Philippines suspends oil, gas exploration in disputed waters

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:55 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.

Cayetano to reveal evidence that MILF coddled Marwan

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 07:58 p.m.

SENATE Majority Alan Peter Cayetano said Tuesday he will be divulging evidence in a few days that will prove that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) coddled Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.

“As early as now, we have evidence that the government knew and knows that the MILF protected and coddled Marwan,” Cayetano said.

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.

Minors ‘most vulnerable’ to sexual abuse online

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 05:45 p.m.

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday minors are the ones "most vulnerable" to become victims of sex abuse online because of their "curiosity and gullibility."

"More internet users are subscribing to social media websites without protecting their personal information and allowing online strangers into their network," De Lima, in a statement, said.

Senate approves modernization of pharmacy profession

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 07:35 p.m.

THE Senate passed on third and final reading Monday a bill seeking to regulate and modernize the practice of pharmacy in the country.

Palace still confident of BBL passage under Aquino administration

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 07:08 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.

Senate okays powers for Aquino to address energy shortage

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 05:28 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.

Revilla wants 3-hour furlough to visit son

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 01:23 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.

Palace orders arrest of mediaman killer in Masbate

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 06:24 p.m.

MALACANANG condemned Sunday the killing of a media practitioner in Masbate province.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Palace has ordered the immediate arrest of the killer of Ariel Lerit, who was also an incumbent village chief of Barangay Anas, Masbate City.

AFP chief wants to cripple Moro bandits before retirement

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 06:03 p.m.

GENERAL Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. revealed on Sunday his goal for the government's all-out offensive against two armed groups in Mindanao.

"I want to significantly lessen the bandits' ability to carry out violent attacks against civilians before I retire in July 2015," the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief said.

Jolo Revilla not depressed -- lawyer

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 05:03 p.m.

MANILA -- The family of Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla has ruled out speculations that he intentionally shot himself in the chest due to depression.

Jam Sebastian’s case an 'eye-opener' on danger of passive smoking

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 03:54 p.m.

THE case of YouTube sensation Jam Sebastian should serve as an eye-opener for the need to implement stricter tobacco control measures and address secondhand smoke, an advocacy group said.

Palace on Pacquiao tax break: How about other athletes?

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 05:38 p.m.

IF BOXING icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao would not be taxed on his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., a Palace official wondered if other athletes who are also giving pride to the country would be granted the same exemption.

Palace asks public to be vigilant vs fires

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 04:29 p.m.

MALACANANG appealed Saturday to the public and local government units to be vigilant in preventing fires that could happen frequently as the summer sets in.

The country is observing Fire Prevention Month this March.

Bill seeks mandatory employment of lifeguards in public pools

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 04:02 p.m.

A BILL has been filed in the House of Representatives requiring operators of public swimming pools and bathing facilities to hire qualified lifeguards to protect the public, especially the children.

Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian said House Bill 5378 or the proposed "Lifeguard Law of 2015" seeks to establish a formula based on World Health Organization standards for the number of lifeguards required to be on-duty at all times at public swimming pools.

Escudero: Calls for Aquino resignation ‘unfounded’

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 04:31 p.m.

SENATOR Francis Escudero said Friday calls by various groups for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino III after the botched operation against two suspected terrorists in Maguindanao were "unfounded."

The senator said the President, under the Constitution, is immune from suit and can only be held liable, for what he did or did not do in the Mamasapano operation in an impeachment proceeding.

13 wounded SAF cops released from hospital

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 03:56 p.m.

THIRTEEN of the 15 wounded members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force who were confined in the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame, Quezon City were discharged Friday, a police official said.

MILF downplays BOI report on SAF firearms

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 05:15 p.m.

THE inclusion of the service firearm of Police Officer 1 Joseph Sagonoy to the arms cache returned by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) does not automatically identify his killers, a rebel spokesman said Thursday.

Sagonoy was identified by his brother as the Special Action Force (SAF) commando being brutally killed by an alleged Moro rebel in a viral video, which circulated in social media days after the Mamasapano operation.

Ejercito: BBL, peace should not be ‘buy one, take one’

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 04:09 p.m.

THE proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the peace effort in Mindanao should not be "buy one, take one," Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said Thursday.

"The peace effort and the BBL are two different subjects. There is no proof that after the passage of BBL, we would attain lasting peace in Mindanao," said Ejercito.

Senate OKs bill hastening resolution of corruption cases

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 02:40 p.m.

THE Senate ratified on Wednesday the reconciled version of a bill that will speed up the trial of corruption cases against government officials and employees.

Pastor wife, businessman face raps for car racer's slay

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 01:25 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found enough basis to file cases in court against Dahlia Pastor and her alleged lover for the death of her husband, international racing champion Ferdinand “Enzo” Pastor, in June last year.

Enrile transferred to Makati hospital

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:13 a.m.

MANILA -- Detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was brought Thursday to an upscale hospital in Makati City after coughing with blood, a police official said.

Marcos denies falsifying school records

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 07:43 p.m.

SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. denied allegations that he falsified his credentials at the prestigious Oxford University and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bill seeks amendments to NGCP franchise

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 07:09 p.m.

THE House of Representatives is deliberating on a bill seeking to change some provisions in the franchise of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), which runs the country's power transmission lines.

Marikina City Representative Romero Quimbo, chairperson of House committee on ways and means, said that the amendments introduced by House Bill 4751 would address disproportions that gave the corporation preferential treatment over the generation and distribution companies of the power sector.

Senate probe into drug cases sought

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 06:18 p.m.

SENATORS Miriam Defensor Santiago and Vicente Sotto III filed a resolution seeking to address the increasing drug-related cases in the country.

Roxas orders probe into Revilla, Enrile meeting

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 06:14 p.m.

LOCAL Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina to conduct an investigation on the purported meeting between detained Senators Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Juan Ponce Enrile during the latter's birthday last February 14.

Espina then tasked Investigation and Detective Management director Francisco Don Montenegro to lead the fact-finding investigation.

Aquino hits 'anti-peace' groups

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 05:14 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III slammed Wednesday those opposing the peace process and the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Senate panel approves creation of Truth Commission

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 04:17 p.m.

MANILA -- A Senate panel approved Wednesday the proposed Truth Commission that will investigate the January 25 clash between police commandos and Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Marwan’s house in Mamasapano burned down

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:38 p.m.

COTABATO CITY -- Unidentified armed men burned down on Tuesday night the nipa hut of slain Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

2 youth groups in Visayas among winners in TAYO

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 08:30 p.m.

TWO Visayas-based youth groups were declared winners in the 12th Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (Tayo) Awards held in Malacanang on Tuesday.

President Benigno Aquino III led the awarding ceremonies for those youth organizations for their contributions in nation building.

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