Almendras: No public apology from PH gov’t but expression of ‘sorrowful regret’

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 07:42 p.m.

THE Philippine government did not issue a public apology but expressed its "sorrowful regret and sympathy" over the 2010 tragic Luneta hostage-taking incident more than three years ago, a Palace official said Thursday.

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said that Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima came up with a letter given to all the 21 families and victims of the August 2010 hostage taking incident.

Metal products maker rapped for tax evasion

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 05:48 p.m.

A FABRICATOR of metal products is accused of tax evasion for not paying P22.25 million to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from 2009 to 2011.

Myra Santiago of Navotas City-based Buildcraft Fabrication violated Sections 254, 255 and 275 of the National Internal Revenue Code, the BIR said in a complaint filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday.

HIV alert up in Puerto Galera

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 05:34 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday raised the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) alert in popular destination Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro amid the expected influx of local and foreign tourists there.

In a statement, DOH–Mimaropa Director Eduardo Janairo said the public must take note of the "major concern" over HIV in Puerto Galera.

Palace: Security in place for Obama's visit

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 05:29 p.m.

MALACANANG on Thursday said enough security preparations are being made for the visit of United States President Barack Obama on Monday as militant organizations threaten more protest action.

"We are preparing, as we will prepare (for) any visiting head of state. They are here as our guests, and as host, we will provide them the necessary security," Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.

Sandigan allows Cebu lawmaker to travel abroad

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 05:18 p.m.

THE anti-graft court on Wednesday allowed Representative Gwendolyn Garcia (Cebu, third district) to travel abroad to visit her daughters and granddaughters in the United States.

The Sandiganbayan's Second Division ruled that the Garcia's "request is valid" despite opposition from government prosecutors.

Senators to DOJ: Make public Napoles’ sworn affidavit

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 04:36 p.m.

MANILA - Senators urged Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Thursday to make public the sworn affidavit of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles to remove speculations on the real identities of senators allegedly involved in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (Pdaf) scam.

Senate Majority Leader Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said for the sake of the Senate as an institution, de Lima should expose right away the affidavit made by Napoles, which according to reports implicate 12 to 19 senators.

Final 4 remain in MERS-CoV hunt

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:57 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said that only four of the 414 people remain in their ongoing hunt for the co-passengers of the first Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Corona Virus (MERS-COV) case in the country on board Etihad Airlines Flight EY0424 that arrived last week.

Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, DOH Emerging Infectious Diseases program manager, said that as of 8 a.m., only four passengers have yet to be found and contacted by the DOH Task Force MERS-CoV.

PH looks forward to resumption of bilateral relations with Hong Kong

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:44 p.m.

WITH the dark chapter in the relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong seemingly over already, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is already looking forward to the actual normalization of the two countries bilateral relations.

In a brief statement, the DFA said they are hoping that there will be no more stumbling blocks in the return of the good working relationships between Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Rome chapel reveals Pope John Paul II relics

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:21 p.m.

ROME — Inside a chapel on the edges of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.

BIR welcomes order stopping collection of Pacquiao's back taxes

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:16 p.m.

A RANKING official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said Thursday they were not disappointed with the Court of Tax Appeals' (CTA) resolution temporarily preventing the agency from collecting over P2 billion in back taxes of boxing icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao.

"We are happy with that decision because the interest of the government is amply protected," said BIR Deputy Commissioner Estela Sales, noting that Pacquiao cannot enjoy the reprieve if he will not be able to post either a cash bond of P3.29 billion or a surety bond of P4.95 billion.

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