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May 22, 2018 4:16 PM Senate ratifies reconciled version of occupational safety bill

Sen. Joel Villanueva at the ratification of the reconciled version of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Bill on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Photo from his Facebook page) The Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) Bill moved a step closer to becoming a law after the Senate ratified on Tuesday its reconciled version. The bill – which seeks 3

May 22, 2018 10:49 AM CAAP employees in 16 airports drug-free

EMPLOYEES of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in 16 major airports tested negative for drugs. In line with the Duterte administration’s anti-drug efforts and as part of Department of Transportation (DoTr) and CAAP’s campaign for a drug-free workplace, CAAP-Office of the Flight Surgeon and Aviation Medicine (OFSAM) conducted random 3

May 22, 2018 7:04 AM Pasig court orders BIR officer: Pay P1,000-fine for SALN violation

A Pasig City court has ordered a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officer to pay P1,000 as fine for his failure to disclose his business interests and financial connections in his 2013 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). The Pasig City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 71 said BIR Officer III Caesar Cortes pleaded guilty as charged 2

May 20, 2018 3:50 PM CoA tells Bulacan: Fire 81 consultants

The Commission on Audit has recommended to Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy Alvarado to fire 81 consultants of the provincial government for lacking expertise or failing to meet necessary documents. The hiring of such personnel under questionable circumstances violated Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Law, according to CoA. During an exit conference 3

May 18, 2018 1:20 PM Mexico gang head held with his tiger

PUEBLA, Mexico―Mexican military and police forces detained a suspected leader of a fuel-stealing gang―along with a tiger “guarding” his house, weapons and drugs, authorities said. “We carried out two searches, seized firearms, drugs, radio communication equipment and a tiger guarding the house,” said Jesus Morales, security secretary of the state of Puebla 5

May 18, 2018 9:13 AM No Miss Universe hosting for PH this year, says DOT chief

New Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat faces the media at the DOT office in Makati as the secretary arrive to meet with officers and employees to start his day in office on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Filipino beauty pageant fans may be left heartbroken after Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat announced that the Philippines will not be hosting 54

May 17, 2018 8:33 AM Homeless man jailed after trying to eat at Burger King

BOSTON—Emory Ellis, a black homeless man in Boston, was hungry so he went to Burger King one morning in 2015. But instead of breakfast, Ellis got a ride to the police station and more than three months in jail after he was wrongfully accused of using counterfeit cash, he says. Now Ellis is suing the fast food giant and franchisee for nearly $1 million 5

May 15, 2018 2:50 PM House Oks PCGG abolition

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a bill abolishing the Presidential Commission on Good Government and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel by a 162-10 vote. House Bill 7376, the consolidated bill with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as one of the authors of the measure, proposes to create a special task force 5

May 15, 2018 2:30 PM Zarate hits plan to defer pension hike

A militant lawmaker on Tuesday criticized the plan of the Social Security System seeking to delay the implementation of the second tranche of additional P1,000 pension scheduled next year. “The SSS board is gravely insensitive if they push through with this plan,” Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate said. Zarate, member of the Makabayan Bloc, said the SSS board 5

May 15, 2018 10:38 AM DILG partners with 5 LRIs for SK mandatory training

Provincial Director Teodora Sumagaysay of DILG - Iloilo identified the five LRIs as University of San Agustin (USA), Central Philippine University (CPU), University of the Philippines-Visayas (UPV), West Visayas State University (WVSU), and Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U). Sumagaysay said UPV will handle the mandatory training for SK officials 3