Men, women in ‘robes’ urged to be role models

MANILA, Philippines  — Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged justices and judges to serve as good role models by personally observing high standards of conduct while upholding the integrity and independence of the judiciary. Sereno, in a statement, said it is high time for judges to live up to their role as dispensers of justice guided …

Dinagyang holds 1st int’l cultural night in 50 years

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — For the first time ever, an international cultural night was held here as part of the Dinagyang Festival. Last Friday, January 27,  an international cultural presentation highlighted the Golden Anniversary s of the Dinagyang Festival. “We are very happy to bring to you this cultural extravaganza, where we bridge our racial …

Duterte, Modi agree to expand trade, security cooperation

MANILA, Philippines–President Rodrigo Duterte and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Move have agreed to expand bilateral ties on trade and security cooperation. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the two leaders met for more than one hour right after President Duterte arrived in New Delhi Wednesday night to attend the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day …

Bulacan priest faces probe for dancing in church altar

MANILA, Philippines  — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos is conducting an investigation on the priest caught on video dancing in front of the altar. Bishop Jose Francisco Oliveros expressed sadness over the incident. “We are already investigating the case. I have instructed our Vicar General to talk with Fr. Willy Lucas. I am sorry …

Duterte not involve in the proposed amendment to free speech-Roque

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday said the proposal to amend provision in the Bill of Rights mandating for a “responsible” exercise of freedom of speech had nothing to do with the chief executive. Under the envisioned shift to federal form of government, House of Representatives is also pushing for an amendment on …