Palace: Government offices half day on Friday

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

MALACANANG announced Thursday night that government offices will be on a half day on Friday in preparation for the All Saints' Day.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. issued Memorandum Circular 73, suspending work in government offices from 12:00 pm onwards on Friday to allow government employees more time to travel to their respective provinces.

Ex-senator Juan Flavier dies

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:12 p.m.

MANILA -- Former senator and Health secretary Juan Flavier succumbed to multiple organ failure brought about by pneumonia Thursday afternoon at National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City. He was 79.

Roby Alampay, Flavier's son-in-law, said the former head of the Department of Health (DOH) was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. while confined at the NKTI Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Senate questions Tiu's unnotarized document on Batangas property

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 06:22 p.m.

MANILA -- Senators slammed businessman Antonio Tiu after submitting a one-page memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the supposed purchase of a 350-hectare property in Rosario Batangas, which is "not notarized."

"Be ready to produce your own story. Review your story and produce the documents that back your story," said Senate blue ribbon subcommittee chair Senator Aquilino Pimentel III who was irked after Antonio Tiu submitted a one-page MOA between Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park and a certain Laureano Gregorio, the alleged owner of the 350-hectare farm.

DOH on code white alert beginning Friday

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 05:06 p.m.

BEGINNING Friday, all hospitals under the Department of Health (DOH) will be placed on Code White Alert.

DOH Acting Secretary Janette Garin said they are already raising the Code White Alert on the eve of the observance of All Saints' Day.

Abaya orders LTFRB to work with Uber

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 04:49 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya ordered Thursday the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to coordinate with Uber to modernize the country's public transport rules.

The directive came after LTFRB started apprehending Uber vehicles due to lack of franchise to operate.

AFP to press charges vs Laude lawyer

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 04:43 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is studying the possibility of filing a disbarment case against the lawyer of the slain transgender Filipino Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude for allegedly misbehaving inside a restricted area at Camp Aguinaldo, a military official said.

AFP chief of the Public Affairs Office Harold Cabunoc said the AFP is "strongly considering" the filing of charges against lawyer Harry Roque before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines due to his inappropriate actions inside the AFP headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Aquino approves P167.9B Yolanda rehab plan

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 03:44 p.m.

MANILA -- President enigno Aquino III has approved the P167.9-billion rehabilitation and recovery plan for areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November last year, Malacanang said Thursday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that upon the recommendation of the Office Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) and the endorsement of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), Aquino gave his go signal for the implementation of 8,000-page Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP).

30 wounded in La Union bus accident

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 03:44 p.m.

ABOUT 30 passengers were rushed to the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center for treatment after the bus they were riding on crashed into a mango tree in Barangay Paringao, Bauag, La Union, around 9 a.m. Thursday.

The bus left Baguio City and was en route to the Province of Abra when the accident happened, according to Bombo Radyo report.

Half-day work in Cebu on Oct. 31

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 03:28 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- The Cebu Provincial Government declared a half-day work tomorrow, October 31, to allow government employees to prepare for All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

In a memorandum issued by Acting Governor Julian Daan, the Province said the declaration was made "to give full opportunity to our people to properly observe the day with all its religious fervor."

Hundreds feared buried under Sri Lanka mudslide

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 02:13 p.m.

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka -- A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed.

In the chaos that followed Wednesday morning's disaster, there was confusion about the number of dead and missing because government officials reported different figures and later reduced the number of missing by 100 without explanation.

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