Provinces

SolGen asks Tarlac court to cancel Mayor Guo’s birth certificate

MANILA – Government lawyers have asked the court to cancel the birth certificate of suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo. Solicitor General Menardo Guevarra said the petition filed before the Tarlac Regional Trial Court (RTC) for the cancellation of the certificate…

Bulacan Eco Zone bill lapses into law, set to hasten C. Luzon, North NCR dev’t

BULACAN/MANILA – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has allowed the bill creating the Bulacan Special Economic Zone and Freeport lapse into law.  Bulacan residents welcomed the law hoping that it will speed up the economic development not only of Bulacan province…

Duterte patriarch denies he and 2 sons running for senator

By Jeanne Michael Penaranda DAVAO CITY/MANILA – As some political pundits consider the Dutertes a threat to the Marcos administration and the nation’s stability if they run and win in the election, former President Rodrigo Duterte denied Vice President Sara…

Bohol governor, 68 others suspended for Chocolate Hills mess

QUEZON CITY/TAGBILARAN CITY –The office of the Ombudsman has placed Bohol Gov. Erico Aumentado and 68 other officials under preventive suspension for six months in connection with the investigation into structures at the Chocolate Hills, a protected area and geological…

Cebu City Mayor Rama, other execs suspended; CA junks plea for TRO; other mayors air support

CEBU CITY – The Court of Appeals in Manila has dismissed the petition filed by suspended Mayor Michael Rama and seven other Cebu City Hall officials questioning the suspension order issued against them by the Office of the Ombudsman. In a…

PGMA, others greet VG Lilia Pineda on her birthday; robust Pampanga, healthy Kapampangans pushed

By CLAIRE MORALES TRUE, Managing Editor CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga –  Pampanga Vice Governor Lilia Garcia Pineda, popularly known as “Nanay Baby,”  celebrated her 73RD birthday last February 21 at Royce Hotel and Casino, Clark Freeport Zone. Among her many guests…

Special election to replace Teves in Negros Oriental scrapped

DUMAGUETE CITY/MANILA – In a sudden twist, the Commission on Elections has scrapped the special elections to replace expelled congressman Arnulfo Teves Jr. upon advice of the House of Representatives. In the meantime, the House designated Speaker Martin Romualdez as…

THE OUTSIDER (Melandrew T. Velasco): SMC-PLEX, a game changer infra project in Pangasinan

Pangasinan, the third largest province in the Philippines, received a major boost recently from San Miguel Corporation Infrastructure with the signing of a joint venture agreement for an expressway project costing P34 billion. Being a native son of Pangasinan, I…

Quezon City still richest PHL city and LGU with P443-B in assets; Cebu, Rizal and Batangas are richest provinces

By Jennifer T. Santos QUEZON CITY — For the third straight year, Quezon City under Mayor Joy Belmonte emerged as the wealthiest city and local government unit in the country in terms of asset in 2022, data from the Commission on…

Mayon, Bulusan volcanoes heighten grumblings

DARAGA, Albay– An increase in eruptive activity has been observed in Mayon Volcano by the  Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). “Mayon Volcano showed increased eruptive activity, which included ashing and volcanic earthquakes happening together,” Phivolcs Director Teresito Bacolcol said, Meanwhile, …