House approves Bill on proper singing of Lupang Hinirang

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—-One can be fined. Worse, jailed for improper singing of  the Lupang Hinirang (National Anthem). This, after the House of Representatives approved the  Number 5224 or the Revised Flag and Heraldic Code which amended Republic Act Number 8491 or the Flag and heraldic Code of the Philippines. The 212 lawmakers present last Monday …

Clark CEO went on leave, after Duterte hinted his dismissal over corruption issue

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— President Rodrigo R. Duterte Thursday confirmed it was Clark Development Corp. president Noel Manankil he was referring to  when he hinted on firing a corrupt public official. In an interview with reporters at the Camp Quintin , Catitipan Duterte said “I did not name him publicly, but it was him.” Reports reaching …

Convert South China Sea into zone of friendship — De Venecia

 BEIJING, China — Former Philippine House Speaker Jose de Venecia has suggested to temporarily shelve the sovereignty issue of the South China Sea and convert the potentially energy-rich territory into a zone of friendship, peace, cooperation and development. “The disagreement in the South China Sea with conflicting sovereignty claims, may be settled, we believe, by …

Ombudsman charges ex-Bacolod congressman for SEA Games fund mess

MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered that former Bacolod Representative Monico Puentevella be tried for Malversation of Public Funds and violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) before the Sandiganbayan. This, after Ombudsman investigators found that Puentevella had failed to account for the multi-million peso …

People’s Republic of China donates P15-M for Marawi rehabilitation

MANILA, Philippines—Staying true to its bilateral relations with the Philippines, the government of the Republic of China donated PHP15 million for the relief operations and rehabilitation of the besieged City of Marawi. Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Zhao Jianhua presented to President Rodrigo Duterte, the PHP15 million check donation that will significantly augment the resources of the …

Duterte breaks bread with Muslim leaders in Malacañang

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte broke bread with Muslim leaders in celebration of  Eid’l Fitr in Malacañang. Duterte used to bread bread with Muslim leaders during Eid’l Fitr while he was still mayor here. During the celebration Duterte vowed to make Marawi City a prosperous city again. As it is now, the government troops are …

Calabarzon police augments Marawi City enforcers

LAGUNA, Philippines —The Police Regional Office (PRO IV-A) in Calabarzon deployed on Monday 241 policemen bound for Marawi City to augment government forces in the ongoing operations against the Maute terrorist group. Calabarzon Regional Police Director, Chief Superintendent Mao Aplasca, presided over the send-off rites at the police regional headquarters here immediately after the “humanitarian …

ALAB: A book of love, sacrifice and the undying support for Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—The night glitters, one would think it was a gala night as everyone was sporting a stylish Filipiniana or Barong tagalog, unless you notice the backdrop welcoming everyone to the book launching “ALAB: The Awakening of the Filipino Patriotism.” The huge function room was filled with people whom our government calls the  Bagong …

Court allows 3 female inmates to join watershed tree planting

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines— The Regional Trial Court  here allowed three female inmates of the Bureau of Jail and Management Penology (BJMP) to join the  tree-planting program at Buyog watershed over the weekend. Buyog Watershed is one of the four major sources of water declaring as a forest reservation in Baguio City, Benguet. It is a …