President Détente said Congress must tackle federalism first before passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying only under a federal system can the constitutional questions on the BBL be resolved. More »


House, Senate leaders resolve Cha-cha impasse

MANILA — Leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives met Wednesday night and agreed to “momentarily set aside” their differences and determine what specific amendments or revisions in the 1987 Constitution

Duterte wants federalism ahead of BBL passage

DAVAO CITY — Which should come first – federalism or the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)? For President Duterte, only under a federal system can the constitutional questions on the BBL be resolved.

Duterte eliminates public bidding on big projects

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he wanted to eliminate the bidding process for public work projects because it has only caused delays in the completion of government projects

Duterte names 19 Charter reviewers

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed the members to the consultative committee to review the 1987 Constitution. Duterte signed on January 24 the appointment of 19 individuals as members of the

Duterte spurns EU invite

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte spurned an invitation by the European Union to attend the Asia-Europe meeting in Belgium later this year, calling the bloc “imperialist.” Mr. Duterte, who had thrown expletives

Duterte threatens to go after left-leaning organizations

DAVAO CITY – President Duterte on Saturday threatened to go after left-leaning organizations as he upped the ante against communist rebels. Speaking to reporters shortly after his arrival from India, Duterte reiterated

Communist leaders hunted

MANILA — Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon are now the subject of a manhunt after a Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) ordered their re-arrest following the

Trump plans to offer citizenship to 1.8 million illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump is ready to sign on to a plan that would open a path to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million “Dreamers,” who were brought illegally

Abra grenade blast kills 2, injures congressman, mayor

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Two police officers were killed when two grenades exploded during a fireworks display at a plaza in La Paz, Abra at dawn yesterday to mark the celebration of

Mocha Uson apologizes for Mayon location mistake

MANILA — “You are all so quick to judge.” This was the retort of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux “Mocha” Uson to her critics after she wrongly referred Mt. Mayon’s location

P382M aid gone amid strain in EU-PH relations

MANILA — The Philippine government has rejected a 6.1-million Euro (P382.8-million) project on trade assistance, EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen confirmed on Wednesday, months after President Duterte’s stance to reject all

Palace says no Filipino can afford research at PH Rise

MANILA — Filipinos do not have the ability or financial means to carry out the research in the Philippine Rise located off eastern Luzon. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued this statement on

Mocha Uson to return alumni award

MANILA — Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson said on Tuesday night that she intended to return the controversial alumni award granted to her by the University of Santo Tomas Alumni

AFP conducts air patrol over Scarborough Shoal

MANILA — The Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) conducted an air patrol over Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) on Tuesday in the wake of a tiff

Senators slam Speaker’s plan to convene Con Ass without Senate

MANILA — Senators slammed on Tuesday the position of key House of Representatives leaders that they could convene a constitutional assembly (Con Ass) to amend or revise the 1987 Constitution even without

Palace to VERA Files: Prove allegations on Duterte wealth

MANILA — Malacañang on Monday dismissed as rumor a VERA Files report that President Duterte and his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte had failed to fully disclose P100 million worth of

Lahar, floods threaten Albay as Mayon spews ash, lava

LEGAZPI CITY — Residents near the restive Mayon Volcano in Albay should brace for possible onslaught of lahar as occasional heavy rains loom over the Bicol Region due to a low-pressure area

Duterte jokes about ‘42 virgins’ to promote tourism

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte, who had been criticized for casually talking about rape, joked that he would like to lure tourists to the Philippines with virgins during his last day in

Duterte to Suu Kyi: Ignore human rights criticisms on Rohingya issue

NEW DELHI — President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he had advised Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to ignore criticisms from human-rights groups over her government’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims. “Do

Gascon takes aim at Roque: What world do you live in?

MANILA — Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Jose Luis “Chito” Gascon took aim at Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Friday for labelling as “fake news” journalists’ claims that the Securities and

Malacañang backs SolGen’s call to file homicide raps vs Aquino

MANILA — The Office of the Solicitor General’s (OSG) move to charge former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III with homicide over the Mamasapano operation that left 44 police commandos dead has the