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Police have detained the captain and the entire crew of the capsized ferry M/B Kim Nirvana-B as the death toll soared to 54 yesterday.

Sen. Ralph Recto expressed concern over the report of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund that over seven million Filipinos do not have toilets in their homes and have to defecate just about anywhere.

Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, one of the frontrunners for PNP chief, asked the Court of Appeals on Thursday to stop the implementation of the ombudsman’s dismissal order against him and 10 other police officials.

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A plasticizer contaminant was found in samples of suspected synthetic rice obtained from Davao City, the National Food Authority (NFA) said yesterday.

Impeachment charges are being prepared against him, according to Vice President Jejomar Binay.

No one should doubt the United States’ commitment to the security of the Philippines, America’s top diplomat in Manila said Thursday night.

Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) maintained yesterday that the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) was not remiss in its job in the country’s latest sea tragedy that claimed over 50 lives.

The state weather bureau raised storm warning signals in six areas yesterday as Tropical Storm Egay gained strength as it moved closer to Northern Luzon.

A high level delegation of executive and legislative officials will represent Manila on July 7 to 13 when the international arbitral tribunal based in The Hague begins to deliberate on whether it has jurisdiction over the Philippine case contesting China’s expansive maritime claim.

With the Metro Rail Transit 3 breaking down regularly due to various glitches, the Office of the Ombudsman ordered yesterday the indictment for graft of former MRT 3 general manager Al Vitangcol III and five incorporators of the company that won a multimillion-dollar contract to maintain the rail service.

Members of President Aquino’s Cabinet who will run in the May 2016 national elections need not resign but should not utilize their offices for campaign purposes, a Palace spokesman warned yesterday.

China and France have expressed condolences over the sinking of the M/B Kim Nirvana near Ormoc port, Leyte last July 2.

The military released on Friday conflicting figures of the strength of the New People’s Army in the country after the media questioned why the number of rebels rose in the first quarter.