Despite two consecutive defeats in the boxing ring last year, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao grew richer in 2012, with a net worth of more than of P1.7 billion -- making him the lone billionaire and still the wealthiest member of the House of Representatives. Pacquiao, whose net worth was at P1.3 billion in 2011, had real properties worth P1.03 billion, personal properties worth P990 million and ...
The proclamation of winning party-list groups in the 2013 elections is still in limbo awaiting a formal resolution from the poll body, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Thursday ...
President Benigno Aquino III has signed a law that imposes stiffer penalties against persons involved in the trade of double-dead meat, commonly known as "botcha." Under Republic Act (R.A.) 10536, signed by Aquino last May 15, individuals who shall "sell, transport, offer or receive for sale or transportation" of double-dead meat will be slapped with imprisonment of up to 12 ...
At least 1,200 families living along the Pasig River have been relocated to safer areas as part of government efforts to keep them out of harm’s way during typhoons, according to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on ...
Malacañang on Thursday defended the Commission on Elections (Comelec) amid allegations from a former poll commissioner on supposed irregularities in the poll body's intelligence funds.Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said President Benigno Aquino III himself approved the realignment of some of the Comelec's savings in 2012 to intelligence funds for this year's ...
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When H.G. Wells published the complete text of his novella, The Time Machine, in 1895, it was the first time such a concept had appeared in a fictional story. Time machines and time travel are, of course, now a standard element in science fiction, from Star Trek to Back to the Future (1985). But, for Wells and his readers, it was a unique new literary device that opened up a ... ...
As the start of the new school year draws closer, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board reminded school shuttle service operators to install safety features in their vehicles. LTFRB spokesperson Sonia del Mundo said this is aside from making sure the vehicles are roadworthy, radio dzBB's Allan Gatus reportedThursday. Del Mundo said the safety features should include ...
This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-metre (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. The Philippines vowed Thursday to "defend what is ours" as part of a stand-off over a Chinese ...
Sen. Pia Cayetano on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to lift the status quo ante order that prevents the implementation of the controversial Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law.In a petition for intervention, Cayetano, a reproductive health advocate, also asked the high court to allow her to formally join the three former health secretaries in asking the tribunal to oppose the ...
"Filipino time" may become a thing of the past for government offices in the country after President Benigno Aquino III signed a law setting the Philippine standard time.Under Republic Act 10535 signed by the President last May 15, government offices are directed to synchronize all their timepieces to follow a standard time, which will be determined by PAGASA."Lahat po ng ahensya ...
Sen. Manny Villar's Nacionalista Party (NP) will remain with the administration coalition when the 16th Congress opens in July, Sen. Franklin Drilon said Thursday, quoting Villar himself."Today I met with Senator Manny Villar, president of the Nacionalista Party, and he said the NP will stay in the coalition, contrary to all these speculations," Drilon told reporters during the ...
A handful of marines living on a World War II-era ship that is grounded on a remote, tiny reef is the Philippines' last line of defense against China's efforts to control most of the South China Sea, also called West Philippine Sea. The soldiers are stationed on Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands aboard a former US tank-landing vessel that was deliberately abandoned there to ...
Information technology (IT) experts have observed a strange "pattern" of votes obtained by administration, opposition and independent senatorial candidates in the Philippines' May 13 elections. The IT experts have been linking with election watchdogs throughout the country to validate the so-called "60-30-10" pattern in which senatorial candidates from Team PNoy ...
Taipei has approved Manila's request to send investigators to Taiwan to examine evidence and interview witnesses to the May 9 fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coast guards. But Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday declined to tell reporters when a team from the National Bureau of Investigation would leave for Taiwan. "It will be very soon but we don't ...
An ecological group urged the Department of Agriculture this week to make sure sacks used to package rice are free from lead and other toxic chemicals, after finding such substances in samples it obtained.The EcoWaste Coalition said it found traces of lead – up to 2,605 parts per million (ppm) – in 59 rice sacks used by rice dealers in 10 cities."We should emphasize that lead ...
MANILA, Philippines - In line with heightened efforts to boost the country's tourism industry, the government is eyeing to double its tourism receipts to $8 billion in 2016, a tourism official said. Tourism Promotion Board chief operating officer Domingo Ramon Enerio III, in an interview with The STAR at the Puregold Sari-Sari Store Convention, said for this year alone, tourism receipts - ...
LOS ANGELES, California, May 22. THE Palisades Charter Dolphins swept the team titles at the CIF-Los Angeles City High School Swimming and Diving Championships May 14-17. Prelims were held May 14 and finals were conducted May 17, both at East Los Angeles College. A separate diving competition was held May 15 at L.A. Valley College.GirlsThe Dolphins claimed their fourth straight title in ...
Rain brought by the diffused tail-end of a cold front may affect parts of Northern Luzon Thursday, while Metro Manila and other parts of the country may have to continue enduring humid weather, state weather forecasters said. PAGASA forecaster Glaiza Escollar also said their meteorological models indicate there may be no tropical cyclone for this month. "(Sa Metro Manila), asahan na rin ang ...
story on domestic workers in the U.S. , as part of our Global Nation coverage. Well, there are more than half a million Filipinos working in Saudi Arabia and until this week they had very few protections. The governments of Saudi Arabia and the Philippines have now signed an agreement giving Filipino workers more rights – specifically Filipino household service workers. Anchor Marco ...
AFP FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines--The Philippines is weighing what course of action to take in the wake of the latest Chinese incursion in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) even as the country asserted its capability to defend its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday that it was already coordinating with the Philippine Coast Guard ...
Early on a Sunday morning, people are already streaming into a massive shopping mall in Manila. The seven-story Robinsons Place is a temple of consumerism. It houses about 350 stores, including gun shops, dental offices, massage parlors, and a Kenny Rogers Roaster. The music and the crowds can be a little overwhelming after a while. But up on the fourth floor, next to the Cineplex and a barber ...
Filipino boys carry a container with fish from a boat in the coastal town of Infanta, Pangasinan province, in this May 7, 2013, photo. Since China took control of the Scarborough Shoal last year, Filipino fishermen say Chinese maritime surveillance ships have shooed them from the disputed waters in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) and roped off the entrance to the vast lagoon that had ...
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Filipino World War II veterans who have waited for years to reunite with their adult children have something to cheer about today. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved an amendment introduced by U.S. Sen. Maize Hirono (D-HI) that would fast track these children's approved visa applications. "We thank Sen. Hirono for pushing this amendment through so ...
Chinese navy and marine surveillance forces are closely monitoring activities conducted by the Philippines on a vessel stranded on the Ren'ai Reef in the South China Sea, a source close to the matter told the Global Times.The Philippines filed a protest with the Chinese embassy in Manila Tuesday that the recent presence of a Chinese warship and two marine surveillance vessels near the reef ...
Chicken mangosteen curry papaya salad soft-shell crabs–Thai cuisine reworked for the Filipino palate
CLASSIC Chicken Satay with peanut sauce and cucumber relish While researching on Thai cuisine in Bangkok, executive chef Cheryl Pineda observed that the locals liked to mix their viands and chicken with mangosteen. That inspired her to create her version of the chicken mangosteen curry. The extract of the mangosteen's purple rind is infused in the curry sauce. This gives the chicken ...
Senator Franklin Drilon on Wednesday admitted to making the rounds among his fellow senators to seek help for the Senate presidency. Drilon said President Benigno Aquino III asked him "how things are" at the Senate during a meeting in a private office on Wednesday afternoon. "I said, well, we're talking to the senators. We are seeking their support," the senator said ...
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday said they are unlikely to reveal just yet when agents from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) would be travelling to Taiwan to continue its probe on the death of a Taiwan fisherman allegedly caught fishing illegally in Philippine ...
A former poll official on Wednesday questioned the P1.23 million intelligence funds allegedly given to the chairman and the commissioners of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).In a statement, Augusto "Gus" Lagman said he "didn't even know that the Comelec commissioners had that function.""Sometime in 2011, I received a check payable to me for P1 million, followed ...
In contrast with her evasiveness to the media during the campaign period, Senator-elect Nancy Binay is all over TV program these days, from news programs to fashion shows to late-night talk shows.In one of her recent TV appearances, the controversial daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay guested on GMA News TV's "Tonight With Arnold Clavio" to have some small post-election talk ...
Trash traps made of fabricated steel have been installed by the Ecological Strengthening Through Environment Rehabilitation and Orientation (ESTERO) project of the Misamis University Community Extension Program (MUCEP) in Carangan Creek, Ozamiz ...
MANILA, Philippines — In a sign of easing tensions, President Benigno Aquino III's expression of gratitude to Taiwan when it urged its citizens not to harm Filipinos was received well by the Taiwanese leaders, Malacaang said on Wednesday. After talking with his counterparts in Taiwan, Amadeo Perez, chair of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (Meco), on Wednesday relayed the ...
The Philippines will soon send an investigation team to Taiwan to gather evidence on the death of a Taiwanese fisherman killed by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Wednesday."The team will be leaving very soon," de Lima told reporters Wednesday, but she would not confirm when the team would exactly leave for Taipei, explaining that is because the ...
BANSALAN, Davao del Sur, Philippines - Unidentified armed men, in what initially appeared to be a robbery, killed a retired government official whose career started in 1986 when he was appointed this town's officer-in-charge mayor by the late president Corazon Aquino in the aftermath of the Edsa Revolution. But investigators said they were considering other angles in the slaying of Romulo ...
MANILA, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Four Philippine U.N. peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights five days ago have been freed, Philippine government officials said on Sunday. They had been seized by the rebels at an observation post on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday. ...
The Commision on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, will proclaim leading party-list groups without announcing the number of seats they obtained.Poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Wednesday they arrived at this decision after hearing the manifestations of various groups appealing for an early proclamation."We will be proclaiming the parties, not the number ...
President Benigno Aquino III has appointed a judge from Bulacan province as the newest associate justice of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA).The appointment of Ma. Belen Ringpis Liban, current judge of the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 85, was contained in a one-page transmittal letter of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and was also announced in ...
More Filipinos experienced hunger in March, with about 3.9 million Filipino families saying they had nothing to eat at some point during that time, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations.In ...
Communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels were able to rake in P26 million in extortion activities during the recently concluded midterm elections, the military said Wednesday, citing reports.According to Maj. Ramon Zagala, public affairs office chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the figure was way lower than the supposed P500 million target of the rebels."Documents and ...
Wed May 22, 2013 4:07am EDT Shares in conglomerate Alliance Global Group Inc jumped 3.8 percent to a one-week high of 27.2 peso amid hopes of potential gains from a planned listing of its hotel joint venture, a Manila-based equity trader said. Alliance Global Group shares have risen 8.6 percent since the listing plan report on May 10, outperforming a 2.7 percent gain of the broader Philippine ...
The Philippine government on Wednesday said the tension with Taiwan is already defusing, with Filipino investigators wrapping up their probe on the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman on May 9.Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Taiwanese government "received well" President Benigno Aquino's expression of gratitude for Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's ...
Giant tornado destroys Oklahoma town, at least 37 dead. Overturned cars are seen after a huge tornado touched down in the town of Moore, near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Monday. The huge tornado that struck the town on May 20 was given a preliminary rating of at least EF4, or the second highest strength level, with winds of up to 200 miles per hour (321 kph), a US government agency said. At least ...
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday denied the alleged police harassment on Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla and his family, saying the law enforcers who went to the Revillas' family compound in Cavite province last week observed standard operating procedures (SOP).In an interview on GMA News TV's "News to Go," Roxas said rules in proper police operations were followed ...
Sen. Manuel Villar remained the only billionaire member of the Senate last year, with Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero the poorest, based on their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for 2012.Villar, whose family owns a highly successful real estate business, declared P1,452,615,408 in assets for 2012. He has no listed liabilities. His combined net worth with his wife, ...
(56 mins ago) A new reporter in Taiwan has been sacked for fabricating a story about a diner refusing to serve Filipinos amid a diplomatic row over the recent killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, his company said today. The journalist, identified only by his family name Cheng, wrote on his Facebook page that he ';witnessed'' a diner owner refusing to sell boxed lunches to two men ...
Chen Wen-chi (left), from Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice of the Department of International and Cross-Strait Legal Affairs, listens as Chen Ming-tang, deputy minister of Taiwan’s Justice Ministry, speaks while holding a picture showing a bullet found in the fishing vessel after it was attacked by Philippine coastguards, killing a Taiwanese fisherman, during a press conference in Taipei ...
MANILA--Daily flights between the Philippines and Brazil, South America's largest country, may start soon following the approval of new air rights between the two countries this week. The on Wednesday announced that the Philippine and Brazilian governments had signed an air agreement. Under the accord signed by the Philippine air panel this week, a total of seven flights a week are now ...
The Philippines is ready to pay NT$1 million (P1.38 million) to the family of a Taiwanese fisherman shot dead in an encounter off disputed waters last May 9, the head of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office said late Tuesday.But MECO head Amadeo Perez Jr. told Taiwan's Central News Agency it is still not clear at this time if the amount will be considered a "donation" or ...
Militant groups on Wednesday picketed the office of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Makati City to call for an early resolution to the row stemming from the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters last May 9. The militants, who gathered near the RCBC Tower where the MECO office is located, also voiced sympathies to the relatives of the slain fisherman, radio ...
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of four Filipino peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights last week.
They had been detained May 7 in the vicinity of Al Jamlah in the area of limitation.
Appreciating the assistance of Qatar and of others involved in securing their safe release, the secretary-general emphasised to all parties the impartiality of UN peacekeepers in a statement.
"The secretary-general welcomes the release of the four United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers," reported Xinhua citing the UN chief in a statement. Sunday .
UNDOF, which is on the ground to monitor the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria, has been in the Golan Heights since 1974.
It has about 1,000 troops and civilian staff, who are from countries such as India, Austria, the Philippines, Morocco and Moldova.
The four UN peacekeepers were seized by the rebels at an observation post on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights last Tuesday.
It was second abduction of UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights over the past two months. In March, 21 Filipino peacekeepers from UNDOF were abducted but later released.
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