Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 10:21 a.m.
MANILA (Updated, 10:21 a.m.) - Outgoing Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said he failed to respond to a query by the Commission on Audit (COA) regarding his utilization of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) because he was overwhelmed by a lot of work.
In September 2011, COA Assistant Commissioner Arcadio Cuenco Jr. asked him in a letter to confirm his signatures appearing on various documents submitted to the Technology Resource Center (TRC) by the Philippine Social Development Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), which implemented his livelihood projects.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 08:39 a.m.
MANILA -- Most parts of the country will remain clear from any weather disturbance even as the tail-end of a cold front continues to affect Central Luzon leaving some areas in the region with isolated rain or thunderstorms.
The state weather bureau said on Tuesday that Bicol region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 06:31 a.m.
YONKERS, New York — A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph (132 kph) as it entered a 30 mph (48 kph) curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or brake trouble was still unclear, he said.
Asked why the train was going so fast, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said the information on the locomotive's speed was preliminary and extracted from the Metro-North train's two data recorders, taken from the wreckage after the Sunday morning accident in the Bronx.
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 11:45 p.m.
KINSHASA, Congo -- A new fleet of drones will make their maiden voyage this week in Congo's troubled east, where one rebel group was recently disarmed, but many more continue to occupy the area's thick jungles.
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 09:21 p.m.
MANILA -- China has a sovereign right to establish a maritime air defense zone over another region as it did in the East China Sea, the Chinese envoy to the Philippines said Monday.
The United States and key Asian allies have not honored the East China Sea zone, which was announced on November 23 and is seen primarily as a bid to bolster China's claim over uninhabited Japanese-controlled islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The Philippines is locked in a long territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea.
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 08:45 p.m.
JOHANNESBURG -- As many as 20 percent of Africa's elephants could be killed in the next 10 years if illegal poaching continues at the current rate, according to new data released Monday at the opening of the Elephant Summit in Botswana.
An estimated 22,000 elephants were illegally killed across Africa in 2012, slightly lower than the 25,000 elephants poached in 2011, according to a report by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES.
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 05:46 p.m.
SYDNEY -- A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country's remote landscape.
Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region released video on Monday, revealing the sea eagle's caper.
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 05:05 p.m.
MANILA (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III accepted on Monday the irrevocable resignation of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, who is facing charges for his alleged participation in the pork barrel scam.
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 03:47 p.m.
AMID the controversy on the alleged pork barrel scam, a pro-administration lawmaker wants non-government organizations (NGOs) to meet stringent standards before they are funded by taxpayers' money.
Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr. filed House Bill 3444 to help ensure that only legitimate NGOs, people’s organizations (POs), civil society organizations, with a proven track record, financial capability and deep roots in communities will receive government funding.
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 03:14 p.m.
(Updated) FORMER Chief Justice Renato Corona denied asking from the Supreme Court (SC) P50 million as retirement pay for his services in the judiciary, which was cut short by his ouster last year for allegedly hiding multi-million peso cash deposits from the public.
Responding to a statement by the Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO), Corona said he does not know anybody in government who ever received that much as the retirement pay is determined by law and not based on what the retiree wants.