• 29 January 2015
MANILA, Jan. 29 -- President Aquino rallied the support of the Filipino people Wednesday for the Mindanao peace process despite the tragic Mamasapano, Maguindanao incident that left 44 police commandos dead. In a televised address to the nation Wednesday, the President said both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have invested a lot in building trust to eventually achieve lasting peace in Mindanao. There are groups or individuals who try to ruin the ongoing deliberations of the Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress and the mutual trust between the government and the MILF, he said, insisting this should not happen. "Hindi po dapat mangyari ito. Nakataya sa batas na ito ang buong peace process. Kung mabibigo ang pagpasa ng batas sa lalong madaling panahon, mabibigo ang peace process, mananatili ang status quo," the President said.Returning to the status quo would mean continuing injustice, escalation of violence in the region, and more displaced people. A more chaotic region would favor the terrorists like Abdulbasit Usman and Abu Marwan, the targets of the January 24 Special Action Force operation, the President said. "Isipin din po natin: Ang mga kasapi ng Specia ...Read more

ASEAN urged to consider reaching out to international community on South China Sea issue

 CENTRAL  29 January 2015
MANILA, Jan. 29 --  Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario called on ASEAN to respond to China’s continuing reclamation activities in the South China Sea during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat in Kota Kinabalu. the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. “The massive re ...Read more

PNoy declares January 30 a National Day of Mourning for fallen SAF members

 CENTRAL  29 January 2015
MANILA, Jan. 29 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared January 30 a National Day of Mourning for the 44 police commandos killed in an encounter in the town of Mamasapano, Maguindanao. In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening, President Aquino said he was deeply saddened by ...Read more