Mercado: Binay owns 6 condo units in Makati

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 04:17 p.m.

MANILA -- Sixty to seventy percent of condominiums in Makati City have no choice but to deal with the Binay administration in order to be able to conduct their business smoothly, said former vice mayor Ernesto Mercado on Tuesday.

House panel okays Aquino emergency powers

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 03:19 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The House of Representatives committee on energy approved Tuesday the measure giving President Benigno Aquino III special powers to address the projected power shortage in Luzon next year.

Cybersex operator nabbed

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:46 p.m.

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Friday a man whom they described a "demon" for preying on female minors for his cybersex business, a police official said on Monday.

CIDG director Benjamin Magalong said Jerrie Arraz was arrested during a raid in a rented hotel room in Pasay City.

NCRPO on heightened alert ahead of Christmas holiday

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

ALL police units in Metro Manila have been placed on heightened alert beginning Monday in anticipation of a rise in crime this Yuletide season.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Superintendent Carmelo Valmoria ordered the deployment of more police personnel in public places such as malls, shopping complexes, parks, transport terminals, and air and seaports.

COA links 2 town mayors to Napoles NGOs

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 08:11 p.m.

STATE auditors linked two local chief executives to non-government organizations formed by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

In a belated annual audit report released by the Commission on Audit (COA), it questioned the "propriety and validity" of the P30-million financial assistance granted by Javier, Leyte Mayor Leonardo "Sandy" Javier to questionable non-government organizations (NGO) linked to Napoles, the so-called mastermind in the pork barrel scam.

Comelec urges Congress to pass law on presidential debate

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 05:30 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is hoping that legislators will deliberate on the proposed law that would require presidential candidates to face off in a debate.

“Urgent na ngayon to pass this law dahil malapit na ang 2016 (presidential elections). We may need about a one-year period to prepare the groundwork for these debates,” said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.

13th month, other benefits for state employees ready

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 05:25 p.m.

ALL 1.6 million government employees and officers will get the remaining half of their 13th month pay and cash gift starting this week, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Sunday.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said government employees have been working quietly and without fanfare for the good of the nation.

Peacekeeper to return to Caballo Island

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 05:22 p.m.

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Sunday that the Filipino peacekeeper who tested positive for malaria will return to Caballo Island to continue the 21-day quarantine as precautionary measure against the Ebola virus.

Tubbataha, Mt. Hamiguitan in Asean heritage parks list

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 02:05 p.m.

MANILA -- Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS) and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) in the Philippines were added to the prestigious list of Southeast Asia’s most treasured parks.

Bill proposes six-year term for elected barangay officials

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 03:54 p.m.

A BILL seeking a six-year term for elected Barangay officials has been filed in the House of Representatives.

Bulacan Representative Joselito Mendoza said that House Bill 5073 aims to amend the present three-year term for barangay officials to six years.

Farm workers remind Aquino of Luisita massacre

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 03:45 p.m.

A DECADE since the so-called Hacienda Luisita massacre, farm-workers of the Tarlac estate continue to cry for justice, saying the family of President Benigno Aquino III is continuously able to evade accountability for the massacre.

In a statement, the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) said their cry in 2004 continues to this day as the Cojuangco family, led by Aquino, still refuse to implement genuine land reform in the hacienda.

DOH suspends anti-dengue drug study

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 03:30 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) announced Saturday the suspension of the program on the study of a dengue treatment drug, called ACTRX TRIACT.

In a statement, the DOH said it has decided to suspend the national program just this Friday in order to give way for an evaluation of the study by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

DOH: Pinoy peacekeeper negative for Ebola

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 02:37 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday that the quarantined Filipino peacekeeper who had fever and chills after returning to the Philippines from Liberia has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

DOH acting Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin in a press briefing Saturday said the peacekeeper, whose identity is yet to be determined, tested negative for Ebola but tested positive for malaria.

Pinoy peacekeeper now stable

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

MANILA -- The Filipino peacekeeper who arrived home from Liberia and was isolated for fever on Friday is now in stable condition and is resting at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), television reports said.

The peacekeeper, along with 132 others, arrived home Thursday from Ebola-hit Liberia and was brought to Caballo Island for quarantine. He was rushed, though, to the RITM in Muntinlupa City on Friday after he developed fever.

Palace: Drilon’s appearance at Senate inquiry a good example

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 07:33 p.m.

MALACANANG hailed Friday Senate President Franklin Drilon's appearance at the Senate investigation on the alleged overpriced Iloilo Convention Center (ICC), saying he set a good example.

"Certainly that was a good example for Senate President Frank Drilon," said Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda in a news briefing.

Bill prohibits labor-contracting scheme

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 03:49 p.m.

ANAK Pawis party-list Representative Fernando Hicap filed a bill seeking to prohibit the present labor-contracting scheme being employed by local and foreign-owned companies in the country.

Under Hicap's House Bill 5140, any stipulation in any written or oral contract of employment for a definite or fixed period designed subvert the provision of the proposed act shall be declare null and void.

Poe selected as 3rd Filipino Lee Kuan Yew Fellow

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 03:36 p.m.

SENATOR Grace Poe visited Singapore from November 2 to 10 as the 3rd Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow (LYKEF) from the country and 46th worldwide.

Poe expressed her gratitude as she has been invited in the program, from which outstanding individuals for high-level exchange visits to Singapore.

Villar urges OFWs to be engaged in agribusiness

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 02:13 p.m.

SENATOR Cynthia Villar urged Friday overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to engage in entrepreneurial activity, particularly in agribusiness, which would spur economic growth and employment in the country.

Villar, chairperson of Senate committee on agriculture and food, said the OFWs can engage themselves in agribusiness especially those who want to stay in the country for good and choose to start their own business.

Salmonella contamination spurs peanut butter recall

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 01:45 p.m.

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the recall of several batches of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butter products over possible contamination from Salmonella.

Based on FDA Advisory 2014-079, specific batches of Arrowhead Mills Creamy Organic Peanut Butter (16oz.) and Arrowhead Mills Crunchy Organic Peanut Butter (16oz.) are being recalled by its distributors One Stop Distribution Inc. and Healthy Options Corporation.

DOH: Quarantined Pinoy peacekeeper has fever

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 01:34 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) announced Friday that one of the 133 Filipino peacekeepers that recently returned home from Ebola-hit Liberia has developed fever while quarantined at Caballo Island.

Election watchdog thumbs down new voting technologies

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 05:34 p.m.

AN ELECTION watchdog opposes a plan of Commission on Elections (Comelec) to pilot test new voting technologies, particularly the use of the touch-screen technology called Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) and the Internet voting for overseas voters in the 2016 polls.

Gus Lagman, co-convenor of Automated Election System (AES) Watch, said they are not supporting the decision of the Comelec, noting that both are non-transparent voting technologies.

Lawmaker urges House to probe tobacco smuggling

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 05:15 p.m.

A PARTY-LIST lawmaker urged Wednesday members of the House of Representative to conduct an inquiry on the alleged smuggling of tobacco products into the country.

AAMBIS-Owa Party-list Representative Sharon Garin said that the government has been losing some P15.6 billion pesos in revenue annually in the illegal smuggling operations of tobacco products.

Binay apologizes for canceling debate

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 04:52 p.m.

MANILA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay apologized to broadcasters on Thursday for not keeping his word to face Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a debate he himself had proposed.

In a speech over lunch with officials of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) in Tagaytay City, Binay said he was sorry for backing out of the debate in the middle of the group's preparations.

Drilon: Iloilo project not overpriced

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 03:13 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Senate President Franklin Drilon denied Thursday that the P700-million Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) in Iloilo City is overpriced as alleged by former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada.

Pinoy peacekeepers from Ebola-hit Liberia arrive home

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 09:10 p.m.

MANILA -- More than 130 Filipino soldiers and police returned from peacekeeping duties in Liberia on Wednesday and immediately headed to an island quarantine as a precaution against the Ebola virus.

Aquino reaffirms plan to rebid CALAX

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 06:36 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has remained firm on the planned rebidding of the multibillion-peso Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project despite negative reactions from the business sector.

"We are obligated to get the best deal for our people," the President said on Tuesday during an interview with the Philippine media delegation at the Philippine Embassy in China where he attended the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

300 Pinoy nurses, caregivers Japan-bound

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 04:41 p.m.

NOTWITHSTANDING the ruling on the legality of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) that is expected in the coming weeks, over 300 Filipino nurses and caregivers are bound for Japan in an attempt at gaining employment.

In a statement, the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines said that a total of 306 Filipino candidates shall comprise the 7th Batch of Candidate Nurses and Caregivers to Japan under the JPEPA.

Bill seeks protection of children in future disasters

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 02:28 p.m.

SENATOR Teofisto Guingona III filed Wednesday a bill seeking to provide better protection for millions of children in the country that will be affected by future disasters.

"Children are among the worst affected and most vulnerable during disasters worldwide," Guingona said.

Senate to tackle P43-B errata in 2015 Budget

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 05:27 p.m.

SENATOR Francis Escudero asked Tuesday the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to justify its last-minute changes to the 2015 National Budget that increased the proposed P2.06 trillion budget by as much as P43.64 billion.

Escudero, who chairs the Senate finance committee, said he will seek from the DBM and each government agency receiving additional funds the "specific details as to why and where and when corrections were made."

Purisima denies owning Batangas property

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 02:36 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima denied owning an "undeclared" 9.5-hectare property in Talisay, Batangas, police spokesperson said Tuesday.

In a media briefing, PNP Public Information chief Wilben Mayor said he personally talked to PNP chief Monday night and Purisima said that he "has no knowledge about the acquisition or disposition of such property."

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