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Alarmed Aquino calls for meeting on public road safety

MANILA, Philippines (ENS) — President Aquino has called a meeting of all relevant government agencies about public road safety as he expressed alarm about the recent spate of fatal road accidents that involved passenger buses, Malacanang said Monday, February 10. The President was particularly “very concerned” and saddened with the most recent accident involving a G.V. Florida bus that fell into a ravine in Bontoc, Mountain Province killing 14 passengers, one of whom was actor-comedian […]

FOI and Bangsamoro Basic Law, Included in Priority Bills of Congress

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte announced on Monday (February 10) that the Freedom of Information bill is one of the priority bills being pushed in  Congress.  He promised to have it passed by the end of his term. The announcement was made in the face of the slow progress of the FOI bill in Congress.  Discussion in the House of Representatives of the FOI bill has not gone past the committee level.  Another priority bill for […]

Various oil firms announce price rollback

MANILA, Philippines — Various oil companies announced Monday (February 10) that they will rollback their petroleum prices effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday (February 11). Shell, Petron, Seaoil and Phoenix petroleum all said that it would slash their prices in view of the movements in the international petroleum market. The reduction in prices will be 50 centavos per liter for gasoline, 25 centavos per liter for kerosene, and 20 centavos per liter for diesel.

One dead, 11 injured as SUV Falls Off Cliff in Zambo

A teacher was killed while his 11 companions were injured when a sports utility vehicle he was driving  fell from a cliff in Barangay Bulaan, in Sibugay, Zamboanga early morning Monday (February 10).  Zamboanga Police identified the fatality as Abdullah de Guzman.  His passengers — five school officials and six students — all suffered injuries.

600 Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong Hold “Dance Rally” against violence

Six hundred Filipino and Indonesian domestic helpers in Hong Kong participated in a dance rally as part of a global campaign called “1 Billion Rising For Justice.”   The campaign aims to end violence against women.  This was in response to a United Nations statistics that stated that 1 out of 3 women in the world, or equivalent to 1 billion people faced violence. According to a 2013 global review of available data cited by […]

Former SC Justice Cuevas dies at 85

  MANILA, Philippines – Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas died Sunday night (Feb. 9) at 9:57PM (Philippine Time).  He was 85. The Supreme Court announced his death Monday in a tweet, and said that the Philippine flag at the Supreme Court quadrangle in Padre Faura, Manila was placed at half mast. Cuevas was the Court’s 106th Associate Justice from June 1, 1984 to April 16, 1986.  He was appointed by then former President […]

LTFRB suspends operations of 238 buses of 2 companies for multiple violations

MANILA, Feb. 8 (PNA) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued preventive suspension orders to halt the operations of a total of 238 buses of G.V. Florida Transport Inc. and Mt. Province Cable Tours due to multiple violations committed by the two bus companies, including a fatal road accident recently. It was the most number of Public Utility Buses (PUBs) ever suspended by the LTFRB. The accident happened at around 8:00 […]

Let’s Welcome “Atbalin”

The Philippines is a country blessed with an ecosytem that is rich in biodiversity. Many species are only endemic in our archipelago and one of the most-well known is the Philippine Eagle. Also known as the “Monkey-Eating” eagle, the Philippine eagle is the world’s largest extant bird in terms of length. It has been declared as our country’s national bird. Also called “Haring Ibon” or “king of birds”, the first sighting of the Philippine eagle […]

Philippines May Host 2014 Miss World Pageant

Philippines may become the host of the 2014 Miss World after Miss World Megan Young recommended to Vice President Jejomar Binay the interest of the Miss World organization to hold the pageant in the country this year. This will be the first time that the pageant will be held in the country.

Comedian “Tado”, 2 foreigners among 14 dead in Bontoc bus accident

Comedian-actor Arvin “Tado” and two foreign nationals were among the 14 persons who died when a bus plunged into a ravine Monday morning (February 7) in Bontoc, Mt. Province, police said. Police have confirmed that “Tado” was one of 14 people who died on the spot when a  a Florida bus they were riding in fell into a 100 meter deep ravine along the highway in Sitio Pagang, Barangay Talubin in Bontoc town at around 7:20 […]

Congress backs Aquino’s call for world leaders to oppose China encroachment

MANILA, Feb. 7 (PNA) — Leaders of the House of Representatives expressed their full support to the call made by President Benigno S. Aquino III to various leaders around the world to join the Philippines in opposing China’s encroachment of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “Definitely we are in full support of President Aquino in respect to our claims on the West Philippine Sea. We will defend our rights of course,” said Speaker […]

Senate to file perjury case against Bangayan

The Senate will now file a case of perjury against businessman Davidson Bangayan at the Department of Justice for allegedly lying during a senate investigation on the rice smuggling controversy.  Bangayan maintained that he was not the David Tan who had been earlier tagged as the brains behind rice smuggling syndicate in the country.  His denial came about despite the Senate’s claim of overwhelming evidence against him.  The DOJ has also asked the Department of […]