De Lima defends BuCor OIC against graft raps

MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima believes there is an ulterior motive behind the graft charges filed against Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos.

Palace shrugs off 'MAR-tial' law innuendo from UNA

MANILA, Philippines - There is no political harassment in President Benigno Aquino III's six-month suspension of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Malacanang said on Thursday.

Please don't bother vacationing PNoy - Palace

MANILA, Philippines - Putting a stress on his "freedom to rest," Malacañang appealed to the public not to bother President Benigno Aquino III while he is on vacation in Baguio.

Comelec sets raffle for party-list groups

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has laid out the rules for the raffle of slots in the ballot for party-list groups running in the 2013 midterm elections.

Palace open to fireworks ban

MANILA, Philippines  Malacaang is willing to consider banning firecrackers if a bill is filed in Congress.

Army honors 'Pablo' heroes

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Army honored on Thursday heroes from typhoon Pablo.

2012 was best for PH in a long time - Palace

MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang believes 2012 has been the best year for the Philippines in a long time.

Coral loss in West PH Sea alarming - study

SYDNEY - China's economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years, a joint Australian study found Thursday, with researchers describing "grim" levels of damage and loss.

CBCP seeks resignation of DAR chief

MANILA, Philippines - The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is asking Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes to step down from office.

PNoy signs law vs disaster equipment theft

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has signed into law a bill that classifies stealing, tampering or destruction of equipment for detecting or mitigating natural disasters as offenses separate from theft and similar crimes under the Revised Penal Code.