Saturday, November 28, 2020

Zambo residents frustrated SM City Mindpro cancels grand opening

SM CITY Mindpro has postponed its grand opening Friday in Zamboanga City for a still unknown reason, and frustrating shoppers who waited since October for the mall to start operating.



Friday, November 27, 2020

Ex-PNPA chief joins Dangerous Drugs Board

PRESIDENT RODRIGO  Duterte has named former Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Director Maj. Gen. Gilbert de la Cruz Cruz, who recently retired from service, a member of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).  



Rice sector to get biggest chunk of DA’s budget

RICE SECTOR  will remain the priority of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) modernization and industrialization programs next year. 



TIKA donates P1.5-M sewing machines to Manila City gov’t

THE TURKISH  Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) Philippines, Turkey's developmental cooperation arm, donated on Thursday PHP1.5 million-worth of sewing machines and equipment to support Manila's livelihood program for workers hit by the coronavirus pandemic. 



Outgoing SoKor envoy turns over $500-K Covid-19 donations

OUTGOING KOREAN Ambassador Han Dong-man on Wednesday turned over to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. a batch of Korean in-kind donations to the Philippines consisting of 17,664 Covid-19 diagnostic kits, one set of PCR and DNA extraction equipment, and 300 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE), with an aggregate value of USD500,000 (PHP24.5 million).  



Duterte names his ex-lawyer new Overall Deputy Ombudsman

PRESIDENT RODRIGO  Duterte has appointed his former legal consultant Warren Rex Hernandez Liong to the second-highest position in the Office of the Ombudsman.  



LPA, northeast monsoon to bring rains over Luzon Friday

  A LOW  pressure area (LPA) and the northeast monsoon (amihan) affecting Luzon will cause rains over most parts of the island, the weather bureau said on Friday.  



Listen to calls for OFW body creation

SENATOR CHRISTOPHER “Bong” Go has appealed to fellow lawmakers and executive officials to listen to the appeals for the creation of a single department that will handle concerns of overseas Filipinos, many of whom are adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  



'Case-to-case' basis in cash aid grant for cops with Covid-19

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Debold Sinas on Friday assured that the needs of all police officers infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) would be immediately addressed.  



Balikbayans, families allowed to enter PH starting Dec. 7

BALIKBAYANS OR  former Filipino citizens including their spouses and children who are travelling with them, may enter the Philippines starting December 7, Malacañang announced Friday.  



NCRPO holds GAD webinar to boost women empowerment

AS PART of efforts to uphold gender equality in all fields of social activity, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has conducted a two-day online Gender and Development (GAD) and Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) webinar via video conference.  



PDEA busts another drug den in Dagupan; 5 arrested

 Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), reinforced by the Philippine National Police (PNP), have arrested five persons and dismantled a drug den in a buy-bust at Barangay Lasip Grande here.

 
In an interview on Friday, Retchie Camacho, PDEA-Pangasinan assistant provincial officer and operation team leader, identified the suspects as Alejandro Paragas, Rollie Melendez, Normito Javier, Rodelio Maniacop, and Joel Inocentes, all residents of the place.
 
He said Paragas, who was the target of the operation, also turned out to be the drug den maintainer.
 
A poseur-buyer bought a heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu worth PHP2,000. 
 
Operatives also arrested the other suspects who were in the middle of a ‘shabu’ session inside the den.
 
Camacho said the operation resulted in the discovery and confiscation of three more sachets of suspected shabu with a total weight of 11 grams. The suspected shabu valued at PHP74, 800.
 
Other drug paraphernalia, cellphone, identification card, and cash in different denominations have also been recovered.
 
Authorities consider this as a high-impact operation after the discovery and dismantling of a drug den in the city.
 
As of posting, the suspects are to be brought to the PDEA Regional Office in San Fernando City La Union for further examination, and filing of charges for violation of Sections 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, and 15 of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (By Ahikam Pasion)


Lahar-risk villages in Albay need to be relocated

THE PHILIPPINE Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recommended the relocation of thousands of families living in lahar and mudflow paths around Mayon Volcano after completing its lahar risk assessment mapping. 



Military chopper crash lands, 1 dead in South

COTABATO CITY – A Philippine Air Force chopper transporting soldiers wounded in a bomb explosion had crash landed in Lanao del Sur’s Madalum town in Mindanao, killing one of its passengers and injuring a crew member, officials said Friday.



Thursday, November 26, 2020

Sulu lawmaker donates digital tablets to grade schoolers

 SULU – Representative Samier Tan distributed dozens of digital tablets to school children in the capital town of Jolo as part of his educational support and assistance to those who cannot afford to buy the electronic gadget.



Cebu tax amnesty hailed

CEBU CITY – The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has urged its members to take advantage of the tax amnesty program being offered by the local government. 



Russia says Covid vaccine costs under $10

THE RUSSIAN Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced the cost of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine for international markets will be less than $10 per dose starting from February 2021, which is less than $20 for the two doses necessary to vaccinate one person.