GSIS releases pensioners Christmas cash gift

DAVAO CITY (December 7) —  Here’s good news to all pensioners! The  Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has started releasing the Christmas cash gift of its old-age and disability pensioners, currently numbering 280,000. In a press statement, the GSIS stated that the  cash gift has been deposited to the pensioners’ eCards beginning December 1. GSIS …

Duterte appoints Madrigal to replace retiring AFP Chief Galvez

DAVAO CITY (December 6) — President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Lt. Gen.  Benjamin Madrigal as  Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff,  to replace  Gen. Carlito Galvez, who is set to retire on December 12. Duterte confirmed Madrigal’s appointment through a  letter addressed to  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Dec. 5. Madrigal  is a member of …

Ex-DavOr Board Member, 5 ‘ghost employees’ face jail term

DAVAO CITY (December 6)— — The Sandiganbayan sentenced former provincial board member  Ma. Consuelo Palma Gil-Roflo  to a maximum jail term of 58 years for allowing hiring of “ghost employees” in the provincial government from July 2001 to March 2003. Palma Gil-Roflo , is  daughter of Gov. Ma. Elena Palma Gil. Aside Palma Gil- Roflo, …

20K rebel returnees, IPs, PWDs get TESDA training

MANILA — More than 20,000 rebel returnees, indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities (PWDs), have received skills training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) since 2016, an official of the agency said on Wednesday. Elmer Talavera, Executive Director of the National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD) at TESDA, bared …

Duterte administers the oath of Chief Justice Bersamin

MALACAÑAN — President Rodrigo  Duterte on Tuesday, December 4, administered the oath of office for newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin During the ceremony, Chief Justice Bersamin was accompanied by his family at the Heroes Hall. The President appointed Bersamin to replace former Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired last October 8. …

9 South Cotabato cops sacked for allegedly receiving gambling payoffs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Nine police officers assigned to the South Cotabato town of Banga have been relieved for allegedly receiving payoffs from illegal gambling operators. Senior Supt. Joel Limson, South Cotabato police director, said Tuesday he ordered the relief of the policemen after confirming their connections to operators of the “last two” illegal numbers …

Mindanao’s tribal leaders vow to fight ‘bloodless war’ vs. NPA

DAVAO CITY – Tribal leaders from across Mindanao on Monday vowed to keep the New People’s Army (NPA) out of their ancestral lands in response to the call of support by President Rodrigo Duterte to end the communist insurgency. Bai Pilar Libayao, the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of Talaingod town, Davao del Norte, said …

Duterte orders Zamboanga mayor to stop smuggling

DAVAO CITY (December 4) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar to run after smuggling and possibly to stop  the illegal trade in her city. For years, Zamboanga City has been the  smugglers haven  and it has been tagged as the smuggling capital of Mindanao. When Duterte visited the city on  November …

Rebels hiding truth on Satur Ocampo arrest: Governor del Rosario

DAVAO CITY (December 3) — Left-leaning organizations are reportedly hiding the truth on the arrest of former Bayan Muna lawmaker Satur Ocampo, said Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario. In a statement released on Monday, December 3, del Rosario said the  leftist organizations are using the  indigenous people (IPs) “to push their own agenda,” …