Cagayan de Oro rep Rodriguez to run for mayor

MANILA, Oct 3 (Mabuhay) – Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez on Saturday declared that he will run for mayor in next year’s elections. Rodriguez announced his candidacy before members and supporters of the Centrist Democratic Party (CDC) at the covered court of...

Belmonte still sees passage of Bangsamoro law in September

MANILA, Aug 17 (Mabuhay) – House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. remains optimistic that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be passed by the House of Representatives on third and final reading before the end of September despite the quorum woes besetting the cham...

De Lima: No more ‘pork’ cases on DOJ’s table after filing of 3rd batch of raps

MANILA (Mabuhay) — There are no more cases related to the alleged misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund left on the Justice Departments’ table, Secretary Leila de Lima said Thursday. After filing the third batch of raps against nine former and current...

Honasan, Villanueva, 7 others face graft raps over ‘pork’ scam

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) – After several delays, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday formally filed the graft complaints against the third batch of incumbent and former government officials allegedly involved in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam. In separate...

Govt chief negotiator: Best to pass BBL as soon as possible

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Government chief peace negotiator Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on Tuesday reiterated that Bangsamoro Basic Law is best passed as soon as possible. Ferrer acknowledged that both houses of Congress have their own schedule. “Nasa initiative talaga ng Senate at...

3rd batch of pork scam cases, Malampaya fund mess not on DOJ’s priority list

MANILA (Mabuhay) – With only a little over a year before the Aquino administration ends, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Tuesday said the Department of Justice was busy squeezing in as many “urgent” cases to resolve as possible. And apparently, the third batch of cases on the...

Solons question competence of PNP execs in Monday’s BBL hearing

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Two lawmakers on Monday cast doubt on the competence of police officials who attended the day’s House hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law after one of them said the proposed legislation is silent on the relationship between the Philippine National Police chief...

Bangsamoro block grant not ‘pork,’ BBL panel chair clarifies

MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – What pork barrel? The chairman of the House ad hoc committee tackling the Bangsamoro Basic Law has disputed allegations that the block grant to be given annually to the Bangsamoro region is a form of pork barrel, and vowed to put safeguards in the bill...

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...

Atienza asks House leadership to temporarily defer all deliberations on proposed BBL

MANILA (Mabuhay) – BUHAY Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza on Thursday called on the House leadership to temporarily defer all deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in light of the killing of 44 policemen in clashes with elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front...