Chinese national gets double life for drug trafficking

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Paranaque City Regional Trial Court (RTC) sentenced a Chinese national of double life imprisonment almost three years after he was arrested for selling and possessing illegal drugs in the city. Benny Chua Ang was arrested on October 12, 2012 by the...

DOJ studying if forged signatures can spare some from ‘pork’ raps

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) is still studying if certain politicians whose signatures were supposedly forged in fund release documents should be included in the third batch of charges related to the alleged pork barrel scam. In an interview on...

PCG confirms standoff with Taiwanese Coast Guard near Batanes

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) confirmed on Wednesday that a standoff occurred on May 25 between its operatives and the Taiwanese Coast Guard near Batanes. In a statement, PCG spokesperson Cmdr. Armand Balilo said PCG-BFAR operatives were patroling the...

UN body urges PHL to tackle prison congestion

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A United Nations torture prevention body has called on the Philippine government to address the “chronic” congestion of detention facilities in the country and to finally enact this year a law that will safeguard the rights of prisoners. In a statement...

Qatar drops death penalty for Filipino ‘spy’

By David Harding Doha, Qatar (AFP)  – A death sentence handed to a Filipino in Qatar for spying was reduced on appeal by a Doha court on Sunday to life imprisonment. Two other sentences of life imprisonment against another pair of defendants, also from the Philippines, were...

Aquino lashes China: Respect our rights

TOKYO (Mabuhay) – President Aquino lashed back at the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and reminded China of the contents of an agreement that it entered into over the South China Sea. Asked about recent comments from China in a forum with the Japan National Press...

Aquino still mum on 2016 bet, won’t back Cha-cha

TOKYO (Mabuhay) – President Aquino still would not say if Interior Secretary Mar Roxas or someone else would be the one he would endorse as his preferred successor in the 2016 elections. Asked in a forum with the Japan National Press Club, Aquino said he would make his...

Tiangco apologizes ‘for having caused damage’ to Poe, Binay friendship

MANILA (Mabuhay) – United Nationalist Alliance interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco has apologized “for having caused damage” to the friendship of Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe and their families. Tiangco said: “I apologize for having caused damage to...

Abu Sayyaf beheads CAFGU member in Basilan attack

MANILA, June 6 (Mabuhay) – A member of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographic Unit was beheaded while another was wounded in an attack by the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan on Saturday. Police said the attack occurred at 5:40 a.m. in Barangay Mabolo in Maluso town. Initial police reports...

Ombudsman suspends BIR, BOC employees over unexplained wealth

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Two government employees were placed under preventive suspension by the Office of the Ombudsman over their alleged unexplained wealth and failure to declare real properties in their asset statements. The suspension stemmed from the cases filed by the...