Duterte to ARMM: vote for “Yes” to BOL

DAVAO CITY (January 19) —President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, January 18, asked the  residents of the present Autonomous Regiona in Muslim Mindanao to vote   “yes” to the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in the upcoming plebiscite. In his speech  before thousands of residents at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC), Office of …

Breaking! PDEA/PNP ARMM raid Montawal Vice Mayor’s house

KABACAN, NORTH COTABATO (January 10)—- Operatives from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police  (ARMM) raided the house of Montawal Municipal Vice Mayor Otho Montawal in Poblacion, Pagagawan, Datu  Montawal at around 3:00 in the morning today. The raid this morning is the second, it was raided by PDEA in October 2018. Montawal …

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Davao Region; no casualties reported

DAVAO CITY (December 29)– A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Davao region at 12:15 today with the epicenter at Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental. Other coastal municipalities of the province such Boston, Bangaga, Cateel, Manay, Taragona have been alerted. Ednar Dayanghirang, chief of staff of the provincial governor’s office and incident commander of Davao Oriental told …

Ateneo kicks out student in viral bullying video

DAVAO CITY (December 23) — Days after the bullying video became viral,  the  Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) today  decided to kick out the junior high school student caught on video bullying another student in the comfort room. In a  statement released on Sunday afternoon, ADMU president Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J. said the penalty forbids the …

National government to use re-enacted budget

MANILA (December 14) — The national government may have to use a re-enacted budget beginning next month.  “The senators appear exhausted,  They requested a break,”  Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said. Lawmakers has already adjourned their session for their month-long Christmas vacation without approving the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for next year. Under a re-enacted budget, …

Balangiga Bells arrive in Eastern Samar

MANILA (December 14)–  The historic Balangiga Bells arrived ahead its supposed turn-over in Guiuan, Eastern Samar at about 10:28 a.m. Friday, Maj. Aris Galang, Philippine Air Force public affairs office chief, said.  an official of the Philippine Air Force said. “Around 8 a.m. po umalis dito sa VAB (Villamor Air Base, Pasay City) ‘yung C-130 (with tail number 5011) and …

Dureza resigns, takes full responsibility for corruption allegations at OPPAP

DAVAO CITY (November 28) — Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza on Tuesday voluntarily resigned from his post following allegations of corruption against two officials from his office. In his resignation letter  addressed to President Rodrigo  Duterte, Dureza said he is glad “but with some amount of sadness” about the President’s decision to …

Advocates warns on danger of online exposure on children

MANILA (November 27)– “Gadgets cannot replace the relationship between parents and children. Personal interaction is still the most important facet of parenting, ” Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) Executive Director Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy emphasized. Cajayon-Uy said that while social media provides connection and knowledge, it also has negative effects.  “Parents must ensure that …

Duterte designates Escalada as new HUDCC Sec-Gen

DAVAO CITY (November 26) — President Rodrigo Duterte  on Thursday designated National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada Jr.  the new  Secretary General of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). Escalada,  still heads the NHA and will  serve as HUDCC secretary general at the same time. Duterte gave Escalada the  new …