A month since the Islamic State (ISIS)-inspired Maute group laid siege in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the liberation of the war-torn city can be seen in less than 30 days. More »


FilAm from San Diego area among 7 sailors killed in US destroyer

SAN FRANCISCO — Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, a Filipino American from Chula Vista, California was among the seven sailors discovered dead in the berthing areas of destroyer

Bohol official tagged in wife’s slay to be jailed in hometown

CEBU CITY — Bohol Provincial Board Member Niño Rey Boniel, who was charged and detained for the kidnapping and murder of his wife, Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Boniel, has been sent back

BI tightens screening of foreigners

MANILA –  Amid reports that reinforcements for the Maute militants could be arriving in the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has intensified the screening of foreigners coming from countries known to

COA to probe irregularities in MRT-3 contracts

MANILA — The Commission on Audit is set to scrutinize the Aquino government’s various short-term maintenance contracts for the dilapidated Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3). The special audit will be held

Digong snipes at LP: They want me dead

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday slammed Liberal Party members, saying they are pretending to be concerned about his health when he felt they were more interested to know if he

Top judicial officials wary over House order to 3 CA justices

MANILA — The country’s top judicial officials on Thursday expressed “deep concern” over the implications on the separation of powers and judicial independence arising from the House of Representatives’ order to three

Gov’t troops evict BIFF raiders from village in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN, North Cotabato — Muslim rebels withdrew from Barangay Malagakit in Pigcawayan town Wednesday after security forces moved rapidly to prevent another crisis amid a monthlong militant siege in nearby Marawi City,

Omar Maute likely dead, says Año

MANILA — Omar Maute, one of the two founding members of the Maute terrorist group, is likely dead, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Eduardo Año said on Thursday. Omar’s brother,

Alliance between Maute and BIFF possible, military says

MANILA — The Philippine military on Friday admitted that a tactical alliance between two terror groups on Mindanao island was possible as it downplayed threats that the next target of Islamist operations

IS funded siege through Malaysian militant – AFP

MARAWI CITY — The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said

Authorities taking BIFF threat vs Duterte seriously

LANAO DEL NORTE — Authorities are not ignoring the threats by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters to attack Davao City to avenge the deaths of 13 senior members killed by soldiers recently.

PH, 2 neighbors close ranks vs terrorists

MANILA — The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to closely cooperate to halt the flow of militants, weapons, funds and extremists propaganda across their borders as they expressed alarm over recent

Duterte ready to order ‘carpet bombing’ of Marawi if needed

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he would order the “carpet bombing” of Marawi to put an end to the fighting between government forces and Islamic State-inspired terrorists in

Ex-PCGG chief gets 20 years for graft

MANILA – Former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairman Camilo Sabio was sentenced to up to 20 years’ imprisonment as the Sandiganbayan found him guilty of two counts of graft over

IBP to Lower House: Respect separation of powers

MANILA — The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said on Thursday the Court of Appeals (CA) did not encroach on the power of Congress when it ordered the release, on a

BIFF says Davao is next; Duterte marked for death

COTABATO CITY – Aside from attacking a militia base and taking hostage residents in Barangay Malagakit in Pigcawayan town in North Cotabato, members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) also left

Marawi liberation seen in less than 30 days

MANILA — A month since the Islamic State (ISIS)-inspired Maute group laid siege in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the liberation of the war-torn

Détente warns of civil war if IS not stopped

ILIGAN CITY — The country might plunge into a civil war if the government is unable to stop the Islamic militants from sowing more violence, President Duterte warned Tuesday. The President cautioned

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‘Martial law kuno’

By Perry Diaz      LONG BEFORE President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao, he was already toying with the idea of declaring martial law, not just in Mindanao but

Shades of paradise

By Kaye Estoista-Koo PLANTERS made by the prisoners in Iwahig, wooden birds that were carved in Paete, Laguna, a mangrove tile-design to access Puerto Princesa’s famed mangroves. These are just some of

Queen of the Kitchen

AVID viewers of noontime variety show “Eat Bulaga!” know Helen Gamboa is good in the kitchen with the show’s hosts always requesting on air for her to send over her delicious dishes.

Qatar says Saudi-led ultimatum unreasonable

DOHA — Qatar on Saturday denounced a sweeping list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies in an escalating Gulf diplomatic crisis as unreasonable and an impingement on the emirate’s sovereignty.