Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 02:26 p.m.
MANILA -- Former Dapitan mayor turned Makati judge Joseph Cedrick Ruiz will be sent to prison for withdrawing close to P1 million from the city's intelligence fund for his personal use in 2001.
Ruiz was penalized by the Sandiganbayan First Division with a jail term of around six to eight years for graft and between 12 and 18 years for malversation of public funds.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 02:24 p.m.
MANILA -- Senator-elect JV Ejercito Estrada on Thursday called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to look into the supposed "60-30-10" pattern of poll results bared by a math professor at the Ateneo de Manila University over the weekend.
Estrada is one of the three candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) who made it to the top 12 in last week's election. The other nine are from the administration coalition Team PNoy.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 02:13 p.m.
MANILA - Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin called the presence of a Chinese frigate, along with a group of fishing vessels off Ayungin Shoal, highly "unusual".
The frigate, with two Chinese Maritime Surveillance ships, was spotted by a Philippine aerial patrol 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 12:34 p.m.
MANILA -- A female manager of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Taft Avenue branch died after she was shot while driving her car in Manila.
Rose Marie Gatan was driving her sports utility vehicle on Apacible Street when gunmen onboard a motorcycle shot at the car, hitting her in the head.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 12:16 p.m.
MIAMI — Miami's LeBron James made a buzzer-beating layup in overtime as the Heat just escaped a shock loss on their home court and beat the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in Wednesday's opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
James finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat — his ninth postseason triple-double. All that mattered was the last shot, which simply saved the Heat.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 12:07 p.m.
KATMANDU, Nepal — An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer on Thursday became the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Everest, a Nepali official and Miura's Tokyo-based support team said.
Yuichiro Miura, who also conquered the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) peak when he was 70 and 75, reached the summit at 9:05 a.m. local time Thursday, according to his support team. Miura and his son Gota called them from the summit to report the news.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 11:15 a.m.
ORLANDO, Florida — Authorities in the U.S. shot to death a Chechen immigrant who turned violent while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, officials said.
Ibragim Todashev, 27, was gunned down at his Florida home during a meeting with an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers, authorities said.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 11:54 p.m.
MOORE, Oklahoma — The cost of a massive tornado that battered an Oklahoma City suburb could be more than $2 billion, according to a preliminary estimate announced Wednesday by state officials.
Oklahoma Insurance Department Spokeswoman Calley Herth told The Associated Press that the early tally is based on visual assessments of the extensive damage zone stretching more than 17 miles (27 kilometers) and the fact that the tornado was on the ground for 40 minutes.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 08:22 p.m.
COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes on Wednesday questioned the motive of his former colleague, Augusto "Gus" Lagman, in exposing the intelligence funds of poll body officials.
Brillantes explained that intelligence funds of Comelec officials are fully documented and even has the approval of the Office of the President.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 08:00 p.m.
MANILA -- A group of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia is "agitating" the distressed workers there who are awaiting repatriation to "sow disorderly conduct" amid the kingdom's crackdown on illegal workers, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.
Raul Hernandez, DFA spokesman, said a Philippine consul was punched by a Filipino worker there when a group of campers in Jeddah forcibly entered the consulate's office to get documents and passports.