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LGUs told: Be more vigilant in enforcing health protocols

LGUs told: Be more vigilant in enforcing health protocols

Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos has directed local government units (LGUs) to strengthen the enforcement of health protocols as projections from the Department of Health (DOH) showed that COVID-19 cases could hit over 10,600 cases daily by October. “We are calling [...]

August 13, 2022 Headlines
DepEd laptop suppliers dispute state auditors’ findings

DepEd laptop suppliers dispute state auditors’ findings

The joint-venture group which supplied 39,583 units of allegedly overpriced but outdated laptops to the Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday insisted that the goods “meet all technical specifications imposed by the government, are competitively priced and perform according to [...]

August 12, 2022 Headlines
Seoul seeks to ban basement flats after flooding deaths

Seoul seeks to ban basement flats after flooding deaths

South Korea’s capital has moved to ban the cramped basement flats made famous by Oscar-winning movie “Parasite” after four people drowned in subterranean dwellings during flooding caused by record-breaking rains this week. Soldiers and relief workers were clearing debris Thursday [...]

August 12, 2022 Headlines, World
DITO slapped P622-M bill for fraudulent calls

DITO slapped P622-M bill for fraudulent calls

Globe Telecom Inc. wants DITO Telecommunity to pay P622 million in penalty for allegedly violating their interconnecting agreement, claiming that fraudulent calls were made through the third telco player’s network to the Ayala-led channel. In a statement on Tuesday, Globe said [...]

August 10, 2022 Headlines
Ombudsman clears De Lima of bribery raps

Ombudsman clears De Lima of bribery raps

The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed bribery complaints against former Sen. Leila De Lima and her former aide Ronnie Dayan for lack of probable cause. The Special Team of Investigators – Office of the Ombudsman, which filed the complaints, failed to [...]

August 10, 2022 Headlines
Meralco rates down for 2nd straight month

Meralco rates down for 2nd straight month

Meralco rates are down for the second consecutive month due to lower generation and distribution charges. Joe Zaldarriaga, Meralco vice president and head of corporate communications, said at a briefing yesterday that the overall rate for a typical household went [...]

August 9, 2022 Headlines
Climate body welcomes new law for eco-friendly businesses

Climate body welcomes new law for eco-friendly businesses

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has welcomed the passage of the law mandating large enterprises to implement programs to reduce the plastic waste they generate. The group said Republic Act 11898 or the Extended Producers’ Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2022, [...]

August 6, 2022 Headlines
Inflation sizzles to 6.4% in July, putting pressure on households

Inflation sizzles to 6.4% in July, putting pressure on households

Inflation remained painfully high in July, keeping the pressure on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to stay hawkish as rising prices squeeze Filipino households’ budgets. Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), accelerated 6.4% year-on-year in July, faster than [...]

August 5, 2022 Headlines
PH may now build own ‘Alcatraz’ under new law

PH may now build own ‘Alcatraz’ under new law

The Philippines may soon have an island prison similar to the famed US penitentiary on Alcatraz Island after the bill on the creation of separate facilities for heinous crimes lapsed into law. The reconciled Senate Bill No. 1055 and House [...]

August 4, 2022 Headlines
New PNP chief vows to sustain war on drugs

New PNP chief vows to sustain war on drugs

Newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin yesterday vowed to sustain the war on illegal drugs, which has killed over 6,000 drug suspects in law enforcement operations. Azurin, who formally assumed command of the 227,000-strong police force, [...]

August 4, 2022 Headlines