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Archived News Headlines from January 1, 2017 to January 31, 2017
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01/16/2017

China's sea militarization 'very troubling': Philippine defense chief Lorenzana
MANILA - China's militarization of the South China Sea is "very troubling" and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines' defense secretary said on Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to improve his nation's relations with China ...

International Monetary Fund hikes 2016 GDP forecast for the Philippines to 6.8%
MANILA, Jan. 16 (PNA) -- Higher-than-expected growth of the Philippine economy in the third quarter of 2016 made the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revise upwards its projection for the domestic economy this year to 6.8 percent.

NO JUSTICE FOR EMAN | Hit squad takes out wrong target, snuffs out scholar's life
MANILA - A priest once said, "wala man tayong makuhang hustisya sa lupa (Even if there is no justice to be had on earth), God will be the one to judge them." But, for one family in dizzying grief, that hardly counts for assuagement.

Gov’t officials, celebrities, other VIPs attend Miss U Governor’s Ball
MANILA, Jan. 16 (PNA) -- With less than two weeks left until the next Miss Universe is crowned on Jan. 30, pageant host country Philippines gave at least 86 candidates a taste of Filipino hospitality in a welcome dinner attended by several cabinet secretaries ...

Bistek vetoes ordinance providing RPT discounts for senior citizens, solo parents
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA)—Mayor Herbert Bautista vetoed the proposed ordinance that aims to provide tax discounts to real property owners who are senior citizens or solo parents.

'TOKHANG FOR RANSOM' | NBI finds Korean victim Jee Ick-Joo – in mortuary
MANILA - Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo, whose October 2016 abduction by a ring allegedly led by rogue cops showed the ugly side of law enforcers misusing the war on drugs, is dead, the National Bureau of Investigation confirmed late Tuesday.

Duterte attracts a record P1 trillion in official development assistance (ODA) in 7 months
MANILA, Jan. 16 - The Duterte administration has posted a historic first by raising the highest amount of official development assistance (ODA) to Php 1 trillion in just seven months in office.

Iran keen on buying more Philippine bananas, pineapples
MANILA, Jan. 17 (PNA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) will ask Iran for reduced tariff for bananas in a bid to increase penetration in the huge market.

Severe flood hits Mindanao; 7 dead
AT LEAST seven people are believed to have been killed while one was still missing following the flooding in northern Mindanao caused by a low-pressure area affecting Mindanao, the Office of Civil Defense said Tuesday.

Classes suspended in Bohol due to floods
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan. 17 (PNA) -- Classes in kindergarten, elementary and high school are still suspended Tuesday as the state weather bureau placed the entire Bohol province under yellow rainfall alert.

 

01/09/2017

Philippines studying joint exploration of West Philippine Sea with China
MANILA, Philippines - Since President Rodrigo Duterte had said that the Philippines is willing to share natural resources with Beijing in contested South China Sea areas, the government is seriously studying the possibility of entering into a joint exploration with China.

Black Nazarene procession: Red Cross attends to 1,303 devotees, 8 taken to hospitals
MANILA, Jan. 9 (PNA)--The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said it has attended to a total of 1,303 Black Nazarene devotees as of 7 p.m. Monday at the PRC first aid stations set up along the route of the procession.

McDonald's sells China operations; South China Sea row a factor in US companies' woes
Beijing, China - US fast-food giant McDonald's will sell a controlling stake in its China and Hong Kong business for up to $2.08 billion to a consortium including state-owned Citic and the Carlyle Group, it was announced Monday.

EcoWaste Coalition backs firecracker ban to curb preventable injuries and pollutants
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 9 - The EcoWaste Coalition, a waste and pollution watch group, reiterated its strong support for a ban on firecrackers as the Department of Health (DOH) concluded its monitoring of firecracker injuries covering the period December 21, 2016 to January 5, 2017

Dureza encourages indigenous people (IP) leaders to form advisory council for peace talks
PASIG CITY, Jan. 9 - Presidential peace adviser Jesus G. Dureza asked the leaders from different indigenous peoples (IP) groups in the province to come up with an advisory council, which will aid the peace process with different rebel groups in tackling various IP concerns.

Terror group rises from jihadist ashes
SECURITY officials are closely monitoring a new umbrella organization of Mindanao-based terrorist groups, police and military sources told the Manila Standard Monday. Called Dawlatul Islamiyah Waliyatul Masrik, the group replaces Ansar Khilafa Philippines ...

President Duterte satisfied with security preparations for Black Nazarene Feast
MANILA, Jan. 9 - President Rodrigo Duterte is satisfied with the security preparations for the feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday particularly with the contingencies being carried out by the police and the military, a Palace official said on Sunday.

Petron denies ash spill in Bataan
MANILA, Jan. 9 (PNA) -- Petron Corp. has denied reports that its ash fill material in its Bataan plant has polluted the river. The company said in a statement that "reports of ash spill and tons of ash found along the coastline of a distant river ...

Anti-drugs cop linked to Korean's kidnap under restrictive custody - Bato
MANILA - A police officer linked to the abduction of a Korean businessman in Angeles City in October 2016 has been placed under restrictive custody, the chief of the Philippine National Police said Monday.

DSWD on alert for first weather disturbance this year
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 9 - The Field offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) along the path of Tropical Depression Auring are now on alert status to monitor the occurrence of this first weather disturbance in the country this year.

 

01/01/2017

Philippines studying joint exploration of West Philippine Sea with China
MANILA, Philippines - Since President Rodrigo Duterte had said that the Philippines is willing to share natural resources with Beijing in contested South China Sea areas, the government is seriously studying the possibility of entering into a joint exploration with China.

Black Nazarene procession: Red Cross attends to 1,303 devotees, 8 taken to hospitals
MANILA, Jan. 9 (PNA)--The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said it has attended to a total of 1,303 Black Nazarene devotees as of 7 p.m. Monday at the PRC first aid stations set up along the route of the procession.

McDonald's sells China operations; South China Sea row a factor in US companies' woes
Beijing, China - US fast-food giant McDonald's will sell a controlling stake in its China and Hong Kong business for up to $2.08 billion to a consortium including state-owned Citic and the Carlyle Group, it was announced Monday.

EcoWaste Coalition backs firecracker ban to curb preventable injuries and pollutants
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 9 - The EcoWaste Coalition, a waste and pollution watch group, reiterated its strong support for a ban on firecrackers as the Department of Health (DOH) concluded its monitoring of firecracker injuries covering the period December 21, 2016 to January 5, 2017

Dureza encourages indigenous people (IP) leaders to form advisory council for peace talks
PASIG CITY, Jan. 9 - Presidential peace adviser Jesus G. Dureza asked the leaders from different indigenous peoples (IP) groups in the province to come up with an advisory council, which will aid the peace process with different rebel groups in tackling various IP concerns.

Terror group rises from jihadist ashes
SECURITY officials are closely monitoring a new umbrella organization of Mindanao-based terrorist groups, police and military sources told the Manila Standard Monday. Called Dawlatul Islamiyah Waliyatul Masrik, the group replaces Ansar Khilafa Philippines ...

President Duterte satisfied with security preparations for Black Nazarene Feast
MANILA, Jan. 9 - President Rodrigo Duterte is satisfied with the security preparations for the feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday particularly with the contingencies being carried out by the police and the military, a Palace official said on Sunday.

Petron denies ash spill in Bataan
MANILA, Jan. 9 (PNA) -- Petron Corp. has denied reports that its ash fill material in its Bataan plant has polluted the river. The company said in a statement that "reports of ash spill and tons of ash found along the coastline of a distant river ...

Anti-drugs cop linked to Korean's kidnap under restrictive custody - Bato
MANILA - A police officer linked to the abduction of a Korean businessman in Angeles City in October 2016 has been placed under restrictive custody, the chief of the Philippine National Police said Monday.

DSWD on alert for first weather disturbance this year
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 9 - The Field offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) along the path of Tropical Depression Auring are now on alert status to monitor the occurrence of this first weather disturbance in the country this year.

 

01/01/2017

WATCH | Duterte admits there were some EJKs in war on drugs
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that it will be very difficult to hold accountable all personalities involved in illegal drugs in six-months' time and it may take all of his six-year term to accomplish the almost impossible task. But, he said, it can be done.

PNP chief lauds DOH, LGUs for big drop in fireworks-related injuries
MANILA, Jan. 1 (PNA) -- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa lauded on Sunday the Department of Health (DOH), other government agencies and the local government units (LGUs) for the successfully minimizing fireworks-related injuries.

'FEAR OF DIGONG' | President a factor in fireworks injuries being reduced to 10-year low
MANILA - For the first time in the last 10 years of continuous surveillance of fireworks-related injuries (FWRI) as of New Year’s Eve (December 31) revelries, more Filipino lives were spared from deadly and injurious firecrackers this time around, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Sunday.

Yearender: High growth sustainable in 2017-- Department of Finance
MANILA, Jan. 2 - The Department of Finance (DOF) remains bullish on prospects for continued high growth in 2017 and onwards, and is committed to helping Malacanang pursue its accelerated spending program not only to sustain the economic momentum ...

DAR chief awards 1,441 hectares of lands to Bicolano farmers, turns over P48 million infra projects
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 30 - The Department of Agrarian Reform distributed 1,441 hectares of agricultural land to some 858 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Bicol during the recent visit of Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano in Camarines provinces, December 8-9, 2016.

Join my war, Duterte urges all Pinoys
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte called on all Filipinos to help the government in fighting the society’s ills as he vowed to continue the government’s unrelenting war on illegal drugs, crime and corruption to attain peace and development.

4 stray bullet incidents; 15-year-old girl is latest victim -- Department of Health
MANILA, Jan. 1 (PNA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday said another stray bullet incident marred the New Year's Eve revelries anew after a 15-year-old female student was struck by a stray bullet in Malabon City.

Davao Mayor Sara Duterte lauds authorities, Davaoeños for zero firecracker casualty
DAVAO CITY, Jan. 1 (PNA) -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte lauded Davaoeños for following the firecracker ban as the city registered zero firecracker injuries or deaths during the New Year's revelry.

Tarlac cops foil P24-M New Year's eve mall heist
CAMILING, Tarlac - Noise from the New Year's revelry was not enough to provide cover for four robbers using heavy-duty tools who broke through a room housing vaults where mall sales are kept.

New UN chief calls on citizens, governments to make 2017 year for peace
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 1 (PNA/TASS) -- On January 1, the ninth UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the world community for the first time, calling on citizens and governments to make 2017 a year for peace.

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