Trillanes not afraid of Binay presidency

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 08:03 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said Thursday that he was not appalled on the possibility of Vice President Jejomar Binay becoming a president in 2016.

Trillanes filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall 2 building built during the terms of Binay as then mayor and his son, current mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay.

Foreign investors still supportive of economic Cha-cha

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 07:23 p.m.

FOREIGN investors remain supportive of a resolution seeking to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution despite moves by some lawmakers to include in the discussions the political amendments.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said that the support of Joint Foreign Chambers and Philippine Business Groups to the economic Charter Change (Cha-cha) remained intact.

DA denies giving funds to lawmakers, NGOs for milk feeding program

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 06:48 p.m.

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) clarified Thursday that the National Dairy Authority (NDA) did not transfer funds to the legislators or to non-government organizations (NGOs) in relation to milk feeding program.

In a statement, the DA expressed confidence that the NDA, its attached agency, can justify its actions in relation to the findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) on the milk-feeding program funded under the Disbursement Acceleration Fund (DAP).

One more body found in Bulacan river

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 06:20 p.m.

THE body of the last missing Tourism student of Bulacan State University (BSU) in a drowning incident last Tuesday was retrieved Thursday in Madlum River in Barangay Sibul, San Miguel, Bulacan.

The student who was missing for two days after being swept away by current flashfloods was identified as Maiko Bartolome.

Binay warns vs creeping dictatorship

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 05:23 p.m.

MANILA -- Renewing his call against charter change, Vice President Jejomar Binay said Thursday the country's democracy will be in danger if moves to extend the term of President Benigno Aquino III and clip the powers of the Supreme Court (SC) will succeed.

In his speech after accepting the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor in Pasay City, Binay said the Constitution granted powers to the judiciary to avoid another dictatorship, which the nation endured under the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Colmenares: Economic Cha-cha will pave way for Aquino term extension

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:34 p.m.

MILITANT lawmakers believed that the upcoming debates for the proposed Economic Charter Change (Cha-cha) next week will pave way for the "wholesale amendments" to the 1987 Constitution particularly the lifting of term limits.

Bayan Muna party-list Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate stressed that any form of Charter change now whether it be economic or political is dangerous because "it will open the flood gates" for any insertion that will enable not only President Benigno Aquino III but also other elected officials in their last term to seek re-election.

Manila gov’t urged to implement 3-month moratorium on truck ban

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:22 p.m.

AS THE shipping industry reportedly has lost around $5.4 billion in revenues, lawmakers have adopted a resolution urging the City Government of Manila to implement a three-month moratorium on the controversial daytime truck ban.

House committee on Metro Manila Development and Quezon City Representative Winston Castelo said that the house panel voted unanimously to adopt a draft Omnibus Resolution calling for a moratorium on the truck ban ordinance.

Netizens react on rescue team’s refusal to help old woman

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:10 p.m.

A VIRAL video showing the refusal of a rescue team in Antipolo to heed the request of the family of an ailing old woman for an ambulance received violent reactions from the netizens.

Mary Michelle Mauricio-Edralin, the Facebook user who shared the video online, said the City of Disaster Risk and Reductions Management Office (CDRRMO) Rescue team in Antipolo allegedly rejected to accompany her grandmother Salvacion Mauricio who was in critical condition in an ambulance.

Pacquiao scores vs BIR in tax assessment case

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 07:36 p.m.

MANILA -- Boxing great Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee will not be required, for now, to pay multi-billion peso bond in relation to their tax assessment case.

Basit Usman tagged in Cotabato bombing

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 06:52 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Wednesday that there is a "big possibility" that terrorist bomb expert Basit Usman was behind the bombing in Cotabato City on Tuesday evening that injured four civilians.

The Army's 6th Infantry Division Public Information chief Dante Gania said the pieces of bomb recovered at the crime scene matches to the "bomb signature" of Usman.

Bill imposing stricter rules for foreigners marrying Filipinas passed on second reading

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 05:59 p.m.

THE House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure seeking to provide stricter requirements for male foreigners desiring to marry Filipino women.

House Bill 4828 authored by Pangasinan Representative Marlyn Primicias-Agabas and Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia aims "to protect Filipino women against exploitation of foreigners who marry without evident means to support a family."

PNP extends validity of gun licenses

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 03:03 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) extended the validity of the firearms licenses, which are due to expire on 2014, as it focuses on the information technology enhancement of the firearms registration system, a police official said Wednesday.

PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) chief Virgilio Lazo said gun licenses due to expire in January-December 2014 will still be valid until December 2015 since they are still fixing the firearms system in the implementation of the newly enacted Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Law of 2013.

Top government lawyer named SC justice

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:31 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- After three tries and a legal battle against the screening body that excluded him from the list of final nominees, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza has finally realized his dream to become a member of the Supreme Court (SC).

No stay order on Napoles’ trial at Sandiganbayan

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:20 p.m.

MANILA -- Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles will remain on trial for plunder and graft at the Sandiganbayan.

In its en banc session on Tuesday, the Supreme Court (SC) decided to require the Sandiganbayan and the Office of the Ombudsman to comment on Napoles' petitions for certiorari within 10 days.

SolGen wins bid to include name among SC nominees

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:46 p.m.

SOLICITOR General Francis Jardeleza convinced the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday to have his name included in the list of remaining candidates for associate justice, a day before the deadline for President Benigno Aquino III to name a person who will complete the 15-man tribunal.

Coast Guard cries harassment vs SBMA patrol unit

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 08:21 p.m.

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) denounced the alleged harassment made by members of the harbor patrol unit of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to their rescue divers conducting wreck diving and penetration training last weekend.

Treatment on Palparan won't affect military's morale

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 08:16 p.m.

MALACAÑANG expressed belief on Tuesday that the morale of the soldiers, particularly those fighting communist insurgency, would not be affected on how the government has been handling the case of retired Major General Jovito Palparan.

Government troops who have been fighting the communist New People's Army (NPA) reportedly have expressed support to Palparan, who was called by left leaning groups as "The Butcher" for his anti-insurgency campaign during his stint in the military.

Speaker maintains stand vs lifting term limits

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 08:08 p.m.

HOUSE Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. maintained Tuesday that he will not allow any move by his colleagues to insert political amendments to the Constitution that will enable term extension for elected officials including President Benigno Aquino III.

“We won't allow such amendments (on the term extension of elected officials),” Belmonte said.

Alcala, Pangilinan 'deserve chance' to improve agri sector

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 08:05 p.m.

MALACAÑANG said Tuesday that Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan should be given a chance to improve the performance of the agriculture sector.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the statement after Senate President Franklin Drilon expressed dismay over the low farm output during the first semester of this year.

DOTC to file charges vs MRT-3 drivers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 04:30 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will file administrative charges against the train drivers and control center personnel on duty when the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) train mishap happened last week.

COA: 46 congressmen got DAP funds from milk feeding project

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 08:31 p.m.

MANILA -- Some 46 current and former lawmakers have received multi-million peso allotment from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) after they backed the impeachment of then Chief Justice Renato Corona, the Commission on Audit (COA) said.

Senator asks Makati mayor to keep an open mind

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 08:17 p.m.

MAKATI Mayor Junjun Binay should be open-minded on the looming investigation on alleged overpricing of the 11-storey Makati City Hall II parking building, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said Monday.

Pimentel said he would confine himself to the Senate Resolution 826 filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV last August 11 regarding the matter.

Escudero: Term extension impossible

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 08:11 p.m.

THE amendment of the Constitution to extend the term of any official would not happen, Senator Francis Escudero said Monday.

Escudero said all the declarations, proclamations, and statements were for “positioning” purposes, particularly on the 2016 presidential elections.

Palace: Government working hard to create decent jobs

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 06:30 p.m.

THE Aquino administration has been striving hard to create highly remunerative jobs that will showcase the talents and ingenuity of the Filipino workforce, a Palace official said Monday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. was reacting to latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed an increase in unemployment of Filipinos from 25.7 percent or 11.5 million adults in the first quarter of the year to 25.9 percent or 11.8 million adults in the second quarter.

DOTC officials' accountability over train mishap sought

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 05:44 p.m.

A LAWMAKER believes that Malacañang should hold transport officials accountable following a series of glitches in the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano said it is timely and proper for President Benigno Aquino III to carry out a top-to-bottom reorganization at the MRT, as well as for the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to fix the mess that is plaguing the trains of Line-3.

Philippines urged to step up efforts vs child deaths

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 04:55 p.m.

WITH only 500 days before the deadline for the Millennium Development Goal (MDG), an international non-government organization (NGO) is strongly urging the Philippine government to step up its efforts to address preventable child deaths.

Abu Sayyafs abduct mechanic, kill another

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 06:31 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits abducted a chief mechanic and killed his assistant, who tried to run away, in a heavily secured provincial government compound in Sulu, officials said Sunday.

Palace: Aquino still confident in DOTC chief

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

TRANSPORTATION and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya still enjoys the trust and confidence of President Benigno Aquino III, a Palace official said Sunday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the statement amid calls by some groups to fire Abaya after at least 38 people were injured when a train of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) overshot the railway in Pasay City last August 13.

Recto: No details of completed projects in proposed budget

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 04:17 p.m.

THERE is no document in the proposed budget that shows if indeed the itemized projects in the past year have been completed, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said Sunday.

Recto said that for all the voluminous budget documents that the Palace is sending “by the truckloads” to Congress every year, “they lack one important document: and that is a report if the projects and programs funded by last year’s budget have been implemented.”

SC set to release list of recipients of justices’ SALN

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

By Ruth Abbey Gita

THE Supreme Court (SC) is set to release on Monday the list of people who had been granted access to the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN) of justice.

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