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Strike won’t stop jeepney modernization plan: Malacañang

MANILA, Oct 16 (Mabuhay) – Despite the nationwide transport strike, Malacañang on Monday said it was committed to pursuing the jeepney modernization program. “The Administration remains committed to the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), which is long overdue,”...

Troops rescue 20 more hostages in Marawi

MANILA, Oct 16 (Mabuhay) — Government forces rescued at least 20 more hostages of the Maute group in Marawi City. Colonel Romeo Brawner, Joint Task Force Marawi deputy commander, said the hostages were rescued by troops during operations since Saturday. The military earlier...

Gov’t expects massive surrender after deaths of Hapilon, Omar – Adiong

MANILA, Oct 16 (Mabuhay) – The government can expect more Maute-ISIS fighters to surrender to security forces in Marawi City following the deaths of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute group leader Omar Maute early Monday. “Kung totoo talaga yung information, we are...

Palace confirms deaths of Omar Maute, Isnilon Hapilon

MANILA, Oct 16 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Monday confirmed the death of pro-ISIS Maute group leader Omar Maute and Abu Sayyaf subleader and supposed ISIS emir in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon. “We confirm that government forces killed Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon...

No new offer of monetary aid from UK, says DFA after Duterte remark

MANILA, Oct 14 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said there was no “new offer of direct monetary assistance” from the United Kingdom, contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that he had refused $18 to 20 million from the European country. “At the...
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President Duterte returns from fruitful trip to Brunei — Abella

MANILA, Oct 7 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte is back from a short but productive  trip to Brunei Darussalam, a Malacañang official said Saturday. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that the President personally conveyed his warm greetings...
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Senators weigh in on dip in Duterte’s satisfaction, trust ratings

MANILA — Senators on Monday expressed various reactions to the dip in the recent net satisfaction and trust ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte — some downplaying it and others saying it should be a cause for concern. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, an ally of Duterte,...
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Drilon plans to block approval of BOC budget

MANILA – Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon on Friday said he plans to block the approval of the 2018 Bureau of Customs (BOC) budget worth PHP 3.1-billion unless an administrative order requiring pre-shipment inspection is amended to include containerized cargo. “I will block...

Still no motive in Vegas massacre despite 1,000 leads: police

WASHINGTON – US authorities have analyzed more than 1,000 leads into the Las Vegas mass shooting investigation but they still lack a motive for the crime, Las Vegas Police Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said during a press conference on Friday. “To date, we have run...

DepEd employees to undergo mandatory drug test: Briones

LEGAZPI CITY – All employees of the Department of Education (DepEd) would undergo mandatory drug testing. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said the mandatory drug testing scheme among DepEd employees would be implemented soon following negative reactions by parents that the test...