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Senate-House joint session to decide on Mindanao martial law extension

The Senate and the House of Representatives  will convene in a joint session on Wednesday to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte's request that the declaration of martial law in Mindanao be extended for another year.  

Magnitude 6.0 aftershock quake hits Kerman, Iran -- USGS

A magnitude 6.0 quake hit eastern Iran near the city of Kerman on Wednesday, just hours after it was shaken by a magnitude 5.9 temblor, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Duterte reminds gov’t offices not to display his photos

President Rodrigo Duterte has reminded government workers not to display his photos in their offices.

Duterte warns of threats in Central Mindanao anew, tells media to wait for action soon

President Rodrigo Duterte has warned anew of a brewing threat in Central Mindanao and told the media this time to wait for action.

Duterte tells the press, ‘I’m not your enemy’

Christmas came to Malacañang’s Heroes Hall on Tuesday night when President Rodrigo Duterte hosted a party for reporters, cameramen, and photographers assigned to cover the Palace--the first such gathering since Duterte was elected president.

Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump's Jerusalem call

Less than an hour after US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians protested by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Van catches fire along EDSA-Ortigas flyover

A closed van containig catches fire at the EDSA-Ortigas flyover late Tuesday evening, Luisito Santos reported for Super Radyo's dzBB.

China warns against livestreaming after ‘rooftopper’ falls to death

BEIJING -- A young Chinese climbing enthusiast's fatal fall from a skyscraper while making a selfie video on a $15,000 "rooftopping" dare has spurred warnings by state media against the perils of livestreaming.

Inuman ng 2 miyembro ng PAF sa loob ng kampo, nauwi sa krimen

Patay ang isang miyembro ng Philippine Air Force nang barilin umano ng kapwa sundalo at kainuman sa loob mismo ng kanilang kampo sa Cagayan de Oro City.

Solons ‘overwhelmingly’ support further extension of Mindanao martial law --Fariñas

Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas on Tuesday claimed that even before the scheduled joint session on Wednesday, there is already an "overwhelming" support from members of the House of Representatives for President Rodrigo Duterte's request to further extend martial law in Mindanao.

Blue Ribbon invites Noynoy Aquino to testify on Dengvaxia mess

The Senate blue ribbon committee has sent an invitation to former President Benigno Aquino III to attend the probe on the controversial P3.5-billion dengue vaccination program Thursday.

Ama na may kapansanan, nagbabanat ng buto para maitaguyod ang mga anak

Mula nang pumanaw ang asawa dahil sa panganganak, mag-isa nang itinataguyod ng amang may polio ang dalawa niyang anak. Hanggang kailan niya kakayanin ang pagsubok ng buhay? Panoorin ang kuwento ni mang Orlando sa programang "FrontRow."

Spokesperson says nothing impeachable in justices’ allegations vs. Chief Justice

The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday downplayed the testimonies of some of her colleagues in the Supreme Court who testified against her in the impeachment proceedings before the House of Representatives.

Lagman on Mindanao martial law: No extension of extension in constitution

Opposition lawmaker Albay Representative Edcle Lagman on Tuesday questioned the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's bid to further extend the implementation of martial law in Mindanao.

Trump wants Congress to fix ‘lax’ immigration after NY attack

US President Donald Trump said Monday that a bomb attack by a 27-year-old from Bangladesh on New York's subway system underscored the "urgent need" for Congress to enact immigration reform.

New York blast suspect went from limo driver to accused subway bomber

The Bangladeshi suspect in Monday's pipe bomb explosion beneath New York's Times Square is an angry former limousine driver who learned to build a bomb on the internet at his Brooklyn apartment, officials said.

California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 800 structures scorched another 56,000 acres on Sunday, making it the fifth largest such blaze in recorded state history, as it ran toward picturesque coastal cities.

Car bomb kills journalist in Somali capital

A Somali television journalist was killed in a car bombing in the capital Mogadishu on Monday, an editor for the TV station and local authorities said.

Putin, in Syria, says mission accomplished, orders partial Russian pull-out

President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done.

Trump accusers urge Congress to probe harassment claims

Three women who claim they were sexually harassed by Donald Trump called on Congress Monday to investigate the US president's behavior and allegations of his misconduct.

Fifth day of protests in Middle East over Trump's Jerusalem move

The Middle East saw a fifth day of protests on Monday over US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, while further global condemnation followed the deeply controversial move.

Trump denies watching 4-8 hours of TV a day

President Donald Trump on Monday denied a New York Times story on his daily White House life that says he watches up to eight hours of cable TV news a day.

Transport leader admits use of ‘surplus’ jeepneys; Tugade shocked

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Monday was taken aback over the admission of a transport group leader who said that they are using "surplus" jeepneys.

Executive dep’t execs to brief solons on Mindanao martial law extension

Members of both the majority and minority blocs of the House of Representatives will meet in a caucus on Tuesday for a briefing by the executive department on the extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Noynoy, dapat dumalo sa pagdinig tungkol sa Dengvaxia vaccine para makapagpaliwanag-- Gordon

Nais ni Senador Richard Gordon na imbitahan si dating Pangulong Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III para dumalo sa susunod na pagdinig ng Blue Ribbon Committee tungkol sa kontrobersiyal na P3.5-bilyong dengue vaccine program na naganap sa kaniyang administrasyon.

Task Force Ranao: Civilians, soldiers in favor of Mindanao martial law

Soldiers and civilians in the Lanao provinces are in favor of extending martial law in Mindanao, a military official said on Monday.

Palace dares critics to question martial law extension at SC anew

After President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress to further extend the imposition of martial law in Mindanao, Malacañang on Monday told his critics to question his decision anew at the Supreme Court.  

New OFW ID card features Duterte photo

The Department of Labor and Employment has started issuing the OFW ID card or the iDOLE, the integrated ID that OFWs can use for easy transactions with government and private agencies concerning their overseas employment.

US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China

The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such maneuvers fuel tensions.

Senate OKs nomination of Miriam Santiago for Quezon Service Cross

The Senate on Monday approved a resolution concurring in the posthumous conferment of the Quezon Service Cross, the highest civil award in the Philippines, to the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.  

Senators unconvinced of Noynoy bro-in-law’s alleged link to right-of-way scam

Several senators on Monday said they were unconvinced that Eldon Cruz is linked to the supposed P8.7-billion road right-of-way scam.

Gordon expects Sanofi to refund P3.5B over Dengvaxia mess

Senator Richard Gordon expects the manufacturer of Dengvaxia to refund the P3.5 billion the government paid for doses of the controversial vaccine that were used in the country's dengue prevention program. "Makukuha sa kaso 'yan. They'll pay. I'm sure they'll pay kasi masisira sila sa buong mundo ...

Sereno accused of acting as prosecutor and judge vs. Jardeleza in nomination process

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro on Monday accused Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of acting as a complainant, prosecutor and judge when she opposed the nomination of then-Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza to the Supreme Court.

Village councilman, watchman nabbed in Cotabato drug raid

A village councilman and a watchman were arrested in separate anti-drugs operations in Makilala, Cotabato, early Monday.

4 SC justices expected to attend Sereno impeachment proceedings

At least four Supreme Court justices are expected to attend as the House committee on justice resumes its deliberations on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday.

Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target - Haley

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday that any woman who has felt violated or mistreated by a man has every right to speak up, even if she is accusing President Donald Trump.

New evacuations ordered as California wildfires rage on

The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region.

Violence flares at protest near US Embassy in Lebanon

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters near the US Embassy in Lebanon on Sunday during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

PNP intensifying intel ops to counter NPA

The PNP said it is "intensifying" its intelligence operations to address supposed attempts of the New People's Army to expand its activities.

Duterte wants martial law in Mindanao extended for one year

President Rodrigo Duterte wants martial law in Mindanao extended for one year.

Palestinians to snub Pence during visit over Jerusalem move

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet US Vice President Mike Pence during Pence's visit to the region this month, in a snub over the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinian Foreign Minister said on Saturday.

Ex-head of tainted police unit appointed new PNP drugs chief

The Philippine National Police announced on Saturday the designation of  former head of the dissolved PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group as the new commander of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group .

De Lima slams Roque for telling ICC to respect PHL war vs. drugs, terrorism

Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday slammed presidential spokesperson Harry Roque for his speech before the International Criminal Court , asking the court not to meddle on human rights violations related to President Duterte's war on drugs.

US envoy for North Korean affairs travels to Japan, Thailand

The U.S. envoy for North Korea will travel to Japan and Thailand next week to discuss how to increase pressure on Pyongyang after its latest ballistic missile test, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

High winds to hamper California firefighters into weekend

Armies of firefighters tried to take advantage of diminished winds on Friday while battling six major Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures.

Pope Francis appoints Iligan diocese administrator

A bishop-caretaker for the diocese of Iligan has been appointed by Pope Francis, according to a post on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines website.

Duterte: Gov’t panel can always revive talks with Reds ‘at some other time’

Despite his strong statements against the Communist Party of the Philippines , President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, as the government's chief negotiator, can revive the talks with the communists "some other time."

Another Sueno accuser appointed to DAR

Another accuser of former Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno has been transferred to the Department of Agrarian Reform, documents showed.

Duterte to fire a whole commission over corruption

"On Monday, I will fire about one commission mismo. Lahat sila," Duterte said in at the 84th anniversary celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment in Malolos, Bulacan.

762 pass written phase of Dentist Licensure Examination

A total of 762 out of 1,484 passed the theoretical phase of the Dentist Licensure Examination given on December 4, the Professional Regulation Commission announced on Friday.