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Metro Manila Experiences Cold Weather

According to PAGASA, Mindano will experience cloudy skies with thunderstorms due to the trough of the low pressure area. Visayas will experience rains due to the tail-end of the cold front. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will generally fair weather with partly cloudy skies and isolated rain showers. Expect cold weather brought by the north-east monsoon.

Malacañang asked to cancel Meralco Franchise

Malacañang refused to comment on the call to cancel Meralco’s franchise for allegedly passing its obligation to consumers by raising electricity rates. According to Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, it is the sole prerogative of the Congress to cancel the legislative franchise of Meralco, and is not within the ambit of the executive department.

Malacañang Asks DOE to Guarantee Adequate LPG Supply

Malacañang asked the Department of Energy to make sure that there is adequate supply of liquefied petroleum gas in the country.  This is in the face of warnings from the LPG sector regarding the impending LPG supply shortage because of the closure of the Shell Batangas LPG Refilling Station. Department of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla was asked to investigate the matter and to prevent the rise in prices due to the alleged shortage.

COMELEC Considers Internet Voting in 2016

Commission on Elections is considering the use of internet technology for voting in the 2016 elections. According to COMELEC Commissioner Lucenito Tagle, Chairman of the Overseas Absentee Voting Committee, this is based on what is provided in the Overseas Absentee Voting Act.

Ruby Tuason Faces Senate Blue Ribbon Committee

The new witness on the pork barrel scam investigation, Ruby Tuason faced the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Thursday (February 13, 2014), denying the accusations of Senator Jinggoy Estrada that her statements are scripted.  Tuason said she’s only telling the truth. The hearing was headed by Committee Chairman Senator TJ Guingona. Also present in the hearing are Ben Hur Luy and other whistle-blowers on the pork barrel scam as well as Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

Palace reiterates commitment to protect journalists, uphold press freedom

MANILA, Feb. 13 (PNA) — Malacanang on Thursday reiterated its commitment to intensify efforts to protect journalists and uphold the freedom of expression. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. made the statement during a Palace media briefing where he also acknowledged the decline of the Philippines in this year’s World Press Freedom Index. The country this year placed 149th on the index — two places lower than its ranking in 2013, […]

Centenarian Bill Passes House Committee Level

The House Committee on Population and Family Relations approved the Centenarian Bill, a proposed law giving benefits to Filipinos who reached 100 years of age. Benefits include 30% discount on products and services and exemption from payment of VAT. The centenarian would also receive a letter of felicitation from the President of the Philippines as well as a cash gift worth Php 100, 000.

Sen. Estrada vehemently denies Tuason’s allegations in Senate probe

MANILA, Feb. 13 (PNA) – Sen. Jinggoy Estrada on Thursday vehemently denied the testimony of Ruby Tuason in the Senate where the co-accused turned witness in the pork barrel scam claimed she gave kickback money to the senator in his Senate office in 2008. ”I vehemently denied that she gave money twice here in the Senate. I’m very confident that she did not bring any money here,” Estrada said in a Senate media interview few […]

MMDA Traffic Management Summit in Makati

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority conducts an ongoing traffic management summit in Makati due to the many infrastructure projects that will be implemented this year.  There are 15 major infrastructure projects scheduled to start this year in Metro Manila.

Pork Barrel Scam: Another Batch of Cases

The Department of Justice will file the third batch of cases against those  involved in the pork barrel scam. In the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, Secretary of Justice Leila De Lima explained that they are waiting for the Ombudsman to finish its revisions and for the Sandiganbayan to hear the first batch of cases. Included in the first batch of cases filed by the DOJ are Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, […]

Nolcom troops Prepare for Natural Disasters

The troops of Northern Luzon Command underwent a series of training to prepare for unexpected calamities like Typhoon Yolanda. According to Northern Luzon Command 1st Civil Relations Group Commander Major Emmanuel Garcia, also included in the training are local police, local government units, DepEd, DSWD, and NDRRMC. The training focuses on the scenarios that occurred during the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda and how to prepare for the eventuality of experiencing a storm of the […]