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Pasig River ferry service may soon reach Rizal

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is looking at the possibility of extending the Pasig River Ferry System to coastal municipalities in Rizal province.  Tim Orbos, MMDA General Manager, said connecting Metro Manila to neighboring provinces through major waterways would benefit residents there.  “We are looking at expansion beyond Metro Manila. Like in Taytay, imagine it will take you two hours from Taytay to Makati. We are talking here of 45 minutes travel time via Pasig ferry,” said Orbos, citing that during the time of national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, ferry boats also served as a means of transportation.  On Monday, Orbos unveiled two new ferry boats at the Guadalupe station in Makati City for the Pasig River Ferry System.  The two new ferry boats bring to 14 the total number of vessels connecting …

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2nd suspect in Taguig student murder dies

The second suspect in the brutal robbery-murder of an 18-year-old Adamson University architecture student “died of medical complexities” inside his cell in Taguig City, the Southern Police District (SPD) said Monday, October 24. Reynold Clave, 29, a suspect behind Nick Russel Oniot’s death last October 14, was found unconscious around 10:45 p.m. inside his cell at the Taguig City Police headquarters by other inmates, according to SPD director Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario Jr. Clave was dead on arrival at the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital. “Ang initial report na aking natanggap ay due to medical complexities (cause of death), so baka na-heatstroke or baka na-heart attack sa loob ng kulungan (The initial report I got indicated the cause of death is medical complexities, perhaps he suffered from heatstroke or heart attack in his cell),” Apolinario told the …

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Archdiocese of Manila launches community-based rehabilitation program for former drug users

MANILA-- The Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) has spearheaded the first parish community-based rehabilitation program in the country which aims to help former drug users. Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle explained the “Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay” program is the Catholic Church’s contribution to the anti-drug campaign of the government. “Ang pagkalulong sa bisyo, lalo na kung ito ay tungkol sa ipinagbabawal na droga o mga gamot, bagamat ito ay kriminal act, para sa mata ng Simbahan, ito rin ay isang spiritual concern,” he said at the launch of the endeavor at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila on Sunday. The Cardinal said they are looking for a program that will help drug dependents be healed from their addiction, adding that they are victims of their respective problems. “Ito ay ginagawa ng restoration of …

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Macalintal says Comelec should hold special election for representative of Las Pinas City

MANILA -- An election lawyer has said a special election should be conducted for the lone congressional district of Las Pinas City to fill the vacancy left by former Rep. Mark Villar. According to Atty. Romulo Macalintal, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to act on the post left by Villar, who accepted the position to head the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). “Since the resignation of Congressman Mark Villar as representative of the lone district of Las Pinas City on August 1 to accept the position of Secretary of the DPWH, the Comelec has not lifted a finger to call and hold a special election to fill said vacancy,” Macalintal said in a statement. He added, “Since Villar resigned as congressman of Las Pinas City on August 1, then …

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Applications for no-windows exemptions swamp MMDA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was swamped with applications for exemptions to Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or Number Coding Scheme as enforcement of “expanded no window hours” looms. Celine Pialago, MMDA Spokesperson, said the agency has received a thousand letters of requests, majority from senior citizens, seeking exemption from the vehicle reduction scheme. Pialago said applicants have to justify why they should be exempted, and must comply with other requirements. “Senior citizens, persons with disabilities, doctors are not automatically exempted from the scheme but they can apply,” she said. She said application letters will be reviewed. Applicants must state the reason for their exemption needs and attach the vehicles’ Official Receipt/Certificate of Registration OC/CR. If approved, motorists will be issued a certificate of exemption to be shown to traffic enforcers when flagged …

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2nd cargo plane joins Air Force

The second C-130 T cargo plane for the Philippine Air Force (PAF)  will be turned over to the 220th Air Lift Wing in Villamor Air Base in Pasay City Monday. Col. Antonio Z. Francisco, the director of the PAF's Public Information Office (PIO), said Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana will be guest of honor and speaker at the turnover. PAF chief Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina and other high-ranking Air Force officials are expected to attend. Francisco said the C-130 T arrived at the Brig. Gen. Benito N. Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City from Tucson, Arizona, last October 9. Francisco said the plane is expected to boost the Air Force’s transport and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) capability. The C-130 T provides rapid transportation for personnel or cargo for delivery by parachute or landing. …

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Estrada: Tow truck ban still in force

Motorists in Manila are reminded that private towing companies are banned in the city, and if a towing truck without the city's traffic bureau markings try to haul off their vehicles, they must call the police. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada issued the reminder to prevent motorists from becoming victims of abusive towing crews. “Since March last year, we have stopped all towing activities within Manila. So if a towing truck without Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) markings would try to get your vehicle, that is illegal. Call the police,” Estrada said. Estrada said only trucks that belong to the city’s MTPB are authorized to do the towing.. The city government revoked the accreditation of RWM and PMA Towing Services Inc. after it received numerous complaints from the public. Estrada said the city government not …

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House bill seeks end to dog meat trade

Alarmed that at least 300,000 dogs are still being butchered for food every year in the Philippines, Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy is urging her colleagues to rally behind her bill seeking to ban the dog meat trade in the country. She called on fellow dog lovers in the House to pursue the passage of her House Bill No. 3836 or the Anti-Dog Meat Trade Act of 2016 which imposes stiffer penalties on persons engaged in the killing of dogs for commercial purposes. “I refiled HB 3836 in the hope that this time dog lovers in the Lower House will wholeheartedly support it.  I am of the impression that a big majority, if not all, congressmen have pet animals, particularly dogs,” she said. The assistant majority leader laments that despite higher public …

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Japan projects ‘more reliable’ than China’s

Tokyo — Japan's overseas infrastructure investment cost may be higher than China’s, but when it comes to the project's reliability, the host country is assured it will get its money's worth. Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Development (JOIN) President and CEO Takuma Hatano gave this guarantee when he sat down for an interview with Manila Bulletin in the Japanese capital recently. "We don’t have any intention to compete with China’s price," said Hatano. "Sometimes we may be 50 percent higher than China’s price but we assure that over the project’s life, with training of operators and maintenance workers, these projects should last." JOIN is the first and only government-private sponsored fund in Japan that specializes in overseas infrastructure investment. It supports and facilitates Japanese corporations participating in the global infrastructure …

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Manileños told: Call police if private tow trucks haul vehicles

Motorists in Manila are reminded to call the police immediately in case their vehicles are hauled by towing trucks that do not bear the city’s traffic bureau markings. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada reiterated this call to prevent motorists from being victimized by abusive towing crews. “Since March last year, we have stopped all towing activities within Manila. So if a towing truck without Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) markings would try to get your vehicle, that is illegal. Call the police,” Estrada said. Estrada stressed that only those that belong to the MTPB are authorized to tow, and that operations of private towing firms in the city remain suspended indefinitely. In March 2015, the operations of RWM and PMA Towing Services Inc., the two privately-owned towing operators previously accredited by the city government, were …

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