Lanao del Norte Mayor arrested for carrying unlicensed firearms and explosives

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The municipal mayor of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte along with four other companions were arrested in Ozamiz City port for carrying unlicensed firearms and explosives Saturday morning August 19, 2017. Ozamiz City police operatives  were conducting checkpoints and  flagged down the vehicle of  Kolambugan Mayor Lorenzo Mañigos. Ozamiz City police in …

Joint tourism promotion between Philippines and Indonesia pushed

BANDUNG, Indonesia — Talks are ongoing among tourism players in two  major Asian cities in an effort to boost tourism sector. Tourism council leaders  of Indonesia’s Bandung and Philippines’ Cebu City started to talk on the proposed joint tourism promotion to benefit each other as they promote culture among asian countries. Kenny Dewi Kaniasari of …

Basilan Mayor, four officials face penalty over incomplete P4M water project 

MANILA, Philippines —  The Office of the Ombudsman has found Mayor Darussalam Lajid of Al-Barka, Basilan guilty of Gross Neglect of Duty for failure to ensure the timely completion of the 2014 Salintubig Program of the Bottom-up Budgeting project in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao amounting to P4,275,000.00. In a Decision released Friday, August 18, 2017, the …

Maguindanao mayor faces dismissal, criminal raps over SALN violations 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal of Talitay, Maguindanao Mayor Montasir Sabal for serious dishonesty. In a decision published at the website of the Ombudsman, Sabal  was also meted the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of eligibility and forfeiture of retirement benefits. In addition, the …

Mindanao schools to post ‘peace zone’ streamers

MANILA, Philippines —  Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones is requiring all schools in Mindanao to post streamers indicating that they are a “peace zone”. “This school is a peace zone” should be written in the streamers, according to Briones. Briones said this in light of the ongoing Marawi crisis, and as the agency …

House panel approves postponement of Barangay, Sk polls to 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The panel at the  House of Representative  Monday the proposal to postpone the October 2017 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to  second Monday of May 2018. The Committee voted 19-2 in favor of postponing the barangay and SK elections. The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms chaired by CIBAC partylist …

Ombudsman indicts Ex-Surigao del Norte Mayor and 5 officials 

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the indictment of former Sta. Monica, Surigao del Norte Mayor Rosalinda Penera for irregularities in the disbursement of funds for its Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) worth P980,000.00. Included in the charge sheet are municipal officials Dianette Evangelista, Aurea Menil, Gilbert Dagcuta, and Lei Amor Laplana, and …

Philippine Eagle center braces against avian flu

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— The Philippine Eagle Foundation announces the temporary closure of the Philippine Eagle Center on August 15-16, 2017 due to the avian flu outbreak which poses a grave threat to the Philippine eagle population. In it’s official website the post says: The Philippine Eagle Foundation announces the temporary closure of the Philippine Eagle …