Poll body welcomes new commissioner

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 07:19 p.m.

MEMBERS of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) welcomed on Sunday the entry of lawyer Arthur Lim, who replaced Grace Padaca as commissioner after Malacañang did not renew her appointment.

Commissioners Christian Lim and Luie Guia said they expect the newly-appointed Comelec official to help in resolving cases.

Education, fiscal bills top Senate agenda

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 03:52 p.m.

ROCKED by controversies over the past year, the Senate will begin the second regular session of the 16th Congress on Monday by trying to restore the people's faith in the institution.

"Amid the issues that confront us, we have persevered and continued to discharge our duties to the Republic, with our commitments and vows to the people serving as the guiding light on the road to recovery and redemption,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said Sunday.

Thousands to join anti-Sona protests

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:23 p.m.

OVER 4,000 people coming from militant groups will flock to Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday to stage protests in time for the fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III, police said Sunday.

DepEd: RPMS won’t affect teachers’ salaries, incentives

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

THE Department of Education (DepEd) dismissed on Saturday the allegations made by a militant party-list group regarding the Results Based Performance Management System (RPMS) for public school teachers and the Learners' Information System (LIS).

In a statement, the education department denied the accusations made by ACT Teachers Party-list Representative Antonio Tinio that the RPMS is not linked with the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) of public school teachers

House panel invites Sereno to JDF hearing

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 06:55 p.m.

THE House committee of justice will invite Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in its inquiry into the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) or the so-called judiciary "pork barrel".

Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr., committee chairperson, said Sereno will shed light on allegations of misuse of the JDF.

Senate urged to invite past Budget chiefs in DAP probe

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:52 p.m.

SENATOR Nancy Binay said Friday the finance committee under the chairmanship of Senator Francis Escudero must invite previous administration budget secretaries in order to clear the air on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

In an interview, Binay said former budget secretaries like now Representative Rolando Andaya and Benjamin Diokno can be invited to shed light on the issue of DAP in response to the claims made by Budget Secretary Florencio Butch Abad when the latter said that DAP has been a long time practice by past administrations.

Aquino to Congress: ‘Define savings’

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:32 p.m.

SENATOR Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV wants to legally define savings to put issues such as the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to rest.

"As a co-equal branch of government, that Congress and Senate define savings once and for all to finally lay this issue to rest," Aquino said during the hearing of the Senate finance committee on the DAP.

Dev't firms optimistic with Angeles investment

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Officers of the AVG&P Architects and the Realty Development and Integrated Services Inc. (RDISI) expressed their optimism on Thursday in the boom infrastructure and realty developments in Angeles as they opened their new office at the Mint Hotel Tower here Wednesday.

The two firms said that the on-going development of the city under Mayor Pamintuan and the host of construction inside Clark shows the realty investment in Metro Angeles and Clark is in no way of slowing down.

COA dismayed over Northrail’s failure to operate

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:21 p.m.

THE North Luzon Railways Corp. (Northrail) failed to operate as a government-owned firm for almost two decades despite being funded with over P1.4 billion to run and put in place a railroad system that will serve Metro Manila, Central and Northern Luzon, state auditors said.

In its 2013 annual audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said that the Northrail remains in its "pre-operating" stage although it was created as a subsidiary of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) in 1995.

AFP won’t let go of unused lands in camps

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:24 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is considering leasing out its idle lands in military camps to gain funds for it modernization program, a military official Thursday.

"Ang balak namin lahat ng lupa sa kampo namin paupahan sa kung sino ang interisado kasi ayaw namin mawala kasi pag ibinenta wala na siya, 'yung pera mawawala na siya. 'Yung pera kung papaupahan at least perpetual ang kikitain," said AFP Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio Catapang.

PhilHealth paying P1.35B a week for beneficiary benefits

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:43 p.m.

AT LEAST P1.35 billion is being shelled out by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) a week in order to shoulder the health benefits of its members, a top official said Thursday.

PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander Padilla noted the sharp increase in benefit payments being spent by the agency in just the first half of this year compared to 2013.

PHL lauds election of new Indonesian president

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:55 p.m.

DESPITE the controversy surrounding the conduct of elections in Indonesia, the government of the Philippines, on Wednesday night, welcomed the win of newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

In a statement, the Philippines, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), congratulated Widodo for his win over Prabowo Subianto in their July 9 face-off.

P2.3-M child development center to rise in Angeles

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- A child development center worth P2.3 million will soon be constructed here to cater to the needs of children ages zero to four years.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Dr. Teresita Inciong, executive director of the Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC), recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of the National Child Development Center (NCDC).

Fans dismayed over NBA, Gilas tune-up game fiasco

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

MANILA -- Basketball fans were in for a disappointment after the much hyped "tune-up" game between the national basketball team Gilas Pilipinas and a contingent of superstars from the National Basketball Association (NBA) was cancelled Tuesday night at the Smart-Araneta Center.

Gilas coach Chot Reyes made the announcement to the fans who paid P750 to as much as P23,300 just to watch the event dubbed as PLDT Home's "Last Home Stand" All-Star Charity Event.

Senate to prioritize BBL as session resumes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:11 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon said Wednesday that the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be given the highest priority at the opening of Congress next week.

In an interview, the Senate Chief said under his leadership, the Senate will focus on needs of the Filipino people which is the national budget, the education bills, and the Anti-Unfair Competition are included among the Senate priorities.

DOH confident of China action vs bubonic plague

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 04:30 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) expressed confidence over the steps taken by the Chinese government in preventing the spread abroad of the bubonic plague that hit one of its cities last week.

DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said the decision of China to seal off the affected city is already enough to ensure that the disease will not spread further, including the possibility of reaching the Philippines.

Government urged to suspend K to 12 program

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 07:18 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV is pushing for the suspension of the implementation of the K to 12 Program, pending resolutions to the current fundamental problems of the country's education system, as well as the projected problems it will encounter at the start of its scheduled implementation in 2016.

Trillanes said that the lack of classrooms and school materials, high student-teacher ratio, and low salary of teachers continue to plague the country's education system such that it is in the best interest of the country to suspend the K to 12 Program.

Lawmakers oppose proposal to grant emergency powers to Aquino

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 06:54 p.m.

MILITANT lawmakers opposed Monday a proposal to give President Benigno Aquino III emergency powers to address the current energy crisis.

"It is very dangerous to grant emergency powers to anyone with a dictatorial propensity like President Aquino as can be seen with his usurpation of Congress' power and now threatening the Supreme Court when it declared the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional," said Bayan Muna party-list Representative Neri Colmenares.

Go Negosyo Act to boost small and microenterprises

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 05:14 p.m.

SENATOR Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino said Monday that the signing into law of the Go Negosyo Act by President Benigno Simeon Aquino gives a major boost to the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.

"The approval of the Go Negosyo Act into a law is a fulfillment of our commitment to push for MSME development in the country," said Senator Aquino, the law's author and chairperson of the Senate committee on trade, commerce and entrepreneurship.

DFA: ‘Libya not safe for Pinoys’

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 04:03 p.m.

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) strongly encouraged on Monday all Filipino nationals in Libya to return home as soon as possible, saying the North African country is no longer safe for them.

In a statement, the DFA said the latest security developments in Libya has already made it necessary for the Philippine government to raise Crisis Alert Level 4, which calls for mandatory repatriation.

Workers, bizmen unite over power woes

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 03:25 p.m.

IN A rare opportunity, employers and employees find common ground in finding the urgency to address the emerging power crisis in the country.

In a statement, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said that business and labor groups are set to meet on Wednesday to discuss the power crisis in the country.

100% of Glenda-hit school divisions back to regular operations

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 03:18 p.m.

THE Department of Education (DepEd) reported all 117 school divisions affected by Typhoon Glenda have resumed classes and operations, with the exemption of a few schools conducting clearing operations with the support of the local government units (LGUs) and school officials, July 21.

Aquino inks into law 5 bills

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 08:31 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has signed into law five bills aimed at economic growth, consumer protection, and enhancing the drug abuse law, a Palace official said Sunday.

“Noon pong nakaraang Biyernes, ipinahayag ni Secretary (Manuel) Mamba ng PLLO (Presidential Legislative Liaison Office) ang paglagda ng Pangulong Aquino sa limang bagong batas,” Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

WHO: Youth left out in anti-HIV programs

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 04:38 p.m.

DESPITE accounting for a bigger portion of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases, members of the youth sector are allegedly not being protected from the disease.

This was one of the observations of the World Health Organization (WHO) during the ongoing International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

‘Henry’ now a typhoon

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) – Tropical Storm Henry (international name: Matmo), the eighth tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this year, has strengthened into a typhoon on Saturday.

Palace to help families of Filipino MH17 victims

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 11:49 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) - Malacañang has assured that the Aquino administration is ready to extend assistance to the families of the Filipinos who perished from the Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down in Ukraine.

Bill seeks higher fees for car owners with more than 1 vehicle

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 07:58 p.m.

A BILL has been filed in the House of Representatives seeking higher registration fee for car owners with more than one vehicle.

House Bill 4181 authored by Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez and his brother, Abante Mindanao Representative Maximo Rodriguez, seeks to impose additional rates on the annual registration of a second and subsequent vehicle registered under the same owner.

Palace: No ‘revolving door policy’ in naming AFP chiefs

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 05:23 p.m.

MALACANANG denied Saturday that President Benigno Aquino III has a "revolving door policy" in appointing chiefs of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement amid observations that Aquino has the practice of naming military's chiefs for a limited period of time.

Drug pusher nabbed near PDEA office

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 04:43 p.m.

ANTI-NARCOTICS agents have arrested a suspected big-time female pusher in a recent by-bust operation just meters away from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's (PDEA) national headquarters in Quezon City, an official said Saturday.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. identified the suspect as Margarita Cuesta, alias Taba, 34, a resident of Bagong Lipunan CAA, Las Piñas City.

Bill seeks added benefits for single parents

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 02:03 p.m.

A MEASURE seeking additional benefits for single parents has been filed in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 2658 authored by Camarines Representative Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo and his mother Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expands the coverage and gives additional benefits to solo parents under the "Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000."

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