9 soldiers wounded in continuing military offensive vs BIFF

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 12:13 a.m.

MANILA -- Nine government soldiers were injured Friday afternoon in the continuing all-out offensive against forces of the Bangasamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao and North Cotabato.

Brigadier General Joselito Kakilala, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson, said forces from the military's Joint Task Force were on security operation around 2 p.m. when they were "engaged in different areas within the operational area."

Pacquiao asks gov't to support Pinoy sports achievers

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III lauded boxing icon Manny Pacquiao for his selflessness and consistent concern for his countrymen when the Sarangani lawmaker rejected outright the call for the government to grant him a one-time tax exemption for his world championship title fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.

Pacquiao told Pimentel that he should instead focus on other achievers, who bring honor and glory to the Philippines, in the field of sports as well as in the arts, science, culture, and other fields instead of giving him tax exemption in his forthcoming megabuck fight.

UN calls on Indonesia to halt execution of drug smugglers

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 09:24 p.m.

BERLIN -- The UN human rights office has called on Indonesia to refrain from executing convicted drug smugglers, saying the death penalty won't stop narcotics trafficking.

Ten smugglers from Australia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Brazil, France, Ghana and Indonesia are scheduled to be executed soon.

Higher food prices, typhoon worsen poverty

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 09:17 p.m.

MANILA -- Poverty worsened in the Philippines in the first half of 2014 due to government restrictions on rice imports and the lingering effects of a killer typhoon, an official said Friday.

Court junks Estrada’s motion to reproduce Luy files

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 08:43 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan denied Friday a motion of Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada to reproduce the content of Benhur Luy's hard drive.

The court's fifth division denied the motion for lack of merit.

Palace downplays UNA concerns on LP-backed police chief

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:45 p.m.

MALACANANG downplayed Friday the concern of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of having a Philippine National Police (PNP) chief who is supported by the Liberal Party.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that whoever would be appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as the new police chief would be based on his qualifications.

Palace: No 'pabaon' to lawmakers to pass BBL

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:24 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will not bribe the lawmakers just to pass the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a Palace official said Friday.

"Hindi ho uso sa Aquino administration 'yon," Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing when asked if the Palace would not give any sort of "pabaon" to the lawmakers to make sure that the proposed BBL would pass both Houses of Congress.

Ombudsman to start probe vs Binay, Makati parking building

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:17 p.m.

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman is set to start the preliminary investigation against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., and 22 others in relation to the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Parking Building.

House to issue new protocol plates

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 04:38 p.m.

TO PREVENT past officials from abusing the number 8 protocol license plates issued to them, the House of Representatives has decided to issue a new set of protocol plates to members of the 16th Congress.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Friday that the new protocol license plates to be issued to each House member cannot be used anymore after the term of the current Congress ends in June 2016.

3 Pinoys in Saudi infected with Mers-CoV

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 04:09 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Friday that three Filipinos in Saudi Arabia have been infected with the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV).

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