BOC collects P469M from auctions of smuggled goods from January-September

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 07:26 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has earned over P469-million from the conduct of public auctions on illegally imported goods forfeited in favor of the government from January to mid-September this year.

The figure includes the P12.065-million winning bid a shipment of smuggled garlic sold through public auction on Tuesday, the BOC said.

Police rescue school staff, arrest abductors

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 07:17 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Police have rescued a school staff and arrested five suspects several minutes after they abducted the victim in the town of Buug, Zamboanga del Sur province.

Recued around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday was Alnaifa Salipada, 26, an Administrative Aide III at the Mindanao State University (MSU) extension in Buug town.

Ombudsman denies being Palace’s lapdog

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 06:27 p.m.

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales denied Wednesday allegations made by her critics accusing her of being a lapdog of the Aquino administration.

She said it is up to the public to judge on whether or not she was fair to all accused in cases related to Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

PPA imposes higher fees for overstaying containers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 05:52 p.m.

THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will be imposing new storage rates for overstaying inbound containers already cleared for transfer from the Manila International Container Terminal and the ports of South Harbor, Batangas, and Subic, Malacanang said Wednesday.

The new rates were contained in Memorandum Circular 12, series of 2014, issued by PPA, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.

PHL: No surrender in compensation bid over Tubbataha Reef

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 04:22 p.m.

THE Philippines assured Wednesday that it is not giving up in its efforts to have the country compensated with regard to the damage caused by a United States ship to the Tubbataha Reef despite a decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to junk the country's bid for the issuance of a Writ of Kalikasan.

Palace assures Aquino won't abuse emergency power

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 04:05 p.m.

MALACANANG assured Wednesday that the emergency power that President Benigno Aquino III has been seeking from Congress would not be abused.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the authority that Aquino has been asking would just be used to ensure that the looming power shortage in summer of next year would be prevented.

Magnitude-6.7 quake shakes Guam; no tsunami threat

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 04:02 p.m.

HAGATNA, Guam -- A major earthquake struck Guam on Wednesday, though there were no reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not in effect.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.7 quake was about 30 miles north-northwest of Guam and 80 miles deep.

Landslides triggered by storm kill 7 in Vietnam

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 04:00 p.m.

HANOI, Vietnam -- Landslides triggered by heavy rains from a tropical storm have killed at least seven people in northern Vietnam.

The chief administrator of Lang Son province's Cao Loc district, Hua Anh Tuan, said six people were killed and five others were injured when a landslide buried the hut they were sleeping in early Wednesday.

Binay to refute corruption allegations Thursday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 03:30 p.m.

MANILA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay will address the nation on Thursday to debunk allegations that he took kickbacks from various city projects during his two-decade reign as mayor of Makati, the country's financial district.

Thursday's briefing will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City at 2 p.m., according to a media advisory issued by Binay's office.

Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 01:22 p.m.

WEED, California — Fire crews aided by calmer winds and aircraft knocked down a wildfire Tuesday that damaged or destroyed 150 homes, the saw mill and a church and forced more than 1,000 people to flee a small town.

Two other fires, one near Yosemite National Park in central California and another east of Sacramento, also led hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

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