Palace pushes BBL anew after SWS survey on plight of Pinoy Muslims

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday made another pitch for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law in the wake of a new Social Weather Stations survey showing 43 percent of Filipinos do not see much “real” improvement in the situation of Muslims in the Philippines. Deputy...

SC junks plea vs. BBL, calls it premature

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking to declare as unconstitutional the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which is currently still being deliberated in Congress. In a full court session, the magistrates said the petition, filed by Rolando...

Group asks Supreme Court to void Bangsamoro deals

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) on Friday asked the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Areement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). In a 26-page petition, Philconsa,...

Senator pushes for amendment of BBL preamble to protect minority

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Teofisto Guingona III on Wednesday called for revisions in the preamble of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to ensure the protection of minority communities living in areas covered by the planned autonomous region. Guingona said there is a need to...

Divorce law won’t pass this Congress: lawmaker

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A party-list lawmaker pushing for the passage of a divorce bill in the House of Representatives is under no illusions that it will be passed in the 16th Congress. Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan said House Bill 4408 remains pending in the committee on the revision of...

MNLF chair not in favor of all-out war following Mamasapano clash

MANILA, Feb 2 (Mabuhay) – A Moro official on Monday chided those calling for the suspension of the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) following the January 25 encounter that resulted in the deaths of 44 elite policemen in...

Civilians killed in Mamasapano raid: mayor

Cotabato, Philippines | AFP |  – An eight-year-old girl and three men – one with his hands bound – were among those killed in a botched anti-terror police operation in the Philippines last weekend, a local official said Saturday. Mamasapano town mayor Benzar Ampatuan said...

Palace declares Oct 6 a regular holiday

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacanang on Tuesday declared October 6, Monday, a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifices. Eid’l Adha marks the end of the Hajj or the pilgrimage to Mecca. It is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam, the date of...

Aquino to turnover Bangsamoro bill to Congress on Wednesday

MANILA (Mabuhay) – After delays and controversies, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law will finally be submitted to Congress on Wednesday. President Benigno Aquino III confirmed that the bill was almost done and ready for filing at the House of Representatives and the Senate....

President Aquino declares observance of Eid’l Fitr on July 29 a regular holiday

MANILA, July 14 (Mabuhay) – In observance of this year’s Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadhan, President Benigno S. Aquino III declared July 29 (Tuesday) a regular holiday throughout the country. President Aquino signed Proclamation 826 last July 10 to bring the religious and...