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In separate advisories on Monday, nine oil companies–Petron, Pilipinas Shell, Phoenix Petroleum, Eastern Petroleum, Seaoil, Unioil, PTT Philippines, Flying V and Jetti– announced that they will roll back diesel prices by P0.25 per liter, effective March 27 and March 28, Tuesday. Petron, Pilipinas Shell, Petron and Flying V will also…

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THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) under its new leadership was able to provide medical assistance to more than 300,000 Filipinos nationwide and it is expected to help more this year, according to its General Manager Alexander Balutan. Balutan said the PCSO is hoping to increase its funding allocation for…

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NO eviction will be enforced on the leftist urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) that occupied “idle” units in at least five resettlement housing projects of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Pandi, Bulacan. Rep. Antonio Tinio of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said instead of eviction,…

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The local government of General Santos City is accused of tolerating Muslim businessmen engaged in selling pirated DVDs smuggled from Zamboanga City. A businessman and mall owner Chan Suy Lam said a private investigation they commissioned showed that most of about 200 businessmen engaged in wholesaling and retailing smuggled pirated…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division has allowed Rep. Ruby Sahali Tan to travel abroad to attend the fourth round of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Tan, who leads the House Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, was invited by the Office of the…

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LIMAY, Bataan: The Philippine Coast Guard on Monday reported that a motorized boat that left Mariveles town here nine days ago for Naic, Cavite was found in Nasugbu, Batangas but minus the operator and 11 passengers. The Coast Guard (CG) Bataan station in Limay town said it received a radio…

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Four tipsters or drug informants received a total of P4.9 million in cash rewards from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Monday. Their instant cash came from the agency’s Operation: Private Eye (OPE), a reward and incentive scheme designed to encourage private citizens to report any suspected illegal drug…

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The city government of Makati has filed a second complaint against former acting mayor Romulo Peña for “blatant disregard of the law” in promoting and transferring personnel during the election period. In a letter to the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) law department head Norina Tangaro-Casingal, Makati City Legal Officer Michael…

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Passengers arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports in the country will no longer be subjected to luggage scrutiny unless marked with “X” that may contain valuable or taxable items. Customs District III Collector Ed Macabeo cited the directive from Malacañang putting a stop to the…

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NO more team building activities or out-of-town seminars for city government employees of Marikina, after Mayor Marcelino Teodoro issued an order to all department heads prohibiting the programs as part of the cost-cutting measures and fiscal management. Teodoro said the money they can save from such activities will be used…