Gov't satisfied with US support over sea row – Malacanang

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 07:44 p.m.

THE Aquino government is satisfied with the support it is getting from the United States, especially regarding the country's territorial dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a Palace official said Wednesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said that statements of support from the US "have been encouraging and tend to affirm the cooperation and the partnership of both countries."

Palace: Philippines, Hong Kong relations back to normal

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 07:18 p.m.

THE relationship between the Philippines and Hong Kong is back to normal, Malacanang said Wednesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that this was the message conveyed by Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras after meeting with Hong Kong officials regarding how to put closure on the 2010 hostage taking incident wherein eight tourists from Hong Kong were killed at Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 07:15 p.m.

HONG KONG - Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations.

"The Philippine government expresses its most sorrowful regret and profound sympathy, and extends its most sincere condolences for the pain and suffering of the victims and their families," Hong Kong's leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, told reporters.

Gov't fails to contact all 414 Etihad passengers for MERS-CoV testing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 06:47 p.m.

AFTER more than a week, the concerned government agencies were yet to complete the tracking and testing for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) of all the more than 400 passengers of Etihad Airways flight EY0424 that arrived in Manila on April 15.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that as of Wednesday, there were still 43 passengers out of 414 who were yet to be contacted.

De Lima: No secret deal with Napoles

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 06:03 p.m.

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday allayed worries of the whistleblowers and their lawyers of the possibility of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles turning state witness.

De Lima is hoping to meet the whistleblowers and/or their lawyers next week after they claimed in a press conference that Napoles' statements may inject doubts into existing revelations and documents related to the corruption of public funds.

SC orders plebiscite on Cabanatuan City status

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 03:19 p.m.

ALL registered voters of Nueva Ecija should participate in the plebiscite to determine whether Cabanatuan deserves to be converted from a component city into a highly urbanized city (HUC), the Supreme Court (SC) said Tuesday.

In an email, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said the SC granted the petition of Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali, who claimed that the result of the plebiscite would affect the whole province.

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 02:21 p.m.

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Sherpa guides were leaving Mount Everest's base camp on Wednesday as part of a walkout following the mountain's deadliest disaster, as some expedition companies announced that they were canceling their climbs this season.

American climber Ed Marzec said he saw several Sherpas leaving the base camp and many others packing up their tents. Some were loading their equipment onto a helicopter that had landed at the camp.

Anti-Obama protesters clash with Manila police

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 02:09 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Police armed with truncheons, shields and water hose clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the United States Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and a looming pact that will increase the American military presence in the Philippines.

Riot policemen blocked the flag-waving activists near the heavily fortified embassy compound, but the protesters slipped past them, sparking a brief scuffle in view of motorists stuck in traffic.

Doctors remove uterus, ovaries of Napoles

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 01:16 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- A mass weighing 650 grams, uterus, and two ovaries were removed Wednesday from the reproductive system of Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Kid, baby die in Villasis town fire

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:14 a.m.

TWO children -- a four-year-old kid and a one-year-old baby -- died after a fire engulfed their house in Villasis town in Pangasinan province.

The victims were identified as Anthony Canibas Jr. ,4, and his brother Mark Laurence, 1.

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