Politics

Aussies take notice after Stephen Harper ‘shirtfronts’ Vladimir Putin

BRISBANE, Australia — Russia’s Vladimir Putin departed the Group of 20 summit earlier than planned on Saturday following some tense encounters with Western leaders, including an admonishment from Stephen Harper to “et out of Ukraine.” The G20 summit was drawing to a close after being overshadowed by Western anger towards Putin, with some of his …

Putin denies he fled Summit pressure

BRISBANE, Australia — Russian President Vladimir Putin made an early exit on Sunday from a two-day summit of world leaders where he was roundly criticized over Russia’s escalating aggression in Ukraine, but brushed off suggestions that he had felt pressured. Putin was the first leader to fly out of Brisbane on Sunday afternoon as his …

Harper tells Putin to “get out of Ukraine” at G20 summit in Australia

BRISBANE, Australia — Stephen Harper told Vladimir Putin to “get out of Ukraine” in an encounter with the Russian leader at the Group of 20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. Harper’s spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of leaders at this morning’s session when Putin approached and extended his hand. …

Palace: President Aquino is not stopping Senate probe on Vice President

MANILA — Malacañang on Wednesday clarified that President Benigno S. Aquino III is not stopping the Senate investigation of Vice President Jejomar Binay. “We wish to correct the report that states that the President wanted the Senate investigation of Vice President Jejomar Binay stopped. For the record, what the President did was to relay the …

Drilon optimistic blue ribbon subcommittee will consider Pres. Aquino’s appeal

MANILA – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday expressed optimism that the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee will consider the appeal of President Benigno Aquino III to wrap up its inquiry into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall car park building. ”I’m sure they will consider that in the process of their decision making,” Drilon said, …

President Aquino hopes to emulate China’s success in hosting APEC

BEIJING, China — President Benigno S. Aquino III did not conceal his admiration on the way China handled this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, saying he hoped the Philippines could emulate their success when it takes over the chairmanship in 2015. In an interview with members of the Philippine media delegation here Tuesday evening, …

Pimentel urges star witness to donate land registered under his name

MANILA — Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Wednesday urged former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado to donate the 4.5 hectares portion of the so-called “Hacienda Binay” estate in Rosario, Batangas that is registered under his name. Mercado has claimed in previous Senate inquiry into the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Vice President Jejomar Binay that …

CA affirms Pasay RTC judge’s refusal to inhibit in poll raps vs. GMA, Abalos

MANILA — The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the refusal of a Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge to inhibit himself from handling the electoral sabotage case against former President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin Abalos, Sr. In a 10-page ruling written …

Politics has nothing to do with my designation as acting DOH chief — Garin

MANILA — Department of Health (DOH) acting Secretary Janette L. Garin emphasized Wednesday that politics has nothing to do with her current designation as acting DOH chief while DOH Secretary Enrique T. Ona is on leave. Garin said being a former politician does not prevent her from serving the country. She added she may not …

Myanmar President extols Bangsamoro peace pact

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar — The historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was one of the developments in the ASEAN region that was acknowledged by Myanmar President U Thein Sein during the opening ceremony of the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit here Wednesday. President Thein Sein is the chairman …