Ombudsman to start probe vs Binay, Makati parking building

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:18 p.m.

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman is set to start the preliminary investigation against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., and 22 others in relation to the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Parking Building.

3 Pinoys in Saudi infected with Mers-CoV

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 04:14 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Friday that three Filipinos in Saudi Arabia have been infected with the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV).

Senator calls for increased involvement of women in government

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 03:18 p.m.

SENATOR Pia Cayetano called Friday for increased participation of women in next year's elections to enable them to make input in governance and policymaking body in the country.

Cayetano, chairperson of Senate committee on women, gender, and family relations, made the call ahead of International Women's Day on March 8 and the filing of certificates of candidacies this October for the 2016 national and local elections.

Taxi flag-down rate back to P30

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 03:03 p.m.

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reduced by P10 the flag-down rate for taxis in the country, an agency official said Friday.

Bill seeks fair penalties, higher fines for crimes

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 01:12 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon filed Friday a bill seeking to amend the country’s 85-year-old penal law to avoid the imposition of “cruel and excessive” punishment and make the imposable fines an effective deterrent to crimes.

Senate looks into government plans to solve transport woes

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

WORSENING transport woes has Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, chair of the Senate committee on economic affairs, to look into the causes and review the plans of government to resolve the prevailing transport woes gripping the country's commuters.

In a hearing, Ejercito tackled Senate Resolution 1115 by Senator Bam Aquino and SR Nos. 966 and 408 by Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Grace Poe, respectively.

House panel scraps ‘unconstitutional’ BBL provisions

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 07:09 p.m.

MANILA -- The House of Representatives ad hoc committee for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has removed some provisions of the bill that it considers unconstitutional.

Next PNP chief to maintain acting capacity until Purisima retires

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 05:19 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III cannot appoint a full-fledged Philippine National Police (PNP) head until the retirement of resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima in November, a PNP spokesperson said Thursday.

Purisima, who resigned from his post in February after he supervised a botched police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao despite being suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman, is the only PNP member holding a four-star rank, which is the highest position in the police force.

Santiago: Moro groups will clash if BBL is passed

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:44 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Armed conflict between Moro groups may take place once the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is passed, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said Thursday.

Roxas hits back at Binay over leadership issue

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 08:00 p.m.

MANILA -- Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II turned the tables on Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday following the latter's comment on the handling of the bloody Mamasapano operation last January 25.

Binay urges Congress to craft all inclusive BBL

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:25 p.m.

CONGRESSIONAL approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should not be bound by a deadline.

Thus said by Vice President Jejomar Binay who asked members of Congress to consider the benefits for all Filipinos and guided by the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

BIFF renegades coddle Usman – AFP

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 05:43 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Wednesday that the Justice Islamic Movement (JIM), a breakaway group of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), is coddling Basit Usman who was one of the main targets of the January 25 operation in Maguindanao.

"Ito po ang pinangangambahan ng ating hanay, ng ating Armed Forces at ating pulisya dahil ito pong grupo ni Tambako ang nagka-coddle sa grupo ni Basit Usman," AFP spokesperson Restituto Padilla, in a radio interview, said referring to Commander Mohammad Ali Tambako, a former vice chairman for military affairs of BIFF.

Revilla won't seek another visit to Jolo

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 04:58 p.m.

AFTER getting a clearer picture of his son's condition, detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. decided on Wednesday not to ask the Sandiganbayan to give him permission to visit Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla in the hospital anew.

Doctors at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center conducted a CT scan on Jolo Wednesday morning after the family noticed that his stomach was bloated.

Jolo Revilla surrenders gun

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 04:09 p.m.

THE calibre .40 hand gun of Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla was surrendered on Wednesday to the Muntinlupa City Police by the family's lawyer, Raymond Fortun.

PH showcases PPP at Apec meeting

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 03:55 p.m.

THE Philippines showcased Wednesday its public-private partnership (PPP) program, which is acknowledged to be one of the successful models in the region, in a gathering of experts from member-economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in Tagaytay City.

Senate panel okays bill making tax incentives transparent

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 03:36 p.m.

THE Senate ways and means committee passed on Tuesday the bill seeking to promote transparency and accountability in the grant and administration of tax incentives to business entities.

Philippines suspends oil, gas exploration in disputed waters

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:55 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine government has ordered the suspension of all exploration at an offshore oil and gas field because of an ongoing territorial dispute with China, a Filipino-British company said.

Cayetano to reveal evidence that MILF coddled Marwan

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 07:58 p.m.

SENATE Majority Alan Peter Cayetano said Tuesday he will be divulging evidence in a few days that will prove that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) coddled Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.

“As early as now, we have evidence that the government knew and knows that the MILF protected and coddled Marwan,” Cayetano said.

Lawyer: Jolo Revilla’s condition deteriorates

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 07:31 p.m.

MANILA -- The health condition of Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, who accidentally shot himself while cleaning his handgun last Saturday, has worsened.

Minors ‘most vulnerable’ to sexual abuse online

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 05:45 p.m.

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday minors are the ones "most vulnerable" to become victims of sex abuse online because of their "curiosity and gullibility."

"More internet users are subscribing to social media websites without protecting their personal information and allowing online strangers into their network," De Lima, in a statement, said.

Senate approves modernization of pharmacy profession

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 07:35 p.m.

THE Senate passed on third and final reading Monday a bill seeking to regulate and modernize the practice of pharmacy in the country.

Palace still confident of BBL passage under Aquino administration

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 07:08 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacanang does not see the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) under the next administration, a Palace official said Monday.

Senate okays powers for Aquino to address energy shortage

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 05:28 p.m.

MANILA -- The Senate approved on final reading Monday a joint resolution that would allow President Benigno Aquino III to address any potential power shortage in Luzon during the summer.

Revilla wants 3-hour furlough to visit son

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 01:23 p.m.

MANILA (Updated)-- Detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. asked the Sandiganbayan on Monday to allow him to visit his son, Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, who is recuperating from a gunshot wound on his chest in a Muntinlupa City hospital.

Palace orders arrest of mediaman killer in Masbate

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 06:24 p.m.

MALACANANG condemned Sunday the killing of a media practitioner in Masbate province.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Palace has ordered the immediate arrest of the killer of Ariel Lerit, who was also an incumbent village chief of Barangay Anas, Masbate City.

AFP chief wants to cripple Moro bandits before retirement

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 06:03 p.m.

GENERAL Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. revealed on Sunday his goal for the government's all-out offensive against two armed groups in Mindanao.

"I want to significantly lessen the bandits' ability to carry out violent attacks against civilians before I retire in July 2015," the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief said.

Jolo Revilla not depressed -- lawyer

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 05:03 p.m.

MANILA -- The family of Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla has ruled out speculations that he intentionally shot himself in the chest due to depression.

Jam Sebastian’s case an 'eye-opener' on danger of passive smoking

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 03:54 p.m.

THE case of YouTube sensation Jam Sebastian should serve as an eye-opener for the need to implement stricter tobacco control measures and address secondhand smoke, an advocacy group said.

Palace on Pacquiao tax break: How about other athletes?

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 05:38 p.m.

IF BOXING icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao would not be taxed on his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., a Palace official wondered if other athletes who are also giving pride to the country would be granted the same exemption.

Palace asks public to be vigilant vs fires

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 04:29 p.m.

MALACANANG appealed Saturday to the public and local government units to be vigilant in preventing fires that could happen frequently as the summer sets in.

The country is observing Fire Prevention Month this March.