Palace leaves fate of proposed death penalty revival to Congress

MANILA, Dec 23 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Tuesday said it would let Congress decide on the fate of the proposed reinstatement of the death penalty in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to restore the capital punishment in the Philippines but his plan would only be...

Covid-19, typhoons ‘sharpen’ need for federalism — Puno

MANILA, Nov 30 (Mabuhay) –Retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno has renewed his call for shift to a federal system of government, stressing that the distribution of powers and resources among regions would allow better distribution of assistance in areas severely affected by...

SC asked to declare P2.6-trillion 2015 national budget unconstitutional

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A former Iloilo congressman has once again asked the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional the P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget which was approved by President Benigno Aquino III earlier this week. In a 20-page amended petition, former Iloilo...

SC denies Laude plea to intervene in EDCA cases

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Supreme Court has denied a bid from the family of slain transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude to intervene in the pending cases against the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and the US. “We deny the Motion to...

Akbayan Rep. Bello files joint resolution seeking to terminate VFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello on Monday filed a joint resolution calling for the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, claiming the US is using the treaty to evade accountability for the crimes its soldiers are...

Akbayan wants inciting to sedition struck off penal code

MANILA (Mabuhay) – To strengthen the right to freedom of expression, lawmakers of Akabayan party-list have proposed the deletion of Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code, which penalizes inciting to sedition. “This is an outdated penal provision which was based on Article 292 of...

Drilon calls for LP meeting on Charter change, Aquino 2nd term

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday confirmed that he had endorsed a meeting among Liberal Party (LP) members to discuss the issue of Charter change. However, he said it would also tackle President Benigno Aquino III’s decision not to push through with...

Gov’t denies Moro peace deal nearing collapse

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) – Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer denied that the peace deal between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is nearing collapse. Coronel-Ferrer said it may be wrong to say the peace deal is nearing collapse even after the...

Palace: Govt prepared to defend EDCA from latest suit

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacañang said Saturday the government is prepared to defend the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), after a third suit questioning the controversial mutual defense pact was lodged before the Supreme Court Friday. While presidential spokesman...

Tanada, Saguisag: New bases agreement ‘lopsided’

Ex-senators ask SC to strike down EDCA MANILA (Mabuhay) – Two former senators who voted against the US bases in the country in the early 90s on Monday asked the Supreme Court to strike down the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the US. In...