Aquino praises Tolentino as ‘firm advocate of Daang Matuwid’

MANILA, Oct 7 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday personally confirmed the news that Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino has withdrawn from the senate slate of the ruling Liberal Party. “Today, MMDA Chairman Francis...

While still hoping for Poe, LP hunts for another VP for Roxas

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The search is on for Interior Secretary Mar Roxas’ running mate despite the President’s statement that the Liberal Party (LP) would not give up on Senator Grace Poe, a ranking party official said Wednesday. “Nag-uumpisa na kaming maghanap para sa ganoon ay...

US, Philippines hold talks on boosting military capacity: spokesman

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – America’s Pacific commander held talks with the Philippine military Wednesday on ways to strengthen US capacity in the region to deter conflict and maintain freedom of navigation, a Filipino spokesman said. Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US...

Ampatuan massacre trial hearings to finish by year-end: top judge

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Trial hearings of defendants accused of the massacre of 58 people in the Philippines will finish by the end of the year, the country’s chief justice vowed Thursday. Prosecution and defense lawyers will finish presenting evidence by the end of 2015,...

Philippines Haiyan rebuilding ‘inadequate’, says UN

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippines has not done enough to rebuild after Super Typhoon Haiyan, as thousands remain in shanties without power or water for nearly two years, a United Nations representative said Saturday. Many storm survivors in the central region have had to...

130,000 families still in makeshift tents in Tacloban

In November of 2013, a powerful typhoon devastated large sections of Eastern Visayas region, particularly the province of Leyte, killing an estimated 6000 people and washed away the homes of more than 200, 000 families. Despite a P75 billion fund approved last year by Congress...

PHL cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

Manila, Philippines – The Philippines on Sunday hailed  what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China’s claims to most of the South China Sea. The comments from a presidential spokesman came as the US Pacific Fleet released photographs of its...

PHL pushes for Japanese arms in face of China dispute

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – The Philippines said Thursday it wants to acquire defence equipment from Japan, as the two allies strengthen defense ties in the face of China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea. Manila was particularly keen on the P-3C Orion...

Decrepit PNR trains start issuing delay certificates

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – The Philippine capital’s decrepit train network will start issuing certificates of delay to tens of thousands who are late for work because of daily breakdowns, the government said Tuesday. With only seven trains for half a million passenger...

Victims of worst factory fire settle for $3,360

Manila, Philippines (AFP) Tuesday 6/23/2015 – Families of 57 of the dead in the Philippines’ worst factory fire have dropped their claims against the company in exchange for a 151,200-peso ($3,360) settlement, a company lawyer said Tuesday. Families of more of the  workers who...