Duterte approves law prohibiting expiration of gift checks

MANILA, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that prohibits the issuance of gift checks with expiry dates and imposing an expiry date on the stored value, credit, or balance of the gift certificate. Republic Act 109621 or the Gift Check Act of 2017 was approved on December 19, saying consumers “must not be …

Beyond grief

It was a bittersweet parting for the year.  In the aftermath of typhoon Vinta, an estimated 57,000 evacuees in Mindanao, including 18,500 families in the 25 barangays of Davao City were displaced. It left 123 dead and 160 missing in Visayas and Mindanao.     Less than 24 hours and while the local government of Davao, including volunteers …

Mambukal Resort staff trained on volcanic eruption response

  BACOLOD CITY, Philippines  — As Mount Kanlaon remains in moderate level of unrest, the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) of Negros Occidental trained the management and staff of Mambukal Resort on volcanic eruption response. The Capitol-owned resort in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia is situated at the foot of the active volcano, and one of the …

Sandiganbayan rejects Revilla’s bid to dismiss plunder case

MANILA, Philippines— The Sandiganbayan has rejected the motion of detained former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. to seek an outright dismissal of the plunder case filed against him for his alleged involvement in the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or the so-called “pork barrel.” The anti-graft court said it found “no compelling reason …

Prayer rally asking Duterte not to accept VM Duterte’s resignation

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Barangay captains here will hold a prayer rally this afternoon to ask President Rodrigo Duterte not to accept the resignation of his son Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte. Liga ng mga Barangay board member, Barangay Captain Robert Mendoza said they expect 3,500 participants most barangay leaders and their functionaries to attend the …

Mga kapitan mag prayer rally, dili pa-aprobahan ni Presidente Duterte ang pagluwat ni Pulong

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW, MINDANAW— Magmugna ug prayer rally ang mga kapitan ug barangay functionaries dinhi sa dakbayan ugma sa hapon aron hangyo-on si Presidente Rodrigo Duterte nga dili aprobahan ang “resignation” ni Bise Mayor Paolo Duterte. “Ang Prayer rally nagtumong nga hangyo-on si Prisedente Duterte nga dili aprobahan ang pag-resign ni Vice Mayor Pulong kay …