Sports car driver who mauled traffic enforcer identified

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:56 p.m.

POLICE have identified the sports car driver who assaulted a traffic enforcer of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) at a busy intersection in Quezon City on Thursday morning.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Joel Pagdilao identified Joseph Ingco, 39, of New Manila, as the driver of the blue Maserati Marshall sports car who beat up traffic enforcer Jorby Adriatico.

Study: More single men, women outside the workforce

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 07:55 p.m.

THERE is truth to belief that married people may need to work harder than single ones.

This is proven by the results of the LabStat report on the "Profile of Persons Not in the Labor Force" by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) for the period of 2006 to 2013.

Drilon calls for debates on anti-political dynasty bill

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 07:21 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon threw Thursday his support for the passage of anti-dynasty bill.

Drilon urged his colleagues in both chambers "to allow a constructive debate over the proposed measure."

Bicam reconciles versions of Fisheries Code

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 07:06 p.m.

REPRESENTATIVES from the two houses of Congress reconciled the different versions in the proposed amendments to the Philippines Fisheries Code.

During the bicameral conference committee held at Senate in Pasay City on Tuesday, variances in the provisions on increased penalties in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF) were resolved.

Keep room rates low during Papal visit, hotel owners urged

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 06:04 p.m.

CHURCH officials appeal to hotel owners to be more considerate with the rates as millions of tourists and pilgrims are expected to troop to Manila for the scheduled visit of Pope Francis in the country in January.

Fr. Jaime Marquez, member of the organizing committee in charge of the accommodation for the Papal Visit 2015, said that although hotel rates is an economic matter, they are appealing to the owners of the establishments especially in Manila to give considerations for those who will attend the religious gathering.

Economy slows down in Q3

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 03:24 p.m.

MANILA -- Public underspending and lingering effects of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and other calamities have dampened economic growth in the third quarter, raising speculation that authorities will likely miss even the lower end of this year's target.

Economic expansion, as measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), came in at 5.3 percent, much slower than analysts' expectations and the 7 percent growth observed in the same period in 2013.

P2.6-T national budget approved

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:34 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Senate approved on third and final reading Wednesday the P2.6-trillion proposed national budget for 2015.

Senate President Franklin Drilon approved the manifestation of Senator Edgardo Angara to pass the 2015 General Appropriations Act.

Estrada undergoes physical therapy

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 07:04 p.m.

DETAINED senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada underwent a physical therapy on Wednesday at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital in San Juan City.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Public Affairs chief Wilben Mayor said Estrada left his jail in Camp Crame around 9:15 a.m. on-board a coaster.

Binay seeks P100-M increase on OFWs’ legal assistance fund

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 06:23 p.m.

SENATOR Nancy Binay sought to raise the legal assistance fund for overseas Filipino workers of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) from P30 million to P100 million in the proposed national budget.

During the budget deliberation, Binay said P30-million is not enough even if the DFA uses up fund balances of previous years.

P24B allocated for Armm development

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 04:35 p.m.

THE budget of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) next year has been increased 24 percent to P24 billion, said Senator Francis Escudero, chairperson of the Senate committee on finance.

Escudero said the fund was allocated to respond to the needs of the community and push the much-needed development in the region.

Alleged NPA leader arrested

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested Friday a suspected leader of communist New People's Army (NPA) who is allegedly responsible in the killing of soldiers in Northern Samar, a police official said Tuesday.

Superintendent Danilo Macerin, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-National Capital Region (CIDG-NCR) chief, said Billy Morado alias Opal was arrested in his house in Phase 10 Barangay Bagong Silang in Caloocan City around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Quarantined peacekeeper suffers from hypertension

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 04:02 p.m.

MANILA -- While playing basketball in Caballo Island, a quarantined Filipino peacekeeper experienced dizziness and nausea and is now being tested for Ebola virus.

Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson, said they have flown a second Filipino peacekeeper from Caballo Island, where 133 Filipino peacekeepers from Ebola-hit Liberia are under quarantine, to a Manila-based government hospital after he was diagnosed with hypertension.

SC upholds ouster of ER Ejercito

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 03:24 p.m.

MANILA -- Emilio Ramon "ER" Ejercito's bid to regain the post of Laguna governor was junked by the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday.

Voting 12-0, the SC upheld the resolution of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in May ordering Ejercito's ouster for campaign overspending in last year's midterm polls.

Marcos questions DILG’s P13B budget for water supply, low cost housing

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:27 p.m.

SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. questioned the P12.9-billion errata allotment for water supply and low cost housing in the budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for 2015.

Marcos, chairperson of the Senate committee on local governments, asked the Department of Budget and Management why it appropriated the amount to DILG.

Senate to pass law on coco levy fund use early next year

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:09 p.m.

THE Senate will prioritize a bill that seeks to manage the disposition of the P100-billion coco levy fund in the first quarter of 2015, Senator Cynthia Villar said on Tuesday.

Villar said more than 3.5 million coconut farmers in the country will benefit from the proposed measure.

Albay lawmakers: Mayon evacuation ‘premature’

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 08:37 p.m.

ALBAY lawmakers criticized on Monday Governor Joey Salceda for allegedly "stage-managing" the Mayon evacuation last month.

At the hearing of the House committee on Bicol recovery, Albay Representatives Al Francis Bichara (second district), Edcel Lagman Jr. (first district) and Grex Lagman (third district) said Salceda has "exaggerated" the evacuation of the more than 12,000 residents in the province when the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Alert Level 4 over Mayon Volcano.

PNP: Criminals lurk on social networking sites

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:56 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) warned the public against sharing personal information on social networking sites, which could jeopardize their privacy and security.

Senior Superintendent Rene Aspera, PNP- Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) chief of staff, said kidnapping syndicates have turned to social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in scouting for would-be victims.

Pope Francis’ postage stamps to be printed in 3D embossing – PHLPost

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 05:51 p.m.

THE Pope Francis Visit special postage stamps will be printed in 3D embossing and hot foil stamping coinage stamps, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) said Monday.

Josie dela Cruz, PHLPost postmaster general, said the pontiff's stamps will feature four designs created by professional and non-professional artists during the "Papal Visit Stamp" on the spot design contest held recently.

Recto: Teachers’ ‘chalk allowance’ to increase to P1,500 in 2015

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 04:28 p.m.

THE annual "chalk allowance" of public school teachers will increase from the current P1,000 to P1,500 next year, as part of Senate amendment in the 2015 national budget, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said Monday.

Recto, vice chairperson of the Senate finance committee, recommended a P1.021 billion 2015 budget for "Teaching Supplies Allowance," the official expenditure name of chalk allowance in the national budget.

Palace: Pacquiao a worthy role model

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 07:38 p.m.

BOXING champion Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao is a worthy role model and an inspiration to Filipinos, Malacañang said Sunday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Palace joins the Filipino nation in celebrating the triumph of Pacquiao over American Chris Algieri in his WBO welterweight title defense in Macau.

2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 05:44 p.m.

MANILA -- Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise.

Just days before the Philippines marked Sunday's anniversary of the carnage with prayers and calls to end impunity, another potential witness in the ongoing trial against the politically powerful suspects was gunned down.

OFWs in West Africa may secretly return to PHL

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs) from Ebola-hit West Africa would be willing to cheat their way back to the country to avoid being discriminated.

“We would lie and cheat on our way back to our country to avoid persecution and prosecution. We would [not disclose] the information that we came from a West African nation and we would be able to do what any normal OFW on furlough… eat, mingle, socialize,” said Migrante-Sierra Leone.

Government committed to serve justice to massacre victims

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 06:05 p.m.

MANILA -- As the Philippines marks on Sunday the fifth year anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre, Malacañang assured Saturday that it will continue to do everything in its power to serve justice to the families of the victims of the gruesome killings despite the mounting challenges.

Gov’t urged to fast track rehab of Malaya power plant

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 05:51 p.m.

A LAWMAKER has urged the national government to fast track the rehabilitation of the 650-megawatt (MW) Malaya power plant in Pililia, Rizal to allow the Aquino administration to efficiently respond to the looming shortage of supply of electricity early next year.

Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano III, a member of the House committee on energy, said the 650 MW capacity of the Malaya power plant provides ample support to the Interruptible Load Program (ILP), which will be adopted by the government to address the power supply shortage in the summer of 2015.

House lawmakers confident of Pacquiao win

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 05:11 p.m.

MANILA -- The colleagues of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao in the House of Representatives are confident the Sarangani lawmakers will triumph over undefeated American Chris Algieri in Macau on Sunday.

Drilon wants government to prioritize bike lanes in PH national roads

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 04:24 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon urged the local government units and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DSWD) to integrate bike lanes into national roads of the country.

Drilon said the government must promote biking and non-motorized forms of mobility, which is a means to reduce traffic and air pollution.

Drilon: ICC probe jeopardizing Iloilo’s Apec hosting

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 07:53 p.m.

DELAYS on the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) can only be blamed on the baseless allegations woven from Wikipedia articles and whispered rumors, Senate President Franklin Drilon said Friday.

Project delays will mean that Iloilo City will lose the opportunity to host the 2015 APEC Summit or Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings and the numerous job opportunities the project stands to generate, Drilon said.

MMDA bans roadworks starting December 15

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 07:35 p.m.

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will not allow road works and repairs from December 15 until January 5, to spare the motorists and commuters from heavy traffic congestion during Christmas holidays.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said that if ever there would still be unfinished roadworks during the said period, the contractors of the project through the DPWH will be asked to temporarily cover particularly the holes with steel plates so that the roads will still be passable.

Freeze ex-DOJ chief’s assets, Ombud asked

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 07:06 p.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman has asked the anti-graft court to issue a writ of preliminary attachment/garnishment on the alleged ill-gotten wealth of former Justice secretary Hernando "Nani" Perez.

In a statement released Friday, Ombudsman Conchita Morales asked the Sandiganbayan to confiscate the Perez's assets and properties worth $2 million, which he illegally obtained after allegedly harassing and extorting money from businessman and former Manila representative Mario Crespo, more popularly known as Mark Jimenez.

House panel to consider Morales’ suggestions on BBL

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 06:29 p.m.

HOUSE Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Friday the ad hoc committee for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will consider the recommendations made by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on some provisions of the Bangsamoro Charter.

Belmonte said that the congressional panel will consider and include some oppositions made by Morales to the bill because some provisions might weaken the anti-graft body's constitutional and investigative power.

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