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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is set to receive an honorary doctorate from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations during his official visit to Russia this week. This is the first honorary doctorate Duterte will receive as Philippine President. He earlier declined an honorary degree from the University of the Philippines,…

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BEIJING: China on Monday sidestepped claims by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that it had threatened to go to war over the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Duterte, who met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing last week, said Friday the leaders had raised…

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SOME senators on Monday called on the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to temporarily suspend the enforcement of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act until its officials address the confusion among motorists. Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Services, said transport officials seemed to lack a clear…

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SEOUL: North Korea on Monday declared its medium-range Pukguksong-2 missile ready for deployment after a weekend test, the latest step in its quest to defy UN sanctions and develop a weapon capable of striking US targets. The state-run Korean Central News Agency said the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw Sunday’s…

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Officials of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Committee on Human Rights are in the country to check on the situation of Sen. Leila de Lima. The IPU delegation, led by its president Fawzia Koofi of Afghanistan, met with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd on Monday and thanked him for inviting them…

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Pilipinas Shell, Eastern Petroleum, Phoenix Petroleum, Seaoil, PTT Philippines and Flying V will increase the pump prices of diesel and gasoline by 60 centavos and 65 centavos per liter, respectively, on Tuesday, May 23. The price of kerosene will go up by 70 centavos per liter. All oil companies will…

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano wants to do away with the online application of passports and revert to the walk-in system wherein applicants need not set appointments before submitting their applications. Cayetano directed his subordinates to come up with a detailed plan on how to shift from the appointment…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces killed a suspected bomb maker of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) during a raid in his hideout at dawn on Monday in the restive Maguindanao province. Officials said Murad Ali, was slain in Datu Odin Sinsuat town after police commandos and Philippine Army soldiers stormed…

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: An alert security guard at the public market in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat foiled what could have been a disastrous and bloody Monday bombing incident. Senior Supt. Raul Supiter, Sultan Kudarat police provincial director, said the guard on duty noticed three men on board a motorcycle arrive at…

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