US, CUBA RENEW TIES

Cubans celebrate with a national flag near Havana on December 17, 2014 after the United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. More »

 

PH bows to US on Pemberton custody

MANILA  - The Philippines has bowed to the United States’ insistence that local authorities cannot take custody of US Marine Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, despite his being ordered arrested by an Olongapo

PH can’t force custody issue, De Lima admits

MANILA — The United States cannot be compelled to turn over murder suspect US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton to Philippine authorities despite the warrant issued for his arrest, Justice Secretary

Time to review VFA – Drilon

MANILA — The Senate leadership is convinced that the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States (US) should be reviewed with the aim of revising the criminal jurisdiction provision of the

Pemberton makes first court appearance

MANILA  - US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, the suspect in the killing of transgender Jennifer Laude, arrived Friday morning for his arraignment on the murder case before a local

Lacson to quit Cabinet

MANILA — Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said he may leave the Cabinet early next year when he shall have relinquished his functions to a permanent

US, Cuba end 50 years of hostility

WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a surprise breakthrough that would also ease a crippling

Int’l tribunal seeks further arguments from PH

MANILA – An international tribunal court has asked further written arguments from the Philippines on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute after China ignored the deadline to submit a counter-memorial

LP wooing Grace Poe for 2016?

MANILA  - Is Sen. Grace Poe President Aquino’s “Plan B” in the 2016 presidential elections? Poe, whose approval ratings are now getting closer to presidential frontrunner Vice President Jejomar Binay’s, was invited

Drug lords rule New Bilibid Prison

MANILA–One has a diamond-studded Patek Philippe watch. Four others have Rolex watches. One of them keeps a life-size sex doll. All have wads of cash in their pockets. They were among the

Congress approves P22.5-B supplemental budget

MANILA  - The two chambers of Congress last night approved the proposed P22.5-billion supplemental budget for this year. Voting 13-0, the Senate passed the supplemental outlay with minor amendments despite earlier criticism

Binays face plunder, graft raps over ‘most expensive school’ in PH

MANILA  — Lawyer Renato Bondal on Tuesday filed plunder and graft raps against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, and other officials in connection with the alleged

Group renews call to SC to junk EDCA

MANILA  – Petitioners against the Philippines-United States Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) on Wednesday reiterated their call to the Supreme Court to nullify the agreement, which they have described as “lopsided” in favor

US rejects PH demand for custody of Pemberton

MANILA –After pledging to cooperate with the Philippines in the prosecution of a US Marine accused of murdering a Filipino transgender woman, the United States on Wednesday decided to play hardball and

US calls movie studio hack a national security breach

WASHINGTON –  The White House called the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures a serious national security matter, threatening an “appropriate response” as others pointed the finger at Pyongyang. With the Hollywood scandal threatening