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  • Sandigan justice: CA ruling on GMA bail not binding

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang believes a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling upholding the granting of bail to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the electoral sabotage charge before the Pasay City regional trial court is not binding on the Sandiganbayan, which is hearing the plunder case against her. Speaking to The STAR, Tang yesterday said only the Supreme Court (SC) can review and reverse Sandiganbayan decisions. Tang said the electoral sabotage case in the Pasay City court and plunder case before the Sandiganbayan have no effect on each other. “The CA is essentially an appellate court with general jurisdiction, while the Sandiganbayan is essentially a trial court with special and appellate jurisdiction,” she said. More »Sandigan justice: CA ruling on GMA bail not binding

  • ‘Killing of journalists should be a war crime’

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    HONG KONG  – The president and CEO of The Associated Press called yesterday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage. Gary Pruitt said a new framework is needed to protect journalists as they cover conflicts in which they are increasingly seen as targets by extremist groups. Last year was a particularly deadly year for the AP – four of the news cooperative’s journalists were killed on assignment. Globally, 61 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2014, bringing to more than 1,000 the number who have died since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. More »‘Killing of journalists should be a war crime’

  • Shorter hours for rail lines tomorrow

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    The Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will have shorter hours tomorrow for the replacement of defective railroad tracks during the Holy Week. More »Shorter hours for rail lines tomorrow

  • For Mamasapano students, an emotional graduation

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    High school students in Barangay Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao thought their graduation would never push through because of the security problems in the community. So tears flowed when the graduation finally pushed through yesterday. Hadji Salik Kalaing National High School class valedictorian Norombai Utto, 16, wept during her speech when she called for an end to the armed encounters between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano and neighboring towns since March 1. More »For Mamasapano students, an emotional graduation

  • Gov’t eyes second appeal for Pinay on death row

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    All legal and diplomatic avenues are being explored to save from the firing squad in Indonesia convicted Filipina drug smuggler Mary Jane Veloso, the government said yesterday. Speaking to reporters, spokesman Charles Jose said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is in consultation with Veloso’s lawyer and looking at the possibility of a second appeal for judicial review. “Last week we confirmed that our appeal for judicial review was denied by the Supreme Court of Indonesia but we are not losing hope,” he said. A second appeal is being considered for a better appreciation of the case, although death penalty cases in Indonesia are entitled to at least one judicial review, Jose said. More »Gov’t eyes second appeal for Pinay on death row

  • Opposition should field only one presidential bet – Erap

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    The opposition should field only one presidential candidate in the May 2016 general elections, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said yesterday. Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance remained the most preferred candidate for president in next year’s polls, according to the March 2015 survey. Sen. Grace Poe came in second with 22 percent, followed by Estrada and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with 12 percent each. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago obtained nine percent, followed by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with six percent. More »Opposition should field only one presidential bet – Erap

  • Noy increases allowances for cops, soldiers

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    President Aquino has signed a joint congressional resolution raising the daily subsistence allowance for both members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP). Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Aquino signed last March 27 the merged Joint Resolution 2 of the Senate and Joint Resolution 26 of the House of Representatives. Speaking to reporters, Lacierda yesterday said the daily allowances of police officers and soldiers were raised from P90 to P150, a P1,800 increase per month on their monthly salaries. Lacierda said the amount needed to implement the resolution shall be charged against the savings of the Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) for the current year and/or the miscellaneous personnel benefits fund. More »Noy increases allowances for cops, soldiers

  • Oil firms raise gas prices today

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    This year’s Holy Week break will be accompanied by an increase in local pump prices after oil companies announced yesterday a P1.10 per liter hike for gasoline and P0.60 per liter for diesel effective today. “Phoenix Petroleum Philippines will increase the prices of gasoline by P1.10 per liter and diesel by P0.60 per liter effective 6 a.m. of March 31, 2015 to reflect the movements in the prices of refined petroleum products in the international market,” said Phoenix Petroleum, an independent oil company and the first to issue the price hike announcement. More »Oil firms raise gas prices today

  • DFA denies dropping Phl claim to Sabah

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    The Philippines has never offered to drop its Sabah claim in exchange for Malaysia’s support for Manila’s arbitration case against China over the West Philippine Sea issue, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. “In the context of our friendly bilateral relations, our two countries have been for years exchanging ways on how to address the issue of the extended continental shelf (ECS) in the South China Sea,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said in explaining the DFA’s sending of a note verbale to Malaysia last week. More »DFA denies dropping Phl claim to Sabah

  • AFP ends offensive vs BIFF without getting Usman

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    The military yesterday ended its “all-out offensive” against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) without capturing fugitive local terrorist Basit Usman. Armed Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. said the soldiers have depleted the capabilities of the BIFF, which has staged bombings in Central Mindanao to derail the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Four of 13 BIFF bandits killed by soldiers in separate encounters in the province last Sunday were bomb experts trained by slain Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, local officials said yesterday. The military claimed that 164 BIFF members were killed, 64 bandits wounded and 12 others captured since the start of operations last month. More »AFP ends offensive vs BIFF without getting Usman

  • CA junks plea to stop Binay suspension hearing

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    The Office of the Ombudsman has suffered another setback in its bid to proceed with its preventive suspension order against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. Assistant Solicitor General Hermes Ocampo cited judicial courtesy since any further action of the CA would preempt the ruling of the high court of their petition, which questioned the CA’s temporary restraining order on the suspension against Binay. More »CA junks plea to stop Binay suspension hearing

  • Pagcor remits record high P5 B to national treasury

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has remitted P5 billion in cash dividends to the National Treasury, fully settling all its arrears incurred in the last several years. Pagcor chairman and chief executive officer Cristino Naguiat Jr. said with this year’s remittance, the state-owned gaming firm has fully settled all remaining arrears in cash dividends that were incurred by the previous administration since 2005. Pagcor’s cash dividends to the National Treasury under its current management now totaled roughly P11.5 billion, according to Naguiat. More »Pagcor remits record high P5 B to national treasury

  • DOJ approves P61-M tax raps vs Napoles couple

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    This time, Janet Lim-Napoles will face a tax evasion case before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) while standing trial in the Sandiganbayan over a string of cases related to the multibillion-peso pork barrel fund scam. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved her and her husband Jaime’s indictment for tax evasion. In an 18-page resolution released yesterday, the DOJ has found probable cause in the P61.18-million tax evasion complaint filed against the couple by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in 2013. “After preliminary investigation has been concluded, the gamut of evidence presented absolutely engendered a well-grounded belief that the crimes charged had been committed, and that respondent spouses should be held for trial for violation of Sections 254 (Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax) and 255 (Failure to File Return, Supply Correct and Accurate Information, Pay Tax) of the National Internal Revenue Code, as amended,” read the resolution approved by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano. More »DOJ approves P61-M tax raps vs Napoles couple

  • Quake rocks Visayas

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    A magnitude-4.9 earthquake rocked parts of the Visayas yesterday morning. More »Quake rocks Visayas

  • ‘Funds for Bangsamoro P36 B, not P75 B’

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    Government officials clarified anew yesterday there is no P75-billion funding or “over financing” for the proposed Bangsamoro government since only around P10 billion would be added to the current budget for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the first two years once the bill to create it is passed. Based on their presentation, government peace panel chairperson Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, peace panel member Senen Bacani and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said even without the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, the annual block grant for ARMM in 2016 would be P26.8 billion and P32 billion in 2017. Its share in the national internal revenue tax collection would be P2 billion for each year. With the BBL, an additional Special Development Fund (SDF) of P7 billion in 2016 would be given to the Bangsamoro government and P2 billion in 2017. More »‘Funds for Bangsamoro P36 B, not P75 B’

  • On with straight path, Noy vows

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    President Aquino has reassured the Filipino people that he will keep on the straight path toward prosperity and that his administration is guided by the example of Jesus Christ in doing its best for the country and the next generation. In his Lenten message, Aquino also called on Filipinos to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ by being selfless and doing what is best for mankind so that future generations will inherit a nation that prioritizes the interest of many. He cited the importance of mercy and compassion for the poor, which was one of the lessons imparted by Pope Francis in his visit to Manila last January. “The challenge to us followers of Jesus Christ: let us be true not only in words but also in deeds. More »On with straight path, Noy vows

  • 20 questions for Noy

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    Members of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives listed 20 questions for President Aquino to answer as they insisted that he be invited to the chamber’s hearing on the Mamasapano incident next week. Their plea is contained in a letter the group sent yesterday to Reps. Jeffrey Ferrer of Negros Occidental and Jim Hataman-Salliman of Basilan, who chair the committee on public order and safety, and committee on peace, reconciliation and unity, respectively. Reps. Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers and Fernando Hicap of Anakpawis signed the letter, a copy of which was sent to Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. The lawmakers would like to know why the President allowed then suspended police chief Director General Alan Purisima to participate in the planning and execution of the Special Action Force (SAF) operation and if the Chief Executive did not violate the ombudsman’s suspension of Purisima. More »20 questions for Noy

  • Pampanga, known for crucifixions, offers cultural options for pilgrims

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    Some 18 kilometers away from actual crucifixions in Barangay San Pedro Cutud in San Fernando, Pampanga, pilgrims can observe alternative Holy Week cultural activities. Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the city tourism office has lined up many activities for this week, such as a mixed media art exhibit, daily dance performances choreographed by award-winning Peter de Vera, and a two-part theatrical reenactment of the Last Supper, the Crucifixion of Christ and the Siete Palabras (Seven Last Words). More »Pampanga, known for crucifixions, offers cultural options for pilgrims

  • Maysak moves closer to Phl

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    The typhoon with international name Maysak slightly accelerated as it moved closer to the Philippines yesterday, threatening to dump rains over eastern Luzon this weekend, the state weather bureau said. Rene Paciente, senior weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said Maysak was spotted at 2,175 kilometers east of Mindanao as of 1 p.m. yesterday. Paciente said based on their latest forecast, Maysak is likely to affect the eastern section of Luzon, specifically the Bicol region, on Saturday. “If the typhoon maintains its present speed and direction, it will enter the Philippine area of responsibility tomorrow afternoon or evening,” Paciente said. More »Maysak moves closer to Phl

  • 1 dead, 1 injured in shooting incident outside US NSA

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    A shooting took place when a vehicle tried to ram an entrance gate to the US National Security Agency (NSA) outside Washington, media reports said Monday. More »1 dead, 1 injured in shooting incident outside US NSA

  • House to wait for BBL inputs

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    The House ad hoc committee on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will await inputs from the council of citizen leaders on the proposed legislation that would create a new autonomous Muslim region in Mindanao. President Aquino created the council last weekend. Its members are Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, former chief justice Hilario Davide Jr., businessman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, former ambassador Howard Dee and peace advocate Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman. “I was proposing that during their summit, toward the end, we – the chairman and eight vice chairmen of the ad hoc committee – would be invited so that we can immediately get their recommendations,” Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, committee chairman, told radio station dzBB. More »House to wait for BBL inputs

  • Phl gets P2-B climate projects from Germany

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    The Philippines is getting 41 million euros or around P2 billion from the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of Germany that will fund 10 bilateral projects to address the impact of climate change. Climate Change Commission (CCC) vice chairman Lucille Sering yesterday met with Norbert Gorissen – head of the International Climate Finance of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety – to discuss the projects, some of which will be implemented until 2017. “These projects are designed to build resilience of local communities, attain sustainable development, increase awareness, skills and capacity development for climate protection and adaptation, enhance employment opportunities and investments in renewable energies,” said Sering. More »Phl gets P2-B climate projects from Germany

  • Metro sizzles at 35º Celsius

    Philippine Star - 11 hours ago

    While the start of the summer season has yet to be declared by the state weather bureau, Metro Manila experienced its hottest temperature so far this year at 35.1 degrees Celsius last Sunday. Rene Paciente, senior weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), yesterday said the highest temperature was recorded around 3 p.m. at the Science Garden in Quezon City. Meanwhile, PAGASA recorded yesterday the hottest temperature in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan at 35.5 degrees Celsius. More »Metro sizzles at 35º Celsius

  • More Pinoys get HIV through paid sex

    Philippine Star - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    More Filipinos are being infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through paid sex. Since DOH began the official evaluation of people who engaged in transactional sex in 2012 up to present, there have been 1,701 recorded cases of HIV. About 55 percent acquired HIV after engaging in paid sex, while 30 percent accepted payment for sex. More »More Pinoys get HIV through paid sex

  • Palace commends Donaire, Nietes

    Philippine Star - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Malacañang commended yesterday the victories of two Filipino boxers over their opponents. More »Palace commends Donaire, Nietes

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