US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 08:41 p.m.

MONROVIA, Liberia -- US mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease.

Liberia is the hardest hit country in the largest ever Ebola outbreak, which has touched four other West African countries. More than 3,000 deaths have been linked to the disease across the region, according to the World Health Organization, in the largest outbreak ever.

PAL to fly to New York starting March next year

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 08:06 p.m.

THE Philippine Airlines is set to fly early next year to New York City as part of its expansion program to the United States east coast.

In a statement, PAL said that it will be flying to New York starting March 15, 2015.

Purisima admits owning Nueva Ecija property

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 06:55 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima who is facing plunder, indirect bribery and graft charges explained Tuesday in detail his alleged "hidden wealth" before a Senate panel.

At the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, Purisima said he was able to acquire the 4.7-hectare land in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, in 1998 for only P150,000 and started building a house in the said property in 2002.

Lawmaker urges creation of task force to monitor ISIS recruitment

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 06:25 p.m.

A LAWMAKER proposed Tuesday the creation of an interagency special intelligence task force that would focus on the reported recruitment of Filipinos to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Muntinlupa City Representative Rodolfo Biazon, who chairs the House committee on national defense and security, urged the government to take the matter seriously to avoid another potential armed conflict in the country.

SC stops Benguet road project

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 05:37 p.m.

ROAD opening and tree cutting activities in the Mount Santo Tomas watershed in Benguet were stopped Tuesday by the Supreme Court (SC) following a petition filed by church leaders and concerned residents.

In its regular session, the SC issued a temporary environmental protection order (Tepo) that stopped Tuba, Benguet, Mayor Florencio Bentrez and Baguio City Representative Nicasio Aliping from continuing the road project leading to a property owned by the lawmaker's brother.

PHL reaches 20,000 mark in HIV cases

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 05:24 p.m.

THE Philippines now has more than 20,000 people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), 30 years since the first case was reported in the country.

According to the August 2014 Philippine HIV/AIDS Registry Report, there are now 20,424 HIV cases recorded in the country since 1984.

Aquino meets with embattled PNP chief

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 03:54 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III had a heart-to-heart talk with embattled Philippine National Police chief General Alan Purisima in Malacanang on Monday, a Palace official confirmed on Tuesday.

"My understanding is that the PNP chief has talked with the President," said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a regular press briefing.

Fire hits Barangay Luz, Cebu

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 03:49 p.m.

CEBU (5th Update) -- Around 50 to 60 houses made of light materials were destroyed by a fire that hit Barangay Luz in Cebu City Tuesday afternoon, a village official said.

Barrio Luz captain Jerome Pagador said in an interview over Radio dyLA that around 150 to 200 families in three sitios -- Abellana, Sto. NiƱo and Sta. Cruz -- were evacuated. Some of them are now housed at the Barrio Luz Elementary School.

Sacked Sandigan justice accused of influencing SC

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:35 p.m.

A SUPREME Court (SC) member called out dismissed Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong for trying to influence the high tribunal when he offered to resign ahead of last week's vote on his fate.

SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the offer, which was made through an informal letter circulated through other magistrates, could have been another basis for kicking Ong out of the judiciary.

Amid resignation calls, Purisima says he will stay

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 01:48 p.m.

AMID increasing calls for him to resign as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Director General Alan Purisima said Tuesday that he will stay and would continue to do his work.

"Kung kailan winawakasan ang katiwalian sa pambansang kapulisan, saka pa tayo binabato ng pagdududa ng mga puspusang humahadlang sa pagbabago at nagnanais na ipagpatuloy ang tiwaling system," said Purisima at the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs.

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