Rebels admit killing tribal leader, son

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The New People’s Army (NPA) in Southern Mindanao confirmed killing tribal leader Banadjao Mampaundag and his son Jonard in Talaingod, Davao del Norte last February 4,  2018. The NPA’s Southern Mindanao Operations Command (NPA-SMROC), in a statement confirmed killing Datu Banadjao Mampaundag and his son Jonard, saying the two were not …

Alvarez eyes OK of marriage dissolution bill in March

  MANILA, Philippines  — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Wednesday he expects the House of Representatives to pass the bill on dissolution of marriage before Congress goes into a Lenten break on March 23. “Ang commitment ko diyan, magbi-break kami nitong March, ano, so kailangang maipasa iyan on third reading bago kami mag-break,” Alvarez said in …

Kidapawan City vies for Guinness record as the largest and longest “Samba dance”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Kidapawan City is again vying for another Guinness World Record, this time, as the “largest and longest samba dance.” On February 12 ,2018 some  17,000 individuals or 8,500 pairs danced to the tune of samba along the three kilometer stretch of Quezon Boulevard, Maharlika Highway,  Kidapawan City , North Cotabato. Participants …

DPWH engineer abducted in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Unidentified armed men kidnapped  an engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Barangay Anuling, Patikul, Jolo Sulu, early morning Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Authorities identified the victim as engineer Enrico Nee of DPWH-ARMM Sulu. Reports reaching the Joint Task Force Sulu revealed, the victim was was forcibly taken …

NFA stops rice distribution in 4 Eastern Visayas provinces

  PALO, Leyte — The National Food Authority (NFA) has stopped selling rice in four out of six Eastern Visayas due to dwindling stocks, a top official said on Tuesday. Distribution of NFA rice has been completely stopped in Leyte, Biliran, Eastern Samar, and Samar provinces since Friday as stock level dropped significantly over the past …

Duterte welcomes repatriated OFWs from Kuwait

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte personally welcomed the 116 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) repatriated from Kuwait, Tuesday at around 3:30 in the afternoon,  at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 1. The 127 repatriated OFWs were among those who availed of amnesty granted by the Kuwaiti government. Another 150 OFWs arrived Tuesday  at …

Davao City Council declares Trillanes ‘Persona non grata’

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —– The City Council of Davao passed a resolution  declaring Senator Antonio Trillanes “Pesona non grata” for describing Davao City as the dangerous city in the country. The resolution was unanimously approved during the Tuesday regular session, February 13, 2018. The resolution means, Trillanes is not welcome in Davao City. Vice Mayor …

Mayor offers free houses for IP rebels who surrender

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — A town mayor is offering new homes for members of the New People’s Army who wish to surrender. Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat Municipal Mayor Randy Ecija Jr. invites fighters of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New people’s Army (CPP)NPA) to lay down their arms, go back to the mainstream …

Duterte assures equal support for VisMin execs regardless of political affiliation

Cebu City, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, February 12, committed assistance to all local government officials from Visayas and Mindanao regardless of party affiliation. Speaking before a crowd of local chief executives here, President Duterte assured that every local government unit would be getting a fair shake under his administration. “Dito sinabi …

Lapeña to relieve port execs failing to meet February target

MANILA, Philippines  — Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña on Monday said he is ready to relieve port personnel including District Collectors, who will not be able to meet their collection target this month. In a memorandum dated Feb. 6, the BOC chief noted that aside from District Collectors, deputy collectors for assessment, chief of …