P565M allotted for potable water supply in poorest provinces

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 04:24 p.m.

THE Aquino administration has approved the release of P565 million to the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) for the continued development of potable water supply systems covering the poorest provinces in the country.

The fund release—sourced from LWUA’s Regular Appropriations under the 2014 National Budget—will support efforts on water source development and the construction of pumping stations and pipe lines, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.

Sandigan justice fired for Napoles link

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 04:11 p.m.

MANILA -- Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong's nearly two-decade career in the judiciary ended in a sour note on Tuesday after he was fired by the Supreme Court (SC) for his links to alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles.

Ong, 61, was found guilty of gross misconduct, dishonesty and impropriety under the New Code of Judicial Conduct for the Philippine Judiciary.

POEA retains partial deployment ban in Gaza Strip

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 04:05 p.m.

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Tuesday that deployment of newly hires in Gaza Strip remains prohibited.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that only returning/vacationing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be allowed to work in the Gaza Strip.

Phivolcs: Mayon eruption ‘imminent’

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 03:49 p.m.

THE sudden change in activities of the Mayon volcano is an indication that hazardous eruption is possible "anytime," the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Tuesday.

Eduardo Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist in Legazpi City, said the Mayon has produced three volcanic earthquakes and 18 rock fall events during the last 24 hours observation period.

Benhur Luy ill; Court cancels Estrada bail hearing

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 03:13 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan fifth division decided to postpone the bail hearing of detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada on Tuesday after main witness Benhur Luy suffered from high blood pressure.

Ryan Buenviaje, the anti-graft court’s resident nurse said that Luy's blood pressure was recorded at 150/110, forcing fifth division chairperson Associate Justice Roland Jurado to suspend the proceeding.

Aegis Malaysia issues apology after PHL howls protest

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 02:46 p.m.

BUSINESS process outsourcing (BPO) firm, Aegis Malaysia issued an apology on Monday night over its controversial video advertisement, wherein it derided the Philippines as a country that is not suitable for its operations.

In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the company said it regrets the message that came out of its advertisement, especially since its contents were not approved by the firm.

WHO: 21,000 Ebola cases by November if no changes

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:25 p.m.

LONDON -- New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up.

Since the first cases were reported six months ago, the tally of cases in West Africa has reached an estimated 5,800 illnesses. WHO officials said cases are continuing to increase exponentially and Ebola could sicken people for years to come without better control measures.

Explosion at Chinese fireworks factory kills 12

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:20 a.m.

BEIJING — An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China killed 12 people and injured 33 others, the local government said Tuesday.

Two people were also missing following Monday's blast, which shook Nanyang Export Fireworks Factory, the city of Liling in Hunan province said. It revised the injured toll down from 38 because it said five people who had been transferred between hospitals were counted twice.

Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:20 a.m.

WASHINGTON (Updated) — The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven.

Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:53 p.m.

NEW YORK -- Apple said it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.

A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold nine million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models.

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