Hours after arriving in Manila on a private plane and moments after tweeting that he was about to perform "the real last (show) and most important one" of his "Believe" world tour, Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber landed in Tacloban, Leyte on Tuesday to begin his charity tour.
In the grieving, grey wastelands that were once bustling towns on tropical Philippine islands, thousands of typhoon survivors are enduring an agonizing wait of hope and denial for news of loved ones.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is seeking an inquiry into the impending P4 per kilowatt-hour power rate hike of the Manila Electric Company, the highest in the country's history, saying it apparently runs counter to a law meant to ensure reliable and affordable electricity.
(UPDATE - 1:04 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III has signed the memorandum order defining the functions and scope of former Senator Panfilo Lacson's role as presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery, which holds Cabinet rank.
Public satisfaction with the Aquino administration was still "very good" despite a drop in ratings compared to the last quarter, a recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said.
Not all of the police personnel from different regions who were deployed in typhoon-stricken areas in the Visayas will be home for Christmas, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued new guidelines meant to hasten the trial of those accused of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre, in which 58 people were murdered, 32 of them media workers.
Taking aid monitoring to another level, Blog Watch joined Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines, Yolanda Citizen Watch, which is under the Citizen Action Network for Accountability (CANA), and other like-minded organizations discussed how best to keep an eye on where the aid goes.