China commits ‘fresh violation’ over West Philippine Sea – DFA

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 05:28 p.m.

PHILIPPINE authorities still refuse to comment until they have confirmed reports of "fresh violation" committed by China in the contested West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

"We are awaiting further confirmation. Jointly with DND [Department of National Defense], we are committed to look at ways to appropriately address this issue," DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said.

Palace condemns NPA attack in Compostela Valley

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 05:21 p.m.

MALACANANG condemned on Tuesday the attack allegedly perpetrated by the communist New People's Army (NPA) in Pantukan, Compostela Valley that injured seven Army soldiers who were on patrol.

In a press briefing, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the explosion, that was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED), was a violation of “every rule in anybody’s book.”

Philforest terminated deal with Ochoa's brother-in-law in 2011: Palace

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 05:19 p.m.

MALACANANG clarified Tuesday that as early as 2011, the Philippine Forest Corporation (Philforest) had terminated its deal with the company owned by the brother-in-law of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte issued A clarification following the allegation of whistleblower Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada that Ochoa's bother-in-law, Jerry Acuzar who owned New San Jose Builders Incorporated (NSJBI), benefited from a "midnight deal" during the previous administration for the lease of about 2,000 hectares of forest land in Busuanga, Palawan.

House members heed Aquino's call to abolish ‘pork barrel’

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 05:11 p.m.

HOUSE members pledged support to President Benigno Aquino III's decision to abolish the controversial priority development assistance fund amid the multi-billion peso scam involving detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

Cavite Representative Elpido Barzaga Jr., a stalwart of the National Unity Party (NUP), and Laguna Representative Dan Fernandez of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) disclosed this during the weekly briefing of the House majority bloc Tuesday.

Biometrics to weed out potential flying voters

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 04:46 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will use the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to eliminate potential flying voters in the October 28 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

According to Comelec Resolution 9764, the commission ordered the use of AFIS to ensure that every voter only has one registration record and is incapable of voting twice.

Obama seeks support for Syria strike

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 04:34 p.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama this week plans to urge reluctant world leaders to back an American-led strike against Syria even though the prospects for military action depend on the votes of a fractured US Congress.

Congressional inquiry sought anew over Cebu sea tragedy

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 04:11 p.m.

ANOTHER House member has called for an investigation into the government's regulation of the shipping industry after the collision of a Cebu-bound passenger ship and a cargo vessel in August, killing at least 108 people.

Parañaque City Representative Gus Tambunting filed House Resolution 221 calling for a review of existing practices in ship maintenance, crew training and accreditation to mitigate the occurrence of fatal and environmentally destructive sea disasters.

Congress told to explain legality of pork barrel system

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 02:12 p.m.

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Senate and House of Representatives to justify the existence of the corruption-tainted priority development assistance fund (PDAF).

Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte have 10 days to respond to the petition filed last week by lawyer Samson Alcantara, a loser in the May senatorial polls and president of non-government group Social Justice Society.

Microsoft to buy Nokia phones, patents for $7.2B

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 01:42 p.m.

REDMOND, Washington — Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to mount a more formidable challenge to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. as more technological tasks get done on mobile devices instead of personal computers.

Landmine explosion hurts 7 troops

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 01:40 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Seven soldiers were wounded when they tripped on a landmine while on security patrol in the hinterlands of Compostela Valley province, an official said Tuesday.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) information officer Captain Alberto Caber said the incident took place around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in sitio Lantaan, Napnapan village, Pantukan, Compostela Valley.

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