Thousands of Hong Kongers march for democracy

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 07:32 p.m.

HONG KONG -- Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong's streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year.

Chanting "No fake universal suffrage. I want genuine universal suffrage," the demonstrators held yellow umbrellas, which became a symbol of the earlier protests when the activists wielded them as a defense against police using pepper spray.

Peace adviser's hand in Maguindanao clash denied

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 05:49 p.m.

A PALACE official denied Sunday that Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles had advised President Benigno Aquino III not to send reinforcement to police commandos who were figured in a "misencounter" with Muslim rebels in Maguindanao recently.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. urged the public not to entertain baseless accusation.

Government forces ready vs possible retaliation after terrorist's 'death'

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 05:11 p.m.

MALACANANG assured Sunday that government forces are prepared to face any possible retaliation of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) after a suspected international terrorist was allegedly killed in a police assault in Maguindanao on January 25.

"Handa po ang Sandatahang Lakas at lahat ng puwersa ng pamahalaan para labanan po ang ganyang balak at tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng ating mga mamamayan. Ganap po ang kahandaan ng Sandatahang Lakas," said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Philippine Navy to buy 3 landing ships

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 05:02 p.m.

THE government will purchase three new heavy landing craft vessels from Australia to boost the maritime capability of the Philippine Navy, a military official said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Restituto Padilla Jr. said the sea vessels will be a big help in the country's capability to respond to calamities in coastal areas.

Maguindanao clash probe starts

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 04:36 p.m.

THE fact-finding team investigating the recent clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao which left 44 police commandos dead has started interviewing the survivors of the encounter, a police official said Sunday.

Philippine National Police-Special Action Force officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Noel TaliƱo said the Board of Inquiry whose members are PNP officials interviewed 15 SAF members who were in the encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Police asked to pursue arson angle on Oro Hall of Justice blaze

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 02:40 p.m.

MANILA -- Senator Aquilino Pimentel III called on the police Sunday to look into arson as reason behind the fire that gutted the Hall of Justice in Cagayan de Oro City last Friday and left two people dead.

Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 01:54 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

Djerrasi died of complications of cancer in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91.

Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 11:34 a.m.

TOKYO -- Japan condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday an online video that purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

'Dare to Live' reaps awards in Sinulog 2015 film fest

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:14 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- A film about children diagnosed with cancer ruled in this year's Sinulog Video Documentary & Short Film Festival.

P6.3B of illegal drugs seized in 2014

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 07:22 p.m.

ABOUT P6.3-billion worth of illegal drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals were confiscated last year, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Saturday.

The amount was 16.7 percent higher from 2013 figures, said PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac.

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