GiftChill, the Mega Gift Cards Platform Adds Three Meme Coins to Their List to Purchase Gift Cards

The gift card platform has added DOGE, SHIB, and KISHU to expand Cryptocurrencies adoption giftchill added shiba inu, dogecoin and kishu inu TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GiftChill (giftchill.co.uk), a cryptocurrency to gift card exchange platform, has recently added three more cryptocurrencies to its ever-growing list of accepted coins and tokens; […]

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Fil-Americans in New York stage lighting rally vs. CPP-NPA

A group of Filipino-Americans in New York staged a lighting rally on Sunday evening to urge American authorities to investigate United States-based supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) for terrorist financing, recruitment, and other illegal activities. Chanting anti-communist slogans and carrying Philippine flags and other banners, members of the Filipino-Americans Against Crime and Terrorism (FACT) marched along Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, Queens, where they distributed leaflets denouncing the CPP-NPA and their supporters in the US on the occasion of the terrorist…

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Rookie cop in hot water for rape of teen in Laguna

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, on Monday ordered an immediate probe into the police officer who was accused of raping a teenager in Laguna. In a statement, Carlos said the suspect identified as Pat. John Mari Lontok is now under police custody after he surrendered to the arresting team at around 2 p.m. on Sunday at his residence in Sta. Maria, Laguna. “This is a very unfortunate report. We will make sure that this will be a fair and speedy investigation,” Carlos said in a statement. The…

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8 Negrense rebels surrender on CPP’s 53rd anniversary

Some eight New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered to authorities in central Negros on Sunday, coinciding with the 53rd anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). In a report on Monday, the Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (303rd IBde) said insurgents based in the cities of Guihulngan and Canlaon in Negros Oriental were presented in rites held at the 62nd Infantry Battalion (62IB) headquarters in Barangay Libas, Isabela town. Brig. Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of 303rd IBde based in Murcia, said it was a “big slap” on the…

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MisOcc town mayor dies days after ‘sniper’ attack

Lopez Jaena town Mayor Michael P. Gutierrez who was initially hurt in a “sniper” attack during a Christmas party in this city last week has died, his daughter, Lopez Jaena Councilor Andrea “Pinky” Gutierrez, said on Facebook on Monday. “A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. He was a light in this world, and now we need to continue shining his light by carrying it within us in our own lives,” she said on behalf of her family, as the province mourned the local chief executive’s death.…

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Hike in cases, positivity rate observed in NCR: DOH

An increase in cases and positivity rate in the past week were observed in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday. In an online media forum, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that the NCR showed positive growth in cases in the recent week at 49 percent. “In the NCR, the daily cases in the recent week showed an increase of 38 cases or 49 percent from the previous week now averaging 115 cases per day,” Vergeire said. For the period…

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VECO eyes to restore power to 142K Metro Cebu homes by Dec. 31

The Visayan Electric Co. (VECO), the largest power distributor in Cebu, is targeting to restore the electricity of 142,000 homes in Metro Cebu by December 31, an official said on Monday. Regional Development Council (RDC-7) chair Kenneth Cobonpue said based on the VECO’s latest forecast, 30 percent of its coverage area will have their power restored before the year ends. “Such output in the post-Typhoon Odette power restoration efforts would mean 12,000 additional families every single day in the next five days will finally be able to find consolation once…

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C. Visayas retail stores to explain price freeze violation

At least 52 retail establishments in Region 7 have received a letter of inquiry (LOI) for violating the price freeze order, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Central Visayas said on Monday. In a statement, the DTI-7 said two out of 137 establishments in Cebu province monitored due to complaints were issued with LOI. The LOI directed the erring retail stores to explain to the trade agency why they should not be sanctioned for selling basic necessities beyond the price subject of the freeze order. “If the explanation of those…

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Comelec eyes release of final poll bets’ list by early January

An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said they are expecting to release the final list of candidates for the May 2022 polls early next month. “We expected them to finish (on) the first week of January. Hopefully, all the decisions have been released. We have until January 7 to finish everything so that we won’t be late in printing. The January 7 is an estimate when all of these things will be done,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a virtual press briefing. Among the pending…

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Army won’t condone soldiers in X’mas Day shooting

The Philippine Army (PA) will cooperate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) on the case of the three soldiers involved in the Christmas Day shooting incident in Taguig City that wounded six civilians. “The personnel under investigation are already in the custody of the PNP. The PA is collaborating with the PNP on their investigation of the incident and will cooperate in any legal actions that may be taken against the suspects. Internally, we are also conducting a parallel investigation for the administrative cases that may be filed against them,”…

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World leaders mourn passing of South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero

Messages of condolences are pouring in from across the world, mourning South Africa’s anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who died Sunday at the age of 90. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He was a critical figure in the fight against apartheid and in the struggle to create a new South Africa,’’ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted. Johnson said he will remember Tutu for his spiritual leadership and irrepressible good humor. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Tutu’s passing early Sunday,…

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14K high-value targets nabbed in anti-drug ops since July 2016

Almost 14,000 drug suspects tagged as high-value targets (HVTs) across the country have been arrested since the start of the Duterte administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs in mid-2016, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported on Monday. Based on PDEA’s latest Real Numbers data, a total of 13,996 HVTs were arrested from July 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2021. The figure includes 6,158 HVTs arrested from high impact operations, 3,830 target-listed suspects, 1,449 drug den maintainers, 796 drug group leaders/members, 511 government employees, 394 elected officials, 349 foreigners, 284 included…

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DND, DILG offer P5.6-M bounty for capture of NPA leader

The Department of National Defense (DND) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) offered a PHP5.6 million cash reward to any individual who can provide information that would lead to the arrest of a top leader of the New People’s Army (NPA). In a press briefing Sunday afternoon, Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr., commander of the 10th Infantry Division (10ID), said the Army is pursuing Menandro Villanueva alias Bok, secretary of the NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC). He is considered as one of the recognized high leaders of…

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Fireworks stores in Bulacan town inspected

Governor Daniel Fernando, together with officials from the Pyrotechnics Regulatory Board (PRB), the Philippine National Police, and some government agencies, led the ocular inspection of several pyrotechnics stores in Barangay Turo here on Monday. Fernando said the move ensures that the rules and regulations stated in the Republic Act 7183 on manufacturing, sale, and distribution are observed by manufacturers, dealers, and retailers. The governor said he wanted to assure that health safety protocols are being observed in the pyro marketplace in this town. “I also wanted to promote the pyro…

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Quezon Memorial Shrine declared National Cultural Treasure

The Quezon Memorial Shrine is now a National Cultural Treasure (NCT) as declared by the National Museum through Declaration No. 29-2020. The National Museum, through its website, stated that to be declared as NCT, there must be “a unique object found locally, possessing outstanding historical, cultural, artistic and/or scientific value which is significant to this country and nation”. The highly valued cultural properties are indispensable in the understanding of the country’s history and culture, thus, they are to be preserved and protected by the state through the National Museum of…

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Repeal law on state of calamity declaration, Duterte to Congress

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress or the next President to repeal a law requiring the assessment of reports on disaster areas before a state of calamity is declared. Duterte was possibly referring to Republic Act No. (RA) 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. “It behooves upon this Congress, if they want to, for the next President, may I advise, try to repeal the law so that government, there is already the warning, hindi na kailangan ng (no need for) assessment because the…

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All Filipinos in Israel now fully vaccinated

All Filipinos living in Israel have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and have free access to booster shots, Israel’s envoy to Manila said on Monday. In a Laging Handa briefing, Ambassador Ilan Fluss said boosters remain “freely available” to Filipinos, noting its importance especially to the elderly. “All Filipinos — caregivers, diplomats, and other Filipinos in Israel have been fully vaccinated and there is no obstacle in receiving their vaccination,” Fluss said. To date, he said about 6.5 million out of Israel’s total 9.3 million population…

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Delivery of Covid-19 vaccines to PH hits 202M doses

The Philippines breached the 200-million mark of Covid-19 vaccine doses arrival following the delivery of two shipments on Monday. Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. confirmed deliveries have reached 202,660,355, counting the 587,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine donated by Germany that arrived Monday afternoon and the 1,187,550 doses of government-procured Pfizer-BioNTech jabs scheduled later in the night. On Sunday, 105,300 doses of Pfizer vaccines similarly purchased by the government were shipped to Davao. “On behalf of the National Task Force against Covid-19 and the Vaccine Cluster, I am pleased…

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Police probes death of 7 in Pampanga road mishap

he police is investigating the road mishap that killed seven people and injured nine others in Lubao town in this province Sunday afternoon. In a regional television interview on Monday, Lubao police chief, Lt. Colonel Julius Javier, said they are looking into the cause of the fatal incident where the minibus rammed into a tricycle, a “kolong-kolong” (motorcycle with sidecar), a passenger waiting shed, and an electric post in Barangay San Isidro. In a police report, six of the fatalities have been identified as Jun Valencia, 35, driver of the…

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Over 200M Covid-19 vax doses delivered to PH: NTF

The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine doses delivered to the country has exceeded the 200-million mark, an official of the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 said on Sunday night. The figure includes the private sector-procured1,957,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. “Kinagagalak ko ibalita sa ating mga kababayan, another milestone natin, 200,885,005 doses ang natanggap natin mga bakuna sa atin bansa muli itong pinapakita natin ang ating pamahahalaan ating commitment sa ating ating mga kababayan…

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NCR, Calabarzon top list of areas with new Covid-19 cases

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday logged 318 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, bringing the nation’s overall tally to 2,838,792. Monday’s new infections were slightly lower than Sunday’s 433. This brought the total number of active infections to 9,579. The top regions with the most cases in the last two weeks were the National Capital Region with 130 or 41 percent, Calabarzon with 45 or 11 percent, and Central Luzon with 28 or 9 percent of the country’s new cases. In its Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said 255…

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Coronavirus cases in China see over 20-month high

The coronavirus tally in China hit an over 20-month high on Sunday as infections in the country kept rising in recent weeks. This comes as people are preparing to move to their homes during the upcoming New Year holidays and as Beijing prepares to host Winter Olympics. The National Health Commission (NHC) in its latest data showed the Chinese mainland on Sunday reporting 162 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, the state-run Xinhua News reported on Monday. This was the highest number of cases over one and a half years. Xi’an…

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‘Odette’ death toll in Bohol reaches 108

Reported death toll due to Typhoon Odette in 29 towns of Bohol province has climbed to 108, according to the Provincial Capitol’s monitoring report as of Monday. This, as residents in several towns struck by ‘Odette’ on December 16 received their family food packs from the provincial government, national agencies, and a non-government organization. The report, verified by the Department of Health and local government units, said the towns of Talibon and Ubay tallied 14 deaths each, followed by Loon and Bien Unido with seven fatalities each. The province also…

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Zambo City records 21K Covid-19 recoveries

The total number of people who recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 has risen to 21,343 since the outbreak of the disease in March last year, according to the City Health Office. This represents a 94.64-percent recovery rate as the cumulative cases of Covid-19 since March last year have reached 22,551 based on the Zamboanga Task Force on Covid-19 data tracker released Monday. The data tracker released Monday also showed that this city has a total of 112 active cases and 1,096 deaths. The data showed that the highest recoveries…

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Silay cops in mourning after Christmas blaze kills colleague

The Silay City Police Station in Negros Occidental is mourning the loss of a cop who died in a fire incident on Christmas morning. Cpl. Joebert Diasanta, 36, was trapped inside a room at his parent’s house in Barangay San Fernando in neighboring Talisay City when the fire broke out shortly before 6 a.m. “The Silay City Police Station headed by Lt. Col. Robert Petate is in grief together with the Diasanta family,” the station said in a statement posted on Facebook after the incident. Diasanta’s wake is being held…

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4.7M displaced workers benefit from aid programs: DOLE

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) andemic took a toll on economies and greatly displaced many industries and workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has achieved significant accomplishments in assisting local and overseas workers in coping with the challenges of the new normal. Citing the latest DOLE data released on Monday, Secretary Silvestre Bello IIII said the agency has further intensified the implementation of its three major social amelioration programs to help affected workers recover from the pandemic. Covid-19 response Bello said a total of PHP26.1 billion worth…

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PH detects 4th Omicron case

A health official on Monday reported that a fourth case of the Omicron (B.1.1.529) coronavirus variant has been detected in the country. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the case is a 38-year-old traveler from the United States. She arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on December 10 via Philippine Airlines flight PR 127 and was quarantined upon arrival. “On December 13, she had throat itchiness and colds and her specimen was collected on December 14. When results turned positive on December 15, she…

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PH Navy upgrades capability despite pandemic

While the country continues to pick up from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippine Navy (PN) managed to continue with significant upgrades that will further enhance its capability to protect the country’s waters. This year, the country got its second missile frigate, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), and was commissioned along with several equipment whose funding source has been assured. BRP Antonio Luna arrived in the country last February 9 and was formally commissioned at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor on March 13. The frigate, along with its…

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‘Odette’ death toll climbs to 389; over 1M families displaced

The number of families affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette has so far reached a total of 1,074,169, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Monday. In its latest situation report, the agency said this is equivalent to a total of 4,204,601 individuals from the regions of Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, Caraga, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Families staying and being aided in the 1,179 evacuation centers are placed at 314,676…

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7.5M Filipinos vaccinated in 2nd ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ drive

The national government has exceeded its target for the second phase of its simultaneous vaccination drive against Covid-19 with close to 7.5 million Filipinos inoculated against Covid-19 from December 15 to December 23, Malacañang announced Monday. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, acting presidential spokesperson, said a total of 7,497,802 doses were administered during the second “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” campaign, exceeding the initial target of 7,326,613 jabs despite the postponement of vaccination in provinces hit by Typhoon Odette. “We thank our kababayans for their cooperation and for the steps they have taken to…

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Public urged to remain vigilant vs. Covid-19 during holidays

The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-WV CHD) has called on the public to remain vigilant and always practice the minimum public health standards (MPHS) as they celebrate this holiday season. “While there has been a decreasing case of Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) in the country, Filipinos are advised not to let their guards down and prioritize the health and safety of their families by practicing the minimum public health standards,” said Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, medical officer IV at the DOH-WV CHD, in a virtual…

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Filipinos urged to get vaccinated as PH logs 4th Omicron case

A health official on Monday night reiterated the need for the Filipinos to avail themselves of the Covid-19 vaccination program now that a fourth case of the Omicron (B.1.1.529) coronavirus variant has been detected in the country. Welcoming the arrival of Air Hong Kong Flight LD 456 carrying some 1,187,550 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 medical consultant, Dr. Ma. Paz Corrales, emphasized that “vaccination is an added protection for all the Filipinos.” “As…

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19 firecracker injuries logged ahead of New Year revelry: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) has so far logged a total of 19 firecracker-related injuries as of Monday morning, just five days ahead of the New Year. “These were 58 percent higher compared to 2020 with 12 cases and 67 percent lower than the five-year average of 58 cases during the same period,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during an online media forum. The latest data from the DOH showed that all cases were injuries due to fireworks and there were no cases of fireworks ingestion, stray bullet injury,…

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Holidays, not Omicron, caused rise in positivity rate: OCTA

The slight increase in Metro Manila’s Covid-19 positivity rate, average daily attack rate (ADAR), and reproduction rate was due to the holiday frenzy and not necessarily because of the Omicron variant, OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said on Monday. David said it is premature to say that the newest coronavirus variant had something to do with the spike in numbers. Based on two-week growth rates (TWGR), David reported that the current reproduction number is at 0.85 percent while the ADAR in the National Capital Region (NCR) is at 0.82…

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Mayor Sara warns of possible Covid-19 surge next year

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte on Monday expressed fear of a possible surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the city next year due to mass gatherings during the holiday season. “[With] mass gatherings, as what happened last year, it is expected to fuel a surge of Covid-19 cases,” she said in a radio interview. She said the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force has already predicted that a surge similar to last year’s holiday season could also happen anew. “Especially now that the people saw a downtrend of cases, a…

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DOJ, bankers boost measures to combat cybercrime

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and a bankers’ group will draft a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as part of a consolidated effort to fight online fraud. DOJ Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) officer-in-charge lawyer Charito Zamora said pending the approval of the MOU, the agency has been consistently cooperating with the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) through capacity building and public awareness on cybercrime. “The collaboration eyes achieving the common goal of establishing a collective, coordinated, and strategic cyber response within the banking industry through information sharing and collaboration,” she…

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NTRC boosts incentives application portal for investors

The National Tax Research Center (NTRC) is further developing the functionalities of its existing incentives application portal for investors to allow the electronic submission in the future of reports that would enable the government to better review and analyze the economic impact of investment incentives. In a report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, the NTRC said this online portal —Fiscal Incentives Registration and Monitoring System (FIRMS)— is currently being used by potential investors to submit their applications for incentives in any of the investment promotion agencies (IPAs). Under Republic…

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PDEA director gets 60-day sentence for grave threats

The Supreme Court affirmed the 2019 ruling of the Sandiganbayan that found a former regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) liable for grave threats on a subordinate eight years ago. The SC First Division upheld the guilty verdict on Juvenal Azurin and sentenced him to two months and one day in prison, according to a 12-page decision written by Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa and published online December 10. A fellow PDEA employee, Jaime Clave, accused Azurin of berating him and threatening his life through a phone call…

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Gov’t aid for ‘Odette’-hit areas to reach P6-B by yearend

The government is set to release before the year ends a total of PHP6 billion for victims of Typhoon Odette, according to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Acting Secretary Tina Rose Canda. Citing the directives of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Canda said PHP1 billion has been released to the local government units (LGUs) of typhoon-affected areas last Friday, while another PHP1 billion was released Monday. “Tapos maglalabas din kami bago matapos ang taon ng apat na bilyon parang ayuda para sa mga local government units na ipapahatid naman nila…

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SC orders RTC to execute decision on Ortigas developers’ dispute

The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 70 to proceed with the enforcement of a judgment in connection with a 2005 damage suit between developers in Ortigas. The SC Second Division, in a 13-page decision uploaded on December 14, reversed the Court of Appeals (CA) and directed the Pasig RTC to examine officers of Meridien Far East Properties, Inc. (MFEPI) that will satisfy the judgment rendered in favor of Linden Suits Inc. (LSI). LSI sued MFEPI as the latter’s One Magnificent Mile encroached on…

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Antique power coop to seek refund of ‘Odette’ repair expenses

The Antique Electric Cooperative (ANTECO), the province’s lone provider, will seek assistance from the national government through a refund of its expenses in restoring power in areas affected by Typhoon Odette on December 16. Ruth Ann Fadrigo, ANTECO information officer, said Monday that based on their initial assessment, the electric company has already incurred PHP11.3-million damage due to toppled electric posts, fuse, and wirings. “The estimated damage might still increase because the energization of some remaining villages is ongoing,” she said in an interview. As soon as the damage assessment…

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Construction of P49-M bridge in Aurora town in full swing

The construction of the PHP49-million bridge project that would provide safer travel to motorists in Dilasag, Aurora is in full swing. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Aurora district engineer Roderick Andal on Monday said the construction of the Sapsap Bridge is one of their priority projects for the improvement of transport connectivity in the province. Andal said the bridge project is expected to provide safer travel to motorists crossing Sapsap creek in Barangay Dilaguidi in Dilasag, Aurora. “Every time there is a calamity, it has been difficult for…

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Malabon eats: Food bazaar helps MSMEs promote their products

Every once in a while, a city manages to produce one or two types of food better than other places. For Malabon, it’s pancit and kakanin (rice cakes). But if you’re a local who’s looking for something different, you’re in luck. After the country struggled through nearly two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, some of Malabon’s most treasured holiday traditions are making a comeback. Bazaars and other pop-up stores have been allowed to operate in Metro Manila since the region was placed under Alert Level 2 quarantine status on Nov.…

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Duterte OKs P10K service recognition incentive for gov’t workers

Qualified government workers have another reason to celebrate this holiday season as they are set to receive a one-time service recognition incentive (SRI) worth PHP10,000 under a new administrative order (AO) signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Signed by Duterte on December 24, AO No. 45 is in line with the implementation of Joint Resolution 4 inked on June 17, 2009, which authorizes the grant of incentives to reward an employee’s loyalty to government service and contributions to the agency’s continuing viable existence. “The government continues to acknowledge all public…

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PH 2021 population growth lowest in 7 decades

The Philippines’ population for 2021 increased by 324,000 or a mere 0.3 percent compared to the 2020 data of 914,797 births. The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) said on Monday the annual “natural increase” was the lowest since the period 1946 and 1947 when the population grew by 254,000. “Filipinos remained prudent by continuing to delay having children or forming families during the combined economic crisis and Covid-19 health emergency. Couples in growing numbers continue to avail of family planning commodities and services in all regions of the country,…

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AFP transports over 2.3M lbs. of relief goods in Odette-hit areas

Several units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have delivered over 2.376 million pounds of relief goods to provinces battered by Typhoon Odette. In a statement on Sunday night, the AFP said a total of 15 aircraft and 13 naval vessels have been committed in the AFP’s humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations so far. Navy vessels have transported the bulk of the goods at 2.190 million pounds so far, while Air Force air assets that include one C-130 and eight S-70i Blackhawk helicopters have flown over 186,282…

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Ilocos Norte sends aid to ‘Odette’ victims

Financial and in-kind donations from the people of Ilocos Norte are underway to assist provinces in Visayas and Mindanao hit hard by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. Ilocos Norte provincial treasurer Josephine Calajate said PHP3 million from the provincial government of Ilocos Norte’s donation account under the regular budget has been committed for Cebu, Guimaras, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Negros Occidental, and Surigao del Sur. “This is part of our governor’s commitment to helping typhoon victims in areas under state of calamity,” she said in a phone interview Monday. “The north…

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Visayan Electric eyes 80% of service area restored by Jan. 10

Aboitiz Power Corporation distribution utility subsidiary, Visayan Electric Company (Visayan Electric), is targeting to have 80 percent restoration of power to customers in almost all urbanized areas within its franchise by January 10 next year, with the hardest to reach areas to get energized by the end of the same month. It is also targeting 100 percent completion of hospitals and 80 percent of water pumping stations by December 31. The country’s second-largest distribution unit said it is optimistic that re-energization will reach 30 percent by New Year’s eve. As…

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Over 170K passengers arrive in PH for Christmas: BI

A total of 172,432 passenger arrivals, majority of whom are Filipinos, were recorded during this month, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Monday. The latest data from the BI showed that 141,216 Filipinos arrived during the holiday season, many of which are overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), followed by Americans with 12,455, Canadians with 2,805, and Japanese with 1,645 while the remainder is composed of other nationalities. Commissioner Jaime Morente said most of those who arrived are balikbayans coming home to their families in the Philippines to spend Christmas and…

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Initial damage to BFAR projects in Caraga placed at P142.3-M

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Caraga (BFAR-13) on Monday said that initial assessment showed that Typhoon Odette has caused damage to fishery projects in the region worth at least PHP142.3 million. As of December 23, the initial cost of damage to different fishery projects in the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur included fishponds and aquaculture projects devoted to the production of milkfish, tilapia, lobsters, groupers, seaweeds, and mangrove crabs. In a statement Monday, BFAR-13 said…

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