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  • Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time

    WASHINGTON -- Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Niño that's now gone. Two US agencies and international weather groups reported Wednesday that last year was the warmest on record. They measure global temperatures in slightly different ways, and came up with a range of increases, from minuscule to what top American climate scientists described as substantial.

  • Aguirre: Premature to put cop linked to Korean kidnap case under WPP

    Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is not yet inclined to place under the government's witness protection program the policeman implicated in the abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.

  • Hunt on for killers of gun-for-hire, companion

    CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar---The police are looking for two men who shot dead an alleged gun-for-hire, who had just been released from jail, and his companion inside a passenger bus in Tarangan town, Samar, Tuesday morning. Alex Regulacion, 41 and Jannel Belleza, both residents of Calbayog City, were inside Samar Bus Line bound for Catbalogan City when they were shot about 6:50 a.m. Regulacion was allegedly a gun-for-hire operating in Samar and was involved in several killings, said Chief Insp. Angelo Pueblos, Samar police intelligence chief. He said Regulacion was detained to face charges of homicide but was recently released after posting bail. Belleza was the brother of Ar...Keep on reading: Hunt on for killers of gun-for-hire, companion

  • Jee Ick Joo slay a good argument for death penalty, says Recto

    Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto on Thursday said the killing of kidnapped South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo could strengthen the argument for the reimposition of death penalty.

  • Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized

    HOUSTON -- Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, remain hospitalized in Houston, where he was in intensive care for pneumonia and she was being watched after complaining of fatigue and coughing. The 92-year-old former President went into the ICU on Wednesday and underwent a procedure "to protect and clear his airway that required sedation," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. Bush was stable and resting comfortably at Houston Methodist Hospital, McGrath said.

  • 2 police officers, 1 other charged for killing of Sokor businessman

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday approved the filing of kidnapping-for-ransom case against two senior police officers involved in the kidnapping and killing of South Korean national Jee Ick Joo. Senior Police Officer 3 (SPO3) Ricky Sta. Isabel, SPO4 Roy Villegas and Ramon Yalung will be charged with kidnapping-for-ransom with homicide. RAM RELATED STORIES Cop linked to abduction of Sokor businessman surrenders to NBI Is Sokor businessman victim of 'tokhang for ransom?'...Keep on reading: 2 police officers, 1 other charged for killing of Sokor businessman

  • China says Duterte to visit again as ties warm up

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China in May to attend a multilateral summit, China's foreign ministry said on Thursday, his second visit to China since taking office as he seeks to further distance himself from Washington.

  • Police search funeral home where body of abducted Korean was brought

    Armed with a search warrant, the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) on Wednesday went to Gream Funeral Services in Caloocan where the body of the abducted Korean national Jee Ick-Joo was allegedly brought. The police found no one when they arrived to serve the search warrant against the owner of the funeral home, Gerardo Gregorio Santiago, for violating the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions Act. PNP-AKG proceeded to search the place nonetheless, Radyo Inquirer reported. No firearm or ammunition was found, but the police recovered a set golf clubs. Jee's family confirmed that it belonged to the Korean businessman. ...Keep on reading: Police search funeral home where body of abducted Korean was brought

  • Sotto criticizes DOH on use of RH law budget

    Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III criticized the Department of Health (DOH) for supposedly using “most” of the Reproductive Health (RH) law budget for other purposes other than its implementation.

  • EXO’s Kai gets rebellious in ‘Killing School’

    Kai of idol group EXO will star in a new teenage drama, tentatively titled "Killing School", K-pop Herald reports. According to South Korean broadcasting station KBS, Kai will appear as 18-year-old Si-kyeong, a city boy forced to move to a school in the countryside. The TV drama will depict Si-kyeong's chaotic life as he tries to adapt to his new surroundings and a realization of the value of life through volunteering at a hospice, following his new school's policy. "The casting of Kai will trigger an explosion of interest from teenagers who are the main target audience," production company Ubiculture said. Aside from acting in various dramas, EXO members are also busy in doing c...Keep on reading: EXO’s Kai gets rebellious in ‘Killing School’

  • Rep. Nograles: Premature to name solons on ‘narco list’

    Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles on Thursday said revealing the names of the two congressmen who are allegedly included in President Rodrigo Duterte'a so-called "narco list" would be premature.

  • Calida: Duterte can use martial law only in ‘very extreme cases’

    What kind of scenario would allow President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law even if the Supreme Court is against it? One that involves drug lords and other groups working together to target him or the public, according to Solicitor General Jose Calida. "We are talking here about certain conditions that cannot be predicted," he said during a Palace briefing. "However, it must be very extreme. What if they will bomb Malacaang? Put bomb(s) in our malls. The drug lords will hire assassins to kill him. Some parties might be (in) cahoots in (this) plot," he explained. "There is a breakdown of law and order. Somebody should act," Ca...Keep on reading: Calida: Duterte can use martial law only in ‘very extreme cases’

  • 4 dead after pickup truck falls into ravine in Sarangani

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Four people were killed while another was injured after a pickup truck fell into a ravine in Malungon town, Sarangani Province late Wednesday night. The fatalities were identified as Euds Elie Lambre, Kenneth Ycay, Syan Griffeth Jaleco, and Peddy Cabahug, who were all residents of Barangay Malandag in Malungon. While the driver, Lendel Rey Palec, 19, sustained various injuries and undergoing treatment at the Soccsksargen County Hospital here.

  • Recto: Korean’s slay may be used to argue need for death penalty

    The policemen allegedly behind the abduction and murder of 53-year-old South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo may end up as "poster boys" for the proposed restoration of the death penalty, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said on Thursday. While he, "in principle," remained against the capital punishment, Recto conceded that "cruelty and impunity inflicted in crimes like the one that victimized the Korean is beginning to define what a super heinous crime that may be punishable by death is." The victim was reportedly taken by police at his home in his Angeles City in Pampanga province last October 18. He was killed even after his wife allegedly paid a P5-million ...Keep on reading: Recto: Korean’s slay may be used to argue need for death penalty

  • ‘Passing the buck’ a ‘novice’ reaction, Chiz tells Andanar

    Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Thursday advised Communications Secretary Martin Andanar to adopt the principle that the buck stops with him when it comes to explaining President Rodrigo Duterte’s “radical” statements.

  • Makati extends deadline of tax payments, filing of applications for renewal of permits

    The Makati City Council has passed an ordinance extending the deadline of payment of taxes and fees without penalties or surcharges up to January 31, 2017.

  • #SHORTS: 2,000 cops to secure Miss U candidates in Davao City; 32-year-old man shot dead in Mambaling, Cebu City; Zamboanga del Norte town under state of calamity

    SECURITY. At least 2,000 security personnel will be deployed to ensure the security of the 20 confirmed Miss Universe candidates who will arrive in the city Thursday, January 19, for their ancillary event.

  • Obama warns Trump in final press conference

    WASHINGTON: Barack Obama vowed to speak up if Donald Trump threatens core US values and reassured Americans “we’ll be okay” Wednesday, in a political swansong after eight years as president. During his final press conference and public appearance before Trump’s inauguration on Friday, the 55-year-old said he was stepping back but would return to the [...] The post Obama warns Trump in final press conference appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

  • North Korea may test-launch ICBM soon - media

    North Korea may be preparing to test-launch a new, upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korean media reported on Thursday, citing military sources.

  • Gordon rethinks position on death penalty 

    Senator Richard Gordon is rethinking his position on legislative proposals reimposing the death penalty, saying he is now “keeping an open mind” about it.

  • 3RD STRAIGHT YEAR | World temperatures hit new high in 2016

    World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, US government agencies said on Wednesday.

  • EU, UK take contrasting messages from May's Brexit speech

    LONDON — European Union leaders on Wednesday punctured U.K.

  • 2,261 drug suspects killed since July —PNP data

    A total of 2,261 drug personalities have been killed in the intensified anti-illegal drug operations of the Philippine National Police since July 2016.

  • Global coalition aims to outpace epidemics with new vaccines

    A global coalition of governments, health specialists and philanthropists will launch a new plan on Thursday to 'outsmart' future disease epidemics with a fund to prepare and create new vaccines.

  • South Korean court denies a request to arrest Samsung's de facto head

    SEOUL, South Korea — A Seoul court on Thursday denied a request to arrest one of South Korea's most powerful men, the heir to the Samsung Electronics juggern

  • Media girds for battle with Trump White House

    While many US presidents have had strained relations with the media, Trump has made maligning the press a core element of his message, foreshadowing a stormy relationship for the years to come.

  • So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump

    WASHINGTON — Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for

  • Gambia army chief says troops won’t fight intervention

    Gambia's army chief said Wednesday he would not order his men to fight other African troops if they enter Gambian territory, speaking as Senegalese and other troops massed on his nation's borders.

  • Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50

    GAO — A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on yesterday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100 s

  • Broken vows dim chances of extending unilateral ceasefire, forging bilateral ceasefire - Reds

    Communist rebels said several issues, including the continued detention of hundreds of political prisoners and the mounting toll of the war on drugs, have made the extension of their unilateral ceasefire 'untenable' and dimmed prospects for forging a bilateral ceasefire with government.

  • Turkish parliament resumes voting on Erdogan's powers

    ANKARA — Turkey's parliament on yesterday embarked on a second round of voting on a contentious package of constitutional amendments that would give Presiden

  • WATCH | 4 members of ‘Bundol Gang’ carnap group nabbed in Pasig

    The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) arrested four carnapping suspects Tuesday evening in Pasig City.

  • 46 'severely injured' people remain at Nigeria bombing scene

    LAGOS — At least 46 severely injured people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria's military says it mistakenly bombed, the International Committee for the R

  • Today’s Front Page January 19, 2017

    The post Today’s Front Page January 19, 2017 appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

  • China calls on US to bar Taiwan from Trump inauguration

    BEIJING — China has called on the US to bar a Taiwanese delegation from attending Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday the request had been passed to Trump's transition team and to the current administration of Barack Obama. Hua said China was firm in its opposition to "anyone from the Taiwan administration engaged in activities that interfere or undermine the China-US relationship in the US under any pretext."

  • CA clears Rex Gatchalian over Kentex fire

    MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals (CA) has cleared Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian of administrative charges for his alleged liability in the 2015 Kentex fire tragedy that killed 74 people. The CA's 15th Division granted Gatchalian's petition seeking to reverse the joint resolution issued by the Office of ...

  • Rolls Royce agrees to pay $808 million on bribery claims

    LONDON -- Jet engine maker Rolls Royce has agreed to pay 671 million pounds ($808 million) to settle bribery and corruption charges brought by authorities in Britain, the US and Brazil. UK High Court judge Brian Leveson approved a deferred prosecution agreement during a public hearing on Tuesday. The agreement follows a four year investigation, which will continue to look at the conduct of individuals.

  • House panel approves bill on emergency powers vs traffic

    MANILA, Phillippines – The House transportation committee approved the measure that would give emergency powers to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) chief to address the perennial urban traffic problem.  Voting unanimously, the committee members gave their nod to House Bill (HB) Number 4334 or the Traffic Crisis Act ...

  • 60-year-old gorilla, 1st to be born in a zoo, dies in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The world's first gorilla born in a zoo, a female named Colo who became the oldest known living gorilla in the US, has died at age 60, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Tuesday. Colo died in her sleep overnight, less than a month after her birthday, the zoo announced. She surpassed the usual life expectancy of captive gorillas by two decades.

  • Qualcomm sued for alleged monopolistic practices

    WASHINGTON, US – Mobile chip giant Qualcomm was hit Tuesday, Jan 17, with a US antitrust suit alleging it abused its dominant position in the market for processors used in cell phones and other devices. The US Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit in federal court in California claiming Qualcomm's ...

  • Miami beat Rockets, Raptors defeat Nets

    MIAMI -- Goran Dragic had 21 points and eight assists while Wayne Ellington scored 18 off the bench as the Miami Heat overcame another triple-double from James Harden to beat the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Tuesday night. Dion Waiters scored 17 and Tyler Johnson had 16 while James Johnson added 15 for the Heat. Hassan Whiteside finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

  • IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 candidates at Baguio parade

    MANILA, Philippines – After their swimsuit presentation in Cebu, some of the Miss Universe ladies headed to Baguio, where they greeted the residents with smiles and waves at a parade. (IN PHOTOS: Colorful floats at the Miss Universe 2016 Baguio parade ) The parade, which took place on Wednesday, January 18, featured 4 colorful floats covered in flowers. Three ...

  • Weather system weakens, but stay alert against landslides

    CEBU CITY -- The rains have stopped in Cebu, but upland communities and other areas highly susceptible to landslides should continue to stay alert because the ground is saturated and could shift anytime, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) warned on Wednesday, January 18. Local government units (LGUs) down to the barangays are strongly urged to consult the 1:10,000 geohazard maps provided by the MGB and implement preemptive evacuation, especially during torrential rains.

  • IN PHOTOS: Colorful floats at the Miss Universe 2016 Baguio parade

    MANILA, Philippines – Some of the ladies of the Miss Universe 2016 pageant headed to Baguio on Wednesday, January 18, to see what the City of Pines had to offer. One of the big events lined up for the day was a parade, which began at Upper Session Road. Baguio residents began ...

  • US Supreme Court hears case over deportations

    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration tried to persuade the Supreme Court Tuesday to retain a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes. If the justices agree, the outcome could help the incoming Trump administration fulfill its pledge to step up the deportation of immigrants who are convicted of crimes.

  • Pimentel appeals for aid for hometown Cagayan de Oro

    MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III appealed to the government and the public for “immediate aid” for flood victims in his hometown, Cagayan de Oro. While Pimentel lauded the “swift, decisive, government response” that saved lives, he said there were still displaced evacuees in need of help. “On behalf ...

  • #SHORTS: 7 dead in VisMin due to floods, landslides; Heavy rains trigger landslide, flooding in Eastern Visayas; Cebu City declares state of calamity

    FLOODS. Seven persons died as floods and landslides spawned by a low pressure area and the tail-end of a cold front hit parts of the Visayas and Mindanao Monday.

  • [WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Jess Connelly & Lustbass

    MANILA, Philippines – Jess Connelly and Lustbass are coming to Rappler to perform a few songs for Live Jam! Jess has collaborated with producer Lustbass (aka Allan Malabanan) before, on the track "Radar/2am," and now they're set to play at Wonderfruit 2017 in Thailand in Feburary. {source}<iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" ...

  • 6-time champions Djokovic, Williams open with wins

    MELBOURNE, Australia -- There was no easing into a title defense for Novak Djokovic, starting his Australian Open against the man who upset Rafael Nadal here last year in the first round. He lifted when he most needed to Tuesday night, holding off Fernando Verdasco in a 71-minute, momentum-swinging second set before winning 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2. There were glares, stares and frustrated outbursts from both players who met in a tense semifinal earlier this month in Doha, where Djokovic won after saving five match points.

  • China's sea militarization 'very troubling' – PH defense chief

    MANILA, Philippines – China's militarization of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is "very troubling" and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines' defense secretary said on Tuesday, January 17. President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to improve his nation's relations with China by adopting a non-confrontational approach over their competing ...

  • #SHORTS: 7 dead in VisMin due to floods, landslides; Heavy rains trigger landslide, flooding in Eastern Visayas; Death toll in Cagayan de Oro flood rises to 4

    DIED. Seven persons died as floods and landslides spawned by a low pressure area (LPA) and the tail-end of a cold front hit parts of the Visayas and Mindanao Monday.

  • Pacquiao defends death penalty: Even Jesus was sentenced to death

    MANILA, Philippines – "Even Jesus Christ was sentenced to death by the government." Senator Manny Pacquiao said this on Tuesday, January 17, as he strongly defended the need to reimpose the death penalty for drug cases. The athlete-turned-pastor said both the Bible and the Constitution allow capital punishment, with the latter ...

  • Flight 370 victims' families angry, resigned as search ends

    BEIJING — K.S. Narendran never boards a flight without feeling terror. And he doesn't expect that to change without answers to what happened to the plane carrying his wife three years ago. His wife, Chandrika Sharma, was one of the 239 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean after veering far off course on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. After a fruitless search, the governments of Australia, China and Malaysia announced Tuesday that they were suspending their efforts.

  • Movie producer Donna Villa dies

    MANILA, Philippines – Movie producer Donna Villa died of cancer on Tuesday, January 17. She was 57 years old. According to a report from Pep, Donna, who heads Golden Lion Films with husband director Carlo J Caparas, died at the UST hospital.  No other details have been announced, but actresses ...

  • Istanbul gunman captured after more than 2 weeks on run

    ISTANBUL -- Turkish police captured late Monday, January 17, the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul. Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said the suspect is an Uzbekistan National who trained in Afghanistan. He is believed to have entered Turkey in January 2016. Sahin identified him as Abdulkadir Masharipov, saying he was born in 1983 without giving an exact birthday. Turkish media are reporting the suspect's first name as Abdulgadir.

  • CA paves way for hearings on $1.9-B award to Martial Law victims

    MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals has paved the way for hearings on the petition to enforce the $1.9-billion award to human rights victims of the Marcos regime granted by a US court in 1995. The CA's Special 13th Division dismissed the motion of the Marcos family to seek ...


Phivolcs warns vs lahar flow around Bulusan, Mayon

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Residents and trekkers have been warned against entering the permanent danger zones on Bulusan and Mayon volcanoes due t ...


Durant dazzles against former OKC team once more

OAKLAND, California---Kevin Durant dazzled against his old team once again with a season-best 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat Oklahoma City 121-10 ...

Rose fuels slumping Knicks to win over Celtics

Derrick Rose scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter on Wednesday as the New York Knicks pulled away for a 117-106 victory over the Celtics in Boston.


Fanmade playable Resident Evil 3.5 Demo out

A fan by the name of ShiguWorks went through the impressive task of actually rebuilding sections of the E3 2003 demo of RE4.

Dragonica Mobile relaunched in Southeast Asia

“Dragonica Mobile,” an MMORPG for iOS and Android devices, has just been relaunched in Southeast Asia.


Exports can withstand EU GSP+ loss

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine exports should be able to endure the impact of the country possibly losing its Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+)

Foreign banks expanding

LESS than three years after the passing of Republic Act 10641 that has liberalized the Philippine banking sector, industry players see more foreign banks expand ...


Asthma may be misdiagnosed in many adults

As many as one in three adults diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the chronic lung disorder, a Canadian study suggests.


Flo Rida to perform in 65th Miss Universe coronation ni ...

MANILA, Philippines – The Miss Universe Organization early Thursday announced that American rapper Flo Rida will perform at the 65th Miss Universe coronation

Flo Rida to perform at Miss Universe coronation

American rapper Flo Rida will be performing at the coronation night of the 65th Miss Universe pageant on January 30.