Friday, May 17, 2013 - 05:25 a.m.
MANILA -- Senator-elect Grace Poe-Llamanzares has promised to pursue the dreams of her father, Philippine movie king Fernando Poe Jr., who died six months after his controversial defeat in the 2004 presidential elections against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“He might not be able to swear in but at least, now I can pursue her dreams for our countrymen,” Poe said after she was proclaimed Thursday night at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 04:02 a.m.
GRANBURY, Texas -- Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service gave a preliminary estimate of Wednesday night's violent system, saying a tornado in Granbury had wind speeds between 166 mph (267 kph) and 200 mph (320 kph). Other tornadoes damaged nearby Cleburne and Millsap.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 11:59 p.m.
MANILA -- Taiwan's military conducted Thursday exercises in waters between Taiwan and the Philippines, close to the spot where Filipino coast guard personnel opened fire on a Taiwanese fishing vessel last week, killing a 65-year-old-crew member.
Two Lafayette frigates, one Kidd-class destroyer, two missile boats and assorted Mirage and locally produced jet fighters took part in the drill, underscoring Taiwan's anger over the incident, which has dominated local media coverage for the past week.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 09:24 p.m.
CEBU (6th Update) -- The canvassing of votes for Cebu City’s candidates finally came to a close Thursday evening with the proclamation of Edgar Labella as the duly elected vice mayor of the city.
Labella, runningmate of reelected Mayor Mike Rama, defeated incumbent Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young of the Bando Osmena Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) by only 184 votes, official results released by the City Board of Canvassers (CBOC) showed.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 08:22 p.m.
MANILA (Updated) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), proclaimed Thursday night the top six senatorial candidates at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.
The new senators are Team PNoy's Grace Poe-Llamanzares with 6,978,111 votes so far, Loren Legarda (6,405,625), Alan Peter Cayetano (5,989,369), Francis Escudero (5,944,573), Juan Edgardo Angara (5,593,601) and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) member Nancy Binay (5,787,423).
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 06:31 p.m.
MANILA -- Malacañang said Thursday that the red travel alert issued by Taiwan against the Philippines would hurt both sides.
"It does not do anyone good. Travel from their end will be affected as well. Their airlines will be affected. So does it help both countries when you do a travel ban?" said presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a news briefing.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 05:07 p.m.
MANILA -- Malacañang shrugged off Thursday the reported statement of Vice President Jejomar Binay that the victory of the three members of his family on different positions on Monday's elections was a preview of the 2016 political landscape.
Binay has admitted that he was aspiring to be a presidential candidate in the 2016 synchronized national and local polls.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 04:49 p.m.
MANILA (Updated 6:14 p.m.) -- Six winning senatorial candidates will be proclaimed Thursday night after the Commission on Elections en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), junked a motion seeking to suspend the proclamation.
"The commission en banc has unanimously resolved to deny the petition. We will proceed with the canvassing and the proclamation," said Brillantes, referring to the motion filed by the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 04:32 p.m.
MANILA -- Malacanang expressed hope on Thursday that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) could address the concerns on the delay in the proclamation of the winning senatorial candidates for the May 2013 midterm elections "as soon as possible."
In a press briefing, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Palace expects the poll body, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), to proclaim the winners Thursday night.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 04:22 p.m.
CEBU CITY (4th Update, 7:30 p.m.) -- The Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) proclaimed Thursday Governor Gwen Garcia as the elected representative of the third district of Cebu province.
Garcia of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) defeated Liberal Party’s candidate Geraldine Yapha by 1,984 votes.