• 25 January 2015
MANILA, Jan. 25  -- Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles hailed the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for its support to the provision of genuine autonomy in the Bangsamoro, a development anticipated with the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and its subsequent ratification in the envisioned core territory.  “We would like to express our appreciation to the CBCP for its support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law, as we would like to allay the concerns of the Conference over the issues of territorial integrity and national sovereignty,” Deles said. “We want to grant self-determination and autonomy to our Bangsamoro,” CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a press conference last Thursday. However, the archbishop also cautioned against possible threats to the territorial integrity of the country, saying “we want to ensure that this pursuit of self-determination also take into consideration the territorial integrity of our country that we should make sure that no secession result from this law.” Deles, however, also reiterated that the BBL will not lead to secession or the alleged dism ...Read more

Conditional cash transfer program, not the only anti-poverty initiative, says Palace

 CENTRAL  25 January 2015
MANILA, Jan. 25 -- Athough the government's conditional cash transfer (CCT) program is one of the flagship programs of the administration, the government is also focusing on other programs to improve the lives of the people and lift them out of poverty, a Palace official said on Saturday.The CCT ...Read more

Mindanao guv backs BBL; call for improvement of draft law

 CENTRAL  25 January 2015
MANILA, Jan. 25  -- Mindanao governors and local executives expressed their support for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the 36th and last public hearing and consultation conducted by the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro on January 21.  “I'd like to e ...Read more