Here's a quick summary of today's top news:
China violated international rules to prevent maritime collisions during the Philippine Coast Guard operation nine-day patrol in Bajo by Masinlocsaid PCG spokesperson for the West Philippine Sea Jay Tarriela on Monday.
According to Tarriela, the PCG monitored four Chinese Coast Guard ships and four Chinese Maritime Militia boats near the BRP Teresa Magbanua.
Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a thorough investigation into several bomb threats that targeted several national government agencies and local government units on Monday.
“There should be no place for pranks or spreading fear among our people,” Remulla said in a statement.
One of the suspects allegedly behind the Mindanao State University (MSU) bomb attack last December 3 was killed during a military operation in Lanao del Sur last month, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
In a statement released on Monday, the AFP confirmed the death of Kadapi Mimbesa, also known as “Engineer”, following a clash between the 103rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army and members of Dawlah Islamiyah in Lanao del Sur, from 25 to January 26th this year.
Another author of the 1987 Constitution, economist Dr. Bernardo Villegas, is refusing initiatives to change its economic provisions.
Villegas said there is no need to amend the Constitution now, as efforts to revise it only distract government leaders from more pressing national concerns, such as the “demonization of poverty” that has oppressed many Filipinos.
Some members of the House of Representatives on Sunday urged former President Rodrigo Duterte and former President Pantaleon Alvarez to abandon their push for an independent Mindanao, calling the move unconstitutional, reckless, illogical and divisive.
Echoing the president's stance against a separate South, Assistant House Majority Leader and Lanao del Sur Rep. Zia Adiong said the South has long been an integral part of the nation, with its rich cultural heritage and diverse population contributing significantly to the country's identity.