Month: October 2023

Asian Games medalists honored, get over P41 million in cash rewards from gov’t

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has  assured Filipino athletes of his administration’s continued support for initiatives and programs aimed at developing the sports industry. Marcos made the commitment, as he led the grand welcome and awarding ceremony for 33…

Nat’l deficit widens in September as gov’t spends more on projects

MANILA – The national government’s budget deficit widened to P250.9 billion in September this year from P179.8 billion due to lower collections and higher spending on banner social protection programs. Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) data on Wednesday showed that revenues…

Defense chief Teodoro rebuffs Beijing, says China a ‘squatter’ in West PHL Sea

MANILA — Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. rebuffed China anew for its “unfriendly” and “belligerent” behaviour in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, stressing that China is a “squatter” for illegally occupying parts of the Philippines’ exclusive economic…

US, PHL WARN CHINA AFTER WPS COLLISION; Biden renews defense commitment as Manila says not looking for war

By ALFRED G. GABOT, Editor in Chief MANILA/WASHINGTON – United States President Joe Biden has renewed US commitment to defend the Philippines in case it is attacked as the Philippines warned that he collisions between Philippine and China vessels near Ayungin…

Enrile asks Sandiganbayan to drop plunder case citing age, trial delays

QUEZON CITY — Chief presidential legal counsel and former senator Juan Ponce Enrile has urged the Sandiganbayan to immediately resolve his motion to dismiss the plunder case against him. This comes after the anti-graft court’s Third Division ruled on October…

Villar warns: NCR will sink if Manila Bay reclamation projects continue

By Jeanne Michael Penaranda PASAY CITY – There is a danger that reclamation projects in Manila Bay may cause Metro Manila to slowly sink, like what is happening to Jakarta in Indonesia. Senator Cynthia Villar issued the warning during Tuesday’s…

Ombudsman files graft raps vs. ex-DOH chief Garin, 4 others over Dengvaxia

By Jennifer T. Santos QUEZON CITY –The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft and malversation charges against former Department of Health Secretary now Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin and four other DOH officials over the supposed unauthorized purchase of anti-Dengue vaccines…

Governor spews hate on young Asian reporter

By Gilda Balan, Correspondent OMAHA, Nebraska – While it is a given that hate crimes, especially against Asians, occur when “ordinary” US citizens take it upon themselves to spew hateful words and acts usually in the streets of the cities…

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR WORSENS; 3 Filipinos killed, others missing; Biden, Pope call for humanitarian corridor, aid for Palestinians in Gaza

By ALFRED GABOT, Editor in Chief TEL AVIV/MANILA/WASHINGTON – As the Israel-Hamas war appears to be worsening and may spill over to nearby Middle East countries like Lebanon, Syria and Iran, repatriation of Filipinos in Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza…

Pia Wurtzbach stuns at LA fashion show, plans US book tour

LOS ANGELES – Beauty queen and actress Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach took the United States by storm recently. After gracing the Los Angeles show of Filipino fashion designer Mark Bumgarner, the 2015 Miss Universe revealed she was planning to hold a book…