Five drug suspects killed in Luzon

MANILA, Philippines - Five more suspected drug personalities were gunned down in separate incidents since Sunday.

Fearing promiscuity, Philippine city mayor says no to free condoms in public schools

THE mayor of Quezon City in the Philippines has prohibited health officials from distributing free condoms in public schools there, a move that appears to contradict the national policy on contraception.

Veloso family visits Mary Jane in Indonesian jail on her birthday

With high hopes that their loved one would be freed soon and spared from execution, the family of Filipino drug convict Mary Jane Veloso paid a visit to her last week at the Wirongunan Lembaga prison in Jogjakarta, Indonesia to celebrate her 32nd birthday.

Cop in kidnap of Korean gives up to NBI, not PNP

A police officer allegedly involved in the kidnapping of a South Korean has eschewed the security of his peers and instead chose to surrender to the National Bureau of Investigation.

PH protests China weapons on man-made isles

The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after a US think tank reported that Beijing appears to have installed antiaircraft and antimissile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea.

On threat to impose martial law, Duterte just frustrated—Aguirre

President Duterte was just letting off steam when he threatened to ignore the Constitution and declare martial law, frustrated that despite his brutal war on drugs, the menace appeared to be continuing, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Death penalty may be approved before June

BEFORE the First Regular Session ends in June, the House of Representatives may pass on third and final reading the bills reviving the death penalty and lowering the age of criminal liability, a committee chairman of the House said.

Remembering the first Filipina finalist in Miss Universe pageant

In 1963, 19-year-old doll-faced Lalaine Betia Bennett was crowned Miss Philippines and represented the country at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami Beach, Florida. A favorite and widely tipped to win the title, the 5-foot-9 former Miss Bayombong (Nueva Vizcaya) failed to win the crown but was named third runner up among 49 contestants from

‘Narco govs’ warned of ambush, poisoning

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – After warning “narco mayors” of being killed by their police chiefs, President Duterte will meet with provincial governors to warn them they could be ambushed or poisoned if they don’t stop drug deals.

Outgoing CIA chief warns Trump to watch his words

WASHINGTON, United States — Outgoing CIA chief John Brennan on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, warning him to watch what he says and suggesting the president-elect doesn’t understand the challenges posed by Russia.

Duterte tells US, China, Russia:  Don’t meddle in ASEAN affairs

DAVAO CITY — President Duterte urged the United States, China, Russia and other dialogue-partners of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) not to meddle in the affairs of the regional bloc as the Philippines formally assumed the chairmanship of the Asean.

2 minors rescued from Ilocos bar

TUGUEGARAO, Philippines – Two girls from Cagayan province were rescued by authorities from an entertainment bar in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte on Friday.

Protests persist vs Rizal Memorial ‘mall-ification’

Heritage conservation advocates trooped to the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila on Saturday to protest plans to turn the 82-year-old structure into a shopping mall.

Jennifer Holliday backs out of Trump inauguration gig

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has backed out as a performer at next week’s presidential inaugural, saying she did not realize that her participation would be interpreted as a statement of support for President-elect Donald Trump.

Eight biggest Hollywood releases to hit the theaters

The previous year was shaped by record-breaking releases from Hollywood. From epic period action drama to big sequels, 2016 was packed with unlimited productions that made people look forward to 2017.