Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 09:23 p.m.
MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a consolidated bill that seeks to amend the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines to end the proliferation of so-called "botcha" or "double-dead" meat in markets through stiffer penalties on its sale, transport, and handling.
In a press briefing on Thursday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Chief Executive signed last May 15 Republic Act 10536 or “An Act Amending Republic Act 9296” which is the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 09:10 p.m.
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a consolidated bill setting the Philippine Standard Time (PST) and institutionalizing the first week of the year as the "National Time Consciousness Week."
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, in a press briefing on Thursday, said Aquino signed last May 15 Republic Act 10535 or "An Act to set the Philippine Standard Time in All Official Sources throughout the country, to provide funds for the installation, operation and maintenance of synchronized time devices to be displayed in key public places and to declare the first week of every year as National Time Consciousness Week."
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 07:55 p.m.
LEGAZPI CITY -- After a second try amid a windy condition, helicopters of the Philippine Air Force in Bicol were able to land along the slope of Mt. Mayon, enabling rescuers to extricate the injured Russian national who fell along the gully of the volcano.
The successful search and rescue operation for Mark Yuchagaev, 28, a Russian mountaineer who climbed the volcano on Sunday morning through the Miisi trail in Daraga, Albay province, without informing local authorities, was over after 32 hours of search and rescue operations mounted by the Albay Provincial Government.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 04:35 p.m.
MANILA — Dan Brown's description of Manila as "the gates of hell" in the American novelist's latest book has not gone down well with officials in the Philippines.
The book "Inferno," which is being sold in the Philippines, includes a character who is visiting the city and taken aback by poverty, crime and the sex trade.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 03:42 p.m.
MANILA -- Television networks and their talents must be educated on gender sensitivity and children and women's rights issues, the Court of Appeals said, as it upheld the one-month suspension on TV5 variety show "Willing Willie" in 2011.
The CA Second Division said the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) "correctly performed its duty" when it sanctioned the show for its episode showing then six-year-old boy "Jan-jan" gyrating like a macho dancer while being cajoled and goaded by host Willie Revillame and the audience.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 02:33 p.m.
MANILA -- The development of a property owned by the Philippines in Tokyo, Japan will not push through after the Court of Appeals issued an injunction in favor of the government.
This was a follow up to the 60-day temporary restraining order issued in October last year by the CA 14th Division, which acted against the writ of execution issued by the Pasay Regional Trial Court favorable to Masahiro Nagayama.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 02:26 p.m.
MANILA -- Former Dapitan mayor turned Makati judge Joseph Cedrick Ruiz will be sent to prison for withdrawing close to P1 million from the city's intelligence fund for his personal use in 2001.
Ruiz was penalized by the Sandiganbayan First Division with a jail term of around six to eight years for graft and between 12 and 18 years for malversation of public funds.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 02:24 p.m.
MANILA -- Senator-elect JV Ejercito Estrada on Thursday called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to look into the supposed "60-30-10" pattern of poll results bared by a math professor at the Ateneo de Manila University over the weekend.
Estrada is one of the three candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) who made it to the top 12 in last week's election. The other nine are from the administration coalition Team PNoy.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 02:13 p.m.
MANILA - Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin called the presence of a Chinese frigate, along with a group of fishing vessels off Ayungin Shoal, highly "unusual".
The frigate, with two Chinese Maritime Surveillance ships, was spotted by a Philippine aerial patrol 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 12:34 p.m.
MANILA -- A female manager of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Taft Avenue branch died after she was shot while driving her car in Manila.
Rose Marie Gatan was driving her sports utility vehicle on Apacible Street when gunmen onboard a motorcycle shot at the car, hitting her in the head.