Pagasa: Tropical storm Domeng exits PAR

Tropical storm Domeng is now outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), the state weather bureau said on Saturday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported that as of 10:00 a.m., “Domeng” was spotted some 990 kilometers east northeast of extreme Northern Luzon. The tropical cyclone, moving…

LIST: Canceled flights on Saturday, July 2, 2022

Two flights have been canceled by Cebu Pacific on Saturday due to inclement weather, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Saturday. In an advisory, MIAA said that the following Cebu Pacific flights were canceled: Tropical Storm Domeng and Severe Tropical Storm Chaba, which is outside the Philippine area…

Baring broad plans, Marcos sees ‘rough’ road to recovery

Filipinos will finally get a more detailed view of what President Marcos intends to do in the next six years when he delivers his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) in about three weeks, which he said would focus on “building back better” from the effects of the economic…

Groups welcome Bongbong Marcos’ ‘food self-sufficiency’ mantra

Agricultural groups on Thursday welcomed President Marcos’ inaugural pledge to prioritize local production over food importation, taking this as a signal of a new era in the farming sector whose growth has lagged over the years. Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) noted that the new administration’s mantra of “food self-sufficiency”…

P4.4B narcotics seized in Central Visayas under Duterte admin

A total of P4.4 billion worth of illegal drugs were seized in Central Visayas during the six-year term of former President Rodrigo Duterte. The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it also arrested 55,547 drug suspects in the region from July 2016 to June 26, 2022. “These numbers signify…

Bomb-carrying ex-Abu slain in scuffle with cops in Basilan

A former member of the Abu Sayyaf Group was killed Wednesday at a checkpoint while attempting to bring in a bag of improvised explosive devices hours before the holding of inaugural rites for newly elected officials in this city. Lieutenant Colonel Cyril Santander, commanding officer of the 18th Infantry Battalion,…

Bongbong Marcos appoints career diplomat Enrique Manalo as DFA secretary

Permanent Representative to the United Nations Enrique Manalo on Friday was appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. A career diplomat, Manalo took his oath before Marcos in Malacañang on Friday, replacing former Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. “Yes it is confirmed. But he asked…

No-contact apprehension takes effect in 6 Quezon City areas

After a four-month trial period, Quezon City will formally implement the no-contact apprehension (NCAP) program in six of the 15 approved locations on Friday. The NCAP is a program aimed to reduce physical apprehensions of motorists by installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in key areas to capture traffic violations. Dexter…

New DSWD chief vows to extend contracts of all COS employees

The new Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo has vowed to extend contracts of all employees nationwide under the Cost of Service (COS) employment. Tulfo said this is one of the directives of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., focusing on pandemic recovery. “Dahil gusto po ng…