Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. said Wednesday that the Philippines has already lodged a diplomatic protest against China’s latest “swarming” activity in the disputed waters. Earlier in the day, National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon said it was the inter-agency task force of the country that made the suggestion to lodge the protest.The safety advisor said intelligence is looking into the activity, stating the “swarming” activity could be a

DILG to deploy more police to clean up Metro Manila massively

In some towns in Metro Manila, the Department of Interior and Local Government is deploying more police officers to assist clear roads of illegal sellers and improperly parked cars. In a circular memorandum published Monday, the Interior Department instructed local governments nationwide to reclaim roads being used for personal purposes, a directive first raised last week by President Rodrigo Duterte during his annual report to the country. Barangay commanders will


Isko Moreno Domagoso follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching instructions to shut down huge corruption gaming stores operated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Moreno said that he ordered the business license office of the City of Manila to cancel company licenses and permits from the mayor for all lotto, small town lottery and other gaming operations under the Manila PCSO. In accordance with this domestic policy, I order Manila’s

Idol Philippines

Filipino-American Idol star Jessica Sanchez has arrived in Manila, just in time for Idol Philippines’ finale tomorrow at the Newport Theater. Carlo Orosa, the talent manager of Jessica, shared an Instagram photo and IG stories of her arrival. Jessica, a 23-year-old Filipino-Mexican singer, finished as runner-up of the 11th season of American Idol’s back in 2011. She released her first studio album, Me, You & The Music two years later.

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MANILA – Batanes was first hit with a tremor with magnitude 5.4, and right after that a second stronger quake, recorded at magnitude 5.9 struck a few hours later. Mr Ricardo Jalad from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has confirmed that eight people died and 60 at least injured. Batanes is known for ancestral homes. As the quake first hit Batanes, thousands were disturbed from their sleep, right during


Kepwealth Property Philippines will be the first firm in the country to launch an original government offering (IPO) for 2019, with both the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) providing the green light. The property leasing and asset management company will use the KPPI stock symbol. It is planned to sell up to P384.8 million common shares at a cost of up to P5.74 per


A Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) official said Thursday that Metro Manila mayors will be granted two months or 60 days to clear government highways in the respective fields of any obstruction. DILG Under-Secretary for Operations Epimaco Densing said the department is presently preparing a circular memorandum for this order. They expect the circular memorandum to be out next week. Densing stated after a conference with Metro


Manny Pacquiao will not retire quickly at any time. And Buboy Fernandez feels that he can best tell when the newly minted WBA welterweight super champion should consider calling it quits. In Manila, Pacquiao brushed off suggestions from trainer Freddie Roach that he should consider reducing the curtains on a Hall-of-Fame career. Fernandez, who in his last three battles acted as Pacquiao’s principal handler, was even more challenging, stating Roach

Joseph Estrada

There is no need to lodge charges against former Manila mayor Joseph Estrada for his supposed inability to hand over transition papers to his successor, said Friday Isko Moreno, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). A fact-finding inquiry undertaken by the DILG-National Capital Region discovered that the relevant papers were approved on June 28 by Estrada’s transition team to the DILG Field Office in Manila. The DILG Field Office,

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While anti-drug activities would continue in Central Visaya’s largest town, there would be no shoot-to-kill order, fresh Colonel Gemma Cruz Vinluan, director of the Cebu City Police Office, said. Vinluan stated to neutralize and not kill. Then, prevent them from harming individuals and police officers. According to an Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University study, Cebu City and province ranked third in the number of drug suspects