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January 15, 2019 10:38 AM Elections, infra push to boost PH economy in 2019 – First Metro

First Metro Investment Corporation expects economic growth and lower inflation, but a weaker peso in 2019 MANILA, Philippines – Infrastructure projects, improved consumer spending, and the upcoming elections will help boost the economy in 2019, Metrobank's investment arm First Metro Investment Corporation said on Tuesday, January 15. First Metro said the recovery 347

December 16, 2018 8:00 AM HOAX: Pangilinan, Hontiveros 'file bill to abolish 13th month pay'

The claim is posted on Adobo Chronicles, which claims to be a satire blog HOAX. The Adobo Chronicles posts this article with false information about two opposition senators. Claim: Opposition senators Francis Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros supposedly co-sponsored a bill that would abolish 13th month pay beginning next year. Hontiveros allegedly said the rationale 129

December 16, 2018 5:17 AM FALSE: Did Pope Francis bless the administration of President Duterte?

No, Pope Francis did not bless Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration A Philippine website ran an article claiming Pope Francis used a recent Vatican conference on drug addiction to bless governments, especially the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, so they could fight "traffickers of death". Transcripts, videos and media 92

December 6, 2018 9:50 AM 'Frat war' erupts between Drilon, Gordon during Senate budget deliberations

It starts when Senator Richard Gordon praises his 'brod,' UP president Danilo Concepcion, prompting Senator Franklin Drilon to tease him back FRIENDLY FIRE. Senators Frank Drilon and Richard Gordon tease each other over their fraternities. It was a friendly "war" between two fraternities on Thursday, December 6, during the Senate deliberations on the proposed 103

November 26, 2018 2:52 PM IN PHOTOS: Katarina Rodriguez's fabulous looks at Miss World 2018

From Francis Libiran to Rosethal Tee, Katarina's outfits showcase Filipino talent and style MANILA, Philippines – Miss World Philippines Katarina Rodriguez is currently in Sanya, China to compete in the Miss World pageant set on December 8. But even before she donned the Miss World Philippines crown, Katarina has always been known to be one of the more fashion-forward 86

November 13, 2018 12:25 AM Gatchalian calls on DepEd to expedite K-12 review, mulls probe on employability of K-12 grads

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to expedite its internal review of the K to 12 program amid continuing reports of low employment rates for graduates of the program, stressing that the review of the K to 12 curriculum is important to boost the employability of graduates. "Dahil nga ang hangarin ng K to 12 ay mas madaling 104

November 7, 2018 2:37 AM PRIB: 10 senators push for creation of Department of Culture

Ten senators are pushing for a Senate bill which will create and appropriate funds for a new Department of Culture, "in recognition of the vital role of Filipino culture in nation building." Senate Bill No. 1528, or the proposed 'Department of Culture Act," is sponsored and authored by Senator Francis Escudero, chair of the Senate Committee on Education 111

October 17, 2018 9:41 AM Ako Bicol nominees file COCs at Comelec

LEGAZPI CITY – Nominees of partylist Ako Bicol (AKB) filed their Certificates of Candidacy at the Commission on Elections on Wednesday morning. AKB Representative Alfredo Garbin, said he and lawyers Justine Batocabe and Bobby Ang filed their COCs at the Comelec office in Manila. Batocabe, 30, is the eldest son of AKB Rep. Rodel Batocabe who is on his last term. Ang would 93

October 15, 2018 12:07 PM Taiwan invites pope to visit after historic China deal

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan has invited Pope Francis to visit the island in a move aimed at deepening ties with the Vatican after the Holy See signed a historic deal with Beijing. Vice president Chen Chien-jen made the invitation during an audience with the pope ahead of the canonization of Pope John Paul VI on Sunday, Taiwan’s presidential office said in a statement 69

October 15, 2018 8:13 AM No classes in Albay on Oct 16 due to Bicol-wide transport strike

LEGAZPI CITY – The provincial government of Albay has announced the suspension of classes on Tuesday, October 16, in anticipation of a region-wide transport strike. Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara said in a public announcement on social media that classes in all levels of public and private schools will be suspended as Concerned Drivers and Operators (Condor-Piston) 52