Palace: Peace talks with Reds may resume after release of 4 cops

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 06:24 p.m.

MALACANANG described Wednesday the release of four policemen who were abducted by communist rebels in Surigao del Norte as a "groundbreaking event" that could lead to the resumption of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDF).

Anti-Aquino protesters want probe on use of water cannon

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 06:21 p.m.

MILITANT groups will conduct an investigation into the use of water cannon to turn back protesters who marched along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, in Monday's State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said the protesters experienced itchiness in the body and their clothes turned pink after authorities used water cannons to disperse them.

Palace: No coup plot vs Aquino

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 06:09 p.m.

MALACANANG dismissed on Wednesday rumors of a coup plot against the government as it also rejected proposal to conduct loyalty check among the members of the military.

"There are no reports of restiveness among the rank and file of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.

NBI: No suspect yet in car racer’s death

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 05:57 p.m.

A RANKING official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Wednesday it is still not finished with its parallel probe on the fatal shooting last June 12 of international race car driver Ferdinand "Enzo" Pastor.

Emerging from a meeting with Secretary Leila de Lima and Pastor's parents at the Department of Justice (DOJ), NBI Director Virgilio Mendez said they have no concrete lead yet on the motive behind Pastor's death.

Aquino submits to Congress proposed P2.606-T budget for 2015

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 05:07 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III, through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), submitted on Wednesday the government's proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget to Congress.

The administration's proposed expenditure program for 2015 is 15.1 percent higher from the current year's P2.265-trillion budget, representing 18.4 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and reflecting the jump in the Administration's growth assumption of 7.0-8.0 percent for 2015.

DOJ still evaluating 3rd batch of PDAF cases

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 04:59 p.m.

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima could still not say when they will file the third batch of complaints in relation to the pork barrel scam.

In a chance interview, de Lima said Wednesday the Department of Justice (DOJ) is still evaluating the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), especially on the basis of the conclusion that some concerned lawmakers took kickbacks for sponsoring ghost projects of businesswoman Janet Napoles' bogus foundations.

10 PDEA informants receive P5.8M

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 04:50 p.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has released P5.8 million as cash rewards to 10 civilian informants under its Operation Private Eye, an official said Wednesday.

The Private Eye Rewards Committee, composed of members from academe, non-government organizations, law enforcement, religious and business sectors, approved a resolution granting the monetary rewards to the informants after a careful deliberation, said PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr.

Dole: Job loss only in 3 regions

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 04:30 p.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said Wednesday that of the 17 regions in the country, only three suffered from employment losses based on the April 2014 Labor Force Survey (LFS).

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said only Cagayan Valley, Eastern Visayas, and Zamboanga Peninsula did not see an employment growth during the surveyed period.

Nearly 150 feared trapped in India landslide

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 04:05 p.m.

NEW DELHI — A landslide hit a village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and burying nearly 150 people, officials said.

Local commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh said federal rescue workers were being hampered by continuing rains and poor roads leading to the village of Ambe in Pune district in Maharashtra state, where the landslide buried about 40 houses.

AFP: No destabilization plot vs Aquino

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 03:31 p.m.

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Wednesday that it has not monitored any destabilization plot against the Aquino administration.

AFP Public Affairs chief Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said the military remains loyal to the chain of command and in its mission to protect and defend the country against any possible threat.

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