House approves bill extending for 20 years IPs claim to ancestral land titles

MANILA, Philippines— The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure which seeks to extend for another 20 years the period for indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) and indigenous peoples (IPs) to secure ancestral land titles. The house approval came after one of the principal authors Mountain Province Congressman Maximo Dalog, died …

3 former GSIS employees convicted of graft for payroll padding

MANILA, Philippines—Three former employees of the state-owned Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) were convicted for payroll padding. In the decision promulgated by Judge Edwin Ramizo, Computer Operator IV Clemente Flojo, Data Controller IV Reuben Cellona, and Computer Terminal Operator IV Emmanuel Valera were found to have demanded and received in 2004, the amount of P55,000.00 …

Share your blessings: Support PH soldiers in Marawi

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— In an effort to show support and care to fellow troopers fighting in Marawi,  soldiers here launched a campaign among  Davaoeños to donate personal items, personal items,  goods and food stuff to uplift the morale of their comrades in the frontline . In a campaign dubbed “Support our Troops” , the 10th …

P1.2-M worth of shabu seized in Mati City

Mati City, Philippines—Five illegal drug dealers were arrested here  after they were caught possessing P1.2-million worth of  Metamphetamine Hydrochloride or   shabu in the three separate  buy and bust operations. In a joint operations dubbed as “one-time, big-time” dawn Friday June 23, law enforcers   swooped suspected illegal drugs dens which resulted to the arrest of …

‘We risk our lives to save others’ – MILF peace volunteer

MARAWI CITY – Peace Corridor volunteers stationed here in the city went the extra mile to facilitate the retrieval of trapped civilians inside the conflict area, even risking their lives to save the others. “This is our work, we risk our lives to save trapped civilians. Aside from risking our lives, we also make sure that ceasefire …

Bill seeks punishment for spread of fake news

MANILA — A bill was filed Thursday seeking to penalize any person or entity who maliciously offer, publish, distribute, circulate, and spread false news or information in print, broadcast or online media. Under Senate Bill No. 1492, or An Act Penalizing the Malicious Distribution of False News and Other Related Violations, Sen. Joel Villanueva defined …

PH, Indonesia, Malaysia intensify cooperation vs terrorism, extremism

MANILA — The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia on Thursday agreed to intensify their efforts and cooperation in addressing terrorism and violent extremism confronting the region. In a joint statement read by Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, foreign ministers of the three countries decided to task their senior officials to consider the proposed Plan …