Navy needs more urban warfare training

MANILA, Philippines — An official of the Philippine Navy sees the need for Navy force units, especially those involved in ground assault missions, to get more training and exposure in urban warfare. In an interview, Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado said subsequent debriefings after the liberation of Marawi City indicated there is a …

Cayetano, Japan FM to discuss ASEAN Summit preps in Tokyo: DFA

MANILA, Philippines —  Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano will meet with Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kano during the Philippine delegation’s visit to Tokyo, Japan to discuss preparations for the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in November. “SFA (Secretary of Foreign Affairs) is scheduled to meet with Japanese Foreign Minister …

Japan, a true friend-Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte considers Japan, a true friend. Duterte who left for Japan, in his pre-departure statement at the Davao International Airport  Sunday night, October 20, 2017 said the earlier scheduled  visit to Japan was called off due to the Marawi crisis. In his  scheduled meeting with His Majesty,  Japanese …

Phl illegal  drugs campaign:173 Shabu labs dismantled,  3,967 killed,  181 officials  arrested in 16-mos

MANILA, Philippines — In sixteen months,  government authorities successfully dismantled 172  clandestine shabu laboratories and drug dens in the country. The data collated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) “#RealNumbers” shows  from June 2016 up to October 25, 2017, 163 drug dens and nine clandestine shabu laboratories were dismantled while different illegal drugs were …

Duterte mum on Abella’s removal as his spokesperson

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—  President Rodrigo Duterte  declined to comment why he fired Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella. Ina press briefing before leaving for Japan  at the Davao International Airport Sunday night, October 29, Duterte was asked why he replaced Abella,but his answer was short  “The reason is personal decision. I am not about to explain why I …

DavOcc stops USD24-billion industrial park project over deception

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The provincial government of Davao Occidental stopped the  Hong Kong-based firm eyeing to develop the USD24-billion Marina and Industrial Park project in the town of Malita, Davao Occidental over dubious claims. The provincial government even decided to terminate the 83-day old  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  between  the Hongkong-based Pionaire Finance Limited after …

Duque to prioritize rebuilding of Marawi’s health infra

MANILA, Philippines —Newly-appointed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department will give priority to the rebuilding of health infrastructure damaged during the five-month siege of Marawi City. “Ang priority program natin ngayon (Our priority program at present) is to help rebuild Marawi City,” Duque said when asked about his priorities during an interview Friday, a day after …

Pres. Duterte grants grade-schooler’s greeting request

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday took time to oblige to a Filipino 6th grader’s request for a greeting, as he shot a short video message saying a simple “hello” to the boy’s teacher and classmates. In a handwritten letter dated Oct. 25, 11-year-old Andre Gabriel Custodio Esteban, who resides in Fresno, California, …