MANILA, Philippines – The European Union (EU) formally announced Thursday the lifting of the air ban on Cebu Pacific Airlines to Europe. Dr. Julian Vassallo, Charge d’ Affaires of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, said in a press conference Thursday that the ban was being lifted because of improved airline security and safety. “The decision of the European Commission to lift the ban on Cebu Pacific shows the ability of Philippine authorities and business to work with the EU to raise standards and create economic opportunity,” Julian Vassallo, Chargé d’affaires at the Delegation of the EU to the Philippines, said.
BEGINNING March 30, 2014, the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines [PAL] will be flying to Haneda twice a day to complement its thrice a day service to Narita and provide better options and convenience for travelers to and from Japan. Also known as Tokyo International Airport, PAL said Haneda is one of the two premier airports servicing the Greater Tokyo area and is considered the world’s most slot-restrictive airport and a prime business hub. “It becomes PAL’s fifth gateway to Japan following Narita, Fukuoka, Osaka and Nagoya, making the flag carrier the biggest Philippine operator to and from Japan with 47 flights a week. PAL currently operates 21 weekly flights to Narita, five times a week to Fukuoka, seven to Nagoya and seven to Osaka,” the airline company said.
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sen. Vicente Sotto III downplayed on Wednesday reports that they will be included in the next batch of respondents, which the justice department will soon file in connection with the pork barrel find scam. Sotto said he does not care whether he will be implicated in any pork barrel-related complaint in the near future because he believes that he has not misused his allocations. He also denied having any dealings with new prospective government witness Ruby Tuason, adding that the issue has gone out of proportion and that many innocent personalities have been dragged into the controversy. Sotto reiterated that he did not misappropriate his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) in 2012.