Lee's authoritarian legacy may fall short for new Singapore

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 10:53 p.m.

SINGAPORE -- Lee Kuan Yew brought prosperity to Singapore with an authoritarian system designed to outlast him, but that legacy may be ill-suited for the 21st-century challenges facing the tropical city-state.

One of the last of a generation of Southeast Asian strongmen, Lee died Monday at age 91 after being hospitalized in early February, suffering from severe pneumonia. The famously blunt-speaking autocrat stepped down as prime minister in 1990, but for decades after remained a commanding presence in Singapore politics and the region. His son is the current prime minister.

Pemberton trial begins

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

MANILA -- A court in Olongapo City began the trial of a US Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipino after allegedly discovering her gender when they checked into a hotel in an emotional case that has tested America's ties with a key Asian ally.

Poll: 3 of 5 Filipinos favor legalization of divorce

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 08:06 p.m.

A RECENT survey by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Monday revealed that three out of five Filipinos, or 60 percent, want divorce to be legalized for "irreconcilably separated" couples.

The survey showed that 60 percent of 1,800 respondents agree that "married couples who have already separated and cannot reconcile anymore should be allowed to divorce so that they can get legally married again", while 29 percent disagreed and 11 percent were undecided on the issue.

Palace: Widodo's statement on sea row consistent with PH stance

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:43 p.m.

MALACANANG welcomed Monday the statement of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, criticizing China's position on the South China Sea.

Widodo said, "One of China's main claims to the majority of the South China Sea has no legal basis in international law."

Salutatorian's speech interrupted; video goes viral

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 05:56 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- "I am Krisel Mallari, a Filipino citizen who would rather choose to fail with honor, than win by cheating."

MILF urged: Be transparent

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 05:34 p.m.

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) should be more transparent to the public regarding the rebel group's involvement in the bloody clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25, a senator said Monday.

“For me, the peace process is still worthwhile though we have less trust in them (MILF), especially now that we don’t have a copy of MILF report,” Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said.

3 Filipino youth killed in Sabah

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 05:26 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur confirmed Monday that three young Filipinos were killed in an operation against undocumented workers in Sabah, Malaysia last Saturday, March 21.

Aquino: Nothing can be achieved from gossips

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 04:23 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III slammed Monday those who were spreading gossips on his health.

Apparently showing that he was in good shape, Aquino went to Tiaong, Quezon for the briefing of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) Toll Road 4 (TR4) and other major road projects in Southern Tagalog.

PNP commends BOI members for Mamasapano report

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 04:21 p.m.

FOR their "fearless" investigation of the January 25 bungled Mamasapano operation, the three-man Board of Inquiry (BOI) were awarded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday.

PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina gave the BOI, led by Police Director Benjamin Magalong, medals for their "exceptionally meritorious and invaluable service" in the field of police operations.

Senators insist Mamasapano incident a 'massacre'

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 03:56 p.m.

AT LEAST two senators stood by the findings of the draft Senate investigation report that the 44 elite policemen were massacred by Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.

Senators Francis Escudero and Vicente Sotto III came to the report's defense on Monday after Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Etta Rosales said last Saturday that tagging the incident a massacre was “excessive.”