Typhoon 'Luis' threatens Cagayan-Isabela

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 01:26 p.m.

MANILA -- Tyhoon "Luis" has gained strength and is expected to make landfall over Cagayan-Isabela area on Sunday, the state weather bureau reported.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) hoisted public storm warning signal number 3 over Cagayan, including Babuyan and Calayan group of Island, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Isabela, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Ifugao, Northern Aurora and Quirino.

LGUs told: Require businesses to install CCTVs

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 01:03 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the executives of the cities and capital towns all throughout the country to pass an ordinance requiring the installation of close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in business establishments to deter crimes.

Signal no. 2 up in Isabela, Cagayan

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:52 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Two areas in Northern Luzon are under public storm warning signal no. 2 as Tropical Storm "Luis" (international name: Kalmaegi) intensified further and accelerated as it continues to move towards Cagayan-Isabela area, the state weather bureau said on Saturday.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in its latest bulletin said Isabela and Cagayan will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas.

Senator bats for significant budget raise for Las Pinas wetlands

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 03:58 p.m.

SENATOR Cynthia Villar has pushed to increase the proposed budget for the development of the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA), a wetland situated in the Manila Bay recognized by the Ramsar Convention as one of the world's most important.

Villar, after learning that the proposed P20.849 billion budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) only includes a P2.2 million budget for LPPCHEA, lamented that the department is in effect making the protection of the habitat a non-priority.

Aquino renews gov'ts commitment to improve MRT system

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 03:53 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III renewed on Friday the commitment of the government to improve the services of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3).

He said the government's programs aimed at improving the MRT system is now in ongoing.

Build restrooms for tourists, gov’t urged

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 03:38 p.m.

SENATOR Ralph Recto is urging the National Government to earmark part of its P3.6 billion annual travel tax collection for the building of roadside rest rooms for local and foreign tourists bound for the "sun, sea, sand, shopping" destinations in the country.

Recto made the recommendation to Tourism officials Thursday during the Senate hearing on the proposed 2015 budget of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

‘Luis’ intensifies, moves west northwest

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

MANILA -- Tropical Storm Luis (Kalmaegi) slightly intensified Friday evening while moving west northwest, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

It was located at 560 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 10 p.m., packing maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, Pagasa said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.

Jealous husband kills wife in Bukidnon

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:13 p.m.

A 48-year-old woman was killed by her husband in Bukidnon on Wednesday afternoon out of jealousy, police reports said.

Teburcio Paler, 52, hacked dead his wife, Lolita, at their residence in Barangay Osmena, Dangcangan, Bukidnon.

Bill filed extending barangay officials’ term to 6 years

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

SENATOR Teofisto "TG" Guingona III is pushing for the passage of the bill that aims to extend the term of barangay officials from the current three years to six years.

Senate Bill 2390, or the "An Act Extending the Term of Barangay Officials to Six Years," has been filed to help barangay officials to implement and sustain the projects they have for their respective barangays.

China issues travel warning for Philippines

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 05:41 p.m.

MANILA -- China warned its citizens on Friday not to travel to the Philippines after a Chinese teenager who worked in a family-run store was kidnapped.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said it was worried because of plots confirmed by the police in the Philippines that criminal groups planned to attack the Chinese embassy, Chinese companies and public venues such as malls.

DOH: 30% of target children vaccinated

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 03:00 p.m.

AN ESTIMATED 30 percent of the 13 million children targeted for the mass measles, rubella, and polio vaccination drive have already been reached by the Department of Health (DOH) in just the first two weeks of the campaign.

In an interview at the sidelines of the mass vaccination ceremonies in Malabon City, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that the estimated coverage is already at 30 percent.

NCRPO chief visits La Loma police precinct

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 07:45 p.m.

NATIONAL Capitol Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Carmelo Valmoria visited Thursday the La Loma police station to give its remaining cops a "tap on the shoulder" amid the involvement of some of its personnel in a robbery and abduction incident along Edsa last September 1.

At least 10 La Loma cops were allegedly involved in the abduction and extortion of two men on the southbound lane of the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) in Barangay Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City.

DPWH seeks Estrada's nod to abolish Anda circle

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 07:10 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was just awaiting the approval of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada before it proceeds for the removal of a historical site near Manila port to minimize traffic congestion in the area.

In a statement, DPWH said its National Capital Region office has sought the concurrence of the City of Manila and the National Historical Commission (NHC) before it abolished the rotunda along Bonifacio Drive.

Emergency power eyed to lift Manila truck ban

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 07:02 p.m.

METRO Manila lawmakers mull granting emergency powers to President Benigno Aquino III to lift the controversial truck ban in Manila.

Quezon City Representative Winston Castelo, chairperson of the House committee on Metro Manila Development, during the inquiry on port congestion, said that Congress is willing to give the Chief Executive an emergency power to void Manila's truck ban ordinance.

PNP deploys additional 300 cops in Metro streets

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 04:02 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to deploy additional 300 cops in Metro Manila to enhance the police visibility on the streets, particularly in crime-prone areas, an official said Thursday.

PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said they are already finalizing the hiring of 300 security guards from a security agency to replace the police personnel deployed in the main entrances and areas at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

PNP deploys additional 300 cops in Metro streets

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 04:02 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to deploy additional 300 cops in Metro Manila to enhance the police visibility on the streets, particularly in crime-prone areas, an official said Thursday.

PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said they are already finalizing the hiring of 300 security guards from a security agency to replace the police personnel deployed in the main entrances and areas at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized US airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.

Cop in viral Edsa incident has previous criminal record

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 08:05 p.m.

THE chief of the Eastern Police District (EPD) said on Wednesday that one of the policemen linked to the alleged kidnap-extortion incident along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Mandaluyong City last week has previous criminal record.

In a hearing of the House committee on public order and safety, Chief Superintendent Abelardo Villarcorta, EPD director, said that one of the suspects was involved in a kidnapping case involving P12 million ransom.

Gov’t to spend P92B for 25M public school students

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 07:50 p.m.

GOVERNMENT will be spending P92.3 billion next year to hire more teachers, build classrooms, close logistical gaps and meet the growing needs of 25 million public school students.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto described the proposed outlay as “unprecedented” both in money involved and expected outcomes.

Follow Lacson’s footsteps, PNP urged

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 06:08 p.m.

(UPDATED) A lawmaker urged on Wednesday the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to emulate the leadership style of former PNP chief and now rehabilitation czar Secretary Panfilo Lacson.

Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian said Lacson's style when he was head of the national police force during the Estrada administration is much need right now since several organized crime groups are reportedly being operated by "corrupt men in uniform."

Cop in Edsa highway robbery surrenders

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 05:21 p.m.

A POLICEMAN tagged in the robbery-abduction incident along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) surrendered to authorities early Wednesday.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) spokesperson Maricar Taqueban said Senior Inspector Allan Emlano surrendered to the La Loma police station around 2 a.m.

Dengue cases in Metro Manila down by 75%

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 03:08 p.m.

FROM being the main source of dengue in the country, the National Capital Region (NCR) continues in its bid to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease after it recorded a 75 percent decrease in cases.

According to the Department of Health (DOH)–NCR, data from the NCR Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit showed that from January 1 to August 30, there are only a total of 3,098 dengue cases reported in Metro Manila.

Aquino urges Congress to swiftly pass Bangsamoro bill

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 02:32 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III asked Congress on Wednesday to immediately pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The Chief Executive made the appeal after he formally submitted to Congress the 122-page draft BBL in a ceremony in Malacañang.

Santiago seeks probe of Hilmarc's involvement in DAP funded projects

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 09:13 p.m.

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago wants to investigate the alleged anomalous involvement of controversial construction firm Hilmarc’s Construction Corp. in building the Iloilo Convention Center, which was reportedly funded through pork barrel and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds.

Hilmarc’s is the contractor of the allegedly overpriced Makati parking building 2 presently under investigation by the Senate Blue Ribbon committee.

Escudero warns Customs over auction of smuggled goods

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 09:05 p.m.

SENATOR Francis Escudero warned Tuesday that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) against auctioning off confiscated smuggled goods in the country, considering the local producers and prices in the market.

Escudero told the agency in a Senate budget hearing that they have to reconsider auctioning the illegal without getting into any settlement with third parties claiming stakes.

Bill bans child passengers on motorcycles

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 08:51 p.m.

THE Senate committee on public services tackled Tuesday a consolidated bills, which seeks age restriction for passengers on motorcycle.

Senate Bill (SB) 4 filed by Senator Vicente Sotto III seeks to prohibit children 12 years old and below from riding as passengers on a motorcycle.

Lawmaker: Impeaching Binay a waste of time

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 07:08 p.m.

AN ADMINISTRATION lawmaker said Vice President Jejomar Binay may not be impeached over allegations of graft in connection with the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall building 2 since he was not an impeachable officer when the alleged illegal act was committed.

Iloilo City Representative Jerry Trenas said Binay was mayor of the country's financial district when the alleged overpriced building was constructed.

Police exec sacked over Edsa gun-poking incident

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 04:20 p.m.

MANILA -- The station commander of Quezon City Police District's (QCPD) station 1 in La Loma has, Quezon City, has been relieved from his post after eight of his men were involved in a robbery and abduction incident at the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) in Mandaluyong City.

Visayas lawmakers back Belmonte’s economic Cha-cha

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 02:59 p.m.

LAWMAKERS under the Visayas bloc in the House of Representatives have thrown their support solidly behind the Charter change (Cha-Cha) proposal of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Negros Occidental Representative Alfredo Benitez said that all the 34 lawmakers from the Visayas region support Belmonte's Resolution of Both Houses 1, which seeks to insert the phrase "unless otherwise amended by law" in certain articles of the Constitution.

POEA: 1,600 workers sought for South Korea jobs

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 02:30 p.m.

ONE thousand six hundred workers are being sought by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for potential jobs to South Korea as part of the 2014 Employment Permit System (EPS) Roster of the country.

In an announcement posted on its Twitter account, the POEA said 1,600 jobseekers to complete the quota of the Philippines for the 2014 EPS Roster.

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