Remains of slain policemen arrive in Manila

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 11:03 a.m.

MANILA -- The remains of the 42 commandos of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) who were recently killed in Maguindanao arrived at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on Thursday.

Aquino blames poor coordination for bloody clash

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 09:40 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.

Mini-museum commemorating Pope Francis' Leyte visit eyed

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 06:03 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.

Philippines jumps 13 places in economic freedom

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 05:07 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.

Review of Senate contempt powers sought

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:51 p.m.

FORMER senator Joker Arroyo asked the Senate Blue Ribbon committee on Tuesday to review the rules in citing Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and five others in contempt to know if these have been "followed, violated, or abused."

Pemberton's appeal to drop murder case junked

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 05:09 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Philippines has rejected an appeal by a US Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year, clearing the way for the continuation of the trial in an Olongapo City court.

2 senators withdraw support for Bangsamoro bill

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 02:56 p.m.

MANILA -- Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Joseph Victor Ejercito withdrew their co-authorship of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) after the recent killing of over 40 policemen in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Senate OKs creation of Biñan district

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 05:56 p.m.

THE Senate passed on third and final reading Monday a bill seeking to separate Biñan from the first legislative district of the province of Laguna.

Binay son ordered arrested for skipping Senate hearings

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 02:16 p.m.

MANILA – Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and five other individuals are facing detention in the Senate for repeatedly snubbing the chamber’s probe into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

PNP to create ‘standard messing’ plan

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 04:04 p.m.

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina has instructed the Directorate for Comptrollership to come up with a plan to provide "standard messing" to all police unit that will participate in future mass-deployments events.

PNP spokesperson Wilben Mayor said that in standard messing, there will be officers in each unit who will make sure that the funds allocated for the police forces in an occasion will be properly distributed to them.

Palace wishes Philippines bet to Miss Universe pageant good luck

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 05:50 p.m.

MALACANANG wished on Saturday the Philippine bet to Miss Universe the best of luck when she competes for the title on Sunday night (Monday morning in Manila) in Florida, USA.

Aquino orders probe into Zambo blast

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 05:29 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has ordered security personnel to conduct a thorough investigation on the explosion that rocked Zamboanga City on Friday afternoon, killing two people and injuring over 50 others.

Palace confirms receiving info on kill plot vs Pope while in PH

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 04:42 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Malacanang confirmed Saturday that there was "unverified" piece of information on the plot to assassinate Pope Francis during his five-day visit in the country.

House bill seeks to modernize NBI

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 02:49 p.m.

A BILL seeking to reorganize and modernize the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been filed in the House of Representatives.

Bohol Representative Erico Aristotle Aumentado, author of House Bill 5304 or the proposed NBI Modernization Law, said the proposal seeks to provide the agency the much-needed tools to aid in the resolution of crimes.

House bill seeks to modernize NBI

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 02:49 p.m.

A BILL seeking to reorganize and modernize the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been filed in the House of Representatives.

Bohol Representative Erico Aristotle Aumentado, author of House Bill 5304 or the proposed NBI Modernization Law, said the proposal seeks to provide the agency the much-needed tools to aid in the resolution of crimes.

PNP to build WCPC units in Luzon, VisMin

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 06:51 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) will create three Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) field units in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to strengthen the fight against violence against women and their children and the increasing incidents of human trafficking in the country, a police official said Friday.

Bill seeks to penalize failure to report hazing

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 05:14 p.m.

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed a bill that will fine people up to P50,000 for failing to report hazing.

Santiago noted that the current law, the Republic Act (RA) 8049 or the Hazing Regulation Act, does not require a person, who witnesses hazing, to notify the authorities, which could lead to injury or even death.

Senate body approves bill postponing SK elections

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 12:47 p.m.

MANILA -- The Senate committee on local government approved on Friday the bill seeking to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to October 2016.

Senate panel to Makati mayor: Show up or face arrest

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 11:44 a.m.

MANILA -- Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and six others will face arrest if they continue to snub the Senate investigation into the alleged overpriced 11-storey Makati City Hall Building II.

Youths stage Star Wars-themed protest vs train fare hike

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

YOUTH protesters wearing masks of Star Wars characters Darth Vader and Stormtroopers trooped to the Metro Rail Transit GMA-Kamuning station Thursday morning to protest the recently implemented train fare hikes.

The protest dubbed #Rollbackthursday aimed to call on the government to stop the implementation of the fare increases for the MRT and Light Rail Transit.

Lawmakers dissatisfied with apology from Cebu Pacific

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:11 p.m.

MANILA -- House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. expressed his dissatisfaction with the public apology of Cebu Pacific Air for the delays and cancellations of its flights during the holidays last December.

Mercado: Binay got around P200M from land deal

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 06:47 p.m.

MANILA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay allegedly received P188.97 million from a land deal between the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and Alphaland Corporation to help finance his 2010 election campaign.

‘Binay got P189M from land deal’

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 05:32 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Vice President Jejomar Binay allegedly received P188.97 million from a land deal between the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and Alphaland Corporation to help finance his 2010 election campaign.

Philippine troops kill 3 Abu Sayyaf bandits

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 02:41 p.m.

MANILA -- Philippine troops backed by artillery and air support have killed three Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members from the same group suspected in a deadly ambush on soldiers two months ago, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

Bill seeks to insure government properties

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 01:25 p.m.

A MEASURE mandating all government properties of municipalities below first class with the General Insurance Fund to be insured was filed in the House of Representatives.

House panel assures constitutionality of Bangsamoro charter

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:16 p.m.

THE ad hoc committee for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law has reiterated that the proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao will be passed in accordance with the 1987 Constitution.

In a hearing Wednesday, Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodruguez, panel chair, said that the House version of the BBL is entirely constitutional.

Pope thanks Filipinos by sending telegram to Aquino

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 08:20 p.m.

POPE Francis has extended his gratitude to the Philippines for the warm welcome to him during his visit in the country.

Cebu Pacific CEO apologizes for flight delays, cancellations

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 07:52 p.m.

MANILA - The management of Cebu Pacific issued Wednesday a public apology for the flight delays and cancellations during the holidays last December.

"Last Christmas, we let them down. I'm profoundly sorry we failed them," Cebu Pacific's CEO Lance Gokongwei, who attended the hearing of the House committee on transportation on the alleged overbooking of the budget airline, said.

South China Sea row continues to worry PHL, US

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:57 p.m.

THE Philippines and the United States (US) said Wednesday that they are continuously worried over the prevailing dispute in the South China Sea between claimant countries.

Hold bidding for 2016 voting machines repair, Comelec urged

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 04:33 p.m.

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III urged Wednesday the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to conduct a public bidding for the repair of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines instead of negotiating with Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) Corp.

Pimentel, chairperson of Senate committee on electoral reforms, said that public bidding is the "only" way to refurbish some 82,000 PCOS machines that will be used in the 2016 elections.

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