MANILA (Updated) -- Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, a son of detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., accidentally shot himself in the chest while cleaning his handgun in the family's home Saturday morning, a lawyer said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MANILA -- Detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was brought Thursday to an upscale hospital in Makati City after coughing with blood, a police official said.
SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. denied allegations that he falsified his credentials at the prestigious Oxford University and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
SENATORS Miriam Defensor Santiago and Vicente Sotto III filed a resolution seeking to address the increasing drug-related cases in the country.
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.
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III slammed Wednesday those opposing the peace process and the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.
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.
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.
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.
MANILA -- Former Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia has lost his appeal to the Supreme Court (SC) to reverse his dismissal from the elite institution.
MANILA -- Smuggled counterfeit footwear products from China worth P50 million were destroyed Tuesday, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III vowed Tuesday not to give up amid the "challenges" that his administration is facing, including the recent Mamasapano incident.
A POLICE officer assigned at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (IAS) was relieved on Monday due to his alleged involvement in the gas slip anomaly, a PNP spokesperson said Monday.
The alleged irregularity was uncovered after a civilian uploaded a photo on Facebook showing two gas slips from the PNP along with the caption, "Gas supply when in PH (Philippines)... Thanks Pa!"
THE Senate approved on third and final reading Monday a bill allowing foreign ships to dock in multiple ports, provided that their cargoes are intended for import and export purposes.
MANILA (Updated) -- Resigned Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima accepted Monday the challenge of Senator Grace Poe as he disclosed publicly his text messages to President Benigno Aquino III during the January 25 Mamasapano operation.
During the Senate hearing on Mamasapano clash, Purisima said he texted the President at 5:45 a.m. to inform him that Oplan Exodus carried out by Special Action Force troopers to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and Filipino bomb maker Basit Usman had started.
MANILA -- The Philippines continues to be bird flu-free despite the unconfirmed report that a Filipino died from the disease.
“The Philippines remains to be bird flu-free. We cannot even consider this case confirmed,” said Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin in a press conference Monday.
MANILA (Updated) -- An Olongapo City court entered Monday a not guilty plea for United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton in the murder case involving the death of a transgender Filipino in October last year.
MANILA -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Sunday the National Transformation Council (NTC) may face criminal charges for instigating military-backed people power to oust President Benigno Aquino III.
BAGUIO CITY -- Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has ordered the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to surrender immediately, as the government's armed forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are conducting a joint tactical offensive against them.
MANILA -- French President François Hollande is set to hold a two-day state visit to the Philippines, marking the first time an incumbent leader of France will be in the country since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1947.