President Aquino welcomes new International Maritime Organization Secretary General

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm· Comments Off on President Aquino welcomes new International Maritime Organization Secretary General 

MANILA, Feb. 7 — President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed on Tuesday Koji Sekimizu, the new Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), who called on him in Malacañang.

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President Aquino confers Order of Sikatuna on outgoing French ambassador

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm· Comments Off on President Aquino confers Order of Sikatuna on outgoing French ambassador 

MANILA, Feb. 7 — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday conferred the Order of Sikatuna on outgoing French Ambassador Thierry Borja de Mozota in recognition of his role in strengthening bilateral ties between France and the Philippines.

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SC calls for special en banc session on Thursday

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm· Comments Off on SC calls for special en banc session on Thursday 

MANILA, Feb. 7 — The Supreme Court (SC) has called for a special en banc session on Thursday in connection with impeachment-related matters, particularly the House prosecution panel's request to subpoena some justices of the SC to testify against impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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PSBank exec to heed subpoena on Corona’s impeachment trial

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm· Comments Off on PSBank exec to heed subpoena on Corona’s impeachment trial 

By Joann Santiago

MANILA, Feb. 7 — An executive of the Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) on Tuesday said he and his colleagues will attend the hearing as required by the Senate impeachment court in its subpoena.

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On the President’s trip to Dumaguete on his birthday on Wednesday

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm· Comments Off on On the President’s trip to Dumaguete on his birthday on Wednesday 

MANILA, Feb. 7 — In keeping with the values of servant leadership espoused by his family, President Aquino will spend his birthday Wednesday in Dumaguete City, one of the areas most affected by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the Visayas on Monday.

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Customs turns over to PDEA last package of smuggled chemicals used in making ecstasy

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm· Comments Off on Customs turns over to PDEA last package of smuggled chemicals used in making ecstasy 

MANILA, Feb. 7 – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the last of the nine packages of chemicals used in making illegal drugs allegedly imported by arrested drug suspect Marvin Sia.

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SC Justice Del Castillo to take leave of absence

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm· Comments Off on SC Justice Del Castillo to take leave of absence 

MANILA, Feb. 7 – Supreme Court (SC) Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said on Tuesday that Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo will take a leave of absence to undergo heart surgery.

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Phivolcs chief urges compliance with National Building Code

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm· Comments Off on Phivolcs chief urges compliance with National Building Code 

By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, Feb. 7 – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum is advocating anew compliance with the country’s National Building Code (Presidential Decree 1096, Series of 1977) to help lessen death and destruction from earthquakes which the Philippines is at risk for being located along tremor-prone Pacific Ring of Fire.

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FASAP president confirms Corona's involvement in recalling SC ruling in PAL

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm· Comments Off on FASAP president confirms Corona's involvement in recalling SC ruling in PAL 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Feb. 7 – Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) president Roberto Anduiza confirmed on Tuesday that Chief Justice Renato Corona participated in the decision of the Supreme Court to recall the decision on the FASAP case against the Philippine Airlines on Oct. 4 last year.

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Quake-damaged roads, bridges derail relief operations in Negros Oriental

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm· Comments Off on Quake-damaged roads, bridges derail relief operations in Negros Oriental 

MANILA, Feb. 7 — Relief goods are ready for distribution in earthquake-stricken areas of central Visayas, particularly in Negros Oriental, but damaged roads and bridges in some towns hamper government operations.

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