Canada warns vs travel to ARMM, Davao after kidnappings

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Canada is calling on its citizens in the Philippines to “exercise a high degree of caution” following the abduction of three foreigners, including two Canadian tourists, on Samal Island in Davao del Norte. In an advisory, Canada advised...

Marcos fears Bangsamoro police will become private army

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jnr questioned Tuesday the chain of command of the Bangsamoro police force as the hearing on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law resumed today. According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the...

Drilon will consult Bongbong Marcos if there is a need to meet Aquino on BBL

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon said Tuesday he has yet to decide whether there is a need for President Benigno Aquino III to meet with senators regarding the Bangsamoro Basic Law. In a radio interview, Drilon said he will consult first with his colleagues,...

DOJ defends move to place Akmad Ampatuan under WPP

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) defended its move to place former Datu Salibo, Maguindanao Mayor Akmad Ampatuan under its custody by virtue of his Witness Protection Program (WPP) coverage. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said Akmad is a “key...

Treason charges filed vs Aquino

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang is not concerned about the treason complaint filed by a former assemblyman against President Benigno Aquino III and several other officials over the government’s peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In a text message on...

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,...

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,...

Espina to MILF: Lack of coordination not an excuse to kill my men

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Do not use lack of coordination as an excuse for the killing of the 44 police commandos. This was the strong message of Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which...

Tension eases at clash site in Mamapasano town – AFP

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Tension in Mamasapano town started to subside a day after a dawn to dusk firefight between the police and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Sunday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has said. “As of now there are no skirmishes happening in the...

Number of PNP officers killed in Maguindanao clash rises to 50

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The number of police officers killed in a clash against suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Maguindanao has risen to 50, a regional police official said Monday. Senior Superintendent Noel...