Duterte signs free college education in government colleges and universities

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— College education is now free in the country as President Rodrigo Duterte signed the bill granting full government subsidy of tuition fee in state universities and colleges (SUCs). On Thursday, August 3, Duterte signed “The Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act” on Thursday. The signing means 112 state universities and colleges …

Inaccessible Bubong, Lanao del Sur  residents get relief assistance

MARAWI City, Philippines — Internally Displaced Persons in the municipality of  Bubong, Lanao del Sur  finally received relief donations from government. The 1,900 IDP’s received relief goods  Thursday, August 3, from the personnel of the Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Response Team (HEART) of the ARMM and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development. Bubong is approximately …

Binays face more graft raps for P1.3 billion Makati Science building 

MANILA, Philippines — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of multiple counts of Graft and Falsification charges against former Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Sr. and former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr. for conspiring to rig the procurement processes of the P1.3billion Makati Science High School Building located along Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City. …

Malaysia foils attempts to smuggle ivory tusks, pangolin scales

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities said Wednesday that officials have foiled two attempts to smuggle elephant ivory tusks and pangolin scales, worth up to nearly USD1 million. On Sunday, the department seized 23 ivory tusks weighing 75.74 kg., with an estimated value of 275,542 ringgit (USD64,266) at a warehouse of the Kuala Lumpur International …

Duterte ready to formally end talks with rebels

MANILA, Philippines— A disgusted President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday expressed readiness to sign a formal document to end government’s  peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/National Democratic Front (CPP/NDP). Reiterating his statement during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte said  “Ayaw ko na, sabi ko (I don’t want anymore, I said). So, …

Bill seeks to allow women revert to their maiden names without court order

MANILA, Philippines —Women can have their maiden names reverted without passing through the tedious and expensive court process. This will happen if the proposed House Bill no. 6082 called “Reversion to Maiden Name Act”, will be passed and ultimately becomes a law. Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has filed a measure …

Davao-Bohol-Davao flights to start in November

TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines — The country’s flag carrier will soon be flying the Davao-Bohol-Davao via Tagbilaran airport will be a big leap to the tourism industry of both cities. The Philippine Airlines will operate  from Tagbilaran starting November. On Tuesday Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto revealed the new route during the Management Executive Board meeting. The …