PNP-SAF chief relieved after Maguindanao clash

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 05:40 p.m.

MANILA -- The head of the elite Philippine National Police (PNP)-Special Action Force (SAF) was relieved from his post after Sunday's fierce encounter between government troops and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Maguindanao that left over 40 police commandos dead.

DBM: 78% of 2015 national budget released

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 05:24 p.m.

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Tuesday that it has released to different government agencies 78 percent of the P2.606-trillion budget for this year.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said that the P2.037 trillion was released at the start of the year to address procurement and implementation delays and fast-track the release of funds for public goods and services.

Pemberton's appeal to drop murder case junked

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 05:09 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Philippines has rejected an appeal by a US Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year, clearing the way for the continuation of the trial in an Olongapo City court.

Ex-Sarangani executive convicted for fund misuse

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 04:55 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan has convicted a former Sarangani executive for appropriating funds to fraudulent non-government organizations (NGOs).

In a 23-page decision, the anti-graft court found Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Patricio Sol guilty of the complex crime of malversation through falsification of public documents and sentenced him to life imprisonment and perpetual special disqualification, and was order to indemnify the Province of Sarangani in the amount of P74,990.

DOTC awards LRT-2 East Extension to DMCI

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 03:43 p.m.

THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Tuesday that the construction of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) East Extension will soon start with the awarding of the contract to a private firm.

Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the construction of a 3.9-kilometer elevated guideway for the LRT-2 East Extension from the railway's current end-station in Santolan in Pasig City to Masinag in Cainta, Rizal will be undertaken by D.M. Consunji Inc. (DMCI), which bagged the contract with a winning bid of P2.27 billion.

Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 03:42 p.m.

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Two rounds after Roger Federer's unexpected exit from the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal has joined him on the sidelines.

Nadal's lack of match fitness from nearly six months of injuries and illness finally caught up with the 14-time major champion in his quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych on Tuesday. He was never much of a factor and lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5).

Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 03:29 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes on Tuesday affecting users worldwide.

The glitch reported in Asia, the United States, Australia and the U.K. affected access from PCs and Facebook's mobile app. The social media giant's Instagram service was also briefly inaccessible.

Oil firms hike gas prices by P.30, diesel by P.10

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 03:02 p.m.

MANILA -- Four oil firms in the country will enforce a 30-centavo hike on gasoline prices and 10 centavos on diesel prices per liter starting Tuesday.

Chevron Philippines Inc., Petron Corp., Seaoil Philippines Inc., and Pilipinas Sheel Petroleum Corp. said the change of prices reflect international market movements.

Abu Sayyaf, 7 others bolt Basilan jail

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 02:27 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- An alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and seven other inmates bolted from the Basilan provincial jail in Isabela City early Tuesday, a police official said.

Philippines condemns ISIS execution of Japanese

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:17 a.m.

THE Philippine government on Tuesday joined other nations in condemning the execution of Japanese national Haruna Yukawa by terror group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippines abhors such terror acts.

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