Philippines News Today April 15, 2023

Here are the latest news and events that happened today, Saturday, April 15, 2023.

CHED designs new nursing curriculum to address shortage

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is developing a new nursing curriculum to address the shortage of nurses in the country. According to Vonne Aquino's report on "24 Oras," 51% of the country's registered nurses have emigrated, while 20% are not working in the hospital. The remaining 175,900 nurses in public and private hospitals would have been enough if we See more...

BOI: Investment approvals hit P463 billion so far in 2023

MANILA — The Board of Investments (BOI) has approved P463.3 billion worth of investments to the Philippines in the first quarter of the year, an official said on Saturday. In a statement, the BOI said the approved investments are 155 percent higher than in the same period last year, when it approved P181.7 billion. This is a total of See more...

Gov't will pursue drug war appeal with ICC, SolGen Guevarra says

The Philippines will pursue its appeal questioning the International Criminal Court's (ICC) jurisdiction and authority to investigate killings during former President Rodrigo Duterte's 'war on drugs', its top lawyer said on Wednesday. The remarks come after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said last month he would cut off contact with the ICC after it rejected the government's request to suspend a See more...

Marcos: Oil spill cleanup efforts brought out ‘good’ results so far

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said on Saturday that the oil spill response efforts in Oriental Mindoro being conducted by the government and the international community have so far produced "good" results. “Maganda naman po ang naging resulta so far, dahil lahat po ng ahensya ng gobyerno mula noong tumama ‘yung oil spill, mula noong lumubog ‘yung barko, ay lahat See more...

Bar passer advises law students to review early

The top 14 in the recent Bar Examination results is a student of Ateneo de Zamboanga University. Ar-Rashid Taradji, 29 years old, said he came home from work in the morning of April 14. Knowing that the results will be announced by 10 a.m., he decided to wait for the announcement from the Supreme Court. Taradji said he waited See more...

Bad Bunny makes history with sweeping Coachella set

INDIO -- Bad Bunny was among Coachella's most hotly anticipated acts and the Puerto Rican reggaet├│n giant delivered late Friday, performing two hours of his numerous hits set against an homage to trailblazing Latino artists. The megastar was the first Spanish-language and first Latin American act to headline the major festival, which takes place over two three-day weekends and traditionally See more...

ABS-CBN, Vice Ganda get nods in Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Awards

MANILA – ABS-CBN and Kapamilya star Vice Ganda remain trusted by Filipinos, as they were recognized during the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Awards 2023. ABS-CBN, the country’s leading content company, received a Gold Award while the “It’s Showtime!” mainstay host was awarded with Most Trusted Entertainment and Variety Presenter recognition. According to the Reader’s Digest 25th annual survey, See more...

DND takes exception to China envoy’s claim PH ’stoking’ tension over Taiwan

The Department of National Defense (DND) on Saturday objected to Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian's claim that the Philippines was “stoking” geopolitical tensions by offering the United States access to its military bases near Taiwan. "The Department of National Defense takes exception to the statement of Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian that the Philippines is meddling in the internal See more...

Grupo pumalag sa pag-angkat ng buffer stock ng NFA rice

MAYNILA -- Minumungkahi ng isang rice group ang pagpapalakas ng local production ng bigas sa harap ng tumataas na presyo nito sa merkado, na idinahilan nila sa pagmamanipula sa presyo nito. Ayon kay Cathy Estavillo ng Bantay Bigas, ikinadismaya nila ang kawalan ng buffer stock umano ng National Food Authority na may balak na mag-import ng bigas para rito. See more...

Monetary Board approves $5.56 billion gov’t foreign borrowings in Q1

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) policy-setting Monetary Board (MB) approved $5.56 billion worth of public sector foreign borrowings in the first quarter of 2023. In a statement on Saturday, the BSP said the amount was 16% higher than the $4.80 billion approved in the same period in 2022. The foreign borrowings were composed of one US dollar-denominated bond issuance See more...

'Maria Clara at Ibarra,' nagsimula nang mapanood sa Netflix

Nagsimula nang mapanood ang hit Kapuso historical portal fantasy series na “Maria Clara at Ibarra” sa Netflix. Sa ulat ng 24 Oras, sinabing nasimulan nang mapanood ang “Maria Clara at Ibarra” sa streaming streaming platform nitong Biyernes, Abril 14. Kaya kung miss na ng viewers sina Klay, Maria Clara, Crisostomo Ibarra at Fidel, maaari na silang mag-binge watch kasama ang See more...

Ex-President Manuel Roxas’ 75th death anniversary commemorated in Capiz

Government officials led by Vice President Sara Duterte commemorated the 75th death anniversary of former President Manuel Roxas on Saturday. A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Manuel Roxas Monument in Roxas City, Capiz, which was attended by Duterte, former President and Deputy House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, members of the Roxas family, including former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, See more...

Visually-impaired student passes bar exams

BAGUIO -- Baguio City's Atty. Anthony Mark Dulawan Emocling, 33, is the first visually-impaired student to pass the Philippine bar exam. According to Emocling, he has been visually-impaired since he was 10 years old, when he experienced retina detachment which resulted to his total blindness. He admitted that law school has been very hard for him, as the course See more...

Fuel prices seen to have mixed movements next week

Following a round of hikes, fuel pump prices are expected to have mixed movements in the coming week. In its fuel price forecast for the April 18-24 trading week, Unioil Petroleum Philippines said the price per liter of diesel may go down by P0.30 to P0.40. Gasoline, meanwhile, may have no price change to a rollback of P0.10 per liter. See more...

Mga gem tree sa Antique, patok sa mga turista at kolektor

Kinagigiliwan ng mga turista at kolektor sa Sibalom, Antique ang mga handmade na puno na may mga makukulay na piraso ng bato na tinatawag na “gem tree.” Saan nga ba nakukuha ang gemstones na ginagamit sa mga ito, at legal ba itong pulutin? Sa IJuander, sinabing patok na noon pang dekada '80s ang mga souvenir na gem tree. Kilalala ang See more...

DOH records 437 new COVID-19 cases; active tally rises to 9,480

The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 437 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, while the active tally rose to 9,480. The new cases brought the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 4,085,539, while the number of active infections increased from 9,413 on Friday. The National Capital Region logged the highest number of new cases, with 1,307 in the past two weeks. It was See more...

ALAMIN: Myths versus Facts sa pagtutuli

MAYNILA - Pampatangkad ba ang pagpapatuli? Binabago ba nito ang boses ng nagpatuli? Nagdudulot nga ba ng "pangangamatis" ang pagpapakita nito sa mga babae? Ito ang ilan sa mga binigyang-linaw ni Dr. Samuel Vincent Yrastorza, isang urologist, sa panayam sa kaniya sa ABS-CBN TeleRadyo ngayong Sabado. Ayon kay Yrastorza, "hindi" ang sagot sa nasabing mga katanungan. Aniya, ang pagtutuli See more...

P441.25M lost in 22 fishing days due to Mindoro oil spill, BFAR says

Some P441.25 million in income has been lost in 22 fishing days due to the Mindoro oil spill, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said Saturday. In a briefer sent to media, the BFAR said more than 26,000 fishermen were directly affected by the oil spill as of March 31, and they suffered P714 in daily income lost. See more...

Police: Manhunt on for Bantag, Zulueta

MANILA — The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has launched a manhunt operation for former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag and former BuCor deputy officer Ricardo Zulueta in connection with the killing of journalist Percival "Percy Lapid" Mabasa and Jun Villamor. This was after the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 issued the warrant of arrest against See more...

Relasyon ng ‘Pinas sa Bangladesh sa sektor ng edukasyon pinapagtibay

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - Nakipagpulong sa Embahada ng Pilipinas sa Bangladesh noong April 13 ang mga opisyal ng American International University-Bangladesh o AIUB sa pangunguna ng founder nito na isang Pilipina, si Dr. Carmen Lamagna patungkol sa patuloy at pagpapatibay ng kooperasyon sa edukasyon sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at Bangladesh. Ayon pa sa Embahada, si Dr. Lamagna ang unang babaeng See more...

Easterlies, localized thunderstorms to bring isolated rains over the country

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the easterlies and localized thunderstorms on Saturday, PAGASA reported. The weather bureau added that it is possible for flash floods or landslides to occur during severe thunderstorms. The easterlies will bring isolated rains or thunderstorms over See more...

Pinoy women-inspired films itinampok sa Paris

PARIS – Inihandog ng Philippine Embassy sa Paris at ng Film Development Council of the Philippines ang kapupulutan ng aral na empowered women-inspired films at dokumentaryo ng batikang Filipino film directors sa libreng screening ng Cine Filipina sa Paris kamakailan, “We were given the titles and list of films, stories about women tapos doon na kami pumili ng ipapalabas namin. See more...

LOOK: Morissette Amon gets baptized on Easter Sunday

MANILA – Singer Morissette Amon marked this year’s Easter Sunday on a special note. On social media, Amon shared that she got baptized on Easter Sunday. “What I really wanna share is that, going through your lowest lows isn't the only way to encounter Jesus, and you can also find Him when you're celebrating life,” she said in her See more...

Adobo Cook-Off Challenge patok sa mga Pinoy sa Germany

HOERSTEL - Iba-ibang istilo ng pagluto ng putaheng Pinoy adobo ang nagpasarapan sa ginanap na ’Likha´t Latik’ event ng Dollglam Productions sa Hoerstel, Germany kasama ang Philippine Consulate sa Frankfurt kamakailan. Sa ginanap na ‘Adobo Cook-Off Challenge,’ na nilahukan ng mga Pinoy na tubong Ilocos Region, Metro Manila, at Visayas Region, ipinamalas ng mga Pilipino ang galing sa pagluluto ng See more...

'Major transition' in AFP as mindset shifts to protecting PH from external threats: analyst

MANILA — The largest-ever "Balikatan" exercises are complementing the Philippine military's "major transition" as its mindset shifts to protecting the country from external threats, an analyst said on Saturday. Renato Cruz De Castro, who teaches international studies at the De La Salle University, said the Balikatan or "shoulder-to-shoulder" drills this year primarily focuses on territorial defense, based on its See more...

Teves virtual presence at Senate probe a chance to ask questions –dela Rosa

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Saturday said suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr.'s commitment to attend a Senate investigation virtually was an opportunity to ask him important questions. Dela Rosa, the chairman of the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee which was looking into the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, added that he wanted See more...

US bank system 'resilient' despite SVB collapse — Fed official

WASHINGTON - The US banking and financial systems remain "safe, sound, strong and resilient," despite the rapid collapse of two regional US banks last month, Federal Reserve governor Michelle Bowman said Friday. Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank failed in rapid succession last month following a rush for deposits by concerned customers. US and European regulators took a number See more...

K to 12 curriculum should undergo review following CHR report — Binay

Senator Nancy Binay on Saturday suggested a review of the K to 12 curriculum following the report of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) that tackled the challenges faced by new graduates amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The CHR report revealed that fresh graduates in the country tend to lack "soft skills" and job readiness and are highly vulnerable See more...

Taeyeon, The Boyz, aespa create short but sweet memories with Filipino fans

MANILA — While the crowd at the recent “K-Verse: The Ultimate Pop Universe” came from different fan groups, the event turned out to be an unforgettable one for all concertgoers, who relished in the experience of seeing their favorite K-pop stars in person, albeit briefly. Filipino SONEs, The Bs and MYs trooped to the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on See more...

Lalaking nag-amok patay sa pananaksak sa Tondo

MAYNILA -- Isang lalaki ang patay matapos pagsasaksakin sa Tondo, Maynila nitong Biyernes ng gabi. Patay ang biktimang si alyas "Kalbo" matapos pagsasaksakin ng isang hindi pa nakikilalang salarin. Bago ang krimen, nagkaroon muna diumano ng pagtatalo ang biktima at suspek. Kaya naman nag-amok at hinanap ng biktima ang suspek sa panulukan ng Tayuman at Abad Santos Street. See more...

Gov't eyes solar, wind power to solve Mindoro’s energy issues: Marcos

POLA, Oriental Mindoro — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Saturday said the government is looking into constructing renewable energy sources in Oriental Mindoro, a province often hit by power outages. “Maghahanap na tayo ng renewables,” Marcos Jr. told reporters here when asked how he intends to deal with the province’s decades-long problem. “Yung solar kahit saan naman sa Pilipinas puwede See more...

70 pct of sludge from Mindoro oil spill cleared: governor

POLA, Oriental Mindoro — Seventy percent of coastlines affected by the Mindoro oil spill have been cleared, Oriental Mindoro Governor Bonz Dolor said on Saturday. “We received the latest report yesterday. More than 70 percent of the coastlines are already finished with the clean up in an acceptable level,” he told reporters in a chance interview here. “The rest of See more...

Degamo widow set to attend probe on husband's slay

MANILA - The widow of slain Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and 8 others continue their pursuit of justice as they flew to Manila on Saturday for hearings on the late governor’s assassination. Pamplona Mayor Janice Degamo told local media in Negros that they will be attending the preliminary investigation conducted by the Department of Justice, while others will See more...

DOH yet to ban water activities in Puerto Galera after failed water quality tests

BATANGAS CITY — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it is not keen on imposing a swimming ban in Puerto Galera, saying tests that shows traces of grease near the popular beach are “not yet conclusive.” “Right now, ang affected pa lang naman at ang tinetest natin ay yung nasa shorelines na naapektuhan ng oil spill,” said Undersecretary See more...

NWRB raises MWSS water allocation anew

The National Water Resources Board has raised again the allocation of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System from the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system for the rest of April. In a statement, the NWRB said it approved the 52 cubic meters per second (CMS) allocation to the MWSS for April 16 to 30, 2023. “The NWRB recognized the efforts of See more...

ABS-CBN receives Reader's Digest Trusted Brand gold award

MANILA - ABS-CBN Corp on Friday received a gold award during the 2023 Reader's Digest Trusted Brand awarding event in Ortigas, Pasig City. The award recognizes the brands that hold the highest levels of consumer trust in the Philippine market. This year's awards marked the 25th Anniversary of the Trusted Brands Survey. The independently conducted Trusted Brands survey appeared exclusively See more...

Elon Musk forms X.AI artificial intelligence company

SAN FRANCISCO, United States - Elon Musk has formed an X.AI artificial intelligence corporation based in the US state of Nevada, according to business documents that surfaced on Friday. Musk, who is already the boss of Twitter and Tesla, was listed as director of X.AI Corporation founded on March 9, a state business filing indicated. Musk recently merged Twitter with See more...

US begins testing bird flu vaccines for poultry after record outbreak

CHICAGO, Illinois - The US government is testing four potential bird flu vaccines for poultry, officials said on Friday, after more than 58 million chickens, turkeys and other birds have died in the nation's worst outbreak ever. The trials, conducted by the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service, are the first step in a lengthy process toward the See more...

Swiss-Pinay make-up artist, tagumpay sa kanyang ‘dream job’

ZURICH – Nakakabilib ang Zurich-based Swiss-Pinay make-up artist na si Reslie Mundwiler-De Castro. Pinakita agad niya ang ilang magaganda at nakaka-akit na cover models ng national at international magazines, kung saan siya pala ang make-up artist. Malayo ito sa karerang gusto sana ni Reslie: ang maging teacher sa Pilipinas. Pero dinala siya ng pag-ibig sa Switzerland noon kaya nagbago ang See more...

DND riled by China's 'veiled threat' vs OFWs in Taiwan

MANILA — The Department of National Defense (DND) on Saturday defended the country's Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States, just as it expressed concern on the remarks of Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian against the Filipino workers in Taiwan. Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the country is not "meddling in the internal affairs of China concerning Taiwan," See more...

PH Red Cross recruits more volunteers on 75th anniversary

MANILA — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) looks to strengthen its volunteer base as the organization celebrates its 75th founding anniversary. The PRC Caloocan Chapter kicked off its recruitment seminar at St. Clare College with a zumba marathon followed by welcoming remarks by the chapter’s Board of Directors. The event was attended by many teenage students. Criselda Torbela, who has See more...

'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 15: Anetra settles for runner-up finish; Sasha Colby wins

MANILA - Filipina drag queen Anetra settled for a runner-up finish during the finale of "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 15 that aired Saturday. In the last episode of the season, the remaining four queens were tasked to perform an original song to determine the Top 2. Anetra impressed the judges by singing her track titled "Lotus" while she made her See more...

Aki the Goldie is a certified 'paw-sahero'

A video of an unusual, behaved jeepney passenger called "Aki," a golden retriever, has gone viral, according to the report of Mark Salazar on "State of the Nation" on Friday. Golden retrievers are known to be a breed of dogs that are gentle. However, Aki, the pet of Iza Dolores, has shown an amazing "almost human" behavior. Aki has become See more...

LOOK: Seth Fedelin mesmerizes netizens with new look

MANILA – Kapamilya actor Seth Fedelin captured the attention of netizens as he dropped his new look on Instagram. Fedelin flaunted his newly colored hair, adding a caption: “Your brown guy.” “Ang gwapo. I love your new haircut and hair color talaga,” a fan commented. “New look idol,” another netizen added. Fedelin is currently part of the hit See more...

Gary V to release a book, kick-off 40th year in showbiz on 'ASAP'

There’s no stopping Gary Valenciano as he plans big events to celebrate his 40th anniversary in showbiz—starting with special song numbers on Sunday on ASAP Natin ‘To with his peers and many of the up-and-coming young artists he’s mentored over the years. The long-running noontime variety show put together a 30-minute musical extravaganza just for him— a fitting tribute to See more...

Bangkay ng 18-anyos na lalaking nakatali sa kahoy, nakita sa ilog

Nakahubad at nakatali sa kahoy nang makita sa ilog ang bangkay ng isang 18-anyos na lalaki na unang idineklarang nawawala ng kaniyang mga kamag-anak sa San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur. Sa ulat ni Ivy Hernando sa GMA Regional TV sa Ilocos Sur "One North Central Luzon" nitong Biyernes, kinilala ang biktima na si Jonathan Rapin, caretaker, at residente ng Barangay Gongogong. See more...

Miles Ocampo on recent surgery: 'It was Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma'

MANILA — After she revealed her recent thyroid surgery on ABS-CBN's "Magandang Buhay," Miles Ocampo shared more details about her health ordeal. In an Instagram post Friday night where she shared snaps from the hospital, Ocampo said what prompted her decision to have her thyroid removed was her doctors' discovery that she had Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. "For someone who's afraid See more...