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 into 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.

Police rescue kidnap victim in Cebu

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 04:13 p.m.

CEBU - Police said Wednesday that they rescued in a five-year-old boy who was kidnapped and then held for ransom in Bacolod City for 17 days.

Senate OKs bill limiting JBC member’s term to 2

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 08:12 p.m.

THE Senate approved on third and final reading Tuesday a bill seeking to ban the re-appointment of a regular member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) who has already served two full terms.

Under existing laws, regular members of the JBC may be reappointed without limitation and under different capacities.

MNLF faction throws support behind proposed BBL

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 07:07 p.m.

A FACTION of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has expressed its full support for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

At the ad hoc committee hearing on Tuesday, Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, panel chair welcomed the full support of the MNLF group led by Datu Abul Khayr Alonto to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the BBL as its legal iteration.

Palace welcomes 'good' rating on Aquino admin

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 04:54 p.m.

MANILA - Malacañang acknowledged on Tuesday the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, where the administration received an overall satisfaction rating of "+34" or "good."

"We take cognizance of the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations, which shows a net satisfaction rating of +34 for the general performance of the administration," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.

Wall collapses in Bulacan; 11 dead

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 09:49 p.m.

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan (Updated) – Eleven people were killed and four others were seriously injured when a wall of a warehouse building along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Ilang-Ilang collapsed.

Aquino: Pope very happy with Philippine visit

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 04:59 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that Pope Francis conveyed to him the happiness that he felt during his five-day visit in the Philippines.

Pope flies back to Rome after record-setting PH trip

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 10:27 a.m.

MANILA – Pope Francis ended Monday his five-day visit in the Philippines, where his pro-poor message resonated with millions of people who lined up to see him and listen to his teachings.

Sto. Niño replicas take center stage at Luneta Mass

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 11:09 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Amid stormy weather, the Sinulog spirit was palpable during the culminating Mass of Pope Francis at Manila's Rizal Park, as pilgrims brought with them images of the Holy Child.

Vatican: Luneta Mass has largest papal crowd in history

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- A Vatican official said the Mass that Pope Francis celebrated in Luneta Sunday drew the largest papal crowd in history.

Pope meets father of woman killed in Tacloban Mass

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 09:47 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Pope Francis met with the father of a volunteer worker who died in Tacloban City after a soundbox used in the papal mass there hit her, a prelate said Sunday.

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