News

Top Stories

By
0

Personal remittances of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) breached the $2-billion mark in March, posting a single-digit growth from last year’s level and rebounding from a slow performance in previous months. Data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) show that the remittances in March grew 6.9 percent to $2.08…

By
1

The Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) proposed a joint agreement with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to combat terrorism in Southeast Asia during a meeting on Tuesday among national police forces of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The proposal made during the 34th Aseanapol Conference held at Sofitel in Manila will…

By
0

CHINA has snubbed an invitation from the Philippines to the World Economic Forum that will be hosted by Manila this month. Sushant Palakurthi Rao, senior director and head of South-East Asia, WEF, said the invitation extended by President Benigno Aquino 3rd to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li…

By
6

MALACAñANG on Wednesday joined lawmakers in belittling the list given by Janet Napoles to former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, saying the unsigned affidavit was just a “mere scrap of paper.” “The list . . . what does it prove? And given the affidavit, which is unsigned, how do we proceed…


By
8

AT least 97 local chief executives who supposedly benefited from the Malampaya gas fund scam were spared from criminal charges by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima in exchange for their support for her senatorial bid in the 2016 elections, according to an unsigned affidavit made by Janet Lim-Napoles. Napoles, in…

By
0

The Philippines warned on Wednesday that China may be building an airstrip on a reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), as the Asian superpower asserts its claim to most of the strategic area. Filipino military surveillance aircraft have been documenting large-scale earthmoving activity on Chinese-held Mabini Reef,…

Business

By
0

Headline inflation is likely to increase slightly to 1.1 percent this month, the Department of Finance said, in spite of lower power rates and fuel prices during the month. “Inflation rate for March may inch up to 1.1 percent from the 0.9 percent registered last February,” the department said in…

By
0

THE insurance industry’s total premium income this year could range between P280 billion and P300 billion, with all sectors projected to post double-digit growth, Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc said. “My prediction is we may hit anywhere from P280 [billion] to a high end of P300 billion in premiums including life,…

By
2

A CONSUMER group questioned the timing of an increase in approved rates under the Feed-in Tariff allowance (FIT-All) scheme, saying it would unfairly burden ordinary power consumers. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved an additional 8 centavos per kWh rate hike as part of FIT starting April, a time…

By
0

MEAT safety and increased local government unit (LGU) income at the municipal level are among the benefits derived by beneficiaries across the country who are taking part in the Meat Establishment Improvement Program (MEIP). The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) conducted an impact assessment on the MEIP in 31 LGUs…

By
0

AMID increasing threat both from natural and man-made disasters, Filipino farmers should learn how to use data science to protect and help improve the yield potential of their crops, an expert from Monsanto Asia Pacific said. Hazel Bograd, Monsanto data science and analytics manager for Asia Pacific, said that being…

By
0

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) warns the public of a scam concerning Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)-related projects. Reports reached NGCP that an unauthorized person going by the name of Maryam Niamir-Fuller, representing herself to be a “Director of NGCP’s Project Office,”is going around and promising local governments and…

Regions

By
0

KIDAPAWAN City on Wednesday was placed under a state of calamity because of the increasing number of dengue cases that have already claimed eight lives since January. The move was in response to the request of Mayor Joseph Evangelista of Kidapawan City to the city’s Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP). Vice Mayor…

By
0

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) gave facilities to each of six businesses in Davao del Sur province to increase productivity. The move was under the agency’s project Shared Service Facilities (SSF) where local businesses, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), clusters and cooperatives are given facility support to enhance…

By
0

AUTHORITIES detained an Australian on Tuesday who stabbed and tried to rape his neighbor in Batangas City, police reports said on Wednesday. Australian Paul Javens Harison, 56, of Sydney, residing at Perlas Compound in Barangay Kumintang Ilaya, Batangas City was arrested by police operatives after his female neighbor lodged a…

By
0

ILOILO CITY: A boundary dispute between the municipalities of Laua-an and Bugasong in northern Antique and the concerns of indigenous people added to the problems that further delay the completion of the first hydroelectric power plant in Western Visayas. The regional project monitoring committee (RPMC) in the region chaired by…

By
0

SUSPECTED communist rebels tossed a hand grenade at an Army base on Tuesday night in an effort to get back at the government forces, the Army said. First Lt. Nashrullah Sema of the 57th Infantry Battalion said that the attack could be part of the retaliation of the New People’s…

By
0

THE Provincial Government of Pampanga has put up a medical ward at Romana Pangan District Hospital that would cater to members of the Aeta community. The new Indigenous People’s (IP) ward is to be used solely by Aetas who are sick and their family members tending to them. The facility…

World

By
1

KIEV: US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Kiev on Thursday for talks focusing on the possibility of arming Ukrainian forces, a day after four civilians were killed when a hospital in east Ukraine was shelled. His visit comes as international pressure grows for an immediate halt to…

By
0

AMMAN: The burning alive of a Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State (IS) group has shocked and angered Jordanians, uniting them behind their government’s vow to intensify its military action against the jihadists. Jordan is one of several Arab states to have joined the US-led campaign against IS in Syria…

By
0

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) sentenced to life 230 secular activists from the 2011 revolt against long-time strongman Hosni Mubarak, including leading campaigner Ahmed Douma, an official said. Thirty-nine others, all minors, were jailed for 10 years. A life sentence in Egypt is 25 years. The…

By
0

On February 3, Indonesian media reported that Indonesia’s ambassador to Japan Yusron Ihza Mahendra had said that the two sides would sign a defense partnership soon. According to Yusron, the two sides will ink a memorandum of understanding (MOU) covering defense with a particular focus on the transfer of Japanese-manufactured…

By
0

WASHINGTON D.C.: President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama will be a few strides from each other at the same ballroom event on Thursday, but amid fierce Chinese pressure it’s not clear if they will actually meet. Obama and the Tibetan spiritual leader are slated to attend a high-profile National…

By
0

SEOUL: The United States and South Korea on Thursday kicked off a joint naval exercise involving a US nuclear submarine that is certain to draw a sharp response from Pyongyang. The USS Olympia, a Los Angeles-class submarine with some 120 sailors, arrived in the southern port city of Jinhae last…

Today's Breaking News

By
0

PARIS: Maria Sharapova warned her rivals she will be ready for a crack at finally winning a second Wimbledon title as she shrugged off the disappointment of an early exit from the French Open on Monday. The Russian second seed was beaten in Paris at the fourth-round stage on Monday,…

By
0

MOSCOW: The organizer of an unauthorized gay pride rally in Moscow was jailed for 10 days on Monday along with two other activists for disobeying police. The event’s main organizer, Nikolai Alexeyev, was jailed after being detained by police at Saturday’s brief protest outside the Moscow mayor’s office. “The court…

By
0

LONDON: Seals equipped with sensors on their foreheads are helping scientists collect data from some of the most remote corners of the world, advancing research on global warming, ice cover and weather forecasting. The project has involved more than 1,000 seals since it began in 2004 and on Monday the…

By
0

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius: The government of Mauritius on Monday designated Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as the Indian Ocean island nation’s new president, making her the first woman to hold the ceremonial position. The appointment of Gurib-Fakim, an internationally-renowned scientist and biologist, is subject to parliament approval, due to take place on Thursday.…

By
0

BRUSSELS: The European Union on Monday called for FIFA to reform quickly in the wake of a corruption scandal engulfing football’s governing body, saying that the sport’s integrity was at stake. “Corruption has no place in sport,” said Nathalie Vandystadt, a spokeswoman for the European Commission, the executive of the…

By
0

ELAZAR SETTLEMENT, Palestinian Territories: Their inspiration may be exotic — the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Rome’s Colosseum — but rabbi Natan Alexander’s vibrators have a distinctly domestic goal: giving Orthodox Jewish couples gratification without the guilt. Alexander, 34, was born in Sydney and now lives in a Jewish…