Ten killed, 8 wounded in Lamitan City blast

ZAMBOANGA CITY (August 1)– Ten person were killed including an army personnel and four  members of the civilian auxiliary  group, when a passenger van exploded during an inspection in Barangay Colonia, Lamitan City, Basilan July 31, at around 5:50 in the morning. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a statement said,  they  successfully …

Seized Marijuana signifies victory against illegal drugs: Gov. Dayanghirang

TARRAGONA, DAVAO ORIENTAL (July 28)– Authorities set ablaze bundles of seized marijuana plants during a ceremonial burning on Thursday, July 26 to mark the success of marijuana eradication operation in the villages of Tomoaong and Tubaon in Tarrgona town. Operatives confiscated a total of 22,500 fully-grown marijuana stalks with an estimated value of P3.7 million …

Duterte distributes aid to fire victims in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the distribution Thursday of relief assistance to the survivors of a blaze here, promising them to rebuild their houses soon. At least 403 families in Barangay Labuan were affected by fire last July 22, with the city’s fire bureau putting the total damage at P4 million. President …

Davao City to give P4.25-M aid to flood-stricken areas in Luzon

DAVAO CITY  (July 27) — The Davao City Council has approved a financial aid worth PHP4.25 million for the eight municipalities and city in Central Luzon affected by floods caused by storm-intensified monsoon rains last week. In a special session on Thursday afternoon, the City Council approved the ordinance to extend aid to eight municipalities and …

DA to embark on farmers’ training program

DAVAO CITY (July 27)- The Department of Agriculture (DA) will embark on a nationwide vegetable farmers’ training program.  The participants will be provided with technical support on agricultural technology, inputs and other post-training assistance such as farm tools and farm equipment. In a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), Agriculture Secretary Manny …

Duterte to new Ombudsman: “Do what is right”

DAVAO CITY (July 27)— President Rodrigo Duterte told  newly appointed Ombudsman Samuel Martires to “do what is right.” Duterte made the announcement during his speech in the 69th Araw ng Ipil, Thursday afternoon, “I signed his appointment today and told him to do what is right,” the President said. Martires, 69, served as trial court …

P909.7-B allotted for ‘Build, Build, Build’ program in 2019

MANILA — A total of P909.7 billion out of the proposed PHP3.757 trillion national budget for 2019 will be allotted for the construction of the flagship projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program. According to President Rodrigo Duterte’s budget message recently submitted to Congress, the PHP909.7 billion for infrastructure projects represents 24.2 percent of the cash …

DOJ to release resolution on drug raps vs. Peter Lim

MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) will push through with the release of the resolution on the preliminary investigation regarding the drug complaint against businessman and alleged drug lord Peter Lim. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra assured that the resolution will be released pending Lim’s petition before the Supreme Court (SC), seeking to stop the DOJ’s …

Ombudsman indicts Napoles, 6 Butuan City Agri officials in fertilizer fund scam

DAVAO CITY (July 25) —The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge Janet Lim Napoles and officials from the Department of Agriculture  in Butuan City for the irregularities in the procurement of fertilizers for the Agricultural Reinforcement Project of the municipality of Del Carmen, Surigao Del Norte. Napoles, together with DA Assistant Regional …