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.

Aquino rejects calls to scrap VFA

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:52 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III dismissed Monday calls to abolish the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States following the murder of a transgender allegedly perpetrated by an American serviceman in Olongapo City.

"Bakit natin kailangan i-abrograte 'yung VFA? I mean, name me any place that doesn't have crime," the Chief Executive told reporters after the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing in Tacloban City.

Liberia president describes heavy cost of Ebola

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:31 p.m.

MONROVIA, Liberia -- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war.

Appealing for more international help, Sirleaf described the devastating effects of Ebola in a "Letter to the World" that was broadcast Sunday by the BBC.

Kerry seeks Asia's help in anti-Islamic State push

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:26 p.m.

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.

Highlighting the Obama administration's commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, Kerry led the US delegation to the inauguration of new Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, a reformer who won hotly contested elections in July.

US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:39 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. said earlier Sunday that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area.

8 of 10 Filipinos want Binay to face Senate probe

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:45 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Nearly eight out of 10 Filipinos believe Vice President Jejomar Binay should answer under oath the corruption allegations raised against him in the Senate.

Results of the September 26-29 survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Monday showed 79 percent of 1,200 respondents want Binay to attend the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 08:37 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean and South Korean troops exchanged fire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said.

South Korean soldiers broadcast warnings and fired warning shots at about 10 North Korean soldiers who were approaching the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Korean Peninsula, according to a statement from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Pacquiao makes professional basketball debut

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 07:32 p.m.

MANILA -- Manny Pacquiao made his professional basketball debut on Sunday, just a month before he is set to defend his WBO welterweight crown.

Pacquiao started Sunday's game for the newly formed KIA Sorento of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) but played only seven minutes and committed two turnovers in his team's 80-66 win over the Blackwater Elite at Philippine Arena.

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