Aquino joins Christians in observing Holy Week

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III has emphasized the sacrifices made by Jesus Christ for the salvation of humanity, as he joined fellow Christians in observing this year’s Holy Week.

Philippines, Japan discuss maritime issues

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:58 p.m.

TWO countries with a common rival in China met on Wednesday in Manila for the 7th Philippines-Japan Political-Military Meeting with maritime security as one of the agenda.

“During the dialogue, the delegations exchanged views on their respective countries’ national security policies and current regional issues. Further cooperation on maritime security as well as humanitarian assistance/disaster response were discussed,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Court orders arrest of 2 Coast Guard men

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 04:48 p.m.

A CAGAYAN court has ordered the arrest of two Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officers charged for the death of a Taiwanese fisherman off the coast of Batanes in May last year.

The arrest warrants issued by the Sta. Ana Municipal Trial Court Branch 11 are for Coast Guard Commanding Officer Arnold dela Cruz and Seaman First Class Mhelvin Bendo, who were accused of obstruction of justice.

3 dead in Romblon mine collapse

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 04:22 p.m.

THREE miners died when a mining site collapsed in Magdiwang town in Romblon province Wednesday.

Rosario Cabrera, director of the Office of Civil Defense in Calabarzon, said the victims were brought to the town's rural health unit after the incident but they didn’t make it alive.

293 missing in South Korea ferry sinking

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 04:03 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.

There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters, and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

Cornejo posts bail for grave coercion case

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:40 p.m.

MANILA -- Model-stylist Deniece Cornejo has avoided jail time this Holy Week after posting bail for her grave coercion case at the Taguig Metropolitan Trial Court on Wednesday.

Cornejo personally went to the court to pay P12,000 in exchange for her temporary freedom. Jed Fernandez, her co-accused, also did the same on Tuesday.

Tributes mark Boston bombing anniversary

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:13 p.m.

BOSTON — Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over Boston's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

"This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong," former Mayor Thomas Menino told an invitation-only audience of about 2,500 people at the Hynes Convention Center, not far from the finish line where three people died and more than 260 others were injured a year ago.

5 dead, 15 hurt in Camarines Sur bus crash

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:09 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Five people, including a two-year-old boy, died and six others were injured when the passenger bus they were riding rammed a parked cargo truck in Libmanan town in Camarines Sur on Wednesday.

Libmanan police chief Superintendent Vicente Costales Marpuri said the incident occured around 4 a.m. along a national road in Bikal village.

Reports: Ferry with 471 people sinking off South Korea

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:18 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — A government office said a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side.

South Korean media, including Yonhap news agency, said passengers were asked to jump overboard with life vests as the ship was on the verge of sinking. News reports said about 120 people have already been rescued.

LPA over Visayas may dissipate in 24 hours - Pagasa

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:48 a.m.

THE low pressure area (LPA) lingering inside the country for almost two weeks now is expected to dissipate in the next 24 hours, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Wednesday.

Pagasa weather forecaster Jun Galang said that the LPA is expected to dissipate because it is expected to hit land in some areas in the Visayas.

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