PH competitiveness ranking jumps by 7 points to 52nd

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 04:10 p.m.

THE Philippines' ranking in the 2014-2015 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has improved by seven points to 52nd out of 144 economies.

"(This) affirms that the Aquino administration's good governance programs have established the solid macroeconomic foundations upon which long-term inclusive growth may be attained," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said during a press briefing on Wednesday.

COA: P165-M DAP funds used to pay congressional franking privilege

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 04:01 p.m.

SOME P165 million from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was spent for the payment of congressional franking privilege and premium payments of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PPC) for its employees' retirement and health insurance, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported Wednesday.

In its 2013 annual report for PPC, COA said the state-owned corporation received a total P644 million in DAP funds in 2011 and spent P479 million of the amount to repurchase its Quezon City post office property from a commercial bank that foreclosed it.

P22-M worth of 'ukay' products seized in Baguio

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 03:17 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs has seized almost 2,800 bales of used clothing, comforters and other garments worth at least P22 million in nine separate warehouse units in Baguio City recently.

The used clothing, mostly branded apparel from the United States and Canada, allegedly entered the country through locators at the Subic and Clark Freeport zones as well as the Cavite Export Processing Zone in Rosario, Cavite as scrap fabric intended for manufacture and subsequent export as rags, the BOC said.

DOH: Mers-Cov patient confined at Davao hospital

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 03:06 p.m.

THE second case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome–Coronavirus (Mers-Cov) in the country is now confined at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, said the Department of Health (DOH).

In a press conference in Manila on Wednesday, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said a 37-year-old nurse identified only as "AP" is presently confined at the hospital along with her family, which was placed under close observation.

Boston Globe Media Partners launches Catholic site

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 02:51 p.m.

BOSTON -- Boston Globe Media Partners launched Tuesday a new website called Crux, exploring news and issues of the Catholic Church, faith, spirituality and Catholic lifestyle. The free, standalone site is at

Crux provides national and international news and analysis of the Catholic Church and the practice of Catholicism, with a focus on how news from the Vatican and the words and actions of Pope Francis affect Catholics worldwide.

Anti-DAP petitioner: Battle for accountability continues

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 01:57 p.m.

UNSEATING President Benigno Aquino III through impeachment was a failure but the fight for truth and accountability over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and pork barrel system continues, an anti-corruption advocate said Wednesday.

Former Manila Councilor Greco Belgica, one of the anti-DAP petitioners at the Supreme Court (SC), called on his co-advocates in the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives to just file cases against those who abused people's money through DAP and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Group: World is losing battle against Ebola

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 01:37 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS -- The international group Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone."

In separate remarks after a United Nations meeting on the crisis, the World Health Organization chief said everyone involved had underestimated the outbreak, which has now killed more than 1,500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. UN officials implored governments worldwide to send medical workers and material contributions.

Celeb hacking scandal shows digital vulnerability

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 01:28 p.m.

LOS ANGELES -- To keep private pictures private, never upload them online.

That's the advice experts offer after hackers broke into female celebrities' personal accounts, stole nude photos and posted them on the web. Jennifer Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have said they were victims of the hack attack.

Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor, dead at 63

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

NEW YORK — Jimi Jamison, who sang lead on Survivor hits such as "Burning Heart" and "Is This Love," has died. He was 63.

Booking agent Sally Irwin said Tuesday that Jamison died last weekend of an apparent heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He had returned to Memphis after performing in California.

Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hitting a man outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a Washington jail in this case.

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