MANILA (Updated) - Tropical storm Mario continues to move in a west northwest direction towards northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said Thursday.
In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the center of Tropical Storm Mario was estimated at 424 kilometers (km) east of Baler, Aurora.
MANILA -- Public storm warning signals were hoisted in 15 areas in Luzon as Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) maintained its strength while moving toward the northern part of the country, the state weather bureau said Thursday.
A MINORITY lawmaker urged the 75-man ad hoc committee for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to invite the country's leading constitutional experts to ensure that the enabling law for controversial measure will strictly adhere to and conform to the Constitution.
A PARTY-LIST lawmaker has criticized the insufficient budgetary support being given to the government's Witness Protection Program (WPP) despite the many high profile cases pending at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Abakada party-list Representative Jonathan de la Cruz said during the plenary deliberations for the proposed P3.5-billion budget of the Department of Justice that that P190.7 million allocation for the WPP next year could only cover two or three high profile cases being handled by the DOJ.
SENATOR Pia Cayetano urged on Thursday the DMCI Homes, developer of the controversial Torre de Manila project, to attend the on-site hearing next week regarding the controversial structure built right across Rizal Park.
She wants to be clarified on DMCI's claim that the picture of the 46-storey condominium "photobombing" the view of the monument of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal at Luneta Park was "photoshopped."
MANILA (4th Update) -- Vice President Jejomar Binay maintained Thursday that the corruption allegations against him will not stand in court.
But Binay, who did not take questions after his televised address, remained silent whether he will face his accusers in the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing over alleged overpriced Makati City Hall building on September 25 despite an invitation for him to appear.
MANILA -- Five areas are now under public storm warning signal number 1 as Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) maintained its strength while moving toward Northern Luzon, the state weather agency announced Thursday morning.
LEGASPI CITY (Updated) - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Mount Mayon remains under Alert Level 3 despite the increase in seismic activity of the volcano in the past 24 hours.
Alert Level 3 means that Mayon's hazardous explosive eruption is possible within weeks, said Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum.
SENATOR Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said Wednesday that he is not planning yet to run for president in the 2016 elections.
The son of the late strong man, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., said it was too early to decide whether he will run for president or not.
THE Senate passed on third and final reading Wednesday a bill allowing the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to complete the land acquisition and distribution to farmer-beneficiaries.
Senate Bill 2278, authored by Senate agrarian reform committee chairperson Gregorio Honasan II, seeks to amend Section 30 of Republic Act 9700.
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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will pursue with the plan to check its personnel's background and lifestyle to avoid having men in uniform getting involved in illegal activities, a Cabinet official said Wednesday.
PAMPANGA Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo can only be placed under preventive suspension while facing corruption charges in Sandiganbayan if two-thirds of all its members approve it, a House leader said.
House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales III said that under the rules only the House of Representatives can suspend one of its members.
MANILA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay will address the nation on Thursday to debunk allegations that he took kickbacks from various city projects during his two-decade reign as mayor of Makati, the country's financial district.
Thursday's briefing will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City at 2 p.m., according to a media advisory issued by Binay's office.
LEGASPI CITY (Updated) -- The Philippines' most active volcano belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope in an ongoing gentle eruption, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Tuesday.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised the alert level for Mount Mayon, warning that a "hazardous eruption" is possible within weeks. Increased restiveness was recorded overnight, including the ejection of glowing rocks from the summit and dozens of low-frequency volcanic earthquakes.
MANILA -- Senate trade, commerce, and entrepreneurship committee chairperson Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said suggestion to regulate Internet service as basic service instead of value added service was raised on Tuesday's hearing.
A HOUSE bill seeking to increase the burial assistance for World War 2 veterans has been approved on third and final reading in the Senate.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, chairman of the Senate committee on national defense and security and the sponsor of the said measure in the Senate, said that in recognition of the patriotic service of the country's veterans in times of war and peace, it is just appropriate for the government to provide assistance to the next-of-kin of veterans after their demise.
THE lawyer of Deniece Cornejo said Tuesday that his client will ask a Taguig court to reduce the bail of the detained model-stylist in the case related to the mauling of actor-television host Vhong Navarro last January 22.
Salvador Panelo, legal counsel for Cornejo, said they will file a motion to reduce bail before the Taguig Regional Trial Court on Tuesday.
LEGAZPI CITY -- Albay Governor Joey Salceda declared on Tuesday a state of calamity in at least eight areas in the province, as government seismologists raised Mayon volcano's alert level to "critical" late Monday.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) announced Monday evening that Mayon in eastern Albay province is showing signs of heightened unrest and an eruption is possible within weeks. [READ: Phivolcs raises Alert Level 3 on Mayon]
RETIRED Major General Jovito Palparan has been transferred to his new detention cell at the Philippine Army Custodial Center (PACC) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Monday, a military spokesperson said Tuesday.
Army spokesperson Noel Detoyato said there will be no special treatment for Palparan, a former officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), while the latter is in their custody.
MANILA (3rd Update) -- President Benigno Aquino III has formally asked Congress to grant him emergency power to address the looming power supply shortage in 2015.
Aquino cited the imminent shortage of electric power for the summer of 2015 in Luzon in asking for an emergency power from House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Senate President Franklin Drilon.
FINANCE Secretary Cesar Purisima warned Congress on Monday that the government's delivery of social services will be affected once the proposed tax cut, which seeks to increase the tax exemption on 13th month pay and other bonuses to P70,000 from the present P30,000 will be passed into law.
Purisima said that lawmakers should study this proposal carefully as the government is likely to lose P40 billion to P60 billion in revenue if House Bill 4970 is approved.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Laus group of Companies (LGC) and LausAutoGroup formally welcomed actress and singer Isabel Granada to the Haima family over the weekend.
Haima Philippines general manager Donald Calma and LGC executive director Carisa Laus-Manalili signed an agreement with Granada at Haima Cars San Fernando as the new model-endorser of the China-made cars, vans and sports utility vehicles.
SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to simplify the tax system to encourage more Filipinos, especially self-employed individuals, to pay their taxes.
"Currently, we have a one-size-fits-all type of tax system. Meaning, those business tycoons who own multi-billion corporations have the same requirements as small owners of sari-sari stores or sidewalk vendors. But in reality, these small entrepreneurs really can't afford to hire accountants and lawyers to do their financial statements," said Angara, chair of the Senate ways and means committee.
MANILA (Updated) -- Typhoon Luis (Kalmaegi) maintained its strength while heading away from the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Monday.
The center of the typhoon was last spotted at 296 kilometers (km) west of Laoag City carrying maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometer per hour (kph) near the center. It gusts of up to 150 kph.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.