Philippines News Today February 28, 2023

Here are the latest news and events that happened today, Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

SM Investments posts 53% growth in 2022 net income

Diversified conglomerate SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) saw a 53% growth in its net income for the past year, driven mainly by the strong performance of its key business units. SMIC said its net income grew to P61.7 billion from P40.4 billion, while its consolidated revenues rose by 28% to P553.8 billion from P432.4 billion in the previous year. SM Retail See more...

Ronnie Alonte, Laguna win Gerald Anderson’s celebrity 3x3 challenge

MANILA – Team Laguna bannered by Ronnie Alonte copped the title in the first-ever Celebrity 3x3 Challenge headed by actor Gerald Anderson. Alonte got a huge help from Argel Saycon to lift Laguna over Team Makati in the championship battle, 19-17, en route to winning the P50,000 top prize Tuesday. Laguna was trailing most in the game as See more...

Bianca Umali part of MEGA Magazine’s Women to Watch list

Bianca Umali has been selected as one of the 10 Women to Watch, according to Mega Magazine. In celebration of its 31st anniversary, the magazine honored 10 women “who are turning heads for their impact on fashion, art, entertainment, sports, and society.” Bianca was lauded for her work, starting out as a commercial model at two years old, a host See more...

Use ‘tax windfall’ from inflation to help public: solon

MANILA - A lawmaker on Tuesday urged economic managers to use windfall revenues from rising inflation to help consumers burdened by rising prices. Marikina Second District Rep. Stella Quimbo, one of the House's top resident economists, said the government actually earns from inflation as higher prices mean higher collection of value-added taxes. She said 1 percentage point increase See more...

Liza Soberano reintroduces herself as 'Hope,' co-creates short film commercial

Liza Soberano is now entering a new era in her career as a creative behind the scenes while still being the star of the show. In the latest commercial Liza co-created for a digital banking app Maya, the actress reintroduced herself to the public as Hope, proving that she can do so much more than just being "Liza" the actress. See more...

5-year pause in PNR operations may begin in May —exec

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) may start its five-year halt of operations by May, PNR general manager Jeremy Regino said on Tuesday. "Most probably po by May. Ang una pong hihinto ay ang Alabang papuntang Calamba. At pagdating naman po ng Oktubre ay hihinto naman po ang Tutuban to Bicutan or Tutuban to Alabang at Governor Pascual from Malabon hanggang See more...

Miriam Quiambao, blessing at hulog ng langit para kay Ardy Roberto

Ibinahagi nina Miriam Quiambao at Ardy Roberto kung paano nila natuklasan na sila ang itinadhana para sa isa’t isa. Napag-alaman na muling nagkita ang dalawa matapos na magkasama sa book writing course makaraang pumanaw ang misis ni Ardy at nagpunta sa lamay si Miriam para makiramay. Sa Bawal Judgmental segment ng "Eat Bulaga" nitong Lunes, ikinuwento ni Ardy, isang best-selling See more...

Cloudy skies, rain over parts of the country due to three weather systems

Northeastern monsoon or amihan, shear line, localized thunderstorms to bring cloudy skies, rain over various parts of the country, PAGASA reported. Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Aurora, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon will have cloudy skies with rains brought about by the northeast monsoon with possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate with at times heavy rains. See more...

No reason to scrap PUV modernization despite looming transport strike: DOTr

MANILA - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) sees no reason to junk plans for the country's transport modernization program amid calls from various transport groups. Jeepney and UV operators have scheduled a strike from March 6 to 12 to express their opposition from the modernization program. But speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said not See more...

SC affirms ruling disallowing P15-M benefits to PhilHealth employees

The Supreme Court has affirmed a decision of the Commission on Audit (COA) disallowing the grant of allowances and incentives amounting to P15 million to employees of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). In a 19-page decision, the SC en banc denied a petition filed by PhilHealth seeking to issue a temporary restraining order against a decision of COA. COA, See more...

Vergeire: IATF wants alert level system be COVID-19 risk communication tool

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is pushing for the alert level system be used as a risk communication tool and no longer an identifier of what restrictions should be imposed in a particular area amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the IATF had already reconvened See more...

Mari Jasmine marks final stretch of pregnancy with topless photo

MANILA – Mari Jasmine is celebrating the final stretch of her pregnancy. On Instagram, the model and blogger posted a photo capturing her natural beauty and maternal grace while also showcasing her growing belly and curves in all their glory. “Last trimester,” she simply captioned her post. The picture appears to have been taken in a bedroom, with Mari Jasmine See more...

Del Rosario lauds Marcos Jr for 'defending rights' in West Philippine Sea

MANILA — Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario Jr. on Monday lauded President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.'s position on the South China Sea in the face of Beijing's aggression. "We believe that President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is taking proper steps in defending the rights of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea," said del Rosario, chairman of political think tank See more...

NASA names solar physicist as agency's science chief

WASHINGTON - NASA announced on Monday it has picked a longtime solar scientist who heads its heliophysics division to become the US space agency's science chief. Nicola Fox, former top scientist on the Parker Solar Probe mission studying the sun, was named as NASA's associate administrator for the agency's Science Mission Directorate. A memo to agency employees from NASA chief See more...

Ogie Diaz points out being a manager is not an easy task

MANILA – Ogie Diaz once again turned to social media to elaborate on the difficulties involved in managing the career of a celebrity. Addressing his followers in general, Diaz expressed that being a manager is not an easy task. “Akala n’yo, madaling mag-manage ng talents? Ay, hindi po. Apakahirap. Para kang buntis. Binubuo mo pa lang sa iyong sinapupunan, iniisip See more...

Ogie Diaz, nagkomento sa pahayag ng dati niyang 'alaga' na si Liza Soberano

Mainit na pinag-usapan sa social media ang naging pahayag kamakailan ni Liza Soberano kaugnay sa kaniyang mga pinagdaanan sa entertainment industry. Sa vlog nitong Lunes, nagkomento si Ogie Diaz na dating manager o nangasiwa ng maraming taon sa showbiz career ni Liza. "At the end of the day, si Liza pa rin ang masusunod kung ano'ng gusto niyang gawin sa See more...

Cat that survived Cebu condominium fall dies due to poor health

MANILA — A cat that had survived after jumping off the 18th floor of a condominium in Cebu City later died due to various health problems. “We are sorry to share the sad news that Mira, the cat rescued from Casa Mira Condo last Thursday, crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday,” animal advocate Minerva Gerodias said on Facebook. The cat See more...

EXO-SC to hold Manila 'fan con' in May

EXO-SC, a sub-unit of the popular K-pop boy band EXO, is coming to Manila in May to meet Filipino fans, local promoter PULP Live World announced Tuesday. In a Twitter post, PULP said the "fan con" would take place at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on May 20. "Here's an announcement worth a billion views – after 4 years, See more...

Ronnie Liang launches Project Ngiti' to help kids with cleft lip, palate

MANILA – Several years back, singer and pilot Ronnie Liang rose to fame for his breakout hit “Ngiti,” which paved the way for him to make a mark in the local music scene. In fact, “Ngiti” was used as the soundtrack of the ABS-CBN series "Hiram na Mukha'' in 2007 which featured Heart Evangelista and Geoff Eigenmann. Today, the See more...

Bato eyes probe on ‘recycling’ of seized drugs

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Tuesday said he is planning to conduct a Senate hearing following reports that some police personnel were apprehended for allegedly “recycling” confiscated drugs. During the House dangerous drugs panel’s deliberations last February 21, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director general Moro Virgilio Lazo revealed that “it happens before the evidence is submitted to our See more...

Inflation likely between 8.5 to 9.3 pct in February says BSP

MANILA - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said on Tuesday inflation likely settled between the 8.5 to 9.3 percent range in February. Upward price pressures for the month were from higher LPG prices as well as the elevated prices of key food items such as pork, fish, egg and sugar, the BSP's Department of Economic Research said in a statement. See more...

PNP: Index crime down by nearly 20 pct in first 2 months of 2023

MANILA — Index crimes in the country were down by nearly 20 percent in the first 2 months of 2023 compared to the same period last year, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday. The figures were included in the report presented by PNP chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. before House Speaker Martin Romualdez during their meeting early Monday night with See more...

Question in viral 2x2 ID pic, answered: Meet Gelo Rivera

He's "Kapitan" to ACEs, or loyal fans of the P-pop group BGYO, but to the uninitiated, Gelo Rivera may just be a suitable candidate to introduce to one's parents -- at least according to viral posts gushing over his resurfaced 2x2 ID picture. The ID photo of Rivera made the rounds on social media on Sunday, after Twitter user See more...

DOH records 77 new COVID-19 infections; active tally dips to 9,225

The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday recorded 77 new COVID-19 infections, while the active tally dipped to 9,225. Based on the DOH’s figures, this was the second day straight of less than 100 COVID-19 cases logged daily. The active cases also went down to 9,225 from 9,292 on Monday, according to the DOH. The Health department said the nationwide See more...

TESDA programs to be offered to drivers affected by modernization: DOTr chief

MANILA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday said they are prepared to help public transport drivers that would be affected by the PUV modernization program by upskilling them. Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said there are several programs geared towards educating drivers under the Technical Education And Skills Development Authority (TESDA). "Marami tayong programs educating the drivers. See more...

Converge, Korea’s KT ink accord to pursue potential business collab

Fiber internet provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. and Korea’s KT Corporation have signed an accord to pursue potential strategic partnership to support digital transformation of Philippine enterprises. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Converge ICT said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with KT Corp. on February 27, 2023 at the sidelines of the Mobile See more...

DBM releases P500-million cancer assistance fund for 2023

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released a P500 million Cancer Assistance Fund (CAF) to the Department of Health (DOH) to aid Filipinos suffering from cancer. In a statement on Monday, DBM said the released amount was part of its comprehensive fund releases for the start of 2023. The agency said the CAF aimed to complement and supplement See more...

EXO's Sehun and Chanyeol coming to the Philippines this May

EXO's Sehun and Chanyeol, also known as EXO-SC, will swing by the Philippines for a fancon on May 20, 2023 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. They were last in town four years ago. On social media, concert promoter Pulp and venue Smart Araneta Coliseum announced the upcoming show and promised more details will follow. EXO celebrated 10 years in the See more...

WATCH: Alodia Gosiengfiao, husband get emotional in wedding video

MANILA -- The wedding video of celebrity cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao and her entrepreneur husband Christopher Quimbo was released to the public on Sunday. The video, which was shared on Bob Nicolas’ official YouTube channel, features highlights from the couple’s special day, including their preparations, heartfelt vows and emotional speeches. The couple, who have been together for less than a See more...

Boy Abunda, ‘extremely disappointed’ sa mga pahayag ni Liza Soberano

Inihayag ni Tito Boy Abunda ang kaniyang labis na pagkadismaya tungkol sa inilabas na vlog ni Liza Soberano, na nag-rebranding na ngayon bilang si “Hope,” kung saan sinabi ng aktres na wala siyang “boses” o desisyon noon pagdating sa pagpapatakbo ng kaniyang career. “Disappointed po ako roon sa vlog. I am extremely… I’m not disgusted, but I am extremely disappointed See more...

Herlene Budol, kinumpirmang sasabak sa Miss Grand International

Kinumpirma ni Herlene Budol na sasabak muli siya sa pageantry sa pamamagitan ng Miss Grand International. “Ang tanong ng marami ay, ikaw ba’y sasali sa Miss Grand International?” saad ni Tito Boy Abunda kay Herlene sa “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda” nitong Martes. “Kung ako ang tatanungin Tito Boy, gusto ko ‘yung gusto ng manager ko naman. So sasali po See more...

Hustiya sa pagkamatay ni John Matthew Salilig, hiling ng pamilya

MAYNILA -- Nananawagan ang pamilya ni John Matthew Salilig sa mga awtoridad at sa pamunuan ng Adamson University na bigyan ng hustiya ang pagkamatay nito. Ayon sa ama ni John Matthew na si Joeffrey Salilig, dapat matigil na ang hazing sa mga fraternity tulad ng Tau Gamma Phi, na siyang itinuturo ng pamilya na nasa likod umano ng pagkamatay ni See more...

World Bank estimates Turkey earthquake damages at $34 billion

WASHINGTON - The devastating February 6 earthquake and aftershocks that hit southern Turkey have caused damage worth more than $34 billion in the country, the World Bank said on Monday. The amount is equivalent to four percent of Turkey's GDP in 2021, the Washington-based institution said, adding that the estimate does not account for the costs of reconstruction that were See more...

House panel approves bill restructuring PNP

The House Committee on Public Order and Safety on Tuesday approved the bill seeking the restructuring of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and for its additional police offices. The unnumbered bill is entitled “An Act Restructuring The Philippine National Police, Creating Additional Police Offices, and Appropriating Funds.” It is in substitution of House Joint Resolution No. 11 and House Bill See more...

Marcos wants detailed cropping schedule to protect local production

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said on Tuesday he wants a comprehensive cropping schedule to protect domestic production. In a meeting, Marcos asked agriculture officials "to go into more detail on the cyclical nature of crops in the Philippines to avoid importing products during the harvest season." Marcos, who also sits as Agriculture chief, said the government should consider the See more...

White House gives agencies 30 days to impose federal device TikTok ban

WASHINGTON - The White House on Monday gave government agencies 30 days to ensure they do not have Chinese-owned app TikTok on federal devices and systems. Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young told agencies in a guidance memorandum seen by Reuters they will be required to adjust information technology contracts to ensure vendors keep US data safe by See more...

LPG stakeholders to tackle consumer, industry laws in 2-day summit in March

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry stakeholders are set to conduct a two-day summit to discuss relevant laws concerning consumers as well as the entire sector. In a statement, LPG Marketers Association (LPGMA) said industry stakeholders and officials from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will gather for the First LPG Industry National Summit See more...

Adjust planting schedule amid climate change, Marcos tells farmers

MANILA - President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday urged farmers to change the schedule of planting their crops in response to climate change, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Marcos also directed the Department of Agriculture to "go into more detail on the cyclical nature of crops" in the country so importation would not happen during harvest season. The agriculture See more...

Rains to prevail over Luzon, Visayas due to Amihan

Moderate to light rains will persist over a large swath of the country as the northeast monsoon (Amihan) continues to affect Luzon and Visayas. Weather bureau PAGASA on Tuesday said Amihan will bring cloudy skies with rains in Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon as well as partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains in Metro Manila, the See more...

P5.7M suspected 'shabu' seized in Clark, Pampanga

Some P5.7 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) concealed in dress buttons were seized by authorities in Port of Clark in Pampanga. The Bureau of Customs said the shipment carrying the drug paraphernalia arrived in the country on February 14 from Harare, Zimbabwe. It was declared to contain dresses, but upon physical examination, customs personnel recovered 838.68 grams of See more...

PH hails women this March, gov't launches ‘Purple Wednesdays’ campaign

MANILA - Wear anything purple every Wednesday this month of March, the Philippine Commission on Women said Tuesday as it drums up the celebration of Women’s Month and seeks support for gender equality and women’s empowerment. “The 2023 National Women’s Month Celebration marks a juncture in the advancement of women’s rights as it launches a new recurring theme from this See more...

Herlene Budol says love can wait: 'Syota ko ngayon 'yung career ko'

Herlene Budol confirmed that she is currently single and prioritizing her career. On Tuesday's episode of "Fast Talk with Boy Abunda," the beauty queen said that all she wants to do as of late is to keep working towards her career. "Para sa akin ang pagmamahal, 'yung willling maghintay. Hindi po minamadali lahat ng bagay," Herlene said. "Syota ko ngayon See more...

Sandigan justice questions prosecution’s faxed evidence in Enrile PDAF trial

MANILA — Sandiganbayan Third Division Associate Justice Ronald Moreno questioned the prosecution and its witness on using a faxed document as evidence in the graft trial of former senator and now Presidential Legal Counsel Juan Ponce Enrile. Parañaque City Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) head Atty. Melanie Malaya was presented by the prosecution and she testified through a prepared See more...

Chemical engineering student dies in alleged hazing

MANILA — A missing college student, suspected to be the latest victim of hazing, was found dead Tuesday in Cavite. John Matthew Salilig's body was found in a vacant lot in the province after more than a week of going missing. One of the suspects disclosed the victim's location to authorities. John Matthew, a chemical engineering student from Adamson University, See more...

Matandang lalaking nakipagtalo sa driver, nagulungan ng bus sa Brazil

Nagulungan ng bus ang isang matandang lalaki matapos siyang makipagtalo sa driver dahil sa hindi nito pagsusuot ng face mask sa Sao Paulo sa Brazil. Sa ulat ng Unang Balita nitong Martes, mapapanood sa video na pababa ang matandang lalaki sa bus pero naipit ang kaniyang kamay sa pinto ng sasakyan. Nang umandar na ang bus, sumubsob sa kalsada ang See more...

NIA eyes P200 billion worth of dam-related projects annually: administrator

MANILA — The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is planning to implement some P200 billion worth of dam-related projects every year, its administrator said on Tuesday. NIA Administrator Eddie Guillen cited these projects' positive impact on tourism and flood mitigation. He added that government could also use its "power components" and help irrigation. "Ideal sana, para sa akin, sa See more...

PPA books P20.4B revenues in 2022, highest since 1974

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) on Tuesday said it has seen its highest revenue collection since its inception as it generated P20.4 billion in 2022. "It has been business as usual since we got back, we continue to veer away from the grip of the pandemic by contributing to the economy and increasing our revenues by 16%, more than the See more...

Negros Occidental under state of health emergency due to amoebiasis cases

The city of San Carlos in Negros Occidental was placed under state of health emergency due to the increasing number of amoebiasis cases, Cyril Chavez of GMA Regional TV Cagayan de Oro reported on Unang Balita on Tuesday. More than 230 people have been rushed to hospitals after experiencing symptoms of amoebiasis like diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Because of this, See more...

IT-BPM sector grows 10.3% in revenues, 8.4% in full-time staff in 2022 —IBPAP

The information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) sector saw growth in both its number of workers and its bottom line in 2022, the industry’s umbrella organization said Tuesday. In a statement, the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) said the sector recorded a growth of 8.4% or by 121,000 last year in terms of full-time employees See more...

PNR says talks for China-backed South Long Haul underway

MANILA — The Philippine government has resumed negotiations with China on the construction of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long Haul Project (North-South Commuter Railway), an official said on Tuesday. PNR General Manager Jeremy Regino said the government has already written to China Export-Import Bank to continue the negotiations. "In the meantime, tuluy-tuloy ang pag-aaral po natin, See more...

Navy rescues 24 crew, passengers from distressed vessel off Malaysia

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) on Tuesday said its Naval Task Group-Tawi-Tawi has rescued 24 people on board a Filipino vessel that encountered engine trouble off Tagupi Island, Malaysia. In a statement, the NFWM identified the seven crew and 17 passengers as: The NFWM said on February 24, ML Rihana sent a distress call that it had engine trouble See more...

Weight loss drug trend on TikTok worries doctors

PARIS -- The diabetes drug Ozempic has become a social media phenomenon for its weight loss properties, but its soaring popularity has led to global shortages and doctors warn about the potential side effects. Videos under the hashtag #Ozempic have nearly 600 million views on TikTok, where many users regularly update followers about their weight loss. "Losing 40 kilograms See more...

Bautista says PUV modernization program to stay

Amid the plan of transport groups to hold a week-long strike, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista maintained the need to modernize public utility vehicles. The planned transport holiday in the National Capital Region and Region 3 from March 6 to 12 will be done to express opposition to the government’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program. In an interview with reporters, See more...

NIA chief bats for P200-B yearly budget for dam projects

National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Eddie Guillen on Tuesday expressed hope for a yearly P200-billion budget for the country's dam projects. “Well, ang ideal ang sabi ko nga sa inyo, ang ideal sana para sa akin, ano, sa tingin ko lamang po, meron sanang ma-implement ang gobyerno na around P200 billion worth of dam projects,” Guillen said in a briefing See more...

House junks Lagman's bid to stop Cha-cha deliberations

The House of Representatives on Tuesday junked the motion of Albay Representative Edcel Lagman to stop the deliberations on the resolution calling for a constitutional convention (con-con) to amend the 1987 Constitution. Lagman's motion was defeated via voice vote. Before this, Lagman tried to convince his colleagues to suspend the deliberations on the resolution, arguing that any moves to See more...

PCG seizes boat in alleged illegal sand quarrying in Basilan

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel seized a fishing boat and nabbed its three crew members onboard for allegedly engaging in illegal sand quarrying in Isabela City, Basilan. “The PCG seized FB Under Water engaged in illegal sand quarrying in the vicinity waters off Barangay Marang-Marang, Malamawi Island, Isabela City, Basilan, on February 26,” it said in a statement on See more...

Tech shorts: Pop culture festival, new game, and more

MANILA -- Here are some of the latest news and updates from the tech world. These are not endorsed by ABS-CBN News. CONQUEST FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MANILA Pop culture festival CONQuest is returning to Manila this June 2 to 4. During the event, gamers and gaming enthusiasts can enjoy activities like the Expo Floor, a section where they can See more...

Smart submits documents to Makati amid tax row

MANILA - Officials of telco giant Smart Communication submitted on Tuesday several boxes of documents to Makati's Office of City Treasurer, amid its tax row with the LGU. This comes a day after the Makati local government shuttered Smart's head office alleging that the company had not been paying correct taxes from 2012 to 2015. Makati Mayor Abby Binay See more...

NEDA chief thumbs down calls for legislated wage hike

MANILA — One of the government’s economic managers on Tuesday thumbed down calls for a legislated wage hike saying this would harm the economy. National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Arsenio Balisacan told lawmakers that while he agrees that wages need to rise, this should be achieved through increased economic activity instead of legislation. "If you want to bring See more...

Sandiganbayan affirms conviction of ex-barangay captain for graft

The Sandiganbayan affirmed the 8-year imprisonment of a former barangay captain of Dulag, Leyte in connection to the illegal demolition of houses in the barangay. In a 33-page decision promulgated on February 17, the Anti-Graft Court Fifth Division affirmed the decision of the Tacloban City Regional Trial Court which sentenced Jovito Tupaz to six to eight years of imprisonment for See more...

Boy Abunda on Liza Soberano’s latest vlog: ‘Do not disregard your past’

Boy Abunda is disappointed about Liza Soberano’s aired sentiments in her latest vlog. In Tuesday’s episode of “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda,” The King of Talk spoke as a manager and fan, and said “I’m not disgusted, [but] I’m extremely disappointed with the vlog." “You can proceed with your career, redirect your career pero, sana, you can journey in gratitude,” See more...

Quimbo: Poor to increase by 2.58 million if food inflation rate persists

The number of poor Filipinos will increase 2.58 million this year if the food inflation rate persists, said House Appropriations Committee Senior Vice Chairperson Stella Quimbo of Marikina City. Quimbo, an economist, made the statement as the Marcos administration’s economic managers briefed the House Appropriations panel on Tuesday. “With an 11.2 percent food inflation rate that we are currently See more...

Sandara Park shares working on solo album

K-pop superstar Sandara Park bared Tuesday she was working on a solo album. In a post on her personal Twitter account, Park, also known by her stage name Dara, gave a "big spoiler" for the album, saying its concept "will be 'Sandara Park.'" In a separate tweet, the 38-year-old singer said it was "still too early to talk about" the See more...

Oil tanker carrying 800K liters of fuel sinks off Tablas Island

A motor tanker carrying hundreds of thousands of liters of industrialized fuel oil sank off Tablas Island in Romblon early Tuesday morning, a port official in Batangas said. Interviewed on Super Radyo dzBB, Dr. Joselito Sinocruz, Batangas Port manager, said a passing foreign vessel was able to rescue all the 20 people on board MT Princess Empress. "Ang tripulante nailigtas See more...

Robinsons hotels to roll out 24-hour stays

MANILA -- Robinsons Hotels and Resorts (RHR) is rolling out new services, including 24-hour stays, as it continues to adapt to the new normal brought about by the pandemic. In a media briefing on Monday, RHR group director for sales and marketing Joy de Mesa said their "Go, Go, Go" services will be available starting March 2. One of See more...

Introducing HORI7ON: Boy group releases first official images of members

MANILA -- Ahead of their official debut, HORI7ON's seven members were introduced Tuesday through individual and group concept images — their first pictorial as an act following their "Dream Maker" win. Individual portraits of Reyster, Vinci, Winston, Kim, Jeromy, Kyler, and Marcus were released on HORI7ON's official social media pages. The boys, garbed in matching white poet shirts, also posed See more...

Imee wants one gov't-accredited child development worker per daycare center

Senator Imee Marcos on Tuesday suggested for each daycare center in the country to have at least one child development worker who is accredited and being paid by the national government. Marcos, who chairs the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, raised the proposal during a hearing on Senate Bills No. 343, 1086, 525, 1205 and 1730, See more...

Art lover? Check out these new spots in Hong Kong

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's art scene continues to grow with the launch of both grand structures and smaller exhibitions during the city's pandemic isolation. At the forefront is M+, which shows Hong Kong's ambitious mission to create a multi-disciplinary museum dedicated to visual culture. Launched at the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) in November 2021, it includes 17,000 square See more...

Liza Soberano's former manager Ogie Diaz speaks up on the star's recent statements

Liza Soberano certainly made noise over the weekend when she opened up about her struggles in the entertainment industry. In a vlog on Monday, her former manager Ogie Diaz shared his thoughts about Liza's statements. "At the end of the day, si Liza pa rin ang masusunod kung ano'ng gusto niyang gawin sa buhay niya, kung ano'ng gusto niyang See more...

Connie Sison retires from 'Unang Hirit'

Today is Connie Sison's last day at "Unang Hirit." After 13 fruitful years interviewing personalities from Pia Wurtzbach to Manny Pacquiao and covering local and international news, the UH co-host is bidding the morning show adieu. "Nagpasya po ako at ang pamilya ko na magretiro na para maalagaan ang aking kalusugan at siyempre, ang aking bunso na talaga naman matagal See more...

ITZY returns to PH for fan meet on April 16

K-pop girl group ITZY is returning to the Philippines in April for a fan meet, three months since it last went to the country for back-to-back concerts. The event will take place on April 16 at the Mall of Asia Arena, according to local clothing brand Bench, which the five-member group endorses. "Our #GlobalBENCHSetter, @ITZYofficial, is super excited to meet See more...

Solon: Selling, buying fake receipts must be non-bailable

MANILA — The selling and issuance of fake receipts to pad gross expense and creditable input VAT should be considered a non-bailable crime, a congressman said on Tuesday. Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda on Tuesday said tax experts have dubbed the activity as "ghosting the tax authority." "In support of attaining the revenue goals of the Bureau, we See more...

Money problems bar millennials from life purpose: study

MANILA - Financial limitations bar 1 in 2 millennial Filipinos from pursuing their "life purpose," according to a study by CIMB Bank Philippines released on Tuesday. About half or 49.5 percent are not actively pursuing their life purpose while over half or 52.6 percent think they have not made progress in pursuing their life purpose, CIMB said. The bank said See more...

DOH sending doctors to San Carlos City due to amoebiasis cases

MANILA — The Department of Health will deploy epidemiologists to verify amoebiasis cases in San Carlos City in Negros Occidental. According to DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire, 189 cases of amoebiasis were reported in the city. "We are now sending our team here from the Epidemiology Bureau to go to our Region 6 para matulungan ang aming (to help our) See more...

2GO to merge with subsidiary SCVASI

Transportation and logistics firm 2GO Group Inc. is set to merge with its fully-owned subsidiary Special Container and Value Added Services Inc. (SCVASI), in line with efforts to boost tax efficiency and savings. In a disclosure to the local bourse, the firm said the planned merger was approved by its board of directors last Wednesday, February 22, with 2GO as See more...

Transport group na Manibela, isang linggong tigil-pasada simula sa March 6

Tinatayang 100,000 public utility vehicles (PUV) ang sasali umano sa isang linggong tigil-pasada simula sa Marso 6 para tutulan ang PUV Modernization Program ng pamahalaan, na magreresulta sa paglaho ng mga tradisyunal na jeepney. Sa ulat ng GTV's Balitanghali nitong Martes, sinabi ni Manibela transport group chairman Mar Valbuena, na tuloy ang kanilang protesta matapos nilang tanggihan ang alok na See more...

Over 90 species of birds make stopover at Olango Island in Cebu

Over 90 species of birds from all over the world make their stopover at Olango Island in Cebu. According to an episode of "Born To Be Wild," these birds usually come from Alaska and Siberia. They are going to New Zealand and Australia to avoid the cold. The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary's park warden Genero "Loking" Soon said it is See more...

SM Investments Corp eyes tender offer for 2GO shares

MANILA - SM Investment Corp said on Tuesday its board approved a tender offer of up to 378,817,279 common shares equivalent to 15.39 percent of issued and outstanding common capital stock of 2GO. SMIC earlier acquired the majority of the outstanding voting capital stock of 2GO. BPI Capital Corp was appointed as the independent third-party valuation provider, it said. There See more...

Marcos: Time to make maritime industry a top priority

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said Tuesday that the Philippine maritime industry should be a top priority of the government. "Given that the Philippines is a maritime nation, I believe that it is time for us to make the maritime industry once again a top priority," Marcos said as he graced the Philippine Maritime Industry Summit 2023 at the Manila See more...

DBM releases P495M for right-of-way payment for NLEX Connector project

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Tuesday it released nearly half a billion pesos to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to cover right-of-way (ROW) payments for properties affected by the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) project. In a statement, the DBM said Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman approved a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) amounting to P495,129,744 See more...

DOH: P500 million released by DBM for 2023 cancer fund

MANILA — The Department of Budget and Management has released P500 million to the Department of Health for the 2023 Cancer Assistance Fund. The fund covers outpatient and inpatient services, including but not limited to diagnostics, therapeutic procedures, medicines, treatment and management services, and other care-related components of cancer. "Maraming, maraming salamat po," DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said in See more...

IMF: BSP policy tightening to lower inflation seen felt by Q2

The full impact of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) aggressive monetary policy tightening cycle to stabilize inflation may be felt towards the second quarter of 2023, an official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday. “The full impact of monetary policy tightening is probably to be felt more strongly towards the second quarter of this year and onwards,” See more...

Comelec: Further P3.8 billion needed for con-con delegate-barangay-SK polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) would need an additional P3.8 billion if they were to organize the election of constitutional convention (con-con) delegates alongside the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October. “It will require an additional... based on our computation, P3.827 billion if the barangay and SK polls are conducted simultaneously with the election of the delegates for the See more...

Elijah Canlas transfers management to Cornerstone Entertainment

MANILA – Award-winning actor Elijah Canlas is taking his talents to Cornerstone Entertainment. Canlas was officially welcomed by Cornerstone on Tuesday. During the announcement, no less than Piolo Pascual himself gave a welcome message, albeit taped, to the new Cornerstone artist. “I’m a fan. Welcome to Cornerstone. Enjoy and I hope makatrabaho kita sometime soon. Keep it See more...

SC upholds COA ruling on P15.2-M unauthorized benefits given to PhilHealth employees

MANILA - The Supreme Court has upheld a Commission on Audit (COA) ruling disallowing the release of various allowances granted by PhilHealth to its regular and contractual employees, worth over P15.2 million. In the Supreme Court en banc decision dated September 27, 2022 and penned by Justice Rodil V. Zalameda, it said those who received the benefits can no longer See more...

LOOK: Parokya guitarist Gab Chee Kee out of ICU

MANILA – Prayers have continued to work for Parokya ni Edgar guitarist Gab Chee Kee now that he was moved to a regular room after spending a month in the intensive care unit (ICU). On Instagram, Parokya ni Edgar band proudly shared a photo of a smiling Chee Kee, who is recovering from pneumonia and other complications. “Woke up See more...

Lotto winner, ginawang ala-Bingo ang pagpili sa tinayaang lucky number

Ikinuwento ng isang retired seaman mula sa Negros Occidental kung papaano niya pinili na parang pagbola sa Bingo ang mga numerong tinayaan niya at tumama ng mahigit P73 milyong jackpot prize sa MegaLotto 645 draw noong Pebrero 1, 2023. Sa pahayag ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) nitong Lunes, sinabing isa ang retired seaman sa dalawang tumama sa naturang MegaLotto See more...

Lalaking ginawang pantakip ng sasakyan ang watawat, inaresto

Inaresto ang isang lalaki sa Iloilo City matapos na gawin niyang pantakip sa kotse ang isang malaking watawat. Sa ulat ni John Sala sa GMA Regional TV News nitong Martes, sinabi ng pulisya na isang concerned citizen ang nagbigay sa kanila ng impormasyon tungkol sa isang lalaki na ginawang pantakip sa sasakyan ang watawat. Pinuntahan naman ng mga pulis ang See more...

Marcos Jr. says maritime industry is top priority

MANILA—President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said the maritime industry's development is a top priority of his administration. Speaking before the Philippine Maritime Industry Summit at the Manila Hotel, Marcos said the Philippines is the world’s primary source of maritime manpower, noting that 25 percent of the global seafarers are Filipinos. In 2022, they brought in $6.71-B worth of remittances, See more...

Over 100,000 PUVs to hold weeklong strike starting March 6

More than 100,000 public utility vehicles (PUV) are set to participate in a weeklong transport strike to express opposition to the government's PUV Modernization Program. According to a Tuesday report on GTV's Balitanghali, Manibela transport group Chairman Mar Valbuena rejected Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista's call for a dialogue to head off the weeklong strike. “Wala na munang See more...

Cops nab suspect who allegedly works as driver to steal company cars

Authorities arrested an alleged car thief in Rosario, Cavite who seeks work as a driver to steal company cars, Mark Salazar reported Tuesday on “24 Oras.” The CIDG Cavite Provincial Field Unit arrested the suspect who was said to be a member of the “Fabian Group,” infamous for using the company-driver ploy to steal vehicles in Cavite, Batangas, and Metro See more...

Vilma at Boyet, balik-tambalan sa pelikula; masaya sa paggaling ni Nora

Balik-pelikula si “Star for All Seasons” Vilma Santos-Recto at muli niyang makakatambal ang isa sa matagal na niyang leading men na si Christopher "Boyet" de Leon. Masaya rin ang aktres sa paggaling ni "Superstar" Nora Aunor. Sa Chika Minute report ni Lhar Santiago sa 24 Oras, sinabing paalis sa Marso si Vilma patungong Japan para sa shooting ng pelikulang muli See more...

Maynilad announces up to 57 hours of water service interruptions

Nearly 115,000 service connections of Maynilad Water Services Inc. are set to experience up to 57 hours of water interruptions in the coming week, as the concessionaire seeks to repair a major leak on its primary line in Makati. In a statement released Tuesday, Maynilad said customers in parts of Manila, Makati, Pasay, and Parañaque can expect 20-hour to 57-hour See more...

China Bank net income up 27% in 2022

China Banking Corp. saw a 27% increase in its bottom line for 2022, as revenues jumped by double digits on the back of higher net interest income during the period. In a filing to the local bourse, China Bank reported a net income of P19.1 billion, higher than the P15.1 billion in 2021. This translated to a return on equity See more...

Bahagi ng Baguio City isinara para sa 'Session Road in Bloom'

BAGUIO CITY — Nasa 300 stalls ang nakahilera ngayong Martes sa kahabaan ng Session Road sa Baguio City para sa taunang "Session Road in Bloom" na kasama sa pagdiriwang ng Panagbenga o Baguio Flower Festival. Ayon sa Baguio City Public Information Office at sa bisa ng Ordinance No. 03, Series of 2023, sarado ang kahabaan ng Session Road mula See more...

Gabbi Garcia gets photographed by Joshua Garcia

Gabbi Garcia through Joshua Garcia’s lens hits different! The Kapuso It Girl posted the photo set on Instagram and tagged the Kapamilya star’s photography account, @jeg.imahe. In Milan, Joshua was able to capture Gabbi’s simple yet chic look of a white sweater, black blazer, and rectangular sunglasses. In one of the photos, Gabbi looked adorable with her smile. Gabbi and See more...