Powerful undersea earthquake shakes central Indonesia

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:49 p.m.

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A powerful undersea earthquake shook parts of south-central Indonesia on Friday, but no tsunami was expected because of its depth.

The US Geological Service said the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and hit in the Flores Sea, about 113 kilometers (70 miles) north of Nebe. It said it was centered at a depth of 547 kilometers (342 miles).

China defends its South China Sea activities as restrained

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:45 p.m.

BEIJING -- China defended its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible Friday after the US intelligence chief called its expansion of outposts in the region an "aggressive" effort to assert sovereignty.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the country's activities on shoals and in surrounding waters it claims are "reasonable, legitimate and legal" and that its attitude has been one of "restraint and responsibility."

Estrada asks court to lift freeze order on assets

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:15 p.m.

SENATOR Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada asked Friday the Sandiganbayan fifth division to lift the temporary freeze order imposed on his assets.

In his motion, Estrada said he was deprived of due process when the court issued a garnishment order against his properties amounting to P183.79 million, equal to the amount he allegedly got from the anomalous transaction he entered with the fake non-government organizations (NGOs) of detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

7 soldiers hurt in Sulu clash

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 05:38 p.m.

SEVEN government soldiers were reported injured in a firefight with Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Patikul town in Sulu on Friday, a military official said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs office chief Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc said the soldiers suffered injuries caused by a 40-millimeter mortar round fired by the bandits, numbering around 300 men.

Pimentel wants special tax break for Pacquiao

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 05:19 p.m.

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III wants to exempt Filipino world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao from paying income taxes in his upcoming megafight with undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.

"Manny is now part of our history and of world sports history. Let's give him this tax incentive in recognition to his invaluable efforts to promote boxing and the country around the world," said Pimentel who is proposing a special tax exemption for the Sarangani representative.

P21-M worth of 'ukay-ukay' seized

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 04:11 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized on Friday P21-million worth of illegally imported used clothes or "ukay-ukay" at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

BOC said the confiscated five container vans of used clothes arrived from October to November 2014 from Incheon, South Korea.

13 wounded SAF cops released from hospital

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 03:42 p.m.

THIRTEEN of the 15 wounded members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force who were confined in the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame, Quezon City were discharged Friday, a police official said.

Man nabbed for trespassing in Lahug

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 03:16 p.m.

A MAN was arrested for allegedly trespassing a house at Maracas Street, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City at 1:05 a.m. Friday.

The police arrested Jessie Baloria, 24, a resident Barangay Lahug, after the owners of the house sought assistance from the authorities.

PNP won't disclose updates on Enrile's health

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 02:58 p.m.

SENATOR Juan Ponce Enrile remained confined at the Makati Medical Center due to pneumonia and nobody, except the lawmaker and his doctors, can disclose his condition as of this posting due to the patient-doctor agreement he signed with the hospital, said police.

Correspondences between doctor and patient are confidential under medical ethics.

NPA kills 5 soldiers in ambush

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 02:27 p.m.

FIVE government soldiers were killed and five others were hurt following an ambush by New People's Army rebels in Quirino, Ilocos Sur on Thursday night.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines said the soldiers belonging to the 81st Infantry Battalion (81IB) were conducting joint law enforcement operations together with Regional Public Safety Battalion when they were waylaid by at least 15 NPA rebels while on their way home around 8 p.m.

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