Philippines News Today July 03, 2023

Here are the latest news and events that happened today, Monday, July 03, 2023.

SC issues writ of kalikasan vs. DENR, MGB, mining firm

The Supreme Court has issued a writ of kalikasan against the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and a mining firm over mining operations in Sibuyan Island. In a resolution dated June 13, the high court ordered the DENR, MGB, and Altai Philippines Mining Corporation (APMC) to file their comment within 10 days See more...

WATCH: The Juans open 'It's Showtime'

MANILA -- OPM pop rock band The Juans opened "It's Showtime" on Monday with their songs "Pinakahihintay" and "Atin Ang Mundo." The quartet, known for the mega-hits “Hindi Tayo Pwede” and “Istorya” among others, is gearing up for their concert at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu on July 8. They also announced that they will be releasing two new songs See more...

Walden Bello presses DOJ to resolve petition to review cyberlibel case

The camp of former lawmaker and presidential candidate Walden Bello on Monday filed a manifestation asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve his petition to review his cyber libel case. In the five-page manifestation filed before the DOJ, Bello asked the Justice Department to take note of the manifestation and to resolve it in his favor. “Due to the See more...

Funds for Metro Manila teachers’ 2021 performance-based bonuses released

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Monday said it has issued a Special Allotment Release Order to cover the performance-based bonus (PBB) of teachers in Metro Manila for 2021, while those for other regions will be pending subject to the revalidation of documents. According to the DBM, the Special Allotment Release Order and Notice of Cash Allocation worth See more...

MRT-3 naghain ng petisyon para sa taas-pasahe

MAYNILA -- Naghain ngayong Lunes ng petisyon ang pamunuan ng MRT-3 para sa dagdag-singil sa pasahe sa linya. Nasa P2.29 ang hinihinging dagdag sa boarding fare, habang P0.21 naman sa kada kilometro, base sa petisyon. Kapag naaprubahan, ang minimum fare mula North Avenue papuntang Quezon Avenue Station ay magiging P16 mula sa ngayo'y P13. Ang end-to-end na biyahe naman mula See more...

Grab partners with DICT in fight vs cybercrime

Grab Philippines partnered with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in promoting cybersecurity and protecting online consumers. The partnership comes as Grab expressed commitment to protecting its app users against the increasing threat of cybercrime when using online transactions and e-wallets. In a statement issued Monday, Grab Philippines Public Affairs Head Atty. Sherielysse “Booey” Bonifacio said public-private sector See more...

David Licauco, Barbie Forteza to star on ‘Maging Sino Ka Man’ remake

Barbie Forteza and David Licauco are set to make their primetime comeback with the remake of the "Maging Sino Ka Man" series. On Twitter, Barbie and David teased fans with a look test of their characters in separate posts. The Pambansang Ginoo simply captioned his post with, "Maging Sino Ka Man," adding a blushing emoji. Meanwhile, Barbie quoted a line See more...

Jollibee says it now has 158 stores in Vietnam

MANILA -- Jollibee now has 158 stores in Vietnam, making it the third biggest quick service restaurant in the Southeast Asian country, its parent company said Monday. In a statement, the Jollibee Foods Corporation said it hopes to take advantage of the rapidly growing fastfood industry in Vietnam. “With Vietnam’s continued economic development and growing population, we see huge See more...

MRT3 files petition for fare hike

The operator of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) has filed a petition to hike its fares, as it earlier cited struggles in finances as revenues have not been enough to compensate for expenses. According to Transportation Assistant Secretary for Railways and MRT3 officer-in-charge Jorjette Aquino, the petition seeks to hike the boarding fare by P2.29 from the current See more...

PNP says probing 5 persons of interest in tabloid photographer's shooting

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has identified 5 persons of interest in the shooting of tabloid journalist Rene Joshua Abiad and 3 others. Citing findings from Quezon City police, PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo said the hit appeared to be carried out by professionals as the gunmen used duplicate registration plates in their See more...

WATCH: PH bet Pauline Amelinckx shares advocacy in Miss Supranational 2023

Pauline Amelinckx has turned her passion for the ocean into something more purposeful. The country's representative in Miss Supranational 2023 shared her advocacy for marine conservation in her "From the Ground Up" video, which is the pageant's way of highlighting the community service initiatives of its candidates. Amelinckx said she has always loved the ocean since she was See more...

Investment banker weighs in on Marcos' first year in office

MANILA -- "The good news is he hasn’t done anything bad. The bad news is he hasn’t done anything good, substantial." This is how global investment banker Stephen Cuunjieng describes the first year of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s administration. Cuunjieng noted that more private equity firms are now looking at the Philippines as a possible investment destination. But See more...

Phivolcs says Mayon volcano 'in the ICU'; more rockfall events recorded

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology continues to record more activity from Mayon volcano, with the agency's resident meteorologist saying the volcano is in "intensive care." "Overall, maaari nating ikumpara ang Mayon na nasa ICU, hindi nag i -improve pero hindi rin nag de deteriorate," Dr Paul Karson Alanis, resident volcanologist of the Phivolcs Mayon Volcano Observatory, said on See more...

Kelsey Merritt takes flight lessons in Hamptons

During her visit to the Hamptons, Kelsey Merritt managed to find time for flight lessons, showcasing her willingness to explore new skills and interests. Despite a busy schedule, she made the most of her time and seized the opportunity to engage in aviation training. Merritt posted a couple of pictures via her Instagram Stories, revealing much fun she See more...

5 accused in Degamo slay affirm recantations during prelim probe

Five more accused in the assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo have affirmed the recantation of their testimonies pinning suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo "Arnie" Teves Jr. to the killing. Atty. Andres Manuel, Teves' legal counsel, said Winrich Isturis, Joric Labrador, Benjie Rodriguez, and Eulogio and John Louie Gonyon affirmed their recantations virtually on Monday. “Nag-submit ‘yung limang respondents See more...

Ube Fiesta 2023, kinagiliwan sa Germany

BAVARIA - Ibinida ng Filipino community sa Bavaria sa selebrasyon ng Araw ng Kasarinlan ngayong Hunyo ang ube, na paboritong pagkain ng mga Pilipino. Mula sa halo-halo, ube candy, ube ice cream, ube cake makikita at matitikman sa mga handaan at mga pagdiriwang ng Pinoy ang ube. Sa Independence Day celebration sa Bavaria kamakailan, bukod sa cultural performances, concert ng See more...

COA to MMDA: Expedite delayed P825.38-M flood control projects

MANILA -- The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged 33 out of 47 projects and programs of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) amounting to P825.318 million, which were not fully implemented as of December 31, 2022. In the annual audit report on the MMDA, COA said there were delays in documentary requirements and procurement activities as well as poor See more...

Marcos cites Air Force role in guarding PH territory amid geopolitical challenges

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Monday highlighted anew the Philippine Air Force's role in safeguarding the country's territory amid geopolitical issues, saying that the coming days will not be easy. This as Marcos graced the 76th founding anniversary of the Philippine Air Force. The President earlier witnessed the PAF's capability demonstration held at the Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base See more...

Marcos cites role of private sector in gov't housing project

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Monday acknowledged the role of the private sector in the government's Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Housing (4PH) Project. Marcos said that aside from the local government units, the private sector is helping the national government in achieving its goal of providing one million houses for Filipinos each year. "Ating isinasama rin ang private See more...

Mimiyuuuh reminds singles: 'Never date someone na walang pera'

MANILA -- Mimiyuuuh believes that money is important in any relationship. The social media star made the statement in a video by Cosmopolitan Philippines, where he was asked to give advice on problems related to life and love. In one of the questions, an anonymous sender spoke of struggling to make an ex partner pay off a huge debt: "My See more...

Victon's Han Seungwoo adds Manila to solo concert tour

K-pop singer Han Seungwoo of the boy band Victon is heading to Manila in August for a solo concert. On Twitter, the 28-year-old artist announced Monday that he added Manila to the list of stops for his upcoming "Special Live One" Asia tour. Th show will be held at the SM North EDSA Skydome in Quezon City on August 20, See more...

COA flags Vice President’s office for skipping procurement laws

MANILA — The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged the Office of the Vice President (OVP) for procuring equipment for its satellite offices without adhering to procurement laws. In its 2022 report on the OVP, state auditors said the equipment the office procured had a total amount of P668,197, and were obtained without following procedures mandated by the Government Procurement See more...

5 tips to make the P40 minimum wage increase count

A new round of minimum daily wage increases was announced last week by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Wage Order No. NCR-24 granted a 7 percent increase, or P40, to workers of private establishments in the National Capital Region (NCR). The latest increases will take effect beginning July 16. For workers in the non-agricultural sector, their daily pay See more...

FACT CHECK: Hindi totoong milyon-milyong tao ang lumikas dahil sa pagputok ng bulkang Mayon

Mapanlinlang at hindi totoo ang pamagat ng apat na bidyong ini-upload ng YouTube channel na USA Defense Line kung saan sinasabing milyon-milyong Pilipino ang lumikas at nasa panganib dahil sa pagputok ng bulkang Mayon sa Albay. Makikita rin sa mga bidyo ang mga larawan ng diumano’y malakas na pagsabog ng bulkang Mayon. Ilan sa mga larawang ito’y hindi kuha sa See more...

PNP: 4 Chinese fugitives among rescued workers in Las Piñas raid

Police have discovered four Chinese fugitives among the rescued workers from the raid in a Las Piñas City establishment last June 27, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Police Colonel Jean Fajardo said Monday. “Kasama po doon sa nadiskubre, may apat nga pong Chinese nationals na wanted po sa China [They discovered four Chinese nationals who are wanted in China],” Fajardo See more...

Amid lack of study in 10 years, Gatchalian asks DepEd to come up with plan on mother tongue implementation

MANILA - Senator Sherwin Gatchalian called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to craft a strategic plan in the implementation of the Mother Tongue-Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE), as the agency admitted it has not conducted any study in over 10 years since the policy has been implemented. In a Senate hearing Monday, Gatchalian asked the DepEd on its vision for the See more...

Kelvin Miranda, nahulog ang loob kay Mikee Quintos sa 'The Lost Recipe'?

Hindi itinanggi ni Kelvin Miranda na may naramdaman siya para sa kaniyang leading lady na si Mikee Quintos habang ginagawa nila ang Kapuso series na "The Lost Recipe." Sa vlog ni Bea Alonzo, isinalang niya si Kelvin sa Lie Detector Challenge, at tinanong kung na-in love ba siya sa kaniyang mga naging leading lady. "Yes," naman ang isinagot ng aktor. See more...

Shakey's unit says to double hiring of senior citizens, PWDs

MANILA - A chicken restaurant chain owned by Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures said it will double its hiring of senior citizens and specially-abled individuals, specifically those with Down Syndrome. Shakey’s said its Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken & Sauce Bar restaurant chain has partnered with the City of Manila’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO), to hire seniors and people with Down See more...

Manufacturing growth slips to 10-month low in June

Philippine manufacturing growth decelerated in June to reflect the softer expansion in both output and new orders, according to the results of the latest survey by S&P Global released on Monday. The headline S&P Global Philippines Manufacturing PMI stood at 50.9 in June, down from 52.2 in May and the weakest expansion in 10 months since July 2022. It was See more...

NTF-ELCAC eyes P8.6 billion funding for barangay projects in 2024

MANILA -- The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) will ask the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) nearly P9 billion to fund its Barangay Development Program (BDP) next year, with 864 barangays as target beneficiaries. "Last meeting with the NTF-ELCAC, na-prepare na yung endorsement to DBM for P10 million each barangay, for 864 target barangays See more...

PNP: 5 persons of interest in QC shooting of photojourn identified

Authorities have already identified five persons of interest in the June 29 shooting of a photojournalist in Quezon City, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Police Colonel Jean Fajardo said Monday. “Kausap ko po kanina si [Police Brigadier General Nick Torre], yung district director po ng [Quezon City Police District]. Meron na po silang limang persons of interest at kasalukuyan po See more...

Ascott to bring 'more fun' in Malate with Lyf, The Suites

MANILA -- International lodging owner-operator The Ascott Limited has opened two new properties located at Torre Lorenzo in Malate, Manila, with the aim to provide "exceptional accommodations and experiences" for both international travelers and locals. Lyf Malate Manila and The Suites at Torre Lorenzo Malate celebrated their opening last June 30, with Manila City Mayor Honey Lacuna gracing the event. See more...

Did Maureen Wroblewitz just reveal her new boyfriend?

MANILA -- Days after suggesting that she is in a new relationship, Maureen Wroblewitz surprised her social media followers anew with her latest photos. On Instagram, the former beauty queen shared a set of photos that she dubbed "birthday dump," giving her fans a glimpse of how she celebrated her special day. One of the photos showed her having a See more...

DOT to terminate contract with ad agency after video blunder

MANILA (2ND UPDATE) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Monday said it is now in the process of terminating its contract with ad agency DDB Philippines, which it tapped to create the country's tourism branding campaign, after their "abject failure to comply with their obligations." "As DDB Philippines has publicly apologized, taken full responsibility, and admitted in no uncertain See more...

Isko Moreno on noontime show rivalries: 'Nothing to prove'

Isko Moreno said having several options for noontime shows benefits the viewers more than anything else. On Monday's episode of "Fast Talk with Boy Abunda," the newly minted "Eat Bulaga" host said he is focusing on being the best he can be on his craft, instead of instead of focusing on competition. "Nothing to prove. Just be the best you See more...

Housing czar says to deliver 100,000 units by 2024

MANILA — The government will deliver around 100,000 housing units by next year, Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Jerry Acuzar said Monday, as President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. inspected a site in Pampanga that aims to provide homes to some 8,300 families. During his visit to the Crystal Peak Estates on Monday, Marcos reaffirmed his vow to build 1 million See more...

Culture wars put American companies on the defensive

NEW YORK -- Boycotting a beer, attacking products celebrating the LGBTQ community, and criticizing shareholders for promoting diversity: In the face of growing criticism from conservatives, American companies are backtracking on progressive corporate initiatives. For Bud Light beer, it was a partnership with a transgender influencer that triggered the ire of right-wing consumers, and calls for a boycott. Typically, such See more...

Bride-to-be Catriona Gray has 'huge respect' for wedding coordinators

Aside from her work projects, Catriona Gray is also busy preparing for her wedding with actor Sam Milby. In her latest vlog, the former Miss Universe acknowledged that planning for their big day takes a lot of work, leading her to hire a wedding coordinator. "Sa totoo, guys, it's a job in itself, that's why I got a coordinator," she See more...

Atasha Muhlach enters showbiz

Atasha Muhlach has entered the showbiz industry, just like her parents Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzalez. On Monday's episode of "Fast Talk With Boy Abunda," the King of Talk said Atasha Muhlach is now under Viva Artists Agency. Charlene also posted updates on Instagram account, sharing photos of her daughter's contract signing. "We knew that Entertainment was something you always See more...

Jo Koy receives YouTube Gold Plaque for reaching 1M subscribers

Jo Koy just surpassed 1 million subscribers on YouTube! On Instagram, the Filipino-American stand-up comedian shared an unboxing video of his gold plaque given by the video streaming site YouTube for having a million subscribers. "YouTube Gold Plaque baby… 1M subs!" Jo Koy said in the caption. "Thank you everyone for making this possible," he added. Last year, Jo Koy See more...

Lawmakers call ‘Love the Philippines’ video lazy, shoddy work

Lawmakers on Monday decried the use of non-original footage in the new Department of Tourism (DOT) promotional video for the Philippines, saying such lazy work was detrimental to the country. House Ways and Means Committee Chairperson Joey Salceda of Albay, who was the first to call out the new tourism footage due to the absence of Mayon Volcano, said the See more...

Andi Eigenmann treats followers to adorable photos of daughters Ellie and Lilo

MANILA - Andi Eigenmann treated her social media followers with adorable photos of her daughters Ellie and Lilo. On Instagram, Eigenmann said she took their photos to promote their newest clothing line but she ended up capturing priceless moments between the two. “Photographed my kids to promote our mini line and ended up with the cutest sibling pics I will See more...

Nonoy Zuniga is new 'Tawag ng Tanghalan' hurado

MANILA – OPM icon Nonoy Zuniga is now part of the panel of judges of Tawag ng Tanghalan on “It’s Showtime.” Zunigo was welcomed by the noontime show’s hosts led by Vice Ganda during its Monday episode. “Higit na naging prestihiyoso ang Tawag ng Tanghalan sa pagdating ng isa sa mga pinagmamalaking icons ng OPM,” said Vice Ganda. To which, See more...

Vice Ganda turns emotional over engagement story with Ion Perez

MANILA — Comedian Vice Ganda turned emotional over his engagement story with Ion Perez in the latest episode of "Everybody, Sing!" which featured engaged couples. After talking to a couple, Vice Ganda recalled how scared he was when Perez asked him to marry him. "Naiinggit ako kasi hindi ganoon 'yung naramdaman ko nung nag-propose sa 'kin si Ion. Naiinis ako See more...

Zubiri eyes retirement from politics in 2028

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri is pondering retirement in 2028 - the year he finishes his second consecutive six-year term in the Senate. “I really can't run anymore because I'm with my second consecutive term. I'm not looking at higher office,” Zubiri said in an ANC interview when asked if he would run for pulblic office in 2028. “Walang nahahalal See more...

4 na miyembro umano ng 'termite gang' huli sa Pampanga

Apat na miyembro ng umano'y "termite gang" ang naaresto ng mga awtoridad sa San Matias sa Guagua, Pampanga pasado alas-7 ng gabi noong Sabado. Sa CCTV footage na kuha sa opisina ng isang mall, huli sa akto ang dalawang lalaki na naglalagay ng mga pera sa bag at plastik sa isang establisimyento. Ilang saglit pa ay nagtago ang isa sa See more...

DOH to launch shorter treatment for tuberculosis

MANILA — The Department of Health on Monday called on all local government units to prioritize the implementation of a tuberculosis program in their respective areas. In a press briefing, Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa stressed the need to increase active case finding in target populations as well as intensified and active case findings in health facilities and systematic screening for See more...

Saudi extends oil production cut as Russia reduces exports

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia said on Monday it was extending a voluntary oil production cut of one million barrels per day, and Russia said it was slashing exports by 500,000 bpd. The moves were the latest attempts by major producers to stabilize markets rocked by factors including continued fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and China's faltering See more...

Cebu Pacific flight delayed due to bomb threat

A Cebu Pacific flight bound for Manila was delayed for two hours after a passenger received a bomb threat. Flight 5J472 was supposed to take off from Bacolod-Silay Airport on Sunday evening when a passenger received a bomb threat via AirDrop at around 11:39 p.m. while they were already inside the aircraft. The Philippine National Police-Aviation Security and Emergency See more...

PAGASA: Rains in parts of PH due to ITCZ, easterlies

The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao and the easterlies affecting Visayas may spur rains across parts of the country, according to state weather bureau PAGASA on Monday. Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms are expected in Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Region, Northern Mindanao, and Bohol while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms are forecast See more...

PHIVOLCS: Taal Volcano plumes up from 900 to 1,500 meters

Plumes from Taal Volcano went up from 900 meters on Sunday to 1,500 meters on Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said. In its latest bulletin, PHIVOLCS said the plumes were drifting to the northwest direction. PHIVOLCS added that an upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in the Main Crater Lake, as well as a vog, which is See more...

2 anak ng mag-asawang janitor, nagtapos na mga cum laude sa Ateneo University

Labis ang kasiyahan ng isang mag-asawang janitor dahil nagtapos sa kilalang unibersidad na Ateneo ang dalawa nilang anak na pareho pang cum laude. Sa video ng "Make Your Day," napag-alaman na parehong nagtatrabaho bilang mga janitor sa naturang unibersidad sina Ricky at Elma Gutierrez. Umabot na sa 26 na taon ang pagtatrabaho ni Ricky sa Ateneo, at 13 taon naman See more...

New COVID-19 cases dip to 2,747 from June 26-July 2

Fresh COVID-19 cases recorded during the week of June 26 to July 2 decreased by 20% to 2,747 compared to the previous week, according to Department of Health (DOH) data released on Monday. Based on the DOH’s latest bulletin, the accumulated cases logged from June 26 to July 2 were fewer compared to the 3,442 cases from June 19 to See more...

Newborn left inside church in Bantayan, Cebu

A newborn baby boy was found left inside a box near the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its parish at Barangay Tangkong, Bantayan Island in Cebu. The parish priest, Rev. Fr. Arven Pretila, saw the baby past 4:30 in the morning on Sunday, as they were turning on the lights in preparation for the Sunday Mass. They See more...

Philippines lowers alert status in Myanmar to Level 2

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has downgraded the alert level status in Myanmar from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 2, according to a report of GMA Integrated News’ Unang Balita on Monday. Due to this, the DFA said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with working visas can now return to Myanmar. However, the DFA clarified that there will still See more...

DOT terminates deal with ad agency in ‘Love the Philippines’ campaign

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is ending its contract with DDB Philippines—the advertising firm behind the country’s new tourism campaign “Love The Philippines.” This developed after the agency admitted using non-original stock footage in its audiovisual presentation on the Philippines' new tourism campaign. The DOT said DDB Philippines violated the terms under the tourism branding campaign contract. “As DDB Philippines See more...

CHR to conduct own probe into shooting of photojournalist, kin

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Monday that it would conduct its own investigation into the shooting of photojournalist Joshua Abiad and his family in Quezon City on June 29. CHR issued the statement in light of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) ruling out Abiad's profession as a photographer for Remate Online as the reason for the gun See more...

Acuzar: Over 100K houses in 4PH program could be used by next year

Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar said Monday it is possible that over 100,000 houses being built under the Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Housing (4PH) Project will already be finished and used by beneficiaries next year. "In next year, sa tingin namin na may madedeliver na bahay talaga, na nakatayo, more than a See more...

Airline flight bound for Manila delayed at Bacolod airport over bomb threat

A Cebu Pacific flight at the Bacolod-Silay airport bound for Manila on Sunday night was delayed after one of its passengers received a bomb threat, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has said. According to the CAAP, a passenger of Flight 5J472 bound received the bomb threat via AirDrop at 11:39 PM while inside the aircraft. CAAP said See more...

Jinggoy seeks Senate probe on fake celeb endorsement of medicines

Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada has sought a Senate inquiry into the “alarming” proliferation of fake celebrity endorsements of various unregistered food and drug products on social media. In filing Senate Resolution No. 666, Estrada said there is a spread of online marketing materials and impostor pages or accounts promoting unregistered products that promise treatment for certain ailments or wellness benefits See more...

Zubiri: P40 minimum wage hike not enough

MANILA — Not enough. It's how Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri described the recently approved P40 minimum wage hike for workers in Metro Manila. "Sa aking pananaw, kulang po 'yan. Kailangan natin dagdagan 'yan," he told ANC's "Headstart". "With due respect to our economist, business people... they can afford it because what we need to do is increase the capacities See more...

DOH to shorten TB treatment to 4 months by Q3 of 2023

The Department of Health (DOH) will implement a shorter treatment plan for tuberculosis — from six months down to four months — by the third quarter of this year, Health Secretary Ted Herbosa said Monday. At a press conference, Herbosa said the shorter span of drug intake for tuberculosis will give a “better success” of ending the treatment entirely and See more...

DOH logs 2,747 COVID-19 cases on June 26-July 2

MANILA — The Philippines has tallied 2,747 COVID-19 cases in the past week, the Department of Health's latest case bulletin showed Monday. From June 26 to July 2, an average of 392 daily infections were logged in the country, which is 20 percent lower compared to the previous week. Of the latest infections, some 32 cases were considered severe or See more...

Oil price rollback set Tuesday

Pump prices of petroleum products will be rolled back on Tuesday, giving motorists a reprieve from the upward adjustments implemented last week. In separate advisories, Chevron Philippines Inc. (Caltex), Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. and Seaoil Philippines Corp. said they will lower prices per liter of gasoline by P0.70, diesel by P0.70, and kerosene by P0.85. Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, See more...

5 more Degamo suspects formally recant affidavits, bringing total to 10

MANILA — Five more suspects in the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo formally recanted their earlier statements before a Department of Justice (DOJ) panel of prosecutors on Monday. John Louie Gonyon, Eulogio Gonyon, Jr., Winrich Isturis, Joric Labrador and Bengie Rodriguez affirmed their affidavits of recantation through a videoconference, according to lawyers who attended the preliminary investigation hearing. See more...

PHIVOLCS: Mayon Volcano emitted more sulfur dioxide in the past 24 hours

Mayon Volcano had emitted 962 tonnes of sulfur dioxide in the past 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said Monday. This is higher compared to the 864 tonnes reported on Sunday. In its latest bulletin, PHIVOLCS said a total of 295 rockfall events, three volcanic earthquakes, two dome-collapse pyroclastic density current (PDC) events, and two lava See more...

BIR exempts 59 more medicines from VAT

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has exempted certain medicines for cancer, diabetes, hypertension and other diseases from the Value Added Tax (VAT). Based on Revenue Memorandum Circular 72-2023, 59 medicines for cancer, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, mental illness, tuberculosis, and kidney disease have been added to the list of VAT-exempt products under the TRAIN Law and CREATE Act. This See more...

'Drag Race PH' to reveal season 2 cast on July 11

MANILA — A new batch of queens competing to be the next drag superstar will be announced next week, "Drag Race Philippines" said Monday. In an announcement, "Drag Race Philippines" said the meet-the-queens will be aired on July 11. The show has yet to announce how many will be competing for the crown. "Mabuhayyy!! #DragRacePH Season 2 is coming soon! See more...

PNP: Manhunt still on vs. Bantag, Zulueta amid archived murder case

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it would continue the manhunt operations to capture former Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag and his former deputy Ricardo Zulueta even though the court had archived the murder case against them. “Yun po yung assurance natin na bagamat na-archive yung isa po niyang kaso ay hindi po yun ang magiging dahilan See more...

Tokyo stocks renew 33-yr highs on BOJ Tankan, US inflation data

TOKYO - Tokyo stocks closed at new 33-year highs Monday, lifted sharply by favorable results from the Bank of Japan's Tankan business survey and US data released late last week that indicated inflation is cooling. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 564.29 points, or 1.70 percent, from Friday at 33,753.33, its highest close since March 9, 1990, when Japan See more...

Batong ginamit umano ng mga sinaunang tao, nadiskubre sa Palawan

Nadiskubre sa Tabon Cave sa Palawan ang mga ebidensiya gaya ng bato na posibleng magpapatunay na ginamit ang mga ito ng mga sinaunang tao sa paggawa ng basket at tali mahigit 30,000 taon na ang nakalilipas. Ito ang resulta ng mahabang pag-aaral ng grupo nina Dr. Hermine Xhauflair mula sa UP-Diliman at Timothy Vitales na researcher mula naman sa National See more...

K-pop star Minzy dances to SB19's 'Gento,' says Sandara Park taught her

In a moment where K-pop meets P-pop, South Korean idol Minzy took part in a dance challenge set to a song by Filipino boy band SB19. Minzy, best known as a member of the now-disbanded K-pop girl group 2NE1, danced to SB19's "Gento," as seen in a video posted Sunday on her social media accounts. "The challenge that Dara See more...

WATCH: Anne Curtis sings 'Part of Your World' for Luis Manzano's daughter

MANILA – Anne Curtis delighted her goddaughter Isabella Rose when she sang to her a Disney song. Luis Manzano managed to capture this on video, showing how his daughter was attentively looking at Curtis as she sang. As the true jester that he is, he wrote in the caption: “Sa 6 months nya sa mundong to, first time ko nakita See more...

4-year-old nephew of photojournalist dies after QC shooting —police

The four-year-old nephew of photojournalist Rene Joshua Abiad has died after the ambush on their vehicle in Quezon City on June 29, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) confirmed on Monday. In an interview on GTV’s Balitanghali, QCPD public information office chief Police Captain Johanna Lavarias was asked about the injury the child sustained in the attack. “Siya po ay See more...

Ruru Madrid undergoes MMA, motocross training for 'The Black Rider'

Ruru Madrid is preparing hard for his role in upcoming action series "The Black Rider." According to Cata Tibayan's report on "24 Oras," Monday, the Kapuso Action-Drama Prince plans to do the stunts and fight scenes himself as much as possible. He trained in mixed martial arts and of course, motorcycle riding. "I also trained motocross for this, nag-big bike See more...

CHED: Sexual assault at UP Diliman ‘wake-up call’ to review security policy

The sexual assault of a student within UP Diliman campus is a wake-up call for the institution to reexamine its policies on security and safety, including its coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said Monday. CHED chairman Prospero de Vera III made the remark after confirming that a See more...