Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 05:46 p.m.
MANILA -- The Philippines' top diplomat said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry have appealed to Manila not to withdraw more than 300 Filipino peacekeepers from the Golan Heights to avoid "maximum volatility" in the restive Middle East region.
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Wednesday the diplomats made the appeal to him in separate recent talks.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 05:34 p.m.
PUBLIC Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson said Wednesday that the government would no longer heed any call of some local government units (LGUs) to suspend the transfer of informal settlers to other places four months before the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls.
Some LGUs had requested not to transfer informal settlers who were clogging the major waterways in Metro Manila before the May 13 elections.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 04:54 p.m.
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) set three days for individuals interested to run in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls on October 28, 2013 to file their certificates of candidacy (COC).
Filing of COC will run from October 15 to 17, followed by the nine-day campaign period, according to the calendar of activities stated under Comelec Resolution 9715.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 04:42 p.m.
MANILA (Updated) -- A host nation having control in choosing the sports to be played in Southeast Asian (SEA) Games should be revisited by the regional federation, an official said late Tuesday.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Ricardo Garcia said the privilege is unfair to other countries trying to rule the biennial meet fair and square.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 04:38 p.m.
Three Philippine Embassy officials were ordered Wednesday to return to the country and face investigation on their alleged involvement in the forced prostitution of distressed female overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Also asked to fly back to the Philippines are the heads of embassies in Kuwait, Damascus in Syria and Amman in Jordan, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said after meeting Akbayan Representative Walden Bello, who exposed the alleged sex-for-repatriation practice on Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 04:37 p.m.
A PARTY-LIST lawmaker sought on Wednesday a review of the budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the 16th Congress amid the departure of weather forecasters to countries offering higher pay.
Cibac party-list Representative Sherwin Tugna also asked Malacañang to double its investment in the sciences.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 04:24 p.m.
MANILA (Updated, 4:55 p.m.) -- Suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) killed five civilians and burned heavy equipment in Agusan del Sur on Tuesday.
Police Superintendent Martin Gamba, public information officer of police Caraga region, said Wednesday the rebels attacked a rubber plantation in Sitio Camarangan, Barangay Hawilian in Esperanza town around 10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 04:10 p.m.
CEBU (Updated 5:06 p.m.) -- Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia showed up at the Cebu Provincial Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, two days after her 180-day suspension ended.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional legal officer Aiza Fiel Nogra said Garcia's suspension ended Monday, June 17, adding that she was supposed to resume office in June 18, Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 02:43 p.m.
THREE persons were reported injured when a tornado hit sitio Libo, Barangay Mohon in Talisay City, Cebu on Tuesday afternoon.
Felipa T. Solana, designated Disaster Risk Reduction Management officer of Talisay City, identified the wounded as Marichu Pantano, 30; Leticia Labadan, 48; Rosie Cebentario, 35, all residents of sitio Libo, Barangay Mohon, Talisay City.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 01:02 p.m.
MIAMI — The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 after overtime on Tuesday to square the series at 3-3 and force the NBA Finals to a decisive Game 7.
Miami's LeBron James shrugged off a poor start to get 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds while Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds to play to force overtime.