Duterte’s 2nd SONA: 2:10 mins; 79 handclaps

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—President Rodrigo R.  Duterte delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) in  two hours and ten minutes which earned 79 handclaps and on light moment laughter among attendees  inside the  House of Representatives. Duterte started his speech by recalling his days as representative for the first legislative district of Davao which …

Duterte’s second SONA: Things you have to know

MANILA, Philippines — Preparations are currently underway for the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on July 24, 2017 at the Plenary Hall of the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City. President Duterte is expected to tell the Filipino people about the situation of the country, highlight the accomplishments of his …

BREAKING! Senate and Congress extend Martial in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Updated)—The Senate and the House of Representatives in a joint session Saturday approved a resolution extending martial law in Mindanao and the suspension on the writ of habeas corpus until December 31, 20017. President Rodrigo Duterte asked for the extension of martial law citing the need to respond to the Marawi crisis. …

Ombudsman orders dismissal of NCot municipal Vice Mayor over P7M water project 

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered dismissal from service and perpetual disqualification from public office of former Mayor Betty Allado of Banisilan, North Cotabato. Allado served as Mayor of Banisilan when the water project was implemented. The newsline.ph learned Allado is now serving as the Vice Mayor of said municipality. The …

Wounded PSG

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte awards a wounded personnel medal to Staff Sergeant Gerry Torsal during the President’s visit to Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City on July 20, 2017. Torsal was one of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) personnel wounded in an encounter against the New People’s Army in Arakan, North Cotabato on July 19. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

GRP cancels backchannel talks with rebels following attacks

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza announced the cancellation of the backchannel talks between the government and the national Democratic Front/Communist Party of the Philippines due to the recent attacks. In his Facebook page, Dureza posted: Dureza cited the attacks by the New People’s Army Wednesday as among the reasons for …

Rushing

RUSHING: A PSG personnel brought to Camp Panacan Hospital after the New People’s Army rebels ambushed their convoy along the Davao-Botabato-Bukidnon highway Wednesday morning. Newsline Photo

NPA rebels ambush PSG convoy along Davao-Cotabato-Bukidnon boundary

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Suspected members of the New People’s Army ambushed Wednesday  morning a convoy of the  Presidential Security Group (PSG)  along the tri-boundary of Davao-North Cotabato and Bukidnon. Romulo Tapgos, Municipal Councilor of Arakan valley said the incident happened about 6:30 in the morning Wednesday in   Barangay Gambodes, Arakan Valley, North Cotabato. PSG …

Duterte wants his photo and other public officials off from gov’t offices, schools

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants his picture, and that of other government officials, removed from all public offices and schools. In his speech during the ceremonial turnover of 3,000 pistols to the Armed Forces of the Philippines  Tuesday, Duterte made public his plan to  issue a decree encouraging the  display of pictures of …