Ex-PMA cadet asks SC to immediately resolve case

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 07:12 p.m.

FORMER Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia recently asked the Supreme Court (SC) to immediately decide on his case and allow him to graduate so that he can proceed to law school.

"With every day that passes by, the future of Cadet Cudia--an exceptional student who could be very well be a valuable member of the Philippine Armed Forces--remains at a standstill," the motion for early resolution filed by the Public Attorney's Office said.

Customs files charges vs private firm official

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 06:58 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed on Thursday smuggling-related charges with the Department of Justice against an official of a private company and its Customs brokers for the illegal entry of over 12.8-million kilograms (over 12,800 metric tons) of rice worth about P512-million.

Three separate complaints were filed against Bold Bidder representative Ivy Souza and the firm's customs brokers Denise Kathryn Rosaroso, John Kevin Cisneros, Francis Rudolfh Forneste and Elbert Lusterio.

Philippine peace deal seen as counter to IS group

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 06:58 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) — A new peace deal between the Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group, if effectively enforced, will remove conditions that breed radicalism and help prevent the Islamic State group from gaining local followers, officials and the insurgents said Thursday.

Palace condemns attack vs peasant organizer

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 06:22 p.m.

MALACANANG condemned Thursday the attack on a peasant organizer in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, early this week, saying the police will hunt down the perpetrators.

"Patuloy pong tinitiyak ng ating pamahalaan ang malayang pagpapahayag at kinokondena po natin ang karahasan na isinagawa diyan na iyong nabanggit," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a press briefing.

Aquino won’t waste time on critics

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 06:07 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Thursday he would not waste his time to a few people who continue to criticize his administration despite the reforms that his government has been implementing.

The Chief Executive made the statement during the oath taking of the new members of the National Executive Board of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) in Malacanang.

Guingona to decide on jurisdictional challenge next Tuesday

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 06:00 p.m.

THE Senate blue ribbon committee will tackle next week the jurisdictional challenge of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay.

Binay and his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is the subject of an ongoing Senate investigation in connection with the controversial Makati City Hall Building 2, snubbed the blue ribbon subcommittee hearing on Thursday.

COA sees ‘red flags’ in Makati building

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 05:30 p.m.

THE Commission on Audit (COA) submitted on Thursday to the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee a copy of its initial report on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

Alexander Juliano, director of the COA Fraud Audit Office (COA-FAO), said the preliminary report cited six "red flags".

Palace not surprised by people’s rejection on Aquino term extension

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 05:08 p.m.

MALACANANG said Thursday that it was not surprised by a recent Pulse Asia survey, which found that a majority of the people do not want Charter change, nor do they support a term extension for President Benigno Aquino III.

In the latest Pulse Asia survey, 62 percent or a majority of the respondents asked by the research group rejected Charter change.

Navy men tagged in Pestaño death plead innocence

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 05:00 p.m.

EIGHT Navy officers and enlisted personnel linked to the death of Navy Ensign Philip Andrew Pestaño in 1995 pled not guilty on Thursday to murder charges filed by his family in a Manila court.

The eight accused are Commander Reynaldo Lopez, Commander Luidegar Casis, Commander Alfrederick Alba, Lieutenant Commander Joselito Colico, retired Lieutenant Commander Ricardo Ordoñez, Hospital Corpsman First Class Welmenio Aquino, Machinery Repairman First Class Sandy Miranda and retired Petty Officer Second Class Mil Leonor Igacasan.

Pinoys express support for Hong Kong protest

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

MANILA (Updated)-- Bringing with them yellow and black umbrellas, civil society groups led by Akbayan partylist trooped to the Chinese consular office in Makati City on Thursday to protest China's planned intervention in the selection of Hong Kong's next leader in 2017.

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