Aquino monitors standoff in Golan Heights

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 01:24 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III decided Friday to cut short his provincial trip to attend to the situation of Filipino peacekeepers involved in a standoff with Syrian rebels in Golan Heights.

In a speech, the Chief Executive assured that there was no immediate danger against the 75 Filipino peacekeepers, who are members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Undof).

Estrada suspension stays

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:58 p.m.

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan fifth division upheld the 90-day suspension of detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada on Friday for his plunder case related to the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

DOH to come out with guidelines on handling corpses of Ebola victims

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:22 p.m.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE -- The Department of Health (DOH) is already finalizing the guidelines that will be used in handling the corpses of would-be victims of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).

Speaking here at the Health Issues 102 Media Seminar, DOH Spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said they are already set to come out with the guidelines as part of the country's preparation for the possible entry of the dreaded disease currently wreaking havoc in West Africa.

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, California — For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have photographed these "sailing rocks" being blown by light winds across the former lake bed.

Supreme Court 'meddling too much'

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:42 p.m.

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday that the Supreme Court meddles too much in political issues, reiterating he was open to amend the Constitution to clip the judiciary's power.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of Aquino, said she had enormous respect for him and the court would only respond to political and constitutional questions through its rulings.

Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 09:54 p.m.

NEW YORK — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says.

Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Provence's Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France.

Sandiganbayan: Evidence vs Joc-joc Bolante insufficient

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 08:42 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan second division has found insufficient evidence to proceed with the plunder case of former Agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-joc" Bolante over the P728-million fertilizer fund scam.

In the resolution, the court said the prosecution team needs to show that Bolante amassed at least P50 million from illegal transactions or the case against him and all his co-defendants will be dismissed.

Aquino on Pacquiao, Pope, ice bucket challenge, love life etc.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 07:05 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has expressed concern to boxing icon Sarangani Representative Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao who is facing a multi-billion peso tax case.

In an interview with Bombo Radyo aired on Thursday, the Chief Executive said Pacquiao could already be confused because of so many contrasting advices that he received from different people.

UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 06:58 p.m.

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now.

A new plan to stop Ebola by the UN health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported.

LPA to bring rains over Metro Manila, nearby provinces

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 06:58 p.m.

THE low pressure area (LPA) spotted near the vicinity of Tagbilaran City will continue to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers in most part of the country within the next 24 hours, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the LPA has a small chance of developing into a tropical depression.

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