PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCASTHE PHILIPPINE Supreme Court has affirmed an appellate court ruling that sought to protect the spouse of a victim of a drug-related killing by police officers. In a statement on Monday, the tribunal said its Second Division had seen the death of Christina M. Gonzales’s husband Joselito as an extralegal killing by rogue cops.“After examining the totality ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCASTHE PHILIPPINES remains at low risk from the coronavirus despite rising infections, health authorities said on Tuesday.The average daily attack rate was 3.42 cases per 100,000 population, with national and all regions showing increased infections, Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario S. Vergeire told a virtual news briefing Filipino.“The National Capital Region (NCR) and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCASThe Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed bribery charges against former Senator Leila M. de Lima, who has been in jail since Feb. 2017 for drug trafficking. Also cleared was Ronnie Dayan, her former aide. In a nine-page resolution dated Jan. 5 and made public on Tuesday, the Ombudsman said it found no probable cause to indict the former ...

STOCKS rose on Tuesday as the country recorded a strong gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first half and amid good second-quarter reports of listed companies.The 30-member Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) went up by 34.73 points or 0.54% to close at 6,468.97 on Tuesday, while the broader all shares index increased by 7.71 points or 0.22% to 3,456.44.“Market ...

BW FILE PHOTOTHE PESO weakened versus the greenback on Tuesday after the country recorded a slower economic growth in the second quarter and a wider trade deficit in June. The local unit closed at P55.595 per dollar on Tuesday, inching down by 4.5 centavos from its P55.55 finish on Monday, based on data from the Bankers Association of the Philippines.The peso ...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior ReporterTHE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Tuesday that it will convey to the President issues raised by the private sector about the risk-sharing provisions of the revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law.In a statement, the DPWH said Public Works Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan met with Makati ...

REUTERSFACTORY output was up 2.4% year on year in June, rising for a second straight month as the economy reopened further with most mobility restrictions being lifted.The growth was reflected in the preliminary result of the Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries (MISSI) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Tuesday. The specific indicator tracking manufacturing output growth is ...

PNRI.DOST.GOV.PHTHE Department of Energy (DoE) said the nuclear power regulatory regime must resolve potential issues regarding the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute’s (PNRI’s) dual role in regulating and developing the industry.“Right now, the PNRI is both the regulator and promoter of nuclear power and that’s a no-no. You cannot be promoting something and saying that you are regulating it at the ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ EDD GUMBANTHE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released an additional P2 billion for a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) financial assistance program supporting its protective services.Budget Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman approved the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) on Monday for the DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), according to a DBM statement.AICS is a component ...

REUTERSTHE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said its Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) adopted in June a new set of product certification norms, for which compliance is expected within 24 months.In a statement on Tuesday, the DTI said the BPS issued Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 22-02 that prescribed the use of the new Philippine National Standards (PNS), with ...