Politics

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 …