Solon wants artists recognized as professionals

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Artists, such as those engaged in visual and performing arts, may soon enjoy the same benefits being enjoyed by regular workers in the country should a bill filed by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. becomes a law. House Bill 6068 seeks the recognition of...

Real estate magnate Villar, other trapos want Duterte to run

The presidential candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appears to be gaining ground as support from people from all sectors of society, as well as from disgruntled political leaders, continue to swell everyday. A few days ago, the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the Partido...

Filipino gays find sanctuary in Catholic stronghold

By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines (AFP) – A gospel serenade of deep baritones echoed through a dim alley in one of Manila’s red light districts on a humid Sunday evening – the joyful sounds emanating from a rare religious outpost for gay Filipinos. In the small room, where a...

Most private, govt offices still won’t hire PWDs — lawmaker

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Most offices in the public and the private sectors have continued to shy away from hiring persons with disabilities despite a law requiring that one percent of all positions be reserved for them, a lawmaker said. DIWA party-list Representative Emmeline Y....

Run, Duterte, run

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is a good alternative candidate for the 2016 presidential election. If ever he decides to join the presidential derby, he has a good chance of winning it. This will be the first time in Philippine history that a politician coming from Mindanao...

Better anti-trafficking laws, higher paying jobs to prevent another Mary Jane – senators

MANILA, May 1 (Mabuhay) – As the country celebrates Labor Day, at least two senators on Friday pushed for policies that they believe would prevent another Filipino migrant worker from being placed on another country’s death row like Mary Jane Veloso. Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong”...

Stiffer penalties for obstruction of justice sought

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker has moved to update another antiquated law penalizing persons obstructing the apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders. Rep. Fernando V. Gonzalez (3rd District, Albay) made the move contained in HB 5521 which amends Presidential Decree No....

MILF leader: ‘Not logical’ to delay Bangsamoro process after Maguindanao clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A top leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said it is “not logical to delay” the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BLL), despite the firefight between their group and elite police officers in Maguindanao province on Sunday. In an interview,...

Atienza defends Pope’s ‘rabbits’ statement

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A pro-life lawmaker on Wednesday said he does not believe that the Pope’s statement that good Catholics should “not breed like rabbits” means that the pontiff backs the use of artificial contraceptives. Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said he will not...

Pinoys’ warmth, discipline made Pope Francis’ visit successful – Palace

MANILA, Jan 19 (Mabuhay) – For Malacañang, Pope Francis’ five-day state and apostolic visit to the Philippines was “successful” and “meaningful.” In a statement on Monday, presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda attributed the success of the papal visit to the discipline...