Peace updates

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza provide updates on the peace efforts in Mindanao during a forum with the police officers coming from different parts of Mindanao in Davao City on Wednesday (26 April 2017). Newsline Photo

SC to hold special en banc session for Bar Exam results deliberation 

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) set for May 3 the special en banc session to deliberate on the results of last year’s Bar examinations. This was bared by SC Public Information Office through their Twitter account on Wednesday. The special session usually deliberates on whether to maintain or adjust the passing grade. “The …

PHL expects conclusion of 3 agreements, declarations during ASEAN chairmanship

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is optimistic that two to three high-level agreements or declarations, including the framework for a code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea (WPS)/South China Sea, will be reached during its ASEAN chairmanship this year. “That (completion of framework) will really be a big milestone,” said acting Department of Foreign …

PAL hopes UAE airlines to have Dubai-Davao, Abu Dhabi-Davao routes

MANILA, Philippines — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) hopes that United Arab Emirates (UAE) airlines such as Etihad and Emirates will have direct flights between UAE and Davao International Airport. PAL explained that if the new routes are established, that would be the first international route from Mindanao to destinations outside Southeast Asia. Thus, this …

Police Supt. Ma. Cristina Nobleza, Renierlo Dongon: Strange bedfellows?

DAVAO CITY, Philippines-– The deputy  director of the Police Regional Crime Laboratory  here is in trouble. Police Supt. Ma. Cristina Nobleza along with his driver/husband Renierlo Dongon, alias  Kudri, aka Reenor Lou Dongon were arrested Saturday in Clarin , Bohol after trying to rescue members of the Abu Sayyaf Group. Nobleza rose from the rank, …

Priest who sells fish for church gets netizens support

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Fr. Joel Silagpo, parish priest of San Antonio de Padua in Lamitan City, Basilan was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the netizens who read his story at www.newsline.ph. “I was so amazed how God responded to our call,  www.newsline.ph, became an instrument, I cannot believe, even my elementary and high …

Davao PNP officer arrested in Bohol for trying to rescue Abu Sayyaf members

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–A Davao police officer and her driver were  arrested Saturday night, April 22 in Clarin , Bohol for  trying to rescue trapped  members of the Abu Sayyaf Group. Police Supt. Ma. Cristina Nobleza and her driver identified as Reenor Dongon were speeding towards Clarin when their vehicle was flagged down by the blocking …

Another Abu Sayyaf leader killed in Bohol

MANILA, Philippines– Another Abu Sayyaf leader was killed in Clarin, Bohol, Midday Saturday, April 21. Military Central Command chief Lieutenant General Oscar Lactao identified the fallen leader as Joselito Melloria. Melloria was among the splintered group trapped in Bohol Island after the April 11 clash with the government soldiers in the town of Inabagan which …