MILF vice chairman Ghazali Jaafar dies at 75

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice chairman Ghazali Jaafar died in a hospital in Davao City early Wednesday. The leader of the country’s one-time largest rebel group was 75. Jaafar passed away minutes after 1 a.m. after weeks at the hospital, his son Johari Abo described. Jaafar last year had an angioplasty and suffered complications in the abdomen thereafter, leading to recurrent check-ups and hospital confinement, attested by MILF chairman

Malacañang admits: Balutan resigned

Malacañang said former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan definitely resigned. Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Monday Balutan gave his resignation through a letter deferred to the Office of the President (OP). The spokesman cited Balutan’s “resigned out of delicadeza” over serious accusations of corruption in the charity agency. “The said written communication was, however, formally received by the OP only after the Palace has already

Sandiganbayan cancels Bong Revilla's graft trial due to Napoles conviction

Sandiganbayan voided on Thursday, the reopening of former Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.’s despite being acquitted of plunder last year, trial for 16 counts of graft over his alleged role in the pork barrel scam. The First Division of the anti-graft court rearranged the hearing on March 14 as they are yet to obtain a formal authority from the Supreme Court to conduct the proceedings at the Sandiganbayan premises. Revilla

Senate eyes emergency caucus on budget

Senate may partake on an emergency caucus if the bicameral conference committee report on the 2019 budget bill is proven to have been altered by the House of Representatives. Senate President Vicente Sotto III stated his awareness of supposed actions of House leaders and members to manipulate the 2019 budget report. “I will not sign anything that we did not approve,” Sotto replied. He was consulting with Senators Loren Legarda

'It would be an insult to his person': Duterte assures of Misuari's return to PH

Duterte has guaranteed the police and the military that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari will return to the Philippines. Duterte had revealed that he intervened to let Misuari fly abroad, despite the latter facing several charges in a speech at the PDP-Laban campaign rally in Bangued, Abra. He described Misuari as a revolutionary and that he will surely comeback. Further added that it would a great

Neri Colmenares, Leody de Guzman want Mining Act repealed

Leftist leader Neri Colmenares and labor leader Leody de Guzman, two senatorial hopefuls express their support for the repealing of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, stating it protects mining companies more than it does Philippine communities. They both took the stance in response to a query on Monday, March 4, during the #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum organized by a news media and the Ateneo School of Government. On how they

Enough evidence to prove Jinggoy committed plunder – Ombudsman

Jinggoy Estrada, former Senator of the Philippines was an “active participant” in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, state prosecutors held in a court pleading publicized on Monday. Estrada allegedly received P70.7 million in kickbacks by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC). A nine-page comment with a date mark of Feb. 27, the Ombudsman’s Office of the Special Prosecutor requested the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division to discard Estrada’s motion for leave to file

Narco-list release before polls up to Duterte: police chief

The succeeding release of further named politicians allegedly involved in illegal narcotics will be up to President Rodrigo Duterte. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Saturday said he will meet with police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency about broadcasting the narco-list before the local election campaign period that starts on March 30. PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde stated, “It will be up to the decision of the Commander-in-Chief. If he

UNICEF urges gov't to pass 'anti-palo' law

The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF on Friday admonished President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law that forbids beating children and other physical forms of punishment to discipline them as Malacañang on Thursday confirmed that Duterte rejected the measure. Malacanang stated that the President have confidence in parents can physically discipline their children at a “self-restrained” manner. The President also believes that corporal punishment remains as an “effective form of