Palace to Binay son: Be accountable to law, people

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 05:24 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Malacanang advised embattled Makati City Major Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. to make himself accountable to the law and the people.

Bill seeks to modernize PNR

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 04:15 p.m.

SENATOR Joseph Victor Ejercito has filed a bill seeking to modernize the Philippine National Railways (PNR).

Senate Bill 2690 or the proposed PNR Modernization Act hopes to amend some provisions of Republic Act 4156 or the PNR Charter.

Senate panel okays bills naming, renaming roads

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 03:09 p.m.

THE Senate public works committee passed Thursday nine bills seeking to name or rename roads in various parts of the country.

The bills passed by the committee chaired by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. were:

AFP: 3 Usman relatives killed in anti-BIFF offensive

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 02:23 p.m.

MANILA -- Three relatives of bomb maker Abdul Basit Usman were killed in the series of firefight between government soldiers and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Shariff Saydona, Mustapha town in Maguindanao, the military said Thursday.

Senate gives P5.1-M cash assistance to SAF troopers

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 01:08 p.m.

THE Senate has set aside P5.1 million for the kin of the slain 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers, as well as those wounded during the clash with Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25.

AFP denies hitting civilian homes with artillery fire

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 06:40 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) denied Wednesday that artillery fire by government security forces hit civilian homes during offensive against Muslim rebels in Maguindanao.

Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc, AFP Public Affairs chief, said mortar fires by the renegade Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) hit and destroyed the civilian's houses.

Government urged to reduce poverty incidence to 18%

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 05:34 p.m.

SENATOR Paolo Benigno Aquino IV encouraged concerned government agencies on Wednesday to exert more effort to lower the country's poverty incidence from 25.8 percent to 18 percent by 2016.

UN body confirms receiving Arroyo petition

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 04:50 p.m.

(Updated) THE United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has confirmed receiving a copy of the petition filed by lawyer Amal Alamuddin-Clooney, protesting the continued hospital detention of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Bill seeks social media privacy for workers

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 02:23 p.m.

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed a bill seeking to prohibit employers from requiring employees or applicants for employment to provide access to their social media accounts.

House urged to re-open Mamasapano probe

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:39 p.m.

FAMILIES of the slain Special Action Force (SAF) commandos went to the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to resume their investigation on the Mamasapano bloodshed.

Felicias Nacino expressed dismay over the recently concluded Senate inquiry on the clash since it left many unanswered questions and doubts over the death of her son, Police Officer 3 Nicky Nacino.

SC upholds decision keeping Estrada as Manila mayor

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 07:53 p.m.

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) upheld on Tuesday its decision junking the disqualification case against Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

House, Senate on stalemate over ILP

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 06:50 p.m.

THE bicameral conference committee has reached a stalemate over who should pay the cost of the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) to be implemented in Luzon during the summer months, a lawmaker said.

Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali, House committee on energy chair, said that under the ILP, private companies can be disconnected from the power grid in times of short supply, and can sell any excess power they generate to distributors.

Aquino’s confession on Mamasapano op ‘confusing’

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 03:42 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III's admission that he was fed with wrong and insufficient information by former Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas regarding the Mamasapano operation has raised more questions than answers, two senators said Tuesday.

Aquino: Napenas can be dismissed, charged with insubordination

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 08:43 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III faced religious groups in Malacanang on Monday and once again blamed the former Special Action Force (SAF) head for the botched operation on January 25 that resulted in the death of over 60 people, including 44 police commandos.

Pinoy who killed Saudi employer executed

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 07:42 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Monday the execution of Filipino worker Joven Esteva in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Ampatuan son out on P11.6-M bail

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 07:13 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Sajid Ampatuan, one of the principal accused in the Maguindanao massacre trial, was released on bail Monday after he posted a surety bond of P11.6 million.

The release order was issued by Quezon City Regional Trial Court branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes.

Gov’t ready to answer human rights case filed by Clooney

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 06:17 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacanang said Monday that the Aquino administration is ready to respond to the case reportedly filed at the United Nations (UN) by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's international lawyer.

Senators: No problem with request to extend BOI report deadline

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 05:41 p.m.

(Updated) THE request of the Philippine National Police - Board of Inquiry (PNP-BOI) for a three-day extension to submit its report on the Mamasapano bloodbath will not affect the Senate's release of its committee report on the January 25 clash, Senator Grace Poe said Monday.

Poe, chairperson of Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, said the panel will release its report on March 17.

DFA: 13 Pinoys missing as Taiwanese boat disappears

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 02:58 p.m.

A TAIWANESE fishing boat carrying 49 people including 13 Filipinos went missing in South Atlantic Ocean on February 26, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Monday.

Sympathy Walk for Fallen 44

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 10:09 p.m.

MANILA. The daughter of one of the 44 police commandos killed during a recent operation against Southeast Asia's top terrorist suspect Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan, points to a picture of her father as they join a "Sympathy Walk" in Quezon City, Philippines, on Sunday March 8, 2015. (AP Photo)

‘Fallen 44’ families walk for justice

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 06:47 p.m.

MANILA -- Families of 44 Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who were killed in an anti-terror drive in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25 repeated their call for justice, 44 days after the incident.

Senator expresses concern about aging farmer population

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

SENATOR Cynthia Villar expressed concern about the impact of aging farmer population to the future of Philippine agriculture and the future food supply for the country.

Villar, chairperson for the Senate committee on agriculture and food, attribute the possible decline in food supply to the lack of interest of farmers' children to continue as farmers.

Legarda calls for vigilance as PH cities face disaster risk

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.

WITH recent studies showing 21 Philippine cities most exposed to natural hazards, Senator Loren Legarda renewed Saturday her call for greater preparedness and stronger disaster risk reduction programs in the country.

Legarda said the Natural Hazards Risk Atlas (NHRA) assessed the natural hazard exposure of over 1,300 cities around the world and found that of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are located in the Philippines.

Bill wants driver training taught in schools

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 09:49 p.m.

CITING driving as a leading cause of death globally, a Davao del Norte lawmaker has recommended the integration of formal driving training into the basic education curriculum.

House Bill 5425 filed by Davao del Norte Representative Antonio Lagdameo Jr. recommends to the Department of Education to integrate driver's education program in the senior year curriculum to educate the youth on the importance of being responsible drivers.

Senator, groups call for suspension of K-12 program

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 05:34 p.m.

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV headed Saturday the launching of a broad coalition that seeks to convince government to suspend the K to 12 basic education program, citing the "inadequate" preparation of the country's education system for its implementation.

The coalition is comprised of the members of the Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, faculty, non-teaching staff, parents, labor union and faculty associations.

Palace no hand in discouraging participants from Sunday march

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 05:23 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacañang denied on Saturday that it has a hand in pressuring graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) from not joining the march for justice on Sunday for the 44 members of the police Special Action Force (SAF) who were killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.

7 dead, 13 wounded in Maguindanao clashes

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 05:03 p.m.

AT LEAST seven members of the renegade Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed and 13 others were wounded during skirmishes that broke out Friday afternoon in Maguindanao.

Abu Sayyaf frees Malaysian hostage

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 03:17 p.m.

MANILA -- A Malaysian policeman was reportedly released by Abu Sayyaf terrorists based in Sulu after almost eight months in captivity, a military official said.

9 soldiers wounded in continuing military offensive vs BIFF

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 12:15 a.m.

MANILA -- Nine government soldiers were injured Friday afternoon in the continuing all-out offensive against forces of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao and North Cotabato.

Higher food prices, typhoon worsen poverty

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 09:18 p.m.

MANILA -- Poverty worsened in the Philippines in the first half of 2014 due to government restrictions on rice imports and the lingering effects of a killer typhoon, an official said Friday.