Monday, July 2, 2012 - 04:44 p.m.
MANILA -- Malacañang has no doubt on the qualification of Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, cousin of President Benigno Aquino III, to become senator.
Bam announced on Sunday his plan to run as senator in next year's elections, saying that his move has the President's "blessing."
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 04:24 p.m.
IN line with President Benigno S. Aquino III's anti-poverty programs, the government continues to provide power rate discounts to “lifeline” or marginalized electricity consumers.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda issued the statement during the regular press briefing in Malacañang on Monday following reports that various groups are appealing to the government to provide electricity subsidy to the poor following the increase of Manila Electricity Company (Meralco) electricity rates.
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 03:40 p.m.
MANILA (3rd Update, 6:01 p.m.) -- Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has formally joined 24 other individuals wanting to replace ousted Renato Corona as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Carpio submitted his letter of acceptance to the nomination at 1:55 p.m., three hours before the screening body Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) closes the application period.
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 03:26 p.m.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Police have arrested 53 people in Sri Lanka for failing to eliminate stagnant water and other mosquito breeding grounds in a government effort to prevent dengue fever.
The police statement issued Monday said thousands of police, Army and health officers searched 11,500 houses in the capital Colombo on Sunday. The people who were arrested face fines and up to six months in jail.
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 03:15 p.m.
MANILA (2nd Update, 3:15 p.m.) -- Leila de Lima accepted her nomination for the Chief Justice (CJ) post Sunday, but the Justice Secretary said she may "not be acceptable" to the sitting High Court justices.
"I'd like to see myself sa CJ nomination as a strong (candidate), and hopefully, an acceptable alternative to the insiders," the Cabinet official said in a television interview Monday.
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 02:53 p.m.
THE United States Navy’s premier hospital ship is scheduled to dock in Subic Bay today, Monday, to participate in a humanitarian mission in the Pacific, according to the US Embassy in Manila.
The Embassy said US Naval Ship (USNS) Mercy will dock at the Alava Wharf in Subic Bay at 3 p.m.
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 02:45 p.m.
BEIJING — A state news agency said the death toll from a weekend fire in a mall in northern China has risen to 10.
The official Xinhua News Agency said 16 others were slightly hurt in the fire that broke out in a commercial mall just north of the coastal business city of Tianjin.
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 02:07 p.m.
MAJOR oil company Petron Corp. implemented on Monday a rollback of P5.50 per kilo on its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) product “Gasul” and a P3.45-per-liter decrease on the prices of AutoLPG or liquefied petroleum gas-based vehicle fuel.
Being value-added tax or VAT-exclusive, the rollback on Gasul would amount to a P68 markdown for a standard 11-kilogram cylinder while the price movement on its autoLPG, “Xtend,” is VAT-inclusive.
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 01:59 p.m.
MANILA (3rd Update, 1:54 p.m.) -- The low pressure area (LPA) off Easter Samar continues to move slowly toward the Bicol Region but the weather bureau maintained it has a small chance of turning into a tropical depression.
At 8 a.m. Monday, the LPA was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 150 kilometers south southeast of Legaspi City in Albay.
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 01:42 p.m.
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered a deeper probe into the slaying of Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu’s consultant, Said Salik.
Salik was killed last Saturday in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. He was driving his car with his wife and children when riding-in-tandem gunmen shot them. The wife and children suffered injuries, reports said.