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P700 billion lost yearly due to corruption, says official

Philippines is losing around P700 billion, or around 20 percent of the country's total budget appropriation, yearly, due to corruption, an official said. → Read More

Aftershocks continue to rock Batanes after deadly quake

The town of Itbayat in Batanes province continued to experience aftershocks on Sunday after it was devastated by two strong earthquakes a day earlier. → Read More

Government now limits length of stay of foreign workers in PH

MANILA - The Philippine government now limits the length of stay of foreigners working in the country with special working permits, as it starts to enforce stricter rules of employment on foreign nationals. → Read More

Lanao de Sur prepares for midterm elections

Teachers and poll watchers observe the final testing and sealing of vote-counting machines (VCMs) in Lanao del Sur on Friday. → Read More

Maute sub-leader surrenders in Lanao del Sur: military

A sub-leader of the Maute group that laid siege to the southern city of Marawi in 2017 surrendered earlier this week to authorities, the military said Thursday, as it remained on high alert against possible terror threats against the May 13 midterm polls. → Read More

Chief seismologist wants audit of structures built before 1992

MANILA - A massive audit and inspection of structures built before 1992 should be done by owners and local governments following consecutive earthquakes that shook Luzon and Visayas this week, the country’s chief seismologist Renato Solidum said Thursday. → Read More

Otso Diretso bets barred from Scarborough Shoal

Candidates from the opposition slate Otso Diretso failed on Monday to visit Scarborough Shoal as they brought their campaign to the coastal town of Masinloc in Zambales. → Read More

Robredo: Gov't must be transparent on China loans

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday appealed for transparency in Chinese loan agreements, after a $69-million river pump project was criticized for its “patronomial assets” provision. → Read More

Robredo refuses to trade barbs with Sara Duterte

Vice President Leni Robredo refuses to trade barbs with Hugpong ng Pagbabago Chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. → Read More

Otso Diretso warns public vs fake election surveys

HONG KONG - Otso Diretso candidates on Saturday warned the public against fake election surveys that are being floated in traditional news and social media. → Read More

No comedy bar: Otso Diretso slams admin bets' 'karaoke campaign'

HONG KONG - Otso Diretso candidates on Saturday called the administration bets' campaign as a “campaign of destruction” and 'karaoke campaign.' → Read More

Hugpong bets no show at Plaza Miranda debate challenge

Early to arrive in Plaza Miranda were candidates Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Pilo Hilbay, Romulo Macalintal, and Erin Tañada, but until the scheduled 12 noon debate in front of Quiapo Church, no one from the 13 candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago showed up. → Read More

Tensions rise in Lanao del Norte town ahead of Bangsamoro vote

Tensions rose in a village here early Tuesday, a day before the second round of a plebiscite for a new autonomous region. → Read More

Philippines improves in global corruption index

The Philippines improved its ranking in a global corruption index, climbing 12 notches. → Read More

Philippines, Japan in talks for joint military exercise: Navy officials

Manila and Tokyo are mulling joint naval exercises in a bid to boost defense ties and enhance regional stability, military officials said Tuesday, as a Japanese destroyer docked in the Philippine capital. → Read More

Senior citizens bat for pension fund, slam lower criminal liability age

A coalition of senior citizens on Monday urged lawmakers to prioritize the passage of a law that will create a universal social pension fund instead of tinkering with the country’s minimum age of criminal responsibility. → Read More

Comelec en banc postpones canvassing of votes for Cotabato City

The Commission on Elections en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, on Thursday put on hold the canvassing of votes for Cotabato City as discrepancies in the figures written in the certificate of canvass were questioned. → Read More

Duty over fear: Teachers, watchdogs gear for BOL vote despite safety worries

Teachers and fraud watchdogs on Sunday ticked off final preparations for a plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law's ratification, which the interior department said could be a target of rebel and extremist attacks. → Read More

Cotabato City hosts 'Bike for Peace' rally ahead of Bangsamoro vote

COTABATO CITY - Hundreds of cyclists and bike enthusiasts held a “Bike for Peace” rally here Saturday, ahead of the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite on Monday. → Read More

Families of Pinoys detained in Libya appeal to Duterte for help

The seafarers were taken into custody in August 2017 by the Libyan Coast Guard on suspicion of fuel smuggling. → Read More