US releases $15-M arms aid to PHL

Restrictions on military assistance caused by human rights concerns lifted Manila, Philippines | AFP | – The United States has lifted restrictions on a small portion of its military assistance to the Philippines that was withheld over human rights concerns, the foreign minister...

Jews, Muslims, Christians tackle ‘Charlie’, religious violence at Davos

By Richard Carter Davos, Switzerland | AFP |  – What do a rabbi, an archbishop, a top Islamic academic and former British prime minister Tony Blair have in common? Quite a lot, it turned out, at an unusual panel on religion at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, where...

SK reform bill bars kids of village execs; other officials’ children still being discussed – Bam

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) – Children of all elected barangay officials will be barred from running for the Sangguniang Kabataan if the reform bill pending in Congress becomes law, Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said on Wednesday. Asked if the children of other local...

Australia backs GPH-MILF peace deal despite deadly Mamasapano clash

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) – Australia’s envoy to Manila has expressed strong support to a new Philippine peace agreement between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) following a clash involving the insurgents that killed 44 police anti-terror operatives. After...

Gov’t chief negotiator: Mamasapano clash should be last ugly turn on road to peace

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The bloody clash that killed 44 Special Action Force police personnel in Mamasapano in Maguindanao last Jan. 25 should be the last ugly turn on the road to peace, government peace negotiators said Saturday. Chief government negotiator Miriam Ferrer said this at...

CBCP official calls Aquino liar

Priest says President lied in telling Pope of church’s silence under Arroyo MANILA (Mabuhay) – A Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines official over the weekend called President Benigno Aquino III a liar for claiming before Pope Francis last week that the Catholic...

Palace: Status quo in Mindanao not acceptable

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) — The failure to establish a new Bangsamoro political entity that will change the status quo in Mindanao will not be an acceptable scenario for Malacañang. Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. stressed this as he...

Palace open to proposals that FOI Bill to include full disclosure of official’s earnings

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) —  Malacanang said on Tuesday that it is open to proposals that the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill that is currently undergoing deliberations in Congress will include an amendment that will require government officials to disclose all their...

Partylist solon lauds GRP-MILF peace pact, says lawmakers ready to tackle Bangsamoro law

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) — A partylist lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Tuesday lauded the conclusion of the negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, saying the move “is a crucial first step” towards the...

PDEA reveals new trends in manufacture of illegal drugs

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Tuesday revealed new trends being used by big-time peddlers of illegal drug in manufacturing prohibited substances. Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., PDEA Director General, said that anti-drug...
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