Stop Makati building probe, Senate panel urged

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 09:03 p.m.

THE camp of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay asked on Wednesday the Senate blue ribbon committee to stop its probe on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

Binay through his counsel, Claro Certeza, filed a manifestation asking Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairperson of the Senate blue ribbon committee, to intervene and cause the suspension of the ongoing probe by the subcommittee on the multi-billion peso government building.

8 gun dealers suspended over missing firearms

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 08:18 p.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) suspended eight firearms dealers on Wednesday after they failed to account a total of 116 imported firearms.

Interior and Local Secretary Manuel Roxas II said that during the inventory of high-powered firearms in March following the reports on missing AK-47 rifles, it was discovered that 105 units of calibre 5.56 firearms and 11 units of calibre 7.62 firearms were unaccounted.

Assistant administrator named as NFA officer-in-charge

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 07:29 p.m.

LAWYER Efren Sabong was named as the officer-in-charge (OIC) of the National Food Authority (NFA).

Sabong, who is the NFA assistant administrator, replaced Arthur Juan, who tendered his irrevocable resignation last week amid the P15-million extortion allegation against him by a rice trader.

Quezon City government barred from selling UP land

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 07:19 p.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) has stopped the Quezon City government from auctioning off a leased property of state-run University of the Philippines (UP) due to unpaid taxes worth P117.18 million.

The temporary restraining order (TRO) was issued by the SC Second Division in response to the petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General.

Senators to DOTC, MRT execs: Stop pointing fingers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 07:09 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION officials got into an intense argument on Wednesday after they blamed each other for the failure of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) to provide the right maintenance and service to commuters.

However, senators who led the Senate committee on public services hearing on the mass transit system told officials of the Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) and Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to stop pointing fingers over the MRT-3 glitches.

4th Indie envi heroes awards launched

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 05:36 p.m.

CIVIL society organizations led by Center for Environmental Concerns Philippines (CEC-Phils) is launching the Fourth Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan (GBK) to honor individuals and groups dedicated to the defense of the environment and the rights of the people.

The organizers behind GBK see the awards event as an opportunity to "draw a silver lining" amid issues hounding the country.

Palace: Purisima ‘truthful’ during Senate probe

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 05:30 p.m.

EMBATTLED Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Alan Purisima became truthful and candor when he appeared before a Senate inquiry on Tuesday, a Palace official said Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that Purisima was able to answer "truthfully" the questions thrown to him regarding his properties.

Aquino: Philippines won’t send troops to unclear mission

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 05:07 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday that the Philippines will only send new batch of peacekeepers to Golan Heights depending on the result of the United Nations' probe into the recent standoff involving Filipino forces.

Filipino migrant group backs Hong Kong protesters

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:40 p.m.

OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs) have expressed strong support to the cause of the protesters in Hong Kong in their bid for full democracy.

In a statement, the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB) expressed support to the ongoing protest actions in Hong Kong.

Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:14 p.m.

DALLAS -- The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas.

The unidentified man was critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday, federal health officials said. They would not reveal his nationality or age.

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