Aquino starts final SONA by enumerating alleged scams under Gloria Arroyo

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday started his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) by enumerating alleged scams under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “Noong mga panahong iyon, miski bata, natutunan na ang salitang scam,” Aquino...

PHL Catholic Church stands firm vs gay marriage

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – The leadership of the Philippines’ dominant Roman Catholic church stressed its opposition to legalizing gay marriage on Sunday despite last week’s landmark decision by the US Supreme Court. The Philippine government meanwhile affirmed that under its...

Aquino: I won’t let those against peace succeed

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he would not let those against the peace process succeed, a month after the deadly Mamasapano incident put peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in peril. “Kung magpapatalo sa mga...

Cardinal Tagle in Edsa rites: Find a neighbor, shun war

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle called on Filipinos to shun war and take the path to peace on Wednesday during the commemoration of the 29th EDSA People Power Anniversary. “The path of peace is to find a neighbor, a brother and a sister. When I don’t see...

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...

PNP: More ‘frivolous’ security checks before Pope’s Luneta Mass due to expected rains

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) — More “frivolous” security checks will be conducted at the Rizal Park on Sunday before Pope Francis’ Mass due to expected rains brought by Tropical Storm Amang, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Saturday. PNP’s Director for Operations...

Alleged scam mastermind Napoles wears Pope Francis shirt to bail hearing

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Though she will most likely not have a chance to meet Pope Francis, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles seemed to join in with Pinoys in welcoming the pontiff to the country. On Wednesday, Napoles, who is accused of conspiring with lawmakers...

Pope names 20 cardinals, many from developing world

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |  – Pope Francis on Sunday named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church’s support shifts from its traditional European stronghold. Fifteen of the new cardinals –...

INC’s 100th anniversary draws 2 million faithfuls

BOCAUE (AFP) – As many as two million people gathered in the Philippine capital on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of a powerful homegrown church, showcasing the conservative group’s discipline and influence. Some of the faithful waited overnight in the pouring Manila rain...

Five injured in attack on Philippine church

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – Five people were injured Sunday when motorcycle-riding men hurled a grenade into a church in the troubled southern Philippines in a city known for Muslim rebel activity, officials said. One of two men on the motorcycle threw the grenade into the Roman Catholic...