‘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."

State workers defend SC vs Aquino

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 05:00 p.m.

GOVERNMENT workers came on Friday to defense of the Supreme Court (SC) against the tirades of President Benigno Aquino III over the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

In a statement, the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage) said it is saddening to see the President, who was mandated to defend the Constitution, being the number one backer of its violators after DAP was ruled as being unconstitutional by the SC.

Lung Center owns up to DAP-funded stem cell research

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 04:49 p.m.

THE Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) admitted on Friday to getting funding from the controversial Disbursement Accelerated Program (DAP) amounting to P105 million, part of which was used for stem cell research.

In a statement, LCP executive director Dr. Jose Luis Danguilan said the P70 million of the amount allocated by the Department of Health (DOH) in 2012 was allotted to the Bioregenerative Program of the hospital.

Save the Children vows to provide assistance to ‘Glenda’ survivors

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:36 p.m.

ABOUT 200,000 children are feared to have been affected by Typhoon Glenda, which battered the areas of Metro Manila, Bicol and adjacent regions on Wednesday, causing massive power cut and disruption of classes in the affected areas. So far, at least 20 people have been reported killed in the first major typhoon to strike the nation this year.

PCP questions use of DAP funds in stem cell research

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 04:57 p.m.

THE Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) is questioning the use of about P70 million sourced from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in funding the research of stem cell treatment.

Dr. Anthony Leachon, PCP president, said it is questionable why the government would put premium in giving allocation to a scientific research instead of something more useful to the public.

Glenda death toll rises to 20

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 01:12 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) roared through the Philippines, killing at least 20 people, knocking out power in many areas and damaging a parked jetliner, but the country's sprawling capital was largely spared when the storm's fierce winds shifted direction, officials said.

Glenda's winds of 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 185 kph (115 mph) brought down trees and electric posts and ripped off roofs across Manila, the capital of 12 million people, shutting government offices and schools.

Aquino urged to respect SC’s decision on DAP

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 06:07 p.m.

A LAWMAKER urged President Benigno Aquino III to stop issuing irresponsible statement following his two separate speeches indirectly threatening the magistrates of the Supreme Court on the matter of declaring the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

Leyte Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said that Aquino should refrain from issuing critical words that can create a possible clash between the executive and judiciary branches.

POEA bans new OFWs to Kenya

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 05:04 p.m.

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has imposed a temporary deployment ban to Kenya covering newly hired overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Based on POEA Governing Board Resolution 16-2014, newly hired OFWs bound for Kenya will not be allowed to leave the country for the moment until the improvement of the political and security situation there.

DOH sets upgrade for PCMC

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 04:43 p.m.

INSTEAD of eviction, the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC) is now set to get an upgrade, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that the ball is already rolling for the modernization of the Quezon City-based PCMC.

Senator bats for modernization of Pagasa

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 07:19 p.m.

SENATOR JV Ejercito is seeking to modernize the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) so that the agency can provide the most accurate and updated data to help the public prepare for natural disasters.

In his Pagasa modernization bill, Senate Bill 842, Ejercito is pushing for the agency to acquire state-of-the-art weather and geophysical equipment and facilities.

Lawmaker wants SC ‘pork’ abolished

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 05:51 p.m.

A LAWMAKER filed Monday a bill seeking to abolish the Judicial Development Fund (JDF) or the so-called pork barrel fund of the Supreme Court.

Citing alleged irregularities in the use of the multi-billion peso fund, Tupas filed House Bill 4738 seeking to repeal Presidential Decree (PD) 1949.

DFA urges outbound Pinoys to register as OAVs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 03:45 p.m.

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) urged Tuesday Filipinos headed outside the country to already register as overseas absentee voters (OAV) even before going abroad.

In a statement, the DFA said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), immigrants, seafarers, dual citizens and students studying abroad already set to leave can register as OAV at the newly launched Overseas Voter Registration Center (OVRC) in the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) Macapagal Avenue, ASEANA Business Park.

DOH admits getting P3.4B DAP funds

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 02:47 p.m.

A TOTAL of P3.392 billion in funds was received by the Department of Health (DOH) sourced from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) from the period of 2011 to 2012.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said the agency had received the said amount and it has been vital in the implementation of their numerous programs.

Senators to Palace: Explain where DAP went

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 08:22 p.m.

NO WAY that President Benigno Aquino III will say sorry in connection with the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), an administration ally said on Monday.

Senator Francis Escudero said the Chief Executive maintained he did not steal anything from the people and DAP has been used for the benefit of the Filipino people.

Bill seeks to exempt poor families from real estate tax

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 06:31 p.m.

A MEASURE seeking the exemption of less fortunate families from paying real estate taxes has been filed in the House of Representatives.

House Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao said there is need to further protect poor families from losing their homes for the reason of non-payment of real estate taxes.

Firm recalls IV for heart ailments

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 06:16 p.m.

SEVERAL batches of Dobutamine (as Hydrochloride) 12.5 mg/mL (250 mg/20mL) Solution for Injection (Dobulon) are now being recalled by its local distributor, I.E. Medica Inc.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a voluntary recall has been made by the Mandaluyong-based company covering Batch Numbers DBI1301BC, DBI1302BC AND DBI1303BC (DRP-3997) changes in their appearances were noticed.

Ex-DOJ chief stays on as university prexy

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 06:21 p.m.

FORMER Justice secretary Artemio Tuquero has remained president of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) after a Manila judge issued a three-day stay order against a board resolution removing him from his post for academic deficiency.

The 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) First Vice Executive Judge Reynaldo Alhambra is good until Monday but a hearing will be conducted on the same day to determine if it will be extended to 20 days.

PNP to beef up Makati police

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 06:08 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will allocate 346 rookie police officers and four non-uniformed personnel (NUP) to the Makati City Police to further enhance its operational capability following the occurrence of several untoward incidents in the country's financial center.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said Friday that at present, only 665 personnel are assigned to ensure the peace and order in an area with a current population of 529,039.

Enrile undergoes 4th eye check-up

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 05:21 p.m.

DETAINED Senator Juan Ponce Enrile had his fourth eye check-up on Sunday following his confinement at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital in Quezon City for plunder and graft charges in relation to the pork barrel scam.

Escorted by members of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Enrile left for the Asian Eye Institute in Rockwell in Makati City around 8:30 a.m. for the treatment of his macular degeneration in the left eye.

Bill seeks profit sharing of companies to benefit daily wage earners

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 05:05 p.m.

A PARTY-LIST lawmaker proposed Saturday that all business establishments should institutionalize profit sharing so the economic improvement will trickle down to daily wage earners.

Buhay Party-list Representative Lito Atienza said his proposed profit-sharing program would be derived from the net profit made by all companies, rather than increasing the minimum daily wage, which may not be feasible at this time.

Senator bats for nutrition labeling to promote healthier lifestyle

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 07:05 p.m.

TO ENCOURAGE and build a healthier lifestyle, Senator Cynthia Villar pushed Friday for a law that will improve consumer understanding of food products through nutrition labeling.

Senate Bill 146 or the Philippine Nutrition Labeling Act mandates an easy to read and eye-catching label statement on the commodity that bears its nutritional content that is separate from the label identifying the commodity and the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packager, or distributor.

Senator pushes for higher pay for night shift workers

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 06:51 p.m.

SENATOR Jinggoy Estrada is seeking to increase the rate of differential pay for night shift workers from 10 to 15 percent.

Estrada filed Senate Bill 2298 or the proposed "Night Workers Additional Compensation Act."

Senator bats for Bus Rapid Transit System to solve traffic woes

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 06:46 p.m.

SENATOR Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV expressed support behind the planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Cebu, saying it will serve as an "efficient, safe and modern transport model" that can help address the growing traffic problem in Cebu.

"Aside from helping modernize and industrialize the transport system, the BRT will also open employment and other livelihood opportunities for Cebuanos," said Aquino, chairperson of the Senate committee on trade, commerce and entrepreneurship.

DepEd boosts private partnership, turns over classrooms in Taguig

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 05:30 p.m.

IN PARTNERSHIP with PhilAm Foundation through its PhilAm Paaralan Project, the Department of Education (DepEd) handed over three classrooms with complete facilities at Taguig National High school last Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

FDA warns use of ‘Power Drops’

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 04:20 p.m.

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned on Wednesday the public against the use of an unregistered product named "Power Drops".

Based on FDA Advisory 2014-053-A, the public should avoid using the said product since it could pose threats to one's health.

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