Villar warns vs unsafe imported frozen meat

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 03:40 p.m.

MEAT retailers and vendors must stop selling imported frozen meat in public markets, Senator Cynthia Villar said on Wednesday.

Villar said selling of imported frozen meat in the market is not safe for the consuming public, which might put risk on their health.

Escudero: Senate version of 2015 budget complies with SC rulings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

SENATOR Francis Escudero assured that the Senate version of the 2015 national budget will define savings in full compliance with the Supreme Court decision on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Last Monday, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago delivered a privilege speech against the definition of savings in the budget as proposed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) through the National Expenditure Program (NEP).

SC orders recall polls in Puerto Princesa

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 03:07 p.m.

A MOVE to unseat Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron has gained steam after the Supreme Court (SC) allowed the conduct of recall elections there.

Voting 12-0, the SC ruled in favor of former Puerto Princesa information officer Alroben Goh's petition that accused the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of grave abuse of discretion for suspending the polls due to lack of funds.

Filipino in Saudi spared from beheading

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 03:05 p.m.

A FILIPINO seafarer in Saudi Arabia who killed a compatriot in 2008 has been spared from beheading after his victim's relatives forgave him for his crime.

Vice President Jejomar Binay said Wednesday Jonard Langamin will be released from Dammam Reformatory Jail as soon as he settles the blood money demanded by the heirs of the late Robertson Mendoza.

20 areas under storm signal no. 1 due to 'Queenie'

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:42 p.m.

CEBU CITY (Updated) -- Twenty areas, including the southern part of Cebu, are placed under public storm warning signal number 1 as Tropical Depression "Queenie" continues to move closer toward the eastern section of Mindanao on Wednesday, the state weather bureau said.

Domestic violence in NYC reflects the world

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:32 a.m.

UNITED NATIONS — New York City's legal counsel said Tuesday that police receive more than 770 reports of domestic violence every day — a figure the head of the U.N. women's agency said reflects what is happening in the world.

On the International Day to End Violence Against Women, New York City's top lawyer Maya Wiley also said "it's really a staggering fact that 40 percent of violent felonies in this city are related to domestic violence."

Global Voices holds Citizen Media Summit in Cebu in January

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

CEBU -- Participants from over 60 countries will gather in Cebu City on January 24-25 for the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015.

The event is the sixth biennial summit organized by Global Voices, the renowned international citizen media network founded in 2004 at Harvard University.

Nigeria: 2 female bombers kill 30 in Maiduguri

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 08:38 p.m.

BAUCHI, Nigeria -- Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday in a crowded market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people, said witnesses and a security official.

The two teenage girls dressed in full hijab entered the busy market and detonated their explosives, said Abba Aji Kalli, the Borno state coordinator of the Civilian Joint Task Force.

At least 13 killed in Egypt by building collapse

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 07:16 p.m.

CAIRO -- At least 13 people were killed when a seven-story building collapsed in the western Cairo suburb of Matariya early Tuesday, police officials said.

The officials said eight residents of the building were also injured when the building collapsed early Tuesday. Rescue teams are searching for other survivors trapped under the rubble and several surrounding buildings have been evacuated.

Palace optimistic on early passage of 2015 budget

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 06:42 p.m.

MALACANANG expressed optimism on Tuesday that the proposed budget for next year could be passed on time given the commitment by the leaders of both Houses of Congress.

This was despite the questions being raised by some senators, particularly Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, on the proposed 2015 national budget.

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