Painstaking recovery mission at Alps crash site

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:09 p.m.

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525 dislodge from the mountainside.

Iligan City has new mayor

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 03:31 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has sworn in Vice Mayor Roderic Marzo as Iligan City mayor on Friday.

Rene Burdeos, DILG regional director, said that Marzo would dispose the responsibilities as City Mayor following the 60-day suspension of Mayor Celso Regencia.

5 die in Davao sea mishap

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:15 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- Five people, including four children, died when the boat they were riding capsized off the waters in this city on Friday, a police official reported Saturday.

Philippines to resume works in South China Sea

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:09 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine government could not be stopped from its decision to resume repair and construction works in its claimed territory in West Philippine Sea or South China Sea despite recent warning of China.

Palace defends BBL independent council

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:03 p.m.

MALACANANG defended Saturday the creation of independent council that would help review and improve the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying the move was not meant to replace the work of the lawmakers.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the issue on BBL needs understanding of everyone.

About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:53 a.m.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to the International Organization for Migration in Indonesia, which released the figure Friday. However, others have been trapped on the islands for years, after being dumped by fishing boats or escaping into the jungle.

Divorce law will make marriage a mockery --CBCP head

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:30 p.m.

MANILA -- The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the legalization of divorce in the country would make marriage a mockery.

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas echoed on Friday the stand of the Catholic Church against the measure, saying there are existing laws that cover problematic couples

Summit to tackle Bangsamoro law

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:12 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III announced on Friday the holding of a National Peace Summit that will discuss the importance of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Overcharged cart 'causes' fire at Cebu golf club

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:47 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- An overcharged golf cart allegedly caused the fire that hit a golf club in this city on Thursday night.

Aquino signs 'Book of Condolences" for Lee Kuan Yew

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:22 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III expressed his condolences to the Singaporeans for the passing of late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew by signing the "Book of Condolences" on Friday at the Embassy of Singapore in Taguig City.

"I, along with the Filipino people, stand in solidarity with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the people of Singapore in this time of grieving, as we all honor Lee Kuan Yew, whose steady and efficient leadership and whose bold vision transformed Singapore into the city-state that it is today," the President said in his message.

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