PHL to launch APEC 2015

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:07 p.m.

THE Philippines will launch Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 on Monday to buoy up local businesses to explore and initiate opportunities based on lined up activities for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) next year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Friday.

Palace justifies request for supplemental budget

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 06:24 p.m.

MALACANANG defended Friday the P23-billion supplemental budget that it has been seeking from Congress.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the reaction after Senator Francis Escudero questioned the request of the Palace for additional budget, which would largely be used for the rehabilitation of typhoon-stricken communities in Eastern Visayas.

Palace won’t bar admin officials if called on Malampaya probe

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 05:58 p.m.

ADMINISTRATION officials will be allowed to attend a Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the alleged P900-million Malampaya fund scam if they would be called, a Palace official said Friday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told a press briefing that Malacanang has always cooperated with the Senate in its investigations, as evidenced by the appearances made by some Cabinet officials during previous inquiries on matters of public interest.

Ona ordered to extend leave

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 05:21 p.m.

HEALTH Secretary Enrique Ona was asked to extend his leave, while Undersecretary Janette Garin will continue to act as the acting secretary of the Department of Health (DOH), a Palace official said Friday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that it was Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. who told Ona to extend his leave "because we need time to assess the report."

'Queenie' intensifies into tropical storm

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 05:11 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Tropical Depression 'Queenie,' after leaving two people dead in Central Visayas, intensified into a tropical storm while moving over the West Philippine Sea Friday, the state weather bureau reported.

Smuggling raps filed vs Davao trading firm

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

A DAVAO-BASED trading company was charged Friday with smuggling before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for bringing in P1.8-billion worth of rice last year without government permits.

Named respondents in the complaint filed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) were Starcraft International Trading Corp. president Jeffrey Daradal and directors Eugene Pioquinto, Aveleo Godoy, Anna Orqueta, Brendel Daradal, Jessie Bantula and Hanlie Solema.

Sports car driver willing to face raps over beating of traffic enforcer

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:43 p.m.

THE sports car driver who allegedly mauled a traffic enforcer of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in Quezon City assured Friday that he will face the charges to be filed against him, police said.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit chief Rodelio Marcelo said Ian Vincent Ludovice who introduced himself as the legal counsel of Joseph Russel Ingco went to their office in Camp Karingal on Friday morning and said that his client "did not and will not go on hiding as he is ready to face the charges filed against him."

Female Marine officer found dead in her car inside Taguig camp

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:02 p.m.

A FEMALE Marine officer was found shot dead inside a military facility in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, the Philippine Navy reported Friday.

The body of 1st Lieutenant Shelina Calumay was found around 6 a.m. last Wednesday with a gunshot wound in the face, said Navy public affairs officer Lieutenant Commander Marineth Domingo.

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 GenSan 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 bandits 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.

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