PH thanks US Gov’t for add’l P296-M aid for Marawi

The Philippines, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), on Monday thanked the United States government for releasing an additional PHP296.2 million-worth of assistance to the families affected by the Marawi siege. “We greatly appreciate this generous gesture being extended by the United States to our kababayan in Marawi,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement. “The latest assistance would bring to more than PHP1.5 billion the amount the United States has allocated for the rehabilitation and recovery of displaced communities in Marawi,” he added. US Deputy…

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Whale shark sighting off Boracay Island shows cleanup has succeeded : Malacañang

The presence of a whale shark off Boracay Island shows that the efforts to bring back the pristine waters of the popular tourist destination has succeeded, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this reaction following media reports about the sighting of a whale shark last Saturday, nearly two months after the six-month rehabilitation started on the famous island paradise. “That shows that the efforts to cleanup Boracay has succeeded,” Roque said in a press conference in Cagayan de Oro City. Roque commended the inter-agency task force created by…

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Judicial and Bar Council: 8 candidates in shortlist for SC post

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Monday released a shortlist of candidates to replace Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., who will retire on August 8. The aspirants for the high court post include SC Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, Court of Appeals Justices Jose Reyes Jr., Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Rosmari Declaro-Carandang, Ramon Hernando, Ramon Garcia, and Amy Lazaro-Javier, and former Ateneo College of Law dean Cesar Villanueva. Marquez, who is vying for a seat in the 15-member high court for the third time, has been serving…

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AFP Spox Arevalo: Chinese aircraft complied with proper procedures

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s Ilyushin-76 turbofan strategic airlifter that landed twice in Davao City this month had complied with the requirements needed for such activities. This was bared by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo in a press briefing Monday in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. “Ang paglapag ng (The landing of the) (Chinese) military aircraft sa (in) Davao City, ito po para sa kaalaman ng lahat ay dumaan sa proseso(for everyone’s information, it complied with the necessary procedures). (It was) the same aircraft that landed, the same…

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Abaya, 16 others rapped over PHP4.2-B MRT upkeep deal

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Monday filed graft charges against former Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and 16 others in connection with the alleged irregular Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 maintenance contract. The other respondents are former DOTr Undersecretaries Edwin Lopez, Rene Limcaoco and Catherine Jennifer Francis Gonzales; former MRT-3 General Manager Roman Buenafe, Camille Alcaraz (Assistant Secretary for Procurement), Ofelia Astrera (Vice-Chairperson, MRT3 Bids and Awards Committee), Charissa Eloisa Julia Opulencia, Oscar Bongon, and Jose Rodante Sabayle. Also included in the indictment are private respondents Eldonn…

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Pinoy kids bag medals in math Olympiad in Greece

Three Filipino students won medals at an international math Olympiad held in Greece. According to the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG), Daryll Carlsten Ko of St. Stephen’s High School and Sean Eugene Chua of Xavier School bagged silver medals while Deanne Gabrielle Algenio of Makati Science High School grabbed a bronze medal at the 22nd Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO) held from June 19 to 24 in Rhodes, Greece. The three, accompanied by team leader Kerish Villegas, represented the country to the contest, which drew participants from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia &…

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Palace: Calling God ‘stupid’ is Duterte’s ‘personal belief’

Palace: Calling God ‘stupid’ is Duterte’s ‘personal belief’ Calling God “stupid” was President Rodrigo Duterte’s “personal belief,” Malacañang said on Monday, following criticisms of the chief executive’s controversial remark. Subscribe : INQUIRER.net  

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Gov’t clean-up program helps Boracay regain its beauty

By Sec. Manny Piñol The government’s Inter-Agency Task Force working under the clear directives of a strong-willed President, has achieved in just 57 days dramatic accomplishments in the clean-up of Boracay Island, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Boracay Island was closed to tourists on April 26, 2018 on orders of President Rody Duterte who said that the popular vacation destination which draws tourists around the world because of its blue waters and white sand beach has degenerated into a cesspool because of neglect and extreme commercialism. The…

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Suggested Retail Prices set for 8 items in metro Manila

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will enforce starting today the agreed suggested retail prices (SRP) for rice and other fresh agriculture and fisheries commodities in Metro Manila markets. In a meeting presided by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries’ Advisory Special Bodies, other industry stakeholders, and concerned government offices validated and set the SRPs for rice, onion, garlic, and fish (tilapia, round scad or galunggong, and milkfish). Ordinary Regular Milled Rice – P39/kilo Milkfish (medium to big size 2 to 5 pieces) – P150/kilo Tilapia…

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Chinese plane sighted in Davao same as first: Lorenzana

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Ilyushin-76 turbofan strategic airlifter sighted by aviation enthusiasts in Davao City’s Francisco Bangoy International Airport Saturday is the same aircraft that landed and refueled there last June 8. This was confirmed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a text message to reporters Saturday. “Yes, we know about it and it has prior clearance to land. It is the same plane that landed (and refueled) in Davao (before heading for) New Zealand last June 8,” he added. An ABS-CBN report quoted Tactical Operations Group…

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