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Vhong Navarro Faces New Rape Complaint

Television host and actor Vhong Navarro is facing a new rape complaint. A certain Roxanne Acosta has filed a rape case against the actor in the Pasig City Prosecutors Office, according to her lawyer Virgilio Batalla.  Acosta, who hails from Cebu City, has reportedly joined several beauty pageants including Ms. Resorts World 2010 and Miss Bikini Philippines.  Meanwhile, the cases filed by Navarro and Deniece Cornejo and her friend Cedric Lee still remain unresolved.

LRT To Add Travel Hours

The Light Rail Transit Authority may add travel hours for LRT passengers, in view of the heavy traffic expected to be caused by the various construction projects along EDSA, including the Skyway 3 project. LRTA Spokesman Hernando Cabrera said they would shorten the time spent in inspecting the trains to ensure additional travel hours for their passengers.

Sandiganbayan denies Arroyo’s appeal to be granted bail

MANILA, Feb. 20 (PNA) — The Sandiganbayan on Thursday said it had dismissed the petition for bail filed by former President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in connection with the plunder case filed against her. In the ruling, the Sandiganbayan denied Mrs. Arroyo’s motion for reconsideration and the supplemental petition for bail for lack of merit. In her petition, Mrs. Arroyo argued that she would like to be temporarily released from hospital […]

PNP Admits Difficulty Catching Online Libel Suspects

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group admitted that it would be difficult for them to determine the identity and arrest online libel suspects. According to PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group Chief Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa, the police would need digital evidence to catch online libel suspects, but this would be difficult as the suspects can post a different picture and digital information.  They could also erase digital evidence. That is why traditional methods of investigation would still […]

Aquino: no verified reports yet of human rights violations vs OFWs in Malaysia

MANILA, Feb. 19 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday said the government has no verification if reports of alleged human rights violations against Filipino workers in Malaysia were at all true. “I have not seen any proof of alleged human rights violations,” the President said in Filipino, during an ambush interview after the inauguration of the Estero de San Miguel Micro Medium-Rise building in Sampaloc, Manila. He added the Department of Foreign […]

Senate To Ratify FOI Bill Before Congress Break

Senate President Franklin Drilon guarantees that the Senate will ratify the Freedom of Information Bill before the congressional break on March 15. He added that the debate has ended and all amendments have been included before the submission of the bill to the bicameral committee.

Senate Has No Charter Change Plan

The Senate will not initiate its own move for charter change. Senate President Franklin Drilon said that the body will wait for the House of Representatives to pass the its own charter change proposal so that the Senate can make sure that the amendments are limited to economic provisions.

Medium-Rise Building for informal settlers in Manila’s Estero de San Miguel inaugurated

MANILA, Feb. 19 (PNA) — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon J. Soliman joined President Benigno S. Aquino III in the inauguration Wednesday morning of the first Medium-Rise Building (MRB) for informal settlers in Estero de San Miguel in Barangay 412, Legarda, Sampaloc, Manila. According to Secretary Soliman, the MRB is part of the national government’s continuing initiatives to provide safe, decent and affordable houses for informal settler families (ISFs) living near […]

Government okays LRT, MRT smartcards

MANILA, Feb. 19 (PNA) — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has given the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) a Multi-Year Obligational Authority (MYOA), which is effectively green-lighting a “contactless smartcard” fare collection system for Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines 1 and 2, as well as for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 in Metro Manila. Another MYOA was issued to the DOTC for the implementation of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) New […]

Aquino wants Napoles to undergo medical exam first before allowing hospital arrest

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) –Although open to the possibility of house arrest for alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Napoles, President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday wanted her be examined first to confirm her condition. The President, during an ambush interview after the inauguration of the Estero de San Miguel Micro Medium-Rise building in Sampaloc, Manila, said that healthcare for all detainees should not be compromised. He raised the issue following Napoles’ complaints of her […]