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CONFLICT OF INTEREST – Customs chief Lina, other ex-BOC officials face plunder charges

Just over two months after being appointed as commissioner of the Bureau of Customs, Alberto Lina is facing graft and plunder charges at the Office of the Ombudsman.


After a public outcry, President Benigno S. Aquino III stopped on Monday, August 24, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) from conducting physical inspections of homecoming giftboxes, locally known as balikbayan boxes.

Rodrigo Duterte and Bongbong Marcos: WTF ARE YOU DOING, BoC?

Locally called “Balikbayan Boxes” (homecoming gifts) the boxes were recently pointed as means of smuggling prohibited items by the bureau, to the sharp protest of political figures and the OFWs, who claim that the inspection may merely result in stolen items from the boxes.

Coconut pest in the Philippines now under control

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said government efforts last year have helped cut the incidence of coconut scale insect (CSI) infestation in the Philippines from 57 hotspots to only seven.


Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje announced that they are issuing a reward of P100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Philippine eagle “Pamana,” found dead last August 16.

PHL Senate approves upgrade of shipbuilding industry

The Senate approved on third and final reading on Monday a bill seeking to regulate and modernize the practice of naval architecture in the country.

Uber files for TNC accreditation at LTFRB

Uber has finally filed for accreditation on Monday, August 17 before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Ahead of LTFRB TNC legalization deadline, GrabCar now 100% legal– Uber rushing to beat deadline

GrabCar is the first TNV company to be 100% legal in the Philippines, and it looks like Uber is falling behind. Starting August 21, unregistered TNVs will be accosted and fined.

Presenting, BRP Ivatan and BRP Batak

The two Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) donated by the Australian Navy have been formally renamed to Barkong Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Ivatan (AT-298) and Batak (AT-299) during the acceptance ceremony held August 11 at the Philippine Navy headquarters compound in Manila.

Cebu Pacific plane lands safely with one engine broken

An ATR plane of Cebu Pacific bound for Caticlan was forced to return to Manila on the morning of January 8 with one engine out.