Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 05:47 p.m.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has appointed Siegfred Mison as the new commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Malacanang announced on Saturday.
Mison's appointment was signed by the President on December 18, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 02:54 p.m.
AMID the controversy involving Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said no public official should overstep their position for their convenience.
"If there is really no abuse of authority, an impartial investigation would clear him of the charges and the issue can be set aside," Cayetano said in a press conference Friday.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 02:44 p.m.
TACLOBAN, Philippines -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is visiting a central Philippine city devastated by a super typhoon that killed more than 6,100 people last month.
Ban flew to Tacloban on central Leyte island on Saturday after meeting President Benigno Aquino III and other officials in Manila to discuss recovery efforts.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 01:00 p.m.
MANILA (Updated) -- The Philippine military on Saturday said a Taiwanese tourist who was kidnapped more than a month ago in Malaysia has been released in the southern Philippines.
Sulu provincial military commander Colonel Jose Cenabre said Evelyn Chang was recovered around 3:55 p.m. Friday at Sitio Karija Anil in Liban village outside Talipao town on Jolo Island.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 11:05 a.m.
WASHINGTON -- The nomination of veteran Sen. Max Baucus as U.S. ambassador to China reflects the importance to Washington of advancing the economic relationship with the Asian power despite recent strains on security issues.
The Montana Democrat lacks foreign policy credentials but has a track record in pressing Beijing over trade barriers and its currency exchange rate. If his appointment is confirmed by the Senate, he will be looking to see that U.S. companies can benefit from market reforms the ruling communist party promised in November.
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 11:49 p.m.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has made an amateur video praising the world's "cartoneros" — the poor people who pick through garbage to find recyclable and reusable goods. He said their work is dignified and good for the environment.
Francis recorded the video December 5 while meeting with members of the Excluded Workers' Movement of his native Argentina, which released the video this week at an annual meeting of trash recyclers.
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 08:59 p.m.
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar -- Bubonic plague, which wiped out a third of Europe's population in the Middle Ages, has reared its ugly head in the African island state of Madagascar where 32 people have died in a fresh outbreak of the so-called Black Death disease, according to health authorities.
Some 84 suspected cases of bubonic plague — 60 of them suspected of being pneumonic or pulmonary plague, a more virulent strain of the disease — have been reported in five of the island's 112 districts in the past month.
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 08:54 p.m.
THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) formed a special task force to probe the shooting death of four people including a mayor of Labangan town in Zamboanga del Sur at the arrival area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 before noon on Friday.
NCRPO chief Police Director Carmelo Valmoria said that based on their initial findings, Talumpa was the main target of the unidentified motorcycle-riding suspects who were allegedly in police uniform.
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 08:51 p.m.
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman held tryouts Friday for a North Korean team to face a dozen NBA veterans in an exhibition game on leader Kim Jong Un's birthday next month — though he hasn't convinced all the players on the American team that it's safe to come to Pyongyang.
The flamboyant Hall of Famer said plans for the Jan. 8 game are moving ahead but some of the 12 Americans he wants are afraid to come.
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 08:11 p.m.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Friday signed the P2.265-trillion 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA), which will finance the government's goal of achieving inclusive growth anchored on good governance.
In the signing ceremony in Malacanang of Republic Act No. 10633, the Chief Executive thanked Congress for the early passage of the budget for next year.