Treason charges filed vs Aquino

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang is not concerned about the treason complaint filed by a former assemblyman against President Benigno Aquino III and several other officials over the government’s peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In a text message on...

Tension high as MILF, BIFF add forces in Maguindanao town after clash

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) – Tension is still high in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao, with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters adding forces in the area. The groups deployed additional forces should the government launch a pursuit operation...

Aquino, MILF chief Murad to meet before SONA to resolve issues on Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III is scheduled to meet with Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Murad Ebrahim this week before the chief executive delivers his State of the Nation Address on July 28. “If the meeting pushes through, it will give an opportunity to...

Bangsamoro draft law won’t be transmitted to Congress before SONA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law will not be submitted to Congress before President Benigno Aquino III’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) as earlier envisioned by Malacañang, the chief government peace negotiator said. In an interview with reporters...

Aquino, Muslim rebel chief hold surprise talks

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino held a surprise meeting in Japan with the country’s top Muslim rebel to address growing concerns over delays in implementing a peace deal, their aides said Thursday. The meeting took place Tuesday on the sidelines of a peace...

PNoy, Abe ‘likely’ to discuss China row

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino will visit Japan next week, with rows over China’s territorial ambitions likely on the agenda, his office said Wednesday. Aquino will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the one-day trip on June 24, in another move...

PHL, MILF rebels seal historic peace deal

By Karl Malakunas MANILA, March 27, 2014 (AFP) – The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines signed an historic pact Thursday to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland. Following four decades of fighting...