Aquino justifies DAP, says it netted a thousand jobs

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino managed to weave in justification for the discredited Disbursement Acceleration Program early into his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address on Monday. He also began his report to the nation with yet another swipe...

EU says PHL, PNG face import ban over illegal fishing

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The EU warned Tuesday the Philippines, one of the world’s largest fishing nations, and Papua New Guinea that they faced an import ban if they do not curb illegal fishing. The European Commission said it had failed to make progress in talks with both countries and...

Plebiscite for Charter Change can be held either 2015 or 2016 – Belmonte

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., said he is now looking on the possibility to incorporate plebiscite with the 2016 Presidential elections without violating any law instead of spending a separate election next year. Belmonte said that he is carefully studying to...

PHL no longer blacklisted

‘Hardwork’ pays off as more carriers poised to fly to US MANILA, April 10, 2014 (AFP) – The US Federal Aviation Administration has removed the Philippines from its air safety blacklist, Manila said Thursday, opening the door for its airlines to expand services to the United...

The Scarborough Shoal controversy: a personal connection

PART II The group forum centered on the discussion of  UNCLOS III’s convention on December 10, 1982. This marked the “culmination of 16 years of work involving participation by around160 countries, representing all regions of  the world, all legal and political systems and the...

PHL allows phone use on planes

Laptops, MP3s can now be used inflight – CAAP MANILA  (AFP) – The Philippines’ civil aviation authority said Tuesday it would allow passengers to use mobile phones and laptops to make calls and access the Internet during flights. Civil aviation director general William Hotchkiss...

EU pledges additional P1.2-B for Yolanda-torn areas

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The European Union has pledged Euro 20 million or roughly P1.2 billion in financial assistance for the relief and rehabilitation of Yolanda-devastated areas. In a speech, EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux said this will not be the last. “Further funding will be made...

PHL sees air safety rating upgrade from US FAA next week

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines may soon get to launch more flights to the United States, following an air safety rating upgrade from the US  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) expects to happen as early as next...

Aquino to keep ‘good news’ Thursday papers for posterity

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Aquino said he burned the midnight oil so to speak Wednesday night going over the details of the proposed 2014 national budget and the annexes of the government’s framework agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Aquino described...

Aquino cites efforts of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to improve Philippine air safety compliance

MANILA, July 11 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for its untiring efforts to improve the country’s compliance to international air safety levels which has resulted in the lifting of a European...