Trillanes, Santiago ask Blue Ribbon to summon Napoles

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 05:55 p.m.

"NAME names."

This was the challenge raised by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who also expressed the need for the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, Janet Lim-Napoles, to face the Senate blue ribbon committee again, saying it is important to hear the names of the senators straight from the mouth of Napoles herself.

Binay calls for lower carbon emissions

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 05:37 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday called on local government units to make conscientious decisions that will help reduce the country's carbon emissions.

"If carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions are the leading causes of global warming, our fundamental strategy must be that of reducing carbon pollution," the Vice President said.

8 Catholic bishops to attend the canonization of Pope Paul II in Rome

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 04:20 p.m.

EIGHT Catholic prelates, including Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, will personally witness the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII in the Vatican City on Sunday, April 27.

Aside from Quevedo, the other bishops who will attend the canonization rites in Rome are Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Romblon Bishop Jose Talaoc, Calbayog Bishop Isabelo Abarquez, Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar, La Union Bishop Rodolfo Beltran, Catanduanes Bishop Manalo Delos Santos and Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes.

Cagayan town installs new mayor

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 07:30 p.m.

THE new mayor of Gonzaga town in Cagayan province has been sworn in, less than 24 hours after the shooting death of Mayor Carlito Pentecostes on Monday, April 21.

Cagayan police director Senior Superintendent Gregorio Lim said Vice Mayor Rene Salvanera took over the helm of Gonzaga municipality on Tuesday.

Workers, Aquino meet one week before Labor Day

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 05:55 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is set to meet several labor organizations Thursday in Malacanang, exactly one week before his fourth Labor Day celebration to discuss several issues concerning workers.

In a statement released by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the Nagkaisa coalition said that they have been invited by the Office of the President for a meeting at 9 a.m. at the Heroes Hall in Malacanang.

Tuesday deadline set for contact tracing – DOH

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 05:24 p.m.

BY Tuesday, April 22, all 414 co-passengers of the first Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - Corona Virus (MERS-COV) case in the country must be pinpointed, identified and contacted already.

This was the directive given to the Department of Health (DOH) by Malacanang a week after the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) earlier found positive of the dreaded virus returned home.

Lawmakers vow to scrutinize constitutionality of proposed Bangsamoro Law

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 07:46 p.m.

MEMBERS of the majority bloc in the House of Representatives vowed to scrutinize the constitutionality of the proposed Bangsamoro Law to make sure that the measure will withstand legal challenge before the Supreme Court.

House Deputy Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said the prosecution team during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona will be revived to form part of the team that will place the bill under strict legal study.

NDRRMC: 31 dead in Holy Week incidents

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:08 p.m.

THIRTY-one people were killed in different incidents during the Holy Week, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Monday.

The NDRRMC said that aside from 31 fatalities, there were also 123 persons injured since the start of the Lenten Season last April 16.

Single-ticketing system for superhighway network sought

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 02:26 p.m.

A RESOLUTION has been filed in the House of Representatives seeking for a single-ticketing system for the country's superhighway network.

House Resolution 884 aims to require the different toll operators to come up with a single ticketing system for the country's superhighway network to ensure smooth and uninterrupted travel of the public.

Palace: Up to DOJ if Gigi Reyes can be state witness

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

IT WOULD be up to the Department of Justice (DOJ) if Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, would be made as a state witness against those involved in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, a Palace official said Sunday.

Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the statement after Reyes returned to Manila on board Philippine Airlines flight PR 105 from San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.

MILF urged not to tolerate criminal acts of members

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 04:17 p.m.

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines, should not tolerate its members allegedly engaged in criminal activities, such as hostage-taking, an official said Sunday.

Government peace panel head Miriam Coronel-Ferrer made the statement following the death of some MILF members during the April 11 operations by government troops against terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan.

No dip seen in Middle East deployment despite Mers-Cov

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 03:25 p.m.

LOCAL recruiters are not expecting a decline in the number of Filipinos looking for work in the Middle East region despite reported deaths from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (Mers-Cov), a recruitment analyst said Sunday.

“The isolated cases of Mers-Cov will not discourage Filipinos from seeking work abroad as the need to earn income is far greater than their fear of the disease,” said Emmanuel Geslani.

Lawmaker seeks inquiry on the allocation of GAD budget

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 05:17 p.m.

A LAWMAKER is seeking for an inquiry into the allocation and utilization of the Gender and Development (GAD) budget of different government instrumentalities.

Bulacan Representative Linabelle Ruth Villarica recently urged the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality to find out how many agencies have submitted their GAD Plans and Budgets and turned over their accomplishment reports.

House bill seeks to regulate airsoft rifles

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 05:12 p.m.

A MEASURE was recently filed which aims to regulate the importation, production, sale, use and transport of airsoft rifles and pistols for public security and safety.

Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez said that House Bill 3805 seeks to ban the import, sale and public display of gun replicas since airsoft guns and the movements of airsoft players are largely untouched by the government, with only a few confiscated shipments marring that record.

PHL records first Mers-Cov case

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

THE Philippines on Wednesday became the first Southeast Asian country and the 12th in the world to record a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) case in the person of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“This OFW, a health worker, had personal contact with a confirmed Mers-CoV patient and came home for the Holy Week,” said Health Secretary Enrique Ona in a press conference.

Aquino: Death of MILF members in Basilan clash no effect on peace pact

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday downplayed the possible effect on the peace deal of the death of four members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in an encounter with the military in Basilan last week.

“Iyong napatay na miyembro nila (MILF) ay hindi nandoon sa engkwentro bilang miyembro ng MILF kundi dahil mga kamag-anak ng mga Abu Sayyaf na hinahabol. Mas personal rather than political or ideological,” Aquino said in an interview at North Port Passenger Terminal Complex at the Manila North Harbor in Tondo, Manila.

Padaca focused on clearing self from graft charges

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:53 p.m.

COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Grace Padaca said it was not her intention to undermine the independence of the Sandiganbayan when she cited immunity from suit in her appeal to stop the proceedings of her graft and malversation cases.

“This is not a challenge as to the independence of any branch of government. But this is a fundamental issue, which appears to be unresolved and is still unclear. That is why we feel that the matter should be threshed out fully,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

DOTC chief apologizes for warm temperature at NAIA-1

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:50 p.m.

DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya apologized on Wednesday to the public for the poor airconditioning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1), explaining that the warm temperature is an effect of the ongoing rehabilitation works at the airport.

Abaya appealed for patience and understanding.

Nearly 700,000 ship passengers leave ports for Holy Week

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:36 p.m.

CLOSE to 700,000 shipping passengers have already sailed for various parts of the archipelago as the Holy Week exodus continues on Wednesday.

Philippine Coast Guard Public Affairs Commander Armando Balilo said that the number of sea travelers has risen to 656,152 since the agency placed all units on heightened alert last week.

Lee, Olarte to face tax evasion probe at DOJ

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 04:55 p.m.

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) will hold on April 28 its first preliminary investigation hearing on the multi-million peso tax evasion charges recently filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against businessman Cedric Lee and doctor-lawyer Leo Olarte.

Handling prosecutor Allan Stewart Mariano earlier scheduled the hearing on April 11 but Lee's camp sought for postponement.

Aquino to inspect terminals in Metro Manila

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 06:57 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is set to inspect on Wednesday various air, land and sea transport facilities in Metro Manila to ensure smooth and seamless operations during the Holy Week, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Tuesday.

The inspection is part of the “Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Kwaresma 2014,” said Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Jr., who will accompany the President during the visit to different terminals.

Sandiganbayan urged to convict ex-poll chief

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 05:27 p.m.

THE prosecution panel has asked the Sandiganbayan to render a guilty verdict against former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Benjamin Abalos in connection with the controversial NBN-ZTE deal in 2007.

In a 23-page memorandum submitted to the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division, Prosecution Bureau IX director Ireneo Paldeng and Assistant Special Prosecutor Jacinto dela Cruz Jr. said the government has sufficiently proven its case against Abalos to secure conviction.

Palace: BIR not spoiling Pacquiao's victory

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 07:04 p.m.

MALACANANG defended Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares on Monday for reminding Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao of his tax obligation shortly after his victory over American boxer Timothy Bradley.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Henares was not trying to be a "spoiler" to Pacquiao's current happiness.

Inquiry into mining firms' activities sought

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 07:02 p.m.

A HOUSE member recently filed a measure seeking for a congressional inquiry into the recurring environmental problems involving foreign and local mining companies in the Philippines.

Western Samar Representative Mel Sarmiento filed House Resolution 950, which urges the House Committee on Ecology to include in its probe the unabated black sand mining in Luzon.

DOH eyes lower dengue cases for 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 06:51 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Department of Health (DOH) is expecting an improvement in the number of dengue cases reported in the country from last year based on the first quarter data culled by the National Epidemiology Center (NEC).

According to DOH-NEC head Dr. Eric Tayag, they do not see the country still matching the number of dengue cases last year.

Pasig courts to hear cases vs MNLF members

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 06:44 p.m.

CASES against 280 leaders and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in relation to the aborted takeover of Zamboanga City in September last year will now be heard by Pasig City courts.

Acting on the recommendation of the Office of the Court of Administrator, the Supreme Court (SC) granted on April 1 the request of Taguig City Judges Lorifel Lacal Pahimna and Leili Cruz Suarez to transfer the trial to other courts due to security reasons.

Revilla returns from Holy Land

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 08:08 p.m.

SENATOR Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. returned to the country on Sunday after spending two weeks in Israel seeking divine intervention for the plunder case he is facing in relation to the pork barrel scam.

Revilla, along with his wife Cavite Representative Lani Mercado and three children, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City on Sunday afternoon as he delivered his promise not to escape from the charges against him.

Beach vacationers told not to miss Holy Week obligations

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 06:49 p.m.

A CATHOLIC priest sees nothing wrong with the faithful going to the beach or elsewhere this Holy Week as long as they do not forget to visit churches or chapels in places where they are spending their vacation.

"There's nothing wrong if one is on vacation. In fact, if you go to Boracay, there's a chapel there so you can still go to church. I think vacationers also include it to celebrate the Holy Week," said Fr. Marvin Mejia, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

P4.2-M worth of cocaine seized in Davao City

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 06:01 p.m.

JOINT anti-narcotics and police agents have confiscated P4.2 million worth of suspected cocaine from two male drug pushers during separate buy-bust operations in Davao City recently.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. identified the suspects as Guillermo Badilla, alias Gile, 44, of Davao del Norte; and his younger brother, Roldan, 28, of Davao City.

Creation of One-Stop-Shops for public services pushed

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 05:40 p.m.

A LAWMAKER is proposing for the establishment of a One-Stop-Shop system of public service for all national and local government agencies to effectively reach more people outside of urban centers where most national government agencies hold office.

Albay Representative Al Francis Bichara said House Bill 4134 seeks to help in making all transactions move faster, more transparent and more efficient. It is also consistent with the policy of the State to maintain honesty and integrity in the public service and take positive and effective measures against graft and corruption.

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