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11 patients under examination for coronavirus

HEALTH AUTHORITIES have examined 11 patients for potential coronavirus infection amid an outbreak of a new strain that has killed dozens in China.

DoJ to study plan to end military agreement with US

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has ordered government lawyers to expand their study of a plan to end an agreement with the US on the deployment of troops and equipment for war games, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Monday.

Senate to review plan to terminate US military deal

THE Senate foreign relations committee will study a government plan to end an agreement with the US on the deployment of troops and equipment for war games, after the visa of an administration senator was canceled.

Filipinos in HK told to guard against coronavirus

THE PHILIPPINE Consulate General in Hong Kong has advised Filipinos there to take precautions after the Hong Kong government reported its first confirmed case of a new strain of coronavirus.

Duterte vetoes provision of new sin tax law

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday signed into law the measure increasing the excise tax imposed on electronic cigarettes and alcohol products, but vetoed a provision seen to curtail the power of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to conduct raids as part of its efforts to clamp down on illicit trade.

Lawmaker calls Angkas owner persona non grata; motorcycle taxi wishes ‘to...

A RESOLUTION seeking to declare Singaporean investor Angeline Xiwen Tham as persona non grata for owning ride-hailing company Angkas at its inception has been filed in the Senate.

Cebu Pacific Hong Kong flight told to see doctor

CEBU PACIFIC on Thursday urged passengers of a Hong Kong-Manila flight on Wednesday to seek medical help if they experience flu-like symptoms, amid a coronavirus outbreak in China.

Senators seek state response to coronavirus

SENATORS on Wednesday asked the Health department and other agencies to draft an emergency plan after a Chinese boy tested positive for coronavirus, days after Japan and Thailand confirmed their first case of infection from a new strain that originated in Wuhan, China.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. has reiterated his position of an “eye for an eye” approach in the murder of Filipino overseas worker Jeanelyn Villavende, even as the Philippines and the Kuwaiti government have began meeting to settle issues.

Senate studying how to fund supplemental budget for Taal aid

THE SENATE is verifying possible funding sources for the P30-billion supplemental budget after President Rodrigo R. Duterte sought to expedite emergency aid for local government units (LGUs) affected by the Taal eruption.

Taal remains swollen and may erupt again — Phivolcs

TAAL Volcano remained swollen with gas and magma, a sign that it could erupt again, state seismologists said on Tuesday.

Motorcycle ride-hailing industry faces the axe

A GOVERNMENT BODY has recommended ending a program temporarily allowing motorcycles to transport commuters, which will effectively make their operations illegal.

Resource persons skip hearings for Disaster Resilience dep’t law

THE Senate hearings on the proposed law to create the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) failed to attract key resource persons from various government agencies, a committee chairman said.

Congress to tackle priorities as sessions resume

THE Senate and House of Representatives will resume sessions on Monday after the holiday break, with both houses of Congress expected to prioritize the creation of several agencies including a Department of Disaster Resilience.

33 Filipinos come home from Middle East

A TOTAL of 33 Filipino workers have been sent home from the Middle East, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said at the weekend, amid tensions between the US and Iran.

Duterte bans worker deployment to Kuwait

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved a total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait after a Filipina housemaid there died allegedly in the hands of her employer.

Care of kids affected by Taal eruption sought

ABOUT 21,000 children living within Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone were affected by its eruption, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Residents near volcano allowed to save belongings

PHILIPPINE authorities allowed residents near Taal Volcano, whose eruption since Sunday forced thousands of people to evacuate, to return home to save their livestock and belongings.

Gov’t contractual workers given up to P3,000 gratuity

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has authorized gratuities for government employees hired under job-order (JO) and contract-of-service (COS) work arrangements for 2019.

Gov’t urged to find better destinations for OFWs

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian said Thursday that the government needs to find other possible destinations which are safer for household workers following the death of another domestic helper in Kuwait.

Gov’t forms anti-hunger task force led by Nograles

THE government has formed a task force to eradicate hunger in order to help achieve one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) under the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

POEA bans all Kuwait OFW deployments

THE labor department said the agency regulating overseas labor has agreed to ban worker deployments to Kuwait after a dispute between the two countries over the circumstances surrounding a domestic worker’s death.

13 Filipino workers arrive from Iraq

THE first batch of Filipino workers from Iraq were expected to arrive in Manila on Wednesday, after the Philippines forced an evacuation amid tensions between the US and Iran, the Foreign Affairs department said.

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JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra said on Wednesday that there are many legal remedies available to detained Senator Leila M. de Lima to counter the charges against her.

Valenzuela extends period for availing of tax relief

VALENZUELA CITY Mayor Rexlon T. Gatchalian has approved an ordinance extending the tax relief period on real property taxes by three months to the end of the first quarter.

Ashfall covers Metro Manila, stalls markets and travel

ASH from Taal Volcano in Batangas province covered large parts of Southern Luzon and cities near the capital on Monday, forcing financial markets to suspend trading and the Manila airport to close.

Philippines eyes more Japanese-funded infrastructure projects

THE Philippine government is eyeing more Japan-funded infrastructure projects this year, as the two countries eased the approval process of loan agreements in a bid to fast-track the implementation of infrastructure projects under the administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

Iraq evacuation won’t be forced as tensions ease

THE Philippines will continue evacuating Filipinos from Iraq, which hosts several American military bases, even if the US and Iran seem to have pulled back from war, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

US Senate condemns de Lima detention, drug war killings

THE US Senate has passed a resolution condemning the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for the wrongful detention of one of his staunchest critics, according to the US Congress website.

Manila troops to help evacuate Filipinos in Iraq

By Charmaine A. Tadalan, Vincent Mariel P. Galang and Vann Marlo M. Villegas, Reporters THE Philippines will send troops to help evacuate Filipinos from Iraq, where...

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VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo defended her report tagging the Duterte administration’s drug war as a “massive failure,” citing that her office was “very careful” in its preparation and that all data were taken from government agencies.

Forced evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq sought

THE country’s special envoy to the Middle East has recommended the forced evacuation of Filipino workers in Iraq amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.

Liberal Party says killings won’t solve PHL’s drug menace

THE Liberal Party on Tuesday called on the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to heed the advice of the country’s opposition leader about the drug war, saying the reckless killings of drug suspects will not solve the menace.

P4.1-trillion budget expected to sustain infrastructure push

THE P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 missed its targeted enactment date by a few days but is expected to sustain the government’s flagship infrastructure projects, the chairman of the Senate finance committee said Monday.

Senate bill seeking to make overtime pay tax-exempt

SENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto has filed a measure amending the tax code to shield overtime pay from taxation.

CHEd enlisted to accredit last 15 colleges for free tuition

THE Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture has asked the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to assist in the accreditation of 15 local government-run universities and colleges to make them eligible to offer free education.

Filipino workers in Baghdad told to go on leave

THE Philippine Embassy in Iraq advised Filipino workers there to go on leave after a US strike killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad’s international airport.

Creation of OFW agency sought after tragedies

A CONGRESSMAN on Friday renewed his call for the creation of a Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment after the latest tragedies involving Filipino workers in Kuwait and Singapore.

Mindanao still under state of emergency, Palace says

THE Mindanao region remains under a state of national emergency even as martial rule expired on Dec. 31, presidential spokesman Salvador S. Panelo said on Friday.

US senator scores Duterte’s `strongman tactics’

AN AMERICAN senator has criticized President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “strongman tactics,” saying he won’t end his campaign against alleged human rights violations despite being barred from coming to the Philippines.

OFWs barred from Kuwait after housemaid’s death

THE Labor department has barred Filipino workers from going to Kuwait after reports that a Filipino housemaid had been murdered by her employer.

Anti-terror law amendments a priority: Sotto

THE Senate will prioritize a bill that seeks to boost the country’s anti-terror efforts when sessions resume on Jan. 20, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III said.

Senate panel declares POGO investigation a priority when session resumes

THE Senate Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resources Development has set as a priority an investigation on the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) industry when legislative session resumes, its Chairman said.

Gov’t watching reported abduction of Filipino seafarers in Cameroon

THE Philippines is monitoring the reported kidnapping of eight mariners of an oil tanker from a port in Cameroon, two of which were Filipinos, the Foreign Affairs department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Senate panel approves bamboo industry dev’t bill

THE Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship has approved a bill institutionalizing the development of the Bamboo industry, a measure backed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).