AMID the corruption scandal involving Vice President Jejomar Binay and his alleged dummies, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said Thursday that banks should be required to undertake measures to prevent money laundering of ill-gotten wealth by corrupt government officials and their dummies.
MANILA -- Former senator and Health secretary Juan Flavier succumbed to multiple organ failure brought about by pneumonia Thursday afternoon at National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City. He was 79.
Roby Alampay, Flavier's son-in-law, said the former head of the Department of Health (DOH) was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. while confined at the NKTI Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has approved the P167.9-billion rehabilitation and recovery plan for areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November last year, Malacanang said Thursday.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that upon the recommendation of the Office Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) and the endorsement of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), Aquino gave his go signal for the implementation of 8,000-page Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP).
THE Quezon City Police District (QCPD) conducted a one-day bomb identification and detection seminar to its personnel to enhance their knowledge in responding to bomb related threats, an official said.
In the wake of the series of bomb threats in several universities in Metro Manila over the past months, QCPD director Chief Superintendent Joel Pagdilao said it is essential for police personnel, not only to the members of the bomb squad, to know how to identify and detect possible bomb threat to be able for them to respond accordingly.
MANILA (Updated) -- German national Marc Sueselbeck can now return to his home country after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) granted on Thursday his request for voluntary deportation, which stemmed from an intrusion incident in a military camp last October 22.
The deportation order was issued following a meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Thursday morning, said BI spokesperson Elaine Tan.
MANILA -- Voting 198-18, the House of Representatives approved on Wednesday the proposed P2.606-trillion national budget for 2015 on third and final reading.
Davao City Representative Isidro Ungab, chairman of the House committee on appropriations, lauded fellow lawmakers for working hard at ensuring the approval of the proposed General Appropriations Act (GAA) on time.
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has sought the assistance of 50,000-strong augmentation force to ensure the public's peace and order during the Halloween holiday, a police official said Wednesday.
PNP chief of the Public Information Office Wilben Mayor said the PNP is enlisting the support of 57,266 force multipliers, which is composed of 29,100 barangay tanod and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs), 15,229 private security guards and 12,937 civilian volunteers.
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will disburse P17.5 billion worth of grants to civil society and local governments next year and a senator wants part of it earmarked for food production and processing projects that will benefit malnourished children.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto described the P17.5 billion proposed allocation for the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Project (KC-NCDDP) as "one of the biggest unitemized lump-sum items" in the 2015 national budget.
SENATOR Paolo Benigno Aquino urged his colleagues to pass the measure seeking to reform the current Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), saying it will help shape the country's youth to become better and more effective public servants in the future.
"It is urgent and important that we reform the Sangguniang Kabataan, as a platform for engaging the youth in the grassroots level, and where the youth will be honed to become better and more effective public servants in the future," said Aquino.
SENATOR President Franklin Drilon urged Thursday his colleagues to quickly approve a bill, which seeks to simplify the Bureau of Customs (BOC) procedure for ordinary citizens.
"A prominent feature of the proposed measure is to overhaul the BOC's processing of export and import products and goods from its current person-to-person format to an automated system," Drilon said.
MANILA -- Eight hundred thousand survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan) are estimated to have suffered from various levels of mental health problems since November 8, 2013.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), not a few are estimated to have suffered different levels of mental health woes ranging from the common ones to more serious kinds.
MANILA - Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. assured Tuesday the House of Representatives will pass on third and final reading on Wednesday the P2.606-trillion proposed 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Belmonte said that the amendments in the GAA are just "virtual insertions" contrary to the claims by militants and opposition lawmakers that these are hidden "pork barrel" funds.
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy more than 4,000 cops in the National Capital Region to ensure the safety and security of the public during the commemoration of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
In a meeting with PNP officials, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II said the 41,000-strong police force nationwide was also alerted against possible threat to peace and order.
A COMMITTEE of the House of Representatives approved Tuesday a consolidated substitute bill, which seeks to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, initially scheduled for February 21, 2015.
Capiz Representative Fredenil Castro, chairperson of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms, said the panel will immediately submit its report to the committee on rules for immediate plenary consideration.
SENATORS are seeking the immediate resolution of the issue involving a lot being occupied by the Philippine Children Medical Center (PCMC) in Diliman, Quezon City.
Since 1980, PCMC has been engaged in a long-drawn-out ownership battle involving the lots, whose land titles remain with the National Housing Authority (NHA).
MANILA -- The family of slain transgender Filipino Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude remains unconvinced that murder suspect US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton is detained in Camp Aguinaldo despite repeated assurances from United States and Philippine military authorities.
SENATOR Grace Poe urged Monday the government to take immediate response to address hunger and malnutrition in the country.
In her privilege speech Monday, Poe said the government must expand support to fill the poor Filipino's empty stomachs.
THE military personnel who prevented the German fiancé and sister of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude to enter a restricted area at Camp Aguinaldo received an award on Monday.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Gregorio Catapang Jr. gave a plaque of recognition to Technical Sergeant Mariano Pamittan during the flag-raising ceremony in the military headquarters in Quezon City.
THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is doing its best to fight insurgency in the country amid reports that the membership of the New People’s Army (NPA) remains at 4,000, an official said Monday.
AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Harold Cabunoc said although the number of the NPA strength remain unchanged, the Internal Peace Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan, the anti-insurgency strategy that was implemented by the AFP in 2011, should not be considered a failure.
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed its forces on heightened alert on Monday in anticipation of the influx of people expected to flock several areas of convergence during All Souls' Day and All Saints' Day, a police official said.
MALACANANG expressed belief on Monday that the Aquino administration has somewhat managed to reduce poverty in the country amid a slight increase on the self-rated poverty as shown in a latest survey.
The Social Weather Stations survey on self-rated poverty, conducted from September 26 to 29, showed 55 percent of the 1,200 respondents nationwide considered themselves poor.
MANILA -- American Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton has forfeited his right to be heard in the ongoing probe into the killing of a transgender Filipino after he failed to show up for the second time.
CEBU CITY (Updated) -- Six graduates from Cebu made it to the top 10 list of passers in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) given last August 17, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) announced Monday.
The PRC said 25,301 elementary teachers out of 70,786 examinees (35.74 percent) and 26,767 secondary teachers out of 77,803 examinees (34.40 percent) passed the exam.
THE government should prepare the country's micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for the emergence of Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) members in Asean Economic Community (AEC) by December next year, Senator Loren Legarda said Monday.
Legarda said the AEC would allow the region to gain greater influence in the global economic and political aspects, citing that MSMEs continue to dominate Asean region and operate as subsistence-based enterprises.
SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara called Monday on his colleagues to quickly approve a bill, which will provide credit assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFW).
"OFWs play a crucial role in the development of the Philippines, sending in much-needed remittances that help maintain the country's macroeconomic stability," Angara, acting chairman of Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development, said.
MANILA (Updated) -- Immigration officials refused to allow the German fiancé of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude to board his flight to Germany at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) on Sunday afternoon.
OVER 3,600 additional trees were planted on Saturday along the roadsides of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said Sunday.
The planting of trees at southbound lane from Kimberly Overpass to Saimsim Road Overpass was part of a private sector-led "greening" initiative supported by the DENR, said Environment Secretary Ramon Paje in a statement.
CLOSE to 500,000 jobs are up for the taking for jobseekers as shown at the government's job search online portal.
Based on the data posted at the Phil-JobNet, there are currently 491,066 job vacancies available for jobseekers.
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will provide security to power plants, telecommunication relay stations and other vital installations and will implement active defense against communist rebels who may attack and take advantage of the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day festivities.
MANILA - Police have intercepted a P6-million worth of suspected shabu and arrested three suspects in a checkpoint operation conducted recently in Cotabato City, an official said Saturday.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. said the illegal drug weighed approximately one kilogram and was placed inside a large transparent plastic sachet.