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.'

Philippines’ Jan-July FDI rises 52.1 percent y/y to $6.7 billion

MANILA — Net foreign direct investments in the Philippines jumped 52.1 percent in the first seven months of this year from a year earlier to $6.7 billion,...

Looking into Mocha Uson’s claim that communists want her ‘untimely death’

Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison clarified that there’s no motive for them to cause blogger Mocha Uson’s “untimely death” following...

Pop punk legends Taking Back Sunday to take back Manila in 2019

Pop-punk outfit Taking Back Sunday has confirmed that it will be playing in Manila in January 2019 as part of its 20th anniversary tour. Local...
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How TV producers are responding to Gretchen Fullido’s charges

The camp of one of the TV executives imputed in sexual harassment charges dismissed new accusations by her former colleague Gretchen Fullido as a...

Lea Salonga’s inflation comments inflamed social media criticism

World-renowned musical actress Lea Salonga is now being scored for her recent comments on the inflation problem in the country. The Tony Award-winning musical star...
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Philippines’ trade deficit stays above $3 billion for 5th straight month

MANILA—The Philippines' trade deficit stayed well above $3 billion for the fifth month in a row in August as sustained purchases of capital goods to...

A scene that’s hard to believe: A garbage-free Binondo creek

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced that Estero de Binondo is now free from wastes and garbage following the consistent rehabilitation efforts...

Chief justice for two months: What De Castro has done

Outgoing Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita de Castro is leaving the judiciary after having instituted a number of reforms in her less than two-month...

Taylor Swift kicks off American Music Awards, silent on politics

LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift, straight off her first, controversial public dive into U.S. politics, opened the American Music Awards show on Tuesday aiming to break...

The new DSWD chief and the long list of soldiers in Duterte’s government

Incoming Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, a retiring army chief, is the newest on the list of military men the president has appointed as...

Under construction: How the Philippines’ projects with China are progressing

President Rodrigo Duterte has secured several loan agreements on different infrastructure initiatives with China two years ago, visited it more than any other country...
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Padre Pio’s heart relic to stay in the Philippines for 20 days

Crowds of Filipinos gathered to venerate Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina’s “incorrupt” heart relic brought to the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros on Tuesday. The relic...

Martin Andanar is proposing a new name, face for the PCOO

(Updated 6:54 p.m.) Communications Secretary Martin Andanar’s proposal of reorganizing the presidential communication arm is not his first attempt to change the office. Andanar recently...

Google bids goodbye to its social network, Google+

Google announced on Monday that it will cease operations of Google+, its own social network, after a data breach similar to that of Facebook’s...

Duterte does not have cancer, Philippines’ acting interior minister says

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte does not have cancer, the acting interior minister said on Tuesday, after the firebrand leader underwent tests in a...