Japanese emperor, empress to visit Manila in January

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are scheduled to pay a state visit to the Philippines in January, Malacañang said on Friday. In a text message to Palace reporters, presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda said the state visit would be from...

Palace on Poe’s disqualification: Sobriety, respect for law must prevail

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Wednesday appealed for sobriety and respect for law among all concerned parties following a decision of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) Second Division to disqualify Sen ator Grace Poe from the 2016 presidential race. “We understand that...

Palace: Roxas’ cursing in 2008 different from Duterte’s expletive vs. Pope

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s expletive directed at Pope Francis is different from administration candidate Mar Roxas’ cursing in a 2008 anti-Charter change rally, a spokesperson for President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday. In an interview with...

Aquino forced to act on ‘laglag-bala’

President meets DOTC officials amid bullet in luggage allegations MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday morning met with officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) amid allegations of the “laglag-bala” extortion scheme. “The...

Proposed 2016 budget to be passed before year end, Drilon assures Palace

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Monday assured Malacañang that the chamber will pass the proposed P3-trillion 2016 national budget on schedule as it has done in the last five years. “The Senate will pass the 2016 budget on schedule, for the unimpeded and...

Malacañang: PHL to push arbitration of sea disputes regardless of China’s reaction

MANILA, Oct 31 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Saturday said the government will continue to pursue arbitration to resolve its dispute with China over the South China Sea. “Yes, we will continue to resort to arbitration. That is the most logical and the most… I suppose the...

Palace extends sympathies to Joker Arroyo’s family a week after death

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Monday expressed its condolences to the family of former Senator Joker Arroyo, who died in the United States last week after an unsuccessful heart operation. “The passing of Joker Arroyo closes a life and career spent in the midst of burning...

Palace slams Bongbong Marcos for ‘politicizing’ Mamasapano tragedy

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Wednesday slammed Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. for “politicizing” the Mamasapano tragedy amid the so-called alternative version on the January 25 incident. “Ano ba naman ‘to si Bongbong Marcos,...

Nancy Binay claims Malacañang behind BOC’s balikbayan box policy

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Senator Nancy Binay believes it was Malacañang that gave the instruction to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to implement the random inspection of balikbayan boxes. In a statement, Binay said Customs chief Alberto Lina may just be following the directive from...

Roxas warns public vs ways of ‘trapos’

CEBU CITY (Mabuhay) – Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II on Monday issued a warning against  “traditional politicians” who are wooing voters in campaigns but will “take advantage” of the people once they get elected. “Siga sila at maaari silang magpatuloy ng pananamantala...