An effigy of President Duterte gets the finishing touches as militant workers prepare to hold a protest-rally on Monday July 24, 2017 when he goes to Congress to deliver his second State of the Nation Address. More »


Congress extends Mindanao martial law until Dec. 31

MANILA — Congress on Saturday voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2017. This was the result of the joint special session held in the House of Representatives, where both

Minority lawmakers to file SC petition vs martial law extension

MANILA — Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said on Sunday he and other minority lawmakers would file a petition against the extension of martial law in Mindanao, giving the Supreme Court (SC) a

Militants vow huge protests on Sona’s eve

MANILA — Unlike last year, leftist groups are set to mount huge protests as President Rodrigo Duterte goes to Congress for the annual State of the Nation Address  on Monday. “Tomorrow’s Sona

Robredo:  Listen to Marawi residents

MANILA — While she appreciated Congress for allowing a Maranao leader to air her concerns about martial law on Saturday, Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo stressed the need to listen to the

Maute Group leader seen alive, unhurt July 17

ILIGAN CITY — Abdullah Maute, one of the leaders of a homegrown terror group that had pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS), is still alive and unhurt despite the daily air and

US lawmakers slam Trump’s invitation to Duterte

MANILA — US congressmen have expressed opposition against the invitation of US President Donald Trump for President Duterte to the White House. During the US Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on

European solons concerned over EJKs

MANILA — After concluding a three-day visit, a European Parliament (EP) delegation “strongly” urged the Duterte administration to address “the recent deterioration of the human rights situation” in the country. Four legislators

PNP bars Liberal International president from seeing De Lima

MANILA – Police barred on Sunday an official of an international organization of liberal politicians from visiting detained Sen. Leila de Lima at the Philippine National Police (PNP) detention center in Camp

Aquino appeals indictment

MANILA — In appealing his indictment over the Mamasapano clash, former President Benigno Aquino III has invoked the Ombudsman’s alleged violation of his right to due process. In a motion for reconsideration

Sison to Duterte: Don’t use NPA to justify ML extension

MANILA — Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison struck back at the government on Thursday, saying President Duterte was “obsessed” with martial law and mass murder as ways of

Govt seeks arrest of NDF consultants

MANILA — The government will ask the courts to order the arrest and detention of National Democratic Front  leaders and members after President Rodrigo Duterte called off backchannel talks because of renewed

3 motions ask SC to reverse ruling affirming Duterte’s martial law

MANILA — The Supreme Court would reneged its constitutional mandate if it would take “hook, line and sinker” the factual basis used by President Rodrigo Duterte in issuing Proclamation 216 declaring martial law

Duterte-Joma Sison word war heats up

MANILA — President Duterte lashed at Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison for calling him a bully. “Correct ka diyan! 100 per cent,” Duterte said, in reply to

Duterte to Red consultants: Surrender or be hunted down

MANILA — President Duterte on Friday said he has abandoned talks with the communist rebels and ordered the arrest of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants. “Wala na. Ayoko na.

Reds defy Duterte, kill 7 in another attack

BACOLOD CITY—Seven people were killed as communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels staged more attacks in Negros Oriental province on Friday, a day after President Duterte said he had lost interest in

Reds twit Duterte on ‘bullying’

MANILA — Communist rebels taunted President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, urging him to “do his worst” amid the continued implementation of martial law in the country. Responding to Duterte’s vow of “bullying”

Duterte: Stop comparing me to Marcos

MANILA – Critics should stop comparing him to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos despite his determination to keep martial law in effect in Mindanao at least until the end of the year,

8 protesters in lightning rally at House face disturbance raps

MANILA — The Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office has recommended that charges be filed against the eight youth activists who held a lightning rally during the Congress joint session tackling the issue on

Duterte to US Congress: Clean your own backyard first

MANILA — President Duterte said the United States House of Representatives should start cleaning its own backyard first before looking into the affairs of other countries. This came after a bipartisan caucus

De Lima tags martial law extension ‘twisted plan’ with Congress as ‘pawn’

MANILA — Sen. Leila de Lima slammed the Duterte administration on Sunday for implementing “its twisted plan” to extend martial law in Mindanao, with the majority of Congress as its “pawn.” “The

Mindanao investments down 63% in 1st half

MANILA — Investments in Mindanao dropped by a hefty 63 percent in the first half of the year to P6.87 billion from P18.42 billion in the same period last year, but Trade