Lawmakers: Int’l opinion needed in resolving sea row

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 07:02 p.m.

SENIOR lawmakers in the House of Representatives have underscored the importance of public opinion in the international community to peacefully solve the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.

Lawmaker: Binay can be impeached

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 06:33 p.m.

AN ADMINISTRATION lawmaker believed that Vice President Jejomar Binay can be impeached even if the grounds are based on acts committed before he assumed the position in 2010.

Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said even the Supreme Court (SC) recognizes the legislative's authority to determine, which acts constitute impeachable offenses, regardless of the period it was committed.

Villar seeks review of Migrant Workers Act

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 05:27 p.m.

SENATOR Cynthia Villar wants to review the implementation of the law, which mandated the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Villar said the inquiry would strengthen the policies, procedures, and practices of concerned government agencies for the protection and repatriation of OFWs.

Customs heightens campaigns vs technical smuggling

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 04:51 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) vowed Friday to intensify its campaign against smuggling as it continues to seize undervalued, misdeclared, and misclassified shipments coming into the country.

"Our findings show that eight out of every ten shipments we place under Alert Order has findings of misdeclaration or undervaluation," BOC Commission John Sevilla said in a statement.

Coloma denies arranging Aquino-Binay meeting

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 04:43 p.m.

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. denied Friday that he was the one who arranged the "secret meeting" between President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Trillanes: UNA, NP coalition impossible

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 04:31 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said that a coalition between United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay and the Nacionalista Party (NP) of former Senator Manny Villar is "impossible."

Trillanes junked the claim of Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla that the NP will coalesce to UNA for 2016 presidential elections, saying it was just the governor's "imagination."

Empty containers to be removed from Manila ports

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 05:27 p.m.

SOME 100,000 empty containers still need to be removed from the Manila ports to ease congestion at the country's container ports.

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said the government and the private sector are making ways to dispatch empty containers currently clogging the Manila ports.

De Lima may order probe on ‘Oplan Stop Nognog 2016’

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 03:52 p.m.

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima said Wednesday she is willing to investigate the supposed demolition job on Vice President Jejomar Binay, whose popularity ratings have recently dipped due to corruption allegations.

That is, if Binay's camp can prove to de Lima that the alleged plan to lessen his chances of winning the presidency in 2016 has criminal objective.

Angara seeks infra, job generation projects to develop rural areas

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 06:18 p.m.

SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara is urging the government to allocate more funds in the rural areas for infrastructure and job generation projects to boost country's economic growth.

"Government should spend more to develop our rural areas to unlock their potential in contributing to the national economy," Angara, chairperson of Senate ways and means committee, said Wednesday.

Prioritize transgender case, Aquino urged

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 06:05 p.m.

SENATORS urged government on Wednesday to prioritize the case of transgender Filipino Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, who was allegedly killed by a member of the United States Marine Corps.

Laude, 26, was found strangled in a hotel room in Olongapo City over the weekend.

Pusher nabbed; P2.4-M worth of shabu seized in Pasay

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 04:53 p.m.

ANTI-NARCOTICS agents have arrested a suspected pusher and confiscated from him suspected shabu with an estimated value of P2.4 million in a buy-bust operation in Pasay City.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Arturo Cacdac said Wednesday that Jervy Lagasca, 28, was nabbed by operatives of PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) last Monday.

P2.3B given to support agrarian beneficiaries

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 04:39 p.m.

THE Aquino administration has released P2.32 billion to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to fund the implementation of the support services for the agrarian beneficiaries, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Wednesday.

The fund is the partial release allotted for the Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD), DAR’s support service delivery component, said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

Ejercito denies overspending in campaign

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 03:34 p.m.

SENATOR Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito denied that he overspent by over P167,000 in his campaign in the 2010 national elections.

Ejercito was among the 69 individuals whom the Commission on Elections (Comelec) charged with campaign overspending.

Fire bureau executive admits lack of personnel, equipment

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 08:53 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The 1,455 fire fighters in the Central Luzon are not enough to secure the residents of the region, a Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) official said recently.

In an interview during the 23rd anniversary of the BFP dubbed “Isulong ang Kaunlaran, Sunog ay Iwasan, Kaalaman at Pag-iingat ay Kailangan,” BFP regional director and fire chief superintendent Aloveel Ferrer said the number of fire fighters is not enough to achieve the ideal ratio of one fire truck to seven personnel.

Belmonte: House won’t probe Binay

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 07:55 p.m.

SPEAKER Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said the House of Representatives will not investigate the corruption allegations hurled against Vice President Jejomar Binay.

"In House we will not investigate the Vice President," Belmonte said.

Aquino: Corrupt emission testing centers to be monitored

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 06:46 p.m.

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) should strictly monitor some private emission testing centers (PETC) that forged documents of emission results, Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV said Tuesday.

Aquino, chairperson of Senate committee on trade, commerce, and entrepreneurship, discovered that some PETCs were sending fake emission results to the LTO.

POEA bans OFW deployment to Yemen

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 05:03 p.m.

BOTH returning and newly hired overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now barred from being deployed to Yemen after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) imposed a total ban Monday.

In its Governing Board Resolution 27-2014, the POEA said a total deployment ban is being imposed in Yemen, which is placed under Crisis Alert Level 3 by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

P98.5M released to CITEM

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 04:19 p.m.

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P98.5 million to Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) for its operational requirements and participation costs in international trade events, as well as the Manila FAME and Design Week scheduled for October this year.

Of the total amount, P49.9 million will be allotted to the 60th Manila FAME and Design Week Philippines, the country's annual design and lifestyle event that showcases locally made furniture and products in the world market, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.

Trillanes happy with falling public satisfaction with Binay

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 03:35 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said Tuesday that the falling public satisfaction with Vice President Jejomar Binay shows the public is becoming aware of the former Makati City official's "real" image.

"I'm glad that the public was already aware of the real image of Vice President Binay," he said.

Turnover of US Marine suspect in transgender killing sought

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 02:16 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Militant students slammed the United States (US) military on Tuesday for apparently hiding its serviceman accused of killing a transgender woman in Olongapo City over the weekend.

Carrying placards calling for justice for slain Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, some 50 members of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) asked the US military to put Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton under custody of Philippine authorities while undergoing investigation.

Art exhibit brings awareness on mental health

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 09:55 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- To celebrate World Mental Health Week, a digital photographer and graphic artist, in partnership with the Psychology Society from Holy Angel University launched an exhibit that highlighted the importance of "sanity especially in the workplace" over the weekend.

Dubbed as "What's on your mind?" it showcased photographs and designs of Rikki Vallido, a digital artist based in Pampanga.

Estrada lawyer hits Luy in hearing

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

PORK barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy broke down in tears after being grilled by the lawyer of Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada during the hearing of the lawmaker's bail petition at the Sandiganbayan.

In Monday's proceeding at the Sandiganbayan fifth division, Luy fainted and cried due to extreme pressure after being criticized by Estrada's chief legal counsel Jose Flaminiano.

Bill seeks tax exemption for employees earning less than P20,000

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 08:56 p.m.

AFTER Congress passed the bill on expanded tax exemption of 13th month pay and other form of bonuses, a bill seeking to exempt those with monthly income of below P20,000 was filed in the House of Representatives.

Las Piñas City Representative Mark Villar, chairman of the House committee on trade and industry, said that under House Bill 4974, monthly income below P20,000 will be exempt from income tax.

Transgender group urges swift passage of anti-discrimination bill

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 05:45 p.m.

A GROUP of transgenders called Monday for the swift passage of the anti-discrimination bill after the murder of a gay man in Olongapo City last Saturday.

"It is already time for the government to make a move to protect and secure their rights for they are human too," Dindi Tan, a member of the board of trustees of the Association of Trans-Gender People (ATP), said.

44 face disqualification for campaign overspending

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will issue subpoena to 44 candidates who were being investigated for having overspent in their campaigns during the two consecutive elections.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the candidates will be facing a preliminary investigation to be conducted by the poll body.

Pinoys split on Aquino’s adherence to ‘tuwid na daan’

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 03:48 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has yet to fully convince the public that he is treading the straight path to honest and clean governance, with clock winding down before he steps down from office in June 2016.

Plan vs Ebola out

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacanang said Sunday that the government, in cooperation with other sectors, has come up with a response plan against the Ebola virus disease amid growing concerns that it might enter the country.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. cited the plan, which was crafted during the first National Ebola Virus Disease Summit held recently in Quezon City.

Senate body may allow Binay to grill accusers

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 07:45 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay may be given the opportunity to cross examine those who accuse him of corruption, particularly his former vice mayor in Makati City and estranged friend Ernesto Mercado.

In an interview, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said his Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee is willing to change its rules so that Binay can refute the allegations under oath.

DSWD to help robbed 'pandesal' boy, family

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 07:41 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now assisting the 11-year-old boy who was robbed of his earnings from selling pandesal, Malacanang said Sunday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the boy, who was crying in a viral video, would undergo psychological debriefing because he experienced "psychological trauma."

Hacienda Luisita farmers dared to show proof of abuse

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 05:51 p.m.

A PALACE official challenged Sunday the Hacienda Luisita farmers who were accusing the relatives of President Benigno Aquino III of abusing them to present proof.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that since the time Aquino campaigned for the 2010 elections, several allegations have cropped up in relation to the Hacienda Luisita, a estate in Tarlac owned by the President's family.

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