Divorce law will make marriage a mockery --CBCP head

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:30 p.m.

MANILA -- The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the legalization of divorce in the country would make marriage a mockery.

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas echoed on Friday the stand of the Catholic Church against the measure, saying there are existing laws that cover problematic couples

Summit to tackle Bangsamoro law

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:12 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III announced on Friday the holding of a National Peace Summit that will discuss the importance of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Overcharged cart 'causes' fire at Cebu golf club

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:47 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- An overcharged golf cart allegedly caused the fire that hit a golf club in this city on Thursday night.

Aquino signs 'Book of Condolences" for Lee Kuan Yew

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:22 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III expressed his condolences to the Singaporeans for the passing of late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew by signing the "Book of Condolences" on Friday at the Embassy of Singapore in Taguig City.

"I, along with the Filipino people, stand in solidarity with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the people of Singapore in this time of grieving, as we all honor Lee Kuan Yew, whose steady and efficient leadership and whose bold vision transformed Singapore into the city-state that it is today," the President said in his message.

Aquino seeks help of Tagle, others to push for BBL passage

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:09 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Friday that he has invited citizen leaders to help improve the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) amid strong criticisms against it following the Mamasapano incident.

PNP on heightened alert for Holy Week

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 04:46 p.m.

(Updated) THE Philippine National Police (PNP) declared a heightened alert status in anticipation of the Holy Week exodus next week, a spokesman said Friday.

Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesperson, said the nationwide heightened alert took effect Friday.

Indonesia rejects Filipina's death row appeal

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 04:38 p.m.

MANILA -- Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected the application of a Filipina on a death row for a judicial review of her case, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

Agency: 4,000 fishermen stranded on some Indonesian islands

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 04:38 p.m.

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- An estimated 4,000 foreign fishermen are stranded on a number of remote islands in eastern Indonesia, including men revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved, an aid group said.

Many of the migrant workers were abandoned by their boat captains following a government moratorium on foreign fishing that has docked vessels to crack down on illegal operators, said Steve Hamilton, deputy chief of mission at the International Organization for Migration in Indonesia.

Revilla not allowed to attend daughter’s graduation

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:13 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan first division denied the request of detained Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. to attend the graduation of his daughter, saying it lacked merit.

North Korea says it has detained 2 South Koreans for spying

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:49 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said it detained two South Korean men on charges of spying. A South Korean government official confirmed Friday that the two are South Korean citizens, but could not immediately explain how they entered the North and were detained.

The official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday that the two were detained last year after collecting confidential information about the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea, state organizations and the military.