N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 01:51 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea -- President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."

Binay, Poe, Roxas top poll on presidential bets

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 01:28 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe, and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II were chosen as top three leaders most likely to succeed President Benigno Aquino III in 2016, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Monday.

Binay ranked first with 37 percent, followed by Poe with 21 percent and Roxas with 19 percent.

PNP on heightened alert for holiday exodus

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 01:00 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) was placed under heightened alert status on Monday due to people expected to flock malls, transportation terminals, and other places of convergence during the holiday season.

PNP deputy spokesman Roberto Po said all 150,000 police forces were alerted against any possible threat to public safety and security and peace and order during the observation of Christmas and New Year.

Arroyo gets Christmas furlough

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:04 a.m.

MANILA - Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be spending Christmas at her family home in Quezon City, a first since she was detained in 2011 for the alleged misuse of state lottery funds.

5.1-magnitude aftershock jolts Eastern Samar

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

A MAGNITUDE 5.1 aftershock from Sunday morning's 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit the province of Eastern Samar.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the second quake shook the province at 6 p.m. Sunday.

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 09:46 p.m.

HONOLULU -- The United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said as the U.S. decides how to respond to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that law enforcement has blamed on the communist nation.

Palace cites legal hurdle for gay marriage

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 08:04 p.m.

WHILE Malacañang respects the same sex marriage by some Filipinos, particularly of some show business personalities, it reminded the public that there is a law in the country that should be respected also.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. was reacting on the recent wedding of singer actress Aiza Seguerra and Liza Diño that took place in California, the United States.

P76M released to build 4 Visayas fish ports

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 07:59 p.m.

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P76 million to the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) for the creation of four fish ports across the country in order to boost the livelihood and food security of fishing communities.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the latest release forms part of the P480-million fund—of which a total of P289 million has already been released as of November 24 of this year—allocated to DA-BFAR and sourced from the 2014 National Budget.

Palace asks for understanding on train fare hike

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

MALACAÑANG on Sunday appealed for understanding from the public why the government has to increase the fares on commuter trains in Metro Manila.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma said that this is now the time to raise the fares for Light Rail Transit Line 1 and 2 (LRT-1 and 2) and Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3).

Aquino to visit Ruby-hit Eastern Samar

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 07:46 p.m.

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III will visit Eastern Samar on Monday to extend assistance to those hit by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) that recently hit the country, a Palace official said Sunday.

Aquino will specifically go to Dolores town, where Ruby made its first landfall, and Borongan City, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

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