Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada celebrates his 80th birthday with VIP guests including President Duterte, former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos at The Manila Hotel. More »


Filipino boat fired upon by Chinese, probers told

MANILA – A group of Filipino fishermen have accused China’s coast guard of shooting at their vessel in disputed South China Sea waters, Philippine authorities said Friday. Officials said they were investigating

Chinese challenge PH defense chief’s plane

MANILA – A military aircraft flying Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Año over the West Philippine Sea received a warning yesterday from Chinese forces to leave the

Duterte tours visiting Russian warship

MANILA — President Duterte boarded a Soviet carrier for the second time in four months when he visited the Russian warship Varyag on Friday, boosting ties with the world’s largest nation anew.

US to Rody: Stick to drug war vows

MANILA – Malacanang on Friday called on the United States not to jump to conclusions after the US State Department urged Manila to stick to its commitment to investigate the growing number

PH to turn Pag-asa into tourist attraction

PAG-ASA ISLAND, West Philippine Sea — The government has set aside P1.6 billion to turn the biggest Philippine-held island in the Spratlys into a tourist attraction and marine research center, Defense Secretary

Arroyo blames Aquino for China island-building

MANILA — The camp of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday accused the Aquino administration of “provoking” China into building artificial islands in the South China Sea by submitting the territorial dispute

Travelers cancel Philippine bookings

MANILA -  Amid the numerous travel advisories, tourists have started canceling trips to the Philippines particularly in Central Visayas. Among those who canceled were 500 travelers from Japan, who made reservations at

G7 urges compliance with UN ruling on sea row

MANILA -  Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations have issued a joint communiqué calling for the implementation of a ruling by a UN-backed arbitral court invalidating China’s expansive

ERC chair accused of more irregularities

MANILA — The chair of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Jose Vicente Salazar, may have to face his battles alone after the four commissioners of the agency tasked with regulating the power

VIPs join Erap’s 80th birthday bash

MANILA — President Duterte partied with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada during the former President’s 80th birthday bash at The Manila Hotel on Wednesday night. Mr. Duterte joined other politicians, including former President

Sandigan drops Enrile from ‘behest loans’ case

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan has affirmed its 12-year-old decision to exclude former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile from the multibillion-peso forfeiture suit filed by the government to recover alleged “behest loans” obtained by

Gina slams Medialdea over mining trust fund order

MANILA -  Environment Secretary Gina Lopez yesterday slammed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea for “counteracting” her order for mining firms to set up a P2-million trust fund for farmers affected by destructive mining

Danding Cojuangco’s bid to dismiss case junked

MANILA — Businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. lost his petition to the Sandiganbayan to dismiss the three-decade-old civil forfeiture case seeking to recover the windfalls he allegedly made from “behest loans” under

Leila also in Time mag’s 2017 list; Palace protests

MANILA — Malacanang on Friday questioned the inclusion of arrested Senator Leila de Lima in TIME Magazine’s list of 100 influential people, saying that the publication did not indicate that she was

LP solons vow to block moves to impeach Robredo

MANILA — Fifteen Liberal Party (LP) lawmakers from a pro-Duterte coalition of parties in the House of Representatives met with Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday, agreeing to block all attempts to

Pence: Trump going to Philippines

JAKARTA – Donald Trump will attend a series of key summits in Asia in November, his vice president said Thursday, adding it was a sign of America’s “unwavering commitment” to the region.