Ex-justice elected to International Commission of Jurists

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 08:36 p.m.

A FORMER associate justice of the Supreme Court has been elected as one of the five new commissioners of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Malacanang said Saturday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that it was with great pride that Adolf Azcuna was elected to the post, the first for a Filipino.

Hostage-taker in Laguna shot dead by police

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 07:29 p.m.

POLICE shot dead a man who held his one-year-old grandchild hostage in Binan City, Laguna, on Saturday morning.

Hostage-taker Romy Sulayao, 50, borrowed the child to his parents for a jog outside the family's home located at Barangay Timabi. However, Sulayao climbed on the roof of the house and brought with him the child.

Fisherman critical after being impaled by needlefish

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 06:47 p.m.

A 44-YEAR-OLD fisherman in Cotabato City was in critical condition on Friday after being attacked by a needlefish, locally known as "balo".

Television reports said the needlefish leapt out the water and hit the chest of the fisherman identified as Alim Imping.

Palace urges Filipinos doing ice bucket challenge to donate for PGH patients

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 06:21 p.m.

MALACANANG urged on Saturday Filipinos participating in the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) ice bucket challenge to just make their donations to Filipinos confined at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) due to this disease.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, who was also challenged and accepted it, said she would donate to patients who have ALS confined at the state-run hospital.

Palace: No budget request from SC for e-courts

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 06:01 p.m.

MALACANANG clarified on Saturday that the Supreme Court did not make requests to fund its e-courts in 2014 and 2015 so the budget department was not able allocate money for the project.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said this week that the executive department did not earmark budget for e-courts. She also raised the issue on the smaller allocation for the SC.

Australia condemns peacekeepers' Syrian detention

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 03:38 p.m.

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia's foreign minister has criticized the detention of 44 Fijian peacekeepers by Syrian rebels and is calling for their unconditional release.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement Saturday that as a member of the U.N. Security Council, Australia "demands the unconditional and immediate release of all the detained United Nations peacekeepers."

FDA: Batches of eye drop recalled

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 02:22 p.m.

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Saturday the voluntary recall of particular batches of popular eye drop, Eye-Mo Red Eyes Formula.

Based on FDA Advisory No. 2014-066, GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, Inc. has initiated a product recall of Tetrahydrozoline HCl 0.05 percent Ophthalmic Solution (Eye-Mo Red Eyes Formula) with Registration Number DRHR-431.

3 killed, 8 hurt in Zambo Norte jailbreak

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 01:08 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Updated) -- Three people were killed and eight others were wounded in a jailbreak in Siocon town, Zamboanga del Norte Friday night.

The Zamboanga Peninsula regional police identified the fatalities as Jail Officer 1 (JO1) Ryanbel Bagun and inmates Ruel Humoc and Preciouso Humoc, both murder suspects.

Senator seeks probe into fake land titles scams

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:52 p.m.

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III, chairman of the Senate committee on justice and human Rights, is seeking a probe into the reported proliferation of fake land titles in many parts of the country, specifically in General Santos City.

In filing Resolution 856, Pimentel has asked the appropriate Senate committees to conduct the investigation to recommend feasible solutions to end the nefarious activity and thereby alleviate the plight of innocent victims.

China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:39 a.m.

BEIJING --” China is issuing harsh warnings against foreign meddling in Hong Kong's politics ahead of an expected announcement recommending restrictions to the first direct elections for the leader of the Chinese-controlled financial hub.

An article in the ruling Communist Party's flagship newspaper People's Daily on Saturday said some in the former British colony were colluding with outside forces to turn it into a bridgehead for subverting and infiltrating the Chinese mainland.

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