4 judges under further probe over ‘Ma’am Arlene’

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:59 p.m.

FOUR judges will undergo further investigation by the Court of Appeals (CA) in relation to the controversial elections of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA) in October last year, whose results were allegedly influenced by a certain Ma’am Arlene.

The Supreme Court (SC) identified them in a three-page resolution as Judge Rommel Baybay of Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 132, Judge Ralph Lee of Quezon City RTC branch 83, Judge Marino Rubia of Biñan, Laguna branch 24, and Judge Lyliha Aquino of Manila RTC branch 24.

Palace condemns rape vs Filipina nurse in Libya

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:33 p.m.

MALACANANG condemned on Thursday the kidnapping and alleged rape of a Filipina nurse by six Libyan youths.

"Kinokondena po natin ang krimen na naganap laban sa isang mamamayan natin doon (Libya)," said Presidential Communications Opertions Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a regular press briefing in Malacanang.

Luy hard-drive pre-marked as evidence

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:55 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan first division allowed Thursday the pre-marking of Benhur Luy's external hard-drive as evidence in the plunder and graft cases of detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. related to the pork barrel scam.

In the continuation of Revilla's bail hearing, defense lawyers opposed the admission of the external storage device, which supposedly contains records of the senator's illegal transactions with Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, but the Sandiganbayan allowed it.

Most respondents in Servando hazing case snub hearing

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:08 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Only four out of 20 suspects in the hazing-related death of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Servando showed up on Thursday in the first preliminary investigation hearing at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

They were respondents Kurt Michael Almazan and Luis Solomon Arevalo, members of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity, and Jemar Pajarito, the caretaker of the Makati City house where the beating took place on June 28.

32 nations back Judaism's Yom Kippur as UN holiday

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 02:12 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS -- Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday.

The letter to the assembly's Committee on Conferences, circulated on Wednesday, stated that the U.N. "recognizes the major festivals of many of the world's main religions, yet Judaism is not represented."

21 killed in India landslide

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:31 p.m.

NEW DELHI -- Rescuers worked in rain Thursday to dig through a remote village in western India where at least 21 people died as a landslide swept away scores of houses, possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.

National Disaster Response Force commander Alok Avasthy said continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts in Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state.

FEU Manila classes, work cancelled due to bomb threat

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:11 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Classes and work are cancelled the rest of the day on Thursday at Far Eastern University (FEU) in Manila due to a bomb threat received by school authorities.

"The University officials of FEU Manila and FEU Tech have decided to call off classes today (July 31, 2014) due to a suspected bomb threat. The university is working closely with Security Personnel to address the situation and secure the campus. Please vacate the premises immediately in an orderly fashion," the university said on its official Facebook account.

DFA: Filipina nurse nabbed, raped in Libya

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:04 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Thursday reports that a Filipina nurse was abducted and raped before eventually being released in Tripoli, Libya.

In a phone interview, DFA Spokesman Charles Jose said the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli confirmed that the incident took place Wednesday morning (Tripoli time).

Inmates question new rules on good conduct incentives

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:53 a.m.

TWO government officials were recently ordered by the Supreme Court (SC) to comment on the petition of inmates of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) against the constitutionality of a new classification system for good conduct and time allowances, which can be the basis for commutation of sentence, parole or even pardon by the President.

Law dean: JDF probe aimed at diverting DAP issue

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:52 a.m.

CONGRESSIONAL allies of embattled President Benigno Aquino III are perhaps trying to take away the heat from him by launching an investigation on the use of the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF), a law dean said Thursday.

Father Ranhilio Aquino, dean of the San Beda College Graduate School of Law, said public discussion must focus on how the government spent funds released through the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC) on July 1.

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