DepEd suspends classes in QC for Sona

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 04:16 p.m.

THE Department of Education (DepEd) ordered Thursday the suspension of classes in 32 public schools in Quezon City in connection with the fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III on Monday in the House of Representatives in Quezon City.

Below are the list of elementary and secondary schools near the Batasan Complex, which will be affected by the Sona and other related activities:

BOC opens over 1,000 job vacancies

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 03:32 p.m.

SOME 1,000 job vacancies are being offered by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in order to fill up the lack of manpower and further improve its service.

Customs Commissioner John Sevilla said the job openings totaling to 1,056, include first and second level positions for the agency's various groups, offices, and collection districts across the country.

Analyst: Impeachment bid vs Aquino not a lost cause

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:56 p.m.

PRO-IMPEACHMENT groups should not be disheartened by the prevailing notion that the battle to remove President Benigno Aquino III for implementing the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) may have been lost before it actually began.

In an interview, former National Treasurer Leonor Briones said the impeachment process is a way to seek accountability from the President on the use of his purported economic stimulus package, whose creation was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC).

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:05 p.m.

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria's flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou for Algiers.

Magnitude 5.4 quake jolts typhoon-hit Leyte

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:53 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- A week after Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) barreled through Southern Leyte, a magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck the province at 7:57 a.m. Friday.

In its website, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter of the quake was located at 8 kilometers (km) southwest of Hinundayan, Southern Leyte.

SC to BIR: We’re not hiding anything

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:26 p.m.

A SUPREME Court (SC) official said Thursday that the justices are not shying away from transparency when it comes to their wealth.

In an email, SC spokesperson Theodore Te countered Bureau Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares' statement that the justices were "creating an exception for themselves" after she failed twice to secure copies of the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) of the magistrates from 2003 to 2012.

France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over northern Mali

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:21 p.m.

ALGIERS, Algeria — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, the plane's owner and a French government official said.

Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday), the official Algerian news agency APS said.

Prosecution blocks motion to open Luy’s bank records

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:56 p.m.

THE camp of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy blocked Thursday the move to open his bank records following a motion filed by the legal team of Janet Napoles, the scam's alleged mastermind.

Luy's legal counsel Martin Antero, during the bail hearing of Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. at the Sandiganbayan first division, vowed to file a motion to quash a subpoena ordering local banks to testify on the bank records of Luy as requested by Napoles' lawyer Stephen David.

Palace: Emergency powers for Aquino still being studied

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:11 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has no decision yet on the proposal of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla for him to have emergency powers to address the looming power shortage by next year, a Palace official said Thursday.

Aquino instead ordered the Department of Energy (DOE) to review the projected demand and supply of electricity in Luzon for 2015, as well as all available options to deal with a possible power shortfall in the summer months, said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. during the daily press briefing.

Aquino to ask for supplemental budget for incomplete DAP-funded projects

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:01 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will ask Congress to approve a supplemental budget for unfinished projects, which were initially funded under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Malacanang said Thursday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that seeking supplemental budget would be the Palace's way of expressing respect on the decision of the Supreme Court, which declared parts of DAP as unconstitutional.

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