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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government troops and pro-government militias held the first “harvest festival” in Mati City in Davao Oriental province in southern Philippines, army officials said on Friday. Officials said festival was jointly celebrated by Civilian Active Auxiliaries and the 72nd Infantry Battalion. Col. Benjamin Madrigal, commander of the 701st Infantry…

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The Philippine Navy (PN) on Friday announced that the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, the country’s second Hamilton-class cutter, has arrived in the waters of Casiguran town, Aurora province on Friday morning. Lt. Commodore Gregory Fabic, Navy spokesman, said that the frigate arrived at about 8 a.m. Fabic said that the vessel,…

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HAMID Hadadi scored 15 points in the fourth quarter as Iran turned back South Korea, 76-65, on Friday to remain unbeaten in the 27th FIBA-Asia Men’s Basketball Championship at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The 7’2 Hadadi, who once played with the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix…

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KALIBO town in Aklan province will have an Ati-Atihan gallery soon that will feature its rich history and traditions through photographs, documents and collections. Albert Menes, chairman of the Kalibo Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation Inc. (Kasafi) said the gallery will be staged at the Kasafi office located at the second…

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INTERIOR Secretary Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas II on Friday said the Philippine National Police (PNP) must explain the exoneration of the policemen who ‘bungled’ the prevention of the crime scene following the deadly blast site in Cagayan de Oro City. The Interior secretary was referring to the clean-up done on the…

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The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) of Aklan province on Friday joined the call of the Department of Tourism (DOT) for the regulation of fire dancers and lighted sand castles in the island resort. DOT earlier said that fire dancers and lighted sand castles in Boracay could possibly…

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If you are a high school senior who has been preparing witty narratives to questions like “If your crush says he/she loves you, will you say you love him/her, too?” in this year’s University of the Philippines College Admission Test or Upcat, you are in for a disappointment. Upcat 2014…

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The Philippine government welcomed the resolution unanimously passed by the United States Senate which called for the “peaceful resolution of maritime and territorial disputes” in the East and South China Seas, Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia Jr. said on Friday (Manila time). In a statement, Cuisia expressed the government’s…

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FORMER Parañaque City Mayor Florencio “Jun” Bernabe and showbiz personalities and now Councilors Alma Moreno, Jason Webb, Val Sotto and Roselle Nava are in hot water for approving a proposal to develop more than 100 hectares of reclaimed land in Manila Bay. Bernabe and the said officials were questioned by…