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October 11, 2018 4:12 AM Ex-Bangsamoro commission member first LP bet to file COC

LIVE: Former Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc filed her COC at the Comelec HQ today. Samira Ali Gutoc-Tomawis – women’s rights advocate and former member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) – is the first member of the opposition Liberal Party (LP) to file her candidacy for senator in the 2019 elections. Presenting documents 44

September 25, 2018 9:40 PM Probe shows 7 Tausug men civilians, not Sayyaf

DAVAO CITY — Seven Tausug men killed in what the military said was a clash between soldiers and terrorists were civilians, according to results of an investigation by two human rights commissions. The investigation results came as President Rodrigo Duterte gave medals to 17 Scout Rangers who were part of the group of soldiers being blamed for the Tausug 27

August 30, 2018 1:17 AM Lacson: On the Bombing Incident in Sultan Kudarat

It only suggests that neither martial law nor the Bangsamoro Organic Law could guarantee peace in Mindanao. Instead, it is my view that the National Security Council and our ground security forces should take a hard look at their security plans and strategy, especially in the South, and try to avert the vicious cycle of talking peace with one tribal 76

August 28, 2018 10:29 PM 1 killed, 36 hurt in IED explosion in Sultan Kudarat

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat – One was killed and 36 others were injured, two of them in serious condition, after an improvised bomb went off at 8:30 p.m. in front of J and H Marketing in Barangay Kalawag 3 here, police said. Supt. Aldrin Gonzales, spokesperson for police in the SOCCSKSARGEN region, said the IED was placed inside a motorbike that was parked 24

August 20, 2018 12:42 PM Legarda hopes BOL gives more meaning to Eid’l Adha celebration

Senator Loren Legarda on Monday said she is hopeful that the celebration of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice will be more meaningful for Filipino Muslims now that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has been signed into law. “With the Bangsamoro Organic Law, we look forward to better social and economic opportunities for Filipino Muslims. I hope that the objectives 19

August 16, 2018 11:57 AM EU allots 2-million-euro humanitarian aid for Mindanao

MANILA - The European Commission has allotted €2 million or P121.7 million in funds for victims of violence in the country's restive south. In a statement Thursday, the EU said the aid will provide food, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene assistance, and emergency education, and increased security of affected communities. "Hundreds of thousands have been forced 25

August 16, 2018 8:55 AM Philippines not yet ready for cash-based budget in 2019: analyst

MANILA - The Philippines is not yet ready to shift to a cash-based budget next year, a budget consultant said Thursday, a day after the House of Representatives decided to resume deliberations on the proposed appropriations following a compromise with the budget department. Under a cash-based budget, only projects that can be completed within one fiscal 23

August 16, 2018 4:39 AM Son of DILG chief abducted in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Six unidentified armed men abducted a 10-year old boy in Barangay San Raymundo, Jolo, Sulu at 7 a.m. on Thursday, August 16. The armed men aboard three motorcycles took the Grade 5 pupil of Notre Dame Jolo in Barangay Kasanyangan, Senior Supt. Pablo Labra, provincial police director, said. Dr. Raden Ikbala, a convener of the Bangsamoro 21

August 14, 2018 7:18 AM Drilon calls on Congress to resume budget delibs, prevent reenacted budget

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Tuesday called the suspension of budget deliberations and talks of a reenacted budget "foolish and counter-productive," saying it will only make the President appear weak for being unable to pass his own budget despite having a supermajority in Congress. Drilon said that the House of Representatives' plan to return 78

August 10, 2018 11:22 PM Gov’t, MILF prepare for disarmament of Moro rebels

KORONADAL CITY—The expected ratification in December of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will pave the way for the gradual decommissioning of the 30,000 combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), officials from the government and the rebel group said. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to determine the exact date of the referendum 26