Bilibid officials, guards face admin raps

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 03:58 p.m.

TEN individuals led by relieved New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Superintendent Fajardo Lansangan were administratively charged at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the unauthorized outside hospitalization of convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata from May 28 to June 2.

Lansangan was charged with grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima approved the fact-finding report prepared by a panel chaired by Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III.

Filipino sentenced to death in Vietnam

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 03:54 p.m.

HANOI, Vietnam -- A Filipino was sentenced to death by a court in this foreign city for cocaine trafficking, the state media reported.

According to the Law and Society newspaper, Emmanuel Sillo Camacho, 39, was convicted of trafficking 3.4 kilograms (7.5 pounds) of cocaine from Brazil to Vietnam at a one-day trial Thursday.

Coast Guard men seek homicide case dismissal

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 03:37 p.m.

EIGHT members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) recently told a Batanes court that they cannot be held on trial for homicide due to the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in May last year.

In a motion to quash, the Coast Guard men said there is no proof to show that Hung shih-cheng is dead.

Missing teen found dead

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 02:31 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- The body of a missing 15-year-old boy (earlier reported as 16 years old) was found floating on the shores of Sitio Mahayahay Dos in the village of Pasil in this city around 6 a.m. Friday.

Rowen Abellaneda, of Sawang Calero village, was reported missing after he had gone swimming with his five classmates on Thursday.

Aquino monitors standoff in Golan Heights

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 01:24 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III decided Friday to cut short his provincial trip to attend to the situation of Filipino peacekeepers involved in a standoff with Syrian rebels in Golan Heights.

In a speech, the Chief Executive assured that there was no immediate danger against the 75 Filipino peacekeepers who are members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Undof).

Estrada suspension stays

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:58 p.m.

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan fifth division upheld the 90-day suspension of detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada on Friday for his plunder case related to the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

DOH to come out with guidelines on handling corpses of Ebola victims

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:22 p.m.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE -- The Department of Health (DOH) is already finalizing the guidelines that will be used in handling the corpses of would-be victims of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).

Speaking here at the Health Issues 102 Media Seminar, DOH Spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said they are already set to come out with the guidelines as part of the country's preparation for the possible entry of the dreaded disease currently wreaking havoc in West Africa.

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, California — For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have photographed these "sailing rocks" being blown by light winds across the former lake bed.

Supreme Court 'meddling too much'

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:42 p.m.

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday that the Supreme Court meddles too much in political issues, reiterating he was open to amend the Constitution to clip the judiciary's power.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of Aquino, said she had enormous respect for him and the court would only respond to political and constitutional questions through its rulings.

Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 09:54 p.m.

NEW YORK — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says.

Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Provence's Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France.

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