Palace: UP ‘mob’ incident vs Budget chief unfortunate

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 05:58 p.m.

MALACANANG said Thursday that the incident at the University of the Philippines (UP) where Budget Secretary Florencio Abad was mobbed by the protesters was unfortunate.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that violence and threats should not have a place in the society.

DBM releases latest list of DAP recipients in Senate

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 05:40 p.m.

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has recently published the list of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which includes respective endorsers in the Senate.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad set out the new list for the department's full transparency on the DAP, which was launched by the Aquino administration in 2011.

Radyo Veritas issues guidelines on Pope Francis' standee

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 05:15 p.m.

INDECENT poses, vulgar dresses and anything that is disrespectful are not allowed when taking pictures with Pope Francis' standee.

This was included in guidelines issued by Radyo Veritas, the producer of the more than 100 pontiff's standees to be displayed in churches, schools, among others.

Aquino: Gov’t addressing human rights complaints

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 04:47 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has assured the international community that the Philippine government is addressing human rights complaints and is ready to apply the full force of the law against those who are found guilty of abuses and extrajudicial killings.

Aquino told the Egmont Institute in Belgium where he delivered a policy speech that his administration has taken steps to uphold human rights in the country and bring to the bar of justice the culprits.

Deniece Cornejo released on bail

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 04:31 p.m.

MODEL-STYLIST Deniece Cornejo, who is facing a serious illegal detention case in connection with the mauling of actor-television host Vhong Navarro last January 22, has been released on bail.

Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel for Cornejo, said family and friends of Cornejo raised P500,000 to secure her temporary freedom.

Binay: Corruption allegations ‘hearsay’

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 02:54 p.m.

MANILA (4th Update) -- Vice President Jejomar Binay maintained Thursday that the corruption allegations against him will not stand in court.

But Binay, who did not take questions after his televised address, remains silent if he will face his accusers in the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing on September 25 despite an invitation for him to appear.

Bill granting PhilHealth insurance to all seniors passes 2nd reading

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:46 p.m.

THE Senate has passed on second reading a bill granting mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) coverage to all senior citizens regardless of their social or economic status.

Senate Bill 712, authored by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, suggests to automatically enroll all senior citizens of the country in the national health insurance fund of PhilHealth once implemented.

CA clears BIR official over unexplained wealth

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:59 a.m.

A BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) official will no longer undergo trial at the Sandiganbayan for alleged ill-gotten wealth following a decision issued by the Court of Appeals (CA).

The CA Special Third Division said it has dismissed the ruling of the Office of the Ombudsman against Zenaida Chang, assistant commissioner for financial and administrative services in charge of BIR's budget and procurement.

Aquino hit for downplaying PHL media killings abroad

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:42 a.m.

MEDIA groups slammed Thursday President Benigno Aquino III for taking the issue of media killings and human rights violations in the country lightly in his European tour.

Aquino, in a forum organized by Egmont Institute in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), said that not all so-called "media killings" are work-related.

Signal no. 1 up in 5 areas due to Tropical Storm ‘Mario’

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:17 a.m.

MANILA -- Five areas are now under public storm warning signal number 1 as Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) maintained its strength while moving toward Northern Luzon, the state weather agency announced Thursday morning.

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