‘Arduous task’ ahead for people's bill vs pork barrel

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 02:27 p.m.

GATHERING six million signatures needed for a referendum on a bill that will abolish the corruption-tainted pork barrel system is difficult but possible, a militant group said Monday.

"We will face the great challenge of collecting six million signatures to pass the People’s Initiative Bill. It may be an arduous task, but we will succeed," said Youth Act Now convenor Victor Villanueva.

Aquino to public: Beware of those sowing doubt, lies

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 02:19 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III warned the public on Monday against those pretending of pushing for reforms but only seeking to sow doubt and lies.

The Chief Executive made the warning as he led the celebration of the National Heroes Day in Taguig City and amid the protest action in Rizal Park where participants called for the abolition of pork barrel.

Japan to offer drug for Ebola treatment

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 02:17 p.m.

TOKYO — Japan said Monday it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as potential treatment to fight the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan can offer the anti-influenza tablet favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., any time at the request of the World Health Organization.

Winners of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 01:37 p.m.

INGLEWOOD, California -- Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's (Monday Philippine time) MTV Video Music Awards.

The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter, amid the numerous rumors surrounding her marriage.

LPA to dissipate within 48 hours

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 01:12 p.m.

MANILA -- A low pressure area (LPA) spotted in Eastern Visayas is expected to dissipate within the next 48 hours, the state weather bureau said on Monday.

Weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the LPA is expected to hit landmass, and this may cause it to dissipate.

6.9-magnitude quake hits Peru

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:37 p.m.

LIMA, Peru -- A large 6.9-magnitude earthquake has struck a sparsely populated area of central Peru, the U.S. Geological Survey said Sunday.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Mario Casareto, spokesman for Peru's fire agency. He said authorities were still surveying the region, including the Ayacucho area where the quake was centered.

Ambassador: UK close to Identifying Foley killer

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

LONDON -- Britain's ambassador to the United States said police and spy agencies are close to identifying the English-accented militant depicted on video showing the killing of US journalist James Foley.

Peter Westmacott told CNN Sunday that "we're not far away" from naming the man in the Islamic State group video.

Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

BEIRUT -- Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province dominated by the extremist group, activists and state media said.

The jihadis launched their long-anticipated offensive last week to seize the sprawling Tabqa air field, located some 45 kilometers (25 miles) from the extremists' stronghold in the city of Raqqa. The air base was one of the most significant government military facilities in the area, containing several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition.

Strong quake hits Northern California

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

NAPA, California -- A strong earthquake rolled through California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, damaging some buildings, igniting fires, knocking out power to tens of thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness.

Two major injuries have been reported, and hospitals have been very busy with moderate injuries, Napa Division Fire Chief John Callanan said.

Gov’t to repatriate Pinoys in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 06:46 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Sunday it is already preparing for the mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Ebola-hit countries in West Africa.

These countries are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, said DFA spokesperson Charles Jose.

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