Aquino's Christmas message: To continue service to his bosses

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 08:17 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has vowed that his administration would continue to serve the people and to push for reforms.

The Chief Executive made the pledge in his Christmas message released on Monday.

Last-minute Christmas shoppers flock Divisoria

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 05:33 p.m.

THOUSANDS of holiday shoppers continue to flock Divisoria in Manila on Monday, three days before Christmas.

Manila Police District spokesperson Chief Inspector Erwin Margarejo said more than 2,000 individuals were expected to go around Divisoria to look for affordable gift items and other stuff.

Lacson resigns as rehab czar

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

MANILA -- Secretary Panfilo Lacson will no longer oversee the rehabilitation of victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) by February 2015, the Cabinet official said Sunday.

Aquino to visit Ruby-hit Eastern Samar

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III will visit Eastern Samar on Monday to extend assistance to those hit by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) that recently hit the country, a Palace official said Sunday.

Aquino to visit Ruby-hit Eastern Samar

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 07:48 p.m.

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III will visit Eastern Samar on Monday to extend assistance to those hit by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) that recently hit the country, a Palace official said Sunday.

Aquino will specifically go to Dolores town, where Ruby made its first landfall, and Borongan City, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

MMDA lifts number coding during holiday rush

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 04:25 p.m.

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is lifting the number coding scheme for 13 days from December 23 to January 4, 2015 to give way for the Yuletide season celebrations.

Aimed at easing traffic in the capital, the scheme bans vehicles on major roads from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., depending on the last digit of their license plates.

Lacson resigns as rehab czar

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 03:25 p.m.

MANILA -- Secretary Panfilo Lacson will no longer oversee the rehabilitation of victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) by February 2015, the Cabinet official said Sunday.

Speaking to radio dzBB, Lacson said he has submitted his resignation letter to President Benigno Aquino III and it will take effect on February 10, 2015.

LRT, MRT fares to increase in January

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 07:07 p.m.

AMID the deteriorating services of the commuter trains in Metro Manila, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will start implementing fare increases for Light Rail Transit Line 1 and 2 (LRT-1 and LRT-2) and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) early next year.

Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said Saturday that beginning January 4, his office will adopt the P11 base fare plus P1 per kilometer for LRT and MRT fares.

P149M worth of smuggled rice up for auction

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 06:43 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) is auctioning off over 4,600 metric tons of smuggled rice in two separate auctions in Manila International Container Port (MICP) and Port of Cebu, which is expected to generate over P149-million.

The selling of the confiscated rice will be held at the MICP on December 23, while the auction in Cebu will be conducted on December 29.

POEA imposes total deployment ban in Ebola-hit West Africa

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 06:23 p.m.

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced Saturday that they are already officially adopting a total deployment ban in the three Ebola-hit countries in West Africa.

In a press conference, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac announced that they have already approved the POEA Governing Board Resolution officially imposing the deployment ban in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

Meralco to refund customers P5.1-B

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 06:01 p.m.

THE Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) will refund its customers P5.1 billion in excess charges from the main grid.

Meralco said it would follow the order of the Court of Appeals (CA) on the refund as a "welcome relief" to its customers.

PNP to seal guns for Yuletide season

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:48 p.m.

POLICEMEN from all over the country will tape their gun muzzles on December 22 to assure the public of a "gun-free" Christmas and New Year celebration.

Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, Philippine National Police officer-in-charge, said the agency issued a memorandum to all the policemen for an intensified campaign against illegal discharge of firearms and indiscriminate firing.

Laude camp wants Pemberton in local jail during trial

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

MANILA -- Lawyers of the Filipino transgender woman who was killed in Olongapo City said they will seek US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton's detention in a local jail during his murder trial.

More items seized in new Bilibid raid

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 06:15 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided anew the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City and seized more items from high-profile detainees inside the maximum-security compound.

Aquino accepts Ona's resignation

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 06:02 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has accepted the resignation of embattled Health Secretary Enrique Ona, a Palace official said Friday.

Aquino to youth: Don’t just make selfie, play Clash of Clans

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 05:50 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III urged the youth on Friday to use the modern technology to ensure that the reforms that his administration has instituted will continue instead of just doing selfie and playing games on the Internet.

Mayon alert status lowered

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:24 a.m.

MANILA -- State seismologists lowered Friday the alert status of Mayon volcano in Albay province from 3 to 2 due to a decline in its "overall activity."

No arraignment yet for Pemberton

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:48 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The United States Marine charged with murder of a Filipino transgender appeared before the court in Olongapo City but his arraignment did not push through Friday.

7 in 10 Pinoys expect happy Christmas

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 05:34 p.m.

MANILA -- Seven out of 10 Filipinos expect a happy Christmas this year, according to the latest survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Bill seeks to give GSIS benefits to barangay officials

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 05:33 p.m.

A LAWMAKER filed a bill seeking the inclusion of barangay officials as compulsory members of the state pension system in recognition of their role as a basic political unit with executive and judicial functions.

House Bill 5244 authored by Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian seeks to enable barangay officials to receive the same insurance benefits from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to which regular government employees are entitled.

SWS: 7 in 10 Filipinos expect happy Christmas

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 04:21 p.m.

MANILA -- Seven out of 10 Filipinos expect a happy Christmas this year, according to the latest survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Permanent evacuation centers sought

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 01:41 p.m.

A PARTY-LIST lawmaker emphasized on Wednesday the need to construct permanent evacuation centers that will be used during times of calamity.

Ako Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe said the use of school buildings as evacuation centers is taking its toll on the education of the students and the physical buildings itself every time a calamity strikes.

Private firm: Rehabilitate MRT instead of buy out

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:23 p.m.

THE solution to address the malfunction in the system of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 is rehabilitation instead of buying out the stakeholders for P53 billion, the chair of a major equity holder in the rail system said.

Robert John Sobrepena, chairperson of Fil-Estate Corporation, said complete overhauling of MRT will be a fast track solution to avert the continuing failure in the rail transit's operation, which will amount to $98 million and is expected to be accomplished within18 months.

Bill seeks protection on consumers’ phone records

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:14 p.m.

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed a bill seeking to protect consumers' phone records.

Santiago said Senate Bill 2511 or "Protecting Consumer Phone Records Act" aims to implement the constitutional right to privacy of communications and correspondence by providing measures, which will make it difficult to access phone records of a consumer.

Senate approves 2014 supplemental budget

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:53 p.m.

MANILA -- Senators approved on third and final reading Wednesday the P22.467-billion supplemental budget, two days after the House of Representatives gave its nod on the same measure.

Pope to be served with Filipino dishes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:41 p.m.

MANILA -- Pope Francis will have a chance to taste Filipino cuisine, as organizers are thinking of serving him local delicacies during his lunch with the survivors of natural calamity in Leyte next month.

US denies Philippines bid for Pemberton custody

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 06:53 p.m.

MANILA -- The United States (US) denied Wednesday the Philippine Government's request for the turnover of custody of American Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was formally charged with murder Monday.

NPA declares truce for Christmas, Pope's visit

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:57 p.m.

MANILA — Philippine communist rebels on Wednesday declared cease-fire periods for the Christmas holidays and for the visit of Pope Francis next month.

Ona remains as DOH chief

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:52 p.m.

ENRIQUE Ona remains as the Department of Health (DOH) secretary while Janette Garin serves in an acting capacity.

DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy nothing has changed in the agency’s leadership status since Ona went on official leave two months ago.

Government seeks custody of Pemberton in murder case

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:58 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine government asked Washington on Tuesday to turn over custody of a US Marine charged with the murder of a Filipino transgender woman in a looming irritant between the allies.

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