Grace Poe Disqualified from 2016 Presidential Elections

Senator Grace Poe (Source: Wikipedia)

Senator Grace Poe (Source: Wikipedia)

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division has disqualified Senator Grace Poe from the 2016 presidential race for failing to meet requirements of the Constitution for presidential candidates.

In a 34-page resolution, the three-member division granted the petition of lawyer Estrella Elamparo seeking the cancellation of Poe's certificate of candidacy for president. More from

PH Economy Grew 6% in Third Quarter

The Philippine economy grew at its fastest pace so far this year during the third quarter, as the gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 6 percent during the July to September period, reports The third quarter GDP growth figure was higher than the 5 percent posted in the first quarter and the adjusted 5.8-percent growth during the second quarter.

Filipino Seaman Honored for Bravery in Risky Sea Rescue

Australian Maritime Safety Authority CEO Mick Kinley, Able Seaman Vicente Somera, Mrs. Lilibeth Somera, and Ambassador Enrique Manalo, Philippine Envoy to the United Kingdom. (Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

Australian Maritime Safety Authority CEO Mick Kinley, Able Seaman Vicente Somera, Mrs. Lilibeth Somera, and Ambassador Enrique Manalo, Philippine Envoy to the United Kingdom. (Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

A special panel of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on November 19 in London cited a Filipino seaman for risking his own life in treacherous sea conditions to save the lone Australian sailor of a stricken boat. Able Seaman Vicente Somera of the Philippines was conferred a Certificate of Commendation for his role in the rescue, reports

The Hunt Is On for the Missing Marcos Paintings

The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) will seek the public’s help in the recovery of at least 200 missing art works, including paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt and Michelangelo that were owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos, as experts concluded yesterday the appraisal of the Marcos jewelry collections seized nearly three decades ago.

PCGG Commissioner Andrew de Castro said they would launch a website next month where the public can provide tips on the whereabouts of the masterpieces that went missing following the ouster of President Ferdinand Marcos in the February 1986 Edsa revolt. Read more on

At the Hague: China Tried to "Physically Expel" PH

China’s blocking of Philippine ships bringing supplies to Filipino soldiers stationed at Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) was a deliberate move to “physically expel” the Philippines and its people from the disputed areas of the South China Sea region being claimed by the Philippines.

This was one of the arguments presented by the Philippine legal team before the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration as it wrapped up on Thursday the first round of arguments in the hearing on the merits of the case that the Philippines filed to invalidate China’s claim to nearly the entire South China Sea. More from

PH Ranked Highest in Asia-Pacific in Gender Equality

The Philippines climbed two notches in the latest Global Gender Gap Index of the World Economic Forum, remaining the highest-ranked country in the Asia-Pacific region. The report showed that out of 145 countries in Asia and the Pacific, the Philippines remains the region's highest-ranked country, placing higher than New Zealand (10th) and Australia (36th), reports ABS-CBN News.


Aquino Hits Bongbong for Non-Apology of Martial Law

“When you cannot admit a mistake, are you not guaranteeing the repetition of that mistake?”

Thus said President Benigno Aquino III during the launch of the book “The Aquino Legacy: An Enduring Narrative” at Raffles Hotel in Makati City on Thursday.

“There is a particular candidate for next year’s elections, who says repeatedly that he is ready and willing to say sorry, if only he knew what there is to apologize for… Perhaps this book can help to enlighten him and add to his knowledge of our past.”

Aquino, son of the late democracy icon and former president Corazon Aquino, was obviously alluding to vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son and namesake of the late dictator who enforced martial law in the country. More in

Duterte Leads in Metro Manila Survey

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP)

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP)

Metro Manila, the country’s economic and political center, prefers Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte —who is known for his tough stance on crime—as the next President.

The upper and middle classes, as well as the poor, gave Duterte the highest scores among presidential aspirants in a survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research Inc. two weeks ago. Read more in