Indonesia holds food fest to raise donations for Marawi



MANILA, Philippines —  As the Jakarta and Manila maintain “good” bilateral ties, the Embassy of Indonesia in the Philippines on Friday held the “One Day Exquisite Indonesian Food Festival 2017” to promote their local cuisine and at the same time raise revenues to be donated to internally displaced persons (IDP) in Marawi City. “We would …

Scout Rangers get hero’s welcome in Davao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Mixed emotions greeted the heroes of Marawi here as soldiers of the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion of the first Scout Ranger Regimen came home Thursday. The entire battalion  were deployed to fight against Maute terrorist group in Marawi City, were given a hero’s welcome at the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) in …

PH eyes better protection of two threatened birds

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines seeks international collaboration on better protecting two migratory birds under threat and passing through this country while traveling along East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF). There’s urgency for such protection as population of the Christmas Island frigatebird (scientific name ‘Fregata andrewsi’) and Yellow bunting (scientific name ‘Emberiza sulphurata’) is declining due to habitat …

Ombudsman indicts two ex-immigration commissioners for plunder

MANILA, Philippines — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of charges for Plunder against Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles, together with Wenceslao Sombero, Jr., president of the Asian Gaming Service Providers Association, Inc. (AGSPA), after they were found to have extorted P50 million in exchange for the release …

New AFP chief vows to eliminate remaining security threats

MANILA, Philippines —  Newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, on Thursday vowed to neutralize all the remaining security threats in the country during his term. Guerrero replaced Año who is due to retire on October 26. He will be serving the AFP until December as he is due for …

Briones signs order ensuring P4K take home pay for teachers

MANILA, Philippines —  Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones on Thursday signed DepEd Order (DO) 55, ensuring that teachers will have no less than PHP4,000 net in their monthly take home pay. The move aims to help teachers manage their finances after data showed that many teachers avail of various loans, even from loan …

Mayor Inday wants IDPs from Marawi to stay in Davao while rehab is ongoing

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio wants the internally displaced persons (IDP) from Marawi City to stay in the city while the rehabilitation is still ongoing. Duterte-Carpio explained that she wants to make sure that these people will be stable upon their return to their city. “Sa pagka-karon, wala pay na put-up nga …

Presidential daughter thanks Davao Occidental for supporting her father

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Sixteen months after his father’s victory,  Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio thanked the people of Davao Occidental for spending their own money to show support to his father. In her speech during the 2nd Founding Anniversary of the province in the town of Malita, She emphasized “Many of …

Duterte’s 2nd visit to Japan to enhance bilateral relations

 MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte’s working visit to Japan on October 29 to 31 is intended to further enhance the strong bilateral relations between the Philippines and Japan. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Duterte will discuss matters of mutual interest to both countries with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He said …