• 30 July 2015
MANILA, July 30 – Third party monitors of the peace deal between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which seeks to end decades of conflict in Mindanao appealed to both houses of Congress to solidify measures already undertaken to seal the peace between the two parties by passing the law that creates the new Bangsamoro autonomous region. The Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) said that while the government and the MILF have achieved much in pushing the peace deal between them, “time is short, however, and much remains to be done.” The TPMT is the independent body established by the Parties to monitor and scrutinize the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the negotiated peace settlement signed by the GPH and MILF in March, 2014. “Decades of violent conflict have wracked Mindanao, blighted the lives of generations of civilians, and led to the deaths of so many combatants (whether on the side of the MILF or of the government forces),” said the TPMT in an official statement released in time for President Benigno S. Aquino III’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA). “The adoption of ...Read more

The Philippines at the forefront of landmark IT trade deal

 CENTRAL  30 July 2015
MAKATI CITY, July 30 --  The World Trade Organization (WTO) has eliminated the tariffs on a total of 201 products being manufactured under the information technology sector. The abolishment follows an accord reached by 54 WTO members last July 18, and was confirmed in a meeting held last July 24 at ...Read more

Palace says it never wavered in pushing for Freedom of Information Bill

 CENTRAL  30 July 2015
MANILA, July 30 --Malacañang remains committed to pursue the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill to achieve more transparency in the bureaucracy, a Palace official has said. President Benigno S. Aquino III has been criticized for failing to mention the FOI Bill during his State of the ...Read more