Integrated steel mill needed to back shipbuilding, car manufacturing

Former Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. said the country needs an integrated steel mill to support other local industries, particularly shipbuilding and manufacturing of automotive vehicles. Cristobal, who is now the president for Steel Asia Manufacturing Corp., told reporters Tuesday that an integrated steel facility in the country has been a dream of the Department […]Read More

Tugade orders swift rehab of Zamboanga International Airport

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade expressed his great dismay over the terminal facilities he witnessed in a surprise visit at the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA) yesterday morning. Sec. Tugade conducted the inspection, along with Aviation Undersecretary Skee Tamayo and officials of the Civil Aviations Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), to personally take a […]Read More

Joma Sison in list tagging CPP, NPA as terror group

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison and former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo were included in the 600 persons linked to the CPP and its armed wing New People’s Army (NPA) who were tagged as terrorists in a petition filed before the Manila […]Read More

PHL Air Force to get US ScanEagle UAVs on Tuesday

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will formally accept ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) acquired from the US through foreign military financing on Tuesday. Major Aristides M. Galang, PAF spokesperson, said the UAVs will be formally accepted, blessed, and turned over to the PAF in simple ceremonies at the 250th Presidential Airlight Wing Hangar in Villamor […]Read More

Angara pushing to transform Marines as 4th AFP service branch

Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the passage of a bill that seeks to transform the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) into an independent service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Under the present set-up, the PMC is a naval infantry force under the command of the Philippine Navy. Under Senate Bill 1731, […]Read More

PLDT surrenders frequency for 3rd telco player

PLDT Inc. has formally surrendered one of its frequencies at no cost to the government, which could be allocated to a new major player in the local telecommunications industry. The telco has complied with the directive of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to divest 10 megahertz (MHz) of 3G radio frequency that was previously assigned […]Read More

BIFF men killed in air, ground assaults in Maguindanao

Eight members of the Daesh-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed as government forces launched on Thursday air and ground assaults against the group in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao. The air strikes by two Augusta Westland helicopters and artillery bombardment on Thursday also sent more than a hundred families fleeing from the villages of […]Read More

Mindanao is ‘centerpiece’ of PHL growth story–Dominguez

Mindanao will be the “centerpiece” of the Philippines’ unfolding growth narrative, with a slew of big-ticket infrastructure projects ready for rollout soon to improve economic production and transform the island into a major hub of agriculture and industry, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said. Dominguez said at a briefing here by the country’s economic officials […]Read More

French frigate arriving in PHL

A Floréal-class light surveillance frigate of the French Marine Nationale, the FNS Vendemiare (F-734), will be paying a goodwill visit to the Philippines on March 12-16, the spokesperson of the Philippine Navy (PN) said. The French frigate will dock at Pier 15, Manila South Harbor, Capt. Lued Lincuna said in a message Friday. FNS Vendemiare […]Read More

PH-China loan signing for rail, infra projects set

The Philippine government is set to sign agreements with the Chinese government for some of the Duterte administration’s priority infrastructure projects. Finance Undersecretary Edita Tan said the loan agreement signing for the Chico River projects is tentatively scheduled in the third quarter of this year while the Kaliwa Dam and the Philippine National Railway (PN […]Read More