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Aquino: No more second term

MANILA  – President Aquino ended yesterday speculations on a possible term extension, telling a group of businessmen that having six more years in office was not “the right solution” to sustain the

Militants bare P500-b budget for LP war chest

MANILA — More than 200 pages of “errata” that the Department of Budget and Management is inserting into the 2015 spending plan without congressional scrutiny will constitute a P500 billion blank check

Poe: No plans to run for president in ’16

MANILA –People should not read too much into her use of her father’s altanghap campaign line in her privilege speech on hunger, Sen. Grace Poe said on Tuesday, as she continued to

Revilla questions OMB move to garnish his assets

MANILA — Detained Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. brushed off on Tuesday as “premature” a bid by government lawyers to garnish his multi-million-peso assets through a writ of preliminary attachment. Revilla said

Raps filed vs Drilon, 2 Cabinet men over ‘overpriced’ convention center

MANILA —Graft and plunder charges were filed against Senate President Franklin Drilon, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and other Department of Public Works and Highways officials before the

Fisherman hit by US ship seeks damages from US authorities

OLONGAPO CITY  — One of three fishermen who almost drowned when a warship of the United States hit their boats early this month want American authorities to pay them P500,000 for their

China seen risking naval confrontation with Spratly claimants

MANILA – China appears to be risking an open confrontation with Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan with its announcement of a plan to build air and naval bases on the reclaimed Kagitingan (Fiery

Miriam wants VFA renegotiated

MANILA — Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, chairperson of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is pushing for a renegotiation of the 15-year-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) after both the Philippines and the United

Govt rules out VFA scrapping, changes

MANILA — The Aquino administration slammed the door Friday on the abrogation of the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States despite calls for its cancellation in the wake of

Economist sees US, global recession by end of 2015

WASHINGTON — Four years after the end of the Great Recession, it looks as if the U.S. economy might finally be poised for breakout growth. Monthly job growth in 2014 is, on

800,000 Yolanda survivors suffer from mental health problems

MANILA  — At least 800,000 survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) may have suffered from different levels of mental health problems, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “As many as 800,000

PH business ranking drops; truck ban cited

MANILA –The Philippines’ ranking dropped nine spots from 86 in 2014 to 95 in the “Doing Business 2015″ report of the World Bank, released Wednesday. In the full report, the Philippines’ “trading

12M families say they are poor in latest SWS report

MANILA –A total of 12.1 million Filipino families considered themselves poor in September, while 9.3 million families said they were food-poor, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) report. The nationwide survey,

15M PH kids hungry–Poe

MANILA –It’s the paradox of our times: A great number of Filipinos, including 15 million children, remain hungry or malnourished while the Philippine economy continues to soar, Sen. Grace Poe lamented on

Church, academe, media have highest trust ratings in survey; gov’t least trusted

MANILA — What are the three institutions Filipinos trust the most? The Church, academe, and media, according to this year’s Philippine Trust Index (PTI) survey. The Church is still the most trusted

Ranking cop sued for raping bar woman in his SPD office

MANILA–Agree to have sex or go to jail. These were the tough choices that a ranking official of the Southern Police District allegedly gave a nightclub model, one of the bar workers

Scrap terminal fees for OFWs, court asked

MANILA — At least 12 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) groups and non-government organizations (NGOs) filed on Tuesday a court petition to stop the government from collecting a P550 airport terminal fee from