Canada warns vs travel to ARMM, Davao after kidnappings

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Canada is calling on its citizens in the Philippines to “exercise a high degree of caution” following the abduction of three foreigners, including two Canadian tourists, on Samal Island in Davao del Norte. In an advisory, Canada advised...

Ampatuan massacre trial hearings to finish by year-end: top judge

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Trial hearings of defendants accused of the massacre of 58 people in the Philippines will finish by the end of the year, the country’s chief justice vowed Thursday. Prosecution and defense lawyers will finish presenting evidence by the end of 2015,...

Binay to voters: Take the money, but…

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Accept the money, but vote for your candidate. Vice President Jejomar Binay gave this advice to voters on Tuesday as he expressed fear that government resources might be used by his political opponents in the 2016 polls. Binay received a warm welcome in the...

Maguindanao Massacre widows ‘cannot forgive’ Ampatuan Sr.

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Widows of victims of the Philippines’ worst political massacre said Saturday that they could not forgive a powerful clan warlord who was one of the main suspects in the case, after he died in hospital. Andal Ampatuan Sr., patriarch of the powerful...

AFP: 3 soldiers hurt in Maguindanao IED blast

MANILA (Mabuhay) — At least three soldiers were wounded after an improvised explosive device exploded in Maguindanao Saturday morning, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said. In a tweet, AFP public affairs head Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said the incident occurred at about 9...

Iqbal alias, MILF ‘deception’ may affect peace pact – Marcos

MANILA, Apr 9 (Mabuhay) – The revelation of chief rebel negotiator Mohagher Iqbal that he used an alias raised many questions and could affect the peace agreement, said Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who accused the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of deceiving the...

‘Mission accomplished,’ Espina on SAF killing of Marwan

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos did not die in vain. Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina declared this on Monday after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officially confirmed the SAF had killed...

Miriam sees ‘truth distortion’ in MILF claim on Marwan, Usman location

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is not buying the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s claim that it was unaware of the presence of two suspected terrorists near its community in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. In a press conference on Wednesday, Santiago said the MILF’s...

Chiz slams Trillanes: Don’t sow conflict between AFP, PNP

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Francis Escudero sees no point in releasing the testimonies of military officials who claimed that some 120 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers did not help their comrades who were caught in a firefight with Muslim rebels after killing a terrorist in...

BIFF mortars, not AFP artillery, destroyed Maguindanao houses – military

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Mortar fire from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, not military artillery, destroyed houses in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town in Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Wednesday. Reacting to complaints by residents of Elian in Datu Saudi...