Aquino: BBL will prevent extremism in PHL

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III said that the passing of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will likely prevent the growth of extremism in the country, a threat that has become imminent following the increase in local bandit groups pledging support for ISIS. In a...

Sandiganbayan suspends lawmaker, 3 other local officials

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has ordered the suspension of an incumbent lawmaker in Mindanao and three other local government officials over various cases of graft, including alleged overpricing in the purchase of supplies. Ordered suspended over...

Philippine Army denies existence of ‘hit list’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine Army on Saturday denied that the military has a “hit list” of 70 activists in Mindanao and leaders of progressive groups. “There is no such thing as hit list in the AFP. Everybody knows that only the New People’s Army is making a hit list,” said...

Anakbayan blasts Aquino’s response to Lumad killings

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The leader of youth activist group Anakbayan slammed President Benigno Aquino III for his response to allegations that military and paramilitary groups are killing indigenous peoples in Mindanao. Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan, said the...

Benefit Galas to kick off Philippine Gold exhibit in NY

WASHINGTON, DC – An exhibit featuring spectacular works of pre-colonial Philippine gold will be on display in New York City, with two benefit gala dinners kicking off the event. Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms will showcase over a hundred gold objects from the...

PNoy expresses hope for lasting peace in Mindanao

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Friday expressed hope for lasting peace in Mindanao as the country observes Eid’l Fitr, the culmination of the Holy Month of Ramadan. In his message, Aquino noted that the celebration of Eid’l Fitr this year “comes at a...

Bishop to Aquino: Consider letting Congress in next admin tackle BBL passage

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III may have to consider letting the next administration push for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress, a Catholic bishop said Friday. Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo said it is better to...

Aussie wins ‘tougher’ Sarbay Fest triathlon

GUMASA, Sarangani  – The 2nd SarBay Swim-Bike-Run for the Environment triathlon tested the gears and grits of every participant as the course was designed to be more challenging this year. Early morning on May 16, 65 triathletes answered the gun start at the white sand shore of...

Lobregat: No to Bangsamoro chief police control

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The provision in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) granting the Bangsamoro chief minister operational control and supervision over the region’s police must be removed, a lawmaker said. Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat said putting the control of the police at...

Mindanao may have to wait until early June for rain – PAGASA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Parched parts of the country including Mindanao may have to wait until late May or early June for rain, state weather agency PAGASA said. PAGASA forecaster Alvin Pura said there may be localized thunderstorms but these may be few and far between. “Inaasahan sa...