Aquino expects MILF to help in giving justice for slain policemen

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday that he expects the help of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in giving justice for the slain members of the Special Action Force (SAF).

"I am hopeful that the MILF will show, in the soonest possible time, even more concrete evidence of their solidarity in the pursuit of peace, towards the pursuit of truth, and the accountability of those responsible," he said in a televised message to the nation.

Aquino blames poor coordination for bloody clash

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 08:44 p.m.

MANILA -- Police commandos who were serving an arrest warrant on a Malaysian bombmaker and his Filipino cohort in Maguindanao last Sunday would not have been killed had there been proper coordination on the ground, President Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday night.

MILF told to surrender men involved in clash

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 07:39 p.m.

(Updated) SENATORS Franklin Drilon and Ralph Recto asked the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday to surrender its men involved in the killing of 44 policemen in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Both senators specifically asked the MILF to help surface Malaysian bomb-maker and top Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, known as Marwan, and his local cohort, Basit Usman, who were the targets of the waylaid Special Action Forces team last Sunday.

SC urged to blacklist Smartmatic in Comelec bidding

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 07:01 p.m.

A PETITION against the inclusion of the Smartmatic-TIM in the preparation process for the 2016 elections was filed Wednesday before the Supreme Court (SC).

The groups, namely Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E), National Labor Union of the Philippines (NLUP), League of Elders and Aging Persons, Anti-Trapo Movement and the Kaakbay party-list, filed the petition.

DOF, BIR 'lobbying' for Aquino veto on higher tax exemption bill

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 06:13 p.m.

MARIKINA City Representative Romero Quimbo said Wednesday that key officials of the Department of Finance (DOF) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) are urging President Benigno Aquino III to veto the recently approved bill that increases the tax exemption ceiling for the 13th month pay and other bonuses of employees.

“I've received information that the DOF and BIR are lobbying for the President to veto the bill raising tax-exempt ceiling of the bonuses,” Quimbo said, adding these agencies are asking for an administrative order to fix the tax exemption ceiling for bonuses to P55,000.

Mini-museum commemorating Pope Francis' Leyte visit eyed

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 06:01 p.m.

THE Archdiocese of Palo is planning to build a mini-museum that will house several items used by Pope Francis during his visit to Leyte this month.

Filipinos in Yemen urged anew to return home

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 05:15 p.m.

ALL Filipinos in Yemen must leave the conflict-torn country as soon as possible, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

Yemen is under crisis alert level 3 or voluntary repatriation, a statement from the department said.

Philippines jumps 13 places in economic freedom

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 05:05 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippines has improved its ranking by 13 notches to 76th place in the "2015 Index of Economic Freedom" among 178 countries surveyed.

PNP spokesperson relieved

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 04:22 p.m.

CHIEF Superintendent Wilben Mayor ended on Wednesday his four-month stint as spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Mayor exchanged positions with Deputy Director of the Directorate for Intelligence Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., who served as PNP spokesman from 2012 to 2013.

Pinay hurt in Libya hotel attack

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 03:49 p.m.

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Wednesday that a Filipina was injured during an attack in the Corinthia Hotel on Tuesday.

The Filipina, whose name cannot be released yet, sustained five gunshot wounds and was rushed to the Mitiga Hospital in Tripoli, where she immediately underwent surgery.

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