Palace still confident of BBL passage under Aquino administration

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 07:06 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacanang does not see the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) under the next administration, a Palace official said Monday.

Palace rejects call for Aquino to apologize over Mamasapano

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 06:10 p.m.

MALACANANG rejected Monday call for President Benigno Aquino III to apologize over the mishandling of the operation against two suspected terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, leaving 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos dead.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that Aquino did not "micromanage" "Oplan Exodus" as he was only involved on the policy level.

Sandiganbayan junks ex-lawmaker’s jail transfer plea

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 06:00 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan junked Monday the petition of former Association of Philippine Electric Cooperative (APEC) party-list representative Edgar Valdez to be detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) custodial center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Citing lack of merit, the court's fifth division ordered to have Valdez detained at the detention facility of the Bureau of Jail and Penology (BJMP) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

Senate okays powers for Aquino to address energy shortage

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 05:24 p.m.

MANILA -- The Senate approved on final reading Monday a joint resolution that would allow President Benigno Aquino III to address any potential power shortage in Luzon during the summer.

Palace: Manila port congestion over

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 04:45 p.m.

OPERATIONS at the Port of Manila have been completely normalized and congestion has been resolved, Malacañang said Monday.

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, head of the Cabinet Cluster on port decongestion, said that for the past three weeks, the ships with berthing schedules were accommodated accordingly and for ships that arrive unscheduled, they were able to dock within 24 to 60 hours from arrival.

Lawmakers, groups to seek TRO vs train fare hike

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 04:38 p.m.

LEGISLATORS led by Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito and various groups will ask the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order against the fare increases of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT).

In a media advisory issued on Monday, Ejercito said he will be joined by Representatives Gustavo Tambunting (Paranaque), Leah Paquiz (Ang Nars Partylist), and Lito Atienza, Irwin Tieng and Mariano Michael Vellarde of Buhay Partylist in filing the petition for TRO at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Dole warns vs 'bogus' Cebu recruitment firm

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 02:53 p.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) asked the public on Monday not to deal with an alleged bogus recruitment agency in Cebu that operates globally as an immigration services provider.

Senator: Proposed special tax break for Pacquiao needs study

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 02:11 p.m.

THE call to exempt world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao from paying taxes for his upcoming fight with American Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 must be examined thoroughly, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said Monday.

"All tax exemption must be studied thoroughly (before granting it to Pacquiao) because that's a privilege and there will be revenue losses to the government's side," said Angara, chairman of Senate committee on games, amusement, and sports.

Revilla wants 3-hour furlough to visit son

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 01:09 p.m.

MANILA (Updated)-- Detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. asked the Sandiganbayan on Monday to allow him to visit his son, Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, who is recuperating from a gunshot wound on his chest in a Muntinlupa City hospital.

Samsung ditches plastic design, adds mobile pay in new phone

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:25 a.m.

NEW YORK — Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world's biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass.

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