SC to BIR: We’re not hiding anything

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:26 p.m.

A SUPREME Court (SC) official said Thursday that the justices are not shying away from transparency when it comes to their wealth.

In an email, SC spokesperson Theodore Te countered Bureau Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares' statement that the justices were "creating an exception for themselves" after she failed twice to secure copies of the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) of the magistrates from 2003 to 2012.

France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over northern Mali

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:21 p.m.

ALGIERS, Algeria — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, the plane's owner and a French government official said.

Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday), the official Algerian news agency APS said.

Prosecution blocks motion to open Luy’s bank records

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:56 p.m.

THE camp of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy blocked Thursday the move to open his bank records following a motion filed by the legal team of Janet Napoles, the scam's alleged mastermind.

Luy's legal counsel Martin Antero, during the bail hearing of Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. at the Sandiganbayan first division, vowed to file a motion to quash a subpoena ordering local banks to testify on the bank records of Luy as requested by Napoles' lawyer Stephen David.

Palace: Emergency powers for Aquino still being studied

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:11 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has no decision yet on the proposal of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla for him to have emergency powers to address the looming power shortage by next year, a Palace official said Thursday.

Aquino instead ordered the Department of Energy (DOE) to review the projected demand and supply of electricity in Luzon for 2015, as well as all available options to deal with a possible power shortfall in the summer months, said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. during the daily press briefing.

Aquino to ask for supplemental budget for incomplete DAP-funded projects

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:01 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will ask Congress to approve a supplemental budget for unfinished projects, which were initially funded under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Malacanang said Thursday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that seeking supplemental budget would be the Palace's way of expressing respect on the decision of the Supreme Court, which declared parts of DAP as unconstitutional.

Palace defends Edca anew amid 3rd impeach rap vs Aquino

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 06:38 p.m.

MALACANANG defended anew on Thursday the defense agreement between the Philippines and the United States amid the third impeachment complaint filed against President Benigno Aquino III.

The latest impeachment rap filed by different militant groups led by former Bayan Muna party-list representative Satur Ocampo against Aquino was based on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) between Manila and Washington.

DOTC: After 17 years, NAIA 3 fully operational by July 31

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 06:06 p.m.

THE Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 project will finally be ready for full airline operations by the end of this month 17 years after the government awarded its concession agreement, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Thursday.

With the opening of the NAIA 3 on July 31, Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that the terminal will now be ready to welcome 3.5 million more passengers as five more airline firms will transfer their operations here.

Budget chief defends DAP

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 05:58 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) - Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said on Thursday that the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) has benefited the Filipino people and has helped the government in improving the economy.

During a hearing conducted by the Senate committee on finance, Abad who has been tagged as the architect of DAP squarely faced the senators explaining that that government's economic stimulus fund is not unconstitutional as being projected by its critics as he maintained that it sped up the economic growth of the country.

PNP to set up firearms processing center in Marikina

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 03:37 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will install an assistance center in Marikina City from July 24 to 27 to facilitate the processing of License To Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF).

PNP Public Information chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said the PNP through this caravan encourages the holders and owners of illegal and unregistered firearms to have their guns registered.

SC urged to end presidential immunity from suit

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:49 p.m.

(UPDATED) A FORMER lawmaker asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday to stop the current practice of dismissing cases against a sitting president on the basis of immunity.

Former Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco said in a petition that the 1987 Constitution does not speak of any immunity for the president, who is removable by impeachment.

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