56 Victims of Human Trafficking Rescued in Zamboanga City

The Philippine Coast Guard rescued here last Monday more than 50 victims of human trafficking about to board a commercial vessel bound for Sandakan in Sabah. Lieutenant Commander Jesse Guiniling, chief of the Philippine Coast Guard Zamboanga District Station, said 56 women were about to board the MV Antonia 1 of the Aleson Shipping Lines last Monday night when composite …

Metro Manila Residents Urged to Start Conserving Water

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration urged residents of Metro Manila to start practicing water conservation measures ahead of the dry season as the water level at Angat Dam in Bulacan remains below its standard level. As of 6 a.m. on February 24, Angat Dam’s water level was at 202.08 meters, below its normal high of 212 meters …

Supreme Court Defers ABS-CBN Case to March 10

The Supreme Court has postponed discussions on the case filed against ABS-CBN, leaving the network free to dispute the allegations in public for at least two more weeks. The high court did not act on the quo warranto case lodged by Solicitor General Jose Calida which seeks to nullify the network’s existing franchise weeks ahead of its expiry. The topic …

Reds, Supporters Neutralized in 2019

At least 10,900 New People’s Army guerrillas and their supporters were neutralized in separate military and police operations last year, the Armed Forces of the Philippines reported. Of the number, 142 rebels were killed in armed clashes and in military and police operations. Over 276 were arrested. The rest, including fighters and members of the militia and underground mass organizations, …

South Korea Travel Ban

Filipinos planning to explore South Korea might have to unpack their luggage for now as the government enforced Wednesday a temporary ban on Filipino tourists going there. Malacañang said the interim travel restriction was imposed as a protective measure against COVID-19, cases of which spiked quite rapidly in South Korea in the past few days. But Filipinos residing in South …

2nd Batch of Filipinos Return from virus-hit Cruise Ship

The second batch of Filipinos repatriated from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship docked off Japan arrived in the Philippines early Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced. The DFA said the aircraft carrying the 136 Filipino passengers, a two-member DFA team and a five-member team from the Department of Health landed at Clark International Airport in Pampanga at 12:12 a.m. The …

ABS-CBN President Issues Apology

ABS-CBN apologized to President Duterte for failing to air his political ads in the 2016 elections, but it was unclear whether the Chief Executive would accept what the Palace said was a long overdue apology. ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak issued the apology at a Senate committee hearing after Senator Christopher “Bong” Go demanded an explanation on …

De Lima Submits List of People She Wants Banned in U.S.

President Duterte leads the list of personalities detained Senator Leila de Lima wanted banned in the US for her detention over the past three years. The US embassy would have sent the document to the US State Department, which will be responsible to implement a US budget provision that prohibits entry to US shores of people responsible for De Lima’s …

Unnecessary Single-Use Plastic Products Banned

The National Solid Waste Management Commission, chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has approved a resolution imposing a ban of eight “unnecessary” single-use plastic products in all government offices nationwide. The resolution, recently signed by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, directs the DENR to “prepare and implement” the ban on the use of single-use plastic products. Specifically, those …