Former barangay exec convicted of graft 

MANILA, Philippines — A former barangay secretary of Quezon City was sentenced to imprisonment after being found guilty of six counts of graft. Judge Marilou Runes-Tamang of Regional Trial Court (Branch 980 of Quezon City sentenced Carolyn Tabora, former secretary of Barangay Kamuning, Quezon City to imprisonment ranging from one year to four years for each count. …

Palace vows to cooperate with Senate on SALN probe

MANILA, Philippines —  Malacañang on Wednesday said that it would cooperate with the Senate should it decide to investigate the redactions made by certain Cabinet officials in their December 2016 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs). “The Executive (Department) would cooperate and would attend the investigation on SALNs, if and once called by …

‘Shaded’ SALN not in accordance with CSC guidelines

MANILA,  Philippines —  An official of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Wednesday said redacted or shaded portions of the statement of assets, liability, and net worth (SALN) of some cabinet members are not in accordance with the commission’s guidelines. “Yun pinakita nilang sample pati amount ng properties ay shinade nila (Even the amount of properties …

Bullish economy expected to boost PH real estate market

MANILA, Philippines —  The Philippine real estate market is expected to sustain its growth momentum on the back of the country’s bullish economy and strong investor confidence, according to a global real estate consultancy. Rick Santos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Santos Knight Frank Inc., said the Philippines has climbed one notch in the competitiveness …

Ship CO relieved, crew on restrictive custody: AFP

 MANILA, Philippines —  The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday announced that the captain of the BRP Miguel Malvar (PS-19) has been relieved of his command while the rest of his crew are placed on restrictive custody following the death of two Vietnamese fishermen off Bolinao, Pangasinan last Sept. 23. “To ensure that …

Government agencies told : Display portrait of Ph Heroes

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is directing all government agencies in the country to display photos, paintings, or other visual representations of Philippine Heroes, instead that of elected or appointed government officials. Earlier on, Duterte  discouraged government establishment to display his photos but instead photos of Philippines heroes saying they deserve to be remembered …

Marawi siege 128 days: casualties 152 Army, 711 Isis-Maute terrorists

DAVAO CITY — On the 128th day of the  Marawi  siege, the death toll to government troops is now placed at 152 while 711 members of the Isis-inspired Maute terrorist were killed. Over 200,000 families are displaced due to the crisis. The government has so far released PHP3.35 billion to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) …

IMO sets ‘off-limits area’ in Tubbataha

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines —  All types of ships with 150 gross tonnage and higher are warned to sail outside the 4,470-square kilometer area-to-be-avoided (ATBA) in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) to avoid the risk of accidental groundings. Commodore Joselito dela Cruz, commander of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Palawan, said the advice was …

Gov’t programs continue in Marawi City to assist IDPs

MANILA, Philippines —  The government has so far released PHP3.35 billion to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the fighting in Lanao del Sur, an official of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) said Monday, September 25. OCD Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima said the money, released through the Department of Social Welfare …