Aquino: Murder case won’t harm US ties

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a US Marine should have no bearing on the Philippines' relation to the US.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, also on Monday, said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect, Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, but only protection of his rights.

Senate OKs bill prohibiting development of chemical weapons

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 09:11 p.m.

THE Senate passed on third and final reading a bill prohibiting development, production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons.

Senate Bill 2042 or "The Chemical Weapons Prohibition Act," aimed to provide a legislative framework for the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention in the country.

Senate to review PHL’s preparedness vs Ebola virus

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

SENATORS urged the need for various departments in the government to act on the preparedness of the country in order to make sure that the deadly Ebola virus will not enter the country.

Earlier, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said Filipinos should be given the proper education on the Ebola virus and how they can protect themselves.

Trillanes refutes overpriced multicab story by UNA

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV described the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as desperate for concocting stories on the reported overpriced multicabs costing P300,000 each, which he allegedly bought.

"To set the record straight, I never funded overpriced projects, all the more, nor personally gained from the different projects I funded through my Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)," he said in a statement.

Man arrested in NLEX hostage-taking incident

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 08:07 p.m.

A 35-YEAR-OLD man was arrested Monday morning after 13 bus passengers were held hostage along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Bulacan.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Central Luzon police director, said Lauro Sanchez held hostage the passengers of Everlasting bus along the southbound side of the Sta. Rita exit of NLEX.

P2.1B released for DAR bridges

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

THE Aquino administration has released P2.1 billion to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to pay for bridging materials and services to be used in the Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo (TPKP) project, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Monday.

Sourced from the 2014 budget of the Department of Public Works Highways (DPWH), the amount will pay Matiere SAS, a French company that supplied the DPWH with the materiel to be used for the construction, installation, and establishment of the girder-type universal bridges (unibridges).

Over 800,000 young Filipinos register for SK polls

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 05:34 p.m.

OVER 800,000 young Filipinos have registered during the 10-day registration period held last month for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls next year, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday.

According to Comelec Resolution 9904, a total 835,839 Filipino youth, aged 18 years old and below applied for registration from September 20 to 29.

DFA reports steady increase in overseas absentee voters

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 05:06 p.m.

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported the continuous increase in the number of overseas voter (OV) registrants over the past five months since it started last May.

In a statement, the DFA–Overseas Voting Secretariat (OVS) said they have been seeing a continuous rise in the number of applicants, which has now totalled to 145,299.

Aquino rejects calls to scrap VFA

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:53 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III dismissed Monday calls to abolish the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States following the murder of a transgender allegedly perpetrated by an American serviceman in Olongapo City.

"Bakit natin kailangan i-abrograte 'yung VFA? I mean, name me any place that doesn't have crime," the Chief Executive told reporters after the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing in Tacloban City.

PHA: Majority of cardiac arrests happening outside hospitals

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:43 p.m.

THE Philippine Heart Association (PHA) said a significant percent of the cardiac arrest cases happening in the country can be defined as being sudden and are taking place outside medical facilities.

In a recent press briefing, PHA Council on CPR chairperson Dr. Francis Lavapie said that they are of the observations that about 50 percent of deaths from cardiovascular diseases in the country happen during sudden cardiac arrests that are mostly witnessed by a family member.

8 of 10 Filipinos want Binay to face Senate probe

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:46 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Nearly eight out of 10 Filipinos believe Vice President Jejomar Binay should answer under oath the corruption allegations raised against him in the Senate.

Results of the September 26-29 survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Monday showed 79 percent of 1,200 respondents want Binay to attend the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

Pacquiao makes professional basketball debut

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 07:32 p.m.

MANILA -- Manny Pacquiao made his professional basketball debut on Sunday, just a month before he is set to defend his WBO welterweight crown.

Pacquiao started Sunday's game for the newly formed KIA Sorento of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) but played only seven minutes and committed two turnovers in his team's 80-66 win over the Blackwater Elite at Philippine Arena.

US won’t force Pemberton to attend probe

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 06:34 p.m.

MANILA -- The United States (US) Embassy in Manila said Sunday it is up to Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton if he will show up at the start of the criminal investigation on the killing of a Filipino transgender.

Road projects lined up for Metro Manila

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 05:35 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has approved two major infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to help ease traffic woes in Metro Manila, a Palace official said Sunday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the President and the members of his Cabinet gave their nod on the implementation of the Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue-Makati Avenue-Paseo de Roces vehicle underpass project totaling P1.27 billion, and the Metro Manila interchange construction project estimated to cost P4 billion.

Palace: NAIA 3 operation unaffected by CA decision

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 04:59 p.m.

MALACAÑANG said Sunday there was nothing to be worried about, as the operation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3) will continue despite a recent Court of Appeals' (CA) decision on the airport's ownership.

Palace: Probe into transgender murder can’t be rushed

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 05:48 p.m.

MANILA - Malacañang said Saturday that authorities have to follow the process in investigating the murder of a transgender in Olongapo City allegedly by a United States serviceman to avoid any technicalities, which could lead to the dismissal of the case.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also said that the killing of Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude should be treated separately with the call to abrogate the Philippine-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

DOH sets special medical worker training amid Ebola threat

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 05:10 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is set to conduct specialized training programs for health workers on how to detect and treat cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and prevent its spread in the country.

According to the DOH, the government and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Philippines will be holding weekly training sessions to medical workers starting October 28.

POEA: Still no processing of OFW papers bound for Ebola-hit countries

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 03:41 p.m.

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advised Saturday overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that they will continue to impose a preventive total deployment ban in countries hit by the Ebola epidemic.

Based on POEA Advisory 21–2014, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said they are still temporarily imposing a ban on the deployment of both the newly hired and returning OFWs to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Government subpoenas US Marine murder suspect

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 12:00 a.m.

MANILA -- The government served a subpoena Friday for a US Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino in an emotional case expected to test the country's military ties with the United States.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said subpoenas for Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton and four other US Marines sought as witnesses in the case were delivered to the US Embassy.

Abu Sayyaf frees 2 Germans

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

MANILA -- Two Germans kidnapped and held for six months in southern Philippines were released Friday by the Abu Sayyaf Group just hours after it had threatened to behead one of them if no ransom payment was made.

The Abu Sayyaf released Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen in Jolo, Sulu, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said.

16 dead in accident at South Korean concert

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea -- Sixteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 20 meters to their deaths Friday when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials said.

Photos of the scene in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, showed a deep concrete shaft under the broken grate.

Lawmakers: Int’l opinion needed in resolving sea row

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 07:02 p.m.

SENIOR lawmakers in the House of Representatives have underscored the importance of public opinion in the international community to peacefully solve the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.

Lawmaker: Binay can be impeached

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 06:33 p.m.

AN ADMINISTRATION lawmaker believed that Vice President Jejomar Binay can be impeached even if the grounds are based on acts committed before he assumed the position in 2010.

Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said even the Supreme Court (SC) recognizes the legislative's authority to determine, which acts constitute impeachable offenses, regardless of the period it was committed.

Villar seeks review of Migrant Workers Act

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 05:27 p.m.

SENATOR Cynthia Villar wants to review the implementation of the law, which mandated the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Villar said the inquiry would strengthen the policies, procedures, and practices of concerned government agencies for the protection and repatriation of OFWs.

Customs heightens campaigns vs technical smuggling

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 04:51 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) vowed Friday to intensify its campaign against smuggling as it continues to seize undervalued, misdeclared, and misclassified shipments coming into the country.

"Our findings show that eight out of every ten shipments we place under Alert Order has findings of misdeclaration or undervaluation," BOC Commission John Sevilla said in a statement.

Coloma denies arranging Aquino-Binay meeting

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 04:43 p.m.

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. denied Friday that he was the one who arranged the "secret meeting" between President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Trillanes: UNA, NP coalition impossible

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 04:31 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said that a coalition between United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay and the Nacionalista Party (NP) of former Senator Manny Villar is "impossible."

Trillanes junked the claim of Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla that the NP will coalesce to UNA for 2016 presidential elections, saying it was just the governor's "imagination."

Empty containers to be removed from Manila ports

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 05:27 p.m.

SOME 100,000 empty containers still need to be removed from the Manila ports to ease congestion at the country's container ports.

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said the government and the private sector are making ways to dispatch empty containers currently clogging the Manila ports.

De Lima may order probe on ‘Oplan Stop Nognog 2016’

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 03:52 p.m.

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima said Wednesday she is willing to investigate the supposed demolition job on Vice President Jejomar Binay, whose popularity ratings have recently dipped due to corruption allegations.

That is, if Binay's camp can prove to de Lima that the alleged plan to lessen his chances of winning the presidency in 2016 has criminal objective.

Angara seeks infra, job generation projects to develop rural areas

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 06:18 p.m.

SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara is urging the government to allocate more funds in the rural areas for infrastructure and job generation projects to boost country's economic growth.

"Government should spend more to develop our rural areas to unlock their potential in contributing to the national economy," Angara, chairperson of Senate ways and means committee, said Wednesday.

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