With a keen eye on the Philippines’ legal battle with China over territory in the South China Sea, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced democracies have agreed to send a strong message on the importance of international law in resolving maritime disputes in Asia. More »


Duterte seeks early talks with communist rebels

DAVAO CITY — Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he would seek an early start to peace talks with communist rebels and free detained guerrilla chieftains when he takes office in end-June.

Palace denies US hand in arbitration case vs China

MANILA – A Palace official on Sunday denied that the United States is meddling in the Philippines’ arbitration case against China over the disputed islands in the South China Sea. Communications Secretary

Suspected NPAs attack Davao Oriental town hall, police station

DAVAO CITY – Suspected New People’s Army rebels simultaneously attacked the municipal hall and the police headquarters of Governor Generoso town in Davao Oriental on Sunday evening. Capt. Rhyan Batchar, spokesperson of

Duterte vows to solve first transport, crime crises

DAVAO CITY—Once he assumes power, incoming President Rodrigo Duterte will immediately tackle two critical problems that confront, if not hurt, Filipinos daily: crime and poor public transportation. “I have to declare a

No Cabinet post yet for Robredo

DAVAO CITY—There might be “an opportunity” for incoming Vice President Leni Robredo, but incoming President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte is not quite in a hurry to offer her a job in his Cabinet.

Marcos camp gathering evidence of poll fraud

MANILA – The lawyer of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. yesterday confirmed plans to push through with an electoral protest over the vice presidential race, saying his client was deprived of nearly four

Group of Seven sends strong message to China

ISE CITY, Japan—With a keen eye on the Philippines’ legal battle with China over territory in the South China Sea, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced democracies have agreed

China reneged on Scarborough deal – Aquino

MANILA – China reneged on a United States-brokered agreement to resolve the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal standoff in 2012, President Aquino bared on Thursday. Aquino issued the statement amid criticism that the country

G7 declaration backs PH claim in sea dispute with China – Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Sunday said that the declaration of the Group of Seven (G7) leaders on the South China Sea supported the country’s claim in the disputed waters. Communications Secretary Herminio

PH, neighbors step up security in Sulu Sea

MANILA – The defense ministers of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to step up collaborative efforts against rising criminality, piracy, kidnapping and smuggling in the Sulu Sea. The Philippines’ Voltaire

Another newsman killed

MANILA – A radio reporter was gunned down by a motorcycle-riding man in Quiapo, Manila last Friday night, the Manila police reported Saturday. Police identified the reporter as Alex Balcoba, a reporter

Gov’t troops kill 22 terror group members in Lanao del Sur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—At least 22 members of a local terror group based in Butig, Lanao del Sur, had been killed in a series of clashes with government troops there since May

NBI nabs alleged drug seller in Pasay concert

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested one of the alleged drug sellers during the outdoor concert in Pasay City last Saturday, where five people collapsed and eventually died.

Duterte: My work at Malacañang starts at 1 p.m.

DAVAO CITY — Malacañang employees won’t have to get up too early as their incoming boss—President-elect Rodrigo Duterte—will start his day at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. “I would like to announce

Duterte picks Briones to head DepEd, Diokno as DBM chief

MANILA – President-elect Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on Saturday evening said he has offered former National Treasurer Leonor Briones the post of Education secretary and has asked former Budget Secretary Benjamin “Ben” Diokno

Duterte won’t attend proclamation rites

MANILA – The main star will be missing but the show must go on. With or without Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Congress will proclaim him the country’s 16th President at 3