ASEAN declaration on rights of migrant workers ‘a work in progress’

MANILA, April 30 — The expected “declaration” on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers may likely takes place by November of this year. In a press briefing held Saturday at the International Media Center in Conrad Hotel, Pasay City, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary and chair of ASEAN …

PHL to import fresh fruits and processed foods

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) wants to open market for fresh fruits and processed foods to be imported in Indonesia. This after the launching of the Davao-GenSan-Bitung Roll-on, Roll-off (RoRo) route Sunday. Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo witnessed the maiden voyage at Kudos Port in …

Rebels launch three simultaneous attacks, Mayor Sara Duterte condemns terror acts

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Members of the News Peoples Army (NPA) launched simultaneous attacks against a local business tycoon by burning their factories and disarmed security guards here. The militant groups and the Lorenzo’s, owner of the vast track of land mostly dedicated to banana are at loggerheads involving the plantation workers. To weeks, ago, Agrarian Secretary …

Duterte to chair BIMP-EAGA Summit and Vision 2025

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will chair tomorrow’s BIMP-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Summit with the adoption of the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025. On Sunday, April 30, Duterte will launch the first ASEAN Roll On Roll Off (RoRo) ferry service high on the agenda for discussion. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary Arturo P. …

Leyte mayor dismissed for favoring brother

MANILA, Philippines– The Office of the Ombudsman has found former Mayor Melchor Quemado, Sr. of Sta. Fe, Leyte, guilty of Grave Misconduct and ordered his dismissal from the service. The dismissal order carries the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification to hold public office, forfeiture of all benefits and cancellation of civil service eligibility. The Ombudsman …

Ombudsman reminds all government officials and employees to file SALN

MANILA, Philippines- The Office of the Ombudsman is reminding all government officials and employees to submit their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) ahead of the April 30 deadline. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales called on public servants to file their SALN. The annual filing of SALN is a constitutional and statutory obligation of …

ARMM holds investments roadshow in Cotabato City

Cotabato City, Philippines – In a bid to improve investment opportunities, the Regional Board of Investments of the Autonomous Region in Muslim in Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) held a consultation forum with stakeholders here. Investors and representatives from the business community, government agencies, banks, and the academe attended the event, which covers presentations of the economic activities …


Duterte vows to investigate police station’s ‘secret jail’

MANILA, Manila— President Rodrigo Duterte wants to investigate the so-called “secret jail” inside a police precinct in Tondo, Manila. Asked about his opinion on the discovery by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of eleven individuals hidden inside a polica station Friday, Duterte quipped ”I will look into this after… this afternoon. I will call …

Toast of friendship

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah clink their glasses after they each proposed a toast to the longtime friendship of both their countries during the state banquet hosted by the President at Malacañan Palace on April 27, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO