8 inmates bolt Quezon jail

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:25 p.m.

EIGHT inmates held at the district jail of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Gumaca, Quezon, have escaped before dawn Tuesday, police.

Gumaca police chief Romulo Albacea said the escapees cut off the metal bars of their detention cell and escaped around 1 a.m. However, one of them was quickly recaptured.

LPA now a tropical depression

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:46 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- The low pressure area spotted east of Aparri, Cagayan has developed into a tropical depression and was named "Inday," said the state weather bureau on Tuesday.

Tropical Depression Inday was located at 870 kilometers east of Aparri as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) said in its latest bulletin.

US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:49 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time.

The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's intervention in Ukraine and Putin's grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:31 a.m.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday (Tuesday in Philippines), which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

Aquino: Filipinos are worth fighting for

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Faced with impeachment complaints and sliding popularity ratings, President Benigno Aquino III turned emotional in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday before members of Congress.

Aquino: I’m already contented

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

MANILA -- Faced with impeachment complaints and sliding popularity ratings, President Benigno Aquino III turned emotional in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday before members of Congress.

Aquino said he's already contented that if the time comes for him to go, there will be those who will continue the reforms he have made since he took power in 2010.

Full text of Aquino’s 5th State of the Nation Address

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 07:12 p.m.

State of the Nation Address of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, to the Congress of the Philippines

(Delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City, on July 28, 2014)

NGCP completes restoration of lines damaged by 'Glenda'

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 06:24 p.m.

THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Monday that it has completed restoring all the transmission and sub-transmission lines damaged by Typhoon "Glenda" in the Luzon grid.

NGCP, the country’s sole electric transmission service provider, restored the 122 lines in 11 days after the typhoon made landfall, making its full services available to all its South Luzon and Bicol grid customers.

Aquino: Supplemental budget needed for DAP projects

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 05:34 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III asked Congress on Monday to give him extra funds to pursue projects that had been discontinued after the Supreme Court (SC) declared his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

He also asked lawmakers to must lay down clearer rules defining the President's power over the budget. The President is proposing P2.606-trillion national budget for 2015. (Sunnex)

Aquino: AFP modernization ongoing

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 05:04 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III said Monday in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) that the administration is continuously working for the modernization of the Armed forces of the Philippines.

"Alam din nating mahal ang kailangan nating mga kagamitan. Ikinalulugod kong iulat, tuloy-tuloy ang modernisasyon ng AFP," he said.

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