Aquino gov’t ‘bigger disaster’ 2 years after ‘Yolanda’ – Anakbayan

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A militant group has slammed the administration of President Benigno Aquino III for supposedly being the “bigger disaster” two years after super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) pummeled the Visayas and claimed thousands of lives. In a...

LGUs leave disaster funds unused — COA

MANILA, May 21 (Mabuhay)– The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, but local government units (LGUs) tend to leave their calamity funds unused, a recent Commission on Audit (COA) report has revealed. COA’s assessment on Philippine disaster...

CBCP exec airs concern on link between climate change, poverty in PHL

MANILA (Mabuhay) – An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines this week aired concern over what he called the link between climate change and poverty in the Philippines. Caritas Philippines executive director Fr. Edu Gariguez told the Caritas...

Cardinal Tagle expects Pope to talk on poverty and inequality in PHL

MANILA, Jan 14 (Mabuhay) — Messages on the “daily disaster” of poverty and inequality will be among the things Filipinos await from Pope Francis during his five-day visit in the Philippines, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said Wednesday. In a...

Probe sought on gov’t shelter assistance for ‘Yolanda’ victims

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker is calling for a joint public hearing on the government’s housing assistance program for families affected by typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) in Cebu. Cebu Rep. Benhur L. Salimbangon said that to date, out of the eight municipalities...

President Aquino departs for South Korea to attend 25th ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III left Thursday morning for Busan, South Korea to attend the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit on December 11 to 12. In his pre-departure speech at the...

On Human Rights Day, group scores Aquino for continued failure to uphold rights

MANILA (Mabuhay) — On Human Rights Day Wednesday, a human rights group gave President Benigno Aquino III yet another failing grade for his leadership in human rights. The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) said the lack of a National Human Rights Action...

PHL bishops push zero tolerance vs. human trafficking

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Philippine Catholic bishops this week sought “zero tolerance” against human trafficking as they warned a failure to fight modern slavery could undermine the Church, a news site reported. Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines...

AFP has new spokesperson

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Col. Restituto Padilla Jr. will succeed Maj. Gen. Domingo Tutaan Jr., who will retire on Dec. 4 after holding the post since May 2013. Armed Forces of the Philippines A distinguished Philippine Air Force officer will be the Armed Forces of t...

5 Bohol quake victims to dine with Pope Francis

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Five survivors who suffered greatly from last year’s magnitude-7.2 quake that devastated Bohol province have been chosen to dine with Pope Francis when he visits the Philippines in January next year. The Tagbilaran Diocese said its exhaustive search...