THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Monday has given away almost P13 million to 22 civilian informants under its "Operation Private Eye."
PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. personally awarded the P12.9-million cash reward to informants identified through their codenames. They were Segul, Silup, Sparta, Clyde, Macmac, Dong, Dazzler, Peter So, Brent, Miami, Jabar, Panzer, Jhong, Balik Loob, Melanie, Alien, Tiger, Repa, Storm, Cold Ice, Goku and Anaconda.
AS DECORATIONS are put up for the Holiday Season, a Quezon City councilor warned the public against sprucing up their homes with defective Christmas lights and purchasing toys containing harmful chemicals.
Third District Councilor Allan Benedict Reyes said purchasing decorations like Christmas lights that fail to meet the government's safety standards may spell disaster.
MANILA -- One out of five Filipino families was poor as of 2012, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) reported on Monday.
The 2012 full-year official poverty statistics showed that there is a 19.7 percent poverty incidence in the country, a slight drop from the 21 percent recorded in 2006 and 20.5 percent poverty incidence reported in 2009.
AS THE bicameral conference committee opens its deliberations on the proposed 2014 budget for the first time Tuesday, a party-list legislator is pushing for the Bicameral Meeting Transparency Act, which sets the rules in bicam meetings.
Kabataan party-list Representative Terry Ridon said there is an urgent need for Congress to pass House Bill 1492 which mandates the bicam to open its sessions to the public as well as provide them with minutes of the meetings.
THE local government unit of Quezon City on Monday closed the business operations of stalls operating at the Manila Seedling Bank along Quezon Avenue allegedly due to their failure to pay realty tax since 2001.
Personnel of the QC Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) locked the gate of the seedling bank around 6 a.m. due to its occupants' failure to pay P57 million in unpaid taxes.
THREE bidders have recently passed the technical evaluation stage for the P1.72 billion Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) Project of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), which will unify the ticketing system of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT).
DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal said the three firms, which include SM Consortium; the AF Consortium of the Ayala and Metro Pacific groups; and the Comworks and Berjaya Consortium have all satisfied the technical requirements of the transport agency.
MANILA (Updated) — Japan's defense minister said Saturday that China's recently declared maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea raises regional tensions and that the international community must oppose any move to establish a similar zone over the South China Sea.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera discussed Japan's concern over China's action separately with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop. Onodera and Bishop separately visited central Tacloban city, which was ruined by Typhoon Haiyan last November.
MANILA -- Acting Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) chairman Rene Villa, who admitted of becoming a lawyer of Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged mastermind in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, has resigned, Malacanang said Saturday.
MORE than 3,300 displaced families affected by the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) will not be homeless this Christmas as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is fast tracking the construction of 142 bunkhouses in typhoon-ravaged areas.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the workers rush the completion of 119 bunkhouses, each comprising of 24 units of dwellings that can accommodate a total of 2,856 families on or before December 22.
A MONTH after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) caused massive destruction in the Visayas, a member of Congress is proposing a three-year tax relief for calamity victims.
Quezon Representative Angelina Tan filed House Bill 3370 which states that persons who lost their properties, whether totally or partially, from natural calamities "shall be allowed to deduct the total amount of the loss or destruction from his or its income and real property tax liabilities up to a period of three years."
MALACAÑANG on Saturday expressed confidence the proposed P2.26-trillion budget for next year will be passed into law before the end of the year.
In an interview over state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that this will maintain the Aquino administration’s streak of having the budget signed into law before yearend.
ONLY three of the five bidders vying for the P1.72-billion Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) project have passed the technical evaluation stage and will proceed to the financial evaluation stage on Monday, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Saturday.
The three companies that were qualified in the bidding include SM Consortium, the AF Consortium of the Ayala and Metro Pacific groups, and the Comworks and Berjaya Consortium, said DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal.
MANILA – The University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila recently held its Christmas Concert Gala to help the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Eastern Visayas.
Now on its 11th year, the Christmas Concert Gala has contributed to the charitable causes particularly the heritage efforts of the “Asia’s Oldest University” and the scholarship funds of the UST Conservatory of Music.
OUTGOING Customs chief Ruffy Biazon on Friday said that he has finished all his remaining tasks in the office in his last day as commissioner of the Bureau of Customs (BoC).
Biazon who filed his irrevocable resignation last Tuesday said that he had no doubts in making that crucial decision, which finally frees him from all the stress he faced in the last two years and three months of his life.
THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) scraped the accreditation and authorization of 10 Private Emission Testing Centers (PETC) on Friday.
LTO Operations Chief Menelia Mortel said the cancellation of permits by the 10 PETC was signed by Assistant Secretary and LTO chief Alfonso Tan Jr., after the monitoring team of LTO-PETC found out that they violated Administrative Joint Order No. 1 of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Transportation and Communications series of 2007.
THE robbery and qualified trespass to dwelling cases filed against a priest and two others were dismissed by the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office due to lack of sufficient evidence that they stole the personal belongings of a Catholic church organization coordinator.
Cleared from the accusation were Father Joselito Sarabia of the Congregation of the Mission and executive officer of Vincentian Missionaries Social Development Foundation Inc. (VMSDFI), Socorro Cambi and Charlie Ande- volunteer workers of the congregation.
MALACANANG on Friday deplored the raid conducted by armed men who were allegedly members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in a police station in Marawi City.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the authorities will go after the perpetrators.
THE City Council of Manila approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Joseph Estrada to donate P16 million in cash to the towns in Eastern Visayas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Vice Mayor Isko Moreno said the council unanimously voted on the resolution allowing the cash donations to the towns of Javier in Leyte, Guiuan in Eastern Samar and the worst-hit Tacloban City.
THE reported kidnapping of a student of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) inside the campus last November 21 turned out to be a case of "kidnap me" concocted by the alleged victim himself, police said Wednesday.
Chief Superintendent Richard Albano, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director, told Sun.Star in a phone interview that the reported kidnapping of a 20-year-old ADMU student is not true.
THE Quezon City Engineering Department (QCED) will conduct routine road clearing and cleaning operations of the city’s waterways to ensure the smooth and comfortable travel of the motorists going in or out of Metro Manila passing through Quezon City.
Joselito Cabungcal, chief of the QCED, told reporters on Wednesday that they are working double time on flood prone areas, main roads and secondary streets with ongoing road works, which leads to the city’s terminals and entry and exit points where many are expected to pass going to their respective provinces for the holiday season.
PORTIONS of roads connecting Pedro Gil street in Manila will be closed to traffic the whole day of Wednesday to give way to the Iglesia ni Cristo's "Evangelical Mission and International Aid for Humanity."
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advisory said on Tuesday night that the whole stretch of F.T Benitez street from Malvar street to Pedro Gil will be closed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Tuesday that it released P3.38 billion to the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the continued implementation of the Housing Program for Informal Settler Families (ISFs) residing in danger areas in Metro Manila.
The fund release will cover the deficit and cash requirement for the construction and completion of off-city housing projects for the months of September to October. This includes the development of a total of 3,086 housing lots and construction of various housing units.
MANILA (Updated) -- The Philippines once again bagged a seat in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) during its 28th Annual Assembly in London, United Kingdom.
The IMO is the United Nations' specialized agency responsible for ensuring maritime safety, security and protection of marine environment, while its assembly serves as the executive organ of the agency that is responsible for overseeing the work of the entire organization.
JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima has backed a proposal mandating the registration of pre-paid Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card buyers as a way to hunt down criminals using mobile phones such as kidnappers.
"It is within the purview of what is embodied in Article III on Declaration of Principles and State Policies of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which promotes the maintenance of peace and order, the protection of life, liberty and property and the promotion of the general welfare being essential for the enjoyment of all people," she said in a legal opinion released Monday.
POLICE have arrested five persons suspected to be part of a gang that robbed passengers onboard a Malanday Metro Link bus last November 30.
The arrested suspects have been identified as Ariel Afrales, 36; Roger Alaraz, 41; Aquilino Soriano, 53; Jeffrey Reyes, 27, and Bobby Bondoc, 36. The group is involved in a series of robbery-holdup incidents victimizing bus passengers along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa).
MEMBERS of the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap) held a surprise transport strike Monday to protest the alleged extortion of traffic enforcers and some policemen in the country's capital.
Fejodap president and former 1-UTAK Party-list Representative Zenaida Maranan said that they are protesting the rampant extortion by members of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) and some members of the Manila Police District (MPD) who are allegedly collecting "protection" money from the jeepney drivers.
THE local government of Quezon City is planning to increase its tax rates as it gears up for the full implementation of the K to 12 basic education program, a city councilor said Monday.
First District Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr. said the new program implemented by the Department of Education requires local government units to allocate funds for construction of more school buildings and hiring of additional teachers.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has signed an executive order that will ensure greater transparency and accountability in the country's mining sector, Malacanang said Saturday.
Aquino inked Executive Order 147 that creates the Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI), Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said.
THE Court of Appeals (CA) dismissal of the complaint filed by the Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings against Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-IBIG Fund is a victory for the Filipino people, said Vice President and housing czar Jejomar Binay.
Binay who is also chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and chairman of the board of Pag-IBIG Fund, had instructed Pag-IBIG to cancel its contract with the Globe Asiatique following the housing agency's discovery of alleged "ghost buyers."
AS PART of its ongoing expansion and modernization program, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) convened Friday the training of more than 140 new recruits in Taguig City.
Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena, PCG commandant, said this year's last quarter recruitment is a part of the program of the agency's Human Resource Management to continually strengthen its manpower resources to better serve the maritime industry and the general public.