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Koko defends vote on JPE ouster

MANILA, Philippines - He may have voted to declare the Senate presidency vacant, but Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III clarified that he's not necessarily turning against Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

Enrile happy with Senate vote, twits Miriam

MANILA, Philippines - When he offered to give up his position on Monday, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said he was seeking his colleagues' "vote of confidence." And the result elated him.

US Navy fined for 'illegal entry' at Tubbataha reef

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine authorities said Tuesday they have fined the US Navy for "unauthorized entry" after an American minesweeper went aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef.

Senators, SC justices get gun ban exemptions

MANILA, Philippines - Senators and Justices of the Supreme Court were among those granted personal gun ban exemptions by the Commission on Elections.

Changes to FOI bill necessary - Valte

MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang stood by its version of the freedom of information (FOI) bill amid reports that lawmakers have threatened to pull out their support because of provisions that it proposed.

Palace mum on developments at Senate

MANILA, Philippines - The Palace declined to comment on developments in the Senate on Monday.

Philippines takes China to UN over sea row

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - Saying a solution to the maritime dispute over the West Philippine Sea remains elusive, the Philippines is bringing the dispute with China before the arbitral tribunal constituted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Miriam wants 2nd COA opinion on 'cash gifts'

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago has written Commission on Audit chief Grace Pulido Tan, asking for her opinion on the legality of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile's move to distribute additional funding to senators last Christmas.

Comelec tells critics of limited airtime: Go to SC

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is standing pat on its aggregate airtime limits for political advertisements during the official midterm election campaign period, telling critics to go straight to the Supreme Court.

Evardone asks UNA: Are you for or against PNoy?

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone dared the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to declare whether the alliance remains fully supportive of President Benigno Aquino III or has taken the role of a united opposition that stands in the way of the “Daang Matuwid” reform agenda.