‘Luis’ slightly weakens

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:21 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) - Typhoon Luis (Kalmaegi) has slightly weakened as it continues to cross the Northern Luzon area on Sunday.

Typhoon Luis earlier made landfall over the boundary of Isabela-Cagayan around 5 p.m. Sunday with no immediate reports of casualties.

110 rescued from sinking ferry

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 06:36 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Survivors from a ferry that sank after encountering steering problems off the vicinity of San Ricardo, Southern Leyte said Sunday that they were tossed about by the churning sea in darkness for six hours while praying and clinging to an overturned life raft before a passing ship rescued them.

‘Luis’ makes landfall

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 06:22 p.m.

MANILA -- Typhoon Luis (Kalmaegi) made landfall over the boundary of Isabela-Cagayan around 5 p.m. Sunday, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

The typhoon, the 12th to enter the country this year, was still packing maximum winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

‘Luis’ now approaching Cagayan-Isabela

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 05:59 p.m.

MANILA -- Areas under the path of Typhoon Luis (Kalmaegi) have been placed under alert status, as the 12th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year is now approaching the vicinity of Cagayan-Isabela, said the state weather bureau.

Strong winds have been felt in northern Luzon, and some areas have no power as of this posting Sunday.

Government allots P32M for Aquino’s European trip

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 03:53 p.m.

THE government has earmarked P31.9 million for President Benigno Aquino III’s working visit to Spain, Belgium, France, and Germany, Malacañang said Sunday.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said the amount covers expenses for transportation, accommodation, food, equipment and other requirements of the Chief Executive and his delegation for the eight-day visit to Europe, Aquino's first to the region since he assumed office in 2010.

Osmeña: Senate hearing may damage Binay popularity

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 02:50 p.m.

SENATOR Sergio Osmeña III is certain that the ongoing Senate investigation on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II will damage the presidential hopeful's popularity.

"Yes, it will damage the Vice President’s rating. Now, whether he will be able to recover, it’s always an open question. Pero any negative thing like this, lalong-lalo na it has to deal with corruption, it will definitely bring your rating down," Osmeña said in a radio interview Sunday.

Typhoon 'Luis' threatens Cagayan-Isabela

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 01:26 p.m.

MANILA -- Tyhoon "Luis" has gained strength and is expected to make landfall over Cagayan-Isabela area on Sunday, the state weather bureau reported.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) hoisted public storm warning signal number 3 over Cagayan, including Babuyan and Calayan group of Island, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Isabela, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Ifugao, Northern Aurora and Quirino.

LGUs told: Require businesses to install CCTVs

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 01:03 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the executives of the cities and capital towns all throughout the country to pass an ordinance requiring the installation of close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in business establishments to deter crimes.

Signal no. 2 up in Isabela, Cagayan

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:52 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Two areas in Northern Luzon are under public storm warning signal no. 2 as Tropical Storm "Luis" (international name: Kalmaegi) intensified further and accelerated as it continues to move towards Cagayan-Isabela area, the state weather bureau said on Saturday.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in its latest bulletin said Isabela and Cagayan will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas.

Senator bats for significant budget raise for Las Pinas wetlands

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 03:58 p.m.

SENATOR Cynthia Villar has pushed to increase the proposed budget for the development of the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA), a wetland situated in the Manila Bay recognized by the Ramsar Convention as one of the world's most important.

Villar, after learning that the proposed P20.849 billion budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) only includes a P2.2 million budget for LPPCHEA, lamented that the department is in effect making the protection of the habitat a non-priority.

Aquino renews gov'ts commitment to improve MRT system

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 03:53 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III renewed on Friday the commitment of the government to improve the services of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3).

He said the government's programs aimed at improving the MRT system is now in ongoing.

Build restrooms for tourists, gov’t urged

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 03:38 p.m.

SENATOR Ralph Recto is urging the National Government to earmark part of its P3.6 billion annual travel tax collection for the building of roadside rest rooms for local and foreign tourists bound for the "sun, sea, sand, shopping" destinations in the country.

Recto made the recommendation to Tourism officials Thursday during the Senate hearing on the proposed 2015 budget of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

‘Luis’ intensifies, moves west northwest

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

MANILA -- Tropical Storm Luis (Kalmaegi) slightly intensified Friday evening while moving west northwest, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

It was located at 560 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 10 p.m., packing maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, Pagasa said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.

Jealous husband kills wife in Bukidnon

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:13 p.m.

A 48-year-old woman was killed by her husband in Bukidnon on Wednesday afternoon out of jealousy, police reports said.

Teburcio Paler, 52, hacked dead his wife, Lolita, at their residence in Barangay Osmena, Dangcangan, Bukidnon.

Bill filed extending barangay officials’ term to 6 years

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

SENATOR Teofisto "TG" Guingona III is pushing for the passage of the bill that aims to extend the term of barangay officials from the current three years to six years.

Senate Bill 2390, or the "An Act Extending the Term of Barangay Officials to Six Years," has been filed to help barangay officials to implement and sustain the projects they have for their respective barangays.

China issues travel warning for Philippines

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 05:41 p.m.

MANILA -- China warned its citizens on Friday not to travel to the Philippines after a Chinese teenager who worked in a family-run store was kidnapped.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said it was worried because of plots confirmed by the police in the Philippines that criminal groups planned to attack the Chinese embassy, Chinese companies and public venues such as malls.

DOH: 30% of target children vaccinated

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 03:00 p.m.

AN ESTIMATED 30 percent of the 13 million children targeted for the mass measles, rubella, and polio vaccination drive have already been reached by the Department of Health (DOH) in just the first two weeks of the campaign.

In an interview at the sidelines of the mass vaccination ceremonies in Malabon City, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that the estimated coverage is already at 30 percent.

NCRPO chief visits La Loma police precinct

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 07:45 p.m.

NATIONAL Capitol Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Carmelo Valmoria visited Thursday the La Loma police station to give its remaining cops a "tap on the shoulder" amid the involvement of some of its personnel in a robbery and abduction incident along Edsa last September 1.

At least 10 La Loma cops were allegedly involved in the abduction and extortion of two men on the southbound lane of the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) in Barangay Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City.

DPWH seeks Estrada's nod to abolish Anda circle

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 07:10 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was just awaiting the approval of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada before it proceeds for the removal of a historical site near Manila port to minimize traffic congestion in the area.

In a statement, DPWH said its National Capital Region office has sought the concurrence of the City of Manila and the National Historical Commission (NHC) before it abolished the rotunda along Bonifacio Drive.

Emergency power eyed to lift Manila truck ban

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 07:02 p.m.

METRO Manila lawmakers mull granting emergency powers to President Benigno Aquino III to lift the controversial truck ban in Manila.

Quezon City Representative Winston Castelo, chairperson of the House committee on Metro Manila Development, during the inquiry on port congestion, said that Congress is willing to give the Chief Executive an emergency power to void Manila's truck ban ordinance.

PNP deploys additional 300 cops in Metro streets

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 04:02 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to deploy additional 300 cops in Metro Manila to enhance the police visibility on the streets, particularly in crime-prone areas, an official said Thursday.

PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said they are already finalizing the hiring of 300 security guards from a security agency to replace the police personnel deployed in the main entrances and areas at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

PNP deploys additional 300 cops in Metro streets

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 04:02 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to deploy additional 300 cops in Metro Manila to enhance the police visibility on the streets, particularly in crime-prone areas, an official said Thursday.

PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said they are already finalizing the hiring of 300 security guards from a security agency to replace the police personnel deployed in the main entrances and areas at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized US airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.

Cop in viral Edsa incident has previous criminal record

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 08:05 p.m.

THE chief of the Eastern Police District (EPD) said on Wednesday that one of the policemen linked to the alleged kidnap-extortion incident along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Mandaluyong City last week has previous criminal record.

In a hearing of the House committee on public order and safety, Chief Superintendent Abelardo Villarcorta, EPD director, said that one of the suspects was involved in a kidnapping case involving P12 million ransom.

Gov’t to spend P92B for 25M public school students

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 07:50 p.m.

GOVERNMENT will be spending P92.3 billion next year to hire more teachers, build classrooms, close logistical gaps and meet the growing needs of 25 million public school students.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto described the proposed outlay as “unprecedented” both in money involved and expected outcomes.

Follow Lacson’s footsteps, PNP urged

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 06:08 p.m.

(UPDATED) A lawmaker urged on Wednesday the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to emulate the leadership style of former PNP chief and now rehabilitation czar Secretary Panfilo Lacson.

Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian said Lacson's style when he was head of the national police force during the Estrada administration is much need right now since several organized crime groups are reportedly being operated by "corrupt men in uniform."

Cop in Edsa highway robbery surrenders

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 05:21 p.m.

A POLICEMAN tagged in the robbery-abduction incident along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) surrendered to authorities early Wednesday.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) spokesperson Maricar Taqueban said Senior Inspector Allan Emlano surrendered to the La Loma police station around 2 a.m.

Dengue cases in Metro Manila down by 75%

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 03:08 p.m.

FROM being the main source of dengue in the country, the National Capital Region (NCR) continues in its bid to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease after it recorded a 75 percent decrease in cases.

According to the Department of Health (DOH)–NCR, data from the NCR Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit showed that from January 1 to August 30, there are only a total of 3,098 dengue cases reported in Metro Manila.

Aquino urges Congress to swiftly pass Bangsamoro bill

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 02:32 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III asked Congress on Wednesday to immediately pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The Chief Executive made the appeal after he formally submitted to Congress the 122-page draft BBL in a ceremony in Malacañang.

Santiago seeks probe of Hilmarc's involvement in DAP funded projects

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 09:13 p.m.

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago wants to investigate the alleged anomalous involvement of controversial construction firm Hilmarc’s Construction Corp. in building the Iloilo Convention Center, which was reportedly funded through pork barrel and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds.

Hilmarc’s is the contractor of the allegedly overpriced Makati parking building 2 presently under investigation by the Senate Blue Ribbon committee.

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