Day: February 1, 2020

DILG warns local execs vs trikes on highways

MANILA, Philippines — Local executives who fail to impose restrictions against tricycles on national highways will face administrative sanctions as the national government continues to implement a nationwide clearing of roads and streets, Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a radio interview on Saturday. He said a new directive would be issued to local government […]

Customs seize drugs in parcels at Naia

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) seized on Friday 71.6 grams of “shabu” (crystal meth) and 97 tablets of Valium with an estimated street value of P660,000 concealed in several intercepted parcels. Enforcers, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Naia Interagency Drug Interdiction Task […]

Conviction of former Bohol mayor affirmed

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan Third Division has affirmed the conviction of former San Isidro, Bohol Mayor Requillo Samuya in connection with the irregular purchase of several kilograms of soil activator through direct contracting in 2004. The antigraft court sentenced Samuya to a prison term of six years and one month as minimum and up […]

American tourist leaves hospital after 14 days

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Philippines — The American tourist who was confined over suspicions that he had the Wuhan coronavirus was discharged from hospital on Saturday after the lapse of the 14-day incubation period without exhibiting any symptom of the virus. The 36-year-old American, a professor in Wuhan City, China, arrived in Tacloban City on Jan. […]

Faces of the News: ‘New tea’

The rise of Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos), mostly run by and which cater mostly to Chinese nationals, has bred parallel businesses, some of them sleazy and illegal. In a recent Senate hearing, Sen. Risa Hontiveros revealed how prostitution rings that cater to Pogo workers operate like online food delivery — with a menu of […]

Faces of the News: Luzviminda Camacho

The military’s donning of ranks where the rise of the Armed Forces of the Philippines officials is acknowledged has become a given. But last week’s rite was historic as it made Luzviminda Camacho of the Philippine Navy the country’s first woman commodore, a rank equal to that of a brigadier general. ADVERTISEMENT Being first is […]

Faces of the News: Apollo Quiboloy

He landed in the news in October 2019, for claiming that he had commanded one of the deadly quakes in Min¬danao to stop, and it did. This week, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy again hogged headlines when agents of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested three administrators of his Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KOJC) Christian […]

Island, drug rehab camp eyed as quarantine sites

MANILA, Philippines — Officials on Saturday said they were considering holding Filipinos returning from China in quarantine either at a largely unused drug rehabilitation camp inside a military reservation or on an island in Manila Bay as more legislators pressed the government to ban all travelers from everywhere in China. According to Health Secretary Francisco […]

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