Ex-Davao Oriental mayor faces 10 years in jail

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 02:47 p.m.

A FORMER mayor in Davao Oriental and three other town officials were recently found guilty by the Sandiganbayan for the ghost delivery of auto spare parts in 2002.

Sentenced to suffer in jail for six to 10 years were former Banganga, Davao Oriental mayor Gerry Morales, municipal engineer Roseller Macayra, municipal accountant Emeritos Jovilla and municipal treasurer Francisco Jimenez, Jr., the Sandiganbayan fifth division said in a decision last November 12.

Indonesian, 2 Filipinos convicted in 2002 bombing

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 02:15 p.m.

MANILA -- A Philippine court has convicted an Indonesian militant and two Filipino extremists for their role in a 2002 mall bombing that killed at least 12 people and signaled the start of the alliance of two of Southeast Asia's most violent terrorist groups.

Judge Leili Cruz-Suarez said in her ruling on Thursday that Jul Kifli from Indonesia and Abu Sayyaf militants Ahmad Jekeron and Yacob Basug were "guilty beyond reasonable doubt" of staging the April 21, 2002, bombing that also wounded dozens of people at the Fitmart shopping mall in the southern port city of General Santos.

1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:27 a.m.

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian lawyer has set a world record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the center of the national capital.

Guinness World Records on Friday confirmed that the 120 kilometers (75 miles) of multicolored wire strung in the shape of three interconnected giant, wrapped Christmas gifts in a downtown Canberra mall was the largest image made of LED lights.

January 15-19, 2015 declared a holiday for Pope’s visit

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:57 p.m.

MANILA Mayor Joseph Estrada declared January 15-19, 2015 a holiday in the country's capital for the anticipated visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

On Thursday, Estrada signed Executive Order 75 or "An Order Declaring a Work Holiday in City Government Offices and suspension of classes during the Papal Visit and other purposes."

‘Queenie’ claims 1 in Cebu

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Tropical Depression Queenie claimed its first fatality in the Municipality of Malabuyoc, Cebu province on Thursday.

The Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CPDRRMC) identified the victim as Alona Baldado, 50 years old.

House willing to adopt P82,000 tax exemption cap for bonuses

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:18 p.m.

THE House of Representatives is willing to adopt the Senate of version of a bill raising to P82,000 the tax exemption ceiling for 13th month pay and other bonuses, a House leader said Thursday.

House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales II said that they will likely adopt the Senate version of the bill, which seeks to increase the current P30,000 tax exemption cap for bonuses in the public and private sectors.

141 families evacuated due to ‘Queenie’

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 08:26 p.m.

ONE-hundred forty one families in Mindanao were forced to evacuate their homes due to the effects of Tropical Depression "Queenie," disaster officials said Thursday.

In a report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the 141 families, which is composed of 639 individuals are now staying in seven evacuation centers in the areas of Bohol, Cebu and Caraga regions.

Palace: Charges to be filed vs NBP execs involved in drug trafficking

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 08:10 p.m.

MALACANANG said Thursday that charges will be filed against the officials of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) who could be found liable in conniving in the illegal drug trade inside the penitentiary.

In a regular press briefing, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that NBP will undergo an overhaul once the Department of Justice (DOJ) completes its investigation.

Norway, Japan envoys present credentials to Aquino

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 06:53 p.m.

NEW ambassadors of Norway and Japan can now perform their official task after presenting their respective credentials to President Benigno Aquino III in a simple ceremony in Malacanang Palace on Thursday.

In a statement, Malacanang said that Aquino first welcomed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway, Erik Forner, at the Music Room of Malacañang at 10 a.m.

DOJ to withdraw cases vs 59 suspected MNLF members

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 06:06 p.m.

FIFTY-NINE suspected members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) now have the chance to be cleared of liability in the bloody siege of Zamboanga City in September last year.

This developed after the Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to recommend the withdrawal of cases against them before the Pasig City Regional Trial Court branch 158 for lack of sufficient evidence.

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