Friday, July 27, 2012 - 11:59 a.m.
MANILA -- A critic of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she may be acquitted of rigging the 2007 election results after she was temporarily freed by a Pasay City court because of weak charges.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said the granting of bail is a preview towards dismissal of the case unless the Commission on Elections (Comelec) can build up strong evidence that will really pin down Arroyo during trial.
Friday, July 27, 2012 - 01:43 a.m.
LONDON — People across much of the planet briefly experienced problems accessing Twitter on Thursday, a day before the 2012 Olympic Games are expected to cause a spike in use of the micro-blogging site.
The San Francisco-based company acknowledged the problem, saying in a statement that its engineers were "currently working to resolve the issue," although it didn't go into further detail. It is the second time in just over a month that the site has been hit by problems.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 10:18 p.m.
LONDON — Roger Federer is back at Wimbledon a few weeks after winning his seventh title there, opening his bid for Olympic gold against Colombian Alejandro Falla.
Serena Williams, who also won at the All England Club, plays Jelena Jankovic in the first round.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 06:56 p.m.
MANILA -- Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will visit her constituents in the second district of Pampanga Friday after she checks out of a health facility in Tagaytay City.
"She was advised by her doctor that she can visit her district as long as she wears her neck brace and avoid using his voice box," Arroyo's spokesperson, Elena Bautista-Horn, said in a statement released Thursday night.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 06:49 p.m.
MANILA -- Two security guards were killed while another was injured during a bank robbery in Lucena City in Quezon province on Thursday afternoon.
Quezon provincial director Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon said undetermined number of suspects swooped into the United Coconut Planters Bank in the city around 3:05 p.m.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 05:43 p.m.
MANILA (Updated, 5:37 p.m.) -- Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro denied on Thursday she convicted former President Joseph Estrada of plunder five years ago in exchange for a seat in the Supreme Court.
"I don't think so. I've been in the government for a long time. In fact, it (appointment) was delayed because they wanted someone who was there from the beginning (to preside the case)," she told the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 04:41 p.m.
MANILA -- Presidential Benigno Aquino III has declared August 11, which falls on a Saturday, as a special (non-working) day in the province of Samar in celebration of its Foundation Day.
The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation 427 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. on July 10, 2012, to give the people of Samar the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 04:23 p.m.
MANILA (2nd Update, 4:23 p.m.) -- A day after she walked free from eight months in detention, the successor of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wanted her back in jail for a separate case of plunder filed by the Ombudsman last week.
In an ambush interview in Pasay City Thursday, President Benigno Aquino III said Arroyo is not a free person yet since she has to face a non-bailable charge of plunder before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 02:52 p.m.
MANILA (Updated, 2:52 p.m.) -- Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday went to Tagaytay City to seek alternative treatment for her ailments from Dr. Antonia Park.
The clinic of Dr. Park, who is famous for treating patients with alternative modalities, is located in Barangay San Jose, Tagaytay City.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 02:27 p.m.
BANGKOK — Asian stock markets rose Thursday amid hopes Europe will give its bailout fund more financial firepower but gains were tempered as South Korea reported its economic growth slowed to a two-year low.
Markets have been rattled over the past few days by fears that Spain, the fourth-largest economy among the 17 states that use the euro, could need a bailout along the lines of Greece, Ireland and Portugal.