Palace: Aquino admin not targeting opposition in filing charges related to pork barrel scam

By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA, April 2 (PNA) —The Aquino administration is not targeting senators who are members of the opposition with the impending filing of plunder and graft charges against them in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam, a Malacanang official said on Wednesday. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. made the statement following Vice President Jejomar Binay’s written request not to limit the filing of charges to […]

Filipino activists protest China’s blockade attempt in the South China Sea

(Reuters) — Dozens of Filipino activists rallied at a demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in Manila’s business district on Wednesday (April 2) to protest China’s recent blockade attempt of a vessel in the South China Sea. Two Chinese coastguards tried to block a Philippine civilian vessel delivering food, water and fresh troops to Second Thomas Shoal on Saturday (March 29), The shoal is known in China as Ren’ai reef and in the Philippines as Ayungin. Protesters in Manila condemned the blockade attempt, citing the Philippines’ claim […]

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines celebrates Earth Day at various venues of the CCP complex with the theme “Clean Air” on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The event starts with a Fun Run at the CCP Complex at 6:00am followed by a program with performances by Ballet Philippines and ventriloquist Wanlu at the CCP Front Lawn at 7:30am. At 8am, exhibits and fair will open, and visual artist Junyee unveils his artwork, consisting of 300 […]

Ombudsman finds senators Enrile, Estrada and Revilla liable for plunder and graft in PDAF scam

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman found senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., liable for plunder, saying they took “undue advantage of their official position” in the use of their pork barrel funds. Aside from plunder, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales also said that the three senators were also liable for graft for allegedly receiving multi-million peso kickbacks in exchange for funneling their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to fake […]

Shell, Petron hike oil prices for gas, diesel and kerosene

Shell Philippines and Petron Corporation hiked prices of their oil products effective 6 a.m. today. The two oil giants increased prices of kerosene and diesel by 50 centavos per liter while they also hiked 10 centavos per liter on prices of gasoline. Petron however rolled back prices of its LPG products by P2.20 per kilogram. This will bring a decrease of P24.20 on prices of 11-kilogram tank of Gasul and Fiesta Gas. Petron also cut […]

Napoles not to be given VIP treatment at Ospital ng Makati

The Ospital ng Makati said it would not give any special treatment to Janet Lim-Napoles. The businesswoman who was accused of engineering the pork barrel scam was admitted late Monday night at the hospital where she will be undergoing surgery for myoma. Napoles arrived at the Ospital ng Makati at 10:19 p.m., Monday, March 31.  She was not handcuffed. During a press conference Tuesday, April 1, Dr. Ismael Peralta said that hospital personnel are treating […]

Aquino says “memorial” filed with UN not meant to provoke China

MANILA, March 31 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Monday the Philippines’ filing of a memorial or written argument with the United Nations arbitration court is meant to boost the country’s claim on a part of the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and not to provoke China. It can be recalled that the memorial was filed by the Philippines before the Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law […]