Lacson: Tacloban gets the most funding support

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:40 p.m.

MANILA -- Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson said Friday that Tacloban City got the biggest funding support from the National Government at P7 billion for estimated total damages brought by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Liberia hopes for no new Ebola cases by new year

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 08:52 p.m.

MONROVIA, Liberia -- As Ebola infection rates fall in Liberia, the information minister urged people on Thursday to not let up on the fight against the virus, reiterating the goal of eradicating the disease by the end of the year.

That target appears unrealistic, with the World Health Organization saying authorities are unlikely to meet the more modest goal of isolating 70 percent of Ebola patients by December 1. On Wednesday, the UN agency said only about 20 percent of Ebola cases in Liberia is being isolated.

PHL to launch APEC 2015

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:07 p.m.

THE Philippines will launch Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 on Monday to buoy up local businesses to explore and initiate opportunities based on lined up activities for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) next year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Friday.

Palace justifies request for supplemental budget

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 06:24 p.m.

MALACANANG defended Friday the P23-billion supplemental budget that it has been seeking from Congress.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the reaction after Senator Francis Escudero questioned the request of the Palace for additional budget, which would largely be used for the rehabilitation of typhoon-stricken communities in Eastern Visayas.

Palace won’t bar admin officials if called on Malampaya probe

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 05:58 p.m.

ADMINISTRATION officials will be allowed to attend a Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the alleged P900-million Malampaya fund scam if they would be called, a Palace official said Friday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told a press briefing that Malacanang has always cooperated with the Senate in its investigations, as evidenced by the appearances made by some Cabinet officials during previous inquiries on matters of public interest.

Ona ordered to extend leave

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 05:21 p.m.

HEALTH Secretary Enrique Ona was asked to extend his leave, while Undersecretary Janette Garin will continue to act as the acting secretary of the Department of Health (DOH), a Palace official said Friday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that it was Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. who told Ona to extend his leave "because we need time to assess the report."

'Queenie' intensifies into tropical storm

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 05:11 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Tropical Depression 'Queenie,' after leaving two people dead in Central Visayas, intensified into a tropical storm while moving over the West Philippine Sea Friday, the state weather bureau reported.

Smuggling raps filed vs Davao trading firm

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

A DAVAO-BASED trading company was charged Friday with smuggling before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for bringing in P1.8-billion worth of rice last year without government permits.

Named respondents in the complaint filed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) were Starcraft International Trading Corp. president Jeffrey Daradal and directors Eugene Pioquinto, Aveleo Godoy, Anna Orqueta, Brendel Daradal, Jessie Bantula and Hanlie Solema.

Sports car driver willing to face raps over beating of traffic enforcer

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:43 p.m.

THE sports car driver who allegedly mauled a traffic enforcer of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in Quezon City assured Friday that he will face the charges to be filed against him, police said.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit chief Rodelio Marcelo said Ian Vincent Ludovice who introduced himself as the legal counsel of Joseph Russel Ingco went to their office in Camp Karingal on Friday morning and said that his client "did not and will not go on hiding as he is ready to face the charges filed against him."

Female Marine officer found dead in her car inside Taguig camp

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:02 p.m.

A FEMALE Marine officer was found shot dead inside a military facility in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, the Philippine Navy reported Friday.

The body of 1st Lieutenant Shelina Calumay was found around 6 a.m. last Wednesday with a gunshot wound in the face, said Navy public affairs officer Lieutenant Commander Marineth Domingo.

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