Duterte wants to rename the Philippines ‘Republic of Maharlika’

How does the “Republic of Maharlika” sound? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech in Maguindanao yesterday that the country should be named “The Republic of Maharlika,” an idea that came from the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Duterte talked about changing the country’s name in a speech during an event where certificates of land ownership were ...

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Duterte wants to rename the Philippines ‘Republic of Maharlika’

Gov’t investigating reports that priests were told to leave during Balangiga bells’ turnover

Gov’t investigating reports that priests were told to leave during Balangiga bells’ turnover

Controversy followed the historic Balangiga bells, right up to the day it was turned over to the Catholic Church. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said yesterday that the...

National museum director ‘sad’ over Borongan diocese’s refusal to loan Balangiga bells

National museum director ‘sad’ over Borongan diocese’s refusal to loan Balangiga bells

The director of the National Museum (NM) has spoken up, amidst the controversy surrounding one senator’s proposal for one of the Balangiga bells to be brought to the museum....

Borongan church refuses to loan Balangiga bell to national museum

Borongan church refuses to loan Balangiga bell to national museum

The Balangiga bells should stay in its church. That’s what the Diocese of Borongan, which has jurisdiction over the bells, said today when it rejected a resolution filed by...

Most Filipinos believe that the US will defend the Philippines from invaders

Most Filipinos believe that the US will defend the Philippines from invaders

As China continues with its militarization of the contested West Philippine Sea, a majority of Filipinos continue to believe that the United States would defend the country in...

Balangiga Bells finally return to the PH after 117 years

Balangiga Bells finally return to the PH after 117 years

After more than a century of being away, the Balangiga Bells have finally found their way home. The three bells arrived earlier today at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City...

Historic telegram allegedly linking President Aguinaldo to General Luna’s assassination up for auction 

Historic telegram allegedly linking President Aguinaldo to General Luna’s assassination up for auction 

A controversial piece of history will be up for auction in December. The telegram President Emilio Aguinaldo sent to General Antonio Luna that eventually led to the latter’s...

Balangiga Bells confiscated by U.S. soldiers to be returned to the Philippines

Balangiga Bells confiscated by U.S. soldiers to be returned to the Philippines

It ain’t here until it’s here. President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo today welcomed news that the historical Balangiga Bells, which was taken...

Former Marcos defense minister says PH was ‘peaceful,’ Filipinos ‘free’ during martial law

Former Marcos defense minister says PH was ‘peaceful,’ Filipinos ‘free’ during martial law

Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, the country’s Defense Minister during the country’s martial law years, appeared yesterday on a now-viral Facebook video interview...

US will finally return Balangiga church bells to PH after more than a century

US will finally return Balangiga church bells to PH after more than a century

The United States will return to the Philippines church bells seized by American forces in a bloody campaign more than a century ago, its embassy said on Sunday, following a...


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