Palace shrugs off calls for PNoy resignation

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 06:02 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacañang shrugged off Saturday renewed calls for President Benigno Aquino III to resign following the murder of 44 police commandos on the hands of Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.

Radio broadcaster slain in Tagbilaran

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 05:36 p.m.

MANILA -- A radio broadcaster was shot dead by a still unidentified suspect in Bohol on Saturday morning, police said.

Superintendent Joie Pacito Yape, spokesperson of Bohol provincial police, identified the victim as Engr. Maurito Lim, a broadcaster for the local radio station dyRD in Tagbilaran City.

Senator: Punish those who sell Mamasapano massacre video

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 04:25 p.m.

THE vendors who are selling digital versatile discs or DVDs of videos showing the encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on July 25 must be punished because it is "unacceptable," a senator said Saturday.

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV was referring to the video of the gun battle between the Special Action Forces (SAF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which are sold in DVD format in Mindanao.

Public told: No reason to panic over Mers-CoV spread

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 12:14 a.m.

MANILA -- The government is fully equipped to prevent the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (Mers-CoV) in the country, officials assured Friday following reports that 11 Filipinos have manifested symptoms of the disease.

Still no employee benefits for Fallen 44

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:52 p.m.

MANILA -- Almost three weeks since the Mamasapano clash, the employee benefits of the 44 slain members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) have yet to be released to their families.

11 Filipinos showed Mers-CoV symptoms

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 02:48 p.m.

MANILA -- Eleven individuals that have had close contacts with the Filipina who tested positive of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) manifested symptoms of the disease, the Department of Health said Friday.

Bill seeks to declare Feb. 14 as National Family Day

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 02:06 p.m.

A CEBUANO lawmaker recently filed a bill that seeks to declare Valentine's Day as a special working holiday in honor of Filipino families.

Cebu City Representative Rodrigo Abellanosa said that Valentine's Day should not only be for lovers but also a "celebration of familial ties and to encourage strengthening of the family unit."

Rebels involved in Mamasapano clash face exclusion

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

MORO rebels who took part in the Mamasapano bloodbath face expulsion from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) if proven that they violated the rules of the revolutionary group, an MILF official said Thursday.

"The sanction of the disciplinary actions will depend (on the violation that they had committed). Maybe, it's not only suspension but termination," said MILF peace panel chairman Mohagber Iqbal.

DOH calls for sobriety amid Mers-Cov fears

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 05:46 p.m.

AMID the first recorded case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Corona Virus (Mers-Cov) on Philippine soil, the Department of Health (DOH) called Thursday for sobriety.

Masbate guv, 31 others barred from leaving PH

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 04:26 p.m.

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan fourth division issued Thursday hold departure orders against former congresswoman and now Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lañete and her co-accused in the plunder and graft cases filed against them.

Santiago to Purisima: Elite cops still alive if you did not interfere

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 02:12 p.m.

MANILA -- Had resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima not meddled in the operation, the 44 elite police commandos would not have been killed during the firefight with the Moro rebels on January 25, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said Thursday.

MILF decries terrorist tag

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:30 a.m.

MANILA -- An official of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said Thursday the group has no links to terrorists amid allegations that some of its members brutally killed police commandos in the January 25 clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Marcos to Aquino: Explain role in Mamasapano operation

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 06:21 p.m.

(Updated) SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. challenged President Benigno Aquino III to explain his role in the bloody Mamasapano operation on January 25.

‘Cocolisap hotspots’ down to 9 from 58

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 04:05 p.m.

COCONUT scale insect infestation, locally known as cocolisap, has been brought down to manageable levels with only nine municipalities from 58 have been considered as "hotspots," an official said Wednesday.

Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis Pangilinan said that there was no longer an outbreak of insect infestation on coconut trees.

Espina seeks clear answers over SAF men 'overkill'

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 03:35 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina became emotional Wednesday as he described how 44 of his men who took part in the January 25 raid in Mamasapano, Maguindanao were killed by Moro rebels.

Purisima vacates 'White House'

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 03:09 p.m.

FORMER Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima has started removing his things from the "White House," the official residence of the country's top cop.

PNP spokesperson Generoso Cerbo said Wednesday that Purisima has one month to vacate the house inside the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Lawmaker mulls citing Napeñas in contempt

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 02:45 p.m.

MANILA -- A lawmaker threatened on Wednesday to cite in contempt relieved Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Getulio Napeñas who kept on evading questions during the House of Representatives' inquiry on the January 25 clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Child-friendly Internet in PH pushed

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 09:06 p.m.

TERRE des Hommes Netherlands, an international humanitarian organization working on stopping all forms of child exploitation, asked on Tuesday for a safer and more child-friendly Internet in the Philippines.

This advocacy has gained ground as legislators filed bills declaring every February 10 of each year as National Safer Internet Day.

DFA: Aquino, Widodo discussed sea row

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 05:45 p.m.

​PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III and Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo discussed the ongoing territorial issues in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and the need for a rules-based approach to settlement there.

DFA: Abducted Filipinos in Libya still alive

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 04:59 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday that the three Filipinos abducted in Libya are alive despite some reports indicating they were already beheaded.

Napeñas blamed for having no ‘sense of urgency’

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 04:35 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Relieved Special Action Force (SAF) head Police Chief Superintendent Getulio Napeñas had "no sense of urgency" when his troops were in the thick of the firefight with Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, a military official said in a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

AFP, PNP unaware of US hand in Mamasapano operation

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 12:22 p.m.

MILITARY and police officials said Tuesday they have no idea if the United States government was involved in the January 25 operation that led to the bloody clash between government troopers and Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

MILF to return firearms, belongings of slain policemen

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 11:18 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) promised on Tuesday to return the firearms and personal belongings of 44 elite police commandos who were killed in a bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

BOI: Mamasapano mission plan not followed

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:46 a.m.

POLICE Director Benjamin Magalong said the Philippine National Police - Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) troopers failed to follow the actual plan for their law enforcement operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Biazon to government: Prepare contingency plan if BBL fails

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 11:40 p.m.

A LAWMAKER advised Malacanang on Monday to put in place a contingency plan if Congress fails to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon, chairman of the House committee on national defense and security, said that though he is still advocating for the passage of the BBL, the government should prepare for the worst, especially armed retaliation from the Moro rebels if the BBL doesn't received enough numbers in both chambers of Congress.

Senate OKs bill seeking SK reforms

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 06:40 p.m.

THE Senate passed on third and final reading Monday a bill seeking to strengthen the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).

Purisima: No order to keep Mamasapano operation secret

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 03:11 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima denied in a Senate hearing on Monday that he deliberately kept details of the Maguindanao operation from Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina.

Senate begins probe into Mamasapano clash

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 12:05 p.m.

MANILA -- Senators start hearing on Monday facts and circumstances that led to the death of 44 police commandos in a covert operation on January 25 to nab two terror suspects in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

SAF survivor to lead 26 guests in inquiry

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 11:52 p.m.

MANILA -- A survivor of the January 25 encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that killed 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) troopers will lead the 26 resource persons invited in the Senate inquiry into the bloody incident Monday.

Philippine, Indonesian leaders to discuss territorial spats

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 10:37 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Philippines will raise its concerns over China's land reclamation in disputed reefs and discuss Manila's new peace deal with Moro rebels with Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who arrived Sunday for a brief visit, an official said.