1 hurt as glass falls from building in San Juan

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:40 p.m.

A PEDESTRIAN was hurt on Thursday and three vehicles were damaged when a piece of glass fell from the 32nd floor of a condominium building in San Juan City, a police official said.

Senior Inspector Virgilio Santiago of San Juan police said Alfredo Nanza was passing in front of the One Beverly Place Condominium in San Juan, near Greenhills shopping mall, when a glass window from the building's 32nd floor, the unit being occupied by the Alexandrite Realty Corporation, fell and struck him in the nape.

PHL exports nearly 1M kilos of processed meat from January to May

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:08 p.m.

THE Philippine meat processing sector has produced P200 billion in sales turnover and has generated some 100,000 direct and derivative jobs for the first five months to May this year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Thursday.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala also disclosed that the country has exported a total of 927,592 kilos of canned and processed meat during the same period.

PHL exports nearly 1M kilos of processed meat from January to May

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:08 p.m.

THE Philippine meat processing sector has produced P200 billion in sales turnover and has generated some 100,000 direct and derivative jobs for the first five months to May this year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Thursday.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala also disclosed that the country has exported a total of 927,592 kilos of canned and processed meat during the same period.

Palace condemns rape of Filipina nurse in Libya

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:34 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) - Malacañang condemned on Thursday the kidnapping and alleged rape of a Filipina nurse by six Libyan youths.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Thursday reports that a Filipina nurse was abducted and raped before eventually being released in Tripoli, Libya.

Lawmakers vow to block ‘right of reply’ provision in FOI bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 04:54 p.m.

ADMINISTRATION lawmakers vowed Thursday to block any move to include the so-called "right of reply" in the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, which was included in the list of priority measures of the Aquino administration.

Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone said allies of President Benigno Aquino III will block any attempt to "weaken" the purpose of the FOI bill.

Lawmakers vow to block ‘right of reply’ provision in FOI bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 04:54 p.m.

ADMINISTRATION lawmakers vowed Thursday to block any move to include the so-called "right of reply" in the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, which was included in the list of priority measures of the Aquino administration.

Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone said allies of President Benigno Aquino III will block any attempt to "weaken" the purpose of the FOI bill.

DFA: Filipina nurse nabbed, raped in Libya

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:05 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Thursday reports that a Filipina nurse was abducted and raped before eventually being released in Tripoli, Libya.

In a phone interview, DFA Spokesman Charles Jose said the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli confirmed that the incident took place Wednesday morning (Tripoli time).

Barangay official tagged in Sulu ambush

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 08:44 p.m.

A SULU barangay official has been tagged as one of the suspects in the ambush, which claimed 23 lives since Monday, a government official said.

In a joint statement, Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II and his father Vice Governor Abusakur Tan said they have identified a barangay leader who allegedly has been working with the rebel group Abu Sayyaf, the alleged suspects of the Sulu ambush.

Aquino submits proposed P2.6-trillion budget for 2015

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 05:08 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III, through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), submitted on Wednesday the government's proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget to the House of Representatives.

AFP: No destabilization plot vs Aquino

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 03:32 p.m.

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Wednesday that it has not monitored any destabilization plot against the Aquino administration.

AFP Public Affairs chief Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said the military remains loyal to the chain of command and in its mission to protect and defend the country against any possible threat.

PNP: Zero clash during anti-Sona rally

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 06:20 p.m.

THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Tuesday that the police were successful in avoiding a clash with militant groups protesting President Benigno Aquino's State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) earlier said the law enforcers committed obvious violations when they used water cannons to manage the protesting militant groups along the Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

Aquino greets Muslim-Filipinos on Eid'l Fitr

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 05:30 p.m.

(UPDATED) PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III urged Tuesday the Muslim community to sustain the gains of positive reform as he extended his warm greetings to the Muslim-Filipinos as they celebrate Eid'l Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

In his message, the Chief Executive cited the recent signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Senator proposes SK reforms

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 05:27 p.m.

SENATOR Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV warned Tuesday that the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) would return to the clutches of partisan politics if proposed reforms are not immediately passed.

"If not passed on time, all the reforms that we are working on will go down the drain. Congress should buckle down and work for the passage of the pending SK reform bills," said Aquino, chairperson of the Senate committee on youth.

Poll body welcomes new commissioner

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 07:19 p.m.

MEMBERS of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) welcomed on Sunday the entry of lawyer Arthur Lim, who replaced Grace Padaca as commissioner after Malacañang did not renew her appointment.

Commissioners Christian Lim and Luie Guia said they expect the newly-appointed Comelec official to help in resolving cases.

Education, fiscal bills top Senate agenda

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 03:52 p.m.

ROCKED by controversies over the past year, the Senate will begin the second regular session of the 16th Congress on Monday by trying to restore the people's faith in the institution.

"Amid the issues that confront us, we have persevered and continued to discharge our duties to the Republic, with our commitments and vows to the people serving as the guiding light on the road to recovery and redemption,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said Sunday.

Thousands to join anti-Sona protests

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:23 p.m.

OVER 4,000 people coming from militant groups will flock to Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday to stage protests in time for the fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III, police said Sunday.

DepEd: RPMS won’t affect teachers’ salaries, incentives

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

THE Department of Education (DepEd) dismissed on Saturday the allegations made by a militant party-list group regarding the Results Based Performance Management System (RPMS) for public school teachers and the Learners' Information System (LIS).

In a statement, the education department denied the accusations made by ACT Teachers Party-list Representative Antonio Tinio that the RPMS is not linked with the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) of public school teachers

House panel invites Sereno to JDF hearing

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 06:55 p.m.

THE House committee of justice will invite Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in its inquiry into the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) or the so-called judiciary "pork barrel".

Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr., committee chairperson, said Sereno will shed light on allegations of misuse of the JDF.

Senate urged to invite past Budget chiefs in DAP probe

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:52 p.m.

SENATOR Nancy Binay said Friday the finance committee under the chairmanship of Senator Francis Escudero must invite previous administration budget secretaries in order to clear the air on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

In an interview, Binay said former budget secretaries like now Representative Rolando Andaya and Benjamin Diokno can be invited to shed light on the issue of DAP in response to the claims made by Budget Secretary Florencio Butch Abad when the latter said that DAP has been a long time practice by past administrations.

Aquino to Congress: ‘Define savings’

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:32 p.m.

SENATOR Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV wants to legally define savings to put issues such as the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to rest.

"As a co-equal branch of government, that Congress and Senate define savings once and for all to finally lay this issue to rest," Aquino said during the hearing of the Senate finance committee on the DAP.

Dev't firms optimistic with Angeles investment

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Officers of the AVG&P Architects and the Realty Development and Integrated Services Inc. (RDISI) expressed their optimism on Thursday in the boom infrastructure and realty developments in Angeles as they opened their new office at the Mint Hotel Tower here Wednesday.

The two firms said that the on-going development of the city under Mayor Pamintuan and the host of construction inside Clark shows the realty investment in Metro Angeles and Clark is in no way of slowing down.

COA dismayed over Northrail’s failure to operate

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:21 p.m.

THE North Luzon Railways Corp. (Northrail) failed to operate as a government-owned firm for almost two decades despite being funded with over P1.4 billion to run and put in place a railroad system that will serve Metro Manila, Central and Northern Luzon, state auditors said.

In its 2013 annual audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said that the Northrail remains in its "pre-operating" stage although it was created as a subsidiary of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) in 1995.

AFP won’t let go of unused lands in camps

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:24 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is considering leasing out its idle lands in military camps to gain funds for it modernization program, a military official Thursday.

"Ang balak namin lahat ng lupa sa kampo namin paupahan sa kung sino ang interisado kasi ayaw namin mawala kasi pag ibinenta wala na siya, 'yung pera mawawala na siya. 'Yung pera kung papaupahan at least perpetual ang kikitain," said AFP Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio Catapang.

PhilHealth paying P1.35B a week for beneficiary benefits

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:43 p.m.

AT LEAST P1.35 billion is being shelled out by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) a week in order to shoulder the health benefits of its members, a top official said Thursday.

PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander Padilla noted the sharp increase in benefit payments being spent by the agency in just the first half of this year compared to 2013.

PHL lauds election of new Indonesian president

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:55 p.m.

DESPITE the controversy surrounding the conduct of elections in Indonesia, the government of the Philippines, on Wednesday night, welcomed the win of newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

In a statement, the Philippines, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), congratulated Widodo for his win over Prabowo Subianto in their July 9 face-off.

P2.3-M child development center to rise in Angeles

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- A child development center worth P2.3 million will soon be constructed here to cater to the needs of children ages zero to four years.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Dr. Teresita Inciong, executive director of the Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC), recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of the National Child Development Center (NCDC).

Fans dismayed over NBA, Gilas tune-up game fiasco

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

MANILA -- Basketball fans were in for a disappointment after the much hyped "tune-up" game between the national basketball team Gilas Pilipinas and a contingent of superstars from the National Basketball Association (NBA) was cancelled Tuesday night at the Smart-Araneta Center.

Gilas coach Chot Reyes made the announcement to the fans who paid P750 to as much as P23,300 just to watch the event dubbed as PLDT Home's "Last Home Stand" All-Star Charity Event.

Senate to prioritize BBL as session resumes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:11 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon said Wednesday that the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be given the highest priority at the opening of Congress next week.

In an interview, the Senate Chief said under his leadership, the Senate will focus on needs of the Filipino people which is the national budget, the education bills, and the Anti-Unfair Competition are included among the Senate priorities.

DOH confident of China action vs bubonic plague

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 04:30 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) expressed confidence over the steps taken by the Chinese government in preventing the spread abroad of the bubonic plague that hit one of its cities last week.

DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said the decision of China to seal off the affected city is already enough to ensure that the disease will not spread further, including the possibility of reaching the Philippines.

Government urged to suspend K to 12 program

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 07:18 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV is pushing for the suspension of the implementation of the K to 12 Program, pending resolutions to the current fundamental problems of the country's education system, as well as the projected problems it will encounter at the start of its scheduled implementation in 2016.

Trillanes said that the lack of classrooms and school materials, high student-teacher ratio, and low salary of teachers continue to plague the country's education system such that it is in the best interest of the country to suspend the K to 12 Program.

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