Politics

UNA decides to support President Aquino vs impeachment

MANILA — The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the House of Representatives threw their support on Monday to President Benigno S. Aquino III by not supporting any impeachment complaint against him. UNA spokesman and Navotas City Rep. Toby Tiangco said that for “delicadeza,” they will not endorse any impeachment complaint because the first beneficiary of …

A primer on Conservative government’s proposed new prostitution law, Bill C 36

OTTAWA — In a rare summer sitting, the House of Commons Justice committee is examining Bill C-36, the federal government’s proposed new prostitution law. Here are some of the changes the bill makes: Why a new law? Last December, in a case known as Bedford, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out existing prostitution laws, …

Employment minister tells skills summit Canada will face gap in trades workers

TORONTO — Canada’s employment minister says a shortage of skilled workers will be one of the country’s greatest future economic challenges. Jason Kenney gave the warning today at a skills summit in Toronto where stakeholders have gathered to discuss the labour market, employee training and those under-represented in the labour force. Kenney says the construction, …

PNP ready to secure arraignment of Sen. Revilla on Thursday at Sandiganbayan

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it is ready to secure Senator Ramon Revilla Jr, who is set to be arraigned Thursday for charges of plunder and graft at the Sandiganbayan. Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP-Public Information Office (PIO) chief, said there will be heavy police presence at Sandiganbayan in …

Palace: Gov’t ready to defend DAP before SC

MANILA — The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) is prepared to defend the legality of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s discretionary fund, Malacanang on Wednesday said. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda stressed this as the Supreme Court is expected to finally come out with a ruling on the constitutionality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) …

PNP looking at possibility of using 2 hospital rooms as JPE’s detention facility

MANILA — Should an order be issued calling for the immediate arrest of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced that it is looking at the possibility of using two rooms at its General Hospital to serve as detention facility of the elderly legislator. This option is being looked into in case …

North Korea calls US movie about plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un an “act of war”

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s take on an upcoming American comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un: Release this movie and face “merciless” retaliation. An unidentified spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said in state media that if the U.S. government doesn’t block the release of the movie, it …

Christine Elliott, Flaherty’s widow, to make bid to lead Ontario Tories: sources

TORONTO — Sources say the widow of former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty plans to take another shot at leading Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives. Christine Elliott is expected to announce today that she’s entering the race to succeed Tim Hudak, who will be stepping down as PC leader when the legislature returns on July 2. A …

NDP and Liberals see different lessons from Ontario vote for Toronto byelection

TORONTO — The Liberals and NDP are offering differing takes on what the Ontario election results could mean for the federal byelection contest in a downtown Toronto riding that switched from New Democrat orange to Liberal red in the provincial vote. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said the upset win by his provincial counterparts to snatch …