DOJ slaps illegal firearms case vs businessman in Pastor slay

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:22 p.m.

BUSINESSMAN Domingo de Guzman III will face the case of illegal possession of firearms in a Muntinlupa City court even as the Department of Justice (DOJ) has already scheduled hearings on his alleged participation in the killing of race car driver Ferdinand "Enzo" Pastor.

Signed by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the DOJ ordered through a resolution on Monday de Guzman's indictment less than a week after he underwent inquest proceedings.

Senator urges filing of charges vs MRTC

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 04:54 p.m.

LEGAL action should have been taken against the Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC) for having been in default in its responsibility to purchase additional train coaches for Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) to decongest the system, Senator Francis Escudero said.

In Monday's Senate sub-committee hearing on MRT-3, Escudero grilled officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) for their inaction in protecting the interests of the government in the MRT-3 project and allowing the private company to shortchange the government and the riding public.

Drilon takes ice bucket challenge

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 04:37 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon accepted on Monday the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) ice bucket challenge not only to raise funds and promote awareness for the dangerous disease, but also to bring attention to other important causes in the country.

Drilon became the latest public official to be doused with iced water when he gamely took the charity challenge at his Senate office on Monday morning.

Palace forms task force vs fraternity violence

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 04:26 p.m.

THE Aquino administration has created an interagency task force to step up its efforts to prevent fraternity violence and strengthen the enforcement of the Anti-Hazing Law, Malacanang said Monday.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said he signed on August 28 Memorandum Circular 68 for the creation of the task force to be headed by the Secretary of Justice.

Magnitude-5.2 quake jolts Cagayan

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 04:07 p.m.

A MAGNITUDE 5.2 earthquake jolted the province of Cagayan at 10:49 a.m. Monday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter of the quake was located at 14 kilometers (km) north west of Calayan, Cagayan.

Trillanes: Makati building not world class

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said the statements of Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay at the Senate hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall building did not match the findings of the panel during its ocular visit of the multi-billion peso structure on Monday.

Trillanes along with Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee chairperson Senator Aquilino Pimentel III inspected the 11-storey government building as part of its ongoing probe into the alleged overpriced structure constructed during the term of Vice President Jejomar Binay as mayor of the financial district.

Classes in Cebu City suspended

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 03:21 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Mayor Michael Rama declared on Monday afternoon no classes in all levels in both public and private schools due to bad weather brought by a low pressure area (LPA) over Visayas.

The City Government will deploy 10 buses in major public utility jeepney routes to ferry stranded passengers starting 3 p.m. Monday.

Bomb attack foiled at NAIA

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 02:39 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Four people were arrested Monday after they were allegedly caught in the act assembling explosive devices inside a parked car at the compound of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) intercepted at the airport's parking lot B a white Toyota Revo sports utility vehicle (license plate WMK 129) loaded with improvised explosive devices.

SC divisions reorganized

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 02:16 p.m.

CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has reorganized the composition of Supreme Court (SC) divisions reviewing various cases following the appointment of Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza.

Sereno remains the chair of the First Division, according to Special Order 1761 released by her office.

Mark Gil passes away

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:57 p.m.

MANILA -- Actor Mark Gil passed away at the age of 52 on Monday morning.

Gil’s death was confirmed by his manager June Rufino.

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