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The Philippines, Indonesia and Japan will host the 2023 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup, Malacañang announced on Sunday. The three Asian countries edged out Argentina and Uruguay in the bidding for the major sports event. Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the country’s hosting of the international sports competition will…

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President Rodrigo Duterte is reviewing a bill proposing the removal of travel tax on international flights, according to an official of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza). “We presented it to the President… I think it is about time to do something about it,” Tieza General Manager and…

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THE COURT of Tax Appeals (CTA) has dismissed a tax evasion case filed against Jeane Napoles, daughter of Janet Lim-Napoles, for insufficiency of evidence. In a resolution released on December 6, the CTA granted Napoles’ demurrer to evidence on criminal cases nos. O-453. Napoles was accused of failing to file…

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CATARMAN, Northern Samar: A rise in HIV-AIDS cases in Eastern Visayas has alarmed the Department of Health (DoH) here, prompting it to issue a warning about the spike in Region 8. Roderick Boyd Cerro, a nurse, said five of the 127 HIV/AIDS cases reported in August alone this year led…

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) barred international human rights commissioners from visiting Sen. Leila de Lima on Sunday, International Human Rights Day. Based on the information provided by de Lima’s office, human rights commissioners Rosslyn Joy Noonan, director of New Zealand Center for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice and…

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MARAWI CITY: Camp Jabbal Nur is a stronghold of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), an hour’s drive from Marawi City in the highlands of Madalum, Lanao del Sur. Here, an MNLF combatant who calls himself Jun Ranaw explains how, in the rush towards rebuilding Marawi, the city has opened…

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Senators want an urgent, detailed briefing from the economic and defense clusters of the Duterte Cabinet to help them determine if there is really a need to extend martial law in Mindanao for one year. Sen. Winston Gatchalian on Saturday said his colleagues raised with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd…

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to ramp up the war on drugs by bringing the Philippine National Police (PNP) back to boost the lead efforts of the drug enforcement agency shows the seriousness of his intent to end the drug menace as he promised, a political analyst said. Ramon Casiple, executive…

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Pope Francis has appointed Dipolog bishop, Severo Caermare, to supervise the diocese of Iligan following the death of the city’s bishop, Elenito Galido. Bishop Caermare, 48, will serve as the apostolic administrator of the diocese of Iligan until the Pope names a new bishop. Bishop Galido died on Tuesday, December…

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Urban planner Architect Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr. on Friday affirmed the warning issued by President Rodrigo Duterte that Metro Manila will be a dead city in 25 years. “It’s happening now. In 1976, what we said then, Metro Plan Manila is one of the best metro plans in the world.…

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