Palace hopes Congress to pass important bills next year

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 02:57 p.m.

MALACANANG expressed hope on Saturday that lawmakers will continue to focus on passing the priority measures next year even if it is just a year before the elections.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte cited that one of the priority bills that the Palace hopes to be passed immediately is the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

LPA enters Philippines

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

MANILA -- The low pressure area (LPA) spotted off Surigao del Sur entered the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday, the state weather bureau said.

As of 4 p.m., the LPA was spotted at 800 kilometers (km) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported in its 5 p.m. weather bulletin.

NPA rebels free 2 captive soldiers in Bukidnon

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 06:34 p.m.

MARIHATAG -- New People’s Army (NPA) rebels freed Friday two soldiers after four months of captivity as a goodwill gesture prior to a possible resumption of peace talks with the government.

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 05:23 p.m.

KHAO LAK, Thailand -- Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.

DOH ready for injuries from New Year revelry

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 04:57 p.m.

AS THE countdown for 2015 begins, the Department of Health (DOH) assured the public Friday that government hospitals are ready to treat revelers injured by firecrackers and fireworks.

In a brief statement, the DOH said it is ready to provide the public with the necessary antibiotics and anti-tetanus shots when injured by firecrackers and fireworks.

Pope wishes Christmas hope, peace for Mideast

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 05:02 p.m.

VATICAN CITY -- A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere.

Sony says online PlayStation disrupted

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 01:02 p.m.

TOKYO — Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.

The PlayStation Store Twitter feed said Friday that some users were having trouble logging into its network. It said engineers were investigating.

LPA to enter PAR, may pour rain over Luzon, Visayas

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 12:32 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- A low-pressure area (LPA) is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday evening or Saturday morning, the state weather bureau said.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) spotted the LPA at 800 kilometers (km) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Yearender 2014: Cheers, jeers in Philippine sports

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 12:12 p.m.

MANILA -- 2014 was a year of highs and lows in Philippine sports, ranging from Michael Martinez's breakthrough stint in the Sochi Winter Olympics, Manny Pacquiao's continued resurgence in the boxing scene to shock and heartache after Gilas Pilipinas followed up their inspiring run in the World Cup with a forgettable Asian Games performance.

So before the world says hello to 2015, here's a review of the five biggest sports stories this year.

Man shot with stun gun dies at US border crossing

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 10:51 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — A 40-year-old U.S. citizen died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing, authorities said Thursday.

San Diego police said the man jumped over a counter and attacked an inspector after being taken to a separate area for questioning at the San Ysidro port of entry connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. A records check showed he was wanted on a felony charge.

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