Ombudsman suspends Maguindanao Mayor

MANILA, Philippines- Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the one month suspension of Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao Mayor Datu Umbra Bayam Dilangalen for Simple Neglect of Duty. The Office of the Ombudsman found inconsistencies in Dilangalen’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for the years 2009 to 2010. Based on the investigation conducted, the …

Silent drill

Cadets from the Philippine Military Academy Class of 2019 perform a silent drill at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City on Wednesday (17 May 2017). Newsline Photo

ARMM to localize anti-terrorism summit at municipal level

Cotabato City – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Interior (DILG-ARMM) Secretary Noor Hafizullah ‘Kirby’ Abdullah has urged local government units (LGUs) to protect the Islamic scholars, or the ulama, and the region’s constituents against threats from radical terrorist groups. Secretary Abdullah said that the 116 municipalities and two cities in the region will soon …

Budget Undersecretary, 14 others placed under preventive suspension over PDAF scam

Manila, Philippines– The Office of the Ombudsman imposed a 90-day suspension a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary for operations for his involvement in the multi-million controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Undersecretary Mario Relampagos was placed under a 90-day suspension pendente lite by the Sandiganbayan for his involvement PDAF scam of former Association …

Easter Mindanao hightens alert after US travel advisory

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–The recent travel advisory issued by the United States placed areas under the Eastern Mindanao Command on hight alert level. The US advised its citizens to avoid visiting Palawan due to possible terror activities in the area. Army Major Azra L. Balagtey, spokesperson for Eastern Mindanao Command told reporters that the alert status …

Xinjiang communications has everything the world needs

XINXJIANG, China–Name it, they have it! That’s how journalist from 24 countries describe the communications center here. Government communications centre is concentrated in one big compound which the government owns. The facility is the home of Xinjiang’s communications from publication to broadcast (radio to television) to theatre, film making and digital media. The building showcases …

Duterte appoints ex-AFP chief Cimatu as new DENR Secretary

MANILA, Philippines- President Rodrigo Duterte appointed former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Roy Cimatu as the new Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Cimatu’s appointment came after the Commission on Appointment rejected the bid of former DENR secretary Regina “Gina” Lopez. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced Cimatu’s …