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CBCP exec backs house arrest for JPE

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile should be allowed house arrest since he is already 91 years old and suffering from pneumonia. “For humanitarian reasons, place him simply under house arrest,” Castro said. “I think detainees who are very old and sickly should be simply placed under house arrest. Detained Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said yesterday no birthday party was held for Enrile at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Crame last month.


Phl among best countries for women workers

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

The Philippines is one of the four best countries in the world for women, according to an annual gender equality index revealed on Friday. The MasterCard Worldwide Index of Women’s Advancement  ranked New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines and Singapore as the best countries for women, while India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka performed the worst. Women in the Asia Pacific region lag behind men in securing leadership roles in business and politics despite being better educated, the index showed. Female university students outnumber males in 10 of the 16 countries surveyed, including China, Thailand and Sri Lanka.


Troops overrun BIFF bomb-making facility in Mamasapano

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

Government troops captured Sunday a bomb and weapons factory of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday. Col. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, said the captured bomb and weapons factory is located inside an area controlled by radical Muslim cleric Ustadz Mohammad Ali Tambako at Barangay Dasikil in Mamasapano.


Senate OKs Noy powers to address blackouts

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

The Senate yesterday approved a resolution giving President Aquino special powers to address the expected power shortage in the summer months of this year. Senators also approved Senate Bill 2622, which seeks to amend a provision of the Biofuels Act in relation to the joint resolution. The Senate and the House of Representatives will hold a bicameral conference committee hearing today to reconcile their respective versions of the resolution. Instead of leasing generator sets (gensets), the Senate-approved joint resolution called for several alternatives, including the harnessing of the Interruptible Load Program (ILP).


Oil firms cut diesel prices

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

Local petroleum players yesterday announced a rollback in the prices of diesel but would increase gasoline rates effective today. Leading the announcement was Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., ollowed by Petron Corp. and independent players Seaoil Philippines, PTT Philippines, Phoenix Petroleum and Eastern Petroleum. The oil firms said they are cutting the price of diesel by 40 centavos per liter while gasoline rates would be raised by 15 centavos per liter. The petroleum players said the adjustments would reflect the movement in the prices of refined petroleum products in the world market.


Phl may seek int’l aid to address climate change

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

The Philippines may tap foreign funding to help address the effects of climate change, especially in vulnerable areas, as the Department of Budget and Management has released P1.15 billion to the Department of Public Works and Highways to boost infrastructure projects in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. “We are still in the process of (rehabilitation) and reconstruction. We need all the support that we can get… any support that will be offered will be welcomed,” Climate Change Commission Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering said in a press briefing yesterday. Sering said the 50-million euros in loan facility offered by French President Francois Hollande was welcome but it would have to be studied “closely and carefully” to ensure it would not affect ongoing negotiations.


Palace: Noy need not apologize for Mamasapano blunder

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

Malacañang believes President Aquino need not apologize for the bungled police operation that left 44 commandos dead in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. Speaking to reporters, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Aquino’s instructions to then suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and then Special Action Force commander Director Getulio Napeñas to coordinate with the military have not been complied with.


Days longer than nights this month

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

Days will start to become longer than nights after the vernal equinox, which will happen on March 21, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday. PAGASA said the sun will reach the vernal equinox at 6:45 a.m. on March 21, marking the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere. “On the day of the equinox, night and day are about the same length at every location on earth,” according to PAGASA. PAGASA said after the vernal equinox, daylight hours will be longer.


Senate BBL panel head won’t commit to June OK

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

Congressional leaders believe they can meet their target for approving the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), except for Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who leads the Senate panel deliberating on the controversial measure. Marcos, chairman of the committee on local government, said it would be difficult to have the measure approved before June 11 this year or when the second regular session of Congress adjourns. Marcos suspended the hearings on the BBL after the Jan. 25 clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that left 44 members of the Special Action Force dead at the hands of guerrillas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. Senate President Franklin Drilon has urged Marcos to resume the hearings on the BBL now that the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs has concluded its own hearings on the Mamasapano clash.


Number of Filipinos suffering from gout hits 1.6 M

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

The Philippine Rheumatology Association (PRA) expressed concern over the rising number of Filipinos suffering from gout, a painful form of arthritis that could gravely affect a person’s quality of life. According to PRA president Eric Amante, there are now some 1.6 million Filipinos with gout and the figure is expected to increase in the coming years due to the unhealthy lifestyle of people. We have a lot of young breadwinners who have gout and I think it is very important to remember that this is a chronic illness,” he said during the launch of the PRA Gout Awareness Campaign. During gout attacks, pain is extreme.


Worker claims lotto jackpot

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

A government worker from Leyte, who became the first millionaire of the new 6/58 Ultra Lotto game, has claimed the P50-million jackpot, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said yesterday.


Recruitment firm accused of worldwide scam

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

Filipinos aspiring to work overseas should avoid dealing with a recruitment agency that has duped jobseekers worldwide, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday. The National Bureau of Investigation has padlocked Global Visas Inc., which is based in Cebu. Baldoz said the agency’s parent company, ICS Global Visas Inc. based in the United Kingdom, has reportedly collapsed and left thousands of applicants without jobs.  “Global Visas was in the limelight this week, following its reported collapse.


Palace on passage of BBL: Now or never

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

Malacañang believes the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will not be approved in the next administration. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made this clear yesterday as he rejected calls for the crafting of an alternative to the BBL that can be left for the next administration to tackle. President Aquino wants Congress to pass the controversial measure before his July 27 State of the Nation Address, the last of his term. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which is negotiating peace with the government, also wants the BBL approved as soon as possible – and without changes.


CBCP exec backs house arrest for JPE

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:00
Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile should be allowed house arrest since he is already 91 years old and suffering from pneumonia. “For humanitarian reasons, place him simply under house arrest,” Castro said. “I think detainees who are very old and sickly should be simply placed under house arrest. Detained Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said yesterday no birthday party was held for Enrile at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Crame last month.

Phl among best countries for women workers

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:00

The Philippines is one of the four best countries in the world for women, according to an annual gender equality index revealed on Friday. The MasterCard Worldwide Index of Women’s Advancement  ranked New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines and Singapore as the best countries for women, while India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka performed the worst. Women in the Asia Pacific region lag behind men in securing leadership roles in business and politics despite being better educated, the index showed.


Troops overrun BIFF bomb-making facility in Mamasapano

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:00

Government troops captured Sunday a bomb and weapons factory of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday. Col. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, said the captured bomb and weapons factory is located inside an area controlled by radical Muslim cleric Ustadz Mohammad Ali Tambako at Barangay Dasikil in Mamasapano.


Senate OKs Noy powers to address blackouts

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:00

The Senate yesterday approved a resolution giving President Aquino special powers to address the expected power shortage in the summer months of this year. Senators also approved Senate Bill 2622, which seeks to amend a provision of the Biofuels Act in relation to the joint resolution. The Senate and the House of Representatives will hold a bicameral conference committee hearing today to reconcile their respective versions of the resolution. Instead of leasing generator sets (gensets), the Senate-approved joint resolution called for several alternatives, including the harnessing of the Interruptible Load Program (ILP).


Oil firms cut diesel prices

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:00

Local petroleum players yesterday announced a rollback in the prices of diesel but would increase gasoline rates effective today. Leading the announcement was Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., ollowed by Petron Corp. and independent players Seaoil Philippines, PTT Philippines, Phoenix Petroleum and Eastern Petroleum. The oil firms said they are cutting the price of diesel by 40 centavos per liter while gasoline rates would be raised by 15 centavos per liter. The petroleum players said the adjustments would reflect the movement in the prices of refined petroleum products in the world market.


Phl may seek int’l aid to address climate change

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:00
The Philippines may tap foreign funding to help address the effects of climate change, especially in vulnerable areas, as the Department of Budget and Management has released P1.15 billion to the Department of Public Works and Highways to boost infrastructure projects in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. “We are still in the process of (rehabilitation) and reconstruction. We need all the support that we can get… any support that will be offered will be welcomed,” Climate Change Commission Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering said in a press briefing yesterday. Sering said the 50-million euros in loan facility offered by French President Francois Hollande was welcome but it would have to be studied “closely and carefully” to ensure it would not affect ongoing negotiations.

Palace: Noy need not apologize for Mamasapano blunder

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:00

Malacañang believes President Aquino need not apologize for the bungled police operation that left 44 commandos dead in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. Speaking to reporters, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Aquino’s instructions to then suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and then Special Action Force commander Director Getulio Napeñas to coordinate with the military have not been complied with.