Colorful parade marks start of Maguindanao’s Inaul Festival

Buluan, Maguindanao (Feb. 13, 2017) – The 2017 Maguindanao Inaul Festival commenced here with a colorful parade of Inaul traditional ensemble on Thursday, February 9. Joining the opening of the festivity were thousands of Maguindanaoan’s coming from various sectors including representatives from the province’s 36 municipalities, students, and employees from provincial line agencies and private …

Foreign students barred from staying in apartment due to smell

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (February 9)–Management of a condominium here is under fire by netizens for refusing Indian medical students entry to their units because of smell. The incident happened last February 2, in Maa, Talomo District, this city. In a report filed by Sheillah Vergara-Rubio of GMA’s 24Oras-Davao, the student who refused to give statements …

GRP to AFP and PNP: Protect the people while talk uncertain

DAVAO CITY (February 3) –Government of the Republic of the Philippines chairperson Silvestre Bello III asks the military and the police to protect the people as the communist rebels backtracks from the ceasefire agreement. In a statement issued February 1, Bello said “the last six months have given us a glimpse of the sort of …

Duterte won’t give in to NPA demands to free 400 prisoners

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (February 3)–President Rodrigo Duterte is not ready to give in  to the demands of the New People’s Army (NPA) to immediately release about 400  political prisoners . This, after the Central Committee on the Communist  Party Wednesday (February 1) announced their  withdrawal from the unilateral ceasefire agreement with the government. Speaking before …

A Philippine Eagle goes home

A juvenile Philippine Eagle is freed to its habitat Tuesday, January 31, a month after rehabilitation by the Philippine Eagle Center. (Edgardo Calderon of CENRO Kiamba for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Newly-engaged junior officer killed by suspected NPAs in Davao Oriental  

DAVAO CITY  — A junior  army officer who was engaged weeks ago  was killed when armed men suspected to be members of the New People’s Army attacked the joint military and police team in Sitio Paliwason, Brgy. Lambog, Manay, Davao Oriental Wednesday afternoon , February 1, 2017. The soon to be wed soldier was identified …

Duterte wants total log ban

MANILA, Philippines –President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a tripartite committee that would study the implementation of a total log ban in the country. The announcement came a week after flashfloods damaged multi-million properties and crops in  Davao region and major cities in Mindanao. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a statement announced “The …

Duterte disbands  police anti-drug units

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte disbanded the sis-month-old  anti-drugs units of the Philippine National Police following the killing of a South Korean businessmen by rogue officers. Duterte emphasized that  police stations would no longer have an anti-drug units. “Wala na iyon. If you violate that, I will dismiss you kung meron. Hindi lang iyon, …