Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 trapped, feared dead

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (Updated) — A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

Another 11 people were injured when the ATR-72 operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways crashed on Penghu, an island in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China, Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih was quoted as saying by the government's Central News Agency. The plane was arriving from Kaohsiung, a city in southern Taiwan.

MAPS: Ironman 70.3 Philippines race routes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

ORGANIZERS of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines have released maps showing the routes for this year's race.

The Ironman 70.3 will be held on August 3 at Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa. If you're joining the race, check these maps.

Abu Sayyafs free remaining DSWD staff

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 08:58 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Abu Sayyaf bandits have freed the last of the four government workers abducted in the province of Sulu, a top police official announced Wednesday.

Sulu police director Senior Superintendent Abraham Orbita said Robert Saputalo was freed around 10 p.m. Tuesday in the village of Danag, Patikul town.

PBA legend wins loan case vs sports columnist

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:53 p.m.

FORMER basketball star Alvin Patrimonio will no longer have to pay his college classmate P200,000 for a loan coursed through sports columnist Napoleon "Nap" Gutierrez in 1994.

In a decision dated June 4, the Supreme Court (SC) Second Division set aside the September 2008 ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) that ordered Patrimonio to compensate Octavio Marasigan III even if the loan was made without his consent and knowledge.

GPH: No stalemate on Bangsamoro bill

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 06:00 p.m.

THERE is no stalemate in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a member of the government peace panel said.

Senen Bacani said that government negotiators are positive that the outstanding and contentious issues in the draft BBL can be harmonized soon.

DFA: 14-day curfew imposed in Sabah waters

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:55 p.m.

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday that a daily 12-hour curfew is being imposed in the waters surrounding Sabah, Malaysia until August 2.

Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the DFA said a curfew had been imposed in waters adjoining six Sabah east coast districts from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. since last July 19.

Aquino issues proclamation for next year’s holidays

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:34 p.m.

SEVERAL long weekends await Filipinos next year as President Benigno Aquino III has issued a proclamation declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2015.

Aquino issued on July 17 Proclamation 831, declaring the regular holidays, special non-working days, and special holiday for all schools for next year.

Sandigan summons bank records of ‘pork’ whistleblowers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:28 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan first division issued Tuesday a subpoena for the court to open the bank records of pork barrel scam whistleblowers, including Benhur Luy who reportedly has 19 bank accounts.

In a subpoena, five local banks were ordered to bring to court on Thursday the bank records of Luy and other whistleblowers.

Aquino: SC had also DAP-like mechanism

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 04:48 p.m.

IN FURTHER defending the constitutionality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), President Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday that the Supreme Court (SC) had similar mechanism wherein the budget of an agency under the executive branch was also used by the judiciary.

In a speech at the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini, Aquino said that undertaking DAP, which the High Court declared as unconstitutional, was not a haphazard decision on the part of the executive branch.

Aquino names 2 new members of Monetary Board

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 04:41 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has appointed two new members of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), a Palace official said Wednesday.

As conveyed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, the new appointees are: Juan de Zuniga Jr. and Valentin Araneta, who will each serve a six-year term of office, said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

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