Philippine News

We’re not abandoning BBL — Marcos

MANILA  -– Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on Monday downplayed speculation that he is abandoning the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) amid public clamor seeking justice for 44 fallen Special Action Force (SAF) commandos. ”We’re not abandoning our effort to pass the proposed BBL,” Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government, said in …

Malacanang tells public: Let the Board of Inquiry do its job

MANILA — A Palace official on Tuesday urged all sectors to give the Philippine National Police-formed Board of Inquiry the chance to freely conduct its investigation instead of casting doubts this early. In a briefing, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government is continuously doing what it can to get …

Palace not against creation of truth body to investigate the death of 44 SAF men — Coloma

MANILA – Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio ‘Sonny’ Coloma Jr. clarified on Sunday that Malacanang is not against the creation of a Truth Commission that will look into the bloody killing of 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces (PNP-SAF) members in Maguindanao last Jan. 25. ”It is not proper to say that …

BBL may need ‘constitutional surgery’

MANILA — A ‘constitutional surgery’ might be needed for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), according to legal experts during a Senate hearing last Monday. The said bill which seeks to create a “substate” in Mindanao may have to be re-checked, according to Merlin Magallona, former dean of the University of the Philippines College of …

Senate approves bill deferring SK elections

MANILA — The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading a House bill postponing the elections for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) from February 21 this year to the last Monday of October 2016. With 14-0 vote, the Senate approved House Bill No. 5209 which suggests that more time be allotted the SK restructuring …

Aquino remains committed as PHL’s Chief Executive

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III is not turning his back on his responsibilities just like the issue of the Mamasapano incident. This was stressed by President Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a briefing Tuesday. “Sa lahat naman po ng pagkakataon ay kinikilala ng Pangulo na siya ay Ama ng Bayan, …

DepEd assures scholarships for beneficiaries of slain SAF members

MANILA  — The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday assured government assistance like scholarship grants for beneficiaries of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) members killed during an anti-terrorist operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last week. During Monday’s flag raising ceremony, DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro led the nationwide observance of 44 seconds of silence in …

Metro Manila temperature dipped to 18’C Tuesday morning, lowest so far this year — PAGASA

MANILA — Residents in Metro Manila woke up shivering Tuesday morning as the temperature dropped to the lowest level so far this year due to the strong northeast monsoon which continues to affect most parts of Luzon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). In an interview, PAGASA weather observer Vivien …

SC rules with finality on DAP case

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) en banc on Tuesday ruled with finality on the case of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In the ruling, the SC partially granted the motion for reconsideration (MR) filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) by deleting a portion of its July 1, 2014 decision declaring …

MNLF pushes for immediate passage of BBL

MANILA – The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), a group that signed the 1976 Triple Agreement and the 1996 Peace Accord with Philippine government, is pushing for the immediate legislation of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Ambassador Datu Abdul Khayr D. Alonto, chairman of the MNLF central committee, expressed their support for BBL passage …

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