Palace defends suspension of Cebu governor

MANILA, Philippines - The Palace has defended before the Court of Appeals (CA) the legality of its order suspending Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia for six months over the complaint of the late Vice Gov. Gregorio Sanchez Jr. in 2010.

PNoy appoints 4th Akbayan nominee

MANILA, Philippines - Another official of the Akbayan party-list group gets a post in the Aquino government.

Vietnam puts up supermarket on occupied Pugad Island

MANILA, Philippines - Vietnam has reportedly put up and is now operating a supermarket in Pugad Island in the hotly contested Spratly archipelago to cater to the needs of the growing number of local and foreign tourists visiting its occupied area.

CPP-NPA extends ceasefire

MANILA, Philippines - The Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) has extended its ceasefire up to January 15, superseding an earlier order to cut short its truce effective 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Girl's death triggers gun debate in Philippines

MANILA - The death of a girl hit by celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve sparked calls Thursday for stricter gun controls in the Philippines, where unlicensed weapons are widely blamed for rampant violence.

Comelec urged to defer raffle of party-list bets

MANILA, Philippines – A party-list group is urging the Commission on Elections to defer its scheduled raffle of party-list names tomorrow, January 4, for the midterm elections until the Supreme Court rules on its pending petition for certiorari.

PNoy commutes sentence of 2 elderly inmates

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has commuted the sentence of 2 elderly inmates: Arsenio Flores and Francisco Alimpos.

PNoy wanted further study on PCGG abolition

MANILA, Philippines  President Aquino previously asked the Office of the President to study the recommendation to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), his spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, said Thursday.

Palace says PH ready for 'Auring'

MANILA, Philippines - The Palace said government agencies are prepared for the onslaught of tropical depression Auring.

Gov't cleans up PNP pension roster

MANILA, Philippines - The Palace assured police retirees that funds are available for their pension, following a reported appeal from the retirees’ association.