All in Oceania

MANILA, April 3 – For the sixteenth straight year a 32-year old Filipino penitent was nailed to the cross on Good Friday in a village in Bulacan province some 65 kilometers north of Manila to fulfill his yearly Lenten vow. Alexie “Buboy” Dionisio while being nailed to the cross under a scorching sun, blurted out that it was his last time to reenact the crucifixion before thousands of curious local and foreign tourists who trooped to the town of Paombong to witness the ritual.

189 arrests in Maguindanao massacre

MANILA, March 25 – A Philippine regional trial court today ordered the arrest of 189 suspects linked to the gory Nov. 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre that killed 57 civilians, including 30 journalists that shook the media worldwide. Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 issued the order to the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) following the resumption of the unprecedented trial of this in the Philippines this decade.

Philippines seeks peace through unity

MANILA, March 23 - The road to peace is a difficult and painful process, but Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Annabelle T. Abaya is confident “that together we can win and gain peace” the Filipinos have been longing for. Abaya (pictured above) voiced her optimism during the grant contract signing for the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD) at the Crown Plaza Hotel at the Ortigas Center in Pasig City on Monday.