SC stops Benguet road project

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 05:37 p.m.

ROAD opening and tree cutting activities in the Mount Santo Tomas watershed in Benguet were stopped Tuesday by the Supreme Court (SC) following a petition filed by church leaders and concerned residents.

In its regular session, the SC issued a temporary environmental protection order (Tepo) that stopped Tuba, Benguet, Mayor Florencio Bentrez and Baguio City Representative Nicasio Aliping from continuing the road project leading to a property owned by the lawmaker's brother.

PHL reaches 20,000 mark in HIV cases

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 05:24 p.m.

THE Philippines now has more than 20,000 people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), 30 years since the first case was reported in the country.

According to the August 2014 Philippine HIV/AIDS Registry Report, there are now 20,424 HIV cases recorded in the country since 1984.

Aquino meets with embattled PNP chief

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 03:54 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III had a heart-to-heart talk with embattled Philippine National Police chief General Alan Purisima in Malacanang on Monday, a Palace official confirmed on Tuesday.

"My understanding is that the PNP chief has talked with the President," said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a regular press briefing.

Fire hits Barangay Luz, Cebu

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 03:49 p.m.

CEBU (5th Update) -- Around 50 to 60 houses made of light materials were destroyed by a fire that hit Barangay Luz in Cebu City Tuesday afternoon, a village official said.

Barrio Luz captain Jerome Pagador said in an interview over Radio dyLA that around 150 to 200 families in three sitios -- Abellana, Sto. Niño and Sta. Cruz -- were evacuated. Some of them are now housed at the Barrio Luz Elementary School.

Sacked Sandigan justice accused of influencing SC

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:35 p.m.

A SUPREME Court (SC) member called out dismissed Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong for trying to influence the high tribunal when he offered to resign ahead of last week's vote on his fate.

SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the offer, which was made through an informal letter circulated through other magistrates, could have been another basis for kicking Ong out of the judiciary.

Amid resignation calls, Purisima says he will stay

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 01:48 p.m.

AMID increasing calls for him to resign as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Director General Alan Purisima said Tuesday that he will stay and would continue to do his work.

"Kung kailan winawakasan ang katiwalian sa pambansang kapulisan, saka pa tayo binabato ng pagdududa ng mga puspusang humahadlang sa pagbabago at nagnanais na ipagpatuloy ang tiwaling system," said Purisima at the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs.

HK protesters set deadline for government

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:20 p.m.

HONG KONG -- Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

A brief statement from the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement said it had set an Oct. 1 deadline for the city's unpopular Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to meet their demands for genuine democracy and for him to step down as leader of Hong Kong.

South Korean ship runs aground

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:08 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea -- A South Korean cruise ship ran aground off the southwestern coast Tuesday but all of the 109 people aboard the vessel have been rescued, coast guard officers said.

The 171-ton ship was carrying 104 tourists and five crew members on Tuesday morning when it struck a rock in the water off the southwestern Jeolla province, coast guard officers said on condition of anonymity citing department rules.

Court junks Gigi Reyes request for laptop, internet access

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:39 p.m.

THE anti-graft court junked on Monday the request of lawyer Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes to have a personal laptop and wireless internet device inside her detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

In the resolution, the Sandiganbayan third division denied Reyes' petition, saying she may use the said gadgets to plan her escape.

Clooney, Alamuddin tie the knot in Venice

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:37 p.m.

VENICE, Italy -- George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin had a second opportunity to say "I do" when they celebrated a civil ceremony in a historic palace along Venice's Grand Canal.

The couple tied the knot two days earlier in a private ceremony attended by Hollywood celebrity friends and family. On Monday, they followed up with a required civil procedure before Italian authorities.

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