Court junks Estrada’s motion to reproduce Luy files

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 08:43 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan denied Friday a motion of Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada to reproduce the content of Benhur Luy's hard drive.

The court's fifth division denied the motion for lack of merit.

Palace downplays UNA concerns on LP-backed police chief

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:45 p.m.

MALACANANG downplayed Friday the concern of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of having a Philippine National Police (PNP) chief who is supported by the Liberal Party.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that whoever would be appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as the new police chief would be based on his qualifications.

Palace: No 'pabaon' to lawmakers to pass BBL

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:24 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will not bribe the lawmakers just to pass the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a Palace official said Friday.

"Hindi ho uso sa Aquino administration 'yon," Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing when asked if the Palace would not give any sort of "pabaon" to the lawmakers to make sure that the proposed BBL would pass both Houses of Congress.

Ombudsman to start probe vs Binay, Makati parking building

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:17 p.m.

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman is set to start the preliminary investigation against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., and 22 others in relation to the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Parking Building.

House to issue new protocol plates

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 04:38 p.m.

TO PREVENT past officials from abusing the number 8 protocol license plates issued to them, the House of Representatives has decided to issue a new set of protocol plates to members of the 16th Congress.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Friday that the new protocol license plates to be issued to each House member cannot be used anymore after the term of the current Congress ends in June 2016.

3 Pinoys in Saudi infected with Mers-CoV

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 04:09 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Friday that three Filipinos in Saudi Arabia have been infected with the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV).

Agencies recruiting domestic helpers given a week to open Facebook accounts

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 03:39 p.m.

ALL recruitment agencies deploying household service workers (HSWs) abroad must have Facebook accounts by next week.

In a statement, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reminded recruitment agencies that they have until March 13 to comply with Memorandum Circular No. 1 – 2015.

‘Abu Sayyafs’ seize 2 teachers

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 03:03 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Two public school teachers were abducted by six suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Friday.

Taxi flag-down rate back to P30

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 02:54 p.m.

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reduced by P10 the flag-down rate for taxis in the country, an agency official said Friday.

No disease outbreak in Maguindanao – DOH

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 02:28 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) said Friday they have not yet recorded any disease outbreak in evacuation centers housing thousands of civilians displaced by the military offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao.

“No outbreaks have been reported so far in the evacuation centers in Maguindanao,” DOH spokesman Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said.

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