Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:53 p.m.

NEW YORK -- Apple said it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.

A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold nine million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models.

'The Lion King' earns record box office

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

NEW YORK -- Here's something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: "The Lion King" is the top ticket of all time.

With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, "The Lion King" stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history, The Associated Press has learned.

Senate OKs PhilHealth coverage for senior citizens

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:31 p.m.

A BILL that aims to provide mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage to all senior citizens in the country regardless of their economic or social status was passed on third reading in the Senate on Monday.

Senate Bill 712, authored by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto and sponsored by committee on health chairperson Teofisto Guingona III, suggests to automatically enroll all senior citizens of the country in the national health insurance fund of PhilHealth.

CAAP: Laoag airport not operational on night time

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:02 p.m.

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has barred night flight operations in Laoag International Airport after its runway was damaged due to Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong).

In an advisory issued late Monday, CAAP said the runway edge light was broken after heavy rains inundated it, grounding electrical connections.

‘Power shortage can reach 800MW in 2015’

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 06:58 p.m.

MANILA -- Power shortage can reach up to 800 megawatts (MW) in the first half of 2015 due to the impending threat of El Nino, the Department of Energy said on Monday.

At the sidelines of the plenary debates for the proposed 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA) at the House of Representatives, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said the projected cause of the assessed shortage is due to thinning hydropower capacity and the expected high power demand in summer of next year.

NGCP’s transmission facilities fully restored after ‘Mario’

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 06:21 p.m.

THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Monday that all its transmission and sub-transmission lines and substations in North Luzon affected by Tropical Storm "Mario" (Fung-Wong) have been restored and operating under normal conditions.

Normalization of the system came after the 11 transmission facilities were energized.

Estrada allowed to undergo medical checkup

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 05:42 p.m.

THE anti-graft court allowed detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada to undergo medical check-up on Wednesday.

In an open court decision, Sandiganbayan fifth division chairperson Associate Justice Roland Jurado allowed Estrada to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City after complaining of shoulder pain.

Aquino names relative, 11 others to gov’t posts

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 05:28 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has appointed 12 new officials in various government agencies, including his relative.

In a press briefing on Monday, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President signed the appointment of Emigdio Tanjuatco III as president/chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of the Clark International Airport Corporation.

Binay not inclined to attend Senate probe

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 05:21 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay seems not interested in appearing at the Senate to dispel allegations that he amassed ill-gotten wealth by cornering kickbacks from projects of the Makati City government he once headed for two decades.

In a radio interview over the weekend, Binay said the Senate investigation on the alleged overpricing in the P2.2-billion Makati City Hall Building 2 has already been "prejudged", probably by senators-turned-critics who have been challenging him to answer the allegations under oath.

Belmonte open to special sessions to pass 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 05:17 p.m.

HOUSE Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said on Monday that he was open to holding special sessions to ensure the passage of the P2.6-trillion proposed General Appropriation Act (GAA).

Due to unforeseen delays in the past week, Belmonte said Congress may need additional two to three days to pass the budget bill if the chamber fails to finish the plenary debates by Friday.

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