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LEGAZPI CITY: More cities and towns around the restive Mount Mayon are suffering from severe water shortage and water resources are drying up, Willian Sabater, chief sanitary engineer of the Albay provincial health office, told The Manila Times. Sabater said water resources were reported to be drying up in the…

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COTABATO CITY: The New Zealand government has committed to provide technical support to the Philippines to boost the local dairy industry and benefit thousands of Filipinos. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Nathan Guy, New Zealand’s minister of primary industries, assured him of his country’s support to the Philippine dairy industry…

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THE Office of the Ombudsman filed graft and grave coercion charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Mayor Guillermo So of Matnog, Sorsogon for allegedly ordering the closure of a firm’s operations in 2009 without due process. Assistant Special Prosecutor Ma. Lourdes Mendoza alleged that the So and his co-respondent, then-Municipal…

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COTABATO CITY: The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which is a home to 3.2 million people, is still the poorest region in the country with 53.1 percent poverty incidence, Gov. Mujiv Hataman said during the deliberation on the proposed P40.573 billion 2017 ARMM budget. Hataman said the proposed budget…

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The Office of the Ombudsman has filed a malversation case before the Sandiganbayan against former Mayor Albert Ambagan Jr. of Amadeo, Cavite and two others for alleged misuse of P2 million public funds in 2008. Likewise named respondents were then-Municipal Treasurer Jaime Rojales and then-Assistant Municipal Treasurer Alma Ambat. Assistant…

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ANOTHER 23 Indonesians using Philippine passports were intercepted Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) upon their arrival from a Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. This brings to 50 the number of Indonesians held upon their return to the country. The first batch of eight Indonesians with assumed names…

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ILOILO CITY: The Department of Health (DOH) raised the alert level on thyroid cancer as the seventh most common cancer in the Philippines, ranking fourth among females and 17th among males. The DOH report showed that as of July 2014, a total of 5.8 million Filipino adults have goiter, the…

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BAGUIO CITY: An ordinance strictly prohibiting solicitation activities in various local government offices here is being reinforced, City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Officer Betty Fangasan said. Officials and employees were instructed to ask for proof of solicitation activities that show a permit issued by the CSWD to allow them…

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A CHINESE was held after trying to deposit 389 pieces of fake US dollar bills at the Landbank branch in Malate, Manila on Thursday. Senior Police Officer 2 James Poso, Manila Police investigator, said Wong Kwok Ming tried to deposit the fake bills stacked between two original dollar bills. Wong…

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SAN QUINTIN, Pangasinan: The houses of Vice Mayor Gerry Capillano-Abenojar, tagged as alleged drug pusher, and six others believed to be sources of shabu were simultaneously raided by the police and the military early on Thursday resulting in the confiscation of still undetermined amount of shabu, guns and ammunitions. Senior…

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