Police, doctors call for tighter security measures

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:25 p.m.

AFTER the fatal shooting incident inside a private hospital in Cebu City on Thursday, the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Intelligence Branch has reminded security agencies to be more responsible in implementing security protocols.

A 71-year-old wheelchair-bound patient shot dead his doctor inside a clinic in Sacred Heart Hospital before shooting himself in the head at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, July 24.

EU High Representative to call on Aquino next week

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:22 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will meet next week in Malacanang Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission.

Ashton will arrive in Manila on Monday and on the following day, she is scheduled to call on the President and meet Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario for an exchange of views on EU-Philippines relations, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines said Friday.

Palace: Sona attendees can wear any color

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:06 p.m.

MALACANANG said Friday that those who will attend President Benigno Aquino III's 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona) next week can wear any color that they want.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement amid possibilities that supporters and even critics of the President might use the occasion on Monday to express their political sentiment.

Sandigan suspends Enrile

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:01 p.m.

MANILA -- The anti-graft court issued Friday a 90-day preventive suspension against detained Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile in connection with his plunder and graft charges related to the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Aquino government’s anti-corruption rating dips

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 04:59 p.m.

SENDING to jail three senators and their cohorts for allegedly siphoning off pork barrel in recent years may not be enough to prove the efficiency of President Benigno Aquino III's campaign against graft and corruption, a survey indicated on Friday.

In a survey conducted from June 24 to July 2, Pulse Asia said the Aquino administration got an approval rating of 42 percent for its anti-corruption drive, down eight points from the March poll (50 percent).

Soldiers clash with Abu Sayyafs in Basilan; 5 dead

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 04:54 p.m.

THE Philippine military said soldiers attacked a Muslim militant hideout on southern Basilan island, triggering a clash that killed three Abu Sayyaf members believed to have been involved in the 2011 kidnapping of an American woman and her teenage son.

Two government militiamen were killed and two others were wounded.

DepEd suspends classes in QC for Sona

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 04:16 p.m.

THE Department of Education (DepEd) ordered Thursday the suspension of classes in 32 public schools in Quezon City in connection with the fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III on Monday in the House of Representatives in Quezon City.

Below are the list of elementary and secondary schools near the Batasan Complex, which will be affected by the Sona and other related activities:

BOC opens over 1,000 job vacancies

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 03:32 p.m.

SOME 1,000 job vacancies are being offered by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in order to fill up the lack of manpower and further improve its service.

Customs Commissioner John Sevilla said the job openings totaling to 1,056, include first and second level positions for the agency's various groups, offices, and collection districts across the country.

Analyst: Impeachment bid vs Aquino not a lost cause

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:56 p.m.

PRO-IMPEACHMENT groups should not be disheartened by the prevailing notion that the battle to remove President Benigno Aquino III for implementing the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) may have been lost before it actually began.

In an interview, former National Treasurer Leonor Briones said the impeachment process is a way to seek accountability from the President on the use of his purported economic stimulus package, whose creation was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC).

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:05 p.m.

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria's flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou for Algiers.

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