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PH to buy 3 naval helicopters

MANILA – The Philippines said Thursday it would buy three naval helicopters from an Anglo-Italian manufacturer as part of its military modernization program amid a territorial dispute with China.

'Pablo' heroes feted

The Armed Forces honors 21 soldiers for their act of heroism at the height of Typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley, one of the hardest areas in Mindanao.

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.