Filipinos light candles on a slogan bearing images of victims of a massacre that killed 58 people, including 32 journalists, as they mark its 5th anniversary with a candle lighting event at the historic EDSA Shrine in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. More »


Solons bare ‘midnight allocation’ worth P23b

MANILA — Opposition lawmakers accused the Palace Sunday of playing Santa to its allies with some P23.34 billion that must be spent by the end of the year, at the expense of

Miriam says savings, pork in 2015 budget unconstitutional

MANILA  - A redefinition of savings and the retention of pork barrel allocation are “two dangerous minefields” that have put into question the constitutionality of the proposed budget for next year, Sen.

Senate junks Budget ‘errata’, P53-b MRT buyout

MANILA – The Senate has redeemed Congress’ power of the purse by addressing constitutional infirmities in the budget, starting with the rejection of a Palace-proposed and House-approved P91 billion errata, and specifically

Ombudsman probes other Drilon project

ILOILO CITY —A P13.5-million initiative to improve the Iloilo River Esplanade, another pet project of Senate President Franklin Drilon, is under investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman, for alleged irregularities in

Estrada is Cong Biazon, says Luy

MANILA  — Principal whistleblower Benhur Luy told the Sandiganbayan on Monday that they also used the codename “Cong. Biazon” for Senator Jinggoy Estrada in connection with the alleged misuse of the senator’s

Aquino admin slammed for ‘apathetic’ stance on Maguindanao massacre

LEGAZPI CITY  – Journalists in Quezon and Albay commemorated the Maguindanao massacre on Monday with protests and candle-lighting ceremonies, assailing the Aquino administration’s seeming apathy to the quest for justice of families

DFA sees better ties with China

MANILA  - Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario believes relations with China can improve without sacrificing Philippine advocacies and the arbitration initiated by Manila to challenge Beijing’s claims over nearly the entire

PH convicts Chinese ‘poachers’ despite Beijing’s warnings

MANILA — A Philippine court on Monday found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching and environmental crimes for fishing in disputed waters, in a case that has strained relations with China. The

Poe joins GK in war vs hunger

MANILA  – At least for a day, Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares helped assuage the hunger of 1,000 street dwellers as part of her continuing crusade against hunger and malnutrition. The senator attended a

Palace says no need for Maguindanao massacre case to reach int’l court

MANILA — Malacañang said on Monday there is no need to bring the Maguindanao massacre case to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said

Aquino asks anew for emergency power

MANILA — Luzon might endure as much as 1,000-megawatt power shortage next summer should the government fail to contract additional capacity to boost the country’s power reserves, President Aquino warned yesterday. The

3 die in North Cotabato IED blast

MANILA — The death toll in the IED (improvised explosive device) blast in Malang town, North Cotabato has now climbed to three, a military spokesperson disclosed Monday. Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, 6th Infantry

4 Aurora lots linked to Binay

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO —Vice President Jejomar Binay is listed as administrator of four lots, totaling more than 2 hectares, in Dingalan town in Aurora province facing the Pacific Ocean, according to

DOJ hiding Mercado – Binay

MANILA — Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Monday said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is hiding former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado. Mercado, Binay’s former buddy, reportedly left for the