7 more countries granted visa-free privilege

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 06:59 p.m.

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday that nationals of seven more countries will now enjoy visa-free privilege to enter the Philippines for a period of stay of 30 days.

These countries are Belize, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Over P14-M worth of marijuana destroyed in Benguet

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 05:30 p.m.

THE anti-narcotics agency and the police have destroyed over P14 million worth of marijuana during a three-day eradication operation in Benguet province, an official said Tuesday.

No travel restriction yet to Mers-Cov-affected countries

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 04:56 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) has not recommended the restriction of travel to countries with confirmed cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (Mers-Cov).

“There are no travel restrictions to and from Middle East countries,” the DOH said on Tuesday, adding the Bureau of Quarantine is continuously screening passengers at any point of entry.

French national dies after falling into cliff

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 02:40 p.m.

A 76-YEAR-OLD French national died when he fell into a cliff in Trece Martires City in Cavite on Monday, a police report said Tuesday.

The victim, Juan Linares, who is presently residing at Heritage Homes in Gregorio village in Trece Martires City, died of multiple head and body injuries.

Priest discourages chanting of 'Pasyon' through popular tunes

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 02:38 p.m.

A CATHOLIC priest still prefers the traditional way of chanting the "Pabasa ng Pasyon" or "Reading of Passion" over the version of young Filipinos using the tune of hit songs such as “Roar” and “Wrecking Ball.”

Fr. Kunegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY), reminded those who are attending the "Pabasa" that its purpose is not to amuse.

Penitents warned vs health risks

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 02:35 p.m.

THOSE who wish to undergo self-flagellation or crucifixion as their form of penance this Holy Week are at risk of getting ill, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said illnesses such as wound infection and dehydration threaten penitents, especially if they do not employ precautionary measures.

SC asked anew to extend TRO on power rate hike

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 02:27 p.m.

MILITANT lawmakers called for another extension on Tuesday to the Supreme Court’s (SC) temporary restraining order on the record-high generation charge to be passed on to the consumers of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

In an eight-page urgent motion, the Makabayan bloc said Meralco, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), and power plants should be prevented from causing “grave and irreparable injury” to some five million electricity customers in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon.

Australian firm to start commercial flow testing of oil find in Aloguinsan, Cebu

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 02:18 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- An Australian oil exploration firm will start actual commercial flow testing of its oil find in the southern Cebu town of Aloguinsan late this month up to early May, a Department of Energy (DOE) official said.

DOE-Visayas Director Antonio Labios said Gas2Grid has already started its mobilization which will last for one to two weeks.

US mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:38 p.m.

PROVO, Utah -- Authorities said a U.S. woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and put them inside boxes in the garage of her home in the western state of Utah.

According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies and that all but one of them were born alive.

Killing of environmental activists rises globally

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:25 a.m.

BANGKOK — As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff — until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him.

A year later, his three alleged killers, including a senior government official, are on trial for murder. The dumping has been halted and villagers are erecting a statue to their slain hero.

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