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Defense chief Teodoro rebuffs Beijing, says China a ‘squatter’ in West PHL Sea

MANILA — Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. rebuffed China anew for its “unfriendly” and “belligerent” behaviour in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, stressing that China is a “squatter” for illegally occupying parts of the Philippines’ exclusive economic…

US, PHL WARN CHINA AFTER WPS COLLISION; Biden renews defense commitment as Manila says not looking for war

By ALFRED G. GABOT, Editor in Chief MANILA/WASHINGTON – United States President Joe Biden has renewed US commitment to defend the Philippines in case it is attacked as the Philippines warned that he collisions between Philippine and China vessels near Ayungin…

Enrile asks Sandiganbayan to drop plunder case citing age, trial delays

QUEZON CITY — Chief presidential legal counsel and former senator Juan Ponce Enrile has urged the Sandiganbayan to immediately resolve his motion to dismiss the plunder case against him. This comes after the anti-graft court’s Third Division ruled on October…

Villar warns: NCR will sink if Manila Bay reclamation projects continue

By Jeanne Michael Penaranda PASAY CITY – There is a danger that reclamation projects in Manila Bay may cause Metro Manila to slowly sink, like what is happening to Jakarta in Indonesia. Senator Cynthia Villar issued the warning during Tuesday’s…

Ombudsman files graft raps vs. ex-DOH chief Garin, 4 others over Dengvaxia

By Jennifer T. Santos QUEZON CITY –The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft and malversation charges against former Department of Health Secretary now Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin and four other DOH officials over the supposed unauthorized purchase of anti-Dengue vaccines…

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR WORSENS; 3 Filipinos killed, others missing; Biden, Pope call for humanitarian corridor, aid for Palestinians in Gaza

By ALFRED GABOT, Editor in Chief TEL AVIV/MANILA/WASHINGTON – As the Israel-Hamas war appears to be worsening and may spill over to nearby Middle East countries like Lebanon, Syria and Iran, repatriation of Filipinos in Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza…

Denmark’s Grundfos backs Million Trees Foundation with €23,700 grant

LA MESA, Quezon City — The Million Trees Foundation, Inc. (MTFI) received a major boost with a €23,700 (P1.4 million) grant from Grundfos Foundation of Denmark as a memorandum of agreement was signed yesterday at the SMC Multi Purpose Center…

HAMAS TERROR ATTACKS IN ISRAEL CONDEMNED; 3 Filipinos among thousands dead; free hostages — Pope

By ALFRED GABOT, Editor in Chief TEL AVIV/VATICAN/WASHINGTON/MANILA — Following the death of three Filipinos from Pangasinan and Pampanga and a possible third Filipino, world leaders like United States  President Joe Biden and President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. condemned the Hamas militants…

Quezon City still richest PHL city and LGU with P443-B in assets; Cebu, Rizal and Batangas are richest provinces

By Jennifer T. Santos QUEZON CITY — For the third straight year, Quezon City under Mayor Joy Belmonte emerged as the wealthiest city and local government unit in the country in terms of asset in 2022, data from the Commission on…

PHL, US naval ships hold anti-submarine drills in Southern Luzon

MANILA – Naval ships of the Philippines and the United States held anti-submarine warfare (ASW) drills during the ongoing “Exercise Samasama” in the waters of Southern Luzon. “To enhance the ASW capabilities of the participating Navy ships, an expendable mobile anti-submarine…