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.

SC affirms dismissal of PMA cadet

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 05:35 p.m.

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.

P50-M worth of fake footwear destroyed

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 03:31 p.m.

MANILA -- Smuggled counterfeit footwear products from China worth P50 million were destroyed Tuesday, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

Aquino vows not to give up

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 01:50 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III vowed Tuesday not to give up amid the "challenges" that his administration is facing, including the recent Mamasapano incident.

Cop relieved after giving away PNP gas slip

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 08:42 p.m.

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!"

Senate allows foreign ships to dock in multiple ports

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 06:13 p.m.

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.

Purisima reveals SMS conversation with Aquino

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 04:08 p.m.

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.

DOH: Philippines still bird flu-free

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 03:10 p.m.

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.

Court enters not guilty plea for Pemberton

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:08 a.m.

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.

NTC can be sued: official

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 07:04 p.m.

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.

Gazmin to BIFF forces: Surrender immediately

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 03:38 p.m.

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.

Aquino, Hollande to tackle terrorism, climate change

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 03:28 p.m.

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.

Purisima, Napeñas snub PMA alumni homecoming

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

BAGUIO CITY -- Resigned Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and sacked Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas snubbed Saturday the annual Philippine Military Academy (PMA) alumni homecoming here.

Palace denies gov't paid MILF over returned firearms

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 06:52 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacañang expressed disappointment on Saturday over allegation by a priest that the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process purchased the firearms surrendered by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) this week.

Palace: Ched to scrutinize tuition hike applications

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 04:05 p.m.

MALACANANG assured on Saturday that the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) will scrutinize applications of universities and colleges wanting to adjust their tuition rates.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Ched is set to release the actual list sometime in April or May.

Purisima submits affidavit to Mamasapano clash probers

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 03:39 p.m.

MANILA -- Resigned Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima has submitted his affidavit to investigators probing the Mamasapano bloodbath.

DOJ affirms murder charge vs Pemberton

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 05:52 p.m.

MANILA -- United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton will have to face arraignment on February 23 after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima affirmed Friday the murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year.

Masbate guv to be detained in Taguig jail

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 05:38 p.m.

MANILA -- Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete will be detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) female dormitory in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, where two other accused in the pork barrel scam are detained.

Palace: Exit plan for Aquino fictitious

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 05:10 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacañang denied Friday of any exit plan for President Benigno Aquino III amid growing clamor for him to resign and reports of coup plot following the Mamasapano bloodshed that left 44 police commandos dead.

Pinay nurse already Mers-CoV-free

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 04:36 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) said Friday that the Filipina nurse with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) has already been healed.

LRA staff convicted for soliciting money

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 03:47 p.m.

A QUEZON City court has convicted an employee of the Land Registration Authority (LRA) for soliciting and receiving money in the course of her official duties.

Government won’t give MILF deadline to heed requests

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 07:05 p.m.

MANILA -- The government would not impose any deadline to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to comply with all the "concrete manifestations" of its sincerity on the peace process following the murder of 44 police commandos in the rebel group's bailiwick, a Palace official said Thursday.

Senator to MILF: Be open-minded, flexible on BBL`s revision

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 06:49 p.m.

SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. called Thursday on the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to be "open-minded" and "flexible" on the possible amendments of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The senator made the statement after MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim sent a letter to the House ad hoc committee on the proposed law, asking Congress to pass the proposed Moro law without changes.

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