DFA clarifies ‘moratorium’ on Mary Jane execution

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday clarified reports on the supposed moratorium on the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina convicted in Indonesia for drug smuggling. DFA spokesperson Charles Jose, citing Philippine officials in Jakarta,...

PHL vows ‘higher’ APEC summit

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines Saturday vowed “higher security” for world leaders at an economic summit in Manila next week after a series of bombings and shootings left more than 120 dead in Paris. US President Barack Obama is set to join the leaders of China, Japan,...

DFA: No reports yet of Pinoys hurt in Paris attacks

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday said it has not yet received reports of Filipinos affected in the terrorist attacks that rocked busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at locations around Paris, France. DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary...

PHL backs US plan to sail anew near artificial islands claimed by China

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippines backed a new plan by the United States to send more warships to sail close to China’s artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, saying its ally’s move is consistent with international law. Washington’s freedom of navigation...

Pinay in terror plot in Saudi Arabia?

PHL ready to provide legal aid if arrested woman in was confirmed Pinay MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) – The Philippines is ready to provide legal assistance if ever the woman arrested in Saudi Arabia over alleged involvement in a terrorist plot turned out to be a Filipina as reported,...

Palace, DFA checking if missing Bahamas cargo ship has Pinoy crew members

MANILA, Oct 3 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang and the Department of Foreign Affairs are verifying if there were Filipinos among the crew members of a cargo ship that went missing off the Bahamas as Hurricane Joaquin barreled through the island chain on Friday (US time). In an interview on...

PHL has ‘Plan B’ in case tribunal won’t hear case vs China

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines has a “plan B” in case a United Nations arbitral tribunal will decide it does not have jurisdiction over the Philippines’ case to protect its sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). “We have a plan B, but we can’t...

PHL expects to win UN South China Sea case

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – The Philippines expects a United Nations tribunal to rule in its favor in an increasingly fraught dispute with China over territories in the South China Sea, a presidential spokeswoman said Saturday. Manila will argue its position against Beijing’s...

Gov’t prepares to discuss details of PHL-Japan VFA – DFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The government is preparing to discuss details on the proposed Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and Japan, amid China’s aggressive reclamation works in disputed areas in the South China Sea. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson...

Military honors given to PHL envoy killed in Pakistan chopper crash

MANILA, May 13 (Mabuhay) — Military honors were accorded to the late Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan Domingo Lucenario Jr. on Wednesday upon the arrival of his remains at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. The plane bearing his remains arrived at half past seven in the...