Japan provides Vietnam with 6 vessels

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 02:18 p.m.

HANOI, Vietnam — Japan will provide Vietnam with six vessels as part of a grant aid package that will boost Hanoi's maritime security patrol capacity at a time the country is locked in a territorial standoff with China in the South China Sea.

The deal announced Friday for the six used vessels worth 500 million Yen ($5 million) was signed by Vietnam's Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who is on a two-day visit for a cooperation conference.

SC orders Sandiganbayan to comment on Gigi Reyes' plea

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 01:40 p.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) directed the Sandiganbayan third division to comment on the petition of lawyer Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes seeking to end her detention and trial over the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice and third division chairperson Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and Associate Justices Samuel Martires and Alex Quiros have 10 days to comment on Reyes' petition, SC clerk of court Enriqueta Vidal said in a two-page resolution.

Ex-national treasurer: 2015 budget an election tool

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 01:33 p.m.

FORMER National Treasurer Leonor Briones said Friday next year's P2.606-trillion national budget might be used as a political tool of government officials and parties seeking election in 2016.

In her assessment of the 2015 budget, Briones said that practically almost half of it can be considered lump sums due to the lack of details and mechanisms for clear accountability, making the funds open to abuse.

US warns vs traveling to Ebola-hit countries

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 01:15 p.m.

NEW YORK -- US health officials warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history.

The travel advisory issued Thursday applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year.

Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwanese port

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 01:01 p.m.

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as a search for the cause began.

The series of explosions about midnight Thursday and early Friday struck a densely populated district where several petrochemical companies operate pipelines alongside the sewer system in Kaohsiung, a southwestern port with 2.8 million people.

Ona allays fears over Ebola spread

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:52 p.m.

HEALTH Secretary Enrique Ona sought to allay fears on Thursday over the possible entry of the deadly Ebola virus to the Philippines.

In an interview, Ona said there is no reason for the public to worry of being afflicted with the deadly virus as the Department of Health (DOH) is already preparing adequately.

All clear given at FEU after bomb scare; classes resume Friday

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:29 p.m.

POLICE have given the all clear after investigating a bomb threat at the Far Eastern University-Manila and the FEU Institute of Technology on Thursday.

"As of 2:30 p.m., the Explosives and Ordnance Division of Manila has declared the FEU Campus free from any bomb threats," the university said in a statement.

4 judges under further probe over ‘Ma’am Arlene’

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:59 p.m.

FOUR judges will undergo further investigation by the Court of Appeals (CA) in relation to the controversial elections of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA) in October last year, whose results were allegedly influenced by a certain Ma’am Arlene.

The Supreme Court (SC) identified them in a three-page resolution as Judge Rommel Baybay of Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 132, Judge Ralph Lee of Quezon City RTC branch 83, Judge Marino Rubia of Biñan, Laguna branch 24, and Judge Lyliha Aquino of Manila RTC branch 24.

Palace condemns rape of Filipina nurse in Libya

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:33 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Malacañang condemned on Thursday the kidnapping and alleged rape of a Filipina nurse by six Libyan youths.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Thursday reports that a Filipina nurse was abducted and raped before eventually being released in Tripoli, Libya.

Luy hard-drive pre-marked as evidence

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:55 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan first division allowed Thursday the pre-marking of Benhur Luy's external hard-drive as evidence in the plunder and graft cases of detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. related to the pork barrel scam.

In the continuation of Revilla's bail hearing, defense lawyers opposed the admission of the external storage device, which supposedly contains records of the senator's illegal transactions with Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, but the Sandiganbayan allowed it.

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