PH, India unite in war against illegal drugs, terrorism

​​New Delhi, India — The Philippines and India share the same commitment in the fight against illegal drugs and terrorism. This is the assurance given by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the two leaders’ bilateral meeting held Wednesday evening. “I have always said that trafficking, drugs trafficking, this is the source …

Former Iloilo lawmaker to face charges over P14.7M PDAF scam 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former Iloilo Congressman Rolex Suplico is facing charges before the Sandiganbayan over the  anomalous utilization of his P14.7-million Priority Development Assistance Fund  (PDAF) fund in 2007. In a resolution issued January 8, 2018, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales,  found probable cause to charge Suplico with one count of graft. Also charged as co-accused …

Duterte appoints TV host Arnell Ignacio to OWWA post

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed television host Arnell Ignacio as Deputy Director V at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Ignacio, whose real name is Arnaldo Arevalo Ignacio, was appointed Assistant Vice President for Community Relations and Services Department of the Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation (PAGCOR) in July 2016. But …

Duterte, Modi agree to expand trade, security cooperation

MANILA, Philippines–President Rodrigo Duterte and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Move have agreed to expand bilateral ties on trade and security cooperation. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the two leaders met for more than one hour right after President Duterte arrived in New Delhi Wednesday night to attend the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day …

Duterte appoints 18 men, 1 woman to review the 1987 Constitution

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —- President Rodrigo Duterte appointed 19 of the 25 members of the Consultative Committee in preparation for the amendment of the 1987 Constitution. The committee is chaired by former Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno. Here’s the complete list of the 19 members: Reynato Puno -former Supreme Court Chief Justice Aquilino “Nene” …

SolGen asks SC to order filing of homicide raps vs. ex-Pres. Aquino

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Thursday filed a manifestation before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to order the Office of the Ombudsman to file homicide charges against former President Benigno Aquino III and former police officials over the January 2015 Mamasapano clash that resulted to the death of more than …

PH consulate in Dubai to assist more OFWs this year

Dubai, UAE – Officials at the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates (PCG-DNE) gladly announced that with the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) new guidelines on the use of the more than P1-billion in funds to assist Filipinos who encounter emergencies and other problems abroad, more Filipinos in its jurisdiction will receive …

Road projects in Maguindanao to be completed this year 

Cotabato City, Philippines — About 30.1 kilometers of paved roads in 10 conflict-affected affected municipalities in Maguindanao are expected to be completed this year. Official data from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) showed a total of 22.5  of the 30.1 kilometers  have already been paved out under the Humanitarian and Development Action Plan …