UN cites contribution of Pinoy peacekeepers in Golan

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 08:19 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said the United Nations (UN) thanked the Philippines for the contribution of the Filipino peacekeepers to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights.

“The Secretariat of the United Nations presents its compliments to the permanent mission of the Republic of the Philippines in the United Nations and has the honor to refer to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force,” Aquino said, reading the letter sent by UN assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations Edmond Mulet.

Aquino secures $2.3-B worth of investments from Europe

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has secured some $2.3 billion worth of investments following his meetings with top business leaders in Europe, a Malacañang statement said Sunday.

The President said at least 19 companies from Spain, Belgium, France and Germany committed to invest in the Philippines.

Filing of claims deadline extension sought

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 02:42 p.m.

A PARTY-LIST lawmaker has called on Congress to immediately approve a resolution seeking to extend the deadline for filing of claims for victims of human rights during the Marcos regime to accommodate more applications, especially from remote areas.

Under Joint House Resolution 16, Akbayan Representative Barry Gutierrez wanted the deadline set for November 10 to be moved to May 2015.

'Mario' death toll climbs to 7

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Saturday the death toll for Tropical Storm Mario, which ravaged Metro Manila and other nearby provinces, has climbed to seven or five higher than Friday's figures.

NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama said on Saturday the seventh fatality was a 22-year-old male resident of Cubao, Quezon City whose identity was withheld upon request of the family.

‘Mario’ damages P100M worth of roads in 3 regions

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 06:16 p.m.

CLOSE to P100 million worth of roads were damaged in three regions in the country due to the effects of Tropical Storm "Mario", the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Saturday.

Based on the partial report of the DPWH-Bureau of Maintenance, as of 2 p.m. Saturday, a total of P91.10 million worth of roads were damaged by the storm.

Extra benefit for workers on duty despite ‘Mario’

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 05:58 p.m.

WITH workers in the private sector having to brave the torrential rains and flooding on Friday, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is strongly urging their employers to provide them additional benefits.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said it would be a good action on the part of the employer if they will properly acknowledge the efforts of the employees that did not opt to absent themselves from their duties.

Implementation of Luzon Railway System urged

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 05:37 p.m.

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III urged Saturday the government to speed up the implementation of two major railway projects this year – the 900-kilometer (km) Integrated Luzon Railway (ILR) and the 90-km commuter link, also known as the airport express rail.

He said a seamless inter-modal land transportation system is the answer to the worsening traffic congestion in the country, and one that would greatly enhance and improve trade opportunities and investments in Northern Luzon and South of Metro Manila.

3 dead in flooding; thousands displaced

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

MANILA -- Torrential monsoon rains worsened by Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong) flooded large swathes of Metro Manila and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon.

Filipino peacekeepers from Golan arrive home

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:19 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- More than 240 Filipino peacekeepers arrived in Manila on Friday after pulling out two weeks early from a UN mission in the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the border region, the military said Friday.

‘Mario’ slightly weakens

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:51 p.m.

MANILA -- Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong), which brought heavy rains that shut down Manila and other provinces on Friday, has slightly weakened while on its way out of the country.

Mario is packing center winds of 75 kilometers per hour, down from 85 kph in the last few hours, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. bulletin.

Passenger boat runs aground near Cordova Point

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:42 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel are conducting search and rescue operations after a passenger boat ran aground off Cordova Point in Mactan, Cebu, at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Commander Armando Balilo, Coast Guard Public Affairs chief, said that M/B Clarin Cruiser, with 40 passengers and seven crew, was supposedly on its way to Getafe, Bohol, from Cebu City when it partially submerged on waters along Cordova Point.

Tap Malampaya funds for emergency power, gov’t urged

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:32 p.m.

SENATOR Ralph Recto said Friday that P180 billion of unspent royalty payments from Malampaya and other energy projects are an abundant source of funds for projects government may undertake once Congress grants President Benigno Aquino III emergency powers to tackle the looming energy crunch.

"If you read the 2015 budget documents, it says there that there is a balance of P148.8 billion as of December 2013 in government shares from Malampaya and other energy development projects," Recto said.

7 Luzon areas under signal no. 2 due to ‘Mario’

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) - Tropical storm Mario continues to move in a west northwest direction towards northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the center of Tropical Storm Mario was estimated at 424 kilometers (km) east of Baler, Aurora.

15 areas under storm signal as ‘Mario’ approaches

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 06:42 p.m.

MANILA -- Public storm warning signals were hoisted in 15 areas in Luzon as Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) maintained its strength while moving toward the northern part of the country, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

Lawmaker urges Congress to invite experts in BBL discussions

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 06:23 p.m.

A MINORITY lawmaker urged the 75-man ad hoc committee for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to invite the country's leading constitutional experts to ensure that the enabling law for controversial measure will strictly adhere to and conform to the Constitution.

Low budget allotment for WPP hit

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 06:13 p.m.

A PARTY-LIST lawmaker has criticized the insufficient budgetary support being given to the government's Witness Protection Program (WPP) despite the many high profile cases pending at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Abakada party-list Representative Jonathan de la Cruz said during the plenary deliberations for the proposed P3.5-billion budget of the Department of Justice that that P190.7 million allocation for the WPP next year could only cover two or three high profile cases being handled by the DOJ.

Torre De Manila developer urged to attend Senate hearing

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 05:05 p.m.

SENATOR Pia Cayetano urged on Thursday the DMCI Homes, developer of the controversial Torre de Manila project, to attend the on-site hearing next week regarding the controversial structure built right across Rizal Park.

She wants to be clarified on DMCI's claim that the picture of the 46-storey condominium "photobombing" the view of the monument of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal at Luneta Park was "photoshopped."

Binay: Corruption allegations ‘hearsay’

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 02:54 p.m.

MANILA (4th Update) -- Vice President Jejomar Binay maintained Thursday that the corruption allegations against him will not stand in court.

But Binay, who did not take questions after his televised address, remained silent whether he will face his accusers in the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing over alleged overpriced Makati City Hall building on September 25 despite an invitation for him to appear.

Signal no. 1 up in 5 areas due to Tropical Storm ‘Mario’

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:17 a.m.

MANILA -- Five areas are now under public storm warning signal number 1 as Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) maintained its strength while moving toward Northern Luzon, the state weather agency announced Thursday morning.

Mayon remains on Alert Level 3

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:38 p.m.

LEGASPI CITY (Updated) - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Mount Mayon remains under Alert Level 3 despite the increase in seismic activity of the volcano in the past 24 hours.

Alert Level 3 means that Mayon's hazardous explosive eruption is possible within weeks, said Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum.

Marcos insists ‘too early’ for political agenda

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:06 p.m.

SENATOR Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said Wednesday that he is not planning yet to run for president in the 2016 elections.

The son of the late strong man, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., said it was too early to decide whether he will run for president or not.

Senate passes bill extending CARP

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 09:49 p.m.

THE Senate passed on third and final reading Wednesday a bill allowing the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to complete the land acquisition and distribution to farmer-beneficiaries.

Senate Bill 2278, authored by Senate agrarian reform committee chairperson Gregorio Honasan II, seeks to amend Section 30 of Republic Act 9700.

PNP adopts lifestyle check procedure of BIR

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 07:23 p.m.

By Third Anne Peralta

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will pursue with the plan to check its personnel's background and lifestyle to avoid having men in uniform getting involved in illegal activities, a Cabinet official said Wednesday.

Gonzales: House won`t suspend Arroyo despite court order

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 05:49 p.m.

PAMPANGA Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo can only be placed under preventive suspension while facing corruption charges in Sandiganbayan if two-thirds of all its members approve it, a House leader said.

House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales III said that under the rules only the House of Representatives can suspend one of its members.

Binay to refute corruption allegations Thursday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 03:32 p.m.

MANILA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay will address the nation on Thursday to debunk allegations that he took kickbacks from various city projects during his two-decade reign as mayor of Makati, the country's financial district.

Thursday's briefing will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City at 2 p.m., according to a media advisory issued by Binay's office.

Lava flows from Mayon, thousands flee

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

LEGASPI CITY (Updated) -- The Philippines' most active volcano belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope in an ongoing gentle eruption, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Tuesday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised the alert level for Mount Mayon, warning that a "hazardous eruption" is possible within weeks. Increased restiveness was recorded overnight, including the ejection of glowing rocks from the summit and dozens of low-frequency volcanic earthquakes.

Internet service to be regulated as ‘basic service’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:18 p.m.

MANILA -- Senate trade, commerce, and entrepreneurship committee chairperson Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said suggestion to regulate Internet service as basic service instead of value added service was raised on Tuesday's hearing.

Senate approves bill increasing burial aid for veterans

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 04:32 p.m.

A HOUSE bill seeking to increase the burial assistance for World War 2 veterans has been approved on third and final reading in the Senate.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, chairman of the Senate committee on national defense and security and the sponsor of the said measure in the Senate, said that in recognition of the patriotic service of the country's veterans in times of war and peace, it is just appropriate for the government to provide assistance to the next-of-kin of veterans after their demise.

Deniece Cornejo to file motion to reduce bail

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 04:07 p.m.

THE lawyer of Deniece Cornejo said Tuesday that his client will ask a Taguig court to reduce the bail of the detained model-stylist in the case related to the mauling of actor-television host Vhong Navarro last January 22.

Salvador Panelo, legal counsel for Cornejo, said they will file a motion to reduce bail before the Taguig Regional Trial Court on Tuesday.

Areas surrounding Mayon under state of calamity

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 03:40 p.m.

LEGAZPI CITY -- Albay Governor Joey Salceda declared on Tuesday a state of calamity in at least eight areas in the province, as government seismologists raised Mayon volcano's alert level to "critical" late Monday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) announced Monday evening that Mayon in eastern Albay province is showing signs of heightened unrest and an eruption is possible within weeks. [READ: Phivolcs raises Alert Level 3 on Mayon]

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