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PH to get frigates, gunboats, helicopters

MANILA - The Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent urgency to the need to bolster forces, a Philippine Navy officer said on Wednesday.

Miriam on Bilibid luxuries: Make prisoners pay

If you can't stop them, at least make them pay. This, according to Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, should be the government's response to the luxurious lifestyle of certain inmates at the national penitentiary.

Bilibid officials allowed banned items for drug lords

Inmates who lived the good life behind bars must have had some help from top prison officials.

The challenges in Pope Francis' Tacloban visit

MANILA - Containing the surge of enthusiasm spilling into the streets of Leyte. This is among the challenges facing organizers as they prepare for Pope Francis' visit to Leyte.

Pemberton has low morale, being guarded vs suicide

MANILA - US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, suspect in the murder of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, is in very low spirits more than two months after the incident, an Armed Forces spokesman said Tuesday.

PH is 15th largest exporter of illegal capital - study

The Philippines and three other ASEAN members count among the top 20 developing countries in the world identified as the biggest exporters of illicit capital over the last decade, according to a global report.

Grace thanks Erap for possible endorsement

MANILA - Senator Grace Poe expressed her gratitude to her godfather, former President and current Manila Mayor Joseph 'Erap' Estrada, over reports he would endorse her if she runs for president in 2016.

What makes Dubai, Singapore successful? Palafox explains

MANILA - Urban planner Felino "Jun" Palafox believes the country is not building back better after super typhoon Yolanda.  

PNoy indecisive on Purisima controversies: Alunan

MANILA - A former Interior and Local Government Secretary on Monday said President Aquino acted indecisively on the controversies surrounding Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima.

Jewish refugee during Holocaust: Thank you, PH

MANILA - Margot Cassel-Pins was one of the many young Jewish students who migrated to the Philippines to escape the Nazi tyranny in Europe.