Preparing for flash floods in QC

July 16, 2010 11:47 pm· Comments Off on Preparing for flash floods in QC 

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (left) inspects the cityís newly-acquired rubber boats on display at the QC Hall grounds to highlight the city governmentís continuing efforts to meet any emergency similar to the typhoon Ondoy floods last year. Quezon City is joining the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) in the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July. With the mayor are former QC Police District director Elmo San Diego, who now sits as head of the cityís Department of Public Order and Safety, and Councilors Jaime Borres, Edcel ìGrexî Lagman Jr., Racquel Malangen and Allan Reyes. (PNA photo by Boy Antonio)

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Red Cross helps “Basyang” victims

July 16, 2010 12:01 pm· Comments Off on Red Cross helps “Basyang” victims 

MANILA, July 15 — After Typhoon “Basyang” (international codename: Conson) unleashed its ferocity in Metro Manila and nearby provinces on the night of July 13, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chapters in the affected areas immediately provided assistance to the victims.

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(Metro News) Man gets 40-year jail term for bank teller rape-slay

July 16, 2010 12:01 pm· Comments Off on (Metro News) Man gets 40-year jail term for bank teller rape-slay 

MANILA, July 15 — A man was sentenced on Thursday to maximum imprisonment of 40 years by a Manila regional trial court (RTC) in connection with the gruesome rape-slay of a MetroBank teller insider her condominium unit in Malate, Manila in 2004.

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Trading firm in criminal raps for Intellectual Property Rights violation

July 16, 2010 12:01 pm· Comments Off on Trading firm in criminal raps for Intellectual Property Rights violation 

MANILA, July 15 — A trading firm engaged in the distribution of imported hand tools in the local market has been charged with violation of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) law or Republic Act 8293 before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Osmena dubs Expanded Senior Citizen Law ‘idiotic’ tax exemption

July 16, 2010 12:01 pm· Comments Off on Osmena dubs Expanded Senior Citizen Law ‘idiotic’ tax exemption 

MANILA, July 15 – Senator Serge Osmena III on Thursday described the recently-implemented Expanded Senior Citizen Act as one of the ‘idiotic’ tax exemptions which causes the government to lose funds needed for basic services like education and health for every Filipino.

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'Basyang' leaves 11 fishermen dead in Manila Bay, Polilio, Catanduanes; 43 remain missing ‏

July 16, 2010 12:01 pm· Comments Off on 'Basyang' leaves 11 fishermen dead in Manila Bay, Polilio, Catanduanes; 43 remain missing ‏ 

MANILA, July 15 — A total of 11 fishermen were reported to have died in separate maritime incidents at the height of storm Basyang, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Thursday.

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Lawmakers laud creation of advisory body for peace talks

July 16, 2010 12:01 pm· Comments Off on Lawmakers laud creation of advisory body for peace talks 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, July 15 — Lawmakers welcomed the creation of an advisory body as part of the government's efforts to restore confidence on its peace talks with the rebels.

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Romulo: RP tapping ASEAN on challenges of new Aquino government

July 16, 2010 12:01 pm· Comments Off on Romulo: RP tapping ASEAN on challenges of new Aquino government 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, July 15 —- The fledgling administration of President Benigno Aquino III has eyed the facilitation of the regional grouping of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in addressing at least four challenges it faces, among which, are disaster management and economic security, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said.

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DFA's OCA served 5,700 passport applicants despite typhoon 'Basyang'

July 16, 2010 12:01 pm· Comments Off on DFA's OCA served 5,700 passport applicants despite typhoon 'Basyang' 

MANILA, July 15 —- Close to 6,000 passport applicants received regular attention and services on Wednesday, July 14, from the Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) of the Department of Foreign Affairs, despite widespread electrical failure in most of Metro Manila and the inclement weather due to typhoon “Basyang.”

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Pres. Aquino’s intercession recommended if death sentence vs. 3 Filipinos affirmed by Saudi supreme court

July 16, 2010 12:01 pm· Comments Off on Pres. Aquino’s intercession recommended if death sentence vs. 3 Filipinos affirmed by Saudi supreme court 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, July 16 — President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s intercession in the case of three Filipinos meted with the death penalty by a trial court in Saudi Arabia will be recommended by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should the Saudi Arabian Supreme Judicial Council affirm the death sentence.

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