In an attempt to attract more visitors to this island province, the provincial government initiated an annual dive festival that will last until August 31, 2019. The dive festival is component of the viable tourism drive of the Local Government Unit through its four main topics: volcano tourism, heritage tourism, farm and ecotourism, and dive tourism. Camigun has around 30 dive sites scattered throughout the island’s provincial waters. This small


Only patients with parental consent can take advantage of the government’s free immunization program by Department of Health. (DOH) The Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that using the school-based platform, the DOH would continue to provide free vaccination to school-age children from kindergarten to grade 7. After a fast health assessment and evaluation of their immunization status against measles, only learners with parental consent will be vaccinated. However, the

Mahathir Mohamad's

Malaysia’s lower house of Parliament passed a government proposal Thursday that decriminalizes street demonstrations, fulfilling a reform promise made by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s administration. The house passed the amendment to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 by a simple voice vote. “The amendment is needed to give room to the people, their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a speech when tabling


Parañaque city government has padlocked 18 Chinese-owned or managed restaurants and business establishments due to a lack of required permits and violating various city ordinances. Parañaque’s chief of Business Permits and Licensing Office Melanie Soriano-Malaya noted in a statement that most of the violator-restaurants are located in Barangays Tambo and Baclaran, just 100 meters away from hotels and casinos at the Entertainment City on Coastal Road. Deemed closed were Wu

Hong Kong protest

Numerous hundred people rallied in Hong Kong on Friday after the expiry of a deadline protesters set for the government to completely scrap a controversial extradition bill, in the latest wave of protests in the Chinese-ruled city. Demonstrators, mostly students dressed in black, congregated peacefully outside the legislature to vent their anger and frustration at Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam who promoted, and then postponed, the bill after mass protests.

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte voiced regret over his decision to seek the presidency in the 2016 election which he earned by a landslide. Duterte delivered the remark on Wednesday as he uttered his frustration with government corruption afresh. Duterte stated in a speech before newly elected officials of Cagayan de Oro City, “I lost my enthusiasm to work. Actually, I deeply regretted it. I regretted my decision to run for president,”

Francis Tolentino

MANILA, Philippines — As senators contend for committee chairmanships in the incoming 18th Congress, Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday stated that neophyte Sen. Francis Tolentino would get the Committee on Local Government, while fellow neophyte Sen. Imee Marcos was looking for “different committees.” Sotto noted this following a dinner appeared by several of his colleagues — incumbent, new, and returning — who discoursed the issue of committee chairmanships

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) conveyed on Thursday its gross revenue increased to P25.09 billion in the first four months of 2019. Run by the government, Pagcor stated the amount was an 11.4-percent or P2.57-billion surge from its P22.51 billion revenues in the first four months of 2018. Pagcor exceeded the P23.57-billion target for the period in review by 6.4 percent or P1.51 billion. Pagcor noted the P23.84 billion

Keith Olbermann and duterate

Keith Olbermann of ESPN SportsCenter meanderingly called out President Rodridgo Duterte as “garbage” in a tweet, linking the Philippines’ Chief Executive to his order of shipping garbage back to Canada. A well-known American sports and political commentator, Olbermann reacted to a trending tweet by CNN Philippines which drew flak and amusing responses from Filipino netizens. In the previous Wednesday, May 22, Duterte told government officials to look for a private


According to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, several Filipinos noted that the quality of life got better compared to the previous year. The survey also showed an increased optimism on the quality of life and for the Philippine economy in the next 12 months. Salvador Panelo, the Presidential spokesperson acknowledged the results of the latest SWS survey, stating they “once again emphasize that our people see and appreciate