Toll of commandos killed in Maguindanao clash rises to 43

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

MANILA -- The number of police commandos killed in a fierce battle with Moro rebels after launching an assault in Maguindanao province rose to 43, officials said Monday.

AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 07:47 p.m.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia on Monday scrapped fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices.

AirAsia said the move also applies to flights under its long-haul arm AirAsia X.

Palace still pushes for BBL passage despite Maguindanao incident

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 07:06 p.m.

DESPITE the tragic incident where over 40 policemen were killed in Maguindanao, the Aquino administration underscored Monday the importance of still pushing for the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the passage of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

In a regular press briefing, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the government's position on the peace process remains.

PNP honors cops deployed on Pope visit

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 06:48 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) awarded on Monday the "Medalya ng Paglilingkod sa Santo Papa" to officials and personnel involved in providing security during the five-day visit of Pope Francis.

PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas II led the simple awarding ceremony at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Sandiganbayan junks Estrada’s motion to fix bail

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 06:30 p.m.

THE anti-graft court junked on Monday the motion to fix bail of detained Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada in connection with his plunder case over the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

In a resolution released by the Sandiganbayan fifth division, the court said it is “premature to rule on the availability of such remedy" because the prosecution has yet to terminate the presentation of evidence against the senator.

Ex-Iloilo lawmaker, DOTC officials face charges for ‘ghost’ cellphones

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 04:58 p.m.

A FORMER Iloilo congressman and top officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) have been indicted for ghost purchase and delivery of cellular phones worth P6.2 million, the Office of the Ombudsman said Monday.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has approved the filing of information for malversation through falsification and violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices against former Iloilo representative Judy Syjuco and DOTC Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) chairman Domingo Reyes Jr.

Magnitude 5.1 quake hits Negros Occidental

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 04:54 p.m.

CEBU -- A magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit the province of Negros Occidental at 3:09 p.m. Monday, the state seismologists reported.

2 planes evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma airport 

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 04:08 p.m.

SEATAC, Washington — Two planes were evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to what a spokesman called a "security concern."

Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were involved. The flights arrived Sunday afternoon.

FBI: Hunt continues for suspect in bomb threats against jets

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 04:08 p.m.

ATLANTA -- Federal law enforcement officials are continuing to pursue a suspect after recent bomb threats targeted two jets bound for Atlanta, prompting F-16 fighter jets to escort the planes, an FBI agent said Sunday.

"We certainly take these types of threats seriously and we're pursuing them aggressively," Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Stephen Emmett told The Associated Press, a day after the threats were made.

Binay son ordered arrested for skipping Senate hearings

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 01:50 p.m.

MANILA – Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and five other individuals are facing detention in the Senate for repeatedly snubbing the chamber’s probe into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

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