PNoy wants Brillantes to stay

  • Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial

    Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial

    AFP News
    Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial

    The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar. Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will on Monday kick off 10-day annual military excercises, according to Captain Alex Lim, a spokesman for the US forces, but there will be strict controls on their free time. Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but …

  • Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    AFP News
    Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    Philippine Airlines' parent firm said it had returned to profitability, the first time in three years either entity reported being in the black for an entire year. In a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange Thursday, PAL Holdings reported an after-tax net profit of 129.74 million pesos ($2.93 million) in its fiscal year to December 31. …

  • Philippines says South China Sea dispute a global problem

    Philippines says South China Sea dispute a global problem

    Reuters
    Philippines says South China Sea dispute a global problem

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Friday the territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea was of concern for the world because global trade will be hit by China's reclamation. Recent satellite images show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia. IHS Jane's Defence Weekly said March 23 …

  • Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP

    Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP

    Associated Press
    Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomacy is out, blunt talk is in as President Barack Obama and his White House team single out Republican lawmakers by name for criticism over their words and actions on Iran, Cabinet nominations and climate change. …

  • Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche

    Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche

    Associated Press
    Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in Nepal's capital to mark the anniversary of the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest. …

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said he’s not quite ready yet to let Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. go, especially since the May 13 midterm elections are less than a month away.

“Papakiusapan ko naman ‘yung ating chair. Medyo less than a month na lang ‘yung eleksyon. Ang hirap naman na magtatalaga ng bagong chair at that point. And I think he will see that the country needs him to chair the Comelec at this crucial period,” Aquino told reporters at the sidelines of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Mactan Circumferential Road in Cebu.

Related story: Embattled poll chief Brillantes mulls quitting

But Aquino said he is ready to meet with Brillantes, who is seeking an audience with the president regarding his plan to quit his post following several Supreme Court rulings that went against the poll body's resolutions.

“I’m at his disposal. When he feels that he’s ready to meet with me, I’m always ready to meet with him,” Aquino said of his former election lawyer.

On Tuesday, a teary-eyed Brillantes threatened to resign after the Supreme Court stopped the Comelec from imposing new airtime limits on political advertisements on radio and television.

Also read: Is Supreme Court taking over Comelec?

Aquino said Brillantes might have been emotional when he made the statements.

“Parang ‘yung nabasa ko sa dyaryo sinabi naman niya baka spur of the moment feeling at the time that he was most frustrated which, he said, ‘let me think about it over the weekend. Think about it more soberly and less emotionally,’” he said.

Meanwhile, Aquino said he supported similar airtime rules being pushed by the Comelec when he was a senator.

“I still subscribe to the idea na kung dadagdagan natin ang gastos tuwing eleksyon, para na rin tayong nang-e-engganyo sa iba na maghanap ng paraan para mapondohan ‘yung gagastusin nila. At ibig sabihin ‘non kadalasan para lalong mag-succumb sa tukso ng corruption, ‘yon ‘yung nilalabanan natin,” he said. — Patricia Denise Chiu/KBK, GMA News

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial
    Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial

    The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar. Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will on Monday kick off 10-day annual military excercises, according to Captain Alex Lim, a spokesman for the US forces, but there will be strict controls on their free time. Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but …

  • Biker Beauty: Honda and David's Salon Pampering Day
    Biker Beauty: Honda and David's Salon Pampering Day

    Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI), and David's Salon recently held the awarding ceremony for the Metro Manila winner of the David's Salon Scooter Raffle Promo at the 5th level of SM Megamall Building A. Loyal patron Maria Theresa Guevara took home a brand new Honda Click 125i. Present to grace the occasion were David's Salon Creative Director Laura Charlton and HPI Assistant Vice-President for Sales and Marketing Hideo Nishinaga.To the delight of all those in attendance, guests were treated to …

  • ‘Next leader must not be newbie’
    ‘Next leader must not be newbie’

    Vice President Jejomar Binay believes the next president of the Philippines must have vast experience and a long track record in governance and in dealing with crises. “I am very much convinced that the local government is the best training ground for those who want to run for national government positions,” he said. Binay said he is determined to run for president in 2016 on the strength of his competence and track record. …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options