Bongbong: Criticisms vs substitute BBL premature

MANILA, June 10 (Mabuhay) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. called objections to the substitute Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) premature. Marcos, chairman of the Senate’s local government committee, said the substitute bill just means there are plenty of amendments that must be made as...

Aquino wants update on how gov’t is helping WWII ‘comfort women’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III will seek an update on how the government is helping Filipinas who became victims of sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II. The government should continue ensuring the welfare of Filipino “comfort women,”...

Sotto, Chiz defend Grace Poe over residency issue

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Allies of the late Fernando Poe Jr. on Wednesday defended his daughter, Senator Grace Poe, who was accused of lacking the required residency to run for either President or Vice President in the 2016 elections. Acting Minority Leader Vicente Sotto III said that...

Ex-chief justice thinks BBL creates ‘no-win’ situation

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno believes the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is creating a no-win situation that will cause trouble in the country whether or not it is passed by Congress. Puno said there are only two likely scenarios that would happen with the...

Defense chief Gazmin says govt hoping for ‘very positive verdict’ on EDCA

FORT SAN FELIPE, Cavite City (Mabuhay) – Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin said they are hoping for “a very positive verdict” on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), especially in the light of the dispute with China over territories in the West Philippine Sea. In an...

12 senators sign Santiago report saying BBL draft is unconstitutional

MANILA (Mabuhay) – At least 12 senators have already signed the committee report drafted by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago stating that the Bangsamoro Basic Law should be substantially revised if it is to withstand legal scrutiny before the Supreme Court. With the signatures of...

Aquino checks preparations for class opening next week

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday checked preparations for the opening of classes in public schools next week. Aquino and Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro keenly inspected classrooms and learning materials for Grade 1 and 2 pupils of the...

Get Binay and Aquino, Abad, allies too – Bayan

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay should be prosecuted for plunder over allegations of amassing illegal wealth, but doing so “should not be used to cover-up the far bigger systemic corruption” perpetuated by the administration, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said...

Jinggoy asks SC: Exclude AMLC report in plunder trial

MANILA, May 15 (Mabuhay) – Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada has asked the Supreme Court to disallow as evidence an Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) Inquiry Report on his and his wife’s bank accounts and banking transactions from his plunder trial in connection with the “pork...

Trillanes asks SC to stop K-12 Program

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has asked the Supreme Court to stop the controversial K to 12 Program, created under Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 and which added two more years in high school. Trillanes filed his petition on...