Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 01:52 a.m.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant.

Thick black smoke from the plant's burning fuel tank rose for hours. The station's shutdown further disrupted the supply of electricity and water to the 1.7 million people packed into the narrow Palestinian coastal territory.

NPA rebels free 4 cops taken 3 weeks ago

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

DAVAO (Updated) - Communist guerrillas freed on Tuesday four police officers they abducted from a police station in a town in Agusan del Norte three weeks ago, the military said.

Regional military commander Major General Ricardo Visaya said the New People's Army (NPA) rebels released the police officers before dawn in a remote village in Kitcharao town in Agusan del Norte where a five-day cease-fire was declared to avoid clashes.

Measure seeks to allow Palace to ‘legally use’ budget savings

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 08:03 p.m.

AFTER the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), administration allies in the House of Representatives are planning to pass a measure, which will enable Malacanang to legally use government savings on other projects after the fiscal year.

Marikina City Representative Romero Quimbo said the proposed law will be based on the high court's ruling on DAP and will give a green light to the executive branch to use the remaining savings.

Pope Francis to make 4-day visit to Philippines in January 2015

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 07:23 p.m.

MANILA -- Pope Francis will visit the Philippines for the first time in January next year, church officials in Manila confirmed Monday.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, in a press conference, said the pontiff will visit the country on January 15 to 19, 2015.

Palace: Aquino's display of emotion not sign of weak leader

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 06:52 p.m.

MALACANANG defended on Tuesday President Benigno Aquino III for being emotional when he delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona), saying his display of emotion was not a sign of being a weak leader.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the President's rare display of emotion was spontaneous.

Aquino recovers ‘lost ground’ after emotional Sona

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 06:27 p.m.

A POLITICAL analyst said Tuesday President Benigno Aquino III must focus on continuing the reforms he has initiated to parry criticisms that he shed crocodile tears to gain public sympathy amid mounting protests and impeachment cases.

“He has to complete what he has started and work on his legacies,” Ramon Casiple, executive director of Institute of Political and Economic Reform (Iper), told Sun.Star.

TD 'Inday' heads toward Taiwan

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 05:45 p.m.

MANILA -- The state weather bureau reported Tuesday that Tropical Depression Inday is moving northwest toward Taiwan.

Inday was located at 720 kilometers (km) east of Aparri, Cagayan as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) said in its latest bulletin.

Lawmaker: No ‘PDAF-like’ allocation under Aquino’s 2015 budget

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 04:54 p.m.

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives vowed Tuesday to block schemes similar to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), as Congress prepares to tackle the proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget.

House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales II said the 2015 General Appropriations Bill will not contain "pork barrel-like" allotment similar to what his fellow lawmakers did when they decided to scrap the P25.24-billion PDAF allotment under this year's P2.265 trillion national budget.

Death toll in Abu Sayyaf road attack rises to 23

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 04:53 p.m.

MANILA -- The death toll in a brazen road attack by Abu Sayyaf bandits on some 50 villagers traveling in Lower Talipao, Sulu to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families has climbed to 23 after a three-year-old boy and his father died from their injuries, officials said Tuesday.

Baldoz to reinforce personnel as alert level 3 looms in Israel

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is looking to bolster its presence in Israel after getting word that the crisis alert level 3 may be raised in the Middle East state in the coming days.

In an interview, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that they are set to send additional personnel in Israel, where the security situation remains volatile.

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