Makati mayor snubs Senate probe

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:33 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay, snubbed on Thursday the continuation of the Senate investigation on the alleged irregularities in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2.

Lawmaker: Exclude Palawan from Bangsamoro

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 06:06 p.m.

A LAWMAKER is seeking the removal of Palawan and Puerto Princesa City from the target territories to be included in proposed Bangsamoro region.

Palawan Representative Frederick Abueg said majority of his constituents oppose the inclusion of their province and Puerto Princesa City in the proposed autonomous entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).

Coordinated effort vs climate change urged

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 04:57 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III called for a global coordinated effort to address climate change noting that with the changing climate, both big and small nations become vulnerable to its ill effects.

"The choice before us, then, is clear: Together we must face these challenges and surmount them, or together we will suffer the consequences of inaction," the President said in his speech at the United Nations Climate Change Summit on Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York.

4,000 PHL, US troops to join in Amphibious Landing Exercise

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 04:29 p.m.

AROUND 4,000 Filipino and American troops will be participating in this year's Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (Phiblex).

The activity will be held from September 29 to October 10 in naval camps in Palawan and Luzon.

FDA probes cancer cure claims of Tian Xian products

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 02:51 p.m.

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now probing the "false, deceptive, and misleading" claims being made by those behind Tian Xian Liquid and Tian Xian Capsules, which are being marketed as capable of curing all types of cancer.

According to FDA Advisory 2014-070, an investigation is already being made regarding the newspaper advertisement and at and concerning the products of Green & Gold International Exports.

Bangsamoro a ‘photocopy’ of PHL gov’t

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

THE Bangsamoro government would be a replica of the Philippine Government, the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) said on Tuesday.

BTC chairman Mohaguer Iqbal said their plan regarding the Bangsamoro is a "photocopy" of the Philippine government.

Revilla holds blood donation activity inside police camp

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 09:20 p.m.

A BLOODLETTING activity sponsored by detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla was held on Tuesday at the Philippine National Police (PNP) in time for the 48th birthday of the actor-politician.

The senator's family and friends attended the event, which took place at the PNP multi-purpose hall in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

PNP defends chief Purisima

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 07:43 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) defended Director General Alan Purisima against the plunder and direct bribery charges he is facing in relation to his alleged ill-gotten wealth and multi-million peso worth of properties in Nueva Ecija and Dasmarinas in Cavite.

PNP Public Information chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said the accusation of Coalition of Filipino Consumers who filed plunder, indirect bribery and graft charges against Purisima was a clear view of denouncing the PNP chief as well as the rest of the national police agency.

Aquino: Dictatorship can’t solve country’s problems

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 06:33 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has said that dictatorship is not the solution to address the country's problems.

The Chief Executive made the statement in response to an Indonesian student, who asked him about his views on authoritarianism during a discussion with students of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Marcos to study further BBL draft

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 06:23 p.m.

SENATOR Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said Tuesday that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should be studied further after some questions were raised in the Senate hearing regarding the proposal.

"Most questions that we raised today, the questions brought other questions. But these are normal for this kind of process," said Marcos who chairs the Senate committee on local government.

Sandigan justice fired for Napoles link

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 04:12 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong's two-decade career in the judiciary ended in a sour note on Tuesday after he was fired by the Supreme Court (SC) for his links to alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles.

Ong, 61, was found guilty of gross misconduct, dishonesty and impropriety under the New Code of Judicial Conduct for the Philippine Judiciary.

Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:21 a.m.

WASHINGTON (Updated) — The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven.

DOF urged to present ‘actual data’ on tax exemption

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:16 p.m.

SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara asked on Monday the Department of Finance (DOF) to provide the Senate committee on ways and means the actual data on the tax exemptions.

In a hearing, Angara said the agency should be straightforward in telling the committee if they do not have the data.

Filipino UN peacekeepers return to barracks

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 07:27 p.m.

THREE-hundred twenty eight members of the 7th Philippines Peacekeeping contingent from Golan Heights have returned in the country as their commitment to the international security ended, a military official said Monday.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of the Public Affairs Office Ramon Zagala said the Filipino United Nations peacekeepers arrived in two batches, 244 returned last Friday while 84 returned last Sunday evening.

Cayetano affirms free access of 80,000 students in college

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 03:11 p.m.

SENATE Majority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano expressed his optimism regarding his "Iskolar ng Bayan" bill after the bicameral conference committee approved the proposed measure last Thursday.

UN cites contribution of Pinoy peacekeepers in Golan

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 08:19 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said the United Nations (UN) thanked the Philippines for the contribution of the Filipino peacekeepers to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights.

“The Secretariat of the United Nations presents its compliments to the permanent mission of the Republic of the Philippines in the United Nations and has the honor to refer to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force,” Aquino said, reading the letter sent by UN assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations Edmond Mulet.

Aquino secures $2.3-B worth of investments from Europe

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has secured some $2.3 billion worth of investments following his meetings with top business leaders in Europe, a Malacañang statement said Sunday.

The President said at least 19 companies from Spain, Belgium, France and Germany committed to invest in the Philippines.

Filing of claims deadline extension sought

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 02:42 p.m.

A PARTY-LIST lawmaker has called on Congress to immediately approve a resolution seeking to extend the deadline for filing of claims for victims of human rights during the Marcos regime to accommodate more applications, especially from remote areas.

Under Joint House Resolution 16, Akbayan Representative Barry Gutierrez wanted the deadline set for November 10 to be moved to May 2015.

'Mario' death toll climbs to 7

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Saturday the death toll for Tropical Storm Mario, which ravaged Metro Manila and other nearby provinces, has climbed to seven or five higher than Friday's figures.

NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama said on Saturday the seventh fatality was a 22-year-old male resident of Cubao, Quezon City whose identity was withheld upon request of the family.

‘Mario’ damages P100M worth of roads in 3 regions

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 06:16 p.m.

CLOSE to P100 million worth of roads were damaged in three regions in the country due to the effects of Tropical Storm "Mario", the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Saturday.

Based on the partial report of the DPWH-Bureau of Maintenance, as of 2 p.m. Saturday, a total of P91.10 million worth of roads were damaged by the storm.

Extra benefit for workers on duty despite ‘Mario’

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 05:58 p.m.

WITH workers in the private sector having to brave the torrential rains and flooding on Friday, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is strongly urging their employers to provide them additional benefits.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said it would be a good action on the part of the employer if they will properly acknowledge the efforts of the employees that did not opt to absent themselves from their duties.

Implementation of Luzon Railway System urged

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 05:37 p.m.

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III urged Saturday the government to speed up the implementation of two major railway projects this year – the 900-kilometer (km) Integrated Luzon Railway (ILR) and the 90-km commuter link, also known as the airport express rail.

He said a seamless inter-modal land transportation system is the answer to the worsening traffic congestion in the country, and one that would greatly enhance and improve trade opportunities and investments in Northern Luzon and South of Metro Manila.

3 dead in flooding; thousands displaced

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

MANILA -- Torrential monsoon rains worsened by Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong) flooded large swathes of Metro Manila and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon.

Filipino peacekeepers from Golan arrive home

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:19 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- More than 240 Filipino peacekeepers arrived in Manila on Friday after pulling out two weeks early from a UN mission in the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the border region, the military said Friday.

‘Mario’ slightly weakens

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:51 p.m.

MANILA -- Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong), which brought heavy rains that shut down Manila and other provinces on Friday, has slightly weakened while on its way out of the country.

Mario is packing center winds of 75 kilometers per hour, down from 85 kph in the last few hours, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. bulletin.

Passenger boat runs aground near Cordova Point

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:42 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel are conducting search and rescue operations after a passenger boat ran aground off Cordova Point in Mactan, Cebu, at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Commander Armando Balilo, Coast Guard Public Affairs chief, said that M/B Clarin Cruiser, with 40 passengers and seven crew, was supposedly on its way to Getafe, Bohol, from Cebu City when it partially submerged on waters along Cordova Point.

Tap Malampaya funds for emergency power, gov’t urged

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:32 p.m.

SENATOR Ralph Recto said Friday that P180 billion of unspent royalty payments from Malampaya and other energy projects are an abundant source of funds for projects government may undertake once Congress grants President Benigno Aquino III emergency powers to tackle the looming energy crunch.

"If you read the 2015 budget documents, it says there that there is a balance of P148.8 billion as of December 2013 in government shares from Malampaya and other energy development projects," Recto said.

7 Luzon areas under signal no. 2 due to ‘Mario’

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) - Tropical storm Mario continues to move in a west northwest direction towards northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the center of Tropical Storm Mario was estimated at 424 kilometers (km) east of Baler, Aurora.

15 areas under storm signal as ‘Mario’ approaches

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 06:42 p.m.

MANILA -- Public storm warning signals were hoisted in 15 areas in Luzon as Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) maintained its strength while moving toward the northern part of the country, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

Lawmaker urges Congress to invite experts in BBL discussions

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 06:23 p.m.

A MINORITY lawmaker urged the 75-man ad hoc committee for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to invite the country's leading constitutional experts to ensure that the enabling law for controversial measure will strictly adhere to and conform to the Constitution.

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