Roxas hits back at Binay over leadership issue

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 08:00 p.m.

MANILA -- Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II turned the tables on Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday following the latter's comment on the handling of the bloody Mamasapano operation last January 25.

Binay urges Congress to craft all inclusive BBL

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:25 p.m.

CONGRESSIONAL approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should not be bound by a deadline.

Thus said by Vice President Jejomar Binay who asked members of Congress to consider the benefits for all Filipinos and guided by the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

BIFF renegades coddle Usman – AFP

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 05:43 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Wednesday that the Justice Islamic Movement (JIM), a breakaway group of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), is coddling Basit Usman who was one of the main targets of the January 25 operation in Maguindanao.

"Ito po ang pinangangambahan ng ating hanay, ng ating Armed Forces at ating pulisya dahil ito pong grupo ni Tambako ang nagka-coddle sa grupo ni Basit Usman," AFP spokesperson Restituto Padilla, in a radio interview, said referring to Commander Mohammad Ali Tambako, a former vice chairman for military affairs of BIFF.

Revilla won't seek another visit to Jolo

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 04:58 p.m.

AFTER getting a clearer picture of his son's condition, detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. decided on Wednesday not to ask the Sandiganbayan to give him permission to visit Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla in the hospital anew.

Doctors at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center conducted a CT scan on Jolo Wednesday morning after the family noticed that his stomach was bloated.

Jolo Revilla surrenders gun

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 04:09 p.m.

THE calibre .40 hand gun of Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla was surrendered on Wednesday to the Muntinlupa City Police by the family's lawyer, Raymond Fortun.

PH showcases PPP at Apec meeting

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 03:55 p.m.

THE Philippines showcased Wednesday its public-private partnership (PPP) program, which is acknowledged to be one of the successful models in the region, in a gathering of experts from member-economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in Tagaytay City.

Senate panel okays bill making tax incentives transparent

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 03:36 p.m.

THE Senate ways and means committee passed on Tuesday the bill seeking to promote transparency and accountability in the grant and administration of tax incentives to business entities.

New SAF chief named

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 03:08 p.m.

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Firearms and Explosives Office chief Virgilio Moro Lazo was appointed on Wednesday as the acting director of the PNP-Special Action Force (SAF).

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.

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