Algerian airliner missing over Mali ‘probably crashed’

July 25, 2014 12:32 am

ALGIERS: An Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday over Mali with 116 passengers and crew, including 50 French nationals, on board probably crashed, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. “Despite intensive searches, no trace of the plane has been … Read more »

‘Bangsa law may spark war’

July 24, 2014 10:33 pm

THE impasse over alleged “alterations” in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may trigger a fresh conflict that could leave the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at the losing end if their differences are not immediately settled, … Read more »

SC says it rejected DAP offer

July 24, 2014 10:30 pm

THE Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday denied receiving any fund under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), noting that it turned down an offer from Malacañang to provide P100 million of pooled savings early this year. The tribunal issued a resolution … Read more »

Solons endorsed DAP projects – Abad

July 24, 2014 10:30 pm

ADMINISTRATION and opposition lawmakers nominated projects that were funded through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad disclosed on Thursday. Speaking during a hearing conducted by the Senate finance committee, Abad explained that DAP was not offered … Read more »

Plane carrying 119 people vanishes in new air mystery

July 24, 2014 10:28 pm

ALGIERS: Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers. “Air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane Thursday flying from … Read more »

New spending mechanism outside DAP discovered

July 24, 2014 10:28 pm

THE Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is not the only mechanism that the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd is using to fund government programs with multi-billion savings pooled by the government, the Senate finance committee discovered on Thursday. According to … Read more »

No classes in 32 schools for SONA

July 24, 2014 10:26 pm

CLASSES in 32 public elementary and high schools in Quezon City will be cancelled on July 28, the day President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivers his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA). The Department of Education said classes will be … Read more »

US eyes Philippines as member of Pacific partnership

July 24, 2014 10:25 pm

United States Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg said the Philippines will be invited to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). At present, there are 12 members of TPP—Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. … Read more »

2.2 billion people poor, most vulnerable to natural disasters – UN

July 24, 2014 10:24 pm

TOKYO: More than 2.2 billion people are “poor or near-poor,” with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said on Thursday. While poverty is in decline worldwide, growing … Read more »

‘Pork’ kickbacks put in trolleys – Luy

July 24, 2014 10:23 pm

Commissions allegedly received by Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. were stashed in trolleys, pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy testified before the Sandiganbayan on Thursday. The court was hearing the bail plea of Revilla, who is accused of amassing P224 … Read more »