Postponement of Bangsamoro parliamentary election hurdles House 2nd reading 

THE PROPOSED three-year postponement of the 2022 election for 80 parliament members in the Bangsamoro region was approved on second reading at the House of Representatives on Thursday, a day after a counterpart bill was similarly passed by the Senate.    With 39 ‘yes’ votes, 4 ‘no’, and 0 abstention, three House committees — Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, Muslim Affairs, and […]

PAG-IBIG hits P10.7B in MP2 savings

PAG-IBIG Fund members collectively saved P10.67 billion under the agency’s voluntary Modified Pag-IBIG 2 Savings program during the first five months of the year, setting another record-high despite the ongoing health crisis, top officials of the agency said on June 21, 2021. “We are happy to report that despite the impact of the pandemic to […]

Editorial: Anatomy of impunity

THE death of Ruben Ecleo Jr. following cardiopulmonary arrest on May 13 is anticlimactic for the Filipinos who remember Alona Bacolod-Ecleo, Arbeth Sta. Ana-Yongco and the hapless Bacolod family. Ecleo Jr. was the supreme master of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA), a religious organization started by his father Ruben Sr. He was incarcerated at […]

Military chief says no civilian casualties in Saturday’s encounter with terrorist group, calls for vigilance in Maguindanao hot zone

THERE were no civilian or military casualties in Saturday’s encounter between government forces and members of an extremist group in a commercial area of Datu Paglas town in Maguindanao, according to the country’s military chief. An estimated 20 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)  attempted but failed to occupy the town’s public market […]

Drone, private plane deployed in continued search for crew members of wrecked cargo ship in Surigao del Norte

SEARCH and rescue operations are continuing for nine more crew members of a cargo ship that ran aground in Surigao del Norte, a province in the southeastern part of the country, on April 19 amid the onslaught of typhoon Bising (international name: Surigae). The Philippine Coast Guard said teams are out at sea and monitoring […]

Cebu City reopens route for Mandaue PUJs

STARTING Monday, March 15, 2021, traditional public utility jeepneys (TPUJ) from the neighboring city of Mandaue will be allowed to enter Cebu City. Mayor Edgardo Labella told reporters he already approved the recommendation of the City’s Jeepney Task Force and is set to release an executive order on Friday, March 12. Labella said the entry […]