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...

Poe urges DOJ: Expedite probe report on Mamasapano clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Amid differing findings by various bodies conducting probes into the Mamasapano incident, Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday  urged the Department of Justice to expedite the completion of its investigation report. “Given the differing findings of fact, it is...

Purisima admits he informed Aquino about Mamasapano incident, SAF casualties

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Resigned Police Director General Alan Purisima finally admitted during a Senate hearing on Monday that he was the one who informed President Benigno Aquino III of the Special Action Force (SAF) raid on Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last Jan. 25. During the last...

Chiz puzzled why MILF took seven hours to enforce ceasefire

Senator Chiz Escudero said he was puzzled why it took the Moro National Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) about six to seven hours to order its combatants to stop firing at the elite police force despite having knowledge that these were government troopers. Escudero raised this...

MILF urged to surrender Usman as an act of goodwill

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday urged the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leadership to surrender to authorities Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) commander Basit Usman and all those involved in the firefight with the Philippine...

Gov’t peace panel chair sees swift passage of draft Bangsamoro law

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, head of the government panel that talked peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), is confident that Congress will pass the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the soonest time possible. Ferrer said even before the...

Sen. Grace Poe seeks review of Mindanao dev’t program

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe wants to review the Philippine government’s development plan for the Mindanao region, particularly in conflict areas, to ensure its inclusion in the accelerated growth pursued by the country. “Mindanao is an important region in the country and...