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Cagayan de Oro declares state of calamity

Cars and people alike were in water following the flash flood brought by two weather systems in Cagayan de Oro Monday afternoon. (INQUIRER.NET)

Cagayan de Oro City was placed under state of calamity by local officials early yesterday after a massive flooding in the city spawned by two weather disturbances. “City council declared a state of calamity in Cagayan de Oro City after holding an emergency session at 1 a.m. today, Jan. 17, 2017,” the local government of […]

Posted: January 17th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Solon withdraws ‘vanity tax’ bill


Following a backlash from netizens, a congressman withdrew his bill seeking to tax beauty products and services which came to be known as “vanity tax.” In a statement on Monday, Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe said he was withdrawing the bill following the assurance of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that there was no need for […]

Posted: January 16th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

‘Vanity’ tax discriminatory to women


Senator Sherwin Gatchalian thumbed down on Friday the proposed imposition of excise tax on cosmetics and beauty products, saying it was not only “discriminatory” to women but it was not also a “viable alternative” to the proposed additional tax on petroleum products. Gatchalian noted that the proposed 10 to 30 percent “vanity” tax was projected […]

Posted: January 13th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Gabriela slams Miss Universe pageant as ‘cover-up’ of PH woes

Ms. Thailand Chalita Suansane took to social media to share photos of her in a modern Barong Tagalog top decorated with a simple black belt, and white bell bottom pants. (/SCREENGRAB FROM MISS THAILAND’S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT)

Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas on Wednesday opposed the hosting of the Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines, calling it an objectification of women and a cover-up of the country’s societal problems. In a prepared statement read during a press conference, Brosas said the hosting was a “manipulative and deceptive tool that projects an image of […]

Posted: January 12th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Leyte town police chief relieved

Chief Supt. Elmer Cruz Beltejar, director of the Eastern Visayas Regional Police, inspects the blast site in Hilongos, Leyte, in this Jan. 2, 2017 photo (Inquirer.net)

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte — The chief of the Hilongos town police in Leyte was removed from his post, effective Jan. 5, nine days after the sleepy municipality was rocked by twin explosions that wounded 32 people. Chief Insp. Alberto Renomeron Jr. was transferred to the Leyte Provincial Police Office where he would be on a […]

Posted: January 11th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Duterte approves P1,000 SSS pension hike

President Rodrigo Duterte approves hike in SSS pension. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a P1,000 increase in the pension of retired Social Security System (SSS) members. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella confirmed the news in a Palace briefing on Tuesday. “President Duterte has approved the P1,000 hike this month,” Abella said. Approving an increase in the social security fund was a campaign promise of […]

Posted: January 10th, 2017 in Nation,Uncategorized | Read More »

Black Nazarene devotees pray for end to extrajudicial killings

The Black Nazarene passes P. Burgos Street. (Inquirer.net).

MANILA — Devotees of the Black Nazarene flocked to this year’s “Traslacion” with the hope that their devotion to the cross-bearing Christ would not only free their families of diseases but also put an end to the scourge of vigilante killings that have plagued the country over the last six months. Melissa Abuedo, 30, joined […]

Posted: January 9th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Duterte not giving up on SSS pension hike plans — Palace


Malacañang on Monday assured the public that President Rodrigo Duterte is finding a way to hike the pension of Social Security System (SSS) members while keeping the government-owned corporation afloat. “The President is looking for a win-win solution where he can give pensioners the increase they have been asking for while ensuring that SSS will […]

Posted: January 2nd, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Quezon under state of calamity

Typhoon Nina destroys houses made of light materials in Quezon province. (CONTRIBUTED).

Lucena City, Quezon — Quezon province has declared a state of calamity after typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) destroyed an estimated P150 million worth of public and private properties. The state of calamity declaration was passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in a special session held Wednesday so that local government agencies could tap emergency funds […]

Posted: December 29th, 2016 in Nation | Read More »

No oust Duterte blueprint — US Embassy


THE US Embassy in the Philippines on Wednesday denied the existence of a “blueprint” to oust President Rodrigo Duterte from power. In a report on Tuesday by the Manila Times, former US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg allegedly left a “blueprint” for Duterte’s ouster or a “recommendation to the US state department for the […]

Posted: December 29th, 2016 in Nation | Read More »