President Aquino orders DOH to step up efforts in locating Etihad Flight EY 0424 passengers

By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA, April 21 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III has directed the Department of Health (DOH) to intensify efforts in locating and contacting the passengers of the Etihad Airlines Flight EY 0424 who need to be screened for possible Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Last April 15, a returning overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who worked as a nurse in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was tested positive for MERS-CoV […]

Philippines-U.S. bilateral exercise balikatan begins with community projects in Albay

The Philippines-United States Balikatan exercise begins today. The military forces started the first phase by conducting preliminary work on community infrastructure projects in Legaspi City, Albay. The exercise aims to train military personnel of both countries to provide relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crises that endanger public health and safety.

Bangsamoro Commission signs draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

By Edwin O.Fernandez COTABATO CITY, April 21 (PNA) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) composed of representatives from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has signed the final draft of the proposed law that will establish the Bangsamoro government in Mindanao, officials said Monday. Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF vice chair for political affairs, said the signing was held at the BTC office in Cotabato City on Sunday, April 20. “Except for two BTC commissioners, […]

DPWH to conduct two more projects in EDSA

After the ultimate road re-blocking during the long vacation, the Department of Public Works and Highways is going to conduct two more projects. According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, the repair of the Magallanes Interchange may last eight to nine months. Another project is the laying of asphalt on EDSA from Balintawak, Quezon City to Heritage Hotel in Pasay City.

Fire in Caloocan affects 1,000 families

An estimated 1,000 families were affected by a fire in Brgy. 120, Caloocan City. The fire started on Sunday, 5 in the afternoon and lasted until Monday morning at six. One was reported dead and several injured as the fire spread to nearby barangays.

Enrile’s chief of staff returns to PHL to answer questions on pork barrel scam

MANILA, Philippines — Saying she was ready to answer the charges against her, the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile flew back to the country Saturday morning (April 19) from San Francisco to face a complaint for plunder filed against her in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam. Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes arrived at about 4 a.m. aboard a Philippine Airlines flight no. PR105. Reyes, resigned as Enrile’s chief of […]

Pacquiao returns to PHL five days after reclaiming WBO title from Bradley

MANILA, April 18 (PNA) – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao returned to the country on Friday morning, five days after reclaiming the WBO welterweight title from erstwhile undefeated American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao, 35, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Centennial Terminal on board a Philippine Airlines flight at 4:30 a.m. The Filipino word champion was accompanied by his mother Dionisia, who earned attention of the boxing world after she […]