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  • ‘Binay needs to answer allegations of corruption’

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    Vice President Jejomar Binay should answer corruption allegations being hurled against him despite his strong showing in presidential surveys, President Aquino said yesterday. Aquino acknowledged that Binay – a long-time family friend – has been leading in pre-election popularity surveys. “The impression has been that he has been at the forefront of the challenge, if we look at the surveys,” the President told reporters when asked if he agrees that Binay is still the man to beat in 2016. More »‘Binay needs to answer allegations of corruption’

  • China lodges complaint with US over spy plane flight

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    China said yesterday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a US spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fuelled tension between the world’s two largest economies. Friction in the region has grown over China’s land reclamation in the Spratly islands. China last week said it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a US spy plane flew over areas near the reefs, with both sides accusing each other of stoking instability. More »China lodges complaint with US over spy plane flight

  • Tuition hike approved for 1,200 elementary, high schools

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    The Department of Education (DepEd) approved the applications of more than 1,200 private elementary and high schools to increase tuition and other fees, just days after the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) approved tuition hike in 313 private higher education institutions (HEIs). As of yesterday, DepEd said 1,246 out of 1,556 private elementary and high schools were allowed to impose tuition hike. DepEd said the highest request for tuition increase is pegged at 29 percent, while the lowest is at 1.25 percent. More »Tuition hike approved for 1,200 elementary, high schools

  • LRT: Crash due to human error

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    The collision of two Light Rail Transit Line 1 trains on Saturday morning, which hurt one operator and inconvenienced thousands of commuters, was due to human error, an LRT official reported yesterday. While the investigating panel has yet to issue a formal report, LRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera said the operator of the second train overrode the rail line’s safety mechanism – which automatically stops trains when a red signal goes on – and “proceeded to move his train forward,” hitting the train in front of him at the Monumento station. He said the operator, whose name was not disclosed, switched off the train’s onboard safety mechanism. More »LRT: Crash due to human error

  • Dry spell damage to crops hits P2.19 B

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    The amount of damage to crops caused by the dry spell has climbed to P2.19 billion, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said yesterday. The dry spell affected 29,714 hectares of rice. Of the total area, 14,298 hectares may not recover, the DA said. More »Dry spell damage to crops hits P2.19 B

  • ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    The daughter of one of the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. owners has assured the government that the businessmen are still in the Philippines, contrary to some reports that they have fled the country. Barbara Ang, daughter of Kentex shareholder Veato Ang, said her father and his business partners have no plans of leaving the country despite the razing of the Valenzuela slipper factory, which killed 72 workers on May 13. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian also stood by his promise to punish any local official who issued the business permit to Kentex even without a fire safety inspection clearance. More »‘Kentex owners still in Phl’

  • Gasoline prices up, diesel down

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    Oil companies announced yesterday a price hike of 50 centavos per liter for gasoline and a rollback of 50 centavos per liter for diesel effective at 6 a.m. today. More »Gasoline prices up, diesel down

  • House debates on FOI bill to start soon

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    Plenary debates on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill in the House of Representatives are expected to start in the coming weeks after the chamber’s appropriations committee approved the proposed budget of the landmark measure. Authors sent the measure to the Bills and Index Service for referral to the committee on rules, which will calendar the measure for second reading approval. The FOI Bill, filed under House Bill 5801, is a consolidation of over 20 measures filed by several lawmakers. More »House debates on FOI bill to start soon

  • Lawmakers to review building code provisions

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    Lawmakers are set to review provisions of the National Building Code and Republic Act 10121, or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, to strengthen contingencies and policies to prepare the country for possible major earthquakes. The move came following proposals from Reps. Winston Castelo of Quezon City and Lito Atienza of the Buhay party-list to review the two laws and other regulations during a hearing of the House committee on Metro Manila development on the government’s preparations for a possible mega-earthquake arising from a sudden movement of the West Valley Fault that cuts across the nation’s capital. “We just don’t want hot air or scary stories but actual proposals so that we can make changes in the law,” Atienza said after Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino briefed the panel on his agency’s plan in the event of a massive earthquake. More »Lawmakers to review building code provisions

  • ‘Duterte may face raps over death squad link’

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte may face charges for admitting his links to a death squad, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday. “If he admitted that he is responsible for these killings, then he must be criminally liable,” De Lima told journalists in an ambush interview. De Lima said Duterte’s admission of his links with the Davao Death Squad, believed to be behind the killings of suspected criminals, might send a wrong signal to the international human rights community. More »‘Duterte may face raps over death squad link’

  • Mar tops P-Noy list of ‘presidentiables’

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    The President made this clear yesterday, but said he would have to defer making an official announcement until after the ruling Liberal Party has established a consensus on the matter with coalition allies or after his last State of the Nation Address on July 27. Aquino chairs the LP. “To my mind, as far as our coalition is concerned, he (Roxas) is at the top of the list,” he said in a chance interview at the Marikina Elementary School where he observed officials implement the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015. More »Mar tops P-Noy list of ‘presidentiables’

  • Noy: Phl may attain first world status with continued reforms

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    The Philippines’ attaining first world status may soon be imminent if significant reforms initiated by the current administration would be consistently pursued, President Aquino suggested yesterday. “Kung madidiligan ang ating mga pinunla, at makaka-graduate ang mga pinag-aaral natin upang makapasok sa maaayos na trabaho, baka po tuluyan nang nasa first world status tayo sa panahong iyon (If we water the seeds sown and those we sent to school will find better jobs, then time will come that we’ll be part of the first world),” he said. He issued the statement after gracing the Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 and Brigada Eskwela at the Marikina Elementary School, where he commended the efforts of public school teachers and the Department of Education for helping students. More »Noy: Phl may attain first world status with continued reforms

  • Phl won’t recognize China air restrictions

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    The Philippines will not recognize restrictions on air and sea travel set by China in the West Philippine Sea, President Aquino said yesterday. “We will still fly the routes that we fly based on international law and the various conventions, agreements that have been entered into through various decades,” Aquino told reporters in an ambush interview after inspecting the Marikina Elementary School in preparation for the opening of classes in June. But he expressed confidence that China would seriously consider enflaming the situation in the West Philippine Sea by continuously trampling on the rights of its smaller neighbors. More »Phl won’t recognize China air restrictions

  • ‘Poll watchdogs can stop pols from premature campaigning’

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    Civil society groups and poll watchdogs would have to stop the early campaigning of politicians planning to run in 2016. Speaking at the Tapatan sa Aristocrat forum, Chairman Andres Bautista said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) could not do anything about these politicians because they have not yet filed their certificates of candidacy (COC), and technically are not yet considered candidates. “Therefore, only a candidate is guilty of premature campaigning,” he said. More »‘Poll watchdogs can stop pols from premature campaigning’

  • DSWD probes viral photos of child on leash; mother located

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    The Department of Social Welfare and Development is now investigating the case involving a child on leash whose photos have gone viral on Facebook Monday. DSWD has already located the mother who posted the photos on Facebook. Secretary Dinky Soliman has also ordered the rescue of the child. More »DSWD probes viral photos of child on leash; mother located

  • Rainy season likely in 2nd week of June

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    Filipinos may have to wait until the second or third week of June for rain, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday. Rene Paciente, chief of PAGASA’s marine meteorological services section, said they expect the rainy season to start in the second or third week of June. The criteria for declaring the onset of the rainy season include the prevalence of the southwest monsoon and the 25-millimeter rainfall recorded in at least five of the eight PAGASA stations nationwide for five consecutive days. More »Rainy season likely in 2nd week of June

  • 7 Binay allies still on Senate wanted list

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    Seven people identified with Vice President Jejomar Binay remain on the wanted list of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms. They are businessman Gerardo Limlingan,  Eduviges Baloloy, Aida Alcantara, Hirene Lopez,  Bernadette Portallano, and James and Anne Lorraine Buencamino-Tiu. The Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee will hold its 21st hearing into the alleged anomalies involving   Binay on Thursday. More »7 Binay allies still on Senate wanted list

  • Veloso kin to pursue charges vs recruiters

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    In a 13-page reply filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday, the parents and sister of Mary Jane insisted on pursuing charges of illegal recruitment, human trafficking and swindling against Maria Cristina Sergio and her partner, Julius Lacanilao. “How could they lend Mary Jane if their source of income is unknown even in their town? “Sergio was correct in admitting that Mary Jane is innocent and had no idea she was carrying illegal drugs to Indonesia. More »Veloso kin to pursue charges vs recruiters

  • Australia allows autistic Filipino boy to stay

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    An autistic Filipino boy whose fight against deportation from Australia prompted tens of thousands to petition the government on his behalf will be allowed to stay, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said yesterday.  Tyrone Sevilla arrived in Australia as a two-year-old with his nurse mother Maria Sevilla.  But after eight years in the country, the pair were denied continuing visas due to the probable cost of providing for Tyrone’s care, with Maria Sevilla saying they had been labeled a “burden” to taxpayers. More »Australia allows autistic Filipino boy to stay

  • Noy ready to meet with senators on BBL

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    President Aquino is ready to meet with senators to discuss the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law but will not back down on its merits and constitutionality while at the same hinting it should not be used for election purposes. The President said this was the reason why he was pushing for the lawmakers to amend whatever needed amending in the BBL and present it to the people after its passage. More »Noy ready to meet with senators on BBL

  • Pinoy nurses still in demand in UK, Ireland

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    On the heels of the conviction of a Filipino-British nurse for murdering his patients, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said yesterday that the demand for Filipino nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland remains high. Last week, Filipino-British nurse Victorino Chua was convicted in UK of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others. More »Pinoy nurses still in demand in UK, Ireland

  • UN urged to probe torture cases under Noy’s term

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    The United Nations has been asked to look into   110 cases of torture and numerous cases of illegal arrests during the Aquino administration. Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary-general, yesterday said the matter could be looked into when the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) visits from May 25 to June 3 to monitor the  implementation of the Optional protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OpCAT), which the Philippines ratified in 2012. “We enjoin the UN SPT to hear the voices of victims of torture and illegal arrests, for in hearing and analyzing their testimonies can they have a comprehensive grasp and analysis on what is keeping the Philippine government from preventing torture,” she said. More »UN urged to probe torture cases under Noy’s term

  • AMLC: P146-M PDAF funds transferred to Napoles accounts

    Philippine Star - 13 hours ago

    More than P146 million was transferred to the bank accounts of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles from the bank accounts of two non-government organizations allegedly used to divert the pork barrel fund of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) bared yesterday. In a testimony before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division, AMLC investigator Orlando Negradas said this was the result of AMLC’s probe into the bank accounts of Estrada, who is being detained on plunder charges in connection with the pork barrel scam. More »AMLC: P146-M PDAF funds transferred to Napoles accounts

  • Garin hits loophole in supervision of tobacco industry

    Philippine Star - Mon, May 25, 2015

    Health Secretary Janette Garin believes making the Inter-agency Committee on Tobacco (IACT) oversee the tobacco industry has hindered efforts to regulate cigarette sales promotion. Speaking to reporters over the weekend, Garin said the IACT’s composition must be reviewed as its supervision of the tobacco industry has become a “loophole” in Republic Act 9211, the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003. “If we will base it on the law, it’s really IAC that has the right (to implement the law),” she said.  The Department of Health (DOH) regulated the sales promotion of cigarette products because IACT has been inactive for a long time, Garin said. More »Garin hits loophole in supervision of tobacco industry

  • APEC ministers to endorse Boracay Action Agenda

    Philippine Star - Mon, May 25, 2015

    Trade ministers at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Boracay, Aklan agreed yesterday to endorse the proposed Boracay Action Agenda to the member countries’ leaders, presenting opportunities for global trade for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). In a press conference following the conclusion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, who also served as chairman, said ministers agreed to recommend the adoption of the Philippines’ proposed Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs. The agenda is an initiative supporting APEC’s ongoing work to address barriers faced by MSMEs in international trade by opening more markets for the sector and facilitating access into global value chains or direct export. More »APEC ministers to endorse Boracay Action Agenda

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