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Palace: Chinese ambassador “impressed” with “professionalism, restraint” of policeman in MRT-3 taho-throwing incident

(Eagle News) — Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua was “impressed” with the “professionalism and restraint” shown by the policeman who was thrown a cup of taho by a Chinese national only recently. This was according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who spoke to reporters in a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 21. According to Panelo, during his courtesy call on Wednesday, Feb. 20, Zhao “extended his greeting and commendation” to P01 William Cristobal. […]

JUST IN: Duterte signs Expanded Maternity Leave bill into law

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the expanded maternity leave bill. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the bill was signed into law by Duterte on Wednesday, Feb. 20, before the 30-day deadline within which proposed measures should have been acted on before they lapse into laws. Under the version approved by Congress, the number of paid maternity leaves was increased to 105 from the current 60 paid leaves for normal delivery, and 78 […]

MMDA postpones Feb. 23 closure of Tandang Sora flyover; sets new closure date to March 1

(Eagle News) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has moved the closure date of the Tandang Sora flyover to March 1. The new schedule of closure is seven days later than the original date, Feb. 23. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia’s announcement came after the Quezon City council requested for the additional week for the local government to conduct the necessary preparations. “Itong one week na ibinigay po ay malaking tulong para iset forth ang lahat ng […]

World Health Organization lauds PHL for passage of Universal Health Care bill into law

(Eagle News) — The World Health Organization lauded the Philippines for passing the Universal Health Care Law that seeks to ensure Filipinos’ equal access to quality healthcare. In a statement, the WHO said the new law was a “critical step” to ensure “major reforms to consolidate existing yet fragmented financial flows, increase the fiscal space for benefit delivery, improve the governance and performance of devolved local health systems and institutionalize support mechanisms such as health […]

Duterte creates task force to expedite Manila Bay rehab

  (Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte has created a task force to expedite the rehabilitation of Manila Bay. Under Administrative Order No. 16 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Feb. 19, the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is  chair of the task force, while the secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Local Government and of Tourism are the vice-chairpersons. Other members of the task force include  the heads of […]

DOTr: PHL’s first subway to be partially operational in 2022

Full operations eyed in 2025 (Eagle News) — The country’s first subway is expected to be  partially operational in 2022. The Department of Transportation made the announcement in a Facebook post on Thursday, Feb. 21. The DOTr said during that time, the first three stations of the Metro Manila Subway–Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora and North Ave.—will be operational. The remaining 13 stations of the subway system that is expected to link Mindanao Ave. in Quezon City […]

PNP now searching for child of couple behind deadly Jolo blasts

(Eagle News)—The Philippine National Police is now looking for the child of the couple believed behind the Jolo, Sulu bombings that killed at least 23. PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde said this was so the child could identify the couple–initially believed to be Indonesian— who police said  carried out the blasts at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in January. “Mayroon silang iniwan na anak dito sa Pilipinas and hopefully makita natin dahil paglaki nyan posibleng […]

Duterte backs release of list of “narco-politicians” ahead of May polls

(Eagle News)—President Rodrigo Duterte wants the list of “narco-politicians” released ahead of the May elections. Duterte made public his stance on the Department of the Interior and Local Government proposal on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in an interview with reporters. “Or would you rather hindi na talaga lalabas ‘yung pangalan nila? Galit ako sa droga,” Duterte said. Earlier, Philippine National Police spokesperson Senior Supt. Bernard Banac said the list was so far undergoing “validation.” “We have […]

Palace condoles with kin of National Artist for Architecture Bobby Mañosa

(Eagle News)–The Palace on Thursday, Feb. 21, expressed its condolences to the family of the late National Artist for Architecture Bobby Mañosa. “The so-called father of Philippine neo-vernacular architecture devoted his lifetime work championing the extensive use of indigenous Filipino materials in his design,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. According to Panelo, while Mañosa “will be missed,” his “influence and legacy will continue to live on.” Mañosa, whose works include the Coconut Palace […]

Duterte: Foreign drug cartels behind cocaine blocks floating in PHL waters

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, Feb. 20, said international drug cartels were behind the blocks of cocaine recently found floating in some of the country’s waters. “The news that you hear every day about the floating drugs all around the country is that really we have confirmed that (Sinaloa) and the Medellin cartels are in the trade now. And it’s cocaine. It has always been cocaine from Mexico,” Duterte said. Earlier, PNP Chief Oscar […]

3.1-magnitude quake jolts Davao Oriental

(Eagle News)—A 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck Davao Oriental on Thursday, Feb. 21. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake hit 141 kilometers southeast of Governor Generoso at 3:31 a.m. The earthquake, which was of tectonic origin, had a depth of focus of nine kilometers. No damage nor aftershocks were expected.    

MRT-3 lifts ban on liquids above 100 ml

Items should be tested in front of security personnel before being allowed entry, MRT-3 says (Eagle News)—–The Metro Rail Transit-3 has lifted its ban on liquids above 100 milliliters but these should first be subjected to tests in front of security personnel before they are allowed inside. In an advisory on Thursday, Feb. 21, the MRT-3 said  bottles supposedly containing water will therefore be drunk by passengers, those containing perfume will therefore be sprayed, among […]