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Filipino activists protest in front of Chinese consular office

(Reuters) — Filipino activists protested in front of the Chinese consular office in Manila on Monday (March 3), condemning Chinese vessels’ use of water cannon on Filipino fishermen. On January 27, a Chinese coast guard ship tried to drive away Filipino fishermen from Scarborough Shoal by using a water cannon, the head of the Philippine military said last week. The Philippine foreign ministry has lodged a formal protest. The activists said the action was unlawful, an act of aggression, […]

LGUs Get New Fire Trucks

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas says seventy-six new firetrucks are set to be distributed to various provinces in time for the start of the fire prevention month. Twenty-two of the 76 firetrucks were already distributed.

Seaoil to Roll Back Diesel, Kerosene Prices

Independent oil company, SEAOIL Philippines, is cutting prices of diesel and kerosene by 12:01 Tuesday. The company said that its diesel and kerosene prices will be cut by 30 centavos but the price of gasoline will remain unchanged. There is no immediate word from other oil companies regarding price adjustments.

Skyway is Still Safe

Skyway Traffic Management and Security Department Head Ret. Gen. Louie Maralit said that the Skyway remains safe even though there were many incidents of vehicles falling from the said structure. He added that the height of the traffic barrier on the sides of the Skyway is according to international standards and that drivers and motorists should always be careful and follow traffic rules.

Premiere Trains Start Operations

Philippine National Railways starts the operations of its premiere trains today to alleviate the traffic problem. The route of the said trains is from Tutuban Manila to Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Operations started at 5:30 AM in Tutuban and 8:00 AM in Sta. Rosa. The premiere trains have a higher fare of 60 to 90 pesos, because it is more comfortable, with reclining seats, wi-fi and comfort rooms.

For Jericho and other children, a space for recovery

A young survivor finds a way to help other children – and himself – recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. For most of his life, 12-year-old Jericho has lived with his grandmother Monica Ignacio in a bamboo hut in Roxas City, Panay Island. The house was woefully inadequate against the sheer force of Typhoon Haiyan. “We were afraid because the roof was shaking and then broke. Grandma was almost hit by the falling roof […]

Malacanang to help families of 2 OFWs killed in Qatar blast

MANILA, Philippines — Malacanang has assured that it will provide assistance to the families of the two Filipinos killed and two others injured in a gas tank explosion in a restaurant in Doha, Qatar. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, in an interview on government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, expressed the government’s sympathies on the death of two Filipinos during Qatar blast. Undersecretary Valte said the government will assist in facilitating the repatriation of […]

President Aquino returns from state visit in Malaysia

MANILA, March 1 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III returned from Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning following his successful two-day state visit to Malaysia. President Aquino, along with his official delegation, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal II at around 2:47 a.m. on board a chartered Philippine Airlines flight PR 001. The President flew to Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 27 at the invitation of His Majesty The Seri Paduka Baginda Yang […]

PHL, Malaysia agree on peaceful settlement of dispute in disputed seas

  (Reuters) — Philippines President Benigno Aquino urged for a peaceful solution to the South China Sea dispute in accordance with the rule of law during a state visit to Malaysia on Friday (February 28). Aquino said the issue was discussed during a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. “The prime minister and I agreed with a peaceful settlement of the dispute in the West Philippines and the South China Sea in accordance with the rule of law and the United Nations Convention of the Law […]

Malaysian King welcomes Philippine President Aquino

(Reuters) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino was greeted by Malaysian King Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah during a state welcoming ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Friday (February 28). Aquino is in Malaysia for a three-day state visit, where he will hold bilateral talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and meet members of the Filipino community in the country. During his first visit to the Southeast Asian neighbour, Aquino is expected to discuss political, economic and defense cooperation with Najib, along with regional issues. Both sides […]

BOC Extends Port Operations in Manila

The Bureau of Customs extended the operating hours of the Port of Manila and the Manila International Container Port to help those affected by the truck ban in Manila. Customs commissioner John Sevilla said that since Thursday,operations in the two ports started at 8 am., and ended at 9 p.m.  On Saturdays, operations start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.