Senator asks Makati mayor to keep an open mind

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 08:17 p.m.

MAKATI Mayor Junjun Binay should be open-minded on the looming investigation on alleged overpricing of the 11-storey Makati City Hall II parking building, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said Monday.

Pimentel said he would confine himself to the Senate Resolution 826 filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV last August 11 regarding the matter.

Escudero: Term extension impossible

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 08:11 p.m.

THE amendment of the Constitution to extend the term of any official would not happen, Senator Francis Escudero said Monday.

Escudero said all the declarations, proclamations, and statements were for “positioning” purposes, particularly on the 2016 presidential elections.

Palace: Government working hard to create decent jobs

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 06:30 p.m.

THE Aquino administration has been striving hard to create highly remunerative jobs that will showcase the talents and ingenuity of the Filipino workforce, a Palace official said Monday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. was reacting to latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed an increase in unemployment of Filipinos from 25.7 percent or 11.5 million adults in the first quarter of the year to 25.9 percent or 11.8 million adults in the second quarter.

DOTC officials' accountability over train mishap sought

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 05:44 p.m.

A LAWMAKER believes that Malacañang should hold transport officials accountable following a series of glitches in the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano said it is timely and proper for President Benigno Aquino III to carry out a top-to-bottom reorganization at the MRT, as well as for the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to fix the mess that is plaguing the trains of Line-3.

Philippines urged to step up efforts vs child deaths

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 04:55 p.m.

WITH only 500 days before the deadline for the Millennium Development Goal (MDG), an international non-government organization (NGO) is strongly urging the Philippine government to step up its efforts to address preventable child deaths.

Abu Sayyafs abduct mechanic, kill another

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 06:31 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits abducted a chief mechanic and killed his assistant, who tried to run away, in a heavily secured provincial government compound in Sulu, officials said Sunday.

Palace: Aquino still confident in DOTC chief

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 04:20 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya still enjoys the trust and confidence of President Benigno Aquino III, a Palace official said Sunday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the statement amid calls by some groups to fire Abaya after at least 38 people were injured when a train of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) overshot the railway in Pasay City last August 13.

Recto: No details of completed projects in proposed budget

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 04:17 p.m.

THERE is no document in the proposed budget that shows if indeed the itemized projects in the past year have been completed, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said Sunday.

Recto said that for all the voluminous budget documents that the Palace is sending “by the truckloads” to Congress every year, “they lack one important document: and that is a report if the projects and programs funded by last year’s budget have been implemented.”

SC set to release list of recipients of justices’ SALN

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

By Ruth Abbey Gita

THE Supreme Court (SC) is set to release on Monday the list of people who had been granted access to the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN) of justice.

Video of man with ‘many’ voices goes viral

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 04:54 p.m.

MANILA - A video of a man who can imitate different voices, from fictional characters to some known personalities, has gone viral after it was uploaded in July on video-sharing website, YouTube.

Tricia Lim uploaded the video of Edrian Clemente on July 14 citing Clemente's exceptional talent in emulating different voices.

Bill seeks amendment to Retail Trade Liberalization Act

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 04:29 p.m.

A LAWMAKER filed a bill that will allow 100 percent ownership to foreign capitalists who will engage in retail business in the country.

Isabela Representative Giorgidi Aggabao, author of House Bill 4402, said the bill seeks to address some of the perceived loopholes in the Retail Trade Liberalization Law, particularly in the capital requirement before a foreign entity may wholly own a retail establishment.

Bill seeks higher sanctions on rice and corn hoarders

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 04:03 p.m.

A MEASURE seeking higher penalties for suspected rice or corn holder has been filed in the House of Representatives.

Tarlac Representative Susan Yap said that House Bill 4677 declares rice and corn hoarding and profiteering during calamities or emergencies as economic sabotage.

Lawmaker seeks probe into smuggling of luxury cars in Mindanao

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

A LAWMAKER is urging the House committee on good government and public accountability and the committee on ways and means to conduct a joint investigation into the reported smuggling of brand new luxury vehicles into the country using certain ports of entries in Mindanao.

Misamis Occidental Representative Henry Oaminal said that based on reports from authorities some 34 brand new luxury vehicles were smuggled into the country.

Senate to look into P6.7 B subsidy for MRT

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

THE government is asking for a P6.6 billion subsidy for the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) for next year and the Senate will assess when it hears the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) 2015 budget if the MRT can deliver on the "promissory note" it has attached to its request.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said the requested taxpayer support for the 13-station 17-kilometer line is lodged in two items in the proposed P52.9 billion budget of the DOTC for 2015.

Palace: Aquino's openness on term extension not to escape from DAP cases

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 06:39 p.m.

MALACANANG denied Friday that President Benigno Aquino III is now open to seek for another term in order to escape any prosecution after the Supreme Court declared parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.

"No it's not true. It's far from truth," said Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte in response to a statement by Bayan Muna party-list Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate.

Pacquiao brings tax woes to SC

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 06:01 p.m.

MANILA -- Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee have turned to the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) from enforcing an order for them to post multi-billion peso bond while their tax assessment case is ongoing.

The Pacquiaos asked the SC on July 24 to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the CTA First Division’s July 11 resolution denying their motion for partial reconsideration, which called on the tax court to reduce the bond and extend the deadline for posting the bond.

Phivolcs raises Mayon volcano alert level to 2

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 04:27 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised on Friday the alert level of Mayon volcano from 1 to 2 as the "magma is intruding at depth and that current conditions may eventually lead to a larger eruption."

Cebu cop among Metrobank's 'outstanding police officers'

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 03:22 p.m.

SENIOR Police Officer 1 Reynaldo Granada Solante of the Cebu Provincial Police Office has been selected as one of 10 winners of the Metrobank Foundation Inc.'s (MBFI) Search for the Country's Outstanding Police Officers in Service (Cops).

The winners were presented to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan La Madrid Purisima and other members of the PNP during the flag raising ceremony on August 11.

Militant lawmakers accuse Aquino of evading accountability

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 01:43 p.m.

MILITANT lawmakers have accused President Benigno Aquino III on Friday of planning to evade accountability amid proposals made by some of his allies in the House of Representatives to amend the Constitution to enable the Chief Executive to seek for a second term in office.

Bayan Muna party-list Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate both stressed that Aquino's sudden change of heart for his openness now in the Charter Change (Cha-cha) and term extension is a means to escape accountability from the illegal and unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

PNP deploys additional 1,100 police in Metro streets

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 01:23 p.m.

Earlier, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) deployed 900 newly hired police men, particularly in the areas identified as crime-prone such as those under the jurisdiction of Police Community Precinct (PCP) 10 in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City; PCP 4 in Barangay Tugatog, Malabon City; PCP 4 in North Bay Boulevard South, Navotas City; PCP 3 in Marulas, Valenzuela City; PCP 2 in Sto. Niño, Marikina City; PCP 4 in Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City; PCP 2 in Plainview, Mandaluyong City; PCP 1 in Greenhills, San Juan City; PCP 6 in Barangay Sto.

SolGen joins clamor to reinstate case vs Sulpicio exec

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 12:08 p.m.

MANILA -- The Office of Solicitor General has joined an appeal of the relatives of victims in the 2008 sinking of M/V Princess of the Stars to reverse the Supreme Court (SC) decision that cleared a Sulpicio Lines executive of criminal liability.

Drilon urges DOTC to amend airport maintenance

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon urged on Thursday the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to amend country's airport maintenance, concerning repairs and rehabilitation services.

Drilon said that DOTC would receive in time a P13.3 billion under the proposed 2015 budget costs P2.606- trillion for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meetings next year.

Comelec: Automated election system not ‘perfect’

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

THE Commission on Election (Comelec) said Thursday that automated election system (AES) was not perfect and would never be perfect.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the majority had to understand that the electoral process would always commit such minor errors unintentionally.

Belmonte remains doubtful to calls extending Aquino term

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

HOUSE Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. remained non-committal to the moves by some lawmakers to amend the Constitution to allow President Benigno Aquino III to stay in Malacanang beyond 2016.

Belmonte who is the primary author of the Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 1, which seeks to amend only the economic provisions of the Constitution, said that the House of Representatives may face a very difficult task of lifting the term limits of a sitting president.

AT&T hackers in PHL arrested

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 08:27 p.m.

SIX people were arrested by the anti-cybercrime police for allegedly hacking the system of American telecommunication company AT&T, causing about $24-million loss from the company, a police said Thursday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-cyber Crime Group (ACG) spokesperson Jhoanna Fabro identified the arrested suspects as Rosendo Catungal, Lani Diaz, Rommie Mondido Elmer, Liezel Feolog and Allan Villacrusis.

PNP strengthens fight vs ATM fraud

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 07:55 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Joint Anti-Bank Robbery Action Committee (Jabrac) strengthened its drive against Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraud syndicates responsible for stealing money from ATM users, an official said Thursday.

PNP Public Information chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said the PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group (ACG) continue to trace and conduct operations against groups installing skimming devices in ATM machines.

Deployment ban on HSWS to Lebanon still in effect – POEA

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 04:29 p.m.

THE deployment ban for newly hired Filipino household service workers (HSWs) bound for Lebanon remains in effect, seven years after it was imposed.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reiterated this on Thursday after it found a recruitment agency trying to deploy two workers to work as domestic workers in Lebanon by using job orders approved for Dubai.

Philippines to Malaysia: Try our HSW contract

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 04:02 p.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is strongly urging the Malaysian government to consider adopting the Unified Employment Contract (UEC) for household service workers (HSWs) of the Philippines in its ongoing effort to provide regulations for Domestic Servants.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said she has directed Philippine Labor Attaché to Malaysia Beth Estrada to take advantage of the ongoing drafting by Malaysian authorities of impartial terms and conditions governing the implementation of its Employment Regulations for Domestic Servants.

Pelco 2 consumers assured of quality service

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:19 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Officials of the Pampanga 2 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 2) have vowed to provide better service to its consumers under the Investment Management Contract (IMC) it forged with the Meralco and Comstech.

This came following the hand over and contract-signing ceremony held at the Pelco 2 office in Guagua town Wednesday.

Pelco 2 consumers assured of quality service

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:19 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Officials of the Pampanga 2 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 2) have vowed to provide better service to its consumers under the Investment Management Contract (IMC) it forged with the Meralco and Comstech.

This came following the hand over and contract-signing ceremony held at the Pelco 2 office in Guagua town Wednesday.

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