• 19 April 2015
MANILA, April 19 -- Going after the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front involved in the deadly Mamasapano incident must be treated separately with the ongoing peace process between the government and the MILF, a Palace official said. The Department of Justice said it will charge members of the MILF and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters involved in the bloody clash that killed 44 police commandos last January 25. There are concerns that the criminal proceedings might derail the ongoing peace process between the government and rebel group especially the crafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is already in Congress. "It should be separate, really, because the peace process is proceeding on its own track. It really should be a separate discussion," Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview on Saturday. Valte said the Palace does not believe the MILF is using the peace talks to evade criminal prosecution regarding the Mamasapano incident. Asked to comment if the Palace remains confident that the peace process could be finished in a timely manner despite what happened in Mamasapano, she said that although there are challenges, the a ...Read more

OIC renews support to Mindanao peace process

 CENTRAL  19 April 2015
MANILA, April 19  --  Iyad Bin Amin Madani, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) led an eight-man delegation for a four-day visit to the Philippines to reaffirm its long support to the Mindanao peace process, the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Proces ...Read more

Paje urges Filipinos to reflect on spirit of Earth Day

 CENTRAL  19 April 2015
QUEZON CITY, April 19 -- As the nation joins the rest of the world in celebrating Earth Day on April 22, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje is urging Filipinos to pause and reflect on the most pressing ecological problems and what they can do to protect the environment. “Earth Day is about cel ...Read more