Oral argument on Edca set for November 18

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 04:35 p.m.

GOVERNMENT lawyers and opponents of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) will square off in an oral argument at the Supreme Court (SC) on November 18 regarding the legality of the deal that would expand American military presence in the country.

Another hearing was set for November 25 in case parties will not be able to wrap up their arguments on the scheduled date.

SC affirms dismissal of Sandigan justice

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 03:01 p.m.

MANILA -- Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong's expulsion from the judiciary became final Tuesday after the Supreme Court (SC) denied his appeal for lack of merit.

Speaking to reporters, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said it is now up to the screening body Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to look for Ong's replacement.

US releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:47 p.m.

ATLANTA — Federal health officials on Monday issued new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients.

Officials have been scrambling to come up with new advice since two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:56 a.m.

NEW YORK — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.

Frito-Lay says "Wasabi Ginger" won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — "Mango Salsa" and "Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese." Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1 million total votes were cast online for the "Do Us A Flavor" promotion, a sales driver it has launched in more than a dozen countries.

Aquino: Murder case won’t harm US ties

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a US Marine should have no bearing on the Philippines' relation to the US.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, also on Monday, said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect, Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, but only protection of his rights.

House not rushing on Aquino emergency powers

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:06 p.m.

THE chairperson of the House committee on energy said the chamber is not rushing up the passage of a resolution granting President Benigno Aquino III emergency powers to address the looming power shortage in 2015.

Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali, panel chairperson, said the committee is expected to approve the resolution before December.

Belmonte tells Pacquiao: Be more active as lawmaker

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:12 p.m.

SPEAKER Feliciano Belmonte Jr. called on eight-division world boxing champion and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao on Monday to be more active in his legislative duties in the House of Representatives.

Belmonte said that he welcomed Pacquiao's achievements in the world of sports, the latest of which is being a playing head coach in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), but he appealed to the world boxing champion to show more seriousness in performing his duties as a legislator.

Smart gets stay order on text refund order

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 08:19 p.m.

AFTER sister brand Sun Cellular and rival Globe, it is Smart's turn to secure a stay order against the government directive for telecommunication companies to refund subscribers for alleged excessive text messaging fees.

The Court of Appeals (CA) Sixth Division said it issued a 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) against the November 2012 directive of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to prevent the petition questioning the refund from being rendered moot and academic.

Aquino rebuffs Binay’s request to Senate stop probe

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 06:07 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has turned down the request of Vice President Jejomar Binay to stop the ongoing Senate investigation against him.

Aquino, in an interview on Monday in Palo, Leyte, admitted that Binay sought his help to halt the Senate probe into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall parking building and the latter's alleged unexplained wealth.

De Lima: Too early to push for Pemberton custody

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 05:22 p.m.

(UPDATED) PHILIPPINE authorities will only push for the custody over an American soldier once he is charged in court for the killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude.

In an interview, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Monday there is no need to detain United States Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton for now because the murder complaint against him is still at the preliminary investigation stage.

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