Philippine News

No cover-up in probe of massacre case bribery – Palace

MANILA – Following reports on the alleged bribery of several prosecutors of the Maguindanao massacre case, the Palace assures the public that there will be no cover up in the investigation. The statement was released after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s made an order asking the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate the allegations. “Secretary …

Congress asked to redefine savings

MANILA – Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said the executive branch is urging the Congress to redefine savings to negate the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). “The Constitution mandates that the Congress define what savings is, not the Supreme Court,” he told the House Committee on Appropriations during the Development Budget …

Palace optimistic on timely passage of Bangsamoro bill

MANILA – Malacanang is still hopeful to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the first quarter of 2015 if not before the year ends. “We would certainly still hope for the best. Our understanding also from Senator Frank Drilon (is) that he was working on a timetable from, if not the end of December, …

Palace firm on moratorium on construction projects in West Philippine Sea

MANILA — The government will continue to push for a moratorium on any construction in disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea, despite China’s refusal to cooperate, a Palace official said Tuesday. “Ang ating posisyon dito ay malinaw. Unang-una, nais nating pairalin ang moratorium sa lahat ng lugar na sakop ng maritime entitlement claims; ikalawa, …

Government steps up efforts to improve agriculture sector, Palace says

MANILA — The government has stepped up its efforts to improve the plight of people in the agricultural sector, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said during Tuesday’s press briefing at the Palace. “Ang isinasagawang istratehiya ng pamahalaan ay mayroong spatial or area focus. Tinutukoy kung nasaan ang pinakamaraming mga mahihirap,” said …

Palace to Filipinos in Libya: ‘Value life over jobs’

MANILA — Malacanang has renewed its appeal to Filipino nationals in strife-torn Libya to heed the government’s call for immediate and mandatory evacuation. In a press briefing on Tuesday, Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Herminio Coloma Jr. said one can agree with the proposition that when lives at risk, one should value life and save …

DFA says court decision on 12 Chinese fishermen grounded on PHL laws

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the decision of the court to convict the 12 Chinese fishermen who were jailed for poaching in Philippine waters is based on national laws. In a statement, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said: “The verdict was based on applicable Philippine laws. And the place where these …

Miriam points finger at LTFRB for Metro’s miserable traffic situation

Though these days absent from many Senate sessions due to her battle with the Big “C,” Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is ever-present in championing the causes of the public; in this case, the Filipino commuters. On Monday, Santiago said that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is to blame for the congested state …

Military vehicles transporting brand new rifles fuel rumours of coup

  MANILA, Philippines – Rumours of a military coup flew last week, fueled by President Aquino’s slide in popularity ratings and the sight of several army vehicles making their way from the Metro’s South Harbour. The gossip turned out to be unfounded, and military officials clarified that trucks were, in fact, transporting new rifles to …

LP adopting Binay for 2016 race?

MANILA – Vice President Jejomar Binay said that he has received information that the Liberal Party (LP) is planning to adopt him in the 2016 Presidential race. Binay said that its either LP adopts him or that they coalesce with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). The statement was issued on the sidelines of the opening …