NDRRMC: No reported casualties from Egay yet, but damage worth millions

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said there has been zero reported casualties in the aftermath of the typhoon Egay. However, the agency was quick to add that it is still working with local government units for a more...

Aquino should not be crucified for Mamasapano incident – House allies

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III was a “victim,” too, in the Mamasapano debacle, according to his allies at the House of Representatives. Liberal Party (LP) lawmakers on Friday sought to paint a picture of a suffering Aquino, whose approval and trust ratings had...

OC Fil-Am Chamber, Tacloban execs, GMA Foundation in fundraiser

More than a year after Super Typhoon Yolanda unleashed her fury on residents of coastal towns along its path in the Visayan area of the Philippines, many victims still grapple with the reality of not being able to return to normal living. Dozens of countries and well-meaning...

Basilan solon urges peace amid calls for all-out war in Mindanao

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker from Mindanao renewed calls for peace amid certain sectors’ clamor for an all-out war following the bloody Mamasapano clash that left 44 PNP-Special Action Force personnel dead. Basilan Rep. Jim Hataman Saliman, chair of the House committee on peace,...

De Lima to NBI: Validate ‘Mamasapano aftermath’ video

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Cybercrime Division has been tasked to validate the authenticity of a 6-minute video clip, supposedly taken via cellular phone, of the aftermath of the January 25 deadly encounter between an elite police...

Purisima says it was advice, not order, he gave on Mamasapano operation

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Embattled former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima on Monday said it was advice, not order, he gave to the Special Action Force in connection with the January 25 Mamasapano operation that left 44 elite policemen dead. “During...

Tension high as MILF, BIFF add forces in Maguindanao town after clash

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) – Tension is still high in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao, with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters adding forces in the area. The groups deployed additional forces should the government launch a pursuit operation...

DOT’s Jimenez cites travel ban, Yolanda aftermath as challenges to 2014 tourism target

MANILA, Nov 13 (Mabuhay) – Travel ban on the Philippines imposed by other countries and the aftermath of killer Typhoon Yolanda are the biggest hurdles to achieving 6.8 million foreign tourist arrivals this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) chief told reporters late...

Filipino American Alliance celebrates 10 years of service

LONG BEACH, CA—On October 10 to 12, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), an alliance of thirty-one organizations throughout the United States, celebrated its more than 10 years of serving and protecting the Filipino community in the U.S. and around the world. In...

Good bilateral relations between PHL and Indonesia to continue: Aquino

BALI, Indonesia (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III has expressed confidence that the good relations between the Philippines and Indonesia will continue with the swearing-in of President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo this month. In an interview with the members of the...