Judiciary to donate P1M for calamity victims

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 07:58 a.m.

COURT Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and his basketball teammates in the Supreme Court (SC) broke a sweat to help victims of armed conflict in Zamboanga City and the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu last month.

This came after Marquez-led Judiciary outlasted a pesky Philippine National Police (PNP) squad, 86-83, for the P1-million prize in the inaugural UNTV Cup on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Large-scale estafa cases filed vs closed Pampanga bank officers

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 07:37 a.m.

MANILA -- Four individuals were charged with large-scale estafa last month before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly pocketing P21.4 million from the Rural Bank of Bacolor, Inc. (RBBI) in Pampanga through fictitious loans.

Listed in the complaint filed by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) on October 18 were former bank officials Mary Lynn Naguit (president and manager), Sylvia de Castro (assistant to the president), Mary Jane Acol (vice president and internal auditor), and Rico de Castro, a relative of RBBI’s controlling stockholders.

'Yolanda' intensifies further; storm signals up in 36 areas

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 06:37 a.m.

MANILA (Updated, 7:12 a.m.) -- Thirty-six areas are now placed under storm warning signals as Typhoon Yolanda has intensified further after it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Wednesday midnight, the state weather agency reported.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan) continues to move west nortwest at 30 kilometers per hour (kph) towards Eastern Visayas, with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph.

14 areas under signal no. 1; 'Haiyan' about to enter PAR

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 02:07 a.m.

MANILA (Updated 2:00 a.m.) -- The country's weather agency further placed fourteen areas in Visayas and Mindanao under public storm warning signal number 1 Wednesday night as Typhoon Haiyan is about to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, Haiyan was located 1,110 kilometers (km) east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur.

Roach: Pacquiao to KO Rios in 6 rounds

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 10:10 p.m.

MANILA -- Not a few boxing experts have said that Manny Pacquiao’s career is in its twilight stage although the eight-division world champion thinks otherwise.

Even famed septuagenarian boxing promoter Bob Arum has said that Pacquiao’s fight with Brandon" Bam Bam" Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) in Macau on November 24 at the Venetian Macao resort and hotel will finally tell if it’s time for him to hang up his gloves for good and concentrate on being a congressman of General Santos City, Philippines, where he is most comfortably based.

Oil edges up above $94 ahead of US supplies report

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 09:28 p.m.

OIL edged above $94 a barrel Wednesday, recovering slightly from an extended slide ahead of a report expected to show another increase in US crude stockpiles.

By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark US crude for December delivery was up 78 cents at $94.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract slid $1.25 to $93.37 on Tuesday, adding to a monthlong slide. Crude is down about 10 percent since closing at $104.10 on October 2.

De Lima: Whistleblowers' testimony will depend on Napoles' statements

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 07:00 p.m.

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima is skeptical whether Janet Napoles will tell the truth behind the alleged pork barrel scam unless the Senate offers an immunity to what she will say on Thursday.

That option is still up in the air after the senators remain divided on the issue. Some senators including Miriam Defensor Santiago say the option of excluding Napoles from prosecution belongs to the court.

1 killed, 8 injured in northern China explosions

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 07:01 p.m.

BEIJING -- A series of small explosions killed one person and injured eight others Wednesday outside the provincial headquarters of the ruling Communist Party in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, officials said.

Officials gave no word on the target or perpetrators of the blasts, which state media said were caused by homemade bombs.

Senate to honor Filipino pool queen

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 06:54 p.m.

SENATOR Sonny Angara on Wednesday filed a resolution commending and congratulating Filipina pool queen Rubilen Amit for bringing honor to the country.

Amit won the 2013 Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship Title and became the first ever two-time women's pool titleholder in the world.

Palace clarifies no special provincial trips for Aquino to explain DAP

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 06:24 p.m.

MALACANANG clarified Wednesday that President Benigno Aquino III would not make special trips to the provinces just to explain the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. explained in a press briefing that Aquino would just discuss DAP to the public whenever he has official engagement in a particular place.

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