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P6.5-M worth of shabu seized at Clark port

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The illegal drugs were hidden in a shipment of 'external aquarium filter' from the Czech Republic, says the Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark

SEIZED. Packs of shabu concealed in a shipment of aquarium filters were seized at the Port of Clark in Pampanga on November 27, 2019. Photo from Bureau of Customs

SBMA admits SEA Games construction in protected area lacks permit

Nov 28, 2019 - 10:21 PM

SBMA says the contractor, CFV ARAR Contractors, has been issued a violation notice for the 'extensive clearing and grubbing operations in the area without appropriate environmental permit'

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

Does SEA Games construction in Subic have environmental permit?

Nov 27, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The venue in the West Ilanin forest – an environmentally-protected area – is supposed to be used for the shooting competition of the SEA Games, even if there is an existing firing range just a kilometer away

SANCTIONED. Contractors undertake major works as of November 27, 2019, to prepare a venue for the shooting event of the SEA Games in a protected area within the Subic Freeport Zone without environmental clearances or permits. The Games will officially open on November 30. All photos by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Ex-port officials cleared as Martires reverses indictment in DMCI mining case

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:49 PM

In another act of reversing his predecessor's past actions, Ombudsman Samuel Martires clears former port officials Juan Sta Ana and Raul Santos in a graft case

CLEARED. Juan Sta Ana is cleared by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft. Photo from Philippine Ports Authority website

Port of Subic exceeds 2019 collection target by P2.2 billion

Oct 27, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The success comes despite the Philippines halting the importation of meat products from countries where pigs have caught the African Swine Fever

EXCESS. The Port of Subic rakes in income beyond its target revenue for 2019. Photo from SBMA website

Port of Subic recognizes top 20 'revenue contributors'

Oct 19, 2019 - 4:22 PM

The Bureau of Customs inside the Subic Bay Freeport breaches collection targets, thanks companies which contributed to this achievement

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At least 4 dead as RO-RO bound for Dapitan from Cebu catches fire

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(4th UPDATE) The MV Lite Ferry 16 catches fire before reaching the Port of Dapitan

FATALITIES. The bodies of MV Lite Ferry 16 fatalities Danilo Gomez and Chloe Labisig. (Contributed)

Philippine Ports Authority to set up 'all gender' restrooms in seaport terminals

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago says the facilities will be completed and usable by the end of August

ALL GENDER RESTROOMS. The Philippine Ports Authority will be setting up all gender restrooms in line with their goal of gender sensitivity and inclusivity. Photo from Shutterstock

Gov't inaugurates 'biggest' port terminal in Cagayan de Oro

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The new terminal building has designated green areas and amenities that include a play area for children, drinking stations, ecumenical prayer rooms, an urgent medical room, food stalls, and pasalubong centers

BIGGEST. This is the biggest seaport terminal in the country so far, according to the Department of Transportation. Photo from DOTr

TIMELINE: GSIS, Enrique Razon's dispute over port property

Jul 04, 2019 - 4:15 PM

GSIS president Jesus Clint Aranas quits his post amid revived plans to sell the land where port tycoon Enrique Razon's ICTSI operates. Here is a timeline of events dating all the way back to the 1970s.

Pope Francis asks priests 'be merciful' to sailors, fishermen

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:41 AM

'The life of a sailor or fisherman is characterized by isolation and distance,' the Pope tells a delegation of priests from the Stella Maris network which operates in 300 ports around the world

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Arroyo revisits RO-RO ports in Cebu ahead of retirement

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo goes on a 'sentimental journey' in her final week as a congresswoman

FINAL SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY AS SPEAKER IN CEBU. SGMA visited Cebu today on her final sentimental journey as Speaker. She visited two of the Roro ports built during her time as President in southern Cebu namely Taloot port in Argao and Liloan port in Santander. In a media briefing, the Marina reported that as a result of her initiatives as Speaker arising from the House's oversight functions, a total of 19 new missionary Roro routes were established in different parts of the country this year. Four of the 19 are already operational while 15 are just waiting for the arrival of the ships that will service the routes. It was also revealed that nine more new missionary routes will be opened based on the recommendation of the shipping Industry. SGMA said she is happy that the Roro project has been revived by the present adminstration and that she is extremely delighted and honored to have helped in lowering the cost of goods, boosting tourism and facilitating travel around the country through the Roro System which she established when she was President in 2003. There are currently 140 Roro routes all over the country servicing millions of passengers and cargo handlers. / Credit photos to Arroyo's office

Customs, PDEA failed to detect P1-B shabu in Manila port

May 30, 2019 - 4:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show PDEA and BOC failed to flag a drug-packed January 2019 shipment. They put it up for auction in April, then found illegal drugs in it after 'raiding' its buyer in May.

DRUG SHIPMENT. Drugs worth P1 billion are not found by the PDEA and the BOC when they scanned a shipment of tapioca starch and aluminum pallets before placing them for auction. BOC photo

Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tons of plastic waste

May 28, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'We urge developed countries to stop shipping garbage to our country,' says Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia's minister of energy, technology, science, environment and climate change

PLASTIC WASTE. A member of the media takes pictures of containers filled with plastic waste before shipping back to the country of origin in Port Klang, west of Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Customs seizes P60M worth of smuggled sugar, firecrackers in Subic port

Apr 27, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Customs officials say the 34 containers were misdeclared to contain floor mats and plastic covering

Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero and District Collector Maritess Martin show some of the smuggled goods confiscated at the Port of Subic on April 26, 2019. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

No more congestion in 2 major Manila ports – Customs

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The Bureau of Customs says this shows their commitment 'to address trade challenges'

CONGESTED NO MORE. Shipping containers are stacked inside the Manila International Container Terminal. File photo from the ICTSI website

3 Russian warships dock in Manila amid Balikatan

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines welcomes the Russian Navy's 2nd goodwill visit in 2019 amid its ongoing Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States

PORT CALL. Russian ships dock in Manila, kicking off a 5-day goodwill visit to the Philippines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Pope to visit Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Mozambique is reeling from a cyclone and floods that this month killed nearly 500 people and sparked cases of cholera

SEPTEMBER VISIT. In this file photo, Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile after the mass of Easter on April 1, 2018 at St Peter's square in Vatican. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

BOC Manila exceeds February target by P5M

Mar 09, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The Bureau of Customs Port of Manila collected P6.59 billion in February

AFTER THE FIRE. The Bureau of Customs Port of Manila Building is charred inside but it remains standing with most of its exterior left undamaged after the February 22, 2019 blaze. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Customs' historic Port of Manila building after the fire

Feb 26, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Fire Protection are jointly investigating to determine the cause of the blaze

AFTER THE FIRE. The Bureau of Customs Port of Manila Building is charred inside but it remains standing with most of its exterior left undamaged after the February 22, 2019 blaze. All photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Nearly 80 detainees escape Haiti prison

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:41 AM

All 78 detainees at a prison in Haiti escape during a demonstration against President Jovenel Moise that is part of an increasingly violent nationwide movement

Burning cars are seen during clashes, in the center of Haitian Capital Port-au-Prince, February 12, 2019, during the sixth day of protest against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and misue of Petrocaribe fund.  HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

Record-breaking floods hit north Australia

Jan 27, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The conditions continue to cause havoc for farmers and livestock

Tubigon port in Bohol reopens

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:58 AM

The newly renovated and rehabilitated port can now accommodate more ships and passengers

EXPANDED, IMPROVED. The Port of Tubigon in Bohol reopens on January 5, 2019. Photo from the DOTr Facebook page

Subic port collects P22B, breaching target before 2018 ends

Dec 23, 2018 - 6:20 PM

District collector and lawyer Rhea Gregorio credits this to the 'strict implementation of customs laws and rules and regulations'

Papua New Guinea's 'gay village' offers sanctuary, hope

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Home to as many as 50,000, Hanuabada has become synonymous with a small but thriving gay, lesbian and transgender community in Port Moresby

FABULOUS. This photo taken on November 15, 2018 shows 24-year-old gay man Kapera Patrick posing for photographs outside his home in Hanuabada, a settlement in Port Moresby. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

15 Filipino seafarers stranded in India now back in PH

Nov 18, 2018 - 12:50 PM

There are 6 other Filipino crew members still in India who will be repatriated 'as soon as their exit clearances are issued'

Duterte revives barter trade in Mindanao

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:40 AM

The ancient form of trade will be regulated by the government through President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order No. 64

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018, criticizes the idea of a coalition government proposed by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) for he believes that it would bypass the democratic process of electing a leader which is chosen by the people. Malacañang Photo

Philippines' first container RO-RO barge port to open November 2018

Oct 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza will be inaugurated on November 5, and will be integrated with other major Luzon port facilities

FIRST. Hailed as the first container barge terminal, the Cavite Gateway Terminal is set to be inaugurated in November 5. Photo from Department of Transportation

21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India to come home to Manila

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:12 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says manning agency EVIC Human Resource Management Inc has booked the tickets of the seafarers who were abandoned by their employers for more than 3 months

21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:12 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs is sending consular officers to Kakinada Port, more than 1,800 kilometers from New Delhi, to assist the Filipinos abandoned by their employer

Malaysia's Anwar faces sodomy accuser in election

Sep 29, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Anwar Ibrahim's detractors 'are out to embarrass him in any little way they can,' says the head of an independent polling firm

MALAYSIA'S ANWAR. In this file photo, former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is the guest speaker of the MAP 2018 CEO Conference held at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After shabu shipment bust, Lapeña asks PDEA, PNP to share intel

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says PDEA only informed the Bureau of Customs about the P6.8-billion shabu shipment almost a month after it slipped past authorities at the Manila International Container Port

'TIMELY INTEL SHARING.' Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena speaks at a press conference on August 11, 2018, about the ongoing investigation of the intercepted shabu shipment at the MICP. Photo from BOC Public Information & Assistance Division

500 kilograms of 'shabu' seized in Manila port

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency pegs its value at P4.3 billion if the recovered shipment is proven to be methamphetamine

SHABU. Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lucio Co invited to invest in Bacolod port

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:16 PM

BREDCO president John Palanca Alonte says the company aims to bring the port to 'the next level' by making it a world-class facility with the help of a strategic investor

BACOLOD SEAPORT TERMINAL. The Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation had a soft opening of its new seaport terminal worth P360 million on July 25, 2018. Contributed photo

Customs seizes P133 million worth of shabu, marijuana

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The drugs are found in various packages sent from the United States to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Port of Clark

Photo from the Bureau of Customs

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

Libya strongman's forces say key oil ports recaptured

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Khalifa Haftar announces the offensive to recapture the terminals after a week of clashes that had damaged vital infrastructure and slashed crude output, the lifeblood of Libya's economy

RAS LANUF. A file photo taken on January 11, 2017 shows a general view of an oil refinery in Libya's northern town of Ras Lanuf. File photo by Abdullah Doma/AFP

Yemen rebel leader defiant as dozens die in battle for key port

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The clashes come as the UN Security Council meet for urgent talks on the military operation and call for the vital Red Sea port to be 'kept open'

RED SEA PORT. A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armored vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. Photo by Nabil Hassan/AFP

Customs seizes P120 million worth of shabu in Clark

Jun 11, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The shabu is found in packages declared as chairs and bar stools

BOC seized P120.36-M worth of shabu masked as chair, stools. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

Philippines, South Korea sign P9-B loan deal for Cebu container port

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) The Export-Import Bank of Korea provides a loan for Cebu's new container port with an interest rate of 0.15%, payable over 40 years

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in witness the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Science and Technology Secretary Fortunate Dela Peña and Minister of Science and ICT You Young Min following the successful bilateral meeting at the Blue House in Seoul on June 4, 2018. The MOU is on the scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Yemeni forces make new gains in Hodeida advance – coalition

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:11 PM

The coalition-backed forces are closing in on the Red Sea port, the main conduit for humanitarian supplies into a country where millions of people are in dire need of food aid

HODEIDA. A file photo taken on November 7, 2017 shows a view of Yemen's rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida. File photo by Abdo Hyder/AFP

PH, South Korea to sign loan deal for new Cebu container port

Jun 01, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The loan agreement for the New Cebu International Container Port is among 4 documents to be signed by the two governments during President Rodrigo Duterte's June 3 to 5 visit to South Korea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañan Photo

LOOK: Customs destroys smuggled motorcycles, vehicles

May 30, 2018 - 9:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte witnesses the destruction of the smuggled motorcycles and vehicles at the Port Area in Manila

A backhoe runs over the cars which were part of the 122 smuggled vehicles destroyed during the public condemnation led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port Area in Manila on May 30, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Yemen forces closing in on rebel-held port – Saudi-led coalition

May 29, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Hodeida is Yemen's largest entry point for aid on which millions depend, as the country teeters on the brink of famine

HODEIDA. A file photo taken on November 7, 2017 shows a view of Yemen's rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida. File photo by Abdo Hyder/AFP

Batangas port unlikely site for international cruise hub

Mar 12, 2018 - 3:43 PM

'Not in the next 5 years. It would require additional investment in the part of PPA, such as capacity requirements and security matters,' Philippine Ports Authority Manager Leopoldo Biscocho says

BATANGAS CITY PORT. A photo of the port of Batangas City on November 13, 2015. Photo sourced from Wikimedia Commons and taken by Andrea Albini

Metro Pacific to slow down on new proposals until toll hikes resolved

Feb 26, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The tollways unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation says it has foregone roughly P7.5 billion in potential revenues since 2012 because of delayed toll adjustments

PENDING HIKE. The delays in toll hike have been hurting the pockets of operators, with a total foregone revenue of roughly P7.5 billion. Image from Wikimedia

Ombudsman charges ex-Philippine Ports Authority officials with graft

Feb 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The former officials are accused of anomalously granting permits to a port used by DMCI Mining Corporation

CHARGED. Juan Sta Ana is indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft. Photo from PPA website

U.S. seeks to continue 'working closely' with Philippine military

Feb 18, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'The Philippines is one of our 5 allies in the region. We've had a close relationship for a very long time and we want to continue that relationship,' says a spokesman of the US Navy's Carl Vinson Strike Group

US AIRCRAFT CARRIER. USS Carl Vinson arrives in Manila for a routine port call

Hundreds of passengers stranded in Visayas and Mindanao due to Basyang

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Ports in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Northern Mindanao, and Caraga are affected

Second White House aide resigns over domestic abuse claims

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(2nd UPDATE) President Donald Trump says that lives were being 'shattered' by allegations that may be false, hoping the aides are given 'due process'

CHIEF. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP