Customs arrests Manila port employees for alleged corruption

MANILA, Philippines — Agents of the Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Services (ESS) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) arrested on Saturday, September 30,  an employee of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) and two cohorts for alleged corruption inside the container yard of the port. Commissioner Isidro Lapena identified the …

WAN-IFRA and ACOS sponsor journalist safety training in Phl

PARIS, France — With longstanding problems of terrorist insurgency and drug-related violence, journalists in the Philippines are increasingly confronted with how to cover stories while remaining safe. A combined forum and training program, held in Cebu in mid-September, addressed these issues, where nearly 50 participants attended the four-day event. Journalists in the Philippines are no …

Duterte cries while singing “Balud sa Kapalaran”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — It’s lonely at the top! Teardrops fell as President Rodrigo R. Duterte sings he favorite song “Balud sa Kapalaran” (Waves of life). Duterte was very emotional while singing the song. The song Balud sa Kapalaran  speaks of a man’s wish that trials of his life  to stop. It speaks of the …

Bomb explodes near Isabela City Mayor’s house

LAMITAN City, Philippines —  An improvised  bomb exploded near the house of Isabela City Mayor Al-Qaid Akbar, just ten meters  away from the police checkpoint. Th explosion happened at about  6:00 in the evening Thursday September 28 at Purok Rubber in Barangay Sumagdang in Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province. Supt. Jerome Afuyog, Isabela …

GRP’s 1st CARHRIHL monitoring station in Davao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine government peace panel talking with  the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) established Friday the first Compliance Monitoring Station in Davao City. The monitoring station  will receive and record complaints of non-compliance to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). All complaints …

Maute terrorists use metals and coins to make IEDs

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Six sacks of coins and assorted metal objects are used by the Maute terrorists to manufacture  improvised explosive device (IED). Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of the Task Force Ranao  6 sacks of coins and assorted metal that it recovered from Bato Mosque. On Thursday, September 28, the military recovered 82 …

Ex-DSWD Secretary and Ex-Congressman charged over P10-million pork barrel scam

MANILA, Philippines —  Former Caloocan second district Representative Mari Mitzi Cajayon is facing a string of criminal charges before the Sandiganbayan for her involvement in the P10-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. This after the Office of the Ombudsman found Cajayon  falsified public documents which enabled her to siphon funds  intended to benefit her …

Duterte to Lucio Tan: Pay billions of unpaid airport charges in ten days

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte means business as he wants business tycoon Lucio Tan to pay the government an estimated P6.63-billion  representing his company’s unpaid airport charges  in ten days. During the last three months of the 2016 presidential elections, trusted men of Tan went to see Duterte in Davao to support his …

Chinese VP lauds 14th China-ASEAN Expo organizers

BEIJING — Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli lauded the successful holding of the 14th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Nanning, China last week. “China-ASEAN Expo is becoming better and better each year. The Expo is very successful,” Zhang told the 300 foreign journalists whom he met at the Great Hall of …

Sayyaf abducts town councilor, cousin of Sulu guv

BASILAN CITY, Philippines — Members of the Abu Sayyaf bandits abducted Wednesday night  a municipal councilor who is a cousin of  Sulu Governor Abdusakur “Toto”  A. Tan II. Brig. gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu identified the councilor as Ezeddin Tan of Jolo Municipality. Reports revealed Tan was abducted by members of …