Politics

President Aquino’s House allies downplay dip in ratings

MANILA — Allies of President Benigno Aquino III at the House of Representatives on Monday downplayed the decline in his popularity and trust ratings saying these will rebound in time. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., in a text message to reporters, said he believes the President’s ratings will bounce back anytime. “I am sure it (ratings) …

Alberta politician caught in prostitution sting welcomed back to Tory caucus

EDMONTON — An Alberta politician caught trying to buy sex from undercover officers in Minnesota while on a government trip has been allowed back into the Progressive Conservative caucus. Government whip George VanderBurg said Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo member of the legislature Mike Allen has been accepted back after a secret-ballot vote by caucus members. VanderBurg …

CA affirms arrest warrant vs. Napoles’ brother

MANILA — The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the warrant of arrest against the brother of Janet Lim Napoles, Reynaldo Lim. Napoles is the alleged “brains” behind the P10-billion pork barrel and the P900-million Malampaya Fund scams. This, after the CA denied the appeal filed by Lim who sought to nullify the issuance of …

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 …