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MANILA, Philippines---The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) blamed the "ill-fated outcome" of a recent Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) order on trucks that caused severe traffic jams along C5-Katipunan road in Quezon City.Because of trucks plying C5 road near the streets fronting Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College, motorists are caught in a traffic gridlock.MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said in a statement that the congestion was after the LTFRB lifted the truck ban last July 25.Last June 27, the LTFRB issued a "no apprehension policy" to all trucks-for-hire with green plates which should be observed by the MMDA an...Keep on reading: Who does the MMDA blame for the traffic gridlock in C5-Katipunan?
MANILA, Philippines -- Looks like Justin Bieber is not done with Orlando Bloom yet.After the two scuffled in Cirpriani restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Bieber posted a photo of Bloom's ex-wife, Victoria's Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr on photo-sharing site Instagram. It showed Kerr in a bikini, but Bieber later took it down. Hours before Bieber posted the photo, Bloom reportedly threw a punch at him in a restaurant packed with celebrities.But in his most recent Instagram photo, Bieber taunted Bloom once more by posting a photo of the Hollywood actor that is as if he was wiping his eyes and crying. The photo was without a caption.Bieber's ex- Selena Gomez, 22, has been reporte...Keep on reading: After scuffle in Spain, Justin Bieber taunts Orlando Bloom
MANILA, Philippines -- The Office of the Senate President told theSandiganbayanon Thursday that it could not yet suspend Senator Juan PonceEnrileover his pork barrel scam cases.The letter, signed by Senate President FranklinDrilon'schief of staff Atty. RenatoBantugJr., said the body would still have to wait for the court's decision onEnrile'smotion for reconsideration over his suspension."This Office hereby manifests that it would take appropriate action on the suspension order upon the Honorable Court's disposition of the motion for reconsideration.." the letter reads.But in a letter sent byEnrile'schief of staffCherbettMaralitsent toDrilon'soffice, and attached to t...Keep on reading: Why Senate can’t suspend Enrile just yet
MANILA, Philippines -- Principal whistleblowerBenhurLuytold theSandiganbayanon Thursday of the supposed commissions for Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. and accused mastermind Janet Lim-Napolesfrom the alleged pork barrel scam.During the bail hearing of Revilla,Luytook the witness stand and revealed the percentage of kickbacks from Revilla's pork barrel funds for each project assigned to different implementing agencies.For projects under the Technology Resource Center (TRC) and National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor),Luysaid Revilla got half or 50 percent of his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) as kickbacks.Revilla's co-accused for plunder Atty. RichardCambego...Keep on reading: Luy: Revilla got half of PDAF allocations for TRC, Nabcor, NLDC
MANILA, Philippines--Tropical Storm "Inday" slightly got faster, but maintained its strength, as it gets set to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday afternoon.In its weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) spotted "Inday" at 605 kilometers northeast ofBasco,Bataneswhile moving at a pace of 20 kilometers per hour at a North Northwest path."Inday" packs maximum wind speeds of 75kphand gusts of 90kph.Pagasadid not raise any public storm warning signal as "Inday" would not directly affect the country though the cyclone would enhance the southwest monsoon which would bring occasional rai...Keep on reading: ‘Inday’ gains speed, nears PH exit
MANILA, Philippines---The camp of former president and now Pampanga Representative GloriaMacapagal-Arroyo dismissed claims that she is behind the coup threats against the Aquino government.Reports said Senator AntonioTrillanesIV claimedthat retiredgenerals identifiedwith Arroyo havebeenplotting coup threatsagainst Aquino.Trillanes, however, has denied saying that the disgruntled retired generals were identified with Arroyo."SenatorTrillanesdoes not have any idea what he is talking about. He does not know the first thing about a coup d 'etat. The so- called coups he planned and participated in were lousy and ended miserably for him, with his tail between hi...Keep on reading: Arroyo camp denies claims ex-president behind coup plot vs Aquino
MANILA, Philippines -- It was nothing but a "frank exchange" of tweets.Both ViceGandaand former BayanMunacongressman TeddyCasioplayed down their Twitter exchanges over the State of the Nation Address (Sona) protests.On Monday, ViceGanda(@vicegandako) posted on Twitter, "Hindilahatngnagpoprotestatotoongnagaaklas. Yungibadyannabayaranlangatsinuhulanngpambilingbigas."(Not all protesters are truly against the government. Some were bribed with money to buy rice.)Casioreplied by saying, "Yungumattendsaloobng CongresssinuhulanngbilyonbilyonsaDAP."(Those who attended theSonain Congress were bribed with billions of pesos through the ...Keep on reading: No bad blood between Vice Ganda, Teddy Casiño
MANILA, Philippines--A suspected bomb threat hit Far Eastern University Manila and FEU East Asia in Recto, Manila, prompting school officials to cancel classes Thursday morning."The university is working closely with Security Personnel to address the situation and secure the campus," the FEU said in its official Facebook page."Please vacate the premises immediately in an orderly fashion," the school advised its students.Members of the Manila Police District are in the campus to search for the suspected explosive reportedly planted there.RELATED STORIESPolice: Benilde bomb scare a hoaxAteneo suspends classes, work...Keep on reading: FEU-Manila suspends classes due to bomb scare
MANILA, Philippines -- The mandatory repatriation continues, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reiterated Thursday after a Filipino nurse was abducted and raped in the capital city of Tripoli."The DFA reassures the public that repatriation efforts are on-going in Libya under Crisis Alert Level 4 (Mandatory Repatriation). At no point in time was it discontinued," it said in a statement."Repatriation efforts are headed byAdelioAngelitoCruz, Chargd'Affairesof the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli and leader of the Rapid Response Team. The DFA remains committed to the protection of our nationals in Libya as evidenced by the continued presence of core Emb...Keep on reading: DFA: Mandatory repatriation in Libya continues
BERLIN --- Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online.FarmerChristophHuttner, who owns the wheat field nearWeilheim, couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday but told thedpanews agency Tuesday he didn't create the circle himself.He suggests students on summer holiday may have cut the image with a 75-meter diameter (246 feet) into his field.The news agency says thousands of visitors have come to sing, dance and even swing pendulums in the giant image....Keep on reading: Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors
*340 volunteers being evacuated*Two under observation but not symptomaticMONROVIA, Liberia --- The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers were under isolation after having contact with a person who later died of the virus.Meanwhile, Liberia's president ordered the nation's schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as fears deepened over the virus that already has killed more than 670 people in West Africa.The Peace Corps said it was evacuating 340 volunte...Keep on reading: Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola; 2 volunteers in isolation
MANILA, Philippines---IsDionisiaPacquiaoKris Aquino's older version?Leave it to the mother of boxing champion MannyPacquiaoto be the talk of the town with the things she does, wears or says, practically making her the older version of the presidential sister, another gossip fodder. 'Mommy D,' asDionisiais fondly called, became a local trending topic on Thursday after news broke out that she currently has a boyfriend.It was her son Manny who reveled in a TV interview that she is dating someone.[View the story "Mommy D trends on Twitter because of 'love life'" on Storify]In a separate interview with TedFailon, however,Dionisiadownplayed the story....Keep on reading: Mommy D trends online amid reports she has a boyfriend