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.


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).


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.


Lacson: Napoles linked more than 100 to 'pork scam'
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:32

by Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Panfilo LacsonJanet Lim Napoles named more than 100 people, including at least 10 other senators, in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, former senator Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.

Lacson, currently the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, revealed that the businesswoman's husband, former military officer Jimmy Napoles, met with him in late March.


HK downgrades travel alert vs. PHL, settles Manila hostage row
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:31

By GMA News

erapIn what could be seen as a sign of warming relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong, the Hong Kong government on Wednesday downgraded the travel alert it issued on the Philippines following the 2010 Manila hostage crisis.

In a statement posted on its website, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government said it adjusted the travel alert for the Philippines from black to amber, which means Hong Kong residents who intend to visit the country or are already there should monitor the situation, exercise caution, and attend to personal safety.


Muslim commission banned from getting ‘pork’
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:30

By Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star)

abadThe National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), an agency under the Office of the President (OP) that received more than P600 million in pork barrel funds in the first two years of its existence, is now banned as a “pork” recipient and implementer.

President Aquino had it delisted in the 2013 national budget as a Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) implementing agency.


Arum, De La Hoya talking Pacquiao-Alvarez bout - report
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:29

By AMD, GMA News

alvarez pacquiaoCould Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Promotions be on the verge of a team-up?

The LA Times' Lance Pugmire says Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy, and Bob Arum, Top Rank CEO are talking of a "super-bout" between the former's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and the latter's Manny Pacquiao.


Rain or Shine runs roughshod over sloppy Meralco Bolts, forges game three
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:28

By AMD, GMA News

chismThe Rain or Shine Elasto Painters made it two for two for the teams that had their backs against the wall with a 102-93 win over the Meralco Bolts, Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

After the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers defeated the Alaska Aces, the Elasto Painters made sure their series will also be extended to a do-or-die game three in the Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals, as they walloped the Bolts.


San Mig Coffee completes comeback, forces do-or-die with Alaska for semis berth
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:27

By AMD, GMA News

san mig alaskaThe San Mig Coffee Mixers are not ready to end their two-conference title reign just yet.

The Mixers leaned on a 16-0 run in the fourth quarter to overhaul the Alaska Aces' lead, and win, 70-65, on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, thus forcing a sudden death game three in their 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals series.


Caguioa blasts teammates after quarterfinals ouster
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:26


Mark CaguioaGinebra star Mark Caguioa pulled no punches as he lambasted his teammates after the Gin Kings were eliminated in the PBA Commissioners Cup quarter-finals by the top-seeded Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters Tuesday night.

Ginebra’s Commissioners Cup campaign ended on a brutal note as they were routed by TNT, 97-84, allowing the Texters to advance to the semi-finals. Caguioa scored 19 points in a losing effort.


Palace prepared to charge its allies
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:23

By Gil C. Cabacungan, TJ A. Burgonio, Philippine Daily Inquirer

abad-alcalaMalacañang announced Wednesday it was prepared to prosecute allies of President Benigno Aquino III amid speculation that Liberal Party stalwarts had been implicated in the diversion of pork barrel funds to dubious foundations.

The Inquirer has learned that Mr. Aquino summoned Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala Tuesday afternoon just hours after he was briefed by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on her five-hour meeting with Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged architect of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, during which the businesswoman executed an affidavit involving the diversion of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to ghost projects and kickbacks.


Aquino-Obama talks to focus on beneficial bilateral bonds
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:22

By Genalyn Kabiling and Elena Aben,

aquino-obamaThe talks in Manila next week between President Benigno S. Aquino III and US President Barack Obama will focus on expanding bilateral mutually beneficial economic and defense cooperation, Malacañang announced Wednesday.

The two leaders are also expected to tackle “continued cooperation” on the rehabilitation of communities ravaged by super-typhoon “Yolanda,” according to Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.


Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy over MRT extort scam
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:22

By Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star)

Al Vitangcol IIIMetro Rail Transit 3 general manager Al Vitangcol III yesterday said he is suing Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar for accusing him of trying to extort $30 million from a Czech company in exchange for a contract to supply new coaches for MRT 3.

“We will be filing legal action against the ambassador,” Vitangcol said. Ambassadors are immune from suit and cannot be arrested in the country where they are accredited.


Napoles may be ‘dangerous, vulnerable’ as witness – whistleblowers’ camp
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:19

By Andreo Calonzo/KBK, GMA News

Janet Lim-NapolesAlleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles may do more harm than good to the government's case against officials implicated in the supposed multibillion-peso anomaly.

The lawyer of Benhur Luy, principal pork barrel scam whistleblower, gave this warning on Wednesday following Justice Secretary Leila de Lima's announcement that Napoles is ready to tell all in connection with the supposed anomaly.


China, more than 12 countries, including PH, sign 'Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea'
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:18

By Agence France-Presse

wpsChina, the United States, Japan, the Philippines and more than a dozen other Asia-Pacific countries have signed a naval agreement aimed at ensuring miscommunication between ships at sea does not escalate into conflict.

The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, which was agreed Tuesday in the eastern port city of Qingdao, would reduce the potential for "situations to arise that could lead to conflict in busy sea lanes," the state-run China Daily said.


Gov’t appeals to 43 passengers still untested for MERS virus
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:18

by Jenny F. Manongdo and Genalyn D. Kabiling, Manila Bulletin

mers covThe government  yesterday appealed to 43 remaining passengers who rode with a Filipino nurse initially diagnosed with a deadly virus from the Middle East to coordinate with authorities for immediate testing.

Malacañang joined the Department of Health (DOH) in making the appeal. Of the 414 passengers on the Etihad flight to the Philippines from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, only the 43 remain unaccounted for.


Pacman wins a round in tax fight, but...
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:18

By The Philippine Star

pacquiaoFresh from regaining the World Boxing Organization welterweight title, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao has won the first round of his tax battle with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) on Tuesday stopped the BIR from garnishing his properties over his supposed P3.289-billion back taxes as it granted his motion to lift the warrants of distraint and levy and garnishment.



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