After SC nod to Edca, youth group asks Senate: Junk VFA, MDT

By DEE AYROSO MANILA – After the Supreme Court upheld the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) as constitutional, a youth group now hopes to find another way to keep US troops out. The Kabataan party-list called on the Senate to abrogate Edca’s supposed mother treaties: the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the 1947 Mutual 

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Lawmaker not giving up on SSS pension hike push

DAVAO CITY – The proponent of the house bill, which seeks to increase the pension received by members of the Social Security System (SSS) by P2,000, will push for the override of the veto of President Benigno Aquino III. On Thursday, Pres. Aquino vetoed the bill saying the increase would shorten the life of the 

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PH gov’t wins ill-gotten wealth case vs Marcoses, Alfonso Lim’s family

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A division of the Philippine anti-graft court on Monday, January 4, ordered the Marcoses and the Lim family that owns Taggat Industries to return all the properties claimed by government. The Sandiganbayan Second Division decided Civil Case Number 0030 that the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) filed in 1987, a 

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SC stops Comelec from cancelling Poe COC

MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, December 28, temporarily stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from cancelling Senator Grace Poe’s certificate of candidacy (COC) for president. This comes hours after Poe filed petitions before the SC to stop the Comelec from barring her presidential bid. In a news briefing on 

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WHY NOW? The camp of presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe questions the timing of the release of the Comelec en banc's decision upholding her disqualification. 
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Grace Poe’s camp questions timing of Comelec decision

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of presidential race front runner Grace Poe questioned on Wednesday, December 23, the timing of the release of the final decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which upheld her disqualification from the 2016 elections. Poe’s counsel George Garcia said the poll body could have made the ruling sooner or 

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COMELEC SAYS NO. File photo of presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe

Comelec en banc bars Grace Poe from running in 2016

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Commission on Elections on Wednesday, December 23, announced its majority decision to dismiss the appeal of Senator Grace Poe to allow her to run for president in May 2016. The commissioners voted separately on the two cases involving the senator’s citizenship and residency requirements: the one handled by the 

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Ampatuan Massacre, a grim symbol of reigning impunity under Aquino

IT is Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s last year in office but justice remains elusive for the victims of Ampatuan massacre. No perpetrator has been convicted, the victims still cry for justice. Aquino’s vow six years ago to immediately resolve the gruesome massacre has become a hollow promise: the culture of impunity and sheer lack of accountability 

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Defiant thousands march against Apec

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – In spite of security restrictions, road closures and government warnings against foreigners who will join rallies during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, defiant protesters marched today Nov. 19, the second day of the summit, and reached Roxas Boulevard in Manila, a short distance from its venue 

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APEC leaders close summit by condemning terror attacks

MANILA, Philippines – Twenty-one Asia-Pacific leaders concluded their annual meeting on Thursday, November 19, by condemning recent terror attacks, which cast a shadow on the high-level economic summit. Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) called for increased global cooperation to fight terrorism following the Paris attacks that killed 129, the twin blasts in Beirut, 

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BACKING LUMAD. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on November 11, 2015, visits the camp site of Lumad or indigenous people staging a protest in Manila. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle to military: Leave the Lumad in peace

In one of his strongest statements, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the military to leave the persecuted indigenous communities in Mindanao MANILA, Philippines – Leave the Lumad in peace. In one of his strongest statements as church leader, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Wednesday, November 11, appealed to the military to 

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