Continuous seismic, volcanic activity in Mayon

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:59 a.m.

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded three volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours in the area around Mayon Volcano in Albay.

The volcano, which exhibited seismic and volcanic activity earlier this year, remains at Alert Level 3, which means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks.

Plane crashes at Kansas airport, killing 4

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:14 a.m.

WICHITA, Kansas -- A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles (kilometers) around Wichita.

Three of the dead were inside a flight simulator in the building when the plane crashed into it at the city's Mid-Continent Airport, and the fourth was found on the roof and is believed to be the pilot, Wichita Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell said.

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

STOCKHOLM — Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

The European Union member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus, to do so, reflecting growing international impatience with Israel's nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Palace: Government offices half day on Friday

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

MALACANANG announced Thursday night that government offices will be on a half day on Friday in preparation for the All Saints' Day.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. issued Memorandum Circular 73, suspending work in government offices from 12:00 pm onwards on Friday to allow government employees more time to travel to their respective provinces.

Ex-senator Juan Flavier dies

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:12 p.m.

MANILA -- Former senator and Health secretary Juan Flavier succumbed to multiple organ failure brought about by pneumonia Thursday afternoon at National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City. He was 79.

Roby Alampay, Flavier's son-in-law, said the former head of the Department of Health (DOH) was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. while confined at the NKTI Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Senate questions Tiu's unnotarized document on Batangas property

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 06:22 p.m.

MANILA -- Senators slammed businessman Antonio Tiu after submitting a one-page memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the supposed purchase of a 350-hectare property in Rosario Batangas, which is "not notarized."

"Be ready to produce your own story. Review your story and produce the documents that back your story," said Senate blue ribbon subcommittee chair Senator Aquilino Pimentel III who was irked after Antonio Tiu submitted a one-page MOA between Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park and a certain Laureano Gregorio, the alleged owner of the 350-hectare farm.

DOH on code white alert beginning Friday

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 05:06 p.m.

BEGINNING Friday, all hospitals under the Department of Health (DOH) will be placed on Code White Alert.

DOH Acting Secretary Janette Garin said they are already raising the Code White Alert on the eve of the observance of All Saints' Day.

Abaya orders LTFRB to work with Uber

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 04:49 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya ordered Thursday the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to coordinate with Uber to modernize the country's public transport rules.

The directive came after LTFRB started apprehending Uber vehicles due to lack of franchise to operate.

AFP to press charges vs Laude lawyer

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 04:43 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is studying the possibility of filing a disbarment case against the lawyer of the slain transgender Filipino Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude for allegedly misbehaving inside a restricted area at Camp Aguinaldo, a military official said.

AFP chief of the Public Affairs Office Harold Cabunoc said the AFP is "strongly considering" the filing of charges against lawyer Harry Roque before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines due to his inappropriate actions inside the AFP headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Aquino approves P167.9B Yolanda rehab plan

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 03:44 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has approved the P167.9-billion rehabilitation and recovery plan for areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November last year, Malacanang said Thursday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that upon the recommendation of the Office Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) and the endorsement of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), Aquino gave his go signal for the implementation of 8,000-page Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP).

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