Supreme Court extends TRO preventing Meralco from imposing power rate hike

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended for another two months, or until April 22, the temporary restraining order (TRO) against the planned P4.15 per kilowatt-hour power rate hike of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco). The extension of the TRO effectively prevented Meralco from implementing the rate hike.  The TRO was supposed to end on February 23. The SC en banc decided to extend the TRO after acting on the “urgent motion for extension […]

Muntinlupa City to Give Hero’s Welcome to Michael Christian Martinez

Muntinlupa City will be giving a hero’s welcome to figure skater Michael Christian Martinez upon his return to the country after his victory at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The 17-year-old skater achieved many of his dreams in Sochi, including representing the Philippines and qualifying for the finals of the figure skating competition, where he placed 19th in the 30-man field. According to Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, Martinez gave honor to the municipality as well as […]

DILG Orders PNP to Fast-Track Civilian Hiring

MANILA, Philippines — To boost the number of policemen on the streets, Interior and Local Government Secretary, Mar Roxas, ordered the Philippine National Police to fast-track the hiring of civilians or non-uniformed personnel in their organization. Roxas’s order aims to encourage high school graduates and college undergraduates to join the PNP. He further advised interested applicants to go to the nearest PNP Regional, Provincial, City and Municipal stations in their area. With the hiring of […]

SC upholds constitutionality of online libel

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the controversial online libel under Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act. The high court has ruled that original authors of libelous articles can be penalized, but not those who will post reactions or opinions to the article, or those who will receive such posts under section 4(c)4. The court, however, partially granted the reliefs sought in the 15 consolidated petitions challenging the […]

Philippines welcomes Kerry’s call to fast-track code of conduct on South China Sea

MANILA, Feb. 18 (PNA) — The Philippines on Tuesday welcomed the call of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to expedite the crafting of a legally-binding code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea, saying the accord will bring “peace, security and stability” in the region. “These comments are fully in line with the basic Philippine and Association of South East Asian Nations stance that we should move expeditiously to conclude a binding Code […]

Napoles To Appeal Denial Of Her Bail Petition

MANILA, Philippines — The camp of Janet Lim Napoles is set to bring to the Court of Appeals her bail petition which had been denied by the Makati regional trial court. Napoles’ camp said they will be filing their appeal within 60 days.  In fact, her lawyer, Alfredo Villamor, wants the petition to be filed as soon as possible. Napoles’ brother Reynald Lim is still at large. Last February 12, the Makati Regional  Trial Court […]

3 oil firm hike prices

MANILA Feb 18 (PNA) — Three oil firms have implemented oil price hikes effective 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. Two big oil companies, Petron Corporation and Shell Philippines, increased prices of gasoline by P1 per liter; 25 centavos per liter for kerosene; and 40 centavos for diesel. Another industry player, Total Corporation, also implemented the same oil price adjustments except for kerosene products. The oil companies said the oil price hike reflects movement in the international oil […]

New Faultline Discovered in Bohol

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR)Mines and Geosciences Bureau advises residents of Inabanga, Loon, and Maribojoc, Bohol to evacuate after the discovery of a new fault line in the area.

CHED, OK With 4 Day School-Week

The Commission on Higher Education said it was not against the proposal to reduce the number of school days to four. But according to CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, careful study should be made before the implementation of the 4-day school week. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority proposed the change because of the 15 government projects that will be implemented in Metro Manila which are expected to cause heavy traffic. Survey question: What can you say […]