Global Voices holds Citizen Media Summit in Cebu in January

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

CEBU -- Participants from over 60 countries will gather in Cebu City on January 24-25 for the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015.

The event is the sixth biennial summit organized by Global Voices, the renowned international citizen media network founded in 2004 at Harvard University.

Nigeria: 2 female bombers kill 30 in Maiduguri

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 08:38 p.m.

BAUCHI, Nigeria -- Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday in a crowded market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people, said witnesses and a security official.

The two teenage girls dressed in full hijab entered the busy market and detonated their explosives, said Abba Aji Kalli, the Borno state coordinator of the Civilian Joint Task Force.

At least 13 killed in Egypt by building collapse

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 07:16 p.m.

CAIRO -- At least 13 people were killed when a seven-story building collapsed in the western Cairo suburb of Matariya early Tuesday, police officials said.

The officials said eight residents of the building were also injured when the building collapsed early Tuesday. Rescue teams are searching for other survivors trapped under the rubble and several surrounding buildings have been evacuated.

Palace optimistic on early passage of 2015 budget

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 06:42 p.m.

MALACANANG expressed optimism on Tuesday that the proposed budget for next year could be passed on time given the commitment by the leaders of both Houses of Congress.

This was despite the questions being raised by some senators, particularly Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, on the proposed 2015 national budget.

Aquino to dialogue with coconut farmers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 06:26 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is set to hold a dialogue with protesting coconut farmers on Wednesday to discuss the coco levy fund, a Palace official said Tuesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that Aquino, along with some members of the Cabinet, is ready to meet with the coconut farmers who have been marching for 71 days from Davao City to Malacanang.

Labor group calls for release of jailed union leader in Cebu

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 06:19 p.m.

THE Partido Manggagawa (PM) is calling for the immediate release of a detained workers' union leader in Toledo City, Cebu, citing the detainee's illness and advanced age.

In a statement, PM chairman Renato Magtubo appealed for the release of Tony Cuizon, who is currently detained at the Toledo City jail after he was arrested last October 25 in Cavite on the basis of warrants for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Court allows Estrada to undergo physical therapy

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 06:03 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan fifth division has approved a motion of detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada to allow him to undergo physical therapy.

In a resolution, the court has allowed Estrada to undergo physical therapy at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City.

SC directs oil firms to remove depot in Manila

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 05:35 p.m.

PETROLEUM firms were ordered by the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday to remove their fuel storage facilities in Manila, saying the lives of people around the 36-hectare terminal are in danger in case of a terrorist attack.

In a decision, the SC backed the petition of advocacy group Social Justice Society to declare unconstitutional Ordinance No. 8187, which allowed the continued stay of the depot in Manila's Pandacan district, a densely populated community.

House approves postponement of SK polls on second reading

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 05:30 p.m.

THE House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill seeking the postponement of next year's Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

Capiz Representative Fredenil Castro, chairman of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms, said the move to synchronize the February 2015 SK polls to the upcoming Barangay Elections in October 2016 will give the lawmakers "more time to legislate the appropriate amendments to applicable provision of the Local Government Code."

Hong Kong protest area cleared, some arrested

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 05:09 p.m.

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong authorities arrested on Tuesday pro-democracy demonstrators who refused to comply with a court order to clear a protest site in the city's Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs.

Police took away about a dozen protesters after warning people not to interfere with workers and bailiffs enforcing the court order to remove obstructions from the site, one of three that activists have occupied for nearly two months.

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