucks ‘political truce’ with DU30

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said he respects the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte but it does not exempt him from being “accountable” for the crimes he had allegedly committed. Trillanes was reacting to the call of the President for a…

TIME poll frontrunner

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has emerged as the early frontrunner of an online poll for Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The poll, which opened on Friday, saw Duterte at the top spot with…

Libreng gamot sa Makati

THE city government of Makati has allotted P600 million this year for its innovative drug subsidy program called “Libreng Gamot para sa Mamamayan Program”, to cater to the needs of over 200,000 patients currently enrolled in the program. Launched in…

House okays reduced donor’s tax measure

THE House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure that reduces the donor’s tax rate. In approving House Bill 4903, lawmakers assured the public of fair taxation and simplified donor’s tax rate. The measure intends to…

Tax reform vital to gov’t infrastructure plan -- GMA

EVEN former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is convinced there is a need for additional and comprehensive taxes for the government to complete its infrastructure projects. Arroyo has expressed full support for the proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP)…

Bgy execs must be elected -- opposition solons

SAYING it is unconstitutional, some lawmakers are objecting to President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to appoint barangay officials instead of calling for local elections. In separate statements, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, both members of the opposition…

Duterte graft drive nets 92

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said he has fired 92 government employees from various agencies in line with his promise to purge his administration of corruption. Duterte said the public workers were removed from their posts this month. Without mentioning names,…

China better friend than US -- President

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday defended anew Manila's relationship with Beijing even as he praised it for the aid given to his anti-narcotics campaign. In a speech yesterday during the Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, the President said China is…
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