Lawmaker: No ‘PDAF-like’ allocation under Aquino’s 2015 budget

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 04:54 p.m.

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives vowed Tuesday to block schemes similar to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), as Congress prepares to tackle the proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget.

House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales II said the 2015 General Appropriations Bill will not contain "pork barrel-like" allotment similar to what his fellow lawmakers did when they decided to scrap the P25.24-billion PDAF allotment under this year's P2.265 trillion national budget.

Death toll rises to 23 in Abu Sayyaf road attack

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 04:53 p.m.

MANILA -- The death toll in a brazen road attack by Abu Sayyaf bandits on some 50 villagers traveling in Lower Talipao, Sulu to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families has climbed to 23 after a three-year-old boy and his father died from their injuries, officials said Tuesday.

Baldoz to reinforce personnel as alert level 3 looms in Israel

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is looking to bolster its presence in Israel after getting word that the crisis alert level 3 may be raised in the Middle East state in the coming days.

In an interview, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that they are set to send additional personnel in Israel, where the security situation remains volatile.

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 03:16 p.m.

WASHINGTON — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

Ex-Budget chief: Aquino defying SC on budget terms clarification

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 02:53 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III may find himself in another confrontation with the Supreme Court (SC) over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) after asking Congress to resolve issues on the executive department's power over the national budget.

In a text message, University of the Philippines (UP) economics professor Benjamin Diokno said Tuesday Aquino's pronouncement during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday was a clear challenge to the SC ruling against the constitutionality of his purported economic stimulus package.

Napoles transferred to regular jail in Taguig

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 02:05 p.m.

UNDER heavy guard, detained alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles was transferred late Monday night to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, a police official said Tuesday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Public Information Chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said the convoy of Napoles arrived in the Taguig jail around 11 p.m.

Israel targets symbols of Hamas control in Gaza

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 01:37 p.m.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early Tuesday in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a "prolonged" campaign in Gaza.

The overnight strikes hit the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, as well as government offices and the headquarters of the Hamas satellite TV station.

8 inmates bolt Quezon jail

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:25 p.m.

EIGHT inmates held at the district jail of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Gumaca, Quezon escaped before dawn Tuesday, police.

Gumaca police chief Romulo Albacea said the escapees cut off the metal bars of their detention cell and escaped around 1 a.m. However, one of them was quickly recaptured.

LPA now a tropical depression

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:46 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- The low pressure area spotted east of Aparri, Cagayan has developed into a tropical depression and was named "Inday," said the state weather bureau on Tuesday.

Tropical Depression Inday was located at 870 kilometers east of Aparri as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) said in its latest bulletin.

US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:49 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time.

The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's intervention in Ukraine and Putin's grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

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