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New police trainees tapped to boost Metro security, will be deployed without guns

Nearly 900 new police recruits will be infused into Metro Manila police units and will be deployed in 21 identified crime-prone areas in the metropolis starting next week. Director Carmelo Valmoria, head of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said the 893 police recruits will be assigned to areas like Cubao in Quezon City, […]

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Truckers, brokers hold ‘import holiday’ to protest continued port congestion

A group of disgruntled truckers, brokers, and importers yesterday staged an “import holiday” and deplored the continuing port congestion in Manila which it claimed is the mother of all their members and stakeholders’ problems. The striking truckers, importers, and brokers marched from Rizal Park and Manila Cathedral and proceeded to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) […]

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PPA asks for 8 more truck lanes

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is proposing eight additional truck lanes to help decongest the ports of Manila, stressing that expanded trade lanes ‎must be in place before shipping starts to peak by September. PPA general manager Juan Sta. Ana said the two existing truck lanes are not sufficient to accommodate the bulk of truckers […]

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Petition stopping DOTC from buying new trains denied

The Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the petition filed by Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) and MRT Holdings II to stop the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) from acquiring 48 brand new light rail vehicles (LRVs) for the MRT-3. In a resolution written by Associate Justice Maria Elisa Sempio Diy, the CA said […]

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Truckers hold protest anew

Hundreds of truckers, importers, and brokers on Monday held a protest to show their show their displeasure towards government efforts to stabilize operations in the ports. “We can’t hardly move,” Mary Zapata, president of the Aduana Business Club, said as she described how their members and businesses are badly affected by the port congestion and […]

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Cops in Luneta hostage crisis dismissed, demoted

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has dismissed and demoted the police officials in the botched Luneta bus hostage incident in which eight tourists were killed and seven others were injured. Former District Director of the Manila Police District (MPD) Chief Supt. Rodolfo Magtibay was dismissed from service for gross incompetence for being remiss in performing his duties […]

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Faster issuance of tax clearance certificates ordered

Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares has come out with Revenue Memorandum No. 29-2014, a uniform and simplified procedure in the issuance of tax clearance certificates when doing business with government. This followed a spate of criticism hurled by importers and customs brokers over the delay in the release of the said document, […]

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Soldiers start receiving brand-new assault rifles

The ground troops of the country’s military have started receiving brand new M4 assault rifles to replace the Vietnam-era M16 rifles earlier issued to them, officials said. Tomorrow, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will conduct a ceremonial distribution of the 27,300 units of newly acquired 5.56mm M4 assault rifles for the Philippine Army […]

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City tribute for PHIVOLCS ex-chief proposed

A Quezon City councilor has proposed an ordinance which names one of the city’s buildings after former Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) director Raymundo Punongbayan. But one was not keen on the idea of having the building named after Punongbayan, chief of the agency from 1983 to 2002, who died in an air […]

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MMDA claims colorum drive eased EDSA traffic

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) claims its drive against colorum buses and truck resulted in smooth traffic along EDSA in the past days. Crisanto Saruka, head of the MMDA’s Traffic Discipline Office, said they apprehended 53 public utility vehicles for being out-of-line or without franchises. Majority of the apprehended PUVs were provincial buses plying […]

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