Archbishop Cruz tells Duterte: File complaint on sexual abuse claims

MANILA (Mabuhay) – File a complaint. This was the reaction of Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz on claims by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that a priest sexually abused him when he was young. Cruz said that while he understands Duterte’s manner of speaking, for which the...

Papal visit forces SC to reset en banc session

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The just concluded apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines has forced Supreme Court magistrates to reschedule their weekly Tuesday collegial session to the following day. The SC Public Information Office said apart from the...

Aquino: Gov’t already working on Pope’s call vs. corruption, poverty

MANILA, Jan 19 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine government is already working on Pope Francis’ call against corruption and poverty even before the papal visit, President Benigno Aquino III said Monday. In an interview after the Pope’s departure from Pasay City, Aquino said...

Pinoys’ warmth, discipline made Pope Francis’ visit successful – Palace

MANILA, Jan 19 (Mabuhay) – For Malacañang, Pope Francis’ five-day state and apostolic visit to the Philippines was “successful” and “meaningful.” In a statement on Monday, presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda attributed the success of the papal visit to the discipline...

Palace fails to pardon inmates in time for papal visit

MANILA, Jan 19 (Mabuhay) – Pope Francis already left the Philippines on Monday, but Malacañang has yet to pardon sick and elderly inmates as the government earlier planned to do in time for the papal visit. Presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda did not give a...

Pope Francis ‘very, very happy’ with PHL visit, says Aquino

MANILA, Jan 19 (Mabuhay) – As he led the send-off for Pope Francis on Monday, President Benigno Aquino III said the pontiff told him he was “very, very happy” with the warmth and love he received throughout his five-day visit. Aquino said: “[Nagsabi siya tungkol sa] pagmamahal na...

Jamming mobile signals does the public more harm than good, says lawmaker

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) – A party-list representative has criticized the government for ordering telcos to turn off mobile coverage in conjunction with the papal visit, saying this is “deleterious to public safety” and “tramples on the people’s right to communicate with each...

Palace: No ‘epal’ during papal visit, please

MANILA, Jan 13 (Mabuhay) — Don’t use Pope Francis’ visit for self-promotion. This was Malacañang’s appeal on Tuesday to politicians and private firms planning to use the upcoming papal visit to get publicity and media mileage. At a press briefing, Communications Secretary...

Solon writes to Pope Francis, seeks agrarian reform support

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker has asked Pope Francis to express support for agrarian reform during the papal visit to the Philippines so that a bill extending its implementation will gain traction in the House of Representatives. Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, chairman of the House...

Rains threaten papal mass on storm-hit Leyte

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – The Philippines was watching nervously on Sunday as a tropical storm threatened a typhoon-prone central island that Pope Francis will visit this week on his tour of the fervently Catholic nation. The country’s weather bureau said a low-pressure area...