Palace confident coast guards' morale not affected by NBI report

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 04:42 p.m.

MALACANANG is confident that the morale of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) would not be affected following the recommendation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to file criminal charges against some of its personnel in relation to the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte in a phone patch interview said that NBI considered all the pieces of evidence in coming out with a report.

Raps readied vs Petron, shipping firm over Cavite oil spill

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 04:27 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is preparing appropriate charges against Petron Corporation and a shipping firm after both refused to allow authorities to get oil samples to determine the cause of the oil spill in Cavite.

Commander Joel Garcia, head of the PCG marine environment protection, said obstruction of justice charges will be filed against Petron and Herna Shipping Transport Corporation that owns the M/T Makisig.

Rosario, Cavite under state of calamity

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 02:52 p.m.

STATE of calamity has been declared in Rosario, Cavite due to the oil spill that has so far damaged corals in the area and continues to spread to nearby towns, radio and television reports said.

The Philippine Coast Guard is still determining what caused the leak, but residents in the area blamed the M/T Makisig of Herma Shipping Transport Corporation, which delivered petroleum oil to Petron Corporation.

State prosecutor arrested for extortion

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 02:43 p.m.

NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents arrested on Thursday evening a state prosecutor who allegedly demanded P2.5 million from unionized workers of Philippine Airlines (PAL) facing a case for disrupting airport services in September 2011.

Assistant State Prosecutor Diosdado Solidum Jr. was nabbed in an entrapment operation sanctioned by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. He earlier promised to dismiss the case against 241 members of the PAL Employees Association (Palea) in exchange for the money.

SC won’t stop raffling off lots in Hacienda Luisita

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 02:39 p.m.

THE allocation of lots to farmers in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac through raffle will continue after the Supreme Court did not stop the scheme which the beneficiaries criticized for denying them a chance to collective ownership.

In a one-page notice signed by Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal, the SC only asked the government to comment within 10 days on the urgent omnibus motion filed by the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) last month.

Realign P27B pork for wage hike in 2014, lawmaker asks Congress

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 02:34 p.m.

A PARTY-LIST lawmaker on Friday called for the realignment of the P27 billion worth of priority development assistance funds (PDAF) for the salary increase of public sector employees next year.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio earlier scored the Aquino administration for failing to allocate funds for a salary hike while members of Congress get hefty pork barrel funds.

DOH bans swimming in Cavite oil spill zone

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 02:28 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is strongly dissuading residents from swimming, or even just wading, from the waters that have been spoiled by the oil spill that was discovered Thursday in Rosario, Cavite.

In a phone interview, DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag asked authorities to immediately cordon off area, where the oil spill happened.

3 communist rebels killed, one soldier wounded in Bulacan clash

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 02:21 p.m.

THREE communist New People's Army rebels were killed and a government soldier was wounded in a firefight in Doña Remidious Trinidad town in Bulacan Friday morning.

Colonel Henry Sabarre, commander of the Army's 703rd Brigade, said troops from the 48th Infantry Battalion were sent to Kabayunan village after concerned citizens informed the military of rebel presence.

‘Labuyo’ has accelerated, heading northwest -- Pagasa

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 01:45 p.m.

"TROPICAL Depression Labuyo intensified and accelerated as it moves in a northwest direction," the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Friday.

Packing winds up to 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, Labuyo is forecast to move northwest at 19 kph. The center of Tropical Depression was estimated at 1,000 km East of Bicol Region, and is within the Philippine Area of Responsibility, at 10 a.m. Friday, Pagasa said.

Asian stocks rise on China recovery hopes

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 01:04 p.m.

BANGKOK -- Signs that a slowdown in China may be bottoming out helped to lift Asian stock markets Friday.

Producer prices, or the price of goods once they leave factories, fell in July but at a slower rate than the month before. That was taken as a sign that demand may be strengthening following a prolonged slump.

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