Duterte aide: Let numbers speak for ‘Build, Build, Build’

The Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program is not a failure but it can do better, according to the presidential adviser for flagship programs and projects. Vivencio Dizon said the administration had still spent nearly P1 trillion for infrastructure to boost the economy despite the government revising its initial…

PNP looking at balancing ‘tokhang’ with another plan vs high value targets

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday it is looking at “balancing” the “Oplan Tokhang” with another operation plan that will focus partly on targeting high-value targets and drug syndicates in the drug war. Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, PNP officer-in-charge, said this will help remove the negative connotation that “Oplan…

Pasig cleanup body, run with help of ABS-CBN Foundation, cries its swan song

The government agency abolished by President Rodrigo Duterte cried its swan song on Thursday, Nov. 14, saying it respected Duterte’s decision and hoped other agencies continue trying to revive the biologically dead Pasig River. The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), which is being run by the Department of Environment and…

TS Ramon pounds E. Visayas, Bicol; N. Luzon landfall seen

Provinces in Bicol and Eastern Visayas should brace for rainy weather as Tropical Storm “Ramon” barrels toward northern Luzon this week, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Wednesday. Ramon was still expected to make landfall on Saturday in Aurora and Isabela provinces, according to Pagasa…

Big oil firms lead in fuel marking amid smuggling woes

Efforts to properly tax petroleum products have gained momentum as the country’s biggest oil firms get on board, with Chevron Philippines Inc. claiming to be the first among them to comply with the government’s fuel marking program. With the implementing rules and regulations for the program already finalized, stocks of…

Where are the 1.7-B trees? Recto asks amid greening program budget increase

Amid the nearly 100 percent proposed budget increase for the National Greening Program (NGP) for 2020, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has one question: Where are the 1.7 billion trees? Recto posed this question amid the proposed budget increase for NGP, a program under the Department of Environment and…

Duterte to validate report vs 2 Cabinet members linked to corruption

President Rodrigo Duterte will order a separate investigation on two Cabinet members the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) previously flagged for alleged corruption. PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica said they have already submitted their findings and recommendation to the Office of the President. But Duterte’s spokesman, Salvador Panelo said the President would…

Due to concerns over future of SEA Games sports facilities, Senate recalls approval of P15.5B BCDA budget

The Senate recalled on Thursday the approval of the proposed P15.5 billion budget of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) after its ability to ensure that newly-constructed facilities will not go to waste after the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games was put into question. The recall comes after Senate Minority…

Displaced vendors in QC score 2nd chance with night market

Vendors displaced in Quezon City due to the nationwide road clearing operations will now have the opportunity to sell their goods in the city once again. This is through the efforts of the Quezon City local government as it announced the upcoming “Sari-Sari Kyusi: The Quezon City Night Market” on…