Ombudsman orders dismissal of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor

MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of Cagayan De Oro city Mayor Oscar Moreno for graft involving P1.4-million lease of heavy equipment without conducting any public bidding. The graft charges against Moreno stemmed from a lease of heavy equipment during his incumbency as Misamis Oriental Governor. He is now serving as …

Nine Filipino militants sentenced to death in Malaysia

Nine Filipino militants were sentenced to death by the Court of Appeal in Malaysia over the 2013 Lahad Datu incursion. Malaysia’s New Straits Times reported that the prosecution panel led by Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh unanimously rendered death penalty to Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, 54, Julham Rashid, 70, Virgilio Nemar Patulada @ Mohammad, 53, Salib …

Terror link? Former Marawi Mayor arrested for rebellion

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Authorities arrested Wednesday night former Marawi City mayor Fahad Umpar Salic on charges of rebellion. Salic was arrested connection with Article 134 of the Revised Penal Code or “Rebellion or Insurrection” at a checkpoint in Brgy. San Martin, Villanueva at about 7:30pm. on his possible involvement with Marawi seige by the terorrist Maute …

Maute pa, 3 others transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Cayamora Maute, father of the terrorist Maute brother and his three companions have been transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, Metro Manila last night. Cayamora, if the father of Abdullah Romato and Omar Cayam Maute together with his second wife Kongan Alfonso Balawag; his daughter Norjhanah Maute and her hudband …

Former North Cotabato Mayor, nine others facing graft charges

MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the filing of a graft case against former Binansilan town Mayor Betty Allado and nine other government employees. The Ombudsman found probable cause to charge former Mayor Betty Allado of Banisilan, Cotabato, with violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) …

Arrest of Maute patriarch a big blow to terror group-EastMinCom

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—The Tuesday arrest of the father of terrorist Maute brothers is a big blow to the terror group. The Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMincom) Martial Law spokesperson Brig.Gen. Gilbert Gapay said that the arrest of Cayamora Maute at the Task Force Davao Checkpoint in Sirawan, Toril could weaken the group’s activity. “This is a …

ARMM condemns desecration of cathedral in Marawi City

COTABATO CITY, Philippines— The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) strongly condemns the desecration of a church in Marawi City by men identified as members of local terror groups that brought havoc and violence to the country’s only Islamic city. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman issued a statement condemning the incident on Wednesday, June 7, following …