PDP-Laban fields Bato-Bong tandem

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is the presidential bet of the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), a decision which has long been arrived at but was kept under wraps.

The neophyte senator and former Philippine National Police chief filed his certificate …

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AFP chief formally receives 4th star

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Jose C. Faustino Jr. officially received his fourth star and was promoted to the rank of General on Thursday.

In a statement on Friday, AFP public affairs office chief, Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata said President Rodrigo …

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Butuan City mayor seeks final term

Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada filed on Friday his certificate of candidacy (COC) before the Commission on Elections office here for next year’s polls, seeking his third and final term as chief executive of this city.

Lagnada was joined by Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. …

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Sotto pitches budget reform to empower LGUs

Senate president Vicente Sotto III has underscored the bottom-up budgeting scheme as an effective way of empowering local government units (LGUs) in pump-priming development in the countryside, as he engaged multi-sector groups in the provinces of Central Visayas on Friday.

Sotto said the Budget Reform …

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Teodoro seeks last term as Marikina mayor

Incumbent Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro is seeking a third and last term as the city’s chief executive.

Shortly after filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) before the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) office on Friday, Teodoro called for unity and urged fellow candidates to set …

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Magnitude 5.2 quake jolts Batangas

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolted Batangas early Friday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The tectonic quake struck 19 kilometers northwest of Calatagan at 2:14 a.m. and had a depth of 131 km.

Intensity II was felt in Calatagan. Reported intensity is …

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PAGASA raises flood alert in E. Visayas

Heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression Maring may trigger flooding in major river systems in the Eastern Visayas region, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned on Friday.

In an advisory, PAGASA identified several rivers in six provinces that would likely be …

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