Give peace a chance: Negotiators

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | – Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators issued a joint plea Saturday for the country to stick to a historic peace accord that is now in peril after a deadly clash spurred calls for retribution against the guerrillas. Both sides...

We were all blessed, honored and enthralled by the Pope’s visit

Pinoys all over the country hailed “ Pope Francis, mahal na mahal namin kayo!” We all felt that we were blessed, honored and enthralled by the Pontiff’s visit. From day one of his four-day visit, Pope Francis graciously accepted true Pinoy hospitality, which we are known for. He...

Pope ends record-setting Asia tour

By Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday 1/19/2015 – Masses of cheering believers in the Philippines turned out to bid farewell to Pope Francis Monday,a fitting end to a week in Asia that saw him draw record crowds and campaign relentlessly for the...

Don’t insult other religions: Pope

But cleric says ‘To kill in the name of God is an absurdity’ By Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Pope Francis on Thursday condemned killing in God’s name but warned religion could not be insulted, weighing into a global debate on free speech...

Security ‘nightmare’ for Papal visit in PH

MANILA, Jan 14 (Mabuhay) — Philippine troops are facing a security “nightmare” during Pope Francis’s visit starting Thursday, with potential stampedes, Islamic militants and lone-wolf assailants all concerns. Nearly 40,000 soldiers and police are being...

Aquino picks QC judge as new CA justice

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino has appointed a Quezon City judge as the newest associate justice of the Court of Appeals to fill up the post vacated by Court of Appeals Associate Justice Amelita Tolentino. According to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes...

Pope to travel in ‘jeepney’ during PHL visit

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday – Pope Francis will travel in a different kind of “popemobile” during his visit to the Philippines later this week – an open “jeepney”, organisers said Monday. One of the three vehicles Francis will use for his five-day tour has been built like...

Aquino warns public of dangers during papal visit

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday  – President Benigno Aquino urged the Philippine people on Monday to be alert against panic, stampedes or any attempts to sow chaos during this week’s visit by Pope Francis. Aquino said the large number of people trying to see or get close to...

Soldier killed, 3 hurt in rebel raids in Mindanao: Army

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – A soldier was killed and three others wounded when Muslim rebels simultaneously attacked military detachments in two southern Philippine provinces on Saturday, a military spokeswoman said. An hour-long gun battle broke out when separatist rebel...

Prison sex assault of girl, 8, fuels anger in PHL

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – An eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a toilet at a notorious Philippine prison, officials said Saturday, fuelling a national uproar over revelations that its inmates were “living like kings” with stripper bars and jacuzzis. The girl, who...