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Cop shot dead in Laguna, another nabbed for drugs in Rizal

A policeman waiting for a ride home was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Sta. Cruz, Laguna Tuesday afternoon while in Teresa, Rizal an anti-narcotics cop was caught as he was allegedly about to distribute drugs.
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WATCH | On turtle island in Tawi Tawi, communing with the amazing Green Sea...

BAGUAN ISLAND, TAWI TAWI - After a six-hour bumpy ride at sea, one jaunts ashore at Baguan. This inhabited but still pristine isle of an...
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‘WAVE OF DECEPTION’ | Liberal Party condemns spread of fake news

The Liberal Party has condemned a recent spate of fake news, describing it as a "wave of deception" riding on the popularity of social...
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CRACK IN SOLID NORTH? | Marcos-Fariñas tug of turf beguiles House

Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, News5-InterAksyon MANILA, Philippines - At the House of Representatives, lawmakers cannot help taking note of the simmering ties between Majority Floor Leader...
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Marcos asks SC to name hearing commissioners for poll protest

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has asked the Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to designate at least three hearing commissioners for the preliminary conference of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

WATCH | Duterte warns courts vs delaying projects with TROs

(UPDATE - 1:49 p.m.) President Rodrigo Duterte warned the judiciary on Tuesday against issuing temporary restraining orders to losing bidders, saying the practice has been delaying government projects.

DEADLY PROFESSION | 2 Mexican reporters slain, local magazine exec wounded in separate attacks

(UPDATE - 12:30 p.m.) A Mexican reporter renowned for coverage of organized crime was killed in the lawless state of Sinaloa and gunmen attacked an executive of a small weekly magazine on Monday, killing her son, also a journalist, as authorities struggle to contain renewed bloodshed between drug cartels.

Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians – officials

US President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation during their meeting last week, two US officials with knowledge of the situation said on Monday.

Reds confirm ‘arrest’ of Agusan del Sur miner

Communist rebels in Mindanao’s Caraga region confirmed seizing a miner in Agusan del Sur during a “punitive action” over the weekend.

NDFP demands release of consultant, Aglipayan bishop nabbed in Ozamiz

(UPDATE - 12:26 p.m.) The National Democratic Front of the Philippines is demanding the immediate release of one of its peace consultants and a bishop of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente who were arrested in Ozamiz City this week.

A decade after joining war on drugs, Mexican army seeks return to barracks

After more than a decade on the streets of Mexico battling ruthless drug cartels, the nation's battered armed forces have thrown their weight behind a law that would force them to return to barracks and put the fight back in the hands of the police.

Pemberton asks CA to reverse verdict upholding conviction for Laude killing

Lawyers for convicted killer Joseph Scott Pemberto have asked the Court of Appeals to reverse its decision upholding the American Marine’s homicide conviction for the death of transgender woman Jennifer Laude.
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LOOK | Draft UN rights recommendations to PH: Stop EJKs, capital punishment, etc

A draft report of the UPR Working Group on the Philippines includes calls on Manila to end the extrajudicial killings that have claimed thousands of lives in the government’s “war on drugs”, and to scrap plans to restore capital punishment.

US warns citizens vs travel to Palawan over ‘credible info’ of terror threats

(UPDATE - 2:14 p.m.) The United States embassy in Manila has warned Americans against traveling to Palawan citing "credible information" of plans by terrorist groups to carry out kidnappings in the province, one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.

‘Lobby money talks’: Duterte meant ‘lobby’, not ‘money’, Abella says

Malacanang on Tuesday once again had to explain comments made by President Rodrigo Duterte, this time about how “lobby money talks” in the wake of Gina Lopez’s rejection as Environment secretary by the Commission on Appointments.

WATCH | 45 states want UN to probe EJKs, war on drugs; Malacanang says...

Malacanang said it is open to having the United Nations investigate extrajudicial killings in the country even as it insists that other countries have simply “misunderstood” the government’s war on drugs.

‘Buko’ delivered to Dumaguete jail yields P11-M worth of shabu

Jail authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle P11 million worth of crystal meth or shabu into the Dumaguete City Jail during the weekend.

Jakarta’s Christian governor gets 2 years in jail for blasphemy against Islam

Jakarta's Christian governor was found guilty of blasphemy against Islam and sentenced to two years in jail on Tuesday after a trial that was seen as a test of religious tolerance in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation.
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UN members concerned over drug war deaths as advocates say PH rights report falls...

(UPDATED - 8:21 a.m.) More than 40 countries aired “grave concerns about thousands of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’” notwithstanding Senator Alan Peter Cayetano’s attempt to shrug off the deaths as “alternative facts.”

New wave of killings reported in PH? Those are alternative facts, UN rights body...

GENEVA - There has been no new wave of killings prompted by the Philippines' war on drugs, and reports to the contrary are "alternative...

Duterte replaces Gina Lopez, ex-AFP chief Roy Cimatu is new DENR secretary

President Duterte announced on Monday that retired general Roy Cimatu, currently the special envoy for OFW refugees, would take the place of Gina Lopez as chief of the DENR.

CA absolves Napoles of Benhur Luy illegal detention, orders her release

The Court of Appeals has ordered Janet Lim-Napoles' release from prison after it absolved the alleged pork barrel scam queen of the serious illegal detention of her cousin and former employee Benhur Luy.

WATCH: Iskul Bukol | Judy Taguiwalo schools Tito ‘Escalera’ Sotto after he jokes about...

MANILA - Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo shut down Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III's attempt at humor when he singled out the fact that...

Here’s why we want to see Honeylet Avanceña way more often in official functions

Two thumbs up for her cool and charming presence at the 2017 ASEAN Summit.

WATCH: BAR TOPNOTCHERS | VisMin schools lock NCR universities out of Top 10

Graduates - and new lawyers - from Visayas and Mindanao topped the 2016 bar exams, dominating a topnotchers' list traditionally led by NCR-based universities.

EDITORIAL | Illegal and inexcusable

Anybody who has seen pictures and footage of the secret cell at a Tondo police station knows that there can be no justification for the illegal detention of any Filipino under any pretense, and certainly no way to defend the horrific conditions by which 18 people were allegedly hostaged in that jail hidden behind a book shelf.

Despite Duterte’s reluctance, ASEAN is fighting to make a strong statement on South China...

The latest draft suggests Beijing's burgeoning friendship with President Rodrigo Duterte, who chairs Saturday's meetings, may not have been enough to influence Manila's position either, diplomats said.

Reds torch factories, disarm guards in Davao City attacks

Communist rebels carried out simultaneous attacks on two factories and a ranch owned by the Lorenzo family in Davao City early Friday morning, torching buildings and disarming private security guards.

WATCH | 12 hurt in Quiapo bombing

(UPDATE - 8:13 a.m.) At least 12 persons were wounded when a pipe bomb was detonated late Friday night on a crowded street in Quiapo, Manila where illegal gambling was taking place.

7.2-magnitude quake rocks Mindanao – Phivolcs

(UPDATE 2 - 8:23 a.m.) A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southern Mindanao early Saturday morning, triggering a tsunami warning with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology advising of possible damage and aftershocks.

WATCH | WWE returns to free TV with TV5’s acquisition of ‘Smackdown Live’

'Smackdown Live,' one of the WWE's two enduring flagship programs, will air on TV5 starting this Sunday at 3PM.

WE REMEMBER | Jonas was so much more

On April 28, 2007, as he ate lunch at a fast food in Quezon City, farmer-activist Jonas T. Burgos was seized by six people and dragged to a vehicle later traced to the military. His enforced disappearance sparked a national search, and brought his family - his mother Edita, especially - to dozens of local and international forums. Their journey continues.
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‘Only tyrants shut down the news media,’ NUJP reminds Duterte

A media organization cautioned President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday against threatening to personally shut down media outfits he disagrees with, saying “only tyrants” did that.

MORE SECRET CELLS? | CHR urges audit of police stations, worries disappearances replacing EJKs...

(UPDATE 3 - 4:08 p.m.) Commission on Human Rights chairman Jose Luis Gascon challenged the leadership of the Philippine National Police to order an audit of all police stations in the country to ferret out possible “secret” detention cells following the discovery of such a facility in Tondo, Manila Thursday evening.

SolGen to seek disbarment of lawyer seeking ICC prosecution of Duterte

Solicitor General Jose Calida said he will seek the disbarment of lawyer Jude Jose Sabio, the counsel of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, for filing “baseless suits.”

Surprise CHR visit exposes ‘secret’ cell, 12 illegal detainees in Manila police station

(UPDATE - 8:34 a.m.) Personnel of the Commission on Human Rights visiting a police station in Tondo, Manila, Thursday evening found a dozen detainees crammed into a dark, narrow, airless 'secret cell'.

‘DI KO MASIKMURA’ | Duterte threatens to squeeze PDI and ABS-CBN

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday launched a counterattack against Filipino and American media outfits whom he claimed were “crucifying” and hitting him and his administration below the belt.

‘SOFTER THAN USUAL’ | ASEAN statement on South China Sea to skip militarization, island-building

Southeast Asian nations would adopt a softer than usual tone about South China Sea disputes at a leaders' summit on Saturday in Manila, and exclude references to militarization or island-building, according to a draft of the chairman's statement.

WATCH | ‘A MAN WHO MUST BE STOPPED’ | NY Times backs ICC probe...

The New York Times pulled out all the stops, urging the International Criminal Court in an editorial to “promptly open a preliminary investigation” into the thousands of killings in the drug war waged by President Rodrigo Duterte, who the newspaper described as “a man who must be stopped.”

Filming of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ announced, but no mention of Kris Aquino

But then was she flying back to Asia from Hawaii on Wednesday to join the producers and cast members for dinner?

China launches first domestically-built aircraft carrier

(UPDATE - 2:38 p.m.) China on Wednesday launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought second-hand, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea.

WATCH | Drilon predicts death of death penalty bill, will ask court to let...

(UPDATE - 12:55 p.m.) Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon is predicting the death of the bill restoring the death penalty, saying most of his colleagues in the chamber are likely to vote against the measure.

Duterte being judged by different standards, Cayetano complains

Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte are judging him by a different set of standards on the issue of extrajudicial killings, one of his staunchest supporters complained.

Thai man broadcasts baby daughter’s murder live on Facebook then kills self

BANGKOK -- A Thai man filmed himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in two video clips posted on Facebook before committing suicide, police said on Tuesday.
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IED-making components found at Nobleza’s home in Malaybalay, Bukidnon

Butuan City - Components for making an improvised explosive device, or IED, along with firearms and ammunition, were unraveled Monday morning after law enforcers...
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EJK, ELK | Centerlaw to seek new ‘Writ Contra Homo Sacer’

MANILA - The Center for International Law (CENTERLAW) will file with the Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 26, a Letter-Petition asking the High Court...

Vicki Belo, Hayden Kho to wed in Paris in September

The wedding will be the culmination of a 12-year rollercoaster romance, which has had its fair share of controversies.

Favorites emerge as Bb. Pilipinas gears up for coronation night

These eight candidates are likely to figure prominently in the winners' circle come April 30th.

Brillante Mendoza’s TV5 series ‘Amo’ invited to Cannes

'Amo' will be in the esteemed company of David Lynch’s revival of his cult classic series 'Twin Peaks'.

Director Mike de Leon slams social media for ‘trivializing’ movies

Ironically, he shared his dislike of social media in a recent post on the Facebook page of his comeback film 'Citizen Jake.'

Inspired by Pokemon Go, Facebook pushes augmented reality

Facebook Inc is trying to seize on the technology known as augmented reality, a mix of the real and digital worlds best known from the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said.

6 dead in floods triggered by ‘Crising’ in Cebu province

Six persons were killed by floods caused by tropical depression "Crising" Sunday morning in Danao City and Carmen town in northern Cebu, an official said.

PH, Qatar expand security ties as Du30 tackles terrorism with Gulf leaders

Addressing the Philippine-Qatar business forum in Doha, President Duterte said Sunday,"the Philippines is ready to stand by you (Gulf states)" and offered to help and send Philippine military forces to Qatar if the latter is in trouble.

Duterte to seek pardon for OFWs in meeting with Qatar’s Emir

Filipino community in Qatar, preparing for a meeting with President Duterte at the Lusali Sports Arena.

Sharon Cuneta says she’s still doing Cinemalaya film, plus Star Cinema project

As of last weekend, she remains committed to Mes de Guzman's Cinemalaya entry, 'Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha.'

PAWS saddened by dismissal of animal cruelty case against ‘Oro’

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society said it will seek reconsideration from the court regarding its complaint against the makers of the controversial movie.

‘Bliss’ gets R-18 rating on second review

A second review committee from the MTRCB ruled on Wednesday that Jerrold Tarog's mystery thriller 'can be seen by adults.'

Protesters claim ‘biggest SONA rally’ since start of Duterte administration

Protest leaders claim they have organized the biggest rally since the start of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration boasting of a 40,000-strong turnout. Organizers said it...

Duterte’s ‘human rights’ vs. ‘human lives’ statement draws flak

For President Rodrigo Duterte, the concept of "human rights" and "human lives" are different. In his third State of the Nation Address, the chief executive...

SONA showdown: As opposition unites, administration shows divisions

Minutes before President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address, a political tug-of-war for the speakership of the House of Representatives took place between...

Nancy Binay’s ‘advanced thinking’ on her SONA outfit preempts bashers

For four years in a row, Sen. Nancy Binay has made the news with her outfit for the State of the Nation Address. In this...

‘Protest barongs’ make a different kind of fashion statement for SONA

Government officials often use the State of the Nation Address to make a fashion statement but others who want to send a different message...

Protesters rail against Duterte with ‘DuterTrain’ effigy

Militant groups unveiled their "DuterTrain" effigy for the protests during the 2018 State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte. For those behind the...

Ready for the SONA viewing party yet? Here’s another suggestion

On the day of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address, parody Twitter account @MalacananEvents shared a drinking game that can be...

China vaccine scandal ripples through domestic market, threatens global push

* Changsheng faked vaccine production, test records * China Premier calls for swift investigation * Shares halted after losing 40 pct since July 13 * China has been making big push to raise...

Trillanes’ online ‘ask me anything’ Reddit discussion shows state of opposition

Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV said that the opposition has "consolidated and united its ranks" in an online "ask me anything" discussion on the...

Filipinos flood social media with jokes and memes to look on the bright side

Flash floods, tangled traffic and soggy socks are a few things that make the rainy season a miserable time for Metro Manila residents. But some...

Chance the Rapper tweets ‘wala’ and Filipinos knew exactly how to respond

Fans of one of rap music's biggest stars Chance the Rapper are raving in the twittersphere after the Grammy-award winning tweeted what many thought...

Players, coaches suspended for Philippines-Australia brawl

MELBOURNE — Thirteen players and two Filipino basketball coaches have been suspended for their role in a mass brawl during a World Cup qualifier between...

Philippines to expel ‘undesirable’ Australian nun who irked Duterte

MANILA — The Philippines blacklisted and ordered the deportation on Thursday of an elderly Australian nun at odds with President Rodrigo Duterte, calling her an "undesirable alien"...

Senators are not the happiest bunch about Alvarez’s ‘no-el’ proposal

While the house speaker sees a no-elections scenario next year, he has a dismissive upper chamber to face.

Environmental NGO calls out TV host and guide for inappropriate caving practices, outfit

An environmental organization called out the host and tour guide of a TV program titled "My Philippines" after they entered a cave without helmets...

Rape prevention tips from a town’s police were not quite helpful

Good intentions aside, the rape prevention tips of the Angono Municipal Police did not quite achieve what it meant to.

Vietnam orders vessels back to port, braces for Son Tinh tropical storm

HANOI — Vietnam has ordered vessels back to port and prepared evacuation plans in flood-prone northern provinces as tropical storm "Son Tinh" was expected...

Philippines could breach US sanctions if Russia arms deal proceeds

MANILA — The Philippines is at risk of breaching sanctions imposed by the United States if it proceeds with the purchase of grenade launchers from a...

Thailand’s cave boys wake up at home for first time in weeks

CHIANG RAI - Thailand's rescued cave boys woke up in their own homes for the first time in more than three weeks on Thursday,...

Why people are excited about an American fast food’s Philippines opening

What's all the fuss about a fast food joint's opening? One explanation: Filipinos' love for American food goes back centuries.