REUTERS CHINESE vessels have returned to Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea despite repeated protests by the Philippines, according to a United States-based news radio. Dozens of ships near the reef in the northern part of Union Banks have been found, Radio Free Asia said, citing images from Planet Labs. Commercial satellite imagery showed an increasing number of vessels ...

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) would have to rule on a complaint filed on Tuesday seeking to disqualify the son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos from the presidential race, its spokesman said. "Now that a case has been filed, opinions no longer matter," Comelec spokesman James B. Jimenez said in a Viber message on Wednesday. The ...

THE ANTI-RED Tape Authority (ARTA) issued a show-cause order against two Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) officials over the state-owned company's failure to release the payment for claims of seven hospitals in Iloilo City. ARTA said in a statement on Tuesday that the total amount claimed by the seven medical facilities is at least P690.02 million, and were supposed to ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ BOY SANTOS THE EDUCATION department on Wednesday confirmed that 100 public schools are now authorized to conduct in-person classes starting Nov. 15. "We have completed the 100 public schools," Education Secretary Leonor M. Magtolis-Briones told a televised news briefing in Filipino. "We are now completing the list of 20 private schools," she added. More schools could be added ...

SENATE.GOV.PH PHARMALLY Pharmaceutical Corp., which has been under a Senate probe for alleged anomalies in pandemic supply contracts, has filed a sedition complaint against a senator, citing bribery and manipulation. Company representative Jaime B. Vegas, in a press conference Wednesday after filing the complaint against Senator Ana Theresia "Risa" N. Hontiveros-Baraquel, said his co-worker, Veejay Almira, was subjected to manipulation ...

SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson, who is running for the top seat in 2022, plans to ease traffic in the nation's capital by adapting a policy that will encourage people to leave the metropolis through opportunities in sub-urban areas and the countryside. He said in a radio interview Wednesday that his agenda focuses on urban decongestion rather than building more roads. ...

EMB.GOV.PH THE TRANSPORTATION department welcomed the proposed investigation on the Mindanao railway project at the House of Representatives, saying it will be a venue for explaining government procedures on right-of-way as well as address concerns of affected residents. In a statement released to local media Wednesday, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) central office said it understands the position of some ...

PHILSTAR THE TRANSPORTATION department said Wednesday that it considers a move to increase capacity in public transport to be "safe," citing studies performed overseas. "(May) mga katibayan na ligtas pa rin po ang ating mga pasahero... sa kabila ng COVID-19, kahit po taasan natin ang capacity (There is evidence of passenger safety even with COVID-19 present if capacity is raised)," ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/EDD GUMBAN THIRD-QUARTER economic performance will likely exceed expectations despite the tightening of quarantine rules as manufacturing and trade start to recover, First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) and University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) said in a joint report Wednesday. "The most recent economic data suggest Q3 GDP (gross domestic product) growth should dispel some of the pessimism ...

SHELL GLOBAL SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian, who chairs the chamber's energy committee, rejected the Energy department's claim that legislative hearings are delaying work on the Malampaya gas field amid an investigation into the project's change in ownership. "It is the responsibility of the consortium to fulfill their commitment and if there's any ongoing delay in fulfilling their work program, it's ...