Militants belonging to Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and other groups stage a protest on Times Street in Quezon City, where President Aquino’s residence is located, on the eve of his final State of the Nation Address. More »


Aquino struggles with legacy as clout fades

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III addresses parliament for the last time on Monday, racing to secure fragile legacies of peace in the war-torn south and a stronger economy. Aquino will make

Aquino touts economic gains

MANILA – A stable economy with the highest GDP growth in 40 years and second best in Asia after China; a million jobs generated as of January further reducing unemployment, and reduced

Final Sona is story of governance, says Palace

MANILA — President Aquino will deliver Monday his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (Sona) before a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives at the Batasang

Aquino gets lackluster grade on dev’t goals

MANILA — In his fifth year in office, President Aquino performed below expectations, especially in areas of managing the economy, public finance, health and agriculture, according to a coalition of good governance

Extrajudicial killings: Culture of impunity remains

MANILA — Fernando Baldomero was taking his 12-year-old son to school when he was shot by two motorcycle-riding men in front of his house. The killing of Baldomero, an activist and a

Peace and justice: Many empty promises

MANILA — President Aquino has repeatedly promised justice and peace in all of his State of the Nation Addresses (Sonas), but many of them remain to be just like that—promises. There have

3 young girls found dead in Lipa apartment

BATANGAS CITY – Three young girls – two sisters and a cousin – who were home alone were found bludgeoned to death inside an apartment on San Nicolas Street, Barangay (village) Balintawak,

LP wooing Pacquiao to join 2016 Senate slate

MANILA — Sarangani Rep. and boxing icon Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao is being lured to be part of the ruling Liberal Party’s (LP) ‘Daang Matuwid’ banner in the forthcoming elections next year. Deputy

PH fishermen remove Chinese buoys

MANILA – Filipino fishermen found several buoys with Chinese markings near Panatag or Scarborough Shoal and towed them back to shore, officials said on Sunday. “Yes, there are buoys,” said Desiree Edora,

US, China trade barbs over disputed South China Sea

BEIJING – China’s Foreign Ministry said last Friday the United States was trying to influence a South China Sea arbitration case filed by the Philippines after a senior US official said China

INC marks 101st anniversary amid controversies

MANILA — The 2.25-million-strong Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) marks its 101st founding anniversary today with Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo (EVM) gathering his flock on Sunday at the Philippine Arena in

Makati protesters slam ‘bully’ China

MANILA — Hundreds of protesters trooped to the Chinese embassy in Makati City on Friday to slam the aggression of China in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Former representative

Missing INC minister freed by Cavite police

MANILA – An Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) minister, earlier reported to have been kidnapped, was released by the Dasmariñas, Cavite police yesterday. Lowell Menorca Jr., a volunteer minister of the INC in

Thousands seen to launch protests on Aquino’s final SONA

MANILA — A militant labor group expects President Benigno Aquino III will make no advantageous pronouncements to the interests and welfare of the Filipino workers but more antagonistic policies and programs on

Bishops not impressed with Aquino’s straight path policy

MANILA – Five years into President Aquino’s term, some Catholic bishops were not impressed with his daang matuwid or straight path policy, saying he failed to fulfill his promise to rid the

Aquino draws pre-sona flak

MANILA — As the country gets ready for President Benigno Aquino III’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA), opposition lawmakers, labor and activists lashed out at the administration’s failure to unite

Aquino to endorse Roxas on Monday?

MANILA – The ruling Liberal Party (LP) will have a big meeting on Monday at the historic Club Filipino, where President Aquino may anoint Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II

Rise in poverty belies administration claims – IBON

MANILA — The growing number of poor Filipinos debunks the Aquino administration’s claim that its strategy for fighting poverty works and should be continued by the succeeding administration, the research group IBON