Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 01:53 p.m.
MANILA (Updated, 1:50 p.m.) -- Vice President Jejomar Binay confirmed on Thursday that Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is no longer part of the senatorial line-up of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) for next year's midterm elections.
Speaking to media after a groundbreaking of a housing program in Argao, Cebu, Binay said Garcia will likely run for Congress since her brother Pablo John of the third legislative district will seek the gubernatorial post.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 12:49 p.m.
MANILA -- Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has yet to decide if she will block the two remaining Cabinet members who have yet to be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Environment Secretary Ramon Paje.
This developed after Santiago, who earlier vowed to veto the appointment of officials who snubbed her hearing on the issues involving ex-Interior undersecretary Rico Puno, changed her mind on Wednesday and allowed incoming Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II to secure the assignment.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 12:41 p.m.
MANILA -- Senator Aquilino Pimentel III formally sponsored on the floor a bill, which if passed into law, would provide absentee voting for members of media organizations beginning in next year's midterm elections.
"What this bill intends to do is to assure that members of media, as citizens like us, are able to exercise their rights of suffrage even if they are assigned to cover election or other activities on election day away from the place where they are registered as voters," he said in his sponsorship speech for Senate Bill 1198.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 12:35 p.m.
MANILA -- University of Santo Tomas overcame a stiff challenge from the University of the Philippines, 5-2, to bag a record 11th men's taekwondo diadem in the 75th UAAP season late Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
From a 2-2 stalemate, last season's MVP Dane Pio de Roda, Marae Anthony Deo and Christian dela Cruz gave the necessary victories for the Growling Tigers.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 12:23 p.m.
MANILA -- Close to 500 families or about 2,400 individuals were affected by separate fires that hit two Metro Manila cities on Wednesday, the state disaster agency said.
The National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said the fire that blazed a residential area at Barangay Manesa, Quezon City, Wednesday at 1:50 a.m. has displaced 382 families or about 1,910 individuals.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 11:41 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — A chef won't take the stand in his own defense in a trial where he's accused of killing his wife and then cooking her body for four days in boiling water to get rid of the evidence, according to his attorney.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rand S. Rubin reminded David Viens that it was his decision whether to take the stand, regardless of what his attorney may want, according to the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/S6EQOz ).
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 10:36 a.m.
MANILA -- Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim on Thursday said that movie houses and theaters who will attempt to show the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims" will be closed down.
Lim issued this statement shortly after meeting with Muslim religious leaders in the city.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 09:39 a.m.
MANILA -- Seven people were drowned while five others were still missing as ferry boat foundered off Tampat Point, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi Wednesday.
Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo said the M/V Siranan, carrying around 27 passengers and crew, sank off around 4 a.m.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 08:28 a.m.
MANILA -- A new low pressure area (LPA) embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is expected to affect Luzon and Visayas, the state weather bureau said on Thursday.
Weather observer Alvin Pura said that as of 4 a.m. Thursday, the LPA was spotted at 1,120 kilometers east of Southern Luzon (14.0°N, 136.0°E).
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 07:38 a.m.
NEW YORK — A defrocked Roman Catholic monsignor who once led fundraising for the Archdiocese of New York has sued the church for libel.
Charles Kavanagh's lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. Kavanagh accuses the archdiocese of libeling him by saying he had sexually abused a teenage student in the 1980s even though the now-middle-aged man admits he lied.