In South China Sea dispute, Philippines’ bolder hand tests Beijing

MANILA/HONG KONG - Huddled in the presidential situation room in February last year, senior Philippines officials faced a stark choice. Military and intelligence leaders watched as coast...

US criticizes latest ramming incident, says China threatens regional peace

THE US State Department on Tuesday condemned what it called “escalatory and irresponsible” actions by China and reaffirmed that its Mutual Defense Treaty with...

House probe of special visas to foreigners urged

A CONGRESSMAN on Tuesday filed a resolution seeking an investigation of the government’s issuance of special visas to foreigners and cases of delayed birth...

LGUs urged to regulate cable installation on key roads

THE METRO Manila Council (MMC) on Tuesday passed a resolution urging local government units (LGUs) to get rid of dangling cables on major roads in the National Capital Region (NCR) to prevent accidents.

State housing guarantee eyed

PHILIPPINE President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday ordered the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) to study the cost of issuing...

Lamitan now Abu Sayyaf-free

COTABATO CITY — Police, military and local officials on Tuesday declared Lamitan City in Basilan province as free from the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group. The...

Smuggled cigarettes seized

THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) has seized smuggled cigarettes worth P614,640 in Sapad, Lanao del Norte. In a statement on Tuesday, the agency said it...

35% of Filipinos engaged at work

MORE Filipino workers are engaged at work compared with their Southeast Asian neighbors, with 35.13% of Filipinos reporting engagement versus the regional average of...

Speaker meets with Japan counterpart

JAPAN remains committed to enhancing defense and security ties with the Philippines, Speaker and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said on Tuesday after...

Red Cross help sought in SCS

SENATOR Francis N. Tolentino on Tuesday urged the  Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to work with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)...

Bamban mayor appeals to palace

SUSPENDED Bamban Mayor Alice L. Guo through her lawyers asserted her innocence in a letter to Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin. In the 18-page letter,...

UP to continue marine research

THE UNIVERSITY of the Philippines (UP) will continue conducting marine research in the South China Sea despite threats from China’s coast guard and militia...