Monthly Archives: September 2014

PHIBLEX begins with a salute to partnership, friendship

450x300_q75ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES NAVAL FORCES WEST HEADQUARTERS, PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN, Philippines – Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members gathered for the opening ceremony of Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 Sept. 29 at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Naval Forces West Headquarters, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. Continue reading

Palawan wants out of Bangsamoro area

2014_sept25_news5DELIBERATIONS on the Bangsamoro Basic Law got off to a tumultuous start Wednesday with representatives of Puerto Princesa and Palawan asking the House to exclude them from the proposed Bangsamoro entity, saying 85 percent of their people had already rejected inclusion in an autonomous Muslim region in four plebiscites since the Marcos administration.

Don’t trample on our dream. Actor Robin Padilla and Anak Mindanao Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman (above) testify before Congress during the first hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law as Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (below) speaks with Mindanao residents who gathered at the House of Representatives to air their support for the measure. MANNY PALMERO Continue reading

BanKO promotes financial inclusion in Culion

A tricycle driver in Culion Island proudly shows off his BanKO ATM cardThe town of Culion in Palawan used to be known as the Island of No Return, when it served as home to the largest leper colony in the world. Its inhabitants – feared, and at times reviled – were quarantined for decades, until the cure for leprosy was discovered in 1987 and the disease was totally eradicated in the year 2000. Today, its residents are striving to rise above the stigma of the past as the Continue reading