1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:27 a.m.

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian lawyer has set a world record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the center of the national capital.

Guinness World Records on Friday confirmed that the 120 kilometers (75 miles) of multicolored wire strung in the shape of three interconnected giant, wrapped Christmas gifts in a downtown Canberra mall was the largest image made of LED lights.

January 15-19, 2015 declared a holiday for Pope’s visit

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:57 p.m.

MANILA Mayor Joseph Estrada declared January 15-19, 2015 a holiday in the country's capital for the anticipated visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

On Thursday, Estrada signed Executive Order 75 or "An Order Declaring a Work Holiday in City Government Offices and suspension of classes during the Papal Visit and other purposes."

‘Queenie’ claims 1 in Cebu

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Tropical Depression Queenie claimed its first fatality in the Municipality of Malabuyoc, Cebu province on Thursday.

The Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CPDRRMC) identified the victim as Alona Baldado, 50 years old.

House willing to adopt P82,000 tax exemption cap for bonuses

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:18 p.m.

THE House of Representatives is willing to adopt the Senate of version of a bill raising to P82,000 the tax exemption ceiling for 13th month pay and other bonuses, a House leader said Thursday.

House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales II said that they will likely adopt the Senate version of the bill, which seeks to increase the current P30,000 tax exemption cap for bonuses in the public and private sectors.

141 families evacuated due to ‘Queenie’

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 08:26 p.m.

ONE-hundred forty one families in Mindanao were forced to evacuate their homes due to the effects of Tropical Depression "Queenie," disaster officials said Thursday.

In a report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the 141 families, which is composed of 639 individuals are now staying in seven evacuation centers in the areas of Bohol, Cebu and Caraga regions.

Palace: Charges to be filed vs NBP execs involved in drug trafficking

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 08:10 p.m.

MALACANANG said Thursday that charges will be filed against the officials of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) who could be found liable in conniving in the illegal drug trade inside the penitentiary.

In a regular press briefing, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that NBP will undergo an overhaul once the Department of Justice (DOJ) completes its investigation.

Norway, Japan envoys present credentials to Aquino

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 06:53 p.m.

NEW ambassadors of Norway and Japan can now perform their official task after presenting their respective credentials to President Benigno Aquino III in a simple ceremony in Malacanang Palace on Thursday.

In a statement, Malacanang said that Aquino first welcomed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway, Erik Forner, at the Music Room of Malacañang at 10 a.m.

DOJ to withdraw cases vs 59 suspected MNLF members

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 06:06 p.m.

FIFTY-NINE suspected members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) now have the chance to be cleared of liability in the bloody siege of Zamboanga City in September last year.

This developed after the Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to recommend the withdrawal of cases against them before the Pasig City Regional Trial Court branch 158 for lack of sufficient evidence.

Palace remains positive 6.5% GDP growth for 2014 still achievable

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 05:14 p.m.

MALACANANG expressed optimism on Thursday that the government could still achieve 6.5 percent gross domestic product (GDP) for this year despite a slower economic growth during the third quarter of this year.

In a press briefing, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the Aquino administration remains hopeful that the country's economy would rebound in the fourth quarter.

Senate sets Malampaya scam probe

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 04:53 p.m.

THE Senate blue ribbon committee will conduct the first hearing on the alleged P900-million Malampaya fund scam on December 1.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has filed Senate Resolution 271 seeking to conduct an investigation into allegations of corruption and embezzlement of the 2009 Malampaya funds by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

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