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Borrowers won’t lose homes — Pag-IBIG
by Michael Punongbayan - July 19, 2018 - 12:00am
Home Development Mutual Fund, more popularly known as Pag-IBIG Fund, yesterday clarified that contrary to reports, 22,000 housing loan borrowers will not lose their homes after a report of the Commission on Audit...
COA wants LTO execs charged for failed project
by Michael Punongbayan - July 18, 2018 - 12:00am
The Commission on Audit wants charges filed against officials and personnel of the Land Transportation Office who failed to fully implement its P437.9-million Motor Vehicle Inspection System program.
COA slams ‘incompetent’ DPWH Road Board
by Michael Punongbayan - July 18, 2018 - 12:00am
Billions of pesos in public funds sourced from the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge were apparently mismanaged or worse, wasted by the Road Board of the Department of Public Works and Highways in its inefficient...
3 soldiers killed in clash with NPA in Mountain Province
by Michael Punongbayan - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Three soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an encounter with New People’s Army rebels in Mountain Province on Sunday.
Philippines, Australia hold naval drills in Palawan
by Michael Punongbayan - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am
The Philippines and Australia yesterday started naval exercises, which are aimed at enhancing training, interoperability and cooperation between their navies.
Pag-IBIG advised on developers’ failure to convert housing loans
by Michael Punongbayan - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am
The Commission on Audit has called the attention of the Home Mutual Development Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund over the failure of property developers to convert the contracts to sell of 22,123 housing loan borrowers to real...
COA to NIA: Return P250-M cash incentives
by Michael Punongbayan - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am
The Commission on Audit (COA) is demanding the refund of more than P250.1 million in cash incentives granted to officials and employees of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) last year.
Lorenzana to Joma: Dream on
by Michael Punongbayan - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana yesterday lashed out at Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison, calling him “a dreamer” who no longer has control over his for...
Donations from Office of the President rose to P4.7 billion in 2017
by Michael Punongbayan - July 11, 2018 - 12:00am
Donations or grants of financial assistance made by the Office of the President rose from only P524.983 million in 2016 to P4.777 billion last year.
Philippines, US hold naval exercises in La Union
by Michael Punongbayan - July 10, 2018 - 12:00am
The Philippine and United States Navies started their weeklong naval exercises in La Union yesterday.
COA frowns on CHR’s costly hotel seminars
by Michael Punongbayan - July 9, 2018 - 12:00am
The Commission on Audit (COA) has called the attention of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) over its supposedly expensive seminars and similar training activities held in various hotels last year.
Drug war, slow justice system congesting jails
by Michael Punongbayan - July 4, 2018 - 12:00am
Apart from budget constraints and other issues that hinder the construction of more jail facilities, the government’s war on drugs that has led to a spike in arrests and the country’s slow system of resolving...
Sandigan junks Gigi Reyes’ bail plea
by Michael Punongbayan - July 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Lawyer Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, former senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s former chief of staff who is facing plunder charges for her alleged involvement in the multimillion-peso pork barrel scam, will not...
BFP modernization still a pipe dream — COA
by Michael Punongbayan - July 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Despite the passage of the Fire Code of the Philippines in 2009 and the implementation of a modernization program in 2010, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is still far from achieving its goal of becoming a modern...
US reassures Philippines of stability in Indo-Pacific region
by Michael Punongbayan - June 28, 2018 - 12:00am
The United States has again reassured the Philippines and its other allies of its commitment to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific region, including the South China Sea.
COA flags PCG over P26-M generators
by Michael Punongbayan - June 25, 2018 - 12:00am
The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for the purchase of 17 generator sets worth over P26 million two years ago.
Palace confirms another Chinese plane landed in Davao
by Michael Punongbayan - June 25, 2018 - 12:00am
Malacañang confirmed yesterday that another Chinese plane had landed in Davao City but clarified the aircraft followed local protocols.
2 Philippine Navy ships join Pacific Rim exercise
by Michael Punongbayan - June 25, 2018 - 12:00am
Two of the Philippine Navy’s biggest ships joined the United States, Japanese, Indian and Singaporean navies yesterday in a formation exercise as the vessels sailed as a group to participate in this year’s...
AFP buying submarines under modernization plan
by Michael Punongbayan - June 22, 2018 - 12:00am
President Duterte has approved a five-year plan to spend P300 billion to modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines, including the purchase of submarines, defense officials said yesterday.
COA questions P414 million housing project on hazardous land
by Michael Punongbayan - June 20, 2018 - 12:00am
The Commission on Audit has questioned a decision of the Social Housing Finance Corp. to construct a P414-million housing project at a former dumpsite and potentially hazardous property in Valenzuela City.
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