8 nabbed in online 'sextortion' raid in Bulacan

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

MANILA — Police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official said Friday.

The raid on the syndicate's locations in Bulacan on Thursday was a follow-up to an operation backed by Interpol in April in which 58 Filipinos were arrested, and another 100 linked to the extortion in a subsequent investigation in May. The victims came from all over the world, including a Scottish teenager who committed suicide after being blackmailed.

Palace to Binay: Aquino himself openly stated view on Cha-cha, term extension

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:08 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay should not make any allusion that the people surrounding President Benigno Aquino III were the ones instigating him to change the Constitution, including the provision on lifting the six-year single term of the president, a Palace official said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that it was Aquino himself who expressed openness for Charter change and to listen to his "bosses," the Filipino people, concerning the possibility of a term extension during an interview over TV5.

CA stops refund to telco subscribers

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 06:05 p.m.

MOBILE phone subscribers could not expect a refund from providers for alleged excessive text messaging service after a directive by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) was blocked by the Court of Appeals (CA).

In a resolution dated August 20, the CA sixth division granted a 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) in favor of Digitel Philippines, Inc., operator of Sun Cellular.

Palace: Opposition's tactical alliance vs Cha-cha premature

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

MALACANANG shrugged off Friday reported plan by the minority block in Congress to have tactical alliance with other political parties to oppose Constitutional amendments, particularly on the political provisions.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, however, said that the opposition's move for a tactical alliance was premature since there were no moves yet from Malacanang to push for Charter change.

Report: Bus crash kills 33 near Egyptian resort

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 05:33 p.m.

CAIRO -- Egypt's state news agency said a head-on collision of two tourist buses near a popular Red Sea resort has killed 33 people and injured 41.

MENA said the accident occurred early Friday about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The buses were coming from opposite directions and collided head-on on the main road. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Sandiganbayan junks Enrile appeal on suspension

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 05:31 p.m.

(UPDATED) THE Sandiganbayan Third Division denied the appeal of detained Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, who is facing a non-bailable offense of plunder, on his 90-day suspension from office.

In a resolution, the court junked Enrile's motion for reconsideration against his suspension as senator for lack of merit, citing that the Anti-Plunder law empowers the anti-graft court to suspend the respondent upon the filing of valid information.

Gunmen free school official in Zambo

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 04:13 p.m.

PAGADIAN CITY -- Kidnappers have released a public school official who was abducted almost seven months ago in Zamboanga del Sur, a top police official said Friday.

Zamboanga del Sur police director Sr. Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre said Rudy Luna was released around 11:51 p.m. Tuesday at the fish port of Tukuran town.

WHO: 1 in 2 premature births missing life-saving drugs

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 04:12 p.m.

MORE than half of mothers, who prematurely give birth in hospitals, are not being given life-saving drugs, which could have prevent death and disability among preterm newborns.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 52 percent of women, who are eligible for the corticosteroid treatment and who gave birth at 26-34 weeks, received them prior to delivery.

Mike Arroyo allowed to travel abroad

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 03:00 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan has allowed former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo to travel abroad starting next month.

In the ruling signed by the court's fifth division chairperson Associate Justice Rolando Jurado, the court granted Arroyo's motion to travel to several European countries including Germany, from September 21 to October 10.

Binay non-committal on attendance to Senate probe

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:44 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay declined to confirm if he will attend in the ongoing Senate investigation on the alleged overpriced construction of a Makati City government building, which is the subject of a plunder complaint against him.

"Let's see what will be the next developments," he said in a chance interview on Thursday, noting he has been busy attending to the government's housing projects for the poor in the provinces.

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