PH, New Zealand to sign visiting forces agreement this year

Donna Pazzibugan 06/11/2024

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will establish a Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with New Zealand this year. Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters announced this during Peters’ visit to…

DFA to tighten tourist visa rules for Chinese nationals

Donna Pazzibugan 05/10/2024

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) plans to make tourist visa rules stricter for Chinese nationals to prevent exploitation by syndicates involved in illegal Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos). Foreign Undersecretary Jesus Domingo announced this at a…

Iran seizes ship with 4 Filipino crew

Donna Pazzibugan 04/15/2024

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials are working to free four Filipino crew members from the MSC Aries, a ship captured by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz. The four Filipinos are part of the ship’s 25 crew, which…

PH media slam Chinese foreign ministry’s claims of manipulating WPS reports 

Donna Pazzibugan 03/28/2024

Philippine media groups criticized the Chinese foreign ministry for suggesting that recent reports on Chinese harassment of Filipino vessels in the West Philippine Sea involved video manipulation and sensationalism to portray the Philippines as a victim. The…

Marcos starts 4-day visit in Melbourne for Asean summit

Donna Pazzibugan 03/04/2024

MELBOURNE—President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. arrived in Australia at 7:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. Manila time) on Sunday to start the four-day second part of his visit. He, along with the first lady Liza Araneta-Marcos and their official delegation,…

France explores defense collaboration with PH including supplying submarines

Donna Pazzibugan 02/02/2024

France is in talks with the Philippines about selling submarines, fighter planes, and other defense equipment, in addition to negotiating formal agreements for joint military exercises. French Ambassador to Manila Marie Fontanel expresses her country’s strong interest…

COVID cases still rising but alerts may be lowered – DOH

Donna Pazzibugan 04/25/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide continued to go up as the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Monday that last week’s average daily new infections increased by 32 percent, reaching 450 cases compared to 341…

Remulla son wins House seat vacated by father

Donna Pazzibugan 02/27/2023

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla’s son will replace him as representative of Cavite’s seventh legislative district. Crispin Diego Remulla was proclaimed winner in Saturday’s special elections for the House seat vacated by his father due to his…

‘Cost’ making couples forgo church wedding – poll

Donna Pazzibugan 02/15/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Bridal gowns, pictorials, wedding receptions, and the accouterments that go with church weddings make for a memorable celebration, but their rising costs are making many couples think twice about tying the knot in front…

Tourism chief suspends layoffs at Duty Free Philippines

Donna Pazzibugan 12/26/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The 740 employees of Duty Free Philippines Corp. who faced the prospect of becoming jobless at the start of the new year got a reprieve from the planned retrenchment, according to the state-owned firm’s…

Comelec resumes voter listup

Donna Pazzibugan 12/12/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will resume the registration of voters on Monday, ahead of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections set for Oct. 30 next year. John Rex Laudiangco, spokesperson for the Comelec, urged…

FDA warns vs 4 India-made cough syrup brands for kids

Donna Pazzibugan 10/25/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against four contaminated cough and cold syrup medications for children that have been flagged by the World Health Organization (WHO) since Oct. 5 for…

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