Catholic youths converge on Rio to see 'slum pope'

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 11:59 p.m.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Thousands of young Roman Catholics from around the Americas are converging on Rio de Janeiro, taking dayslong bus trips or expensive plane flights that were paid for by baking cookies and holding garage sales, running raffles and bingo tournaments and even begging for coins in public plazas.

Pioneering journalist Helen Thomas dies at 92

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:33 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Helen Thomas, a long-time White House correspondent and a pioneer for women in journalism, has died. She was 92.

A friend, Muriel Dobbin, said Thomas died at her apartment in Washington on Saturday morning.

Toxic level of pesticide in kids' lunch

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:29 p.m.

PATNA, India — Samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide, police said Saturday.

Ravindra Kumar, the additional director general of police in the city of Patna, told reporters that forensic tests revealed that the samples contained the pesticide monocrotophos in levels that were "very toxic" for humans.

Some bishops want to hear economic growth in Sona

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 08:50 p.m.

MANILA -- Some Catholic prelates want to hear positive actions on issues such as graft and corruption, economic growth, among others, from President Benigno Aquino III when he delivers Monday his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said poor Filipinos have yet to feel the economic growth, which the government claimed it has accomplished.

Coalition to back Zamora’s bid as minority leader

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 08:04 p.m.

MANILA – The Makabayan coalition decided Saturday to throw its support on San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora as the rightful Minority Leader in the House of Representatives.

"We have experienced working with Rep. Zamora as minority leader in the 14th Congress. We’ve been together in the many battles to oust and hold accountable the illegitimate regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo," the coalition said in a statement after its National Executive Council meeting today.

Househelp deployment to Singapore stopped

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 05:44 p.m.

MANILA -- The Association of Licensed Recruitment Agencies to Singapore (Alras) decided on Friday to stop deploying Filipino household service workers (HSWs) to the island city-state beginning September 2.

In a statement issued Saturday, recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani said that Alras decided to adopt a self-imposed moratorium on HSW deployment among their 120 member-agencies.

16 China cosmetic products banned in PHL

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 04:37 p.m.

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered to ban in the Philippine market 16 cosmetic products imported from China.

“The FDA declares that the cosmetic products are unsafe and pose imminent danger or injury to consumers because they were not manufactured in compliance with the standards and requirements of the Code of Current Good Manufacturing Practice; and orders their ban or seizure from public sale or distribution,” said the FDA.

Most parts of Philippines to experience rains

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 03:37 p.m.

MANILA -- Most parts of the country will experience rains Saturday due to intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) and low pressure area (LPA) spotted in Mindanao, the state weather bureau said.

As of 4 a.m. Saturday, the LPA embedded along the ITCZ was spotted 330 kilometers (km) east of Mindanao (7.6°N 129.5°E) affecting Mindanao, said the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa).

Poll body to maximize 10-day registration period

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 02:19 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is all set to conduct the registration for the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls beginning this Monday until the end of the month.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body intends to maximize the 10-day registration period by opening their offices even during the weekend.

No Velasco, Tañada in House roll call for now

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 12:45 p.m.

MANILA -- When the roll of House members is called in the opening of the 16th Congress Monday, it will be the names of Regina Ongsiako Reyes of Marinduque and Angelina Tan of Quezon read despite the annulment of their proclamation, incoming House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said.

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