Ilocos Sur ready to welcome visitors

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was among the first guests of Ilocos Sur as the province reopened to visitors, this time including those from Metro Manila.

The tourism chief was the guest of honor in a ceremony that officially launched the expanded Ridge and Reef Travel …

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Policewomen making waves in PNP

In a profession long dominated by men, women are making considerable progress in rising up the ranks.

At the Philippine National Police, female police officers are playing key roles in the traditionally male-heavy hierarchy.

One of them is Col. Portia Manalad, a member of PNP …

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6 BIFF gunmen yield in Maguindanao

Six members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered Friday afternoon to military authorities with the help of local government officials of Shariff Aguak in the province.

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, 6th Infantry Division commander, identified the six surrenderers as Badtongan Amino, Rasid …

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Siargao to reopen to tourists Nov. 23

The Philippines’ surfing capital, Siargao Island, is reopening its shores to domestic tourists starting November 23, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Saturday.

The reopening was also confirmed by Mayor Cecilia Ruson of the municipality of General Luna, Surigao del Norte through a local executive …

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Ilocos Norte suspends relief ops to Cagayan

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte donation drive to Cagayan has been temporarily suspended as three of its workers contracted the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Since Friday, offices at the provincial government have been functioning with skeletal workforce while expanded contact tracing is ongoing.

“This is …

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APEC leaders issue Kuala Lumpur Declaration

Leaders of the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration after the first-ever virtual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on Friday.

The 27th Economic Leaders’ Meeting was chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Convening for the first time …

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Ex-PRC chair cleared of graft charges

A ruling by the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has cleared former officials of the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) of graft charges over the lease of a building in Baguio City for the agency’s regional office.

In a 77-page decision dated November 20, the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court’s …

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Sulu-based ASG bandit yields in Tawi-Tawi

Saying he feared for his life, a member of the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has surrendered to government authorities in Tawi-Tawi province, military officials said Saturday.

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, identified the ASG surrenderer as Al-Habi Jundam, …

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