Indonesian kidnap victim found dead in Sulu — WestMinCom

MANILA, Oct 1 (Mabuhay) — Military personnel on Tuesday found a body in Patikul, Sulu which was identified to be one of the five Indonesians abducted in January,  the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) announced Wednesday. Lieutenant Colonel Ruben Guinolbay, the...

SWS: 62% Pinoys have little trust in China amid territorial row with PHL; net trust rating -45

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Three out of five Filipinos or 62 percent have little trust in China amid the territorial row between Manila and Beijing, according to a survey by Social Weather Stations. SWS said the survey conducted June 5 to 8 also found 17 percent of Filipinos have much...

Aquino inspects site of new Puerto Princesa Airport

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday inspected the area where the new P3.75-billion Puerto Princesa Airport is being built. Upon arriving here, the President proceeded to the open ramp at the earth mount barrier between the Western...

Gender storm as PHL call for sex test

By Talek Harris Singapore, Singapore (AFP) – A gender row hit the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Tuesday after the Philippines demanded that organisers carry out tests on a women’s volleyball player from Indonesia. A team official confirmed reports that the Philippines had asked...

Celia Veloso attends Mass in QC, reiterates appeal for public understanding

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Celia Veloso, mother of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipino death row inmate in Indonesia, attended Mass in Quezon City on Wednesday where she emotionally reiterated her appeal for understanding from netizens, who criticized her for her anti-government rant...

Mother belies govt role in Mary Jane Veloso reprieve

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Despite their family’s gratitude toward the outpouring of love and support for Mary Jane Veloso, her mother Celia Veloso on Friday aired her grievances towards the Aquino administration. In a press conference following their arrival from Indonesia,...

Better anti-trafficking laws, higher paying jobs to prevent another Mary Jane – senators

MANILA, May 1 (Mabuhay) – As the country celebrates Labor Day, at least two senators on Friday pushed for policies that they believe would prevent another Filipino migrant worker from being placed on another country’s death row like Mary Jane Veloso. Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong”...

Mary Jane Veloso brought back to Yogyakarta prison

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Filipina migrant worker Mary Jane Veloso has been taken away from the execution island in Indonesia after being granted reprieve by the Indonesian government, The Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday. The 30-year-old Veloso was spared from...

Chiz Escudero urges PHL to lead campaign against death penalty

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senator Francis Escudero on Wednesday said the Philippines should lead the campaign for the abolition of death penalty as a punishment even as the government exhausts all means to commute the sentence on Mary Jane Veloso. “Una, ituloy ang pagsulong...

Indonesia executes foreign drug convicts, defying global anger

Pinay mother spared at 11th hour By Nick Perry Cilacap, Indonesia (AFP) Tuesday 4/28/2015 – Indonesia executed seven foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad Wednesday, causing Canberra to withdraw its ambassador over the “cruel” punishment. Authorities put...