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Journalists launched a Black Friday Protest to protect press freedom in the country. But behind the much talked, much publicized, press freedom issue, members of the working press continue to suffer and agonize a much bigger problem– from unfair labor practice to harassment in the workplace down to security  problems which many media industry disregarded …

Journalists up in arms to protect press freedom

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Journalists launched a Black Friday Protest to protect press freedom in the country. Last Friday, January 19, 2018  journalists,bloggers and media workers mostly based in Metro Manila gathered together on Tomas Morato Quezon City to denounce the recent decision  of the  Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC revoked the corporate …

Duterte welcomes two NDF/NPA surrenderees

DAVAO CITY , Philippines  — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Saturday, January 20, vowed an inclusive government for all as he welcomed two members of the National Democratic Front/New People’s Army (NPA) rebel returnees. Duterte  who met former National Democratic Front Far South Mindanao Spokesperson Noel Legaspi and his wife Wendy Bendalian at Matina Enclaves …

Surrendered NDF officials from Far South Mindanao meet Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines –— After spending twenty years in the revolutionary movement, Noel Legaspi, the National Democratic Front spokesperson in the Far South Mindanao  and his wife Wendy Bendalian surrendered and met President Rodrigo Duterte Saturday night at the Matina Enclaves. Legaspi known as ka Efren Aksasato was the spokesperson of NDF (NDF-FSMR) while his wife, …

About 4,000 MIASCOR employees agonize over contract cancellation

Davao City, Philippines — About 4,000 workers will be displaced in the next 60 days as the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) terminated it’s contract with the ground service provider MIASCOR Groundhandling Corporation Friday January 19, 2018. MIAA Airport General manager Ed Monreal in a letter to MIASCOR president Fidel Hernan Reyes asked the company …

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III suspends the deployment of  overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait following the death of seven Filipino workers in the Middle East. “The suspension took effect after I signed it today” says the Labor Secretary  Friday night, January 19, 2010. Bello signed the   Administrative Order 25-2018  affecting …

Duterte appoints a bemedalled police general as PCSO chair

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte appointed retired police general from Davao to chair the government-run Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Duterte signed the appointment of Anselmo Simeon P. Pinili last January 15. Pinili will serve the remaining term of resigned PCSO chair Jorge Corpuz who was appointed in July 2017. Corpuz resigned last …

Duterte plans to ban sending OFWs to Kuwait due to sexual abuse cases

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine government is planning to talk with the government of Kuwait about the  increasing sexual abuses involving Overseas Filipino Workers. During the launching of the OFW Bank Thursday afternoon, January 18, 2018, Duterte shared his apprehensions on the increasing number of sexual abuses involving Filipino workers. Duterte said “My advise …

NHA to unveil the P720-million AFP/PNP model Condo in March

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The National Housing Authority will unviel the model condominium building intended for the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine national Police (AFP/PNP) in March. Marcelino P. Escalada, NHA General Manager said the agency allocated P720-million for the construction of the sixteen low rise condominium buildings to …

Go ready to quit if proven he mediates in the P15.7-billion Navy procurement

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The almost speechless Special Assistant of  President Rodrigo Duterte broke his silence as he  has been dragged in the P15.7-billion Philippine Navy procurement controversy. Secretary Christopher Lawrence  ‘Bong’ Go  said he is willing to quit from service if proven that he facilitated or meddled  in the P15.7-billion  frigate program of the Philippine …