Lawmaker to file same-sex marriage bill

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez said he will file a bill seeking to recognize same-sex marriages in the Philippines in the 17th Congress. For Gutierrez, the time has come for same-sex marriage to be discussed in the Philippines, especially in the...

3 gov’t troopers killed in Abu Sayyaf landmine attack

Manila, Philippines |  | Wednesday 3/4/2015 – Islamic extremists in the southern Philippines ambushed a military convoy Wednesday by planting a landmine that killed three soldiers, the latest outbreak of violence as the government cracks down on the militants. The military convoy...

Muslims in Marawi march against Charlie Hebdo

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – Around 1,500 people protested in one of the Philippines’ main Muslim-majority cities on Wednesday against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, police said. Local politicians, teenaged students and women...

Soldier killed, 3 hurt in rebel raids in Mindanao: Army

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – A soldier was killed and three others wounded when Muslim rebels simultaneously attacked military detachments in two southern Philippine provinces on Saturday, a military spokeswoman said. An hour-long gun battle broke out when separatist rebel...

Aquino, Muslim rebel chief hold surprise talks

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino held a surprise meeting in Japan with the country’s top Muslim rebel to address growing concerns over delays in implementing a peace deal, their aides said Thursday. The meeting took place Tuesday on the sidelines of a peace...

PHL receives draft law for Muslim self-rule

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Monday formally received a draft law representing a crucial step towards the creation of an autonomous area for the country’s Muslim minority, following a historic peace deal. Aquino received the Bangsamoro Basic Law from a...

Aquino apologizes over ‘world’s worst airport’

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino publicly apologized on Wednesday for failures in air conditioning at Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world’s worst. The fresh debacle at Terminal 1, used by foreign airlines, came as millions of...

PHL to build elephant monument from destroyed ivory

MANILA  (AFP) – The Philippines is to build an elephant monument from the ashes of seized tusks it destroyed in a landmark action against the ivory trade, an official said Thursday. The ash will be mixed with concrete to build a giant sculpture of a mother elephant protecting her...

Horror in PHL online child sex abuse village

By Jason Gutierrez IBABAO (AFP) – In a remote Philippine village, toddlers played oblivious at a nursery as the house next door became part of a horrifying child pornography ring, with live footage of children performing sex acts being streamed online to pedophiles around the...

Catholic Philippines postpones Earth Day

MANILA, April 20, 2011 (AFP) – Earth Day activities in the largely Catholic Philippines will be postponed until next week so they do not clash with Good Friday, the government said. President Benigno Aquino ordered all Earth Day events be held on Monday because most...
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