Pinoys express support for Hong Kong protest

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 02:28 p.m.

MANILA -- Filipinos opposed to Chinese claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) expressed support Thursday for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, saying Beijing should not use force to stop the protests in the global financial hub or in resolving its territorial disputes with the Philippines.

Dallas ER sent Ebola-infected patient home

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:37 p.m.

DALLAS -- A Dallas emergency room sent a man with Ebola home last week, even though he told a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, and officials at the hospital are considering if they would have acted differently had the entire medical staff been aware.

The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the patient, who had recently arrived from Liberia, could have put others at risk of exposure to Ebola before the man went back to the emergency room a couple of days later when his condition worsened.

6 out of 10 Pinoys oppose Aquino term extension

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 11:35 a.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III may now have a reason not to listen to quarters pushing him to stay in Malacañang beyond June 2016.

In a report released Thursday, independent pollster Pulse Asia said six in 10 Filipinos (62 percent) are opposed to the idea of lifting the constitutional ban on re-election for any sitting president to give Aquino a chance to seek the presidency again.

US student rallies to support Hong Kong protesters

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:42 a.m.

NEW YORK — Students bearing umbrellas as a sign of solidarity gathered at rallies in several U.S. cities on Wednesday to show support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Altogether, hundreds were expected at Umbrella Revolution rallies in 40 U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago, organizers said.

Stop Makati building probe, Senate panel urged

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 09:03 p.m.

THE camp of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay asked on Wednesday the Senate blue ribbon committee to stop its probe on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

Binay through his counsel, Claro Certeza, filed a manifestation asking Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairperson of the Senate blue ribbon committee, to intervene and cause the suspension of the ongoing probe by the subcommittee on the multi-billion peso government building.

8 gun dealers suspended over missing firearms

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 08:18 p.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) suspended eight firearms dealers on Wednesday after they failed to account a total of 116 imported firearms.

Interior and Local Secretary Manuel Roxas II said that during the inventory of high-powered firearms in March following the reports on missing AK-47 rifles, it was discovered that 105 units of calibre 5.56 firearms and 11 units of calibre 7.62 firearms were unaccounted.

Assistant administrator named as NFA officer-in-charge

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 07:29 p.m.

LAWYER Efren Sabong was named as the officer-in-charge (OIC) of the National Food Authority (NFA).

Sabong, who is the NFA assistant administrator, replaced Arthur Juan, who tendered his irrevocable resignation last week amid the P15-million extortion allegation against him by a rice trader.

Quezon City government barred from selling UP land

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 07:19 p.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) has stopped the Quezon City government from auctioning off a leased property of state-run University of the Philippines (UP) due to unpaid taxes worth P117.18 million.

The temporary restraining order (TRO) was issued by the SC Second Division in response to the petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General.

Senators to DOTC, MRT execs: Stop pointing fingers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 07:09 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION officials got into an intense argument on Wednesday after they blamed each other for the failure of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) to provide the right maintenance and service to commuters.

However, senators who led the Senate committee on public services hearing on the mass transit system told officials of the Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) and Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to stop pointing fingers over the MRT-3 glitches.

4th Indie envi heroes awards launched

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 05:36 p.m.

CIVIL society organizations led by Center for Environmental Concerns Philippines (CEC-Phils) is launching the Fourth Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan (GBK) to honor individuals and groups dedicated to the defense of the environment and the rights of the people.

The organizers behind GBK see the awards event as an opportunity to "draw a silver lining" amid issues hounding the country.

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