De Lima rejects total gun ban

MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday said she does not support calls for a total gun ban in the Philippines.

Maritime talks in Japan FM's visit to Manila

TOKYO, Japan- Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday that he will leave Japan on Wednesday for the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei and Australia in his first trip overseas as foreign minister since assuming the post in late December.

'No whitewash,' Mar says on Quezon deaths

MANILA, Philippines - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Tuesday ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a thorough and credible investigation into the alleged gunbattle in Quezon province Sunday that killed 13 people.

Air21, To Go bag P1.4B PCOS contracts

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has awarded its P1.4-billion contracts for the deployment of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines and election paraphernalia to forwarding companies Air 21 and To Go.

Cybersex included in SC oral debates

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has directed the parties in the case of the 15 petitions against the Cybercrime Act to include the provision on cybersex in their discussions during the January 15 oral arguments.

SC: Judicial affidavit rule modified, not deferred

MANILA, Philippines - The implementation of the Judicial Affidavit Rule (JAR) has not been deferred. Instead, the Supreme Court, in its en banc session on Tuesday, modified the public prosecutors' compliance with the rule for a period of one year.

US drone found in Masbate came from Guam: embassy

MANILA, Philippines – A US Navy drone believed to be used for reconnaissance was not launched inside Philippine territory, a United States embassy spokesperson said Tuesday.

Palace orders NBI to probe 'shootout,' limits PNP's role

MANILA - Malacanan has tasked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to be the sole agency to determine what actually happened in the Atimonan, Quezon 'shootout' that left 13 people dead last Sunday.

PNoy urged: Name insiders as Comelec execs

MANILA, Philippines - Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said he wants President Aquino to name two new poll commissioners soon. Comelec employees, meanwhile, urged the President to name insiders to the Comelec top posts.

No TRO from SC on Bangsamoro agreement

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC), in its en banc session on Tuesday, did not issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) to prevent the implementation of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).