Judge in Laude murder case urged to inhibit

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 07:16 p.m.

STATE prosecutors asked the judge handling the murder trial of United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton to step aside due to her relationship with one of the American's lawyers.

Prosecutors said Monday Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde of the Olongapo City Regional Trial branch 74 was a classmate of Pemberton's counsel, lawyer Rowena Flores, at the San Beda College Law School. The Rules of Court provide that inhibition on the part of judges or judicial officers is voluntary, citing "just or valid reasons."

PSE: Prolonged breaks disruptive to financial system

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 06:58 p.m.

THE Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) urged Monday the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to take action to prevent disruption in the financial system whenever there are prolonged holidays, such as what will happen in the next two weeks.

Consistent with Proclamation No. 655 issued by Malacanang on September 25, 2013, PSE President and CEO Hans Sicat said that there will be no trading during the days declared as regular and special non-working holidays over the Christmas break.

Aquino to ink 2015 budget law on Tuesday

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 05:37 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is set to sign the P2.6-trillion budget for next year in a ceremony in Malacanang on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Monday that the signing of the General Appropriations Act for 2015 stands as a testament to the lengthy reviews and planning undertaken by agencies in order to improve the way they serve the public.

DOH: Keep children away from firecrackers

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 05:14 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is urging adults to closely monitor their children as many of them are expected to use firecrackers and fireworks in the days leading to the New Year celebration.

“If you see a child playing with firecrackers, act decisively, and wisely. Immediately seize the firecrackers from them and put them away where they cannot get them again,” said the DOH.

Palace: No action yet on Lacson’s resignation

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 05:14 p.m.

MALACAÑANG said Monday that there was no action yet on the irrevocable resignation that Secretary Panfilo Lacson of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) has submitted to President Benigno Aquino III.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that what has been transmitted to the Office of the President was a review of the work done by Lacson's office and its proposal to bring about a transition.

Pope to sit down with 10 religious leaders

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:49 p.m.

(UPDATED)POPE Francis will have a brief meeting with leaders of the various religious groups at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila on January 18.

Fr. Carlos Reyes, executive secretary of the Inter-religious dialogue of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said that 10 leaders from various religious sects are expected to meet with the Pope to discuss about unity and other matters with regard to religious harmony.

Poe to DOTC: Stop MRT fare hike

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:10 p.m.

SENATOR Grace Poe urged the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday to postpone the "unnecessary and untimely" fare hike of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) effective January 4 next year.

Poe, who led a Senate inquiry on the malfunction of MRT-3, said the fare increase would only bring "insult and injustice" to the commuters.

N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 01:51 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea -- President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."

Binay, Poe, Roxas top poll on presidential bets

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 01:28 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe, and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II were chosen as top three leaders most likely to succeed President Benigno Aquino III in 2016, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Monday.

Binay ranked first with 37 percent, followed by Poe with 21 percent and Roxas with 19 percent.

PNP on heightened alert for holiday exodus

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 01:00 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) was placed under heightened alert status on Monday due to people expected to flock malls, transportation terminals, and other places of convergence during the holiday season.

PNP deputy spokesman Roberto Po said all 150,000 police forces were alerted against any possible threat to public safety and security and peace and order during the observation of Christmas and New Year.

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