Blast at GenSan City Hall hurts 6

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

DAVAO -- A homemade bomb exploded outside the General Santos City Hall, wounding at least six people late Tuesday, the military said.

The improvised explosive device went off at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal in front of the City hall, damaging the monument's foundation, regional military spokesman Captain Alberto Caber said.

Internet service to be regulated as ‘basic service’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:18 p.m.

MANILA -- Senate trade, commerce, and entrepreneurship committee chairperson Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said suggestion to regulate Internet service as basic service instead of value added service was raised on Tuesday's hearing.

SC rejects higher compensation for Tubbataha grounding

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 05:49 p.m.

SEVERAL groups lost their case in the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday to order the United States government to pay around $27 million for the damage wrought by its navy ship to the world-renowned Tubbataha Reefs in January 2013.

Voting 13-0, the SC said the call for damages should be done through a civil case and not in a petition for writ of kalikasan filed by anti-mining advocate Bishop Pedro Arigo of Palawan, environmentalists and militant groups.

Over P400M damage to agriculture due to ‘Luis’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 04:55 p.m.

DAMAGE on crops and livestock by Typhoon "Luis" (international name: Kalmaegi) was initially estimated at P409.67 million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Tuesday.

DA Undersecretary Emerson Palad said the initial report covers 18 provinces in five regions in Luzon.

De Lima non-committal on seeking suspension of Misuari's arrest warrant

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 04:10 p.m.

(UPDATED)SEEKING court permission for fugitive Nur Misuari to personally give his take on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress needs careful study, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday.

De Lima said she would ask Cagayan de Oro City Representative Rufus Rodriguez to submit a formal request to the Department of Justice (DOJ) outlining the basis for Misuari's appearance.

Apple: U2 album accessed by 33 million users

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 03:47 p.m.

NEW YORK -- Apple Inc. said 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2's free album.

The company issued a statement Monday from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usage numbers for the surprise "Songs of Freedom" release by the company. Apple gave the album to 500 million iTunes account holders last week during the company's iPhone 6 unveiling news conference.

Areas surrounding Mayon under state of calamity

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

LEGAZPI CITY -- Albay Governor Joey Salceda declared on Tuesday a state of calamity in at least eight areas in the province, as government seismologists raised Mayon volcano's alert level to "critical" late Monday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) announced Monday evening that Mayon in eastern Albay province is showing signs of heightened unrest and an eruption is possible within weeks. [READ: Phivolcs raises Alert Level 3 on Mayon]

October 6 declared regular holiday

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 02:05 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has declared October 6, Monday, a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eidul Adha or Feast of Sacrifice.

Aquino issued on Tuesday the declaration through Proclamation 875 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to give the Filipino Muslim community full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

Typhoon hits southern China, heads to Vietnam

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:42 p.m.

BEIJING -- A typhoon struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights as it headed northwest toward Vietnam.

About 90,000 people in southern China were evacuated from high-risk areas ahead of Typhoon Kalmaegi, China's official Xinhua News Agency said. But the typhoon's course was giving only a glancing blow to southern China as the storm headed toward northern Vietnam, where it was expected to make landfall Tuesday night.

Aquino asks Congress for emergency power

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:04 p.m.

MANILA (3rd Update) -- President Benigno Aquino III has formally asked Congress to grant him emergency power to address the looming power supply shortage in 2015.

Aquino cited the imminent shortage of electric power for the summer of 2015 in Luzon in asking for an emergency power from House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Senate President Franklin Drilon.

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