Total OFW ban up in Gaza Strip

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:59 p.m.

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has officially imposed a total deployment ban for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in war-torn Gaza Strip.

In separate resolutions, the POEA also banned newly hired OFWs from leaving for work in Israel and West Bank.

DOJ official, 2 others tapped for PDAF cases

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:45 p.m.

A RANKING official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and two prosecutors will assist the Office of the Ombudsman in fighting for conviction of personalities charged with plunder and graft in relation to the pork barrel scam.

They are Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano, Assistant State Prosecutor Hazel Decena-Valdez and State Counsel Aaron Jarveen Ho, who were personally chosen by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

Palace thumbs down proposal to suspend K to 12 program

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:36 p.m.

MALACANANG rejected Friday proposal by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to suspend the implementation of the Department of Education's (DepEd) K to 12 program.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing that the Aquino administration has been really pushing for this program.

Palace: Discussions still ongoing for master plan in 'Yolanda'-hit areas

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:10 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III could not approve yet the comprehensive master plan for areas hit by Typhoon "Yolanda" since discussions were still ongoing, a Palace official said Friday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte confirmed that the proposed master plan was already submitted to Malacanang on July 1 by Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson.

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:38 p.m.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A UN school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard.

Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling, which wounded dozens and came on the deadliest day so far of the current round of fighting. However, the Israeli military said the school "was not a target in any way" and raised the possibility the compound was hit by Hamas rockets.

Police, doctors call for tighter security measures

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:25 p.m.

AFTER the fatal shooting incident inside a private hospital in Cebu City on Thursday, the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Intelligence Branch has reminded security agencies to be more responsible in implementing security protocols.

A 71-year-old wheelchair-bound patient shot dead his doctor inside a clinic in Sacred Heart Hospital before shooting himself in the head at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, July 24.

EU High Representative to call on Aquino next week

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:22 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will meet next week in Malacanang Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission.

Ashton will arrive in Manila on Monday and on the following day, she is scheduled to call on the President and meet Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario for an exchange of views on EU-Philippines relations, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines said Friday.

Palace: Sona attendees can wear any color

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:06 p.m.

MALACANANG said Friday that those who will attend President Benigno Aquino III's 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona) next week can wear any color that they want.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement amid possibilities that supporters and even critics of the President might use the occasion on Monday to express their political sentiment.

Sandigan suspends Enrile

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:01 p.m.

MANILA -- The anti-graft court issued Friday a 90-day preventive suspension against detained Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile in connection with his plunder and graft charges related to the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Aquino government’s anti-corruption rating dips

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 04:59 p.m.

SENDING to jail three senators and their cohorts for allegedly siphoning off pork barrel in recent years may not be enough to prove the efficiency of President Benigno Aquino III's campaign against graft and corruption, a survey indicated on Friday.

In a survey conducted from June 24 to July 2, Pulse Asia said the Aquino administration got an approval rating of 42 percent for its anti-corruption drive, down eight points from the March poll (50 percent).

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