Advocates laud approval of consolidated FOI bill

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

ADVOCATES of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill lauded the decision of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the House committee on public information to consolidate various versions of the controversial proposal.

"It is a positive and long-awaited step in citizen-led efforts toward the further institutionalization of transparency and accountability in government," Akbayan Party-list Barry Gutierrez said.

Binay asks DBM to fast track MRT operators’ regularization

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 07:33 p.m.

SENATOR Nancy Binay said Tuesday that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) should fast track the regularization of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) operators.

She said train operators should be permanent employees of MRT-3.

Petilla urges creation of regional energy plans

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 07:12 p.m.

THE Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking for the creation of regional energy plans to boost energy security and sustainability in the country.

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said the formulation of regional energy plans is fundamental in the execution of the projects and programs cited by the Philippine Energy Plan (PEP).

Palace waiting for report on Golan Heights standoff

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 06:16 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has directed the Defense department to submit a comprehensive report on last week's incident in the Golan Heights that will serve as the basis for future deployments of Filipino peacekeepers, a Palace official said Tuesday.

The Filipino peacekeepers will complete their tour of duty in the Golan Heights until October, Secretary Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a press briefing.

PNP probes Edsa gun-poking incident

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 06:07 p.m.

A VIRAL photo showing four gun-wielding men assaulting a driver of a sports utility vehicle along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) is now a subject of police investigation, an official said Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Tyrone Masigon, Mandaluyong City Police chief, said they will seek help from the Philippine National Police-Anti-Cyber Crime Group (PNP-ACG) to identify the license plates of the four vehicles, which were shown in the viral photo.

Dole orders discount caravans for workers

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 05:33 p.m.

IN A bid to alleviate the effects of the rising prices of commodities to workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) directed its regional directors to organize Diskwento Caravans all over the country in the third quarter of 2014.

Based on Dole Administrative Order 351-2014, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the regional directors will be coordinating with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the holding of the Diskwento Caravans.

Palace on impeach vote: Lawmakers not influenced

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 05:15 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacañang denied on Tuesday influencing the congressmen in dismissing the three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Palace believes that the President has obtained justice after the House of Representatives' committee on justice found insufficient in substance all the three raps against him.

Impeach raps vs Aquino junked

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 02:31 p.m.

MANILA (3rd Update) -- The House committee on justice dismissed Tuesday the three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III, declaring the complaints "insufficient in substance."

The committee voted 54-4 to approve the motion to terminate debate discussions for all the three impeachment complaints.

De Lima: Anti-China group behind foiled bomb attack

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:16 a.m.

MANILA (3rd Update) -- A group of "misguided" individuals protesting the government's alleged weak stance in the territorial dispute with China was behind the foiled bomb attack at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters, de Lima said the arrested suspects are also against the country's oligarchs led by Filipino-Chinese businessmen who control a huge chunk of the nation's wealth. The tycoons are allegedly engaged in monopolistic practices and illegal mining, according to the group.

Makati residents express support for Binays

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 09:44 p.m.

SOME Makati residents protested Monday outside the Makati City Hall building 2 while the Senate Blue Ribbon committee's ocular inspection in the building was ongoing to show their support for the Binays.

The groups said they believed that the City Government, particularly the Binays, had touched their lives and served the city well.

Measure seeks to impose entrance fee in casinos

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 08:51 p.m.

TO DISCOURAGE compulsive gamblers from wasting their money in casinos, a lawmaker has proposed the imposition of an entrance fee for all Filipino residents who patronize legal gambling establishments.

Misamis Oriental Representative Peter Unabia said that his proposal as embodied in House Bill 4859 will prevent financially inadequate persons from entering gambling casinos.

Bill proposes to include Moro history in college curriculum

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 08:36 p.m.

A LAWMAKER has proposed the inclusion of Moro history, culture and identity as an elective in the higher education curriculum.

George S.K. Ty Learning Innovation Wing to rise at Ateneo's Arete

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 07:49 p.m.

AS ONE of the country's champions for quality education, Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, through his family foundation GT-Metro Foundation (GTMF), recently pledged P120 million for the construction of the Learning Innovation Wing of the Areté, a new building that will rise at the Ateneo de Manila University's campus in Quezon City.

QC cop killed in ambush

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 07:07 p.m.

UNIDENTIFIED suspects gunned down Monday morning a ranking Quezon City Police District (QCPD) official in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Senior Inspector Roderick Medrano of the Novaliches Police Station 4 was shot dead by three suspects onboard two motorcycles on San Diego Drive at Zabarte Road, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Drilon: Blue ribbon rules to stay

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 06:14 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon said Monday that he was not inclined to amend the rules of the Blue Ribbon committee as suggested by former senator Joker Arroyo who claimed that the Senate's investigation into the alleged overpriced Makati parking building as "one-sided."

"First of all, the rules are proven to work. We must remember that the Blue Ribbon Committee is not a judicial proceeding, nor is it a criminal investigation. It is primarily in aid of legislation and in seeking the truth. The rules have been there, and they work well, and they continue to work well," Drilon said.

Over 3 in 4 measles cases found in Metro Manila, 2 others

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 03:21 p.m.

MORE than three in every four measles cases in the country can be found in Metro Manila as well as in Calabarzon and Central Luzon, based on the data of the Department of Health (DOH).

Based on the data of the DOH, a total of 12,585 of the 16,214 (77.6 percent) confirmed measles cases recorded from January 1 to July 5 were found in the three regions.

SC stands by Palace snub on e-court project

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 07:41 p.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) refuted on Sunday Malacañang's claim the judiciary did not ask for funds for the creation of more electronic courts (e-courts) that aim to hasten the resolution of cases in the country.

In a statement, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said the Court asked P350 million for IT infrastructure of trial courts, P250 million for network security and connectivity and P175 million for the Enterprise Information Systems Plan (EISP).

Pagasa tracks two LPAs

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 11:18 a.m.

MANILA – The state weather bureau is monitoring two low pressure areas (LPAs) on Sunday.

The first LPA is inside the Philippines are of responsibility (PAR) while the other is still outside the country.

Trillanes mulls placing Mercado under witness protection program

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 07:07 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said he will recommend placing the accuser of Vice President Jejomar Binay under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) due to threats against his life.

Trillanes believed that former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado needed security due to his adept knowledge on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall building 2 and claims on Binay's kickbacks in the project.

Bill provides scholarships for top 10 graduates in public high schools

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 03:25 p.m.

A BILL in the House of Representatives that seeks to provide scholarship to top graduates of all public high schools enrolling for their first year in state universities and colleges (SUCs) has been approved on second reading.

Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo, chairman of the House committee on higher and technical education, said House Bill 4860, or the "Iskolar ng Bayan Act", seeks to institutionalize a college scholarship program in SUCs for top graduates of public high schools in the country.

POEA: Be wary of ‘job offers’ in Portugal

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 02:28 p.m.

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Saturday aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) against being duped by unscrupulous individuals that are offering jobs in Portugal.

In a statement, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said there are illegal recruiters that are claiming to represent "real and reputable" companies in Portugal by using information on their websites but replacing the contact information.

Convert seized shipping vans into police outposts, gov't urged

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 02:15 p.m.

SENATOR President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is calling on the government to convert seized shipping vans into police stations, classrooms, rice storage, mobile clinics, libraries and housing for disaster victims.

Recto said government should study the possibility of buying some of the shipping containers cramming the two ports in Manila and "repurpose" them into structures for public use or dwellings for the poor.

300 OFWs from Libya attend Dole job fair

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 06:24 p.m.

ONLY 384 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Libya attended the job fair for Libya repatriates organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) held last Thursday at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City.

This was despite a combined total of 28 local companies and overseas recruitment agencies offering 12,260 job opportunities for OFWs that were forced to return home due to the rising hostilities in Libya.

Ex-Davao Sur guv to face murder rap

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 04:46 p.m.

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the filing of a murder case against former Davao del Sur governor Douglas Cagas and three others for killing journalist Nestor Bedolido Sr. four years ago.

Set to face the same case as well before the Digos City Regional Trial Court branch 19 are Matanao, Davao del Sur Mayor Vicente "Butch" Fernandez, Ali Ordaneza and Bado Sanchez based on the resolution signed by the Justice chief on August 26.

PNP releases new crime reporting form

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 04:44 p.m.

EACH person who will report a crime at a local police precinct will be issued an Incident Record Form (IRF), which they have to fill with the basic information of the event, a police official said Friday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Public Information chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said the provision of an IRF was made for the accurate crime recording in the country.

Estrada suspension stays

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:59 p.m.

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan fifth division upheld the 90-day suspension of detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada on Friday for his plunder case related to the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Supreme Court 'meddling too much'

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:50 p.m.

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday that the Supreme Court meddles too much in political issues, reiterating he was open to amend the Constitution to clip the judiciary's power.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of Aquino, said she had enormous respect for him and the court would only respond to political and constitutional questions through its rulings.

Trillanes denies threatening witnesses in Senate probe

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV denied Thursday the allegations of Vice President Jejomar Binay after the latter said that the senator cursed, threatened and attempted to stop a resource person from testifying in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing on last Tuesday.

In an interview, Trillanes said the hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 is an open investigation and the public can see exactly what they are doing.

Gov’t urged to address backlog in mass housing

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 07:53 p.m.

TO ADDRESS the increasing backlog in mass housing, a lawmaker urged the National Government to create programs that will empower those living in slum areas and informal settlements in country.

Negros Occidental Representative Alfredo Benitez, chairman of the House committee on housing and urban development, said that the government should provide informal settlers a housing financial assistance to address the huge housing backlog in the country.

Bill requires one nurse in each public school

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 07:08 p.m.

SENATOR Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV filed a bill seeking to require the appointment of a registered nurse in all public schools to look after the health and nutritional needs of the Filipino students.

Aquino said Senate Bill 2366 aims to provide "quality education that every Filipino child deserves."

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