Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 01:56 p.m.

SYDNEY -- Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder.

Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born, self-styled cleric with a lengthy criminal history, burst into a downtown Sydney cafe on Monday wielding a shotgun, taking 17 people hostage. The siege ended 16 hours later when police stormed into the cafe to free the captives, two of whom were killed in a barrage of gunfire, along with Monis.

DOH warns public over hazardous toys

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:39 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) urged godparents on Thursday not to give their young godchild toys that could eventually harm them this holiday season.

The department said godparents should avoid buying toys that are capable of pricking, cutting or choking children under age three.

Senate approves 2014 supplemental budget

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:26 p.m.

MANILA -- Senators approved on third and final reading Wednesday the P22.467-billion supplemental budget, two days after the House of Representatives gave its nod on the same measure.

Pope to be served with local dishes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

MANILA -- Pope Francis will have a chance to taste Filipino cuisine, as organizers are thinking of serving him local delicacies during his lunch with the survivors of natural calamity in Leyte next month.

US denies Philippines bid for Pemberton custody

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 06:52 p.m.

MANILA -- The United States (US) denied Wednesday the Philippine Government's request for the turnover of custody of American Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was formally charged with murder Monday.

Aquino condemns attack on Pakistani school

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 06:01 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has joined the world in condemning Tuesday's attack on a Pakistani army-run school that left at least 141 dead, mostly children.

"Today, we join the world in condemning the outrage perpetrated on innocent schoolchildren, and school officials and personnel in Peshawar, Pakistan," the Chief Executive said in a statement.

Palace: Condition inside Bilibid unacceptable

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 05:42 p.m.

MALACANANG said Wednesday that the condition inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City was unacceptable.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made the statement following a raid conducted by law enforcement agencies last Monday inside the national penitentiary where illegal drugs, gadgets, sex dolls, pornographic CDs, huge amount of money and even a bathtub and a game console were recovered.

P70-M worth of smartphones, electronic gadgets seized in Manila

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 05:38 p.m.

GOVERNMENT law enforcers have raided a warehouse of a top online shop supplier in Binondo, Manila and seized P70-million worth of various counterfeit smartphones, electronic gadgets and accessories, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Wednesday.

Among the items seized are counterfeit Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Grand, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 4s, Nokia Duos, assorted Android tablets of various brands, Apple Shuffle, smartphone casings, power banks, juice blender, and Lacoste perfumes, among others.

Palace: Government follows process in asking Pemberton custody

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 05:08 p.m.

MALACA√ĎANG said Wednesday that the Philippine government is following the process in seeking custody of an American soldier who was tagged in the murder of a Filipino transgender.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that while the Philippine government has the jurisdiction over the case of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, suspect in the killing of Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, there is also a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States that has to be followed.

Comelec suspends voter registration for 2 weeks

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 04:24 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended for two weeks the nationwide voters' registration for the 2016 national and local polls as the country celebrates the Yuletide season.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the commission en banc through Comelec Resolution 9853, promulgated on February 19, 2014, has deferred the listing from December 21, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

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