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Rampaging Giants seek 7th win in a row

MANILA, Philippines -- Purefoods seeks to extend a franchise-best start to seven games Wednesday when the sizzling Tender Juicy Giants battle Air21 in the eliminations of the Smart PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Youths in Mindanao cash in on call center boom

DAVAO CITY -- Jade Suaybaguio wants to send his sick mother to the hospital, but this is just wishful thinking for a 19-year-old son of a laborer.

Lipa, Norwood boost RP quintet’s SEAG chances

MANILA, Philippines -- Key figures returning to national duty aim to provide a boost for the Harbour-Philippine Team vying for the men’s basketball gold in the Thailand Southeast Asian Games in December.

La Salle stude posts lone RP swim victory in Taipei

TAIPEI -- Tana Verzo, an eight-year-old second-grader from De La Salle Zobel, ruled the 50-meter breaststroke for the Philippines’ lone gold in the five-nation CITI Invitational Swim Meet 2007 at the Taipei American School here.

Gov. Panlilio: Lone star witness in bribe probe

MANILA, Philippines -- On the eve of a Senate inquiry into the distribution of cash gifts in Malacañang as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo faced a new impeachment complaint, Gov. Ed Panlilio of Pampanga said he was unfazed because he would simply tell the truth.

(UPDATE) Bhutto to Musharraf: it's time to quit

LAHORE, Pakistan -- Former premier Benazir Bhutto urged Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf to quit as president Tuesday as she sought to form a united front with other opposition leaders against the military ruler.

Impeachment complaint lies in state in House

MANILA, Philippines -- On Monday, the House committee on justice moved to kill the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Roel Pulido against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by declaring it sufficient in form. The committee deliberations were to resume Wednesday and a declaration that it lacked substance was expected.

Slain solon’s remains transported to Basilan

MANILA, Philippines -- The remains of slain Representative Wahab Akbar were transported to Basilan province early Wednesday, a radio report said.

Escaped detainee tags Palparan

MANILA, Philippines -- The younger of two farmer-brothers who claimed to have been detained and tortured by the military testified Tuesday at the Court of Appeals that then Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan had warned him during his detention to keep his family from joining human rights groups and protest rallies.

Pacquiao-Marquez rematch looking good, says GBP executive

MANILA, Philippines -- Golden Boy vice-president and international matchmaker Eric Gomez, who arrived Tuesday to attend the 45th WBC Convention here, has indicated that the ongoing negotiations for the Pacquiao-Marquez rematch are looking good as both camps try to iron out the details for the planned super bout.

Old Estrada foe tapped to go after his luxury cars

MANILA, Philippines -- The moral of the story seems to be what goes around comes around.

Chicken falls prey to ‘palengke’ mechanics

MANILA, Philippines--CONSUMERS MAY EXPECT AN ample supply of chicken for the holidays, but the local broiler industry has said that it cannot control unwarranted price increases in the wet and retail markets.

Bombers pound Mustangs, gain Last 8

MANILA, Philippines -- The Jose Rizal University Bombers coasted to the Round of Eight, hammering out an 83-61 decision over the West Negros College Mustangs Tuesday in the Fil-Oil/Flying-V National Collegiate Champions League at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Glorietta incident won’t cripple ALI

MANILA, Philippines--PROPERTY GIANT AYALA LAND INC. does not expect the considerable damage to a section of the Glorietta mall in Makati City to have a significant impact on its future earnings.

Bribery whistle-blowers charged

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Trial Lawyers Association Tuesday slapped charges of direct bribery and violation of the code of conduct and ethical standards and the anti-graft law against nine local government officials and lawmakers who admitted that they received “cash gifts” in Malacañang on Oct. 11.

RP five shows resolve at last

SINGAPORE -- Junel Baculi finally got a glimpse of what he wanted to see from the Harbour Centre-Philippine Team Monday night.

First Gen to join Pagbilao project

MANILA, Philippines--TEAM ENERGY CORP., the consortium of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Marubeni Corp., has partnered with the Lopez-owned First Gen Corp. for the expansion of the 735-megawatt (MW) Pagbilao coal-fired power facility in Quezon by another 385-400 MW.

Negros trader loses P3M to car thieves in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Car thieves broke into the parked van of a Lions Club district governor Monday afternoon, taking with them items worth close to P3 million.

Customs exec in Batangas won’t yield juicy post

BATANGAS CITY—Hundreds of employees of the Batangas port and businessmen have found themselves in a quandary after the district collector, who was supposed to retire on Oct. 25, refused to yield her position to a designated successor.

Governments urged to strengthen IP rights systems

MANILA, Philippines--IN A LITTLE OVER A DECADE, Intellectual property rights as a tool may come to dominate big businesses, in terms of technological dominance, and even hold sway over geopolitical concerns.

(UPDATE) Metro Manila placed on full alert

MANILA, Philippines -- Except for Metro Manila, the entire country continues to be on heightened alert, according to police officials, following an explosion that rocked the House of Representatives Tuesday night, killing a congressman and two civilians and wounding eight others.

Senate goes on red alert

MANILA, Philippines -- Following the explosion at the House of Representatives Tuesday night, the Senate security immediately went on red alert.

Bomb rocks Congress; solon among 3 killed

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 19) A bomb exploded at the House of Representatives in Quezon City Tuesday evening killing Basilan Representative Wahab Akbar, the driver of another lawmaker and a member of the staff of yet another solon.

List of dead and injured in Congress blast

MANILA, Philippines--What follows is the list of fatalities and those injured in an explosion at the south wing of the House of Representatives building in Quezon City Tuesday night.

House to hold regular sessions, pass bills -- De Venecia

MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives will have its regular sessions Wednesday, Speaker Jose de Venecia announced Tuesday night, after a bomb exploded at the lower chamber and killed a congressman and two civilians.

From apathy to active participation

MANILA, Philippines – In the eyes of youth leader Gerald Paragas, candidates and voters are more vigilant now.

Senators condemn House bombing

MANILA, Philippines -- Senators have condemned the bombing at the House of Representatives Tuesday night and called for a swift and thorough investigation of the incident.

Armored van heist could be work of robbery gang, say police

MANILA, Philippines – Police are looking into the possibility that the Ampang Colangco group could be behind Monday’s robbery of an armored van in Las Piñas City.

(UPDATE 2) Akbar could have been target--police

MANILA, Philippines -- Police are eyeing the possibility that Basilan Representative Wahab Akbar was the target of the explosion that rocked the House of Representatives Tuesday evening, police commander for Metro Manila said.

(UPDATE) Yahoo settles jailed Chinese journalist case

SAN FRANCISCO--Yahoo Inc. has settled a lawsuit filed by two Chinese journalists who were jailed after the Internet giant provided information to Beijing security authorities, lawyers for the men said Tuesday.

Arroyo orders police to investigate House blast

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered authorities to hunt down the perpetrators of the deadly explosion at the House of Representatives as she appealed to people to avoid making speculations that would create further chaos following the incident.

From oil to biomass: RP turns to cleaner power

MANILA, Philippines--THE COUNTRY CAN TAP AROUND 200 megawatts (MW) of new power capacity from biomass sources, and enable it to veer away from coal and oil to generate power.

PNP checking ‘Abu’ claims of House blast

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is verifying reports that the extremist Abu Sayyaf has claimed responsibility for the bomb explosion at the House of Representatives.

Import of meat products seen to rise in 2008

MANILA, Philippines--THE IMPORTATION OF MEAT AND MEAT products may slightly increase in 2008 due to the appreciation of the peso against the dollar.

The youth want to be involved in local dev’t, says study

MANILA, Philippines – John Castañeda, director of the National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, says the Philippines pioneered youth and children’s participation in local governance.

(UPDATE) EU confirms in-depth Google/DoubleClick probe

BRUSSELS--The European Commission opened a four-month, in-depth review on Tuesday of Google Inc's plans to buy rival DoubleClick for $3.1 billion.

Ayala posts 41.6% jump in 9-month net profit

MANILA, Philippines--AYALA CORP. announced that its net income from January to September surged 41.6 percent to a record P13.6 billion from P9.6 billion in the same period last year, surpassing the full year 2006 net income of P12.2 billion.

Policewoman freed pending probe

MANILA, Philippines – The policewoman who accidentally shot her husband following an argument was released from detention on Monday after the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office ordered a further investigation of the case.

Lady Stags score, tie UST tossers for lead

MANILA, Philippines -- San Sebastian College pounded Letran College, 25-17, 25-10, 25-11, Tuesday to gain a share of the lead at the close of the elimination phase of the 2007 Shakey’s V-League women’s volleyball second conference at The Arena in San Juan City.

Arroyo says gov’t willing to reopen talks with NDF

TACLOBAN CITY—President Macapagal-Arroyo said she is amenable to the government having peace talks with communists.

Amalia Fuentes accused of robbery by husband

MANILA, Philippines – The husband of actress Amalia Fuentes yesterday accused her of robbery, a charge which she denied because according to her, the alleged stolen items are part of their conjugal property.

PAL adds flights in time for Christmas rush

MANILA, Philippines--ANTICIPATING THE SURGE in air travel for the Christmas travel season, flag carrier Philippine Airlines is increasing capacity to the US West Coast, Australia, Bangkok and Singapore.

Alcano & Co. overpowers World Team

CALAPAN CITY -- Team Philippines walloped the World Team, 31-19, Tuesday to win the Kabayan San Miguel Beer World 9-Ball Challenge at the Filipiniana Hotel here.

World's patent system needs reform, experts say

MANILA, Philippines--The world's patent system must be reformed to keep pace with rapid technological, corporate and social changes that are pressuring intellectual property rights, experts said Tuesday.

India's Tata group, HP build Asia's largest supercomputer

BANGALORE, India--India's Tata group and Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday they had built the Asia-Pacific region's most powerful supercomputer in a major boost to scientific research in India.

Gov’t debt rose 2.8% to P3.87T in end-August

MANILA, Philippines--THE OUTSTANDING DEBT OF THE National government stood at P3.87 trillion as of end-August, up by 2.8 percent from the previous month’s P3.77 trillion, the Bureau of the Treasury reported Tuesday.

Borboran 3-mendous as Hapee pulls thru

MANILA, Philippines -- Hapee Toothpaste hung tough in the final minute to hold off Harbour Centre, 77-76, and claim the solo lead in the PBL V-Go Extreme Energy Drink Cup Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

7-year T-bond rate stays at 6.5%

MANILA, Philippines--THE YIELD OF THE 7-year treasury bonds remained at 6.5 percent during Tuesday’s auction as the government partially rejected bids for the long-term securities.

Oil prices slide as IEA lowers demand forecasts

LONDON--World oil prices dived for the second day running Tuesday as the International Energy Agency lowered its global demand forecast for crude, analysts said.

BOP surplus seen topping $7-B mark

MANILA, Philippines--THE PHILIPPINES’ BALANCE-OF-PAYMENTS SURPLUS LIKELY breached the $7-billion mark as of end-October given the favorable foreign investment climate and stronger overseas Filipino remittances, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas estimated.

Market soars on tech, banks, Wal-Mart and oil

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks snapped a four-day losing streak on Tuesday with Nasdaq notching its biggest gain in more than four years after news that Apple Inc was in talks to offer iPhones in China sent investors bargain hunting among battered technology stocks.

Metro on red alert after Akbar murder

Police and military forces in Metro Manila have been placed on red alert following Tuesday night's bomb attack at the Batasan Pambansa that killed Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar and two others.

Driver in Saguisag accident out on bail

The driver of the dump truck that rammed the Toyota Grandia van carrying former senator Rene Saguisag and his wife Dulce was released from detention on Monday after posting bail of P51,000.

'Danger was specific to Akbar'

Intelligence reports prior to the fatal blast Tuesday night indicated that a threat was specific to Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar, Secretary Ronaldo Puno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said.

Batasan blast kills Rep. Akbar, 2 others

Three persons, including Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar, died after a fatal blast shook the Batasan Pambasa complex in Quezon City Tuesday night.

Caguioa returns to prop up Kings

Two-time defending league scoring champion Mark Caguioa is arriving from the United States Wednesday and is likely to give Ginebra an added boost as it plays back-to-back games against Air21 Friday and Magnolia Sunday in the Smart PBA Philippine Cup.

RP quintet reaching top form

SINGAPORE - The Harbour Centre-Philippine team finally showed its true potential even without its star player, blasting the US Navy Selection, 105-58, Monday in a victory that augured well for the Filipino cagers' keenly awaited campaign in next month's SEA Games in Thailand.

Bombers storm into Final Eight

Jose Rizal became the second NCAA squad to make the quarterfinals and West Negros College the next provincial team to be booted out in the opening round of the 2007 Fil-Oil/Flying-V National Collegiate Champions League.

Hapee extends run, nips Harbour

Mark Borboran hit a clutch three-pointer then Hapee Toothpaste held on to snatch a 77-76 cliffhanger over defending champion Harbour Centre to grab the solo lead in the PBL V-Go Extreme Energy Drink Cup Tuesday.

Planning, succession and success

There's the story of the employee that rose to the top so fast that everyone was wondering how he did it. "Easy " he said " all I did was submit my manager's resume to a really good head hunter!"

(GMA7) Rep. Wahab Akbar, 2 others killed in Batasan bomb blast

A bomb explosion at an entrance of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday evening killed three people,...

Supreme Court Foundation Gets Special Treatment from BIR



It has no legal personality—but it’s exempt from taxes.

Investigate Palparan, says Melo Commission in New Report to GMA

The disbanded Melo Commission has recommended in its final report the investigation of retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan for...

SC Twice Ruled Against New Comelec Exec

Moslemen Macarambon has a poor track record as a judge in Mindanao—although he insists that it is his court experience...

Glorietta Blast: Blaming the Basement

If wastewater that was not even stored in a septic tank could cause an explosion, as what the police are...

Philippine officials, Muslim rebels leave for Malaysia for talks

Philippine and Muslim rebel peace negotiators left for Malaysia Tuesday for crucial talks that could result in the resolution of a contentious issue stalling their negotiations, a senior government official said.

Policewoman freed pending probe

MANILA, Philippines - The policewoman who accidentally shot her husband following an argument was released from detention on Monday after the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office ordered a further investig...

Gov't mulls resuming peace talks with MILF

PRESIDENTIAL peace adviser Jesus Dureza said the government is looking at a possible resumption of formal talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) by early next year, highlighted by the sig...

US favors RP claim on Marcos wealth in New York

THE US Department of Justice (DOJ) endorsed the claim of the Philippine government on the US$35 million Arelma Corporation account allegedly kept by the Marcoses in New York since the 1970s, acting Ju...

Explosion at Philippine House of Representatives injures several people

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - An explosion has rocked 1 of the entrances to the Philippine House of Representatives, killing one person and injuring at least seven. A police official says a lawmaker's d...

Akbar could have been target--police

Wahab Akbar and two civilians were killed in the blast that also injured eight others, including Congressman Henry Teves and Congresswoman Luzviminda Ilagan. Akbar was declared dead at 10:25 p.m. by ...

Negros trader loses P3M to car thieves in Manila

MANILA, Philippines - Car thieves broke into the parked van of a Lions Club district governor Monday afternoon, taking with them items worth close to P3 million. Victim Em Ang, 42, of Mansulingan, Ba...

Legislator urges stiffer penalties for reckless driving

FOLLOWING the vehicular accident that injured former senator and opposition lawyer Rene Saguisag and claimed the life of his wife, former social welfare secretary Dulce Saguisag, Senate Majority Leade...

House to hold regular sessions, pass bills -- De Venecia

House of Representatives will have its regular sessions Wednesday, Speaker Jose de Venecia announced Tuesday night, after a bomb exploded at the lower chamber and killed a congressman and two civilian...

Marcos' $35M belongs to RP govt

The US Hawaii court said since the deposit of $2 million in Arelma's Merrill Lynch account in November 1972 coincided with Marcos' declaration of martial law and the human-rights abuses for whic...

3 Dead in Bombing at Philippine Congress

(AP Photo/Perfecto Camero)Investigators surevey the damaged after an explosion at an entrance to the Philippine House of Representatives in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, late Tuesday Nov. 13,...

Assassination suspected in Philippine blast

A BOMB rocked the Philippine Congress last night in a suspected assassination of a Muslim member that also killed two others, injured several more and unnerved the country's capital. Wahab Akbar, who...

Metro Manila placed on full alert

House of Representatives Tuesday night, killing a congressman and two civilians and wounding eight others. Basilan Congressman Wahab Akbar, Marcial Tando, driver of one of the lawmakers who was also ...

Erap 'ready to die' if court seizes assets

Sandiganbayan Clerk of Court Renato Bocar said "for as long the account is under the name of Joseph Estrada," such assets are covered by the forfeiture order of the antigraft court. He added tha...

Pakistan's Bhutto in house arrest

LAHORE, Pakistan: Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was under siege behind barbed wire and barricades Tuesday, encircled by more than 1,000 police to stop her from leading a rally against...

Armored van heist could be work of robbery gang, say police

MANILA, Philippines - Police are looking into the possibility that the Ampang Colangco group could be behind Monday's robbery of an armored van in Las Pi as City. The group's modus operandi is to str...

Arroyo blames death of Amper, Dalaig on selfish politicians

PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said selfish and ambitious politicians killed 12-year-old Mariannet Amper and chief government elections lawyer Alioden Dalaig.Arroyo, in her opening statement at the...

Neri could be arrested, says Sen. Cayetano

Cayetano said he would issue a subpoena to Neri to compel him to attend next week's hearing on the $330-million broadband deal that was eventually canceled by President Gloria Arroyo. Neri had g...

More cops on streets as Christmas draws near "NCRPO

MANILA, Philippines - With Christmas just a few weeks away, police visibility in key shopping areas in Metro Manila will be stepped up with the deployment of an additional 2,000 law enforcers. Nation...

Police all but certain of gas-blast theory

The police reinforced its theory that an "accidental gas explosion" was to blame by showing a video footage contradicting the previous claim of Ayala Land Inc., the mall owner, that methane coul...

Bomb blast kills congressman and his driver in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - An explosion outside an entrance to the Philippine House of Representatives has killed a Philippine congressman and his driver. The lawmaker's chief of staff says the congr...

Philippine blast targeted at Muslim lawmaker

MANILA – A lawmaker from the Philippines' restive Muslim region, Wahab Akbar, was the likely target of a fatal explosion at Congress on Tuesday night, Manila's police chief said. 'From what w...

Court denies woman a protection order

An urban-poor leader filed a petition for the writ of amparo at the Court of Appeals, asking for a temporary protection order and for authorities to produce documents that led to her allegedly i...

Senators condemn House bombing

Close this MANILA, Philippines -- Senators have condemned the bombing at the House of Representatives Tuesday night and called for a swift and thorough investigation of the incident. "Kinuku...

Forgotten Filipino Vets Still Waiting for Equity

Asian Journal , News Report, Joseph Pimentel, Posted: Nov 12, 2007 Los Angeles - US Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) affirmed his commitment to bring the F...

Blast kills Philippine Muslim MP

A powerful bomb has hit part of the Philippine House of Representatives killing two people, among them an MP, and injuring 10 others, police say. Congressman Wahab Akbar was killed alongside his dr...

Fraport to dispute World Bank dismissal of Manila case--CEO

Close this FRANKFURT -- Fraport AG has decided to challenge the World Bank's dismissal of its move to seek compensation from the Philippine government for expropriating a terminal project at ...

Senate goes on red alert

House of Representatives Tuesday night, the Senate security immediately went on red alert. Retired general Jose Balajadia, Senate sergeant at arms, said that as soon as he heard what happened at the ...

Panlilio, 8 more charged with bribery over Palace handouts

Close this MANILA, Philippines -- They spilled the beans and now they are being haled to the Office of the Ombudsman to face criminal complaints. The Philippine Trial Lawyers Association (PT...

One dead, six hurt in bomb blast at Philippine Congress

MANILA (AFP) - A powerful bomb ripped through a section of the Philippine House of Representatives on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring at least six others including three lawmakers, officials ...

House majority rebuffs minority boycott of impeach hearings

MANILA, Philippines -- Saying that the impeachment proceedings against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were a "foregone conclusion," the majority bloc in the House of Representatives has shrugged of...

Blasts rips through Philippines Congress building

Philippine legislator Wahab Akbar was killed in a bomb attack at the House of Representatives, raising the death toll to two with at least 10 injured, hospital staff and radio reports said. Three of ...

WHO issues measles warning in Philippines

Manila - Measles could kill up to 6 000 children every year in the Philippines unless the government steps up a campaign to vaccinate most kids in the country, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warn...

Estrada to fight forfeiture of other properties

MANILA, Philippines -- Former president Joseph Estrada on Tuesday vowed to fight attempts to seize his assets other than those specified by the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court's decision convicting him...

House exec seeks legal advice over second Arroyo impeach rap

MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives has sought the advice of its legal department on whether it should return the second impeachment complaint filed against President Gloria Macapagal-...

Only Pampanga governor to attend Senate probe on 'cash gift'

MANILA, Philippines -- Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio might be the only resource person at Wednesday's Senate investigation on the alleged distribution of "cash gifts" to congressmen and governors in M...

'Family feud,' not troops, behind brothers' abduction

MANILA, Philippines -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) told the Court of Appeals that the disappearance of brothers Raymund and Reynaldo Manalo, who say they were abducted by soldiers, was p...

'Prove intel funds are accounted for'

MANILA, Philippines -- Reacting to dares for him to present proof of his claims that police intelligence funds were given out to lawmakers and governors in Malaca ang last month, Senator Panfilo Lacso...

Senate to subpoena Neri on ZTE probe

investigations (the blue ribbon) is set to subpoena former economic planning secretary Romulo Neri as it continues investigating the now cancelled $329-million national broadband network (NBN) contrac...

House probe on cash gift stalled

MANILA, Philippines -- Despite the insistence of the opposition, the House of Representatives has not been able to start its own investigation on the alleged cash distribution in Malaca ang last Octob...

Arroyo shifts focus from economic to political reforms

MANILA, Philippines -- Claiming to have fixed the economy, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said it was now time to push for political reforms, choosing to focus on fighting corruption, curbing viole...

Govt, MILF to start informal talks in Malaysia Wednesday

MANILA, Philippines -- After months of impasse, the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will engage in informal talks in Malaysia on Wednesday as a step to resuming formal peace negoti...

Philippines goes after Estrada's personal assets

MANILA (Reuters) - Former Philippines president Joseph Estrada could lose his cars, homes and bank accounts after an anti-graft court said on Tuesday it would go after them to recover around $17 m...

Majority of Filipino families feel no benefit of peso appreciation

About 57 percent Filipino families said their well-being had not changed much with a stronger local currency, which appreciated from nearly 50 pesos against one dollar at the beginning of this year to...

Philippine anti-graft court moves to forfeit ex-president assets

The Philippine anti-graft court, the Sandiganbayan, will soon freeze the bank accounts of former President Joseph Estrada, who was pardoned two weeks ago for plunder, a court official said Tuesday. &q...

5 enlisted Rangers still in Tanay finally questioned

MANILA, Philippines -- Military investigators finally questioned five enlisted Scout Rangers detained at an Army camp in Rizal province for over a year without formal charges for their alleged roles i...

Protection of media sources increasingly undermined--study

MANILA, Philippines -- A private watchdog organization has warned that protections against the disclosure of media sources were increasingly being undermined by governments worldwide, including those ...

WHO warns measles threatens to kill 6,000 kids in Philippines

Manila - Measles could kill up to 6,000 children every year in the Philippines unless the government steps up a campaign to vaccinate most kids in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) warn...

Puno willing to attend Senate probe over cash gift row

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno bewailed allegations by Senator Panfilo Lacson linking the Philippine National Police (PNP) as the source of funds of the ca...

Sandigan to freeze Estrada accounts

Close this MANILA, Philippines --The Sandiganbayan will proceed to garnish four bank accounts of former president Joseph Estrada, an official of the anti-graft court said. Sheriff Ed Urieta ...

Supreme Court Foundation Gets Special Treatment from BIR

he Society for Judicial Excellence (SJE), an organization that works closely with the Supreme Court and gives annual awards to the judiciary, has no legal personality—it is not registered with t...

No. 1 violators of human rights

Some Commission on Election officials are asking for police bodyguards after receiving death threats. If these Comelec officials were fair in counting the votes, why would losing candidates want to h...

Husband killed in fight with wife over gun

MANILA, Philippines - A policewoman accidentally shot and killed her husband as they were grappling for possession of her service firearm inside their house in Novaliches, Quezon City last Sunday. PO...

Baby boy with meningitis needs financial help

MANILA, Philippines - One-year-old Zane Adrian Panergo was born with meningitis, an inflammation of the brain membrane. Panergo's condition, characterized by the presence of water in his head, led to...

Businessman in Pasig road rage incident nabbed

MANILA, Philippines - Police arrested a businessman after he allegedly shot a tow truck driver following a traffic altercation in Pasig City yesterday morning. Pasig City police chief, Senior Supt. F...

Raps filed vs driver who rammed vehicle into funeral march

MANILA, Philippines - The Marikina City police yesterday filed criminal charges before the prosecutor's office against the driver of a vehicle which plowed into a funeral procession on Sunday, killing...

Robbers strike in Las Pi as, snatch P.8M from armored van

MANILA, Philippines - Seven armed men took P800,000 in cash from a Banco de Oro armored van parked near the convenience store of a gas station on J. Aguilar Avenue, Barangay CAA, Las Pi as City yester...

Pasay City barangay polls winners sworn in

MANILA, Philippines - After winning in the Oct. 29 barangay elections, 198 newly elected barangay chairs were sworn in by Pasay City Mayor Wenceslao Trinidad yesterday morning. However, the city gove...

Death threats on Makati mayor's breakfast menu

MANILA, Philippines - On his 65th birthday last Sunday, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay woke up to death threats, instead of birthday greetings. He received the threats which were sent through text messag...

CA confirms double murder conviction

MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals has affirmed the double murder conviction of two alleged members of the Alex Boncayao Brigade for the killing of a Chinese-Filipino businessman and his drive...

Esperon bent on filing case vs. Sen. Trillanes

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines chief, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr., on Monday weighed what proper legal action to take against former coup plotter and now Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th.

2 witnesses surface in poll official murder

Razon said investigators are looking into death threats that Dalaig had received before the murder and into his responsibilities as legal-division head of the poll body.

House passes '08 proposed budget

Voting 174-8, the House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the Malaca ang-proposed P1.227-trillion national budget for 2008.

Provee Rap Owns Boracay mansion

The Quezon City government seems to be arguing on the side of Joseph Estrada, as it challenged the Sandiganbayan to prove that the former president owns the so-called Boracay mansion.

Health chief bats for slow removal of firecrackers

AS CASES of firecracker related injuries continue to go up, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is pushing for the gradual phase-out of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices for residential use....

P200 million released for mobile clinic, rice supply

PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday ordered the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to release P100 million to set up mobile clinics and another P100 million to ensure that affordab...

CA upholds death v. 2 ABB rebels

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the murder sentence against two suspected members of the Alex Boncayao Brigade (ABB) for the killing of an 81-year-old businessman and his driver in Quezon City ...

Fisher folk could lose P16 millionin fishing ban

A nongovernment organization wants government to compensate fishermen affected by a fishing ban in Ta on Strait off Cebu, where a Japanese firm is exploring for oil.

Makati mayor gets threat

MAKATI mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar Binay received death threats via text messages last Sunday, his 65th birthday, from a man who identified himself as "Ka Bobot," the mayor's s...

Petron loses fake tax-credit case, ordered to pay P580M

Petron Corp. was told to pay more than P580 million in excise taxes by the Court of Tax Appeals, according to a disclosure issued Monday by the oil firm.

Cops get killer's description in Comelec exec's murder

Close this MANILA, Philippines -- Witnesses have provided police with a description of the possible assassin in the killing of election official Alioden Dalaig as Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim ord...

Comelec wards off paranoia after murders of poll execs

MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is not yet convinced that political groups with vested interests have declared an open season on election officials, even after the murders...

Lawyer warns about loopholes in writ of amparo

MANILA, Philippines -- The head of a lawyers' group has warned that several provisions under the rules on the writ of amparo could be used against the legitimate victims of human rights abuses who are...

Car slams into funeral procession in Manila

Manila - Three people were killed when a drunken driver lost control of his car and rammed into a funeral procession in the Philippine capital, police said on Monday. Police officer Rodel Estevez s...

LLDA gets a break

MANILA, Philippines -- Environment Secretary Lito Atienza has backtracked from his call for the abolition of the Laguna Lake Development Authority and has agreed to work with the agency to dismantle i...

Solon moves for expulsion of party mate over cash gift

IROSIN, Sorsogon, Philippines -- Representative Amelita Villrosa (Kampi-Mindoro) might be kicked out of the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino for her statements that dragged the party into the controvers...

Transport group threatens strike over gas price hike

CALAMBA CITY, Philippines -- A militant transport group is preparing to stage a nationwide transport strike to pressure the government and oil companies to bring down the prices of gasoline and other ...

Filipino writer a finalist in literary tilt won by Sino

Close this HONG KONG -- The Philippines' Jose Dalisay Jr. was one of five short-listed authors for the 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize that on Saturday was won by Chinese author Jiang Rong for ...

'Boracay mansion' has 2 titles

MANILA, Philippines -- Sandiganbayan Sheriff Ed Urieta on Monday began preparations for the public auction of the controversial "Boracay mansion" despite a motion by lawyers of deposed president Josep...

Ateneo official rallies support for embattled Panlilio

MANILA, Philippines -- A youth leader at the Ateneo de Manila University is rallying support for Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio who has come under fire from local officials over his expos of alleged b...

Strong peso has no positive impact on 10M families--survey

Social Weather Stations showed. Also, about one in every three (30 percent), or around 5 million families, said they were better off before the peso gained strength and averaged to about 45 against t...

Groups oppose 'ocean fertilization' in Sulu Sea

MANILA, Philippines -- Environmental groups condemned on Monday an Australian company's plan to dump hundreds of tons of fertilizer into Philippine waters as part of an experiment to combat climate ch...

Palace not bothering with 'political noise'

MANILA, Philippines -- Malaca ang on Monday said those behind fresh attempts to impeach President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should just wait until her term ends in 2010. "There is no sense being preocc...

Arroyo faces new impeachment effort in Philippines

MANILA : Opponents of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo filed a new impeachment complaint against her Monday, alleging corruption and illegal policies that have resulted in the deaths, torture and dis...

Philippines urged to stop experimental urea dumping in waters

Manila - Environmental and civil society groups on Monday urged the Philippine government to stop the experimental dumping of urea in Philippine waters by an Australian company as part of efforts to f...

Honoraria of teachers who served in October polls increased

MANILA, Philippines -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered an increase from P1,500 to P2,500 in the honoraria of teachers who served in the October 29 elections. Arroyo said she has ordered...

House OKs P1.2-Tr budget for 2008 on third reading

MANILA, Philippines -- Voting 174-8, with no abstentions, the House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the proposed P1.227 trillion national budget for 2008. The approved budg...

PNP denies funds used for Palace cash gift

MANILA, Philippines -- Saying it only had meager funds, the Philippine National Police (PNP) denied Monday that its money was being diverted for other purposes as claimed by its former chief and now S...

Senators want possible link to poll execs' slays probed

MANILA , Philippines -- Two senators on Monday urged authorities to establish if there is any link between the murders of two Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials over the weekend -- Comelec le...

Santiago seeks supplemental agreement to JPEPA

MANILA, Philippines -- The controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement should be accompanied by a supplemental agreement because the treaty in its current form "fails to make a rese...

RP paying China P17M monthly in loan interest for NorthRail

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines -- The North Luzon Railways Corp. has been paying an average of $400,000 (P17.118 million) monthly in interest payments since January 2005 for the NorthRail, a modern...

Accused 'coup plotters' salute 'warrior-lawyer'

MANILA, Philippines -- The 28 officers linked to the alleged February 2006 coup plot saluted a military counsel for being a "warrior" and standing up for them during a tension-filled court martial hea...

Sandigan looking for Estrada assets to seize

MANILA, Philippines -- The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has begun looking at personal and real properties of former president Joseph Estrada that it can seize if declared ill-gotten funds in two acc...

Arroyo renews call to lawmakers to stop politicking

MANILA, Philippines -- As the justice committee at the House of Representatives deliberates on the impeachment complaint filed against her, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sounded the call anew to "...

Coup suspects in walkout face breach of discipline--Esperon

MANILA, Philippines -- Army Scout Ranger and Marine officers who walked out of their hearing before a military court last week could be held liable for "breach of discipline," Armed Forces Chief Hermo...

Philippine stocks drop 2.3 per cent

Manila - Shares on the Philippine Stock Exchange plunged 2.3 per cent on Monday, dragged down by continuing concerns over the US credit crisis and high oil prices. The 30-share composite index lost 85...

Opposition files impeachment complaint against Philippine president

Opposition and Leftist group, led by a former vice president, on Monday lodged before the Philippine Congress a fresh impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. According to loca...

House deliberates on Pulido complaint

MANILA, Philippines -- Voting 29-7, the committee on justice at the House of Representatives affirmed the chairman's authority to reject a supplemental impeachment complaint to the one filed by lawyer...

Philippine shares close lower on Wall St's slide, key index at 6-wk low - UPDATE

MANILA (Thomson Financial) - Philippine shares slid Monday, with the benchmark index recording its second big drop in less than a week and its worst finish in six weeks, following Friday's selloff on ...

Poll officer gunned down in Manila

MANILA The chief legal officer of the Philippines' elections commission has been shot and killed outside a hotel in Manila, a report said yesterday.

Features: Microchips to end the madness?



AUTHORITIES WILL BEGIN installing microchips on buses in an effort to
improve Metro Manila's chronic traffic congestion, an official yesterday
said.

Survey points to BPO gains



THE PHILIPPINES should improve on its image, English proficiency, and
political stability if it wants to sustain growth in the business
process outsourcing (BPO) industry, a survey of industry executives
showed.

SEC approves creation of new BPO companies


THE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved
the creation of new business process outsourcing (BPO) firms and
information technology (IT)-enabled services in the country.

Philippine Silicon Valley: The other side of the coin and Google's Android


The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) recently held a press
conference for the National Innovation Summit scheduled on Nov. 26.
Foremost on the agenda was the intention to encourage more local
innovations.

Test Drive: Olympus E-510: Compact, feature-packed


OLYMPUS INTRODUCED the E-Volt E-330, the world's first
interchangeable lens digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera to offer a
really usable live view image on the LCD (liquid crystal display) screen
in January last year.

Higher-level outsourcing services post slow growth in 2004-2005


HIGHER-LEVEL outsourcing services, particularly software
development and animation which require design skills, experienced
slower growth in terms of revenues, revenue share and average monthly
compensation per agent than the more established contact center sector
and the related medical transcription services between 2004 and 2005,
the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) said in a recent
statement on the findings of its 2005 Benchmark Survey of IT-Enabled
Services that was conducted in April last year.

Eton constructs BPO facilities


LUCIO TAN-led Eton Properties Philippines, Inc. will foray
into business process outsourcing (BPO) market in line with its
expansion plans.

Outlook for top telcos stable but event risks rising -- Fitch


THE OUTLOOK for the country's top telecommunications firms remains
"broadly stable" but recent moves have placed "event risks" into greater
focus, Fitch Ratings yesterday said.

Intel Corp. launches new chips with smaller circuits


SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel Corp., the world's biggest
microchip maker, unveiled fast new processors yesterday made with new
techniques that can etch circuitry nearly 200 times smaller than a red
blood cell.

Smart targets 40 wind-powered cell sites by yearend


SMART COMMUNICATIONS INC. is adopting eco-technology with
wind-powered cellular sites, of which 40 could be up and running by the
end of the year.

European regulator set sights on telcos sector with shake-up


BRUSSELS -- After taking aim at Europe's energy giants,
the European Commission is training its sights on the telecoms sector
with sweeping plans that could see some of the biggest operators split
up.

Walt Disney Japanese unit to launch cell phone carrier services



TOKYO -- US media and entertainment giant Disney will
launch cell phone carrier services in Japan early next year by leasing
local telecommunications networks, a press report said yesterday.

Headline: Exporters giving up on growth

LOCAL EXPORTERS ARE LOOKING to further slash this year's growth targets given the continued weakening of the dollar against the peso, the country's leading export group yesterday said.

Corporate News: Tax agency maintains Pall Mall's premium brand classification

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue will stick to its classification of Pall Mall as a premium brand, putting itself in direct collision with the Finance department that classified the cigarette as a mid-priced brand subject to a lower tax rate.

Banking & Finance: BSP to refute claim OFWs hurt by peso

THE BANGKO Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is looking at the country's major remittance sources in a bid to disprove claims that more Filipino families are hurting from the peso's appreciation against the dollar.

Stock Market: Stocks dip as investors remain unsettled

SHARE PRICES CLOSED lower yesterday as expectations of a further fallout from the ongoing credit crisis in the US continued to unsettle global investors.

The Economy: High court keeps ban on used car imports

THE SUPREME COURT has affirmed an earlier decision prohibiting the importation of used motor vehicles, boosting the industry's fight against entry of illegal cars in the country.

The Nation: Government, MNLF to review 1996 final peace pact

DAVAO CITY — The government, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) have agreed on Monday to review the implementation of the 1996 final peace agreement.

Motoring: Microchips to end the madness?

AUTHORITIES WILL BEGIN installing microchips on buses in an effort to improve Metro Manila's chronic traffic congestion, an official yesterday said.

IT Matters: Survey points to BPO gains

THE PHILIPPINES should improve on its image, English proficiency, and political stability if it wants to sustain growth in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, a survey of industry executives showed.

Philippines politician killed in bomb attack

A bomb attack at the Philippines House of Representatives, which killed two people, was probably only meant for legislator Wahab Akbar.

Philippine officials, Muslim rebels leave for Malaysia for talks

Philippine and Muslim rebel peace negotiators left for Malaysia Tuesday for crucial talks that could result in the resolution of a contentious issue stalling their negotiations, a senior government official said.

Explosion at Philippine House of Representatives injures several people

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - An explosion has rocked 1 of the entrances to the Philippine House of Representatives, killing one person and injuring at least seven. A police official says a lawmaker's d...

Pacquiao-Marquez rematch looking good, says GBP executive

MANILA, Philippines -- Golden Boy vice-president and international matchmaker Eric Gomez, who arrived Tuesday to attend the 45th WBC Convention here, has indicated that the ongoing negotiations betwee...

Bomb blast kills congressman and his driver in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - An explosion outside an entrance to the Philippine House of Representatives has killed a Philippine congressman and his driver. The lawmaker's chief of staff says the congr...

Is St. Benilde the same as DLSU

e’re asking because, in the course of our research for a story on Chief Justice Reynato Puno, we checked on his sons and what their businesses may be. In Puno’s curriculum vitae, he lists ...

Senators condemn House bombing

Close this MANILA, Philippines -- Senators have condemned the bombing at the House of Representatives Tuesday night and called for a swift and thorough investigation of the incident. "Kinuku...

Akbar could have been target--police

Wahab Akbar and two civilians were killed in the blast that also injured eight others, including Congressman Henry Teves and Congresswoman Luzviminda Ilagan. Akbar was declared dead at 10:25 p.m. by ...

Assassination suspected in Philippine Congress blast

MANILA – An explosion rocked the Philippine Congress on Tuesday in a suspected assassination of a Muslim lawmaker that also killed one other person, injured several more and unnerved the country...

PNP checking 'Abu' claims of House blast

Close this MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is verifying reports that the extremist Abu Sayyaf has claimed responsibility for the bomb explosion at the House of Rep...

List of dead and injured in Congress blast

Close this MANILA, Philippines--What follows is the list of fatalities and those injured in an explosion at the south wing of the House of Representatives building in Quezon City Tuesday nigh...

Arroyo orders police to investigate House blast

House of Representatives as she appealed to people to avoid making speculations that would create further chaos following the incident. Arroyo also directed government doctors to help all the victims...

House to hold regular sessions, pass bills -- De Venecia

House of Representatives will have its regular sessions Wednesday, Speaker Jose de Venecia announced Tuesday night, after a bomb exploded at the lower chamber and killed a congressman and two civilian...

Metro Manila placed on full alert

House of Representatives Tuesday night, killing a congressman and two civilians and wounding eight others. Basilan Congressman Wahab Akbar, Marcial Tando, driver of one of the lawmakers who was also ...

Senate goes on red alert

House of Representatives Tuesday night, the Senate security immediately went on red alert. Retired general Jose Balajadia, Senate sergeant at arms, said that as soon as he heard what happened at the ...

Bomb kills Muslim rebel-turned-congressman in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — A bomb exploded outside the House of Representatives late Tuesday, killing a former Muslim rebel-turned-congressman who had backed a U.S.-Philippine offensive against Islam...

Philippines blast targeted Muslim legislator, police say

A legislator from the Philippines' restive Muslim region, Wahab Akbar, was the likely target of a bomb attack at the House of Representatives which killed two people, Manila's police chief said. "Fro...

From apathy to active participation

MANILA, Philippines - In the eyes of youth leader Gerald Paragas, candidates and voters are more vigilant now. In the recent barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, many of the youth volunte...

Batasan security personnel relieved, PNP-SAF takes over

Security personnel guarding the Batasan Pambansa complex in Quezon City were relieved from their post hours after a powerful blast rocked the south wing entrance of the building in Quezon City, Interi...

Japanese trader slain in Cebu

CEBU CITY-Unidentified suspects ambushed and killed a Japanese businessman while he was in a van in Mandaue City at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Senior Supt. Rodel Calungsod, chief of the Mandaue City Police O...

Rep. Wahab Akbar, 2 others killed in Batasan bomb blast

A bomb explosion at an entrance of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday evening killed three people, including Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar, and injured at least seven others. The Nat...

Terrorism as cause of Batasan blast still speculation - PNP chief

Terrorism as the cause of the Batasan complex blast on Tuesday evening is at the moment mere speculation, National Police chief Director General Avelino Razon told newsman Arnold Clavio in a live inte...

Solon's staff member dies in hospital; blast toll rises to 3

A staff member of Negros Oriental Pryde Henry Teves died at the Capitol Medical Center four hours after she was injured in a powerful blast that rocked the south wing entrance of the Batasan Pambansa ...

Arroyo goes to FEU hospital after blast - report

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrived at the Far Eastern University Hospital in Fairview, Quezon City about 1 a.m., Wednesday, radio dzBB reported. Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar died at the said hos...

Customs exec in Batangas won't yield juicy post

BATANGAS CITY-Hundreds of employees of the Batangas port and businessmen have found themselves in a quandary after the district collector, who was supposed to retire on Oct. 25, refused to yield her p...

Philippine Gov. Building Rocked By Bomb

MANILA, Philippines -- An explosion rocked an entrance to the Philippine House of Representatives late Tuesday, killing a driver and injuring at least nine people, including lawmakers, officials said....

Security tightened at Senate after Batasan blast

Security was tightened at the Senate hours after a powerful blast rocked the south wing entrance of the Batasan Pambansa building in Quezon City, past 8 p.m., Tuesday. Radio dzBB said Senate Presid...

Arroyo says gov't willing to reopen talks with NDF

TACLOBAN CITY-President Macapagal-Arroyo said she is amenable to the government having peace talks with communists. During an informal interaction with the media on Friday, Ms Arroyo said she learned...

Lady Stags score, tie UST tossers for lead

MANILA, Philippines -- San Sebastian College pounded Letran College, 25-17, 25-10, 25-11, Tuesday to gain a share of the lead at the close of the elimination phase of the 2007 Shakey's V-League women'...

3 Dead in Bombing at Philippine Congress

(AP Photo/Perfecto Camero)Investigators surevey the damaged after an explosion at an entrance to the Philippine House of Representatives in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, late Tuesday Nov. 13,...

The youth want to be involved in local dev't, says study

MANILA, Philippines - John Casta eda, director of the National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, says the Philippines pioneered youth and childr...

Batasan blast not related to impeachment vs Arroyo - De Venecia

"It has absolutely nothing to do with the impeachment case," House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. told reporters at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City, shortly after an explosion ripped through the south...

US firms, crash victims' kin near deal

Class suit Shortly after investigations on the crash were completed, the families of the victims worked with the US-based Nolan law group and filed a class suit before a Chicago court against EAR Cor...

Bombers pound Mustangs, gain Last 8

GAMES WEDNESDAY (Blue Eagle Gym) 4 p.m. -- Ateneo vs San Sebastian MANILA, Philippines -- The Jose Rizal University Bombers coasted to the Round of Eight, hammering out an 83-61 decision over the Wes...

Forgotten Filipino Vets Still Waiting for Equity

Asian Journal , News Report, Joseph Pimentel, Posted: Nov 12, 2007 Los Angeles - US Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) affirmed his commitment to bring the F...

Two dead, at least 10 hurt in bomb blast at Philippine Congress

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine legislator Wahab Akbar was killed in a bomb attack at the House of Representatives Tuesday, raising the death toll to two with at least 10 injured, hospital staff and ...

Blast occured a minute after House session

The explosion that rocked the Batasan Pambansa complex in Quezon City could be meant to hurt congressmen as the blast occurred barely a minute after the adjournment of a session at the House of Repres...

The Candidates, Miss ZaNorte-Illinois 2007

Second Canvassing Update 11.13.7: The winner will be crowned by the reigning Miss ZAMNAI 2003 Mayumi Gassman, daughter of Karl and Lee Ancheta Gassman.

House, Senate leaders condemn blast, say solons won't be cowed

Lawmakers on Tuesday condemned the blast that rocked the Batasan complex, adding that this would not cow them into submission. House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr said that it will be business as usua...

PNP placed on heightened alert in Central, Southern Luzon

Police units in Central and Southern Luzon were placed under heightened alert following Tuesday night's bomb blast at the Batasan complex. The order was issued by Philippine National Police chi...

JDV says House to continue impeachment proceedings on Wednesday

It will be a regular working day at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, even after the explosion at Batasan Pambansa that killed one and hurt at least seven others including three lawmakers, Sp...

House majority rebuffs minority boycott of impeach hearings

MANILA, Philippines -- Saying that the impeachment proceedings against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were a "foregone conclusion," the majority bloc in the House of Representatives has shrugged of...

55 rescued as boat sinks off Camotes, Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines -- A motorized passenger boat bound for Poro Island, Camotes, sank after a huge wave punctured the vessel's hull Tuesday afternoon, but all 55 people onboard were rescued after ...

Probers look for leads from a motorcycle believed used in the blast

Authorities are investigating a motorcycle, which they believed was used for carrying explosives that rocked the Batasan Pambansa complex in Quezon City Tuesday night, killing one, and hurting at leas...

Panlilio, 8 more charged with bribery over Palace handouts

Close this MANILA, Philippines -- They spilled the beans and now they are being haled to the Office of the Ombudsman to face criminal complaints. The Philippine Trial Lawyers Association (PT...

It's a bomb, says Speaker De Venecia

The explosion that killed at least one person and injured about a dozen others at the House of Representatives on Tuesday was caused by a bomb, said Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. A radio report quote...

Blasts rips through Philippines Congress building

Philippine legislator Wahab Akbar was killed in a bomb attack at the House of Representatives, raising the death toll to two with at least 10 injured, hospital staff and radio reports said. Three of ...

WHO issues measles warning in Philippines

Manila - Measles could kill up to 6 000 children every year in the Philippines unless the government steps up a campaign to vaccinate most kids in the country, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warn...

Kin of 131 dead in Davao plane crash to get compensation

DAVAO CITY -- The families of the 131 people killed during the crash of an Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 plane in Island Garden City of Samal on April 19, 2000, can receive up to $1.2 million each, s...

Estrada to fight forfeiture of other properties

MANILA, Philippines -- Former president Joseph Estrada on Tuesday vowed to fight attempts to seize his assets other than those specified by the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court's decision convicting him...

Senate to subpoena Neri on ZTE probe

investigations (the blue ribbon) is set to subpoena former economic planning secretary Romulo Neri as it continues investigating the now cancelled $329-million national broadband network (NBN) contrac...

House probe on cash gift stalled

MANILA, Philippines -- Despite the insistence of the opposition, the House of Representatives has not been able to start its own investigation on the alleged cash distribution in Malaca ang last Octob...

House exec seeks legal advice over second Arroyo impeach rap

MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives has sought the advice of its legal department on whether it should return the second impeachment complaint filed against President Gloria Macapagal-...

Davao City to become Cebu Pacific's 3rd hub

DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- Cebu Pacific Air is making the city its third hub for domestic and international routes. "This third hub is in preparation for more expansive inter-island connectivity, as ...

'Family feud,' not troops, behind brothers' abduction

MANILA, Philippines -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) told the Court of Appeals that the disappearance of brothers Raymund and Reynaldo Manalo, who say they were abducted by soldiers, was p...

Sen. Arroyo urges President Arroyo to stop PNOC-EDC sale

MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Joker Arroyo on Tuesday urged President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to stop the scheduled bidding of the "money-making" Philippine National Oil Company-Energy Development Co...

'Prove intel funds are accounted for'

MANILA, Philippines -- Reacting to dares for him to present proof of his claims that police intelligence funds were given out to lawmakers and governors in Malaca ang last month, Senator Panfilo Lacso...

Only Pampanga governor to attend Senate probe on 'cash gift'

MANILA, Philippines -- Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio might be the only resource person at Wednesday's Senate investigation on the alleged distribution of "cash gifts" to congressmen and governors in M...

Arroyo shifts focus from economic to political reforms

MANILA, Philippines -- Claiming to have fixed the economy, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said it was now time to push for political reforms, choosing to focus on fighting corruption, curbing viole...

Govt, MILF to start informal talks in Malaysia Wednesday

MANILA, Philippines -- After months of impasse, the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will engage in informal talks in Malaysia on Wednesday as a step to resuming formal peace negoti...

Okinawans show way to long life

MANILA, Philippines -- The average Filipino has a life expectancy of 70 years. For the 740 or so centenarians in Okinawa prefecture in Japan, that's just too short. Okinawa, which has a population of...

Beyond the Call of Duty

If you look at how these volunteer programs began, it would even seem that they were instituted primarily for the employees, and not for the benefit of the company. The 10-year old Intel Involved pro...

Majority of Filipino families feel no benefit of peso appreciation

About 57 percent Filipino families said their well-being had not changed much with a stronger local currency, which appreciated from nearly 50 pesos against one dollar at the beginning of this year to...

DPWH sets repair work on Tullahan bridge on weekend

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday said it is scheduling this weekend repair works to remove "alligator cracks" on the Tullahan Bridge which links the cities of Valenzuela a...

Palace housekeeping costs taxpayers P2.3-B a year

The Office of the President, seat and fount of power in the land, requires piles of money to maintain. Keeping house for Malacañang under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo cost taxpayers a c...

PNP ready to secure Comelec officials - Razon

With the likelihood that the killing of Commission on Elections (Comelec) law department head Alioden Dalaig was job-related, the National Police is willing to provide security to other poll officials...

Razon dares Lacson to prove claims of PNP funds in 'cash gift' mess

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Avelino Razon Jr on Tuesday dared opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson to prove his claim that the "cash gifts" distributed to congressmen and local governme...

Philippine anti-graft court moves to forfeit ex-president assets

The Philippine anti-graft court, the Sandiganbayan, will soon freeze the bank accounts of former President Joseph Estrada, who was pardoned two weeks ago for plunder, a court official said Tuesday. &q...

2 Iranians banned from entering RP over human trafficking

The Bureau of Immigration has banned two Iranian men from entering the Philippines in connection with the attempted human trafficking incident at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) over the...

Comelec commissioner gets death threats

Even as police continue its investigation into Saturday's killing of the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) top lawyer, the poll body on Tuesday bared death threats received by one of its commissioner...

US DOJ says RP has right over Marcos" $35-M Arelma account

The Philippine government could soon benefit from a portion of the Marcos ill-gotten wealth after the US Department of Justice reportedly issued an opinion on the right of the Philippines over the sai...

5 enlisted Rangers still in Tanay finally questioned

MANILA, Philippines -- Military investigators finally questioned five enlisted Scout Rangers detained at an Army camp in Rizal province for over a year without formal charges for their alleged roles i...

Protection of media sources increasingly undermined--study

MANILA, Philippines -- A private watchdog organization has warned that protections against the disclosure of media sources were increasingly being undermined by governments worldwide, including those ...

Inspections start on malls for fireworks, Xmas lights - report

The Manila city government and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) started Tuesday inspections of malls and business establishments in the city for firecrackers and substandard Christmas lights. Ra...

Respect impeachment rules, Apostol tells minority solons

Fending off efforts of the opposition to mount multiple impeachment complaints against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a senior Malacañang official on Tuesday told opposition congressmen to ...

WHO warns measles threatens to kill 6,000 kids in Philippines

Manila - Measles could kill up to 6,000 children every year in the Philippines unless the government steps up a campaign to vaccinate most kids in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) warn...

Comelec wants more cops to protect top poll officials

Following the murder of its legal department chief last weekend, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide additional men to protect top poll offi...

Filipino participants bag 20 medals in Asian Choir Games

Ten Filipino choirs bagged 20 medals and won top awards in the recently-concluded 1st Asian Choir Games held at Jakarta, Indonesia. Competition results posted at the

Cops secure video of casino where Dalaig last played

The Manila Police District now have in its possession the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage of Hyatt Hotel, where former Commission on Elections law department head, Alioden Dalaig, stayed befo...

Sandigan to begin seizure of Erap assets despite opposition

The Sandiganbayan will implement starting on Tuesday the writ of execution it issued for the forfeiture of former President Joseph Estrada's assets in favor of the government. In its report, GMA Fl...

Opposition told to stop politicking ahead of Senate 'cash gift' probe

A day before the Senate opens its investigation into the "cash gift" controversy, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Tuesday renewed calls for the opposition to stop political bickering and foc...

Puno willing to attend Senate probe over cash gift row

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno bewailed allegations by Senator Panfilo Lacson linking the Philippine National Police (PNP) as the source of funds of the ca...

Sandigan to freeze Estrada accounts

Close this MANILA, Philippines --The Sandiganbayan will proceed to garnish four bank accounts of former president Joseph Estrada, an official of the anti-graft court said. Sheriff Ed Urieta ...

TV Education Boosts Public School's Performance

hat are planets? Why and how do they revolve around the sun? How is matter transformed from solid to liquid to gas? How do plants produce oxygen out of carbon dioxide? How exactly does a baby grow in ...

Parts of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas to experience 12-hr water cutoff

Some areas in Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas will have no water for 12 hours this weekend, service provider Maynilad Water said Tuesday. In a statement, Maynilad said the service disruption will sta...

Get set to welcome New Year with a toot

MANILA, Philippines -- The time may be coming when Filipinos will have to welcome the New Year not with a bang but with only the toot of trumpets and horns. The Department of Health (DoH) Monday said...

Zack Grobler creates artistic magic for ‘Lost’

MANILA, Philippines―In the hit series “Lost,” plane crash survivors start a society from scratch on a seemingly deserted island, and it’s revealed that almost every castaway harbors potentially explosive secrets that may affect everyone’s survival.

The bravery and burdens of Beowulf

Lifelike visuals and ferocious action merge in the fantasy epic “Beowulf,” director Robert Zemeckis’ latest foray into digital animation.

Rousing talk in a tight-lipped place

MANILA, Philippines―Imagine a place where you couldn’t wear short skirts, tank tops or your beloved Havaianas. A place where you had to be highly disciplined and keep your voice down, wake up early and not wander around.

My Beyonc� experience

MANILA, Philippines―When I found out that Beyonc� was confirmed to come to Manila for a concert, I couldn’t help but be giddy with excitement. Who would have thought another big name in music would agree to perform in our shores, so soon after Christina Aguilera and Josh Groban?

Action and adventure in the mall

MANILA, Philippines―Leading international channel AXN once again proved that action and adventure are truly in the veins of Filipinos as it attracted a big crowd to its recent The Amazing Race Asia Season 2 Promotional Event in TriNoma mall.

Don’t send in the clown

MANILA, Philippines―I would often struggle wildly for the dangled pop-cap guns and packs of jack stones. But then my eagerness was usually met by the swift elbow of someone’s yaya swinging at me like a sledgehammer sleeved in white.

A story of loss

The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.—excerpt from “One Art,” Elizabeth Bishop

Ready to kill for Kiehl’s

MANILA, Philippines―The brand is not a new name in the Philippines; for several years, people have been reading about Kiehl’s Since 1851 in various magazines and broadsheets.

Lovin’ the Big Blue

MANILA, Philippines―Have you ever wondered what creatures lurk beneath the surface of the ocean?

Mobile filmmaking growing!

MANILA, Philippines―Nokia continues to be a leader in the mobile imaging revolution by encouraging mobile phone users to go to the next level: video.

Wellness begins today

MANILA, Philippines―Repeat after me: “Beginning today, I will pay more attention to my well-being.”

Flawlessly successful product launch

MANILA, Philippines―It was one of those really enjoyable afternoons filled with “beauty and romance.” Pond’s, the fabulous brand for facial care all over the world, unveiled its latest, groundbreaking product for flawless and beautiful-looking skin.