Duterte ‘undecided’ on VFA fate, seeks public opinion

MANILA. Feb 25 (Mabuhay) — “Undecided” on the fate of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States (US), President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants public input on the controversial defense deal. In a public address delivered Wednesday...

AFP to abide by Duterte’s final guidance on VFA

MANILA, Nov 6 (Mabuhay) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday said it would follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s final guidance on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). “We will abide fully by the final guidance of the President as regards the...

Duterte not in a hurry to abrogate VFA — Palace

MANILA, Nov 4 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte is in “no immediate rush” to abrogate the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte may postpone for another six...

Lawyer: Comelec likely to stick to ruling on Poe’s DQ case

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Commissioners from the three-member Second Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) would most likely stick to its decision disqualifying Sen. Grace Poe from the 2016 presidential race for her failure to meet the residency requirement. High-profile...

Wait for SC’s final say on Grace Poe, says her lawyer

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The legal counsel of Senator Grace Poe on Thursday reiterated that the Supreme Court has the final say on whether the presidential aspirant is a natural-born Filipino. Asked for comment on Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s remark that Poe is not a natural-born...

Carpio: SET justices to inhibit on DQ case vs Poe in Supreme Court

MANILA (Mbuhay) – Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said he and the two other justices who voted at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to disqualify Senator Grace Poe as senator will inhibit when the case is brought to the Supreme Court (SC). The other justices who voted...

VP Binay scores in 23-year-old case vs. ex-Makati vice mayor Brillante

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Court of Appeals has dismissed a petition filed by a former Makati vice mayor in relation to the libel complaint filed against him by Vice President Jejomar Binay more than 20 years ago. In a ruling penned by Associate Justice Pedro Corales, the CA...

SC may be Poe’s saving grace: Chiz

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice presidential candidate and Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero yesterday expressed optimism that the Supreme Court would rule timely and in favor of presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares should the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) ruling on the...

Gigi Reyes wants sequential list of prosecution witnesses

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes is asking the Sandiganbayan to direct the Office of the Special Prosecutor to submit the sequential list of the prosecution witnesses on or before the end of November. Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, along with Janet Lim-Napoles, Ronald...

Obama: We have ‘rock solid commitment’ to PHL defense

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the US government has a “rock solid commitment to the defense of the Philippines” as the validity of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) hangs before the Supreme Court (SC). Obama faced the media after a...