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Deadline today for buses to apply for Undas out-of-line permits

Bus operators only have until 5:00 p.m. today, October 26, to apply for special permits for their units amid the expected influx of passengers on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), for the looming holiday, will allow more Metro Manila and provincial buses to go out of line for those heading to provinces to commemorate their dead loved ones. The agency, through a board resolution, has lifted its limit on the number of buses that may be granted with special permits. Unlike previous years, operators may now apply for more than 25 percent of the total number their authorized units. The LTFRB also extended the effectiveness of special permits; from October 30 last year, the permits will be valid from October 29 to November 3. LTFRB …

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DOTr gets $10B out of $24-B fund from Duterte visit to China

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade announced the agency was granted around $10 billion under the some $24-billion investments and credit facilities secured from China after President Duterte’s four-day state visit. Tugade, after an event in Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City said they have yet to map out plans on how to spend the allocation from the Chinese investment. The transportation czar, however, hinted that one of their focus is the improvement of the country's train system, particularly the construction of the Manila-Clark, Pampanga railway. He said they expect that trains under the Chinese investment to be operational in three to four years. Earlier reports said that $100 million will also be allotted to develop the Manila EDSA bus transportation program and for other places in the country. Tugade added they will also be allotting budget for the …

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Duterte scores 86 in performance, trust survey by Pulse Asia

Most Filipinos approve of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, but President Rodrigo Duterte still takes the cake with an 86 percent score in both performance and trust ratings, a survey by Pulse Asia showed yesterday. The Pulse Asia “Ulat ng Bayan” poll, conducted September 25 to October 1 among 1,200 adults nationwide, said 65 percent of the population trust Robredo while 66 percent approve of her performance. For Pimentel, 61 percent said they laud his performance and 55 percent have confidence in him. The results, Pulse Asia said, make them best performers among top government officials next to the President. Duterte scored 86 percent in both his approval and trust ratings in the same poll. The findings were earlier released by Pulse Asia last October 12. Only nine percent …

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Ride-sharing cars under scrutiny for surge pricing

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is reviewing the regulation of the “surge pricing” schemes of transport network vehicles (TNVs) as holiday season looms. LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III, in a press briefing Monday, said it plans to set a ceiling for the fares for transport network companies (TNCs) such as Grab, Uber, and U-Hop following the surge of complaints of overcharging in ride-sharing vehicles.   Surge pricing, which the LTFRB had earlier permitted, refers to the increase in fare rates when the demand for rides is higher than the available drivers. But commuters have complained some TNCs reportedly jack up their fares by up to 500 percent especially during peak hours. “That is one of the important and significant issues that we are trying to address: the pricing scheme involving TNVs. The …

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Moynihan ‘lover’ killed in drug bust gunfight

The man believed to be the boyfriend of the slain sister of actress Maritoni Fernandez was killed in a gunfight with police in Quezon City Sunday. Police said Leandro Antonio Kanahashi, 33, of 11th Jamboree St., Barangay Kamuning, was about to be arrested in a drug bust when he and a companion fired at the arresting officers. Kanahashi, who was known only by his alias "LA," was identified through a driver’s license found at the scene. His companion has not been identified, and was described by police to be 25 to 30 years old, five-foot-three and wearing a red striped T-shirt and denim pants. The Quezon City Police District’s (QCPD) anti-illegal drugs unit (DAID) and special operations unit (DSOU) has been after Kanahashi who it said was a "notorious and dangerous" drug dealer operating …

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Sexy actress busted in drug sting

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) yesterday announced the arrest of sexy starlet Krista Miller, two models and six other individuals in a series of anti-illegal drugs operations over the weekend. Miller, Krystalyn Engle in real life, 26, was collared along with Aaron Medina in a buy-bust operation conducted by the Quezon City police along Gen. Tiburcio de Leon Street in Valenzuela City around 9:10 p.m. last Friday. Miller and Medina, who were onboard a motorcycle without a plate number, reportedly handed over a sachet of suspected shabu weighing 0.17 grams for P3,000 to undercover agents. Police also confiscated from them four cellular phones believed to contain messages regarding their drug trade. Miller, who starred in adult films Altar (2007) and Hukluban (2014), made headlines in 2013 for her alleged affair with actor Cesar …

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Bong Alvarez in jail after QC bar brawl

Retired professional basketball player Paul “Bong” Alvarez is in jail after figuring in a bar brawl in Quezon City early Sunday morning. A police report yesterday said 48-year-old former PBA star suddenly punched John Mendoza, 36, around 1:00 am while inside a bar at the corner of Scout Esguerra Street and Timog Avenue in Barangay South Triangle. A fistfight ensued between the two men until bouncers intervened to pacify them. Alvarez is still detained at the Kamuning Police Station (PS-10), facing charges of physical injury. Supt. Pedro Sanchez, chief of Kamuning Police Station, said Alvarez was drunk at the time and he attacked Mendoza allegedly over a dispute about the basketball player’s live-partner. The cause of the argument remains unclear, Sanchez said. Alvarez and his live-in partner were at the bar together.

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Supporters flock to Senator Miriam’s wake

She may have been the fiercest senator of the generation -- proving rightful for the her title "Iron Lady of Asia" -- but former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who was feared for her brave and unfiltered comments, remained to be a darling to the youth until her last days. Young supporters of Santiago flocked to Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral in Lantana St., Cubao, Quezon City to visit the late senator and see their "idol" for the last time. Santiago's relatives have made funeral open to the public until midnight (today), before her interment Sunday afternoon at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City. Members of the Youth for Miriam (YFM) have volunteered to help the family in the wake.

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No necrological service set for Senator Miriam in Senate

There will be no necrological services to be held for the late former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago at the Senate, said her legal counsel. Atty. Rissa Ofilada on Thursday afternoon confirmed to reporters that the remains of Santiago will not be brought to the Senate despite calls from her former colleagues for a necrological service. Santiago, who passed on in her sleep at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City Thursday morning,  was transferred to the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral Grottoes in Cubao, Quezon City for the wake. Members of the Youth for Miriam movement will host a candle lighting activity to offer their prayers for the late senator. The group religiously supported Santiago during her presidential bid and even organized her miting de avance. A mass will be held at around 8:30 p.m., before …

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QC fire destroys 10 e-shuttle units

Almost P10 million worth of properties, including state of the art electronic shuttle vehicles or e-shuttle units used to shuttle shoppers were destroyed by a fire that broke out at a basement parking facility in  Cubao, Quezon City Saturday morning. Explosions were reportedly heard around 6:28 a.m. before fire broke out at the basement of the  parking building along McArthur Ave. in Araneta Center, Brgy. Socorro. Quezon City Fire Department chief Senior Supt. Jesus Fernandez said that the fire started in the area of the parking building where 13 electronic shuttle vehicles were parked. Fernandez said arson investigators are looking at the possibility that overcharging of e-shuttle unit batteries could have triggered the blaze. Further investigation, however, is ongoing. 10 of the e-shuttle units were totally destroyed while three others were partially damaged.  Fortunately, no casualties …

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