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.'

USTR to Congress: US wants to open trade talks with EU, UK, Japan, Philippines

WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told members of Congress this week that the United States wants to open trade talks with the European...

Will Teddy Locsin Jr. lay low on Twitter as Philippines’ new top diplomat?

Permanent representative to the United Nations Teodoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin Jr. has been appointed the country's new top diplomat. A former lawyer and broadcaster, Locsin...
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Maranao leader seeks to take minority groups’ concerns to Senate

Maranao leader Samira Gutoc-Tomawis will propose a law for the protection of women, specifically those from indigenous groups, should she become senator after the...

Wolves cancel practice day after Butler uproar

Disgruntled Jimmy Butler caused a stir at the Minnesota Timberwolves' practice on Wednesday, and he wasn't given a chance to do so again on...

Kanye West defends support for Trump, in front of Trump

WASHINGTON — Rapper Kanye West, with a stream of consciousness speech in the Oval Office and a burst of profanity, defended his support for...

Getting to know Ramon Paul Hernando and his long road to the Supreme Court

The recent appointment of Ramon Paul Hernando as an associate justice of the Supreme Court has received a hopeful response from some in the...

Ethel Booba’s advice to voters: ‘Politics is not a popularity contest.’

Comedienne Ethel Booba reminded the public to be wise and discerning in their choice of candidates for the 2019 midterm elections after a social...

How Liza Soberano feels about Erik Matti’s departure from ‘Darna’

Kapamilya actress Liza Soberano shared her elation when she went on a farewell dinner with former "Darna" director Erik Matti after he resigned. A few...

Philippines sees decade of 7 percent growth from $180-billion infrastructure drive

MANILA — The Philippines expects economic growth to recover to 7-8 percent target next year despite global uncertainties, as it pushes ahead with massive infrastructure spending plans,...

Why Neri Colmenares is running for Senate for second time

Former Bayan Muna Party-list representative Neri Colmenares has filed his certificate of candidacy for the May 2019 elections, his second bid at a seat...

Surprise candidacy of social media doctor Willie Ong

Cardiologist Willie Ong filed for candidacy as a senator in the 2019 midterm elections. He is not a known senatorial aspirant but his strong...
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Viral photo of Wes Gatchalian’s car blocking a ramp for the disabled

A photo which made rounds on Facebook earlier this month shows the vehicle of Rep. Wes Gatchalian (Valenzuela City) blocking the ramp made for...

How Freddie Aguilar went from music to politics

Folk singer Freddie Aguilar has filed his certificate of candidacy for the May 2019 senatorial race months after his name floated as a possible...

U.S. raises pressure on Saudi Arabia over missing journalist

WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL— U.S. President Donald Trump increased pressure on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to provide information on what happened to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi...

Quake kills three people in Indonesia’s Java, rattles Bali

NUSA DUA, Indonesia — A magnitude 6 earthquake struck off the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said,...