DOJ can't sanitize Napoles' list -lawyer
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:34

By Camille Diola (philstar.com)

pnoy de limaThe Department of Justice (DOJ) cannot purge the list of alleged "pork barrel" scam operators that Janet Lim Napoles submitted, her lawyer said amid speculations that the Aquino administration will protect its allies.

In an interview with dzMM on Friday, Napoles' lawyer Bruce Rivera said that the detained businesswoman's camp has a copy of names of personalities she worked with. The list purportedly includes senators and members of the House of Representatives.

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DOJ urged: Name names
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:33

By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star)

de limaWhether it’s 12 or 19 senators implicated by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles in the pork barrel scam, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano urged Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to make a full disclosure of their identities so that they would be given a chance to defend themselves.

Former and incumbent senators were allegedly in a list of names provided separately by Napoles to De Lima and former senator Panfilo Lacson, now presidential assistant on rehabilitation and recovery.

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Sandiganbayan issues hold departure orders vs. ex-CJ Corona, Chavit
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:30

By JOEL LOCSIN, GMA News

Chief Justice Renato Corona chavit singsonThe Sandiganbayan on Friday issued hold departure orders against former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson and former Chief Justice Renato Corona for separate cases.

The HDO against Singson stemmed from a P26-million graft case while the one against Corona stemmed from a perjury case, radio dzBB's Glen Juego reported.

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Blue Ribbon Senators in Napoles’ list
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:30

By Manila Bulletin

Senate Blue Ribbon CommitteeSome members of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, the same panel that conducted an inquiry into the P10-billion pork barrel scam, are among those implicated in the controversial fund scandal.

This was revealed yesterday by Atty. Bruce Rivera, one of the lawyers of suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, as Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago disclosed “a vast, costly, and sinister disinformation operation” to help those implicated in the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

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Pacquiao must go through PBA Draft, says Commissioner Salud
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:28

By Karlo Sacamos, SPIN

Manny PacquiaoManny Pacquiao must go through the PBA Draft if he is dead serious on playing professional ball.

The league on Thursday decided against allowing NLEX, Blackwater, and Kia to make direct hires after a board meeting, leaving the Filipino boxing icon without a choice but to go through the Rookie Draft on August 24 if he is to pursue his plan to play professional ball.

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Mayweather unimpressed with Pacquiao’s victory
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:27

By Dino Maragay (The Philippine Star)

Floyd Mayweather JrFloyd Mayweather Jr. was asked for his opinion on Manny Pacquiao’s recent win over Timothy Bradley. The undefeated American, as expected, hardly had any praise for the Filipino icon.

In a report by fighthype.com’s Ben Thompson, Mayweather admitted seeing portions of Pacquiao’s fight with Bradley last April 13, even congratulating the Filipino for reclaiming the WBO welterweight title via a unanimous decision.

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Sanctions likely as PBA summons Yeng Guiao for calling Cliff Hodge ‘mongoloid’
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:26

By Rey Joble, InterAksyon

Yeng Guiao cliff hodgesA hefty fine likely awaits Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao for trying to confront Cliff Hodge and using slurs on the Meralco forward after Game Two of their PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series on Wednesday.

PBA commissioner Chito Salud told a small group of sportswriters on Thursday that he has summoned the fiery coach on Friday to explain the matter.

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Fil-Am doctor among 3 killed in attack on Afghanistan hospital
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:24

By Reuters/Joel Locsin/ELR, GMA News

AfghanistanA Filipino-American doctor was among three people killed in an attack on a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, the Philippine embassy in Washington D.C. said.

In a post on its Twitter account, the embassy identified the fatality as Dr. Jerry Umanos, a Filipino-American pediatrician from Chicago.

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‘They were my mentors’
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:24

by Dr. Dante A. Ang, Chairman Emeritus, The Manila Times

napolesNapoles: Senator, former DAR chief, ex-DA Usec taught me the ropes In yesterday’s papers, Janet Lim-Napoles, primary suspect in the P10-billion PDAF scam, insisted that she was not the brains behind it and pointed instead to another.

Her lawyer, Bruce Rivera,  said “she is not the most guilty.” That being the case, she can qualify as a state witness, Rivera added.

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Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:23

By Norman Bordadora, Philippine Daily Inquirer

miriam lacsonSen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Thursday accused former Sen. Panfilo Lacson of being part of a “trinity of unholy conspirators” that was sowing disinformation in the pork barrel scam.

In a commencement speech at Lyceum University in Laguna province, Santiago said Lacson’s story—that he received a copy of an unsigned draft affidavit from alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles—was part of “a vast, costly and sinister disinformation operation.”

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No ‘apology’ over Manila bus crisis, but issues addressed – Almendras
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:21

By Elizabeth Marcelo/JDS, GMA News

Hong Kong leungWhile diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong are getting back to normal after the 2010 Manila hostage crisis, the resolution of the conflict is still hounded with intrigue.

At a press conference in Hong Kong on Wednesday, the Hong Kong media specifically inquired about the lack of words like “apology” and “sorry” in a letter from the Philippine government presented to the families of the victims.

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Erap gets cheers, jeers for Hong Kong mission
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:21

By ABS-CBNnews.com

erapTension between Hong Kong and the Philippines finally ended Wednesday, through the help of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

In behalf of the Philippine government, Estrada flew to Hong Kong last Tuesday to offer sympathy and regret to the families of Hong Kong tourists killed in the 2010 hostage taking at the Quirino Grandstand.

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Will PNoy, Obama discuss China?
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:20

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

obama pnoyA Palace official is unsure if President Benigno Aquino will seek US President Barack Obama's concrete support for the Philippine position in its maritime dispute with China when the American leader visits Manila next week.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said he is not sure if the discussions will go that far when the two leaders sit down for a bilateral meeting in Malacanang next week.

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Ex-COA chief and co-accused in Arroyo plunder case nabbed
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:19

By Julliane Love De Jesus, INQUIRER.net

Reynaldo VillarPolice arrested former Commission on Audit (COA) chief Reynaldo Villar, co-accused of former President and now Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a plunder case, on Thursday.

Arroyo, along with Villar and others, were charged over the alleged misuse of P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds that went to “fictitious” expenses in the last two and a half years of her term.

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Gov’t spends P2 M to test passengers for MERS
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:18

By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star)

mers covThe government has spent at least P2 million to track down and test passengers of an Etihad Airlines flight that arrived in the country on April 15 for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.

Department of Health (DOH) program manager for Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases Lyndon Lee Suy said the cost of the tests is P5,000 per passenger.

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Puerto Galera tourists cautioned vs unprotected sex
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:17

By The Philippine Star

Puerto GaleraVacationers and tourists going to Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro were advised not to engage in unprotected sex, as the town is one of the areas considered high risk for HIV (human immuno virus) or AIDS (acute immune deficiency syndrome) infection, the Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday.

Eduardo Janairo, DOH director for Region-4B, said Puerto Galera is listed in the “Category C Area” where the risk of HIV/AIDS infection is higher.

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Danica Sotto on dad Vic Sotto marrying Pauleen Luna: ‘Too soon’
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:06

By Pep.ph

Danica SottoPara kay Danica Sotto, hindi problema ang malaking agwat ng edad ng kanyang amang si Vic Sotto sa current girlfriend nitong si Pauleen Luna. Si Vic ay 59 years old na, habang si Pauleen ay 25 lamang.

Basta para kay Danica, kung saan masaya ang kanyang ama, masaya na rin siya para rito. Pahayag niya, "A lot of people are asking me nga kung ano ang masasabi ko, ano ba ang puwede kong i-comment.

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