AFP: We can't just disband militiamen Disbanding the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) is “far-fetched” since these paramilitary forces are needed to fill in for regular soldiers in the government's counterinsurgency campaign, a military spokesperson said on Friday.
US-Saudi arms deal on track WASHINGTON-Barring unlikely 11th-hour objections, a 60-billion-dollar US arms sale to Saudi Arabia was set Friday to go into effect despite initial worries from US lawmakers over its impact on Israeli security.
World's cardinals meet for sex abuse talks VATICAN CITY-The world's cardinals prayed for guidance on Friday at unprecedented talks on paedophile clergy, as activists called on the Church to end "symbolic gestures" and release files on the abuses.
Miriam softens threat on Cabinet "lightweights' After threatening to “massacre” at least half of President Aquino's “lightweight” Cabinet, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Friday began singing a slightly different tune on the fate of Cabinet members before the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA).
Population expert draws flak for forecast A pro-life advocate in the House of Representatives on Friday sought the deportation of Malcolm Potts over the latter's prediction that the Philippine population would reach 160 million in 40 years, possibly causing the country to become a failed state like Somalia.
SSS execs asked to return bonuses, per diem A group of Social Security System members is seeking the recovery of the per diem and bonuses that former SSS officials had received in the past three years while acting as nominees of the state-run pension fund in private corporations.
House bill to give casuals a break The House committee on civil service and professional regulation approved on Wednesday House Bill No. 28 which seeks to grant security of tenure to casual or contractual employees in the government who have rendered at least 10 years of service.
GMA 7 wins one round in network war vs ABS-CBN Television network giant ABS-CBN lost its copyright infringement case before the Court of Appeals against rival GMA 7 in relation to the airing of the homecoming of Angelo dela Cruz in 2004.
Extremists step up recruitment Extremist groups have intensified recruitment of Muslim converts in Metro Manila as they continue their efforts to launch more terrorist attacks in the capital, according to a military report.
Blast fears stall New Zealand mine rescue GREYMOUTH-Attempts to rescue 29 miners trapped by an explosion in a New Zealand mine continued to be delayed Saturday because of fears of another blast caused by a gas build up.
Anti-UN unrest spreads to Haiti capital PORT-AU-PRINCE-Gangs of angry Haitian youths trawled Port-au-Prince on Thursday as violence aimed at UN peacekeepers blamed for the cholera crisis spread to the capital after deadly rioting in the north.
Pilgrims rush to conclude hajj as heavens open MECCA-Muslim pilgrims rushed to wrap up their rituals for the hajj and headed to Mecca on Thursday as the world's largest annual pilgrimage was hit by a storm that exacerbated congestion.
DoT pulls new tourism campaign amid porn link The Department of Tourism said Wednesday it had pulled its latest online campaign after critics panned the rebrand and warned that unwary surfers could easily end up at a porn site instead.
PNP renews call for permanent gun ban Citing a dip in crime incidents during the election gun ban period, the Philippine National Police on Wednesday renewed its call to prohibit the carrying of firearms amid opposition from pro-gun groups.
Solons on mutiny suspects: No guilty plea, no amnesty Malacañang and the House of Representatives are headed for a possible clash over a requirement that junior officers who took part in the three uprising in the previous administration should first admit guilt before they can avail of amnesty.
Jolie movie starts filming in Bosnia Shooting for Angelina Jolie's directorial debut started in Bosnia Wednesday after a ban triggered by controversy over the content of the movie was lifted.
Nadal can beat Federer title record-Murray Spain's world number one Rafael Nadal has what it takes to surpass Roger Federer's record win of 16 major singles titles, Britain's Andy Murray said Wednesday in an interview published in Spain.
BJMP denies special treatment to massacre suspects The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology has denied that there was any special treatment accorded to the Ampatuans detained at the Quezon City jail annex but confirmed that its warden was relieved last week.
Groups slam US move to link OFW remittances to Abu Sayyaf The US State Department has tagged "remittances from overseas Filipino workers," or OFWs, as a possible external funding source of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), along with Middle East-based extremist groups, in addition to the ASG's kidnap-for-ransom and extortion activities in Mindanao.