Pinoys express support for Hong Kong protest

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 02:28 p.m.

MANILA -- Filipinos opposed to Chinese claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) expressed support Thursday for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, saying Beijing should not use force to stop the protests in the global financial hub or in resolving its territorial disputes with the Philippines.

6 out of 10 Pinoys oppose Aquino term extension

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 11:36 a.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III may now have a reason not to listen to quarters pushing him to stay in Malacañang beyond June 2016.

In a report released Thursday, independent pollster Pulse Asia said six in 10 Filipinos (62 percent) are opposed to the idea of lifting the constitutional ban on re-election for any sitting president to give Aquino a chance to seek the presidency again.

PNP official denies issuing business card to FHM model

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 08:07 p.m.

A PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) official denied on Wednesday that he personally knows the men's magazine model who allegedly escaped penalty for a traffic violation by flashing his business card.

Chief Superintendent Alexander Ignacio, chief of the PNP Directorate for Plans, said he does not personally know FHM model Alyzza Agustin who posted on Facebook the official's business card with "dedication" and signature to avoid getting traffic citation.

Philippines tourist spots on postage stamps sought

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 05:41 p.m.

A BILL pushing for the printing of tourist destinations in the country on postage stamps issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation has been approved on second reading in the House of Representatives.

Parañaque City Representative Eric Olivarez said House Bill 5023 underscores the need to further promote the various tourist destinations in the country and entice more foreign visitors.

Customs confiscates P434-M worth of illegal drugs from January to May

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 05:17 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P433.91-million worth of smuggled illegal drugs and other controlled chemicals from January to May this year.

The BOC said the amount of seized illegal drugs was 190 percent higher than the whole of 2013.

Aquino: Philippines won’t send troops to unclear mission

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 05:09 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday that the Philippines will only send new batch of peacekeepers to Golan Heights depending on the result of the United Nations' probe into the recent standoff involving Filipino forces.

Militants call for PNP chief’s resignation at rally

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 04:24 p.m.

A MILITANT group staged a protest rally on Wednesday in front of the Philippine National Police (PNP) national headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, to call for PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima's resignation over his alleged unexplained wealth.

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) secretary general Roger Soluta said Purisima's explanation on his alleged questionable assets during Tuesday's hearing of the Senate committee on public order was "all lies."

Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:24 p.m.

DALLAS -- The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas.

The unidentified man was critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday, federal health officials said. They would not reveal his nationality or age.

Philippines takes ‘triple action plan’ on sea row to UN

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:35 a.m.

MANILA -- The Philippines has decided to take its triple action plan (TAP) for the resolution of the maritime dispute in the West Philippines Sea (South China Sea) to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to gain international support.

Purisima admits owning Nueva Ecija property

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 06:56 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima, who is facing plunder, indirect bribery and graft charges, explained Tuesday in detail his alleged "hidden wealth" before a Senate panel.

Palace distances from paid ads calling for Aquino's term extension

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

MALACANANG distanced itself on Tuesday on the paid advertisements that came out calling for President Benigno Aquino III to seek for reelection.

The paid ads, sponsored by Movement for Reform, Continuity and Momentum (More2Come) with contact number 09151722537, came out on Tuesday in different newspapers.

Bill bans use of public roads for commercial purposes

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 03:25 p.m.

A LAWMAKER has introduced a bill that seeks to prohibit the use of sidewalks and public roads for commercial activities, and other purposes inimical to the interest of the pedestrians.

House Bill 4986 filed by Albay Representative Al Francis Bichara seeks to penalize wrongful acts in the use of sidewalks and public roads, which are meant for the use and enjoyment of the general public.

Aquino: Ensure safety of Mayon residents

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:27 p.m.

SENATOR Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV urged on Tuesday the local government unit of Albay and the National Government to closely monitor Mount Mayon and ensure the safety of residents living within the danger zones.

Residents around Mayon were transferred to evacuation centers after the volcano showed possible signs of eruption.

Pamintuan lauds Angeleños for achievements, feats

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:39 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The recent Monday flag-raising ceremony held at the Angeles City Hall was a busy affair for Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as he recognized the outstanding achievements of several Angeleños in their respective fields and endeavors.

The city mayor said the various citations, achievements and awards are a testament to the theme of Fiestang Kuliat 2014, "Abe Abe keng Pamananam, Saup Saup keng Pamamupul" where the citizens, together with the local government, are reaping the fruits of their labors.

Drilon proposes special session for speedy passage of economic measures

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon expressed Monday readiness to recommend to the President the holding of special session in order to enact a number of economic measures, which will improve business climate, boost investment and ensure the nation’s macroeconomic and fiscal sustainability.

DOJ decision for telco to advertise true internet speeds lauded

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:50 p.m.

CALLING it a major victory for millions of Internet users in the country, Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV lauded the Department of Justice's order requiring telecommunications companies to advertise the average speed of connection in their advertisements and promotions.

"This is a huge win for our consumers. Now they know what speed to expect from their Internet service providers," said Aquino, chairman of the Senate committee on trade, commerce and entrepreneurship.

Phone snatching suspect arrested

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:36 p.m.

THE alleged suspects in a snatching incident in Quezon City, which was caught on camera, were arrested over the weekend, police said Monday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal and Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Benjamin Magalong said John Ralph de Guzman and Gilbert Pazcoguin were arrested in their hideout in Antipolo City on Saturday.

Ejercito: Makati probe’s ‘in aid of election’

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 04:33 p.m.

SENATOR JV Ejercito said on Monday that he stopped attending the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee probe on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 because it is already predetermined due to political agenda of some senators.

"I stopped attending the blue ribbon committee hearings. It's so much of being a politically- charged," Ejercito said.

Bill seeks to strengthen PH risk reduction system

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 03:35 p.m.

SENATOR Teofisto Guingona III filed a bill seeking to uphold the Philippine risk reduction and management system by providing a national framework, which will help the country in planning and responding to disaster situations.

Senate Bill 2417, or the "Revised Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2014," intends to establish a primary arm of the national government on disaster risk reduction.

Binay still top contender for presidency

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:40 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Amid allegations of corruption while he was mayor of Makati City, Vice President Jejomar Binay still has the best chance among 15 personalities to clinch the presidency in 2016, according to a survey released on Monday.

3 rescued, 32 missing as volcano erupts in Japan

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:15 a.m.

TOKYO -- A Japanese military helicopter rescued three people Sunday morning from a volcanic eruption that sent officials scrambling to reach many more injured and stranded on a mountain.

Mount Ontake in central Japan erupted shortly before noon Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and injuring at least 34, including 12 seriously, according to Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

Drilon supports Senate power to probe Binays

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 04:55 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon said the Senate blue ribbon committee has the legal power to probe the alleged corruption of the Binays in Makati City Hall Building 2.

Drilon said the subcommittee is doing the investigation on the controversial office and parking building in aid of legislation after discovering some irregularities on the governance of the city officials.

Bill seeks to solve Manila’s port congestion

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 04:01 p.m.

A BILL seeking to create a new administrative body that will permanently solve the problem of port congestion in the city of Manila has been filed in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 4312, authored by Manila Representative Theresa Bonoan, seeks to create Manila Ports and Special Economic Region Administration (MPSERA), which is described as the permanent solution to the city's port congestion problem.

Sotto wants death penalty restored in PHL

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 06:16 p.m.

SENATOR Vicente Sotto III is pushing anew for the revival of the death penalty in the country for perpetrators of heinous crimes.

"The influx of crimes committed poses an alarming situation in the country nowadays. The indiscriminate and horrendous brutality happening everywhere compelled me to file Senate Bill No. 2080 or an Act Imposing Death Penalty in the Philippines," Sotto said.

PNP personnel undergo lifestyle check

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 05:55 p.m.

POLICE personnel, including some star-ranked officers, submitted themselves to a lifestyle check, ahead of the implementation of the new lifestyle check guidelines in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP Public Information chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima ordered on March 14, 2013 all the PNP regional directors to conduct a lifestyle check, particularly on those personnel assigned in the offices vulnerable to corruption from the regional headquarters down to the police stations.

2 drug informants receive P1.8M

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 05:22 p.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) awarded Friday P1.8-million cash to two informants.

Under the PDEA: Operation Private Eye (OPE), the two informants were identified through their code names: Cold Ice and Bombay, who wore ski masks to keep anonymity, when they received the reward in a ceremony held in Quezon City.

NFA chief quits post

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 05:12 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Arthur Juan has tendered an irrevocable resignation amid extortion allegation against him.

Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan said that Juan submitted his resignation on Thursday, citing his "failing health" as the reason for stepping down.

Senator reintroduces vetoed Magna Carta for the Poor Act

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 03:20 p.m.

SENATOR Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino III has reintroduced the "Magna Carta of the Poor Act" that his cousin, President Benigno Aquino III, vetoed last 15th Congress for being "unrealistic".

Senate Bill 2370 aims to ensure the protection of five basic rights of every Filipino: the right to food, employment, education, shelter, and basic health care.

Court okays hospital arrest for Enrile

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 02:50 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Sandiganbayan permitted Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who is under trial for a non-bailable case of plunder, to remain at a Quezon City hospital until he is fit to be transferred to a regular jail.

PH peacekeepers in Haiti return to base

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 08:35 p.m.

ONE-hundred thirty three members of the 17th Filipino peacekeeping contingent from Haiti returned in the country on Thursday.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gregorio Catapang Jr. personally welcomed his men, composed of eight officers and 125 enlisted personnel from the Philippine Navy in a simple ceremony, which was held at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.

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