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Roxas vows no personal attacks against rivals

Administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas vowed yesterday that he and his runningmate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo will never engage in personal attacks against their rivals in the duration of the campaign until election day next year. Instead, Roxas said they will engage the public in discussions on whether or not the honest and good governance initiated by President Aquino must continue in order to help the voters choose their national leaders wisely come election day. “On our part, I and Congresswoman Leni believe that how we campaign is an indication of how we will govern,” Roxas told reporters in an interview at the LP headquarters in Quezon City. “So we will (be) on the high-level, we will focus on the issues, the programs to convince our countrymen that it is good for the …

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Court OKs prisoner’s transfer due to safety concerns

To avoid a repeat of the suicide of accused Police Officer 2 Hernani Decipulo Jr. in 2012, a Quezon City judge handling the “Maguindanao Massacre” case,  stressed yesterday that the abnormal behavioral manifestations of the accused should be taken into consideration. Decipulo jumped from the rooftop of the Quezon City Jail Annex at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan that resulted in his death. With the incident Assisting Judge Genie Gapan-Agbada of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 221 granted the motion of accused, Bimbo Salazar Piang, for his transfer of detention to the QC jail in Kamuning. Piang, a civilian volunteer officer then identified with the private army of the Ampatuans, was recently transferred to the QC jail for his safety and security as well as for his psychological well-being. Piang is …

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‘Bong’ asks Sandigan to let him attend daughter’s debut

Detained Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has asked the Sandiganbayan First Division to allow him to attend the coming-out party of his daughter Ma. Fraznel Loudette this Saturday. “As a father, Senator Revilla wishes to perform his obligation and be part of Loudette’s special day,” read the motion filed by his lawyers. Revilla’s counsels asked the graft court permit the senator to be at her daughter’s 18th birthday party that will be held at the Bellevue Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City from 7 to 10 p.m. “As part of the family-oriented Filipino culture, during Loudette’s 18th birthday, her parents would present her to society as a young lady coming of age and formally turning into an adult,” they explained. “It is a tradition which daughters and their families prepare for, look forward to, and …

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Poe, House bloc bat for creation of emergency management department

Senator Grace Poe pushed yesterday for the creation by Congress of a department expanding the government’s national disaster preparedness program that would be focused solely on risk management and emergency response. Poe, an independent presidential candidate, made the call since the Philippines is admittedly one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural calamities. This fact was highlighted by this week’s  typhoon ‘’Lando’’ that wreak Luzon. The lady senator said the new department should be an expansion of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) which would take charge whenever calamities occur on a national or regional scope. Poe’s call was echoed by the House Independent Bloc, which said that the proposal seeking the creation of a new government agency that would solely focus on relief and rehabilitation efforts should be …

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Maynilad to close part of EDSA-Pasay

Starting today, Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) will conduct road re-blocking and restoration work along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) corner C. Jose St. in Malibay, Pasay City, following the repair of a leaking 150mm-diameter pipeline. And by tomorrow, three of the five north-bound lanes along this portion of EDSA will be closed to traffic from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. At daytime, the area will be made passable to vehicular traffic as the diggings will be temporarily covered by steel plates. However, beginning midnight of Friday, two of these three lanes will be closed to traffic for 24 hours for road restoration. On Saturday, these first two lanes will be opened to traffic while the third lane will be closed for road restoration for 24 hours. By Monday, Maynilad will complete road restoration activities …

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SC stops Sandigan from hearing GMA plunder case

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday ordered the Sandiganbayan to stop for 30 days the proceedings on the plunder case involving P366 million in funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) filed against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. It acted on Arroyo’s new pleading that invoked a recommendation of the United Nations Technical Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on her release from detention “in accordance with the relevant international human rights standards.” It also ordered the Sandiganbayan’s first division, where the plunder case is pending, to comment on Mrs. Arroyo’s pleading. The 30-day suspension of proceedings would enable the SC to rule on Arroyo’s plea to reverse the Sandiganbayan’s ruling that denied her motion to post bail, oral arguments, and the issuance of a temporary restraining order that would stop the trial on …

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Phivolcs upgrades Monday quake

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has upgraded the magnitude of earthquake off Occidental Mindoro to 5.8, as more areas were reported to have felt the moderately strong earthquake last Monday evening. The quake, initially measured at 5.4-magnitude, was felt as far as La Union at around 9:50 p.m. Monday. Its epicenter was located at 20 kilometers (km) northeast of Looc, Occidental Mindoro. According to Phivolcs science research analyst John Lery Deximo, the earthquake was generated from a local fault transecting the Philippine archipelago, which was the same fault that triggered the strong 7.1-magnitude Mindoro earthquake on November 15, 1994. The 1994 tremor generated a tsunami, which accounted for majority of the casualties and significant damage on the northern shoreline communities of Mindoro. Based on the Phivolcs data, there were 78 casualties …

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Passed bill allows any island of any size to be a new province

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill that would transform one or more islands into a province even without meeting the minimum land area requirement set by law. Congressmen voted unanimously to pass House Bill (HB) 6138 which could trigger the creation of additional provinces following the lifting of strict land area requirements. Authors of the measure included Reps. Guillermo Romarate (NUP, Surigao del Norte); Francisco Matugas (LP, Surigao del Norte); Philip Pichay (LP, Surigao del Sur) and Florencio Garay (LP, Surigao del Norte). Under HB 6138, the land area requirement for the creation of provinces can be lifted if it is composed of one or more islands. HB 6138 proposes to amend Section 461 (b) of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of …

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Suspect in P2.4-M ATM robbery in Quezon City arrested

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) announced yesterday the arrest of a man allegedly involved in the P2.4-million robbery at an automated teller machine (ATM) on Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City, last week. Chief Supt. Edgardo G. Tinio, QCPD director, identified the suspect as Normil Bolong, a former bank 2nd man compliance maintenance technician and security guard of G4S Cash Solutions Philippines. Chief Insp. Rodelio Marcelo, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU), in Camp Karingal, said that Bolong was arrested by his men last Monday night at Wells Fargo Fort Mckinley in Taguig City. The arresting team’s leader, Insp. Alan Dela Cruz, said that his team coordinated with Bolong’s employer, G4S Cash Solutions Philippines, in making the arrest. Marcelo said the suspect was traced through background checks of present and former …

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