Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 09:43 p.m.
MANILA — An indie drama that explores the loneliness and missed opportunities of an ailing, 70-year-old gay man is testing Philippine sensibilities about sexuality and, if it passes the Academy Awards' nomination process, may get a shot as the country's entry in the best foreign-language film competition next year.
"Bwakaw," or "Voracious," has received positive reviews and local awards, and is doing the rounds of international film festivals in Toronto, New York, Hawaii and Tokyo.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 07:56 p.m.
MANILA -- Refusing to wilt until the last minute, La Salle overcame a stiff challenge from Far Eastern University on Wednesday, 69-66, to arrange a semifinal showdown with archrival Ateneo de Manila in the 75th UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
With the win, the Green Archers earned a spot in the Final Four it missed last year while the Tamaraws failed to stop a three-game slump to be booted out of title contention, the first since 2007.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 07:38 p.m.
JOLO, Sulu — Philippine officials said more than 100 marines have left southern Sulu province, where they helped battle al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants for years, to a western province to help reinforce the country's claims in disputed South China Sea territories.
Officials said a significant military force of about 5,000 will remain in Sulu to deal with lingering Abu Sayyaf threats.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 05:34 p.m.
MANILA -- Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Heidi Mendoza on Wednesday testified on the graft case filed against the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay before the Sandiganbayan over alleged anomalous purchase of furniture for the Makati City hall.
Appearing before the anti-graft court's Fifth Division, the COA official said the bidding for the furniture amounting to P72 million during the term of city mayor Elenita Binay had been rigged.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 04:59 p.m.
MANILA -- The Philippine government's fiscal deficit reached to P71.208 billion for the first eight months to August this year, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Wednesday.
The budget shortfall from January to August was 106 percent higher than the P34.493 billion that was recorded during the same period of 2011.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 04:02 p.m.
NINE people were killed and nine others were injured in a road accident in Nueva Ecija province Wednesday dawn, the police said.
The police identified six out of the nine persons who perished Wednesday dawn in a road collision between a truck, passenger bus and a motorcycle.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 03:48 p.m.
MANILA -- The police group tasked to implement the new cybercrime law vowed to go after web hackers and other individuals who engage in coercive and illegal activities using the internet.
Police Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr., chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), warned cybercriminals that the police will "decisively" deal with them with the enactment of the Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 02:52 p.m.
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has declared October 4 (Saturday) a special non-working day in the municipality of Siquijor, province of Siquijor, in celebration of the "Dilaab Festival".
President Aquino issued the declaration through Proclamation 471 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. on September 13 to give the people of Siquijor the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 01:40 p.m.
MANILA -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told a group of human rights watchdogs that had been instrumental in cutting United States military aid to the Philippines that the Aquino administration has taken steps to reduce cases of extrajudicial killings and related violations.
In a meeting on Tuesday at the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., De Lima said the government has not used violence, intimidation or threats to curtail rights of individuals.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 01:15 p.m.
MANILA -- Politicians should no longer debate whether it would be wise and economical to split Camarines Sur into two provinces, Senator Francis Escudero said, as he left the decision to the people through a plebiscite.
"Let's just leave the choice and decision to the people of Camarines Sur and let us all respect their choice," he said in a chance interview.