Philippines suspends oil, gas exploration in disputed waters

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:54 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine government has ordered the suspension of all exploration at an offshore oil and gas field because of an ongoing territorial dispute with China, a Filipino-British company said.

Indonesia nearly ready to execute 9 foreign drug smugglers

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:12 p.m.

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia is nearly ready to execute by firing squad nine foreigners condemned for drug smuggling as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions.

Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said Tuesday the preparations at the execution site are complete.

Lawyer: Jolo Revilla’s condition deteriorates

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 07:31 p.m.

MANILA -- The health condition of Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, who accidentally shot himself while cleaning his handgun last Saturday, has worsened.

Palace: Brownouts to be felt in Luzon despite special powers

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 06:57 p.m.

DESPITE the special powers to be granted by Congress to President Benigno Aquino III, power interruption could still be experienced in Luzon this summer, a Palace official admitted Tuesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., however, said that any rotating brownouts would be minimal.

Catholic bishops seek Aquino apology over Mamasapano incident

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 05:09 p.m.

SOME Catholic bishops said Tuesday it is just right for President Benigno Aquino III to apologize for the botched police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25.

Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said saying sorry is a show of humility.

Senate assures BBL hearings during session break

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 03:31 p.m.

(Updated) SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. vowed Tuesday to hold hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) even if Congress is on break from March 21 to May 3.

“We can still continue working since it is allowed (under the Senate rules) to hold a public hearing even if the Senate is on break,” said Marcos, chairman of Senate committee on local government.

Lawmakers, labor groups oppose train fare hike in SC

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 03:07 p.m.

ANOTHER petition challenging the legality of the fare hikes in the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) has been filed at the Supreme Court.

Petitioners led by lawmakers such as Senator JV Ejercito and some labor groups said Tuesday the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) failed to coordinate and direct the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTRFB) to comply with the publication, notice and hearing requirements for the fare hike, which took effect on January 4.

Passenger bus falls into Benguet ravine; 24 hurt

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:19 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (Updated) -- Twenty-four people were injured after a Victory Liner bus bound for Baguio City fell into a 10-meter ravine in Tuba, Benguet, early Tuesday, a police officer said.

Prince William focuses on football and film on China trip

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:10 p.m.

SHANGHAI -- Britain's Prince William focused his China trip on football and film Tuesday with an agenda including a movie premiere and an appointment to watch Premier League-trained coaches kicking balls around with students.

The second-in-line to the throne is on a three-day trip to China on behalf of the U.K. government to open a festival celebrating British creativity and innovation, the first major event in a year of cultural exchange between the countries.

Sandigan allows Revilla to visit son

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:59 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Sandiganbayan granted on Tuesday morning the motion of detained Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to visit his son, Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, at the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa City.

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