Palace: PHL inclusion to EU’s GSP+ to provide more opportunities for Filipinos

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 07:28 p.m.

THE Philippines' recent inclusion to the European Union’s (EU) Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) is expected open up more investment opportunities for the country, a Palace official said Saturday.

Under the GSP+, the country can now export to EU 6,274 products with zero duties starting December 25 this year.

LRT, MRT fares to increase in January

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 07:07 p.m.

AMID the deteriorating services of the commuter trains in Metro Manila, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will start implementing fare increases for Light Rail Transit Line 1 and 2 (LRT-1 and LRT-2) and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) early next year.

Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said Saturday that beginning January 4, his office will adopt the P11 base fare plus P1 per kilometer for LRT and MRT fares.

Palace: Garin to continue as acting Health chief

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:56 p.m.

HEALTH Undersecretary Janette Garin will continue as the acting secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) until such time that President Benigno Aquino III has named the replacement for resigned Health Secretary Enrique Ona, a Palace official said Saturday.

"The President has not yet decided on who to appoint (as) the successor to Secretary Ike Ona, so ang mangyayari status quo muna tayo ngayon. Undersecretary Janette Garin will be the Acting Secretary of Health until any permanent appointment has been announced," said Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:27 p.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

Speaking of executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Obama said Friday at a year-end news conference, "I wish they had spoken to me first.... We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship."

Lawmaker wants to increase pay of state doctors

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:02 p.m.

A LAWMAKER has filed a bill seeking to increase the salary grade of government doctors to encourage more physicians to serve in public hospitals and health institutions.

House Bill 5623 authored by Masbate Representative Scott Davies aims to raise the salary grade of government doctors from the present Grade 16 or P26,878 to Grade 27 or P62,670 a month, and provide them with at least P2,500 monthly allowance on top of other existing allowances.

Garin mum after Ona resignation

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 04:07 p.m.

DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) acting Secretary Janette Garin has remained mum a day after Malacanang announced the resignation of Enrique Ona as Secretary.

Several messages and calls to secure her statement were not returned by Garin since late Friday after the announcement of Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma that President Benigno Aquino III has already accepted Ona's resignation.

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to drunken driving

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 01:17 a.m.

BALTIMORE -- Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving almost three months after he was arrested.

Phelps entered his plea to a charge of driving under the influence in on Friday morning. He was sentenced to a year in prison, but the prison sentence is suspended. He must be on probation for a year and a half.

More items seized in new Bilibid raid

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 06:14 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided anew the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City and seized more items from high-profile detainees inside the maximum-security compound.

Aquino accepts Ona's resignation

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 06:02 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has accepted the resignation of embattled Health Secretary Enrique Ona, a Palace official said Friday.

Aquino to youth: Don’t just make selfie, play Clash of Clans

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 05:41 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III urged the youth on Friday to use the modern technology to ensure that the reforms that his administration has instituted will continue instead of just doing selfie and playing games on the Internet.

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