Friday, May 17, 2013 - 12:56 p.m.
MANILA -- Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales punished on Thursday an official of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) with dismissal from the service for demanding and receiving grease money for the rentals being paid by the agency for its office in Baguio City.
Morales also forfeited the retirement benefits and barred PRC Commissioner Alfredo Po from entering government service again after he was found guilty of grave misconduct and violated the law on ethical standards for state employees and officials.
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 12:33 p.m.
UNITED NATIONS -- Armed men broke into a UN outpost in a buffer zone separating Israel and Syria and abducted three UN military observers, the UN peacekeeping chief said Thursday.
Herve Ladsous told a group of reporters that the unarmed observers were held by the Syrian men for about five hours and released unharmed Wednesday morning.
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 11:29 a.m.
LOS ANGELES -- The third time's the charm for Candice Glover on "American Idol."
The booming 23-year-old R&B vocalist won the Fox singing competition after auditioning a trio of times and making it to the finals this year. Glover looked stunned when "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest announced she bested soulful 22-year-old country singer Kree Harrison.
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 09:39 a.m.
MANILA -- Re-elected Senator Francis Escudero snatched the third place again after fellow Senator Alan Peter Cayetano took his place in the previous batches of tally released by the National of Board of Canvassers (NBOC).
Before the NBOC suspended its session to Friday morning, Escudero received 8,652,216 votes or over 50,000 votes higher than
Cayetano’s 8,597,603 on late Thursday.
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 06:03 a.m.
EXPECT cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms in Cagayan Valley the regions of Ilocos and Cordillera, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas and the Zamboanga Peninsula Friday due to a diffused tail-end of a cold front, the state weather bureau said.
In the 5 a.m. weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), it said moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over extreme Northern Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough.
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 05:25 a.m.
MANILA -- Senator-elect Grace Poe-Llamanzares has promised to pursue the dreams of her father, Philippine movie king Fernando Poe Jr., who died six months after his controversial defeat in the 2004 presidential elections against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“He might not be able to swear in but at least, now I can pursue her dreams for our countrymen,” Poe said after she was proclaimed Thursday night at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 04:02 a.m.
GRANBURY, Texas -- Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service gave a preliminary estimate of Wednesday night's violent system, saying a tornado in Granbury had wind speeds between 166 mph (267 kph) and 200 mph (320 kph). Other tornadoes damaged nearby Cleburne and Millsap.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 11:59 p.m.
MANILA -- Taiwan's military conducted Thursday exercises in waters between Taiwan and the Philippines, close to the spot where Filipino coast guard personnel opened fire on a Taiwanese fishing vessel last week, killing a 65-year-old-crew member.
Two Lafayette frigates, one Kidd-class destroyer, two missile boats and assorted Mirage and locally produced jet fighters took part in the drill, underscoring Taiwan's anger over the incident, which has dominated local media coverage for the past week.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 09:24 p.m.
CEBU (6th Update) -- The canvassing of votes for Cebu City’s candidates finally came to a close Thursday evening with the proclamation of Edgar Labella as the duly elected vice mayor of the city.
Labella, runningmate of reelected Mayor Mike Rama, defeated incumbent Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young of the Bando Osmena Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) by only 184 votes, official results released by the City Board of Canvassers (CBOC) showed.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 08:22 p.m.
MANILA (Updated) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), proclaimed Thursday night the top six senatorial candidates at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.
The new senators are Team PNoy's Grace Poe-Llamanzares with 6,978,111 votes so far, Loren Legarda (6,405,625), Alan Peter Cayetano (5,989,369), Francis Escudero (5,944,573), Juan Edgardo Angara (5,593,601) and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) member Nancy Binay (5,787,423).