Santiago pushes for motion for reconsideration on RH law

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 03:52 p.m.

EXPRESSING hope that justices will consider their ruling on the controversial reproductive health (RH) law, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago urged pro-RH groups to file a Motion for Reconsideration from the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the law but striking down eight provisions.

Aquino: 25% of steel products in market substandard, smuggled

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 02:20 p.m.

AROUND 25 percent of imported and locally manufactured steel products sold in the country are either mislabeled or substandard.

This was revealed by industry stakeholders during the hearing of the Senate committee on trade, commerce and entrepreneurship chaired by Senator Bam Aquino.

Search for kidnapped Filipina, Chinese intensified

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:49 p.m.

THE police and military have doubled their effort by deploying more troops in the possible passages of the group that abducted a Filipino and Chinese nationals at a resort in Malaysia last Thursday.

In a telephone interview, Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., commander of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Kidnapping Task Force in Sulu, said they augmented their troops by deploying 88 policemen from the Public Safety Battalion of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm), in the towns of Indanan, Patikul and Jolo.

Over 5,000 PH, US troops to join Balikatan 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:15 p.m.

A TOTAL of 5,500 Filipino and American troops will participate in this year's 15-day Balikatan military exercises, a military official said.

In a media briefing, Balikatan exercises spokesperson Lieutenant Annalea Cazcarro said around 2,500 American soldiers and 3,000 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will participate in the said annual activity, which aims to enhance the ability to work together of the United States (US) and Philippine military troops.

Police: Parents of kids found with Italian national might be charged

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:05 p.m.

THE parents of the three male minors found in the custody of the Italian national might also face charges following the arrest of the foreigner, police official said.

In a phone interview, Laguna police director Senior Superintendent Romulo Sapitula said they are now looking at the possibility that the parents of the three children have allowed them to go with the foreigner.

Lawmaker wants Arroyo stem cell doctor arrested

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 07:51 p.m.

A HOUSE member is urging law enforcement agents to arrest the alternative medicine doctor of Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in connection with the death of an Ateneo de Manila scholar last year.

OFW Family party-list Representative Roy Seneres said the Philippine National Police (PNP) can now arrest Antonia Park if found to be practicing medicine without any license.

Trillanes urges gov’t to pay arrears of veterans benefits

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 06:15 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday called for the immediate passage of Senate Bill (SB) 166 or "An act providing for the payment of arrears in the veteran's pensions and benefits."

In a hearing conducted by the Senate committee on national defense and security, Trillanes said that RA 7696 was enacted in recognition of the relevant role Filipino war veterans and military retirees played in protecting the country.

Bill seeks to counter decline of PH movie, music industry

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 05:40 p.m.

TWO senators have expressed belief that government should push for growth in film tourism to showcase the Philippines' sights and culture.

Senators Grace Poe and Juan Edgardo Angara said that it is high time the country gives importance to its own talents both in the film and music industry.

DOH: Let’s move on from RH row

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 05:13 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is calling on all stakeholders in the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law to move on now that the Supreme Court (SC) has already settled the dispute on its legality.

A DOH official said that it will be for the best if those pushing for it and opposing it will stop arguing and instead focus on preventing maternal mortality in the country.

Estrada appeals plunder case before Ombudsman

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

SENATOR Jinggoy Estrada on Tuesday filed a motion for reconsideration before the Office of the Ombudsman over his alleged participation in the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

In his motion, the senator said that there is no proof that he received and amassed even a single centavo out of his PDAF allocation.

Briton arrested for molesting 3 minor girls in Cebu

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:24 p.m.

A BRITISH national was arrested by the authorities on Monday on charges of molesting three minor girls in Carcar City in Cebu.

In a phone interview, Central Visayas police director Chief Superintendent Danilo Constantino identified the suspect as Stanley James Lamb, 73, a British national who lives in the city.

Ladao is new head of Task Force Tugis

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:15 p.m.

A FORMER Philippine National Police (PNP) chief in Central Luzon is the newly appointed head of Task Force Tugis, the team tasked to arrest high-profile fugitives in the country.

Tagged as the PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima's "personal choice," former Central Luzon police head Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao has been assigned as the new task force director after its controversial head, Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa, was re-assigned as the Deputy Regional Director for Operations (DRDO) in Central Visayas.

P118M worth of shabu seized from 2 Filipino-Chinese men

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

TWO Filipino-Chinese men were arrested in Manila on Tuesday afternoon while carrying suitcases containing 10 kilos of suspected shabu worth P118 million.

Manila Police District (MPD) Station 11 chief Superintendent Raymund Liguden, in a phone interview, said the two male Filipino-Chinese national after receiving reports that the they were smoking suspected marijuana while waiting for someone near 168 mall in Divisoria, Manila.

De Castro denies special treatment for Delfin Lee’s firm

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 07:22 p.m.

FORMER Vice President Noli de Castro said Tuesday that "no special treatment" was given to Globe Asiatique (GA) Realty Holdings Corp., a company owned by detained businessman Delfin Lee.

But De Castro admitted during a hearing of Senate committee on urban planning, housing and resettlements that Lee's project in Pampanga was a "special project" thus the firm was given an additional P5-billion in financing from Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-Ibig fund) in 2009.

Napoles to undergo biopsy despite high sugar level

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 06:52 p.m.

THE alleged mastermind of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam Janet Lim-Napoles on Tuesday signed a waiver to have an endometrial biopsy examination.

Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) director Dr. Ishmael Peralta said the waiver would allow Napoles' doctor to conduct a biopsy procedure on her even though her blood sugar is on a high level.

Aquino urged to fast track various PPP projects

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 05:22 p.m.

AN ADMINISTRATION lawmaker on Tuesday urged President Benigno Aquino III to speed-up the execution of various public-private partnership (PPP) projects, after a recent study done by a prominent international firm noted the lack of adequate transport infrastructure in the country,

Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian said the government should continue the momentum by fast-tracking the PPPs without sacrificing fair play and government protection.

'Domeng' changes course

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 03:57 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Tropical Depression Domeng (international name: Peipah) has changed its course to northwest as it continues to move slowly, the country's weather agency said.

Pagasa said that as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Domeng was located at 550 kilometers (km) east of Davao City. It was forecast to move northwest at 5 kilometers per hour (kph).

Italian arrested for child trafficking

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 11:50 p.m.

AN ITALIAN national was nabbed by authorities in a resort in Laguna on Sunday allegedly for child trafficking, a police official said Monday.

In a media briefing, Binan City Police Station officer in charge Superintendent Noel Alino said the foreigner was arrested by the tourist police assigned in Splash Island Resort after receiving reports from concerned citizens that he brought three male minors to the place without any guardian or even consent from their parents.

Prostitution in Zamboanga evacuation centers, alarms senator

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 08:52 p.m.

SENATOR Nancy Binay on Monday expressed grave concern on the proliferation of prostitution inside the temporary shelter facilities in evacuation centers run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Zamboanga City.

Binay said the present condition of the evacuees is forcing them to resort to prostitution in order to afford their basic needs.

Escudero wants Senate panel to probe MRT extort try

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 08:42 p.m.

SENATOR Francis Escudero on Monday said the Senate Blue Ribbon committee should investigate the alleged attempt by a government official to extort $30 million from a Czech Republic-based firm for the procurement of additional coaches of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3.

The committee on finance chair, however, said that his panel will focus more on the factors causing the delay of the implementation of the project and not on the alleged extortion on train coach supplier, Inekon.

Warning up vs mosquito-borne diseases despite dry season

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 05:52 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Monday warned the public against complacency versus mosquito-borne diseases despite the onset of the summer season.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said the dry season does not necessarily mean that the country is already safe from mosquito-borne diseases.

Bill seeks to increase fines vs colorum PUVs

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 04:08 p.m.

A BILL has been filed in the House of Representatives seeking higher fines and prison terms for operators and owners of "out-of-line" or colorum public utility buses (PUBs) and vehicles (PUVs).

Angkla Party-list Representative Jesulito Manalo said that one of the primary causes of road tragedies is the unabated and blatant operation of colorum vehicles, which are considered as "menaces that further clog the roads."

Aquino fires PNPA, PPSC heads

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 08:26 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has directed the heads of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to leave their posts, a police official said Sunday.

PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Reuben Sindac said Aquino ordered the replacement of PNPA Director Chief Superintendent Noel Constantino and PPSC president Ruben Platon.

Palace welcomes rebels' support for PH stance on sea row

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

MALACAÑANG welcomed on Sunday the statement of the Communist Party of the Philippines-National People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) supporting the country’s claim over the disputed cluster of islands in the West Philippine Sea.

Catholics urged: Pray for SC to declare RH law unconstitutional

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 05:53 p.m.

A CATHOLIC prelate has urged his fellow bishops to ask the faithful to pray for the Supreme Court (SC) to declare the Reproductive Health (RH) law as unconstitutional in its summer session in Baguio City on Tuesday.

"Make it a part of the prayer of the faithful in every mass until the end of the celebration and decision on the RH law," said Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes.

Lawmakers want inquiry into Angat Dam rehabilitation

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 05:10 p.m.

SEVERAL Central Luzon lawmakers are calling for an inquiry into the status of the Angat Dam Rehabilitation Project in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

Bulacan Representative Linabelle Ruth Villarica has filed a resolution seeking for an investigation into the status of the multibillion-peso Angat Dam and Dyke Strengthening Project (ADDSP).

Estrada: ‘I will not evade arrest’

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

BELEAGUERED Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who is currently in the United States, on Friday promised to return to the country even if the Sandiganbayan will issue a warrant of arrest against him.

The Ombudsman earlier recommended the filing of plunder charges against Senators Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. before the Sandiganbayan, over their alleged misuse of pork barrel funds.

PHL refutes China: You started it

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:19 p.m.

AFTER the Philippines' submission of its memorial to the United Nations (UN) Arbitral Tribunal, the word war continues between Manila and Beijing over the territorial dispute in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

This developed after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) refuted the Chinese Foreign Ministry claim that the Philippines is provoking trouble in the region by filing its memorial (written argument) to the UN body.

Bill requires graphic warnings on cigarette packs

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 02:13 p.m.

A MEASURE pushing for the mandatory inclusion of picture-based warnings on all packages of tobacco products to dissuade people from smoking was has been filed in the House of Representatives.

Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas said that House Bill 3715 seeks to promote public awareness on the dangers associated with cigarette smoking and second hand smoke.

Senators urge expansion of ‘pork’ probe

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago proposed the need to investigate other senators mentioned in the affidavits of whistleblowers who earlier said there were other senators who were involved in the pork barrel scam.

The Ombudsman earlier recommended the filing of plunder and graft cases against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. along with alleged pork barrel queen Janet Napoles.

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