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VP risks losing post as drug czar, says Palace

VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo risks losing her position as President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s drug czar if she reveals confidential information to foreign entities, the presidential palace said yesterday.

Fewer Filipinos cheery about life, economy

FEWER Filipinos expect their lives and the country’s economy to improve in the next 12 months, according to the latest poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

DoLE cracks down on establishments with illegal foreign workers

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has started inspecting establishments across the country to check for compliance in employing foreign nationals.

16-yr old in 1st lung problem case related to e-cigarette

THE FIRST reported case of a lung problem linked to smoking e-cigarettes in the country involved a 16-year old girl, the Department of Health (DoH) announced on Friday.

Padaca convicted of graft, malversation of funds

ANTI-GRAFT court Sandiganbayan has convicted former Isabela governor Grace M. Padaca for graft and malversation of funds.

Suspected gunman in broadcaster’s murder surrenders

A POLICEMAN linked to the murder of a radio broadcaster in Dumaguete City last week has surrendered.

Unions bracing for fight over salty-foods tax

A MAJOR union has expressed its opposition to a proposed tax on salty foods, saying it adds to the burden on workers by rasing the cost of key goods while wages remain stagnant.

Tech could help workplaces become more elder-friendly

TECHNOLOGY will aid the absorption of more elderly workers into the labor force, a key consideration for regional economies where populations are rapidly aging the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said.

Pasig River rehab agency abolished

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) that will abolish the agency tasked to revive the Pasig River.

Gov’t sees 38 flagship projects completed by end of Duterte’s term

PRESIDENTIAL Adviser for Flagship Projects Vivencio B. Dizon said 35 such projects are under construction and 38 will be completed by the end of the government’s term, while rejecting an opposition Senator’s characterization of the infrastructure program as a “dismal failure.”

Duterte presses Senate on higher alcohol, cigarette taxes

MALACAÑANG is pushing the Senate to approve a proposal to increase the excise tax on alcohol products, cigarettes, heated tobacco and vapor products by certifying “the necessity of the immediate enactment” of the measure concerned, Senate Bill No. 1074.

Palace rejects claim of slow start to infrastructure projects

THE Palace said the government’s infrastructure program is making progress and defended the slow going on some public works as due to “caution” in completing preliminary activities like acquiring right-of-way.

Gov’t to block foreign activist critical of drug war

THE presidential palace wants to ban a foreign human rights activist for allegedly interfering in President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.

Duterte to meet with Nur Misuari on peace

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will meet with the head of a Muslim rebel group next month to discuss how it can help resolve decades-old conflict in the Mindanao region, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte to take 3-day rest to catch up on sleep

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will take a three-day rest from work, the presidential palace said yesterday.

Palace open to halt anti-drug operations

MALACAÑANG is open to Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo’s proposal to halt police operations against suspected drug traffickers if it means eradicating the drug menace, presidential spokesman Salvador S. Panelo said yesterday.

Bill to widen public school career ladder

A PROPOSED law that seeks to increase teaching positions and expand the career ladder in public schools has been filed at the Senate.

Food sector must treat seniors fairly, Labor dep’t says

THE Labor department yesterday asked employers to follow the law when hiring senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD).

Nurses complete Singapore training ahead of UHC

AROUND 100 nurses have completed a program of the Department of Health (DoH) in partnership with Singapore’s Nanyang Polytechnic and Temasek Foundation, in order to upgrade the nursing profession in time for the Universal Health Care (UHC) Program which takes effect next year.

Palace approves creation of more teaching positions, curriculum reform

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte approved measures creating more teaching positions in the public school system and to reform the current curriculum.

Duterte signals plan to regulate plastic pollution

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has floated a proposal to his Cabinet to crack down on plastic pollution after making a similar approach to his fellow regional leaders, officials said.

VP calls for meeting after appointment as anti-drug czar

VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo yesterday said she has called for a meeting of an interagency body against illegal drugs after her appointment as President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s drug czar.

Broadcaster shot and killed in Dumaguete

GUNMEN shot and killed a radio reporter in Dumaguete City in Central Visayas yesterday, according to a task force on media security.

Fourth polio case confirmed by DoH

THE Health department yesterday confirmed a fourth case of polio in the country — the third one from Mindanao — after almost two decades of being free from the disease.

VP Robredo named co-chair of drug committee

VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo has been appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as co-chair of the inter-agency committee handling his drug war.

Labor dep’t sees need for P500 million to support livelihood assistance...

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it will require P500 million to provide livelihood assistance to workers affected by the Mindanao earthquakes.

POEA warns against overseas recruitment scams on social media

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a warning Monday against fraudulent online organizations claiming to be the agency and offering non-existent jobs.

Maguindanao massacre victims’ lawyer hopeful of conviction soon

AS THE 10th year anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre nears, a lawyer representing the families of the victims is hopeful that the principal suspects in the case, members of the Ampatuan political clan, will soon be convicted.

Over 300 illegal Chinese workers deported

MORE THAN 300 undocumented Chinese workers, including seven minors, were deported on Tuesday, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported.

Talks on regional trade pact conclusive — ASEAN chair

BANGKOK -- Asian countries held conclusive talks on what could be the world’s biggest trade pact and there will be an announcement of success at a summit in Bangkok, despite doubts raised by India, the Thai hosts said on Monday.

DoF’s Dominguez sees 2019 GDP at low end of 6-7% target...

FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said economic growth in 2019 will come in at the lower end of the government’s target range of 6-7%, ahead of the third quarter GDP announcement this week.

VP seeks more time for memo before SC ruling

VICE President Maria Leonor G. Robredo has asked the Supreme Court to give her more time to file a memorandum on the election protest of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos.

Duterte calls for respect in settling disputes on sea

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte did not bring up a United Nations ruling favoring the Philippines in a sea dispute with China during a meeting with the Chinese premiere at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-China Summit in Bangkok on Sunday.

Cotabato gov’t, agencies appeal for coordination amid influx of relief assistance...

THE LOCAL government of Cotabato, the most affected province in the series of three strong earthquakes that struck central Mindanao in October, has appealed to private groups and individuals delivering relief assistance to coordinate with the incident command center at the provincial office compound in Kidapawan City.

Calabarzon, Davao female farm workers paid more in 2018

SALARY inequality persisted in the agricultural sector between male and female workers except in Southern Luzon and Davao despite a rise in the overall wage rate, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said, citing the findings of a survey.

Price-controlled drug list headed to Palace for approval

THE Department of Health (DoH) said it will submit its price-controlled list for 122 drugs this week for the approval of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Second major quake in a week hits Mindanao

A MAGNITUDE 6.5 earthquake struck central Mindanao yesterday morning, just two days after a 6.6 tremor killed at least 8 people, the national disaster agency said.

Families victimized by common crimes down to 5.6% — SWS

ABOUT 1.4 million Filipino families (5.6%) reported being victimized by common crimes in the past six months, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

DoH makes pitch for sin taxes to close UHC funding gap

THE Department of Health (DoH) said higher sin taxes will be required to fund expanded outpatient benefits and health insurance coverage for poor patients when the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law takes effect next year.

Duterte’s APEC attendance still depends on doctor’s advice

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s attendance to the Nov. 16-17 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Chile still depends on his doctors’ advice as well as developments in the ongoing unrest in the host country.

Major economic boost seen from addressing key diseases

THE government will save nearly P800 billion yearly by investing in the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCD), factoring in the economic growth boost over the next 15 years.

Duterte serious about making Robredo his anti-illegal drug czar

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s offer for Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo to head the state’s crackdown against illegal drugs is a chance for her to prove her mettle as the head of the opposition, the presidential palace said yesterday.

Nationwide round-up

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday expressed condolences for the death of Sadako Ogata, who served as Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) president from 2003 to 2012, recognizing her contribution to strengthening relations between the Philippines and Japan.

Palace threatens ‘drastic action’ against water companies

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will take extreme action against water concessionaires that fail to address the ongoing water crisis, up to and including cancellation of their contracts, his spokesman said.

Malacañang says Duterte to attend all Asean meetings

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to attend all meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Thailand after missing major meetings last year due to “power naps,” the presidential palace said yesterday.