Bill seeks mandatory employment of lifeguards in public pools

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 04:02 p.m.

A BILL has been filed in the House of Representatives requiring operators of public swimming pools and bathing facilities to hire qualified lifeguards to protect the public, especially the children.

Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian said House Bill 5378 or the proposed "Lifeguard Law of 2015" seeks to establish a formula based on World Health Organization standards for the number of lifeguards required to be on-duty at all times at public swimming pools.

Escudero: Calls for Aquino resignation ‘unfounded’

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 04:31 p.m.

SENATOR Francis Escudero said Friday calls by various groups for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino III after the botched operation against two suspected terrorists in Maguindanao were "unfounded."

The senator said the President, under the Constitution, is immune from suit and can only be held liable, for what he did or did not do in the Mamasapano operation in an impeachment proceeding.

13 wounded SAF cops released from hospital

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 03:56 p.m.

THIRTEEN of the 15 wounded members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force who were confined in the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame, Quezon City were discharged Friday, a police official said.

MILF downplays BOI report on SAF firearms

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 05:15 p.m.

THE inclusion of the service firearm of Police Officer 1 Joseph Sagonoy to the arms cache returned by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) does not automatically identify his killers, a rebel spokesman said Thursday.

Sagonoy was identified by his brother as the Special Action Force (SAF) commando being brutally killed by an alleged Moro rebel in a viral video, which circulated in social media days after the Mamasapano operation.

Ejercito: BBL, peace should not be ‘buy one, take one’

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 04:09 p.m.

THE proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the peace effort in Mindanao should not be "buy one, take one," Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said Thursday.

"The peace effort and the BBL are two different subjects. There is no proof that after the passage of BBL, we would attain lasting peace in Mindanao," said Ejercito.

Senate OKs bill hastening resolution of corruption cases

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 02:40 p.m.

THE Senate ratified on Wednesday the reconciled version of a bill that will speed up the trial of corruption cases against government officials and employees.

Pastor wife, businessman face raps for car racer's slay

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 01:25 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found enough basis to file cases in court against Dahlia Pastor and her alleged lover for the death of her husband, international racing champion Ferdinand “Enzo” Pastor, in June last year.

Enrile transferred to Makati hospital

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:13 a.m.

MANILA -- Detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was brought Thursday to an upscale hospital in Makati City after coughing with blood, a police official said.

Marcos denies falsifying school records

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 07:43 p.m.

SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. denied allegations that he falsified his credentials at the prestigious Oxford University and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bill seeks amendments to NGCP franchise

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 07:09 p.m.

THE House of Representatives is deliberating on a bill seeking to change some provisions in the franchise of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), which runs the country's power transmission lines.

Marikina City Representative Romero Quimbo, chairperson of House committee on ways and means, said that the amendments introduced by House Bill 4751 would address disproportions that gave the corporation preferential treatment over the generation and distribution companies of the power sector.

Senate probe into drug cases sought

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 06:18 p.m.

SENATORS Miriam Defensor Santiago and Vicente Sotto III filed a resolution seeking to address the increasing drug-related cases in the country.

Roxas orders probe into Revilla, Enrile meeting

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 06:14 p.m.

LOCAL Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina to conduct an investigation on the purported meeting between detained Senators Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Juan Ponce Enrile during the latter's birthday last February 14.

Espina then tasked Investigation and Detective Management director Francisco Don Montenegro to lead the fact-finding investigation.

Aquino hits 'anti-peace' groups

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 05:14 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III slammed Wednesday those opposing the peace process and the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Senate panel approves creation of Truth Commission

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 04:17 p.m.

MANILA -- A Senate panel approved Wednesday the proposed Truth Commission that will investigate the January 25 clash between police commandos and Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Marwan’s house in Mamasapano burned down

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:38 p.m.

COTABATO CITY -- Unidentified armed men burned down on Tuesday night the nipa hut of slain Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

2 youth groups in Visayas among winners in TAYO

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 08:30 p.m.

TWO Visayas-based youth groups were declared winners in the 12th Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (Tayo) Awards held in Malacanang on Tuesday.

President Benigno Aquino III led the awarding ceremonies for those youth organizations for their contributions in nation building.

SC affirms dismissal of PMA cadet

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 05:35 p.m.

MANILA -- Former Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia has lost his appeal to the Supreme Court (SC) to reverse his dismissal from the elite institution.

P50-M worth of fake footwear destroyed

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 03:31 p.m.

MANILA -- Smuggled counterfeit footwear products from China worth P50 million were destroyed Tuesday, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

Aquino vows not to give up

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 01:50 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III vowed Tuesday not to give up amid the "challenges" that his administration is facing, including the recent Mamasapano incident.

Cop relieved after giving away PNP gas slip

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 08:42 p.m.

A POLICE officer assigned at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (IAS) was relieved on Monday due to his alleged involvement in the gas slip anomaly, a PNP spokesperson said Monday.

The alleged irregularity was uncovered after a civilian uploaded a photo on Facebook showing two gas slips from the PNP along with the caption, "Gas supply when in PH (Philippines)... Thanks Pa!"

Senate allows foreign ships to dock in multiple ports

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 06:13 p.m.

THE Senate approved on third and final reading Monday a bill allowing foreign ships to dock in multiple ports, provided that their cargoes are intended for import and export purposes.

Purisima reveals SMS conversation with Aquino

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 04:08 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Resigned Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima accepted Monday the challenge of Senator Grace Poe as he disclosed publicly his text messages to President Benigno Aquino III during the January 25 Mamasapano operation.

During the Senate hearing on Mamasapano clash, Purisima said he texted the President at 5:45 a.m. to inform him that Oplan Exodus carried out by Special Action Force troopers to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and Filipino bomb maker Basit Usman had started.

DOH: Philippines still bird flu-free

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 03:10 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippines continues to be bird flu-free despite the unconfirmed report that a Filipino died from the disease.

“The Philippines remains to be bird flu-free. We cannot even consider this case confirmed,” said Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin in a press conference Monday.

Court enters not guilty plea for Pemberton

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:08 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- An Olongapo City court entered Monday a not guilty plea for United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton in the murder case involving the death of a transgender Filipino in October last year.

NTC can be sued: official

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 07:04 p.m.

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Sunday the National Transformation Council (NTC) may face criminal charges for instigating military-backed people power to oust President Benigno Aquino III.

Gazmin to BIFF forces: Surrender immediately

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 03:38 p.m.

BAGUIO CITY -- Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has ordered the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to surrender immediately, as the government's armed forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are conducting a joint tactical offensive against them.

Aquino, Hollande to tackle terrorism, climate change

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 03:28 p.m.

MANILA -- French President François Hollande is set to hold a two-day state visit to the Philippines, marking the first time an incumbent leader of France will be in the country since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1947.

Purisima, Napeñas snub PMA alumni homecoming

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

BAGUIO CITY -- Resigned Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and sacked Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas snubbed Saturday the annual Philippine Military Academy (PMA) alumni homecoming here.

Palace denies gov't paid MILF over returned firearms

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 06:52 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacañang expressed disappointment on Saturday over allegation by a priest that the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process purchased the firearms surrendered by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) this week.

Palace: Ched to scrutinize tuition hike applications

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 04:05 p.m.

MALACANANG assured on Saturday that the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) will scrutinize applications of universities and colleges wanting to adjust their tuition rates.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Ched is set to release the actual list sometime in April or May.