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.
A LAWMAKER accused Saturday the Commission on Audit (COA) of putting itself in a "clear conflict of interest situation" after chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan admitted that her office received P143 million from the Aquino administration's controversial spending program.
"The fund realignment is clearly irregular, even unconstitutional. It places COA in a clear conflict of interest situation especially that it is now currently auditing DAP-funded projects," Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate said referring to the Disbursement Acceleration Program.
AGENTS of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) seized P6-million worth of fake cigarettes and other tobacco products during a recent raid at warehouse at Aurora Boulevard in Tramo, Pasay City.
The raid, which was conducted on the strength of a search warrant issued Judge Lyliha Abella-Aquino of the Manila Regional Trial Court branch 24, yielded 261 boxes (with 50 reams per box) of fake "Winston" cigarettes. The recovered items sell for P6.1-million.
ETON Properties Philippines Inc. (EPPI), owner of Eton Centris mall in Quezon City, said it has no prior dealings the transport groups that held a protest rally in front of its property on Friday morning.
Michael Delos Reyes, counsel for EPPI, told Sun.Star that Transport groups Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO) and Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (Fejodap) does not have any written contract with them to operate the terminal in the mall's compound, which is located at corner Edsa and Quezon Avenue.
SENATE blue ribbon committee chairman Teofisto Guingona III wants to shift his focus on the alleged misuse of P900-million Malampaya gas fund, saying he has already attained his objectives with regard to the controversial pork scam allegedly masterminded by Janet Lim Napoles.
A MAN detained for his alleged involvement in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case asked a Quezon City court to order his release following the arrest of the real suspect in the multiple murder case.
Dexson A. Saptula, alias Rene Matute, asked Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Quezon City Regional Trial Court branch 221 to review and consider the recent arrest of another Dexson A. Saptula, alias Mohammad Adam, whom he tagged was the real suspect in the heinous crime.
TWO key bridges in Bohol that were damaged by the magnitude-7.2 earthquake last October 15 are now accessible to vehicles.
Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said the temporary replacements to the Abatan Bridge along Tagbilaran North Road and the Tagbuane Bridge along Tagbilaran East Road have been completed.
ELEVEN technical experts from the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) are in the country to help the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) energize the typhoon-hit areas in the Visayas.
On Sunday technical experts on High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC), transmission line design, and transmission line construction from NGCP's technical partner, the SGCC, arrived in Manila.
MOTORISTS to pass through Quezon Avenue on Friday and Saturday should expect heavy traffic as the Alliance of Concern Transport Organization (Acto) and Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap) will have a joint protest-rally to condemn the decision of Eton Centris to allegedly stop their terminal contract without due process.
NEWLY designated United States Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg believed that the Philippines will bounce back from the devastation brought by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
Goldberg, who was recently confirmed by the US Senate, was sworn in as US Ambassador to Manila on November 21. He arrived in Manila Tuesday.
THE Philippine government's debt stood at P5.61 trillion as of end-September this year, the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) said.
The September debt was 0.6 percent or P33 billion lower than the end-August level of P5.643 trillion.
AN OPPOSITION lawmaker on Wednesday criticized the disaster agency for failing to present a comprehensive plan on how the P14.6-billion supplemental budget will be distributed among the calamity-stricken areas in the Visayas.
Bayan Muna party-list Representative Neri Colmenares called the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) "incompetent" and "lazy" for lacking a plan when it faced the House committee on appropriations Wednesday.
TWO unidentified men were found lifeless inside balikbayan boxes in Quezon City on Wednesday morning.
Police Officer 3 Noel Bautista of the Quezon City Police District said the bodies of the alleged victims of summary execution were found by a garbage collector at Barangay Lourdes in Quezon City around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago filed a bill that would allow a terminally ill patient to end his life in order to put a stop to prolonged suffering under certain circumstances.
The lawmaker said the purpose of the bill is to provide individuals with a choice to end their lives specifically those who are suffering from a terminal illness likely to cause death or from irreversible physical or mental condition that is considered unbearable.
SOME 2,400 families who were displaced by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Eastern Visayan region will be initially transferred to bunkhouses, a Palace official said Tuesday.
President Benigno Aquino III has directed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to begin building of bunkhouses in identified sites in the cities of Tacloban, Palo and Ormoc in Leyte; Basey in Western Samar; and Marbut, Guiuan, Hernani and Borongan in Eastern Samar, said Presidential Communications Operation Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.