Evacuation implemented, classes called off

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Preemptive evacuation has been implemented while classes have been suspended in several areas in the Visayas and Mindanao as Tropical Depression Queenie made landfall Wednesday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Queenie has maintained its strength with winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center as of 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Putin's tiger kills 15 goats in China

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

BEIJING -- A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping farmers in northeastern China on edge.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the animal, named Ustin, bit and killed 15 goats and left another three missing on Sunday and Monday on a farm in Heilongjiang province's Fuyuan county.

P2.6-T national budget approved

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:34 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Senate approved on third and final reading Wednesday the P2.6-trillion proposed national budget in 2015.

Senate President Franklin Drilon approved the manifestation of Senator Edgardo Angara to pass the 2015 General Appropriations Act.

Ex-PCGG chief indicted for 2 counts of graft

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 08:06 p.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to indict former head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) for attempting to influence his brother, an appellate court's justice, on a case pending before him.

In a joint resolution, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to indict former PCGG chairman Camilo Sabio for two counts of violation of Section 3(a) of Republic Act 3019 (Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and for violation of Article 243 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).

Senate OKs P82,000 tax exemption on 13th month pay, bonuses

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 07:55 p.m.

THE Senate approved on third and final reading Wednesday the bill seeking to raise the tax ceiling for 13th month pay and other benefits to P82,000.

The original version of the bill pegged the tax exemption cap to P75,000 but it was raised to P82,000 upon the recommendation of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.

Pinay CNN Hero of the Year to speak at natural birthing forum

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 07:45 p.m.

IN ITS commitment to collaborate with Cebuano parents and other concerned individuals in molding children's minds, hands, and hearts in a healthy and truly holistic manner, St. Michael's Play Garden, the only Steiner Waldorf preschool in Cebu, will host a forum entitled "Gentle Birthing, Mothering, and Schooling" with the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year, Robin Lim.

The forum will be held on Friday, November 28, at the main function room at the 4th floor of the Agustin Jereza Building of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) campus along Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City.

SC urged to stop bidding for 2016 poll machines

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 07:17 p.m.

A FORMER government official asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday to halt next week's bidding for the automated counting machines to be used in the 2016 presidential elections.

In a petition, former immigration commissioner Homobono Adaza said the bidding set for December 4 should be canceled because the Commission on Elections (Comelec) allegedly failed to resolve issues regarding the performance of 2010 and 2013 poll technology provider, Smartmatic.

Classes in Cebu suspended Thursday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 06:10 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- The City and Province of Cebu suspended classes in public schools on Thursday, November 27, due to Tropical Depression "Queenie."

The state weather bureau has placed southern Cebu under public storm signal number 1 as Queenie intensified Wednesday while moving closer to Surigao del Sur Province.

Palace respects SC decision vs Ejercito

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:33 p.m.

MALACANANG said Wednesday that it respects the ruling of the Supreme Court upholding the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of unseating Laguna governor Emilio Ramon "ER" Ejercito for poll overspending.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Palace recognizes the high court's decision.

WHO opposes use of malaria drug as dengue treatment

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:28 p.m.

THE World Health Organization (WHO) is warning the Department of Health (DOH) against implementing an order issued by Secretary-on-leave Enrique Ona that approves the use of a drug meant to cure malaria for dengue patients.

Based on the November 21 letter to acting Health Secretary Janette Garin, the WHO Philippines is opposed to the idea of Department Order No. 2014-0161 issued by Ona, which calls for the use of artemisinin combination treatment (ACT) to treat dengue cases.

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